Review: Santi Mandala Villa & Spa, Bali

Jessica Peterson

Santi Mandala Villa & Spa was nothing short of magical. For $100/night we had a private villa with exotic outdoor bathroom at this quiet resort in Ubud, Bali. There’s nothing as serene as sitting on your private deck gazing at a waterfall and watching the birds flitter by. The grounds are lush, hilly, and floral with lots of stone paths to explore on your spa day in, which you’ll need after pounding the pavement for a day or two. The excellent breakfast spread included pink crepes and a pool view. Read my full Bali travel story.

















Dress: BCBGMAXAZRIA (similar).  Vest: H&M (Hong Kong store) or similar.  Shoes: Macy’s (similar).  Earrings: Forever 21 (I like these too).

Photography by Jessica and Timothy Peterson

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Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island.
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  1. Carolina
    July 2, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Amazing photos!
    Lot’s of love

  2. Arushi Khosla
    Arushi KhoslaReply
    July 3, 2013 at 4:58 am

    Gorgeous pictures! And that skirt is amazing.

    x Arushi +

  3. Mel
    January 28, 2017 at 3:58 am

    You had me at private deck and waterfall! Holy cow that place is gorgeous- I love the pool, it’s so inviting. And the rooms are sumptuous. I’m totally sold– take me there! Very cute dresses, too 🙂

  4. Hendrik Hünecke
    Hendrik HüneckeReply
    January 28, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Absolutely amazing! The bathtub outside in the middle of nature – how great is that. I personally love all these small details there everywhere in the architecture, the perfectly fitting plants placed everywhere and of course the Spa area… that’s exactly the kind of Dream Spa vacation I would do as well.

  5. Gokul
    January 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    What a laid back place. Perfect fusion of nature and luxury. I wont mind shelling out a 100$ for one night there.

  6. Michaela Terese Harrison
    Michaela Terese HarrisonReply
    January 28, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Absolutely amazing! Exactly the kind of Dream Spa vacation. You had me at private deck and waterfall . I hope to travel to Bali

  7. In Africa N Beyond
    In Africa N BeyondReply
    January 28, 2017 at 8:16 am

    This is my kind of place – a luxurious villa in nature. You’re so right – there’s nothing as serene as sitting on your private deck gazing at a waterfall and watching the birds flitter by. These beautiful villas are making me really want to go to Bali.

  8. James Smith
    January 28, 2017 at 9:45 am

    That’s great value at $100. I like the way you went all in with the colorful dress! A place like this is what you need to relax without worrying about the price! Thanks for sharing, great pics!

  9. Sonia Sahni
    Sonia SahniReply
    January 29, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Wow! For just 100 usd, it’s a great deal! How did you travel to ubud? Also, how expensive was the food here?

  10. 2travellingsisters
    January 29, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    This gorgeous place is just for $100/night? That’s really amazing! Every picture just makes me want to pack my bags and visit this magical place.Private deck with the view of the waterfall and the beautiful surrounding is an absolute bliss, one couldn’t ask for a better place to stay while in Bali. Loved all your outfits :).

  11. Clare
    January 30, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Wow this place looks amazing. I wish I had splashed out on a nice place in Bali, even if it was just for one night!! I loved Ubud when I spent time there, its such a beautiful part of the country 🙂

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