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Bagus Jati Health & Wellbeing Retreat
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

It took me couple of weeks to absorb this experience in order to be able to talk about it. Since that was not our first time in bali and we have already stayed in very nice places in the island before, we don’t fall in the trap of mixing a beautiful hotel with the beauty of the magnificent island.
Having said that , Now that’s one brilliant place and I don’t think twice before calling it a paradise.

The resort:
Located 45min away from Ubud in next to the small Jati village. The almost isolated location is a perfect for a retreat. The location might not be convenient to those who would like to spend some time in Ubud. For those I suggest to book couple of days in Ubud separately.

The Villa:
We booked deluxe spa villa no.106 which has a unique corner position that offered great view and guaranteed maximum privacy. The villa is nicely furnished and has a nice wide terrace with an open view on the green hill opposite to the resort.

The Bed is not comfortable as we could feel and hear the springs squeaking with every move. After couple of days we asked the room service to pad the bed with extra blanket underneath us so we make it more comfortable.
The linen was not clean as we arrived although there were just been changed after the last guest. we had to ask them to change them again, unfortunately they’ve been changed to another unclean stained linens, so we asked again and finally we got our clean linens.

Mosquito net had a couple of stains and was not as tight as it is supposed to be. The room overall needed renovation, some new furniture would be nice.

Bathroom:
Average with stone floor however it has not enough light. There is a spa area where we could have had our massages in the room but we didn’t use. The shower is located in the spa area. The shower is not attractive enough. The management must consider buying new towels cuz the existing ones are almost worn out. Bathroom amenities were good.

Spa:
The highlight of the retreat, amazing spa with extraordinarily staff. We have been in Bali before and tried many massages and that was absolutely the best we experienced.

The treatments varies between massages, Ayurveda treatment and others. Do not miss the barefoot shiatsu which is given in an outdoor “cave like” massage area overlooking the view which makes it a unique experience. Also the Banana Leaf wrap is one of the best thing I’ve done for myself. Everyone we have talked to in the resort was amazed by this treatment.

I have also tried the Shirodara, the treatment was very nice and the therapist washed and dried my hair afterword for extreme pampering.

I got the feeling that the spa staff have one life mission but pampering the guests. Not a single time I went to the spa and have not found the therapists ready waiting for me and for my husband.
The Spa also has a Jacuzzi you get to use after the massage for a bonus relaxation. The spa shower has lockers , full amenities and a blow dryer so we didn’t have to go back to the room after the treatment. They do not have double massage rooms thou.

Swimming pool:
I believe the pool is filled by spring water, I almost didn’t feel any chemicals while swimming. It was like swimming in a lake. The infinity pool overlooking the view and you can clearly hear the relaxing sound of the river from the pool. The pool certainly could use more jets as the insects kept standing on the quiet part of the water.

Yoga and meditation:
The yoga class starts at 7am. Different instructor each time. Since the class welcomes different people from all ages and fitness levels the instructor tried to accommodate everyone. the class didn’t include a lot of asana. Very light positions and some pranayama exercises. One of the guests talked to the instructor asking for more asana since almost everyone in class have been doing yoga for quite sometime. so he gave a magnificent class that day.

The best yoga instructors were Buddha and Wayan..thank you guys so much. When we went to thank Wayan for the fantastic class he was so kind so sweet not calling himself yoga instructor, he said he is just sharing some knowledge with us, how modest was that.

Meditation was not always good, depends on the facilitator, again Buddha and Wayan were the best. We had another class where the instructor ended the meditation session by “ok that’s enough, I have to stop cuz my back hurts” we were not comfortable getting out of the deep meditation state this way.

The yoga pavilion has all tools you might need in the session, so you don’t have to bring your mat or blocks or anything . That was one of the best places I’ve practiced yoga, besides the amazing instructors, how can you beat the genius view, the jungle noise, or the river flowing sound?

Restaurant:
The food is very fresh. Specially vegetables and juices. We have tried almost everything in the menu. There are many vegetarian dishes even in breakfast. Except for the crispy duck, everything was very good. Maybe more choices would have been nice since it is the only restaurant we go while being in the retreat. You can also go to Ubud if the distance doesn’t bother you.

