The remarkable 5-star Kamandalu Resort and Spa offers modern comforts and luxury accommodation in an idyllic rural setting. Surrounded by rice-paddies, and boasting excellent facilities, this boutique resort promises to be a memorable experience. Located near Ubud, roughly 22km from Denpasar, the hotel provides a free shuttle service into town, as well as a car and bike rental service for those exploring farther afield. Ubud is considered Bali''s cultural and artistic centre, with guests able to visit several museums including the Puri Lukisan which specialises in Balinese paintings and wood carvings. There is also Ubud Palace and a beautiful Hindu temple. Taking its name from the Sanskrit for ''the vessel that holds the holy water'', the resort is composed of numerous thatched villas that overlook countryside made lush by the island''s volcanic mountains. A lovely outdoor swimming pool boasts a swim-up bar and ample opportunity to relax in the sun or shade; a games room features an American-style pool table; and the spa offers guests ancient Indonesian massage and healing treatments, using the finest local ingredients for its pure essential oils and natural skincare products. There are several options when choosing to dine at the hotel. These include the award-winning Petulu restaurant, serving authentic Asian cuisine, and the Cempaka Lounge restaurant which serves Asian-Western fusion cuisine and affords panoramic views of the river and valley below. Bordering a lagoon, the open-air Waroeng Subak bar serves cocktails and other refreshments. Pool Villas are 180sqm, spacious and decorated in a modern style with marble floors. They feature a living space, an outdoor shower and a swimming pool. Amenities include air-conditioning, tea and coffee equipment, a mini-bar, safe, work desk and an en-suite bathroom. Parking is available onsite and nearby.