A luxurious wellness getaway in Bali’s jungle
21 Suites / 9 Villas
Tucked away a short distance from Bali’s cultural center Ubud, COMO Shambhala Estate invites you to take up residence and embrace both luxury and wellness. This ultra-luxe health-focused getaway bills itself as a “retreat for change,” a place where you can leave with healthful lifestyle habits firmly intact.
The estate sprawls across 23 acres nudging a jungle-covered riverbank where you can find a natural spring locally revered for its healing properties.
It takes a personalized approach to health with resident experts, including a yoga and Pilates instructor, an Ayurvedic doctor and Oriental medicine masters in tai chi, qigong and other martial arts, all of whom work together. The purposeful healing programs are complemented by state-of-the-art facilities, including a vitality pool, with underwater soaking jet beds, beautiful outdoor treatment areas overlooking the Ayung River, nine indoor treatment rooms and a Pilates studio.
To complete the holistic approach to your health plan, a sophisticated nutritional menu is individualized for you, too.
Let's start with Sunday brunch. It is a languid, informal affair where you are treated to the estate’s organically grown ingredients and a lavish feast fit for a (health-conscious) king. Decadent dishes include lobster, chicken and spinach shumai dumplings with black vinegar doused in chili oil and coriander, and grilled king fish with tomato and lemon basil wrapped in a banana leaf with coconut and lemongrass sambal.
As guests dine, local village girls practice traditional dance on the grounds to the sounds of the gamelan orchestra.
There are two restaurants at the Bali hotel, Glow and Kudus House. Glow is open all day long and features vibrant, health-conscious eats. Kudus House, located in a 150-yea-old residence, is open for breakfast and dinner and serves a wide variety of authentic Indonesian dishes.
Nutritionists can also tailor an eating plan to your wellness goals, whether you’re look to detox or re-energize. Favorite health-conscious plates include the spicy young coconut noodle and vegetable salad, meatball soup with egg glass noodles and spinach, and zucchini lasagna with basil and semi-dried tomato with pine nut cheese.
The 30 suites and villas are spread out across the estate and nudge up to the dense jungle. The design of the villas and suites, created by architect Cheong Yew-Kuan, incorporates an authentic Indonesian style with natural sweeping roofs and carved stone.
All of the suites are found in the five uniquely themed residences. These residences (all with pools) can be booked for up to 16 guests, an ideal choice for family travel or larger groups. The nine villas are freestanding accommodations, some with private pools.
More modern than the accommodations in the residences, the five Retreat Pool Villas offer one- and two-bedroom units with private dining and living areas plus private pools and close access to the spa. (All the pools are spring fed, allowing for healing and soothing, which will leave your skin feeling super silky.) There are also Four Private Villas of two- and three-bedroom suites with private pools and several living spaces.
The Wellness Programs
Expert consultants and therapists have more than eight specializations, including Ayurveda, reflexology, yoga, Pilates, nutrition and Oriental medicine.
You can choose from several specific programs. The Ayurvedic Program can include a detox, a series of body treatments, a special diet set, yoga and meditation. The program depends on your individual constitution and your state of being on mental and emotional levels.
The Active Program is designed to bring together fitness, personal training and nutrition. After working with a personal trainer and incorporating the nutritional element of your plan, you will start on a motivational path to wellness. The goal is to have you inspired enough to devise a sustainable workout regime you can continue to practice once you’re back home.
And during the Cleanse Program you’ll learn about improving your lymphatic circulation and detoxifying the liver, kidneys and skin, plus develop a plan to improve your overall health. This includes using the right herbal cleansers for your body type, which is part of what enables your body to shift back to optimum health.
In addition to these, other programs include a rejuvenation-minded plan that encompasses beauty and spa treatments; a stress management curriculum that works on restoring depleted mineral levels that can affect mental stability, fatigue and disrupted sleep cycles; and an Oriental-themed plan to focus on wellness through acupuncture, herbal medicine, qigong and meditation.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in, too. Even if you don’t sign up for a particular program, you can join in on fitness classes, mountain biking, rock climbing, outdoor tennis, hiking and local museum and gallery visits.