Winter Wellness: Cleaning House

  • Gisela Williams

Since acquiring the property that would become Como Shambhala Estate, Como Hotels and Resorts has changed the name (from Begawan Giri), added a few private villas, and built a new spa, the Ojas, which includes nine treatment rooms, a yoga pavilion, a swimming pool, and a water-therapy pool. However, while transforming this 23-acre Balinese retreat into its flagship property over the past few years, Como wisely retained the original spa, the Kedara, which sits in a deep, dreamscape-like river gorge.

Alfresco treatments at the Kedara take place on wooden platforms that are surrounded by river-fed pools and jungle gardens. Guests at the property receive daily treatments at the Kedara, the Ojas, or elsewhere on the property as part of the wellness retreat’s three-, five-, and seven-night packages. The packages focus on one of five primary themes—cleansing, Ayurveda, fitness, stress management, or rejuvenation—and meals are tailored to the theme that you choose.

Located in clearings throughout the jungle, Como Shambhala’s five residences house most of the property’s 40 guest rooms and suites. Each of the teak-and-stone buildings includes its own communal living area and pool, while the resort’s five one- and two-bedroom Retreat Villas feature private pools and spa-treatment rooms. The resort also offers four two- and three-bedroom Private Villas, one of which includes a massive outdoor stone bathtub that sits at the edge of a Japanese water garden.

Como Shambhala Estate, +62.361.978.888,


A 23-acre wellness retreat located in the mountains near the town of Ubud in Bali, Indonesia.

A total of 40 guest rooms, suites, and villas.

Kudus House specializes in Indonesian cuisine, while Glow serves raw cuisine and gourmet meals that emphasize nutrition.

During a three-, five-, or seven-night stay, guests receive daily treatments focusing on one of five themes: cleansing, Ayurveda, stress management, rejuvenation, or fitness. Guest instructors frequently host weeklong yoga retreats.

In addition to yoga classes and spa treatments, guests can climb rocks, play tennis, take guided hikes, or practice martial arts. The staff can arrange visits to Balinese temples, museums, and beaches throughout the island.

$300 to $3,900; prices include a wellness consultation and daily breakfast, activities, and treatments.

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