The hotel is located in a hill which kinda concerned me before going, but with this healthy life style, I found myself being able to climb up and down the stairs with no problem. We also used the golf cart where we didn’t feel like taking the stairs, the cart showed up in no time.

There are a lot of jungle friends around, they didn’t bother us (not even the small snake I almost stepped on) they are harmless. But it is a good idea to bring a serious insect repellent for the persisting mosquitos.

Activities:
The retreat offers many free activities within the day. We have went to the nature walk which was very interesting and it gave us a real taste of the jungle. It might be a good idea to cover up if you are going to do this walk to avoid scratches by thrones and branches.

The 2 hours walk also includes getting into a traditional Balinese house and learn about its building rules, walk around jati village and wood carving workshops. our guide Buddha was amazing and so generous in knowledge.

We have also booked the introduction to Balinese massage session, which is a one hour session. When my husband and I went to the session we expected to practice on each other, however we had two therapists waiting for us, one to teach us the moves and the other to practice on.
Having finished a thai massage full course before, I learned so much within this hour.

There are so many free activities on the place that we didn’t feel bored for a second. All activities are for free unless off schedule.
The resort also serves 3 o’clock complimentary tea at the pool area which was nice while waiting for the meditation session.

We noticed that, except for the spa therapists, all staff is doing almost all the jobs, the yoga instructor maybe serving tea, collecting towels at the pool, conducting other activities which gave the sense of humbleness and simplicity.

Areas to improve:
New linens and towels in the room
- Comfortable seating and lounge area in the terrace
- Renovate the rooms with new furniture (maybe a little bit of modernization )
- More light in the room and bathroom
- The Yellow Stone floor of the bathroom are nice but it gave me the feeling of uncleanness

Also because of the isolation of the place, we found ourselves part of small community of mazing people coming from all over the world, sharing travel and life experience which was another bonus that we didn’t expect.
Overall, Bagus jati is an amazing experience, certainly one of the best things we’ve done in our travel life

Room Tip: Room 106 is located on a corner of the hill so it gives open view and privacy.
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank shera111
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Bagus Jati was our first detox experience. This is a Doctor led program so we felt safe & well looked after. We wanted to complete a 7 day program, which the wellness retreat accommodated for us by compressing the 10 day program into 7D8N, which is exactly what we asked for.

1- Getting there: The resort is around 40mins away from ubud and about 2 & 1/2 hours for airport at peak time (which we arrived in)
2- Accommodation: We stayed in a deluxe spa villa at the top of the hill. Beautiful location in the jungle set on the edge of a ravine. Very clean and well serviced, huge king bed, separate bathroom & spa room joined w 2 massage tables & spa bath. Divine! On arrival after check in spa therapists arrived at our villa and gave us a reflexology treatment in our spa room. The Spa, swimming pool, yoga pavilion & bar are set low down in the ravine below your villa & the walk can be quite steep but it is a stunning setting and the energy down there is amazing. We counted going up & down the hill as a bit of exercise everyday & you can get a buggy if need be, which we did a couple of times while on the first few days of detoxing as it was warm & we felt pretty tired at first.
3- Staff: are friendly, very accommodating, always smiling, very helpful.
4- Food: It's all organic and a lot of the ingredients are grown on the resort. We took a traditional Bali cooking lesson at the end of our detox, which was great. We had the detox program for the most part, but the food on the menu we did try was lovely. Our detox was juice, fruit and then vegetarian fare. All was prepared beautifully and for the foodies that we are impressed us with the flavours and presentation.
5- Morning Yoga: There are 2 Yoga Teachers so daily styles vary - One is Hatha & the other is a blend of a styles from a very experienced teacher, which we loved. Both are different & open you up to new learning. No other classes are offered during the day unless you book a private session ($25).
6- Daily Meditation: this is available in the meditation pavilion or in the yoga pavilion each day. There are three different meditation teachers, however the first one we tried put us off, so we didn't go back ... Maybe remiss(!), but having practiced meditation for 25 years I decided to just work on my own in our villa.
7- Spa: The massages and ayruvedic treatments are fantastic. The therapists are excellent & this certainly helped with our detoxing. The setting is lovely & very relaxing.
8- Detox: I guest this is very individual, but we are two very stressed business owners who needed much time out and to give our bodies some space to heal & this worked wonders for us. It was hard going in the first few days, but after this a sense of wellbeing and more energy returns. We both lost a little weight, but mostly look less "puffy & toxic" & our skin glowed & we felt very calm and balanced. We had 4 sessions with the DR on health & nutrition & 4 acupuncture treatments, plus herbal medication to take 3 times a day to help support the system & cleanse. We see a naturopath at home in Australia, so this was all familiar to us.

