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An ancient healing science for body and mind, Ayurveda addresses specific conditions with focused prescriptions. The Ayurvedic Doctor will recommend an holistic, all-natural treatment plan depending on the individual’s Prakruti (constitution).
The prescribed therapy plan could include a detox, body treatments, special diet, Yoga and meditation. To achieve maximum benefits, the Doctor will also recommend a follow-up programme as well as education about preventative healthcare measures.
- 7 nights Accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner (including standard beverages)
- 2 Wellness consultations with the Ayurvedic Doctor
- 10 Ayurvedic treatments
- 3 x 60-minute therapeutic Yoga
- Participation in The Estates daily schedule of activities (yoga, Pilates, meditation, walking, Tai Chi, hiking, biking, Qi Gong)
- Complimentary use of the steam, sauna, and 25 metre lap pool
- Services of a Personal Assistant
- Return airport transfers
- Retrun flights from UK to Denpasar, Bali
PRICES FROM £3,343 PER PERSON – based on twin room sharing
FOR REPEAT GUESTS:
Free Nights: Stay 7 nights pay for 6 nights
VALID FOR STAYS BETWEEN 16 APRIL TO 30 JUNE AND 01 SEPTEMBER TO 19 DECEMBER 2012
All rooms have air conditioning, internet access, satellite TV, DVD player, electronic personal safe, yoga mat and Como Shambhala bathroom amenities.
Garden Rooms are highly appointed, are part of a Residence and have access to a shared pool as well as the Residence’s lounge and dining areas.
Terrace Suites are also part of a Residence but also have a private outdoor area (either a terrace or garden) in addition to access to the Residence’s main shared pool and living areas.
Estate Suites are located in the Residences, have excellent views and more privacy than Terrace Suites. They have a larger indoor surface area and access to the main shared pool, dining and living areas.
Como Shambhala Suites constitute the principal master suite in each Residence with the highest square footage and most comprehensive amenities, including private jacuzzis.
Umabona (House of the Earth) Residence boasts the Estate’s grandest accommodation – the COMO Suite. This is made up of two master suites, a Jacuzzi, private infinity pool, living room and dining room (308 square metres).
Ccontemporary one-bedroom Retreat Villas are ideal for guests wanting to maximise their time with treatments. They feature a private therapy room (for couples) and pool. They are located close to Ojas, one of the Estate’s principal wellness areas with Yoga facilities.
The two-bedroom Duplex Retreat Villas are located near by, close to the tennis court, and also have private pools, large living and dining areas. Their outdoor terraces overlook the forest. The second bedroom is located downstairs, with its own entry.
The four standalone Private Villas feature two or three bedrooms, assorted living space and private pools. They are designed by architect Cheong Yew Kuan in conjunction with interior designer Koichiro Ikebuchi. The style is more modern than the Residences.
COMO Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri is located close to the town of Ubud, regarded as the heart of Bali, an inland town revered as the island’s cultural nerve-centre. Here the landscape comes alive with Hindu ceremonies. Local and international artists mingle. Life is village based, relaxed and largely rural. COMO Shambhala is a residential health retreat that promises total commitment to your improved wellbeing, presenting you with new challenges, providing perpetual inspiration in your lifelong journey towards better health.
TRANSFER: One hour from Denpasar, Bali’s international airport.
- Eat & Drink – flexible and easy focusing on nutrition to maximise personal performance.
- In Raw Health – maximise energy and wellbeing with the use of raw, organic foods rich in vitamins and living enzymes.
- Como Shambhala Shop – sells Yogawear for men and women.
- Indoor Gym – air conditioned multi stationsed gym.
- Jungle Gyms – cut into the forest ideally locted for personal trianing.
- Kedara and The Source – a water garden filled by a natural spring.
- Lap and Hydrotherapy Pools – a key element in COMO Shambhala’s healing processes.
- Vitality Pool – fed by the local spring is chlorine-free and is kept soft and clear.
- Pilates Studio – air conditioned in a quiet spot on a tree-covered hillside.
- Rock Climbing – a challenging experience that’s also open to beginners.
- Shikhara – the Estate’s base for consultations, with our Ayurvedic doctor, among others.
