One of the most astounding views in Bali comes not from a cliff top or sandy shore at sunset, but rather from the lobby of the RitzÂ-Carlton’s first Ubud resort, the third of its highestÂ-of-highÂ-end Reserve properties to open. A breezy walkway lined by fountains leads to a high platform that faces a hillside swathed in jungle all the way down to a private valley, where the resort is laid out like a village by the Ayung River. Despite covering nearly 10 hectares, the property has but 35 suites and 25 pool villasâ€”seclusion and personalized service come best when guests are fewâ€”that stand out from the crowd of other luxe Ubud rooms with their dazzlingly colorful handÂ-painted wall murals (though the windows carefully framing surrounding foliage could count as art as well) and deep rattanÂ-encased soak tubs. Kubu, with its chandeliers of glowing globes and degustation dinners served in spherical bamboo dining pods, now counts as one of the island’s best restaurants. But arguably the loveliest thing about a stay at Mandapa are the mornings, when there’s yoga by the river, offerings made at the onÂ-site temple, and staff tending to the rice growing in fields fronting the pool. (62Â 361/479Â 2777; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from US$570).