When I arrived at Chintamani I was leaving behind two small children, a busy job and my husband for a week of ME time. To be honest it’s been a long time since I’ve had five minutes to myself and I was uncertain what I was going to do with a whole week just for me. Questions like what do I like to do came up? Did I even know anymore? My hosts Wendy and Courtney were so lovely and really helped me settle in. They offered suggestions and just checked in with me daily to make sure that I was happy and if there was anything that they could do.
I soon settled into the swing of things at the retreat and joined in on the yoga + meditation classes that were held twice a day. I missed some of the 7am ones but that was ok, I was able to sleep in and go to the afternoon session at 4.30pm. Chintamani is a retreat where you can do what you want. Nobody cares if you join in or not, it’s your holiday and you can choose how you wish to spend it.
A sleep in was just what I needed and I felt so rested. The beds are so comfortable and I often made use of the bathtub in my indoor/outdoor Balinese bathroom to have a bubble bath of an afternoon. I’ve never been one to treat myself to many spa treatments over the years, I’ve either had no time or just spent the money on the kids so it was fantastic to be able to be spoilt for two hours each day in the spa area. I just loved the Balinese massages and although they have many other things on offer, I just loved these and felt so relaxed. During my stay I had two hours each day and got home feeling like a million dollars!
The other ladies that were there with me were fantastic company and I’m sure we’ll keep in touch. The place was big enough for us to not be in each other’s space and we came together each night over a family style Balinese meal at dinner. The Chef’s name is Made and he makes wonderful, healthy traditional meals each night. There is always a lot to choose from and plenty of it. I ate so much all week. He makes a delicious curry and tofu dishes that I just couldn’t get enough of.
The cooking school was something that is also included in the package and I loved being in an authentic Balinese environment and learning traditional dishes. My husband and kids have since tried some of these dishes from the recipes I was given at the class and they were a big hit.
Chintamani is located in Tabanan and on the day that I wanted to go shopping in Seminyak it took us about 30 minutes to get there, a bit longer in traffic during peak hour on the way home. I love shopping and it was great to go to Seminyak but when I got back to the retreat I felt a new appreciation for its tranquillity and tropical feel. It’s quiet and the gardens and water fountains very restful. I realised that I didn’t need an action packed holiday. What I really needed was to be quiet and relax into reading, swimming, eating, having spa treatments and doing yoga and meditation.
Honestly, I really really needed this break and I had such a good time. I was sad to leave the staff there and I’m planning on making this an annual time out for myself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chintamani Retreat & spa is an exclusive luxury boutique resort for women. Our week-long, all-inclusive packages deliver the ultimate spa and wellbeing holiday programme, offering a range of holistic resort activities to choose from. A private sanctuary set in a place of unparalleled beauty and sophistication, Chintamani Resort allows you to indulge in daily spa pampering, unwind with de-stressing yoga or meditation and enjoy exquisite, healthy cuisine. All scheduled classes and activities are optional and guests may also enjoy spending their own time wandering throughout the landscaped grounds or simply practicing the fine art of doing nothing.We promise you’ll leave us truly restored, renewed and re-energised. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chintamani Retreat & Spa Bali/Tabanan