- The Tennis Court - rackets, balls and partners can be provided, as well as a tennis pro.
- Ojas treatment rooms – nine treatment rooms in including three for couples.
- Kedara treatment rooms - particularly meditative and have a spirit all of their own.
- Shikhara consultation rooms – for 1-on-1 sessions in various subjects, including Ayurveda.
- Yoga Pavilion – the main treatment area at the heart of the property.
- Yoga Bale – a smaller open sided Bale cooled the forest breezes.
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COMO SHAMBHALA AYURVEDA, 7 NIGHTS HOLIDAYS:
PRICES FROM £3,343* (September to June) per person, based on two people sharing a Garden Room with return flights from London to Bali (one stop en-route) in economy class.
Single supplement from £571
HIGH SEASON (July and August, Easter and Christmas/New Year) PRICES ON REQUEST
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:
- Return flights from London to Bali (one stop en-route) in economy class
- 7 nights accommodation in a Garden room, based on two people sharing
- 3 meals per day
- 1 x Initial Wellness Consultation
- Complimentary use of steam, sauna and swimming poole
- Participation in the Etate’s daily schedule of activities
- Inclusions in the Discover Como Shambhala programme
- Return airport transfers
Terrace Suite: from £30 per person per night
Estate Suite: from £75 per person per night
Como Shambhala Suite: from £194 per person per night
Como Suite Umabona: from £480 per person per night
Retreat Villa (1 bedroom): from £194 per person per night
Retreat Villa (2 bedroom): from £224 per person per night
BRITISH AIRWAYS: (one stop en-route) from £285 per person
*These prices are meant as a guideline only to give an indication of the approximate price for the current (low) season. Our “from” prices are updated monthly to give the most accurate indication. However, all holidays are individually priced according to your individual requirements.
COMO SHAMBHALA, BALI
A Zen experience I cannot live without”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 27 May 2012 NEW
People looking for an enchanted place with privacy, exceptional beauty, fantastic garden and nature, superb food and service when it is the best, should go to this place. I first hesitated giving a review of this place, because I selfishly thought we could keep it a secret. Well there are no such things as secrets, as soon as more than one person knows about the place, so there you go. It was our second vista to Como Shambala and we were not disappointed. The place is very quiet and discreet. You choose yourself where to dine at the restaurant or the common house that you share with a few other suites, if you have not reserved the suites in that particular element to yourself or family, friends. Walls that are overgrown with beautiful fern, climbers and moss. It has a monastery ambiance. Pools are exceptionally beautiful, each element has one and there is a lap pool as well next to the tearoom. Towards the river there are spring pools and special resting places, ideal places to take a nap or read a book. Como Shambala has a program with activities,such as yoga, water gym, walks in the rice fields and much more. Massages are fantastic. A lot of attention is put into your health and well being. It is a perfect place to recharge the batteries, find yourself and finally being able to reflect about life finding your path. A spiritual spot. Worth a travel in itself. I can not wait to return to this Paradise.
“What more can one ask for…”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 25 May 2012 NEW
I love everything, the people, the room, the secluvity of the location, the food, the spa…
We splurge for this trip and went for the villa… Oh my how spoilt we were with private pool, private steam room + indoor shower, outdoor shower etc.. Love it!!!
The chefs demonstrate their love and passion to what they presented to us. The food is not only very yummy, they’re healthy!
Love the resort activities which were complimentary. Once I turned up for my first ever pilates class, there were no one else- great, I’ll have a private pilates session
My highlight is to be practicing hatha yoga in a pavilion with Mount Agung as the view.
We left the resort re-energized and revitalized. Can’t wait to be back…
On an unrelated matter, I make a note to myself not to fly to Bali with Jetstar. We just had the best time and were all set to head back until we were told the flight’s cancelled at the airport with no valid reason ever provided to us. Had to stay in a so called 5 star in Ramada Kuta, not!
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 25 May 2012 NEW
My husband and I chose this hotel for a 5 night stay as the second part of our honeymoon in Bali (first 6 day leg in at Alila Villas in Uluwatu), Sept 2011. Overall, we had an amazing, relaxing, rejuvenating and very private stay.