There are plenty of other activities we didn't do but which one can do if there long enough (trekking before sunrise, elephant rides, jungle tour, visiting temples ... But we were there to "do" less and just "be" so we didn't partake in any of these!

We think this would also be a great place for a straight relaxation break as the food looked delish! Will definitely be back!

  • Stayed: February 2013, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank LeighEfferion
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Although it was a long and thrilling 90-minute drive from the airport, this place is worth it.
I woke up to the sound of birds singing and was amazed at flickering light of fireflies at night.
During the day time, the resort provides variety of activities such as short hiking, pool exercise, Balinese cultural events, etc., in addition to
various spa menus.
Also the view of endless tropical forest, colorful flowers, and sometimes misty gardens after lighting and rumble of thunder, and the sound of croaking of frogs and lowing of the cattle in the distance are good remedy for busy life.
And warm hospitality of hotel staffs and hearty meals at the restaurant were another reason to go back.

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled solo
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3  Thank mocamoca70
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We stayed at Bagus Jati for five nights in a Superior Room. The location itself is to die for. About 45 minutes from Ubud and very secluded and peaceful. The rooms are also amazing with views overlooking the jungle. My view is that the superior rooms offer much better view of the jungle than the deluxe which are located higher up on the flatter part of the resort. Room comes with large spa bath and tea and coffee making. A night you will need to keep your doors closed to avoid insects coming in. Also on offer are large balconies with table and day bed.
The staff are friendly however please don't go expecting the service and commitment of a five star hotel. Staff spoke minimal English and were very rigid in their dealings. For example, we ordered a small beer at the pool bar. They had run out altogether and would not request one from the restaurant just 150m away. Found the activities and tours of varying quality. Highly recommend the village cycling although it is grossly overpriced compared with prices in Ubud. The shuttle was a good offer however failed to collect us on one occasion and we needed to arrange private transport back. The hotel were good about this and reimbursed us accordingly. The morning yoga is a nice way to relax but I'm not convinced the instructor knew much about it, he had learnt a sequence and repeated it every day.
In terms of food, we good pretty sick of the offerings at the restaurant after five days. The food wasn't 'spa/health retreat quality'. Overpriced compared with Ubud and no where else to eat as it is so isolated. Western options were very poor, the Indonesian options were better.
The spa itself is great but again overpriced for Indonesian standards. I had the jati detox for approx US 87 which lasted for 2 hours. Note that the staff are very inflexible when making the treatment bookings and say it is booked up when there is not a sole in sight.
Come being prepared to climb up and down very steep hills. Not good if you have leg injuries/ tight Achilles or calf issues. However there are buggies to run you up and down on demand.
Overall a pleasant staff. My main concern is the staff and lack of international training. I'd recommend the hotel if you are looking at being far away from Ubud and happy to pay extra as you are a captive audience there.

Room Tip: Go for a superior room for a better view
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Kellie P
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

It was just heavenly. It is a huge 5-star resort with beautiful gardens and landscaping. The reception area is amazing.It is open and quite large. Wifi is available there but not in the rooms. We were offered a cold juice when we arrived.They grow their own organic vegetables. The villa was just spectacular. You have your own on a hilltop with a timber balcony overlooking the forest.We saw monkeys at the edge of it.There is tea and coffee-making and a mini-fridge. The bathroom was large with a spa bath. The beds were very comfortable in single king size. We watched the mist rising from the ground early in the morning. The food was excellent. It is very steep everywhere but they pick you up in a buggy. The beauty treatment area is beautiful. Each room has its own balcony and the doors are open looking at the forest. I had a fantastic massage. The area is separate and you walk down to the pool where there is a bar. We were served complimentary tea and biscuits. I would love to go back there.

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Purpleboo10
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