Nestled in the jungles of Ubud, on the edge of the spectacular Petanu River valley, Kamandalu is a remarkable rural retreat that showcases the classical spirit of the “Island of the Gods”.
Part of the Balinese landscape since 1992, this stunning low-rise resort feels like a traditional local village, with a series of thatched villas that blend seamlessly into the surrounding scenery of terraced rice fields, swaying coconut palms and verdant forests. The word “Kamandalu” is Sanskrit for a vessel used to hold holy water, and the resort represents this concept in its design, which features two boat-shaped buildings with infinity pools that overlook the lush landscape.
Guests can choose to stay in a series of spacious chalets and luxurious villas, all of which exude an authentic style with wooden furnishings and four-poster beds, accompanied by the latest amenities and spacious bathrooms with sunken tubs. One, two and three-bedroom units are available, and many of the villas also offer outdoor terraces with private pools and day beds – perfect for spending lazy days soaking up the sun with your loved ones.
A wide range of F&B destinations is available, including the Petanu Restaurant, which specialises in exquisite Balinese cuisine and was previously named as “Indonesia’s Best Restaurant”, the poolside Aira Café, which has a casual vibe with a live alfresco barbecue, and the Awana Lounge, which focuses on healthy eating. Guests booking the resort’s pool villas can also choose to unwind in the Village Club, an executive lounge concept providing complimentary cocktails, afternoon tea and bespoke services.
Kamandalu’s dining options don’t end at the restaurant door, however; the resort has crafted a range of innovative ways for couples to connect with each other through food; from a floating breakfast to a picnic lunch, a candlelit dinner or even a forest dining experience, making this an enchanting place to create magical moments with your partner.
Personal pampering can be enjoyed at a choice of wellness centres; Chaya Spa promises blissful treatments using organic products made from native fruits, while the breath-taking Forest Spa allows guests to soothe their senses beneath the jungle canopy, or even on an elevating forest swing. Regular yoga and meditation classes are hosted at Rumah Yoga, the resort’s dedicated wellness deck. Travelling with children? Parents can rest assured that their kids will be kept fully entertained with a series of activities, including a junior chef programme, batik painting, dance classes and more.
The main reason for visiting Ubud however, is to immerse yourself in Bali’s captivating culture and incredible countryside. From cycling trips and nature treks to ATV rides, white water rafting adventures and elephant safaris, this alluring region has something for everyone.