Glamp­ing Goals

Wine & Dine - - TRAVELLER - —MY

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; capel­la­ho­

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