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Hotel Highlights

  • Foliage-clad river-valley setting and low-key Bali-luxe decor
  • Exceptional spa and wellbeing facilities, including floating treatment rooms, poolside yoga <i>bale</i> and a climbing wall
  • Complete seclusion – Como Shambhala redefines ‘getting away from it all’

Overview

WINNER: BEST SPA HOTEL – SMITH HOTEL AWARDS 2013

No matter how tight your muscles or stressed your mind, the wall-to-wall waterfall luxury of the hotel Como Shambhala Estate in Ubud and its decadent spa will straighten you out in now time. Beauty editors and yogis from around the world flock to this highly rated flagship for its back-to-nature approach that relaxes and revivifies you in waiting-on-your-every-whim decadence.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Como Shambhala Estate with us:

A Como Shambhala aromatherapy gift; GoldSmiths will also receive a 60-minute massage for two for five-night stays or more. Singaporean Smiths who book this hotel will also get a free massage at Como Shambhala Urban Escape, Singapore

Facilities

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Como Shambhala Estate Hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Need To Know

Rooms

30 suites, housed in five shared residences, plus five Retreat Villas and four two- or three-bedroom Private Villas.

Check–out

Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $800.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.

More details

The hotel's Daily Discover Rates include half-board (breakfast and lunch or breakfast and dinner) and either a 60-minute massage or a free one-way airport transfer.

Also

Como Shambhala runs a number of residential retreats throughout the year, with visiting experts holding courses and seminars.

Hotel closed

No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 21 March 2015, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.

At the hotel

Spa, gym, yoga studios, Jungle Gym, tennis courts, library, shop. In rooms: LCD TV, DVD player, free WiFi, minibar, tea/coffee, Como Shambhala spa products.

Our favourite rooms

They’re all pretty spectacular. The one-bedroom Retreat Villas – each with a private treatment room – are ideal if you’re planning on being a regular at the nearby spa. Of the Private Villas, Sukma Taru has valley views. The Principal Suites – one in each residence – are large and lavish. Go for the one in Tirta-Ening residence, which has a private entrance, terrace, waterfall pool, balé and Jacuzzi – oh, and a six-ton carved stone bath.

Poolside

Each of the residences has its own pool and stand-alone villas have private pools. In most cases, they are infinity-edged, surrounded by decking and with beautiful jungle views. The spa, as well as a 25m lap pool, has hydrotherapy pools and jet beds.

Packing tips

Every body-hugging, stretch-friendly piece of keep-fit kit you can lay your hands on, plus plenty of swimwear. Don’t worry if you forget your yoga mat, though: every room is supplied with one.

Also

East meets West in the holistic Ojas spa, with therapies running the gamut from Ayurveda and anti-ageing to Thai massage and stress management.

Children

Not really encouraged, but welcome in the private villas. Under-12s stay free; otherwise an extra bed in rooms costs $75 a night. Babysitting can be arranged ($10 a child an hour) and the kitchen can rustle up special meals for children.

Food & Drink

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Como Shambhala Estate Hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Hotel Restaurant

The tasty, locally sourced produce perfectly complements the wellness ethos. Kudus House serves Indonesian cuisine in a 19th-century Javanese villa; Glow is an all-day restaurant, with an open kitchen, offering local organic dishes with a healthy bent. At the Ojas spa and poolside, choose from a menu of snacks, sorbets and granitas.

Hotel Bar

As if we'd let you poison your precious liver on a wellness retreat…

Last orders

10.30am for breakfast; 6pm for Glow's all-day menu; 11pm for dinner.

Room service

A broad menu of healthy snacks and meals is available 24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Cotton kurtas and Thai-style wrap trousers.

Top table

Glow’s pavilion structure means every mouthful is accompanied by eyefuls of the Ayung valley. In Kudus House, request a table on the veranda.

Local Guide

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Como Shambhala Estate Hotel – Bali – Indonesia
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Guests are encouraged to get their bodies going, with free guided walks and yoga sessions daily. Ashtanga and Pilates fans will be in seventh heaven, but if mystical bending and being told how to breathe is anathema to you, there are plenty of gung-ho muscle-testing options to tempt you off your sunlounger. Hike or bike along mountain trails on Mount Batu, clamber up and over boulders, ace a few sets of tennis, go white-water rafting on the Ayung river or push your calf, thigh, stomach and shoulder muscles on an outdoor training circuit.

Local restaurants

We doubt you’ll want to derail your wellness programme by eating out, but if you’re tempted make for the Three Monkeys (+62 (0)361 975 554) on Jalan Monkey Forest, where the magical rice-paddy panorama is well matched by simple Mediterranean fare and divine desserts. Head to hillside Murni’s Warung (+62 (0)361 975 233), on Jalan Campuhan, for Indonesian and Western dishes served on four open-air levels decorated with Balinese art.

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Jungle wonderland

Como Shambhala Estate

Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar, Ubud, Bali, 80571

Planes

Fly into Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport, south of capital Denpasar, served by carriers including Garuda, Singapore Airlines, Jetstar, Air Asia and JAL. If you need one, visas can be bought on arrival, so have US dollars cash with you if required. The drive to Como Shambhala should take an hour and a quarter.

