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A sanctuary of wellness and respite ~ COMO Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali

August 24, 2009

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The Balinese Hindu believe in Re-incarnation is part of Hindu Balinese psyche, it’s probably one of the reasons there is such an air of bliss on the island. To a degree this also applies to hotels, that can come back, under a new brand identity and management, and emerge stronger and better. Such is the case of COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri, now part of priestess of high fashion Madam Christina Ong’s growing empire of chic hotels, from London to Bhutan, resurrected a blissfully delightful hotel, the former Begawan Giri in Ubud, Bali’s artistic pulse in the highlands.


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Dharma-seekers are lining up for COMO Shambhala Estate—the latest and hottest Bali resort—to align their chakras, drain their bad chi, and say om in a ravishing rainforest setting. Meditating in nature has never felt better, possibly because those old-style Zen mountain monasteries never took into concern your corporeal needs.
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Hydrotherapy at the Spa, one of only a few Spas offering such treatment.

Hydrotherapy at the Spa, one of only a few Spas offering such treatment.


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The massages with traditional oils are some of the most sublime in the world (the Berkeley in London has appropriated them). Likewise, everyone is copying the head-clearing lime ginger tea. Personal butlers do your laundry, top up your drink, refresh your orchids, and press your trousers while wearing Nehru jackets, sarongs, and the sunny, typically Balinese smiles, instead of the suits and the mildly disapproving expressions sported by their British counterparts.
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In the bedrooms (all different, by the way), Balinese teakwood, and Chinese antiques combine with extravagantly fairytale Victorian four-poster beds. On the grounds, infinity-edged pools drop off into the jungle leaves, waterfall gardens spew sacred water, fire pits blaze after dark.
Kudus House, restaurant at COMO Shambhala Estate.

Kudus House, restaurant at COMO Shambhala Estate.


Glow, for cuisine that takes organic and health-oriented to new heights.

Glow, for cuisine that takes organic and health-oriented to new heights.


Best of all, you feel as though it all belongs to you. For at Begawan Giri, you’re treated like a resident, not a guest. You sleep in one of four extremely private palatial residences, where, by either ingenuity or luck, fellow guests are rarely spotted, if at all. You dictate your cocktail hour, your massages and your mealtimes. There are two Restaurants, Kudus House, modeled after a traditional Javanese nobleman’s house with joglo pitch roof, and Glow, but most people just have their butler bring them food at odd hours of the day.

Source: Unique Travel Destinations

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 27, 2009 3:40 pm

    Could I nap in that bed! I was wondering what the box is for, chocolates maybe? Bon Bons and naps, perfect! This truly looks like a captivating place and nicely posted.

    • uniquetraveldestinations permalink*
      August 28, 2009 10:59 pm

      Betcha, you can! Bali has arguably the most sensorial of all Island resorts. There’s something magical in the Bali’s air, a result of a closed society that for ages have kept true to their Hindu ways, driving everything they do in their daily lives. Tourism is almost just a by-product. And the Balinese don’t make a big fuss about it. Of course, there are impact of modern tourism, just as with any society that has to deal w/ progress. But through it all, the Balinese have steadfastly remained Balinese, and I’ve been coming to Bali for like 3 decades, and I can say – whole-heartedly – that the Balinese are still very proud of their Bali Identity. Come on over for a visit to see yourself, if you haven’t been there! ciao, dian

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