The Lodge at Capella Ubud — Bali, Indonesia
Since its opening last year, Capella Ubud has been turning heads thanks to its wacky design by the weird and wonderful Bill Bensley who - inspired by an 18th-century Dutch army camp - erected 22 one-bedroom tents in the lush emerald jungle, taking care not to disturb any extant trees, and letting the setting of rainforest, paddy fields and the tumbling Wos River dominate the tableau.
Now completing the resort’s offering is the launch of the two-bedroom Lodge which, like the rest of the property, is a flamboyant riot of colours, patterns and textures, this time with an exotic Far Eastern theme that nods to the camp’s owning family who are of Chinese decent. And so, a clash of oriental fabrics line the walls and the ceilings, creating a suitably eccentric background for ornate antique Chinese wardrobes and beds, hammered teak floorboards, Japanese-style bath tubs and throne-like toilets. ’I want the guests to feel very private and totally spoiled,’ says Bensley.
Also with its own private saltwater pool, The Lodge slots right into the rest of the resort’s offerings, which includes a spa that offers spiritual wellness like chakra balancing and prana healing as well as two restaurants - Mads Lange and Api Jiwa - the latter serving Asian barbecue dishes like the Australian wagyu rendang or the chicken yakitori served with pho bo espresso ’soup’ served omakase-style.§