COMO Shambhala Estate is a short drive out of Ubud on a dramatic and staggeringly large estate above the Ayung River Gorge. The very private and ultra-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. This resort isn’t just a elegant retreat, but a balm for the soul. Its focus on healing, wellness, and bliss makes it entirely unique.
Although it’s a mere hour drive from Denpasar, guests feel like they’ve been flown to another world. Guests enter the self-styled “Retreat for Change” through the jungle cloaking Bali’s Ayung River. There’s an emphasis on physical activity as well as Ayurvedic treatments including abhyanga, a full-body warm oil massage. Guests shouldn’t leave without experiencing a warm muscle wrap, a Balinese-inspired therapy that blends local folk medicine and the sensual appeal of hand-crushed warm rice with spices.
Nothing is signposted but there is a silent cadre of mindful “hosts” ensure everything runs smoothly, even down to collecting and delivering shopping, doing laundry, topping up drinks, refreshing orchids, and pressing clothes.
Around the grounds, infinity-edged pools face 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.
Guests choose their cocktail hour, massages, and 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 The Estate makes the absolute most of its beautiful location with a daily schedule of activities and the extensive spa facilities.
Unique among Bali wellness resorts, COMO Shambhala Estate feels truly residential, like a home away from home. For this reason, it appeals not just to those with specific wellness goals in mind, but the dramatic accommodation in villas and suites is suited to couples, independent travelers, groups and families seeking a peaceful holiday.
At COMO Shambhala Estate, you can immerse yourself in the flavours of Indonesian cuisine.
Restaurants include: Kudus House, Glow, *Also- “Destination Dining”