The strengths of this hotel are the massive grounds and sense of being in nature while restoring health and vitality. The grounds are left very natural and in tune with the jungle surroundings, but obvious effort on the hotel staff to keep it looking nice! Our favorite element was the food. There was just enough diversity on the menu to keep us happy daily, even during our stay. We LOVED the menu at Glow, so much so that we only visited the traditional Indonesian restaurant once (which was also amazing, just a bit heavier). The salads at Glow were amazing. The efforts on the part of the head chefs to provide tasty, healthy, well-sourced food, raw-vegan dishes, etc. were impressive. An you can get food delivered nearly anywhere on the resort, which was awesome (i.e., spring pools, veranda). An important note is that we are healthy, active vegetarian types, we don’t drink much either. However, somebody who likes heavy western food and wine with dinner might find the menu a bit frustrating. Alcohol was expensive (I think it was close to 8GBP for a beer 12 GBP for a glass of wine).
THINGS TO IMPROVE:
What I think could have been improved during our stay were one major thing and a couple of minor things. The major concern I had was the that mattress in the private villa was a mattress for a 2 star hotel, not a 5 star hotel. Although management was immediately responsive to our concerns, I felt a meeting with the manager about the crap mattress was a little bit over the top and embarrassing. I did need to sleep on towels on an L shaped couch to avoid the major back pain I was experiencing after sleep two nights on the iron waffle. Since sleep is a huge part of vitality, health, and restoration, I’m surprised this key element was massively overlooked.
First minor point, the hotel staff requests you to complete a brief health and diet questionnaire prior to your stay, which includes questions about the types of activities you’d like during your stay.
We were keen to do yoga, and so selected it, only to find out that yoga was offered twice during our stay. We were hoping for daily yoga and felt a bit mislead by the online activities schedule. The other bit is about dietary selections, although, this bit is picky because it only happened twice (once at each restaurant). On the pre-stay form, there is a question to indicate your dietary requirements. We indicated veg. Despite this, were regularly presented with meat amuse bouche, with apologies, and often no alternative. Although, that’s not a huge problem and it happens to us all of the time, I was left wondering why we bothered completing that long form or why nobody read it? So perhaps it’s an issue of attention to guests as resonated in other reviews.
Another thing I wasn’t really pleased with was the general quality of the decor in our villa (we stayed in a private villa). I felt that these villas’ decoration and general presentation was lacking the historic character, quality and attention to detail that was reflected in the larger residences. While you do gain privacy in the private villas, you loose the history sense of the resort. If we are to go back, I would stay in one of the private residences within the villas.
Last minor issue, was staff attention to the villa. While I realize that we were in a jungle and when the wind blows, leaves blow in the pool. I think more of an effort could have been made on cleaning the pools. I had to ask twice to have leaves and debris cleared out of the pool.
Overall, I would advise you to go to the hotel if its mission and services are something you desire. If you’re simply looking for ultimate spoiled luxury and don’t want to lift a finger during your stay, perhaps a beach resort would suit you better (lots of walking, hiking, activities here). I would not come here alone, unless I needed alone-time to escape an unwind. I think this hotel is ideal for couples, mother daughter trips, friends’ get a way.
London, United Kingdom
“Room rate great value, but some service issues and penny-pinching”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 May 2012
This is one of the most beautiful resorts in the world. At $350 per night, the rack rate puts it at the bottom rung of the high end hotels, and as such it is great value.
What is not good is the feeling of nickling and diming on food and beverages, the lack of a shuttle to town ($20 each way – every other hotels offers this for free), and expensive everything.
Although the number of rooms is small, the resorts lacks a sense of personality. You still sign for everything for example.
Almost all staff are well-intentioned but are not operating at the highest levels, leading to many service issues. This is a clear management problem.
In fact, during our 7 day stay this time, or on any of the previous 10 or so occasions we have visited the resort in the last six months for stays or treatments, we have not once seen the General Manager, to the point where I started to doubt his existence. This is appalling, especially for a resort with such a small number of rooms. I was told on one day that he was at Uma, Como’s other property in Ubud. Perhaps he is being asked to manage two resorts for the price of one, but most of the problems we had with our stays and visits are down to simple lack of oversight, coordination and training, and that, ultimately, is down to the mysteriously absent GM.
