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Bali | COMO Shambhala Estate

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COMO Shambhala Estate
BY: KATIE URBAN | SMARTFLYER

WHY: Honeymoon!
WHEN: April 2014
WHO: Me and my husband

The ultimate, five-star wellness retreat in the heart of the Balinese rainforest.

- DETAILS, DETAILS -

TYPE: Luxury resort.

ROOMS: Individually designed private Residences. Every room is different, but has access to its own pools, lounge areas and shaded pavilions.  

WELLNESS: The Estate provides a state-of-the-art gym and outdoor activities that make the most of its unique location. The facilities are first class with multiple yoga studios, a Pilates studio, tennis court, hydrotherapy pool, lap swimming pool, steam, sauna and everything else you'd expect from a five-star property.

PILATES/YOGA: The Pilates studio is the most beautiful, suspended on the steep cliff overlooking the Ayung River. Every day there were at least two or three complimentary group classes, from guided morning walks, aqua therapy, circuit training, yoga, or biking through the nearby rice paddies.

POOL: Among the wide range of amenities is a heated infinity-edged Vitality Pool for specialized hydrotherapy treatments. The pool's water is sourced from the property's mineral-rich spring and features pressure jets to massage. My favorite pool was Kedara (Sanskrit for ‘the water gardens’). All health facilities draw water from The Source, a spring locally revered for its healing properties. 

SPA: The Ojas spa is made up of 9 tranquil treatment rooms offering a range of local and international treatments. Attention to detail was superb, and my husband and I both were obsessed with the lemon-grass and ginger tea served at the spa. We tried the COMO Shambhala Purify facial and the Indonesian couples massage. For greater privacy, I recommend requesting one of the private treatment pavilions located towards the spring pools with their own outdoor shower and hot tub; a place where you could spend an entire afternoon pre and post treatment.

VIBE: Private, tranquil, rejuvenating, health-oriented.

RESTAURANT: The food was one of my favorite parts of the resort. For breakfast, we ate at Kudus House, showcasing the diverse influences and flavors of Indonesia’s regions served in a 150-year old former Javanese residence. For lunch and dinner, we dined at Glow. Both restaurants feature an array of raw, vegan and gluten free options, which I loved.

The cuisine is organic, sourced locally, and delivered from field to table. Above all, cooking methods are minimized to help maintain the nutritional integrity of the original ingredients. Each day, my husband and I were blown away by how delicious, healthy and fresh the food was. I was told a cookbook is in the works, and I will be ordering that as soon as it comes out!

BAR: There is a small bar at Glow restaurant. Alcohol is not featured on the Glow menu, but is available upon request. We didn't drink for our entire stay.

WIFI: Available.

KIDS: The Estate welcomes families but there are no child-specific activities onsite. Due to the unique design and layout of the Residences, children under the age of 16 are not allowed to stay in an individual room within a residence that is occupied by guests from a different party. As a side note: we did see a family with a small baby.

LOCATION: The hotel is a short drive from Ubud, and about an hour's drive from Bali's capital, Denpasar, and Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). 

 


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SmartFlyer Exclusive Amenities

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
American breakfast for up to two in-room guests daily
Wellness program reservation receives $100 USD resort credit to be used against spa/activity/food
and beverage and COMO Shambhala product in boutique
Daily rate reservation receives $75 USD resort credit to be used against spa/activity/food and beverage
and COMO Shambhala product in boutique.
Lunch for single or double occupancy (excluding beverages).
Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability


 

- A few things -

The Estate offers various Wellness Programs for different lengths of stay. Programs run for three, five or seven nights. Alternatively, you can opt for a Discover COMO Shambhala Program to target a particular concern. A personal assistant keeps your health and well-being regime on track, organizes your daily activity schedule, and even provides a buggy transfer around the property.

The accommodations are comprised of 5 different residences representing and themed around earth, fire, water, forest and wind, each consisting of Garden, Terrace and Como Suites. Each residence has between 4 and 5 suites that share a pool and communal lounge areas. Guest rooms combine Balinese teakwood and Chinese antiques, with gorgeous four-poster king size beds. The residences are extremely private, in large part because you dictate your own cocktail hour, massage schedule and mealtimes. In addition to the residences, there are one and two-bedroom retreat villas by the Japanese designer Koichiro Ikebuchi, each with its own heated pool and steam room. 

Shambhala in Sanskrit means "the sacred place of bliss." Very fitting. I will definitely be going back.

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