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“Serenity” 5 of 5 stars
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COMO Shambhala Estate
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod | Payangan, Ubud, Payangan, Bali 80571, Indonesia   |  
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Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Payangan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Melbourne, Australia
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Serenity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

It is very hard to fault this magnificent place. Service, accommodation, food, staff, activities, location are world standard. I spent 7 glorious nights at this haven and loved every single minute. I cannot wait to go back. Special thanks to Tini and Dayu for looking after my every need all week.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Susie27868,

Warmest greetings from the peaceful jungles of Banjar Begawan.

At COMO Shambhala Estate we strive to immerse all of our guests in a positive, holistic and healing experience through all aspects – design, facilities, staff, treatments, cuisine, accommodation, community, adventure and culture. This being said, we are delighted to read your review and to learn that we were able to achieve this during your stay with us.

Tini, Dayu, myself and the COMO Shambhala Estate family look forward to welcoming you back home to the Estate soon and make sure your stay will be another truly memorable one.

Kind regards,
Paul
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Lisbon, Portugal
Top Contributor
106 reviews 106 reviews
22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

this hotel situated in an estate of 9ha, has only 25 rooms and 350 employes!
Although you don't see them, they materialise near you as soon as you have the smallest desire.
The SPA is fantastic and all the treatments are a blessing for your body and soul.
The daily activities are fun and diverse
food is good but mostly healthy and on dietary basis, I would appreciate a more elaborate menu
service is impecable
and the rooms are amazing, really from a fairy tail
We loved it and will be back for sure!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear ameliapcoutinho,

Warmest greetings from COMO Shambhala Estate, and the island of the God's and the thousand temples!

It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the complimentary daily activities as well as the treatments at COMO Shambhala. I do hope you were able to experience one of the treatments by the spring pools at Kedara, our Water Garden.

Thank you for your feedback with regards to the menu. I will be sure to review your feedback with our Executive Chef and Food and Beverage team. The COMO Shambhala cuisine at the Estate is inspired by the living food tradition - this maintains the nutritional integrity of the original foods’ essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals and allows you to benefit from the ‘life force’ of specific ingredients. This being said, we can also accommodate special requests from our guests that cater to their food preferences.

Thank you also for taking the time to share your experience at the Estate on TripAdvisor. We look forward to welcoming you back home to the Estate in the near future.

Kindest regards,
Paul
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Gstaad, Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

...when i arrived at the Hotel, i was so fascinated by its location...its a ferytale! its so unbelievebly amazing that you have to see it, to believe it. You dive into another world of relaxation and purity. Undisputely the best resort in Indonesia, well one of the one's in the world. I had the chance to travel to some of the nicest places of this lovely planet, but rarely had this feeling inside my of happiness and fullfillement in my heart. The food (at my time was an Australien Women Chef) as just to die for...all, really everything was fantastic...from Breakfast, over room-service, the little goodies you can eat down at the riverside or the natural pools setted in the forest over the lovely dinners...just perfect. Bravo to all the team of Como Shambhala...you have changed my life! Coming from a very blessed swiss mountain area, where stress is not in our vocab, i think that Como Shambhala is the most relaxing place on earth .Thanks for existing, thanks for creating estates like that and thanks to god, that i have the possibility in my life, to be able to travel to such a perfect world like Como Shambhala's world.

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear Thierry F,

We are the ones who would like to thank you for staying with us and also for contributing such a wonderful review of COMO Shambhala Estate on TripAdvisor.

We’re so pleased to learn that we’ve made it to your list of one of the best resorts in the world! Moreover, we’re very excited to hear that being at the Estate gave you a sense of happiness and fulfilment. This is really the best compliment you can give us as it is something that we would like for all of our guests to feel.

We will be sure that Heidi, our Executive Chef at the Estate, reads your feedback on how much you enjoyed the cuisine. I must agree that the picnic lunch by the spring pools at Kedara is really something special – I’m very glad to know that you were able to experience it.

Thank you again for your uplifting review, especially being a compatriot Swiss myself and we very much look forward to welcoming you back home to the Estate in the near future.

