Nestled between Ubud’s rainforest, rice terraces and the Wos River, the newly opened Capella Ubud is taking glamping to new heights. Inspired by the early European settlers of the 1800s, Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley designed this ultra-luxurious tented resort as a tribute to their spirit of adventure. Comprising only 23 retreats—22 one-bedroom tents and one unique two-bedroom lodge spread across the property—guests can expect utmost privacy.
Beautifully constructed against a gorgeous backdrop of lush greenery and terraced landscapes, each retreat features sumptuous salt water pools, large outdoor decks and come adorned with antique art objects and furniture. The tented retreats available in four colour schemes and are styled according to different themes based on the characters and professions of the early explorers, such as Captain, Naturalist, Cartographer, Translator, Toy Maker and Story Teller. Among an extensive list of retreat and lodge amenities offered include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the camp, a smart phone inclusive of data and credit for international and local calls, and 24hour access to The Armory (the gym).
While you may be tempted to stay in your tented retreat and just soak up the views, take some time to explore the camp grounds, which includes The Cistern, a 30 metre saltwater rainforest pool; The Mortar and Pestle pool bar; and The Camp Fire, where you can listen to tales told by a local storyteller over pulled hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows under the stars.
It would be a pity not to explore the surrounding villages and rainforests. If you’re up for some adventure, there are camp rangers to guide you through various activities like mountain biking, walks through paddy fields and jungle boot camps.
To fill up, the resort offers a few scrumptious options. Mads Lange (named in honour of the famous Danish spice trader, entrepreneur and peace maker of Bali) serves a European menu based on seasonal produce, while Api Jiwa offers Asian barbecue in an intimate, 16-cover space with an open kitchen. Expect no elaborate menu, as the chef will dish out food according to personal preferences.
After a long day, unwind over cocktails inspired by local ingredients at The Mortar and Pestle bar, located near The Cistern pool. Rates start from US$838 per night.
Jalan Raya Dalem, Desa Keliki, Kecamatan Tegallalang, Ubud, Bali 80561. Tel: +62 361 2091 888; capellahotels.com/en/capella-ubud