What do the world’s best winemakers do when they need to create an even more special wine? They roll out a limited edition ‘reserve’ run. In trying to build an even more elite sub-brand out of one of the best-known names in luxury hospitality, Ritz-Carlton is using that same vino approach.
The Reserve concept is a collection of signature, one-of-a-kind, non-cookie cutter boutique resorts. Each emphasizes a distinctive personality and tries to capture the local landscape.
The first Ritz-Carlton Reserve opened in Phulay Bay, Thailand. The second was Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, in Puerto Rico. The third is on the way, and the cliché ‘third time’s a charm’ certainly applies to what Ritz-Carlton has in store.
The latest addition to the Ritz-Carlton charm bracelet of properties is Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve that opened in the summer. It’s located in one of the most desirable locations on the planet: the mystical island of Bali.
The Balinese-style resort has just 35 large luxury suites and 25 villas with private pools, including the largest 3 bedroom pool villa, set amongst the tropical landscape.
The most innovative feature? Mandapa has its own traditional rice field, and offers guests the chance to experience the time-honored methods of planting, harvesting and tending the local staple.