This hotel calls itself "Estate" - and that's really true. The grounds are huge and wind themselves around a curve of the Ajung River which flows down in the valley, about 300 steps downwards from the residences. The walk is a bit strenuous, but really worth it. You walk through a jungle like area, pass several little cabanas of the spa in the middle of nature and finally reach the kedara water gardens. Several - maybe five or so - pools filled with refreshing pure water from the closeby holy source. Since the hotel wasn't fully booked and many guests seem to avoid the effort of getting down there we were there mostly by ourselves and felt like in paradise. Of course there are loungers and plenty of towels, as well as hidden bathrooms. Sometimes invisible helpers changed our towels or placed some fruits on the loungers while we were swimming.
We had booked a 7 nights retreat in a terrace suite and this arrangement included 12 massages and 4 personal yoga sessions, so we were pretty busy getting all our treatments done. It started out with a long talk and examination by an Indian Ayurvedic Doctor, very nice guy, who worked out our treatmentschedule and it consisted of many different types of massages and some oil puring stuff. All very,very relaxing and applied by very skilled men and women. The best however were the massages in the jungle spa were you could look into this incredible nature and immerse yourself in the sound of the jungle. It's really worth to choose this option - at least a few times. The spa building next to the restaurants and reception is a very cool, but boring concrete building. The treatmentrooms however are very nice.
We had a room in the fire villa tejasuara which was indeed very nice and hardly saw any other guests there, so mostly had the whole outdoor area including an open air living for ourselves
There is a butler called personal assistant who checkes after you several times a day and does all the planing for your treatments etc.
The restaurant (one more like spa food one more traditional Balinese food) were never really full and the service was always perfect. Our only point of criticism is the dietfood.
The Ayurvedic Doctor recommends certain types of food, according to your body type. However this diet does't consist of things especially prepared for you but of sorting out most of which is on the menue and only leaving a few things left from the regular menue you are supposed to eat.
In my case these options were so few (I am not fat!) that after three days I had actually tried everything and therefore skipped the diet part. The food itself was great and always prepared fresh in front of your eyes.
All in all this was an ultimate spa vacation, not cheap but worth the money (less then 10.000 USD including all the food, drinks and treatments).
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Como Shambhala Estate Hotel Payangan
- COMO Shambhala Estate Bali/Payangan