In the midst of the forested Keliki Valley lies the beautiful Capella Ubud. This extraordinary tented camp is nothing short of luxurious and has an energy about it that we adore.
Its original design manages to strike just the right balance between eye-catching and discreet: there is no mistaking that it’s a remarkable property, yet it also blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings and thankfully, many of its features make the most of its tropical location. Not only can you can enjoy phenomenal views from the comfort of your own room, but you can also soak in the jungle atmosphere around your private saltwater pool, which is itself enveloped by swaying banana trees.
Attention to detail is evident throughout the entire camp - especially within the 23 luxury tents that make up the accommodation - from the smoothly dented teak floors to the pebble-lined pools, not to mention the ornately carved four poster beds and inviting copper bathtubs. Choose between the Terrace tents – overlooking the rice fields below, the Rainforest tents – shrowded by tropical trees, the River tents – overlooking the flowing waterway below or the Keliki Valley tents – which offer unobstructed views across the surrounding landscape. Also, you can opt for The Lodge if you are seeking more space to play with, for this tent comes with two bedrooms, two en suites and a living room.
The mastermind behind Capella Ubud’s interior design is the acclaimed Bill Bensley, whose signature style is perfectly captured within the bright and playful colour scheme here. As soon as you arrive, it is obvious that you are somewhere special and bound to have a memorable stay. Several sophisticated colonial features lie scattered around the rooms, standing testament to the European settlers of the 1800s. Their pioneering adventurous spirits are mirrored within certain touches, like leather-bound books and elegant Western antiques that line the walls.
Cuisine served at this hotel is to die for: we highly recommend dining at the fabulous restaurant ‘Mads Lange’ and enjoying its innovative menu while taking shade under its soaring decorative ceiling. For Asian-inspired food, don’t miss out on the dishes whipped up at ‘Api Jiwa’ – one of our favourites has to be the Lombok oyster, sesame, lime and chilli – simple but delicious. You can expect to be served an impressive breakfast here, too.
A focus upon Balinese wellness is keenly felt within Capella Ubud’s canvas-covered spa, in which friendly therapists offer an array of rejuvenating treatments, as well as within its fully equipped tented gym. This luxury hotel also provides insights into the local culture and communities by arranging excursions during your stay - such as visiting a Keliki Art School and hiking up nearby Mount Batur. We believe that travellers of all ages will be kept entertained at Capella Ubud.
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