From November 1 to 3, the gregarious hotel designer – who has created over 200 resorts in more than 30 countries – will take guests on curated tours of the stunning property and surrounding area. First up on the agenda is a morning jog led by Bensley, an avid runner, setting off from one of Capella Ubud’s exquisitely appointed tents (from $1,300 per night, plus 11 per cent tax and 10 per cent service charge). Participants can then join Bensley for a tour of Neka Art Museum and, specifically, learn about the work of artist Rudolf Bonnet, before a picnic lunch is served en route to the designer’s studio in nearby Sanur. Other scheduled activities include visits to Bensley’s favourite antiques shop, a sketch class, a 75-minute Balinese massage, dinner at Mads Lange and an omakase feast at Api Jawa, hosted by Bensley. What’s more, each guest will receive a signed, personalised drawing of their tent by Bensley as a weekend keepsake.
As well as being a sumptuous three-day getaway for guests, the weekend will raise money for the Shinta Mani Foundation, a charity with which Bensley is involved that’s dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged communities in Cambodia.
Nestled between Ubud’s rainforest, expansive rice paddy fields and the sacred Wos River, Capella Ubud offers a stunning vantage point to observe Bali’s rich culture and history – and who better to have as a guide than the resort’s driving creative force?