Automobiles

The hotel is a short drive from the island’s art centre of Ubud, and 40 minutes from capital, Denpasar.

Reviews

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Como Shambhala Estate Hotel – Bali – Indonesia

Anonymous review

by Nadya Hutagalung , Eco star at Osel

If Bali is the Island of the Gods then it is highly likely Como Shambhala Estate, nestled in a misty, mossy valley, is where they reside. My suspicions were first aroused a few years back when Mr Smith and I travelled to this hidden wellness retreat, 15 minutes’ drive from Bali’s artistic and cultural centre, Ubud, for our honeymoon. At that time we were convinced that there were good …
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Como Shambhala Estate

Anonymous review by Nadya Hutagalung, Eco star

If Bali is the Island of the Gods then it is highly likely Como Shambhala Estate, nestled in a misty, mossy valley, is where they reside. My suspicions were first aroused a few years back when Mr Smith and I travelled to this hidden wellness retreat, 15 minutes’ drive from Bali’s artistic and cultural centre, Ubud, for our honeymoon. At that time we were convinced that there were good spirits inhabiting the villas while we were hanging about borrowing their space.

This time around, having been shown to our Retreat Villa, called Vasudhara, with its own pool and couple’s therapy room, we are tempted to stay put. It’s just as I remember: the timeless, understated design, every detail created with care, from the proportions of the furniture and lamps to the incredibly pleasing doormats. We even measure up a chair I’ve instantly fallen in love with, taking photos and determining to have one made for our home. Everything just seems to work, including the established vegetation that appears to have been planted strategically to maximise shade and privacy.

On offer further afield is a full schedule of activities – cycling through the village, yoga classes, even talks on philosophy if that’s your cup of Ayurvedic tea – but you could easily hole up in your room, ordering room service, dipping in the pool and getting the massage therapists to come to you. Mr Smith is keen on this option but eventually I convince him we need to explore – and eat. My restaurant of choice is Kudus House, one of the Estate’s two dining options, and I call our PA to make a booking at the modern Indonesian restaurant housed in a 150-year-old former Javanese residence.

He also offers to transport us to dinner in a buggy, but we choose instead to take a slow walk through the grounds, enjoying Ubud’s cool evening breeze.

The sounds of the Ayung River below accompany the faultless meal and our plans to move to Bali, a plot that is systematically hatched each time we visit. I wish I’d written down what we ate – it was vegetarian and came with red rice – because I would do anything to be able to replicate it myself. We half-walk, half-float back to the villa, satisfied and feeling a million miles away from the pressures of home.

The following morning, while we’re out cruising around Ubud, one of the locals comments that ‘too much is never enough’ when it comes to the Estate. Later, as I’m wrapped in a towel on our private outdoor massage suite, looking out over the valley, I realise just how true that statement is. When we last visited this holistic haven, the treatments were an absolute highlight. I guess they’re still amazing, but as I fell asleep just minutes into my massage I’m not really in a position to speculate.

That evening a little magic comes our way (it must be those gods!). It has wings and a tiny pulsating light. A firefly frolics over our heads then lands on the lampshade. Mr Smith instantly reverts to childhood, amused and amazed at this twinkling miracle of science that has blessed us with its presence. We are completely fixated. The enchanting Ubud Valley had pulled us in and real life seems so distant – at least for one night.

The next day, we decide to make the most of the wellness options at the resort. I drag the yoga-fixated Mr Smith to a complimentary pilates class, although he has trouble understanding the small core movement exercises and wonders why there’s not more ‘go go go’ involved. Later, we consult the friendly resident nutritionist, and have our pulses read by Como Shambhala Estate’s Ayurvedic doctor. He holds my wrist and promptly tells me I think too much; that even when there is nothing to think about I think something up. I think he is pretty right in his thinking.

Many people come here for a week or more to take full advantage of all these fine-tuned spa and wellness programmes. The resort encourages a three-night minimum stay to ensure you leave feeling well and truly cleansed and detoxed on both a physical and emotional level – but we still wish we’d booked in for longer.

While we’re packing our bags, I notice Mr Smith has collected a little stash of the Como Shambhala toiletries. Now, I am usually a bit of a snob when it comes to hotel soaps, but even in this department the resort excels, with toiletries all scented with the Estate’s signature Invigorate fragrance. Its amenities are made of natural botanical ingredients (so they’re better for the environment), blending mood-elevating grapefruit, fennel, cypress and lime, while the body lotion in the bathroom is beyond silky smooth. It’s the little things, as they say.

Como Shambhala Estate more than lives up to my memories of our first visit, having perfected the subtle art of being both luxurious yet understated. Of course, this time around we’ve spent quite a bit more time enjoying all the resort’s amenities rather than spending all our time doing, well, honeymoon stuff. But there is one thing that is troubling me: the name of the resort. Really, it should be called the Como Shambhalaaaahhhh.
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Como Shambhala Estate from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything: location, food, accomidation, service were absolutely amazing.

Rating: 10/10 stars