“Como Shambala Delivers on Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 24 April 2012
“My girlfriend and I were looking for some peace and relaxation in Bali. We booked six days at Como Shambhala and were wonderfully pleased with our time there.
To begin with the grounds of the estate are beautiful and have many areas to explore. We never really saw it all as we were distracted by discovering beautiful waterfalls, hidden springs, and crystal clear pools, each with a convenient lounger and towel waiting to lure us away from further exploration. One of the magical aspects of the estate is that there are so many places to discover and enjoy one almost never sees any one else. We were informed the resort was nearly full, but we felt like we had it to ourselves. We did venture out occasionally, in fact we are probably the only guests that ever walked to Ubud, but the resort is really best enjoyed by staying put. Enjoy the fabulous service, the spa treatments, and the beautiful grounds and pools without rushing. Do some meditation and a bit of yoga, do like we did and talk for hours in your own bale and enjoy the room service in complete privacy. Get to know which bird makes which call, learn the routes of the flying squirrels, note the emerald green butterfly’s favorite bush, and lounge near the night tree the monkey family climbs in the evening as the sun is setting…
Service–perfect. All smiles and can-do attitude. Sunarta, our personal assistant was excellent but so was every one we encountered. From the front desk to the gardeners, everyone said hello with a genuine smile. Whatever we wanted to eat appeared perfectly. Whatever we asked for, Sunarta made possible. Fantastic.
Room–we stayed in the Wanakasa Terrace 2, which was like an uber-sophisticated treehouse in the jungle. Full of windows so the bedroom was very sunny and bright. It had a shower and huge stone bathtub outside. In the evening, Sunarta arranged for candles to be lit around the tub and garden so it was, shall I say, more than a bit romantic to watch the moon slide across the sky as we soaked in the bath. Also, throughout the resort there are so many comfy common areas, tea rooms, etc. to enjoy (by ourselves) it was like having a huge open air villa at our disposal.
Food–we had our breakfast there every morning. They were fresh and tasty with a good variety of choices. Fresh fruit and fruit juices, health juices, hot pastries, crepes, waffles, a great start to the day. I don’t drink coffee, but my girlfriend certainly enjoyed hers.
Bugs–aha! Now you think I will complain…sorry. In six days, including one night we slept with the windows wide open (and no nets or screens) we did not have a single bite and we never used any bug repellant. Go figure. But it was great.
Recommendation–stay at Como Shambhala. If you want a truly relaxing retreat from the rush and tumble of your hectic life, stay a week. Don’t overbook your activities. I promise you will enjoy it best as a destination, not a waypoint.
About me–you may not believe it, but I am a very particular hotel guest. I have travelled extensively and stayed at many outstanding hotels like the Amman resorts, Orientals, Ritz Carltons, George V, Four Seasons, etc. I would confidently place Como Shambhala right up there. It is not trying to be there or aspiring to be there, it is there and delivers. So go there and enjoy it but please don’t take my room!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 April 2012
Como’s exclusivity lies in its amazing beautiful greenery landscape.
The service is impeccable and the food is amazing,world class.
Looking forward to our next visit!
“Secret Private Villas availible at competitive rates.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 23 April 2012
I have stayed at this property many times from when it first opened as Begawan Giri and keep on returning as nowhere else in Bali or this part of the world has such a relaxing affect on me, instantly relieving the stress of working life!!
One little insight I have discovered is the existence of a number of rather large private villas on the Estate which are rather under promoted. If you press the Estate very hard and don’t let them fob you off with a single room elsewhere, they will I assume check with the owners and depending on availability offer rates for a whole villa similar to a single room. The villas are very specious and offer the same level of service as the rest of the Estate and importantly are family friendly allowing children to enjoy a private garden and pool to play in. They seem to be 3 bedroom layouts. My personal favorite is called Pita Linggar as it is more secluded with a better layout and a nice lawn.
“Exceptional – in all aspects”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 19 April 2012
I travelled here with my mother and 3 month old baby as a treat to myself after having my first child and before heading back to work.
