A yoga novice, the 6 day yoga retreat I enrolled in was more to keep a friend company than anything else. It was my first time to Bali and I had no idea what the 6 days would be like. We were meet at the airport and even though quite late in the evening I watched with interest as we drove through Denpasar and then onwards to Ubud. The driver was welcoming, helpful and very skilful as he navigated through the traffic and narrow roads. On arrival at the accommodation the reception staff member was efficient & welcoming. The retreat staff were all like this - helpful, courteous, always smiling.
My room was a lovely surprise, simple but elegant. Huge comfortable bed, large ensuite with the biggest bath I have seen. If you want simple comfort in a very private setting this is it. No bells and whistles though - no TV, no internet, no newspapers and intermittent mobile coverage. A private verandah with a lovely outlook. Perfect for me. I fell into bed and slept soundly. In fact I slept well every night.
Iyan and Wayan instructed 15 of us from all over the world. The yoga pavilion is huge and well appointed, once again with the same simple elegance. I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to yoga but to my mind it covered all the bases. I have incorporated what I learnt into my exercise routine of swimming, hiking and weights. It has not only assisted with my flexibility and core strength but made a huge impact on a chronic spinal condition as a result of an accident 13 years ago. Iyan and Wayan modified certain aspects of the programme to accommodate me.
In fact they skilfully managed an entry level novice like me together with a number of advanced practitioners & at no time did I feel out of place. I very much enjoyed the 3 cultural experiences offered as well, the 10th Century Hindu temple in particular. Initially I admired the architecture and atmosphere of the place and approached the visit in terms of "nice experience" but once I got into the first pool & progressed from carving to carving the "moment" swept me up. It was the best way to spend New Year ’s Eve. Everything on offer at the retreat I took up. This includes the day of silence, the candles, the incense and the company on offer. I very much enjoyed meal times, not just for the distinct food but the company of people from all over the world and from so many walks of life. There were some very different points of view and personalities. The food is not western and is in keeping with the holistic experience of the yoga retreat, lots of fruit and fresh, local produce. If shopping or more familiar food is required then it is either a very short, complimentary taxi ride to downtown Ubud or a 15 to 20 minute walk. I didn't eat out, party out or shop but some of the guests did. This said Ubud has some very nice looking restaurants and shops. It was 6 days well spent and I enjoyed the experience. Anna
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ONEWORLD retreats Kumara is remarkably peaceful: the location offers 10 well appointed rooms, 2 swimming pools, dining room, lush gardens, wonderful views of the rice fields and a spa offering high quality treatments including our renowned Ayurvedic Chakra Dhara Massage.The resort is located in Ubud, where famous artists and writers from the world over have found peace and serenity including Elizabeth Gilbert who recently wrote about Ubud in the best seller Eat Pray Love. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Oneworld Retreats Kumara Hotel Ubud
- ONEWORLD Retreats Kumara Ubud, Bali