posted on: Wednesday, December 28, 2016
One way I wanted to celebrate the closing of 2016 is by highlighting my absolute favorite trip of the year. That was my stay at the Mandapa in Ubud, Bali!
From start to finish the experience at the Mandapa was incredible- and that is putting it lightly. The property feels like a sanctuary nestled in the mountains. Our villa was out of this world with it's own private pool and second house with a living room. On the first night we had an amazing meal outside at one of their 20 star restaurants (at least that's the rating they deserve).
On the second day, the resort set up a picnic for us in the middle of the rice paddies that they maintain and preserve no the reserve.
That evening we had dinner in a private cocoon that sat along the river. I know they really get me because there was a two-course dessert. Heaven you guys!!
On the last day (wait, I don't want this to end) the Mandapa set up a day of exploring beautiful Ubud. We jumped into our biggie complete with tour guide (he was the sweetest!!) and headed to visit to the rice paddies at Tegalalang. It was amazing feeling so small amongst all that beauty.
Next we visited two breathtaking temples and learned all about the history and culture of Ubud. After that, we headed to coffee tasting where we sampled a variety of tasty beverages but the stand out was the kopi luwak. They kept the secret behind that a surprise to me and for good reason!! Google it and you won't be disappointed.
I feel so grateful for the time I spent at Mandapa. The location, the property, the insanely welcoming and accommodating staff- I can't say thank you enough. I hope to be back again some day!