The Elegant Resorts & Villas Collection
Dégustation plus meditation have never felt naturally better.
A gentle talent for hospitality is one of the sweetest aspects of Ubud. Nowhere is that tenet better showcased than at COMO Shambhala Estate, a short drive out of town on a dramatic and staggeringly large estate above the Ayung River Gorge. The very private and uber-luxurious suites, villas and residences jut out over valleys, cling to hillsides or sit snugly onto the plateau rim with views of emerald rice terraces and an imposing, extinct volcano.
Nothing is signposted but there is a silent army of mindful “hosts” who make everything run smoothly for you, even down to collecting and delivering your shopping, doing your laundry, topping up your drink, refreshing your orchids, and pressing your clothes.
Around the grounds, infinity-edged pools stare into sheer drops of jungle, waterfall gardens abound with pools and streams of sacred spring water; fire pits blaze after dark and the extensive grounds induce the impression of heavenly isolation. With your body clock adjusted to the natural progression of the day, sleep is easy.
This is a wellness retreat. However, Christina Ong secured the talents of ex Rockpool chef Amanda Gale some years ago and Amanda had developed the menus of all COMO properties. For lucky Estate guests, Amanda is now the executive chef in residence. The flavours explode, the textures surprise the palate and the colours delight the eye. Imaginative juices and copious quantities of cool water compliment every meal.
You dictate your cocktail hour (yes – you can even drink!), your massages and your mealtimes. An all-day dining restaurant serves organic cuisine with dishes ranging from Italian and South Indian to regional Balinese.
All of the holistic, well-being opportunities here can sensibly be translated into daily life but at The Estate, the daily schedule of activities and the extensive spa facilities make the absolute most of its beautiful location.
Elegant Resorts & Villas
332 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
P: 1800 079 965 or +61 2 8270 4850