I wanted a healthy break and researched into various options in South East Asia, in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. After a lot of research I picked Como Shambhala.
I have to say that this place was exceptional. The grounds are beautiful, the facilities are excellent, the service is impeccable and the food is amazing. If you look at some of my other reviews you will see that I am a pretty demanding traveler, but this place truely is world class. When I went there the prices were good value too.
I did one of the wellness packages so pretty much everything was included and I liked not having to sign things and there were no unpleasant surprises on the bill at the end.
The instructors in the gym/pilates are highly qualified and very helpful.
It isnt really a resort for children but I was able to get very friendly assistance for my baby when required. Based on my experience at Como Shambhala I would go to any Como group hotel without hesitation.
“Understated charm and blissful calm”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 14 April 2012
I stayed in COMO with my 2 siblings and my toddler in one of the treatment villas. From the start to the end, Como exudes an understated luxury in the grounds and service which I liked. It is an old resort, unlike the shiny new Balinese resorts but this for me is part of the charm. Older resorts mean the staff already run the place like clockwork. I wanted to book the Private Villas but was told they are not available but I suspect they wanted to market out the Treatment Villas or reserve the Private villas for more important guests or irregulars.
First let’s list the good stuff:
1. I booked a 3 day de-stress wellness program me. Loved the yoga sessions, one of which is conducted by the Ayuervedic doc there and the other by the sweet and unassuming Mark Chavez,
whom I liked so much I booked another paid session with him for my sister and I. The only thing is the good doc says he will email me details f the yoga poses etc.. and I never received anything…
2. The food – every thing is healthy, yummy and clearly of a good quality – and imaginative. Just my four days there and I feel so much better. My next trip will be at least a 5 or 7 days wellness programe. Loved too the outdoor Yoga Bale where i spent some alone time meditating…
3. Loved the beautiful grounds and outdoor spa areas just on the slopes of the Ayung valley – if not for the fact that I am constantly worrying that my 3.5 YO boy will run off the edge… (not exactly right for kids below 8 I must say but if u are willing to keep constant vigilance… it’s ok)
4. Most of the staff are amazing – the beautiful wait staff at Glow and the other restaurant who makes it a point to play with my son and chat with him. You can see some of the younger girls kept wanting to play with him which is great… (which parent will not appreciate people thinking their child is cute… but we know when they are sincere… and in this case this was…)
5. No over the top gimmicky luxury… just simple good taste in all things.
The not so good stuff (but not exactly bad too):
1. cleanliness – bed covers was a little dirty but we asked it to be changed. Mosquito net was dirty too, but when we asked for it to be changed, we were told they need dry-cleaning and materials are very expensive?!? We didn’t insist – cos we figure this is a jungle so ‘ommmm….. we let it pass…’
2. Most of the staff are amazing – just 2 little points. While we can’t afford to fault our PA on any major incident at all and he does get better over the days… we feel that he is a little busy and just a tad bit stressed or harassed (by other stuff not by us)… that we didn’t feel we should bother him so much. Perhaps it was a bad day for him for a day… but i just feel that since I feel i am here to de-stress, we can do with a calmer, more smiley PA? He took all the right steps and all say mostly all the right things but it’s the intuitive service – the sincerity and willingness in wanting to help that’s a little lacking, and might i say just a little. In this, we found Banyan Tree Ungasan, whose staff is probably less experienced but have this in abundance, but they were really sincere in wanting to help in all aspects.
3. One time, we had slightly brusque service at breakfast which surprised and slightly alarmed us cos most time the staff are amazing – then we figure out the service staff had a small tiff amongst themselves – but once resolved, they were back to their smiling selves again.
Other than this, we will be back and we will recommend this place to friends who wants to de-stress… and my 3YO learnt a new word in his vocabulary – he was at the bookshops and where he saw a coffee table book with beautiful homes or resort – he says ‘mommy, Como Shambala!’
BaliManager, General Manager at COMO Shambhala Estate, responded to this review
22 April 2012
Thank you for your comprehensive review on TripAdvisor. We are delighted to know that on most aspects that you enjoyed your stay, and embraced the