Kindest regards,
Paul
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Sydney, Australia
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7 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

After the chaos of Denpasar airport and the equally chaotic traffic we entered a small part of paradise at this hotel. We have never been to a hotel where the service was beyond exemplary, the location was as close to paradise as you could get. The room that we had was fantastic with three glass walls looking straight into the rainforest. Our personal assistant, Dayu was outstanding as was every member of staff we had interaction with. The restaurants were to die for and the freshness and quality of the food was amazing. The waitstaff (mostly young women) could teach many waitstaff around the world quality service of the highest order; they even remembered our names! After staying in many hotels we think this is the best we have ever been to.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 23, 2013
Dear krmSydney_Australia,

Thank you for the humbling review of COMO Shambhala Estate – we are ecstatic to learn that we’ve gained the title of the best hotel on your list!

It is wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that you especially appreciated the cuisine.

Along with the COMO Shambhala Estate family, I look forward to welcoming you back home to our little paradise at Begawan Village.

Kindest regards,
Paul
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Switzerland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband arranged a trip to Bali as a present for me. He said we'd be staying in a B&B in the mountains. When we arrived at Shambhala, my mouth literally fell open. I wasn't prepared for a magical oasis where the attention to detail was extraordinary. From the delicious, healthy meals to each petal in the flower arrangements, care and love abounded. Each guest is assigned a PA and ours, Agung, was remarkable at organizing our short stay so that we were able to take advantage of the beauty on offer while still having lots of time to relax in this stunning setting. Shambhala could easily be confused for Shangri-la! For a truly remarkable experience, I can't recommend this highly enough!

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Miss_Molly_by_Golly,

We’re so pleased to read your review on TripAdvisor.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on COMO Shambhala Estate and for the kind and generous compliments especially beeing Swiss too. We couldn’t be more delighted than to hear that you had a truly remarkable stay.

All of us at COMO Shambhala Estate hope to welcome you and your husband back home to the Estate sometime soon.

Kindest regards,
Paul
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Sydney, Australia
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Como Shambala exceeded every expectation i had, the food, the service the facilities are impeccable. Honestly after traveling the world, this is one of the most beautiful and magical places i have ever experienced and stayed. I did the vitality package and it was worth every cent, exceptional value for money. You feel as though you float through the property and are the only person there, i can't recommend Como Shambala Estate enough. Experience it for yourself.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Debbie T,

Warmest greetings from peaceful Banjar Begawan.

Thank you for your taking the time to write a review of your stay at COMO Shambhala Estate on Trip Advisor and for kindly recommending us.

We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay at the Estate and also humbled to learn that we were able to exceed all of your expectations.

Myself and the team at COMO Shambhala Estate are very much looking forward to welcoming you back home in the near future, please look at our Wellness retreats.


Kindest regards,
Paul
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Caracas, Venezuela
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

The best hotel - spa I have stayed at. My wife and I enjoyed it very much We took advantage of everything COMO Shambhala Estate has to offer. It was the best. Excellent facilities, superb service, outstanding rooms, excellent food...no words can describe this beautiful and peaceful place. I highly recommend it.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paul L L, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review, July 8, 2013
Dear Hermogenes L,

Warmest greetings from COMO Shambhala Estate at Banjar Begawan.

We’re so glad to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us and that we were able to meet your expectations. We hope that you and your wife and friends had the chance to participate in the complimentary daily schedule of activities we offer, which includes the morning Estate Walk and Yoga classes.

Thank you for your review and we look forward to welcoming you and your wife back home to the Estate in the near future even I know Venezuela is not just around the corner.

Kind regards from beautiful Bali,
Paul
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Address: Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod | Payangan, Ubud, Payangan, Bali 80571, Indonesia
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Location: Indonesia > Bali > Payangan
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Payangan
#1 Romantic Hotel in Payangan
#2 Spa Hotel in Payangan
#3 Luxury Hotel in Payangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — COMO Shambhala Estate 5*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
COMO Shambhala Estate is a residential health retreat with luxury villa-style accommodations near Ubud, Bali. This ‘Retreat for Change’ is a place to relax and improve wellbeing. State-of-the-art wellness facilities include a Vitality pool, private treatment areas beside the River Ayung, a climbing wall, gym, Pilates studio and yoga pavilion. The Estate’s Resident Experts, who all support the 360-degree approach to wellness, include a Yoga Master, Ayurvedic Doctor and guides for outdoor activities, with nutritional menus by COMO Shambhala Cuisine. The range of suites and villas, perched above the Balinese jungle, suits independent guests, couples, or small groups. ... more   less 
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