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Como Shambhala Estate
Terracotta and thatched-roof residences with spring water infinity pools jut from the hillsides and line the Ayung River at this 22-acre retreat outside Ubud. Everything, from the dining experiences to the custom health programs, is designed to nurture and push guests closer to their wellness goals, whether they’re aimed at fitness or stress reduction. A cadre of resident experts, including a dietician, Ayurvedic doctor, reflexologist, and an expert in Oriental medicine along with fitness, yoga, Pilates, and qigong instructors are all here to guide guests away from old habits toward their higher powers. Most people come to Como Shambhala Estate as part of one of the resort's yoga or health retreats, or for consultations with regular visiting experts. After a day of practice or outdoor adventure, guests can retreat to a beautiful residence made from indigenous materials. The five principal Residences were inspired by the five elements, and each has an Indonesian name that translates to an earthy concept like “wind song” or “forest in the mist.”
By Serena Renner, AFAR Contributor
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Yoga Retreats: Como Shambhala Estate, Bali
Arguably the most luxurious yoga resort in Bali, Como Shambhala has 30 rooms, suites, and villas set on 23 acres of jungle-covered riverbank near Ubud, each with its own butler and infinity pool. Yoga programs led by visiting masters such as Rodney Yee are held throughout the year and typically include five hours of daily practice over five days. The spa offers Balinese and Ayurvedic treatments, and off-site activities range from jungle treks to visits to Ubud’s famous temples.
By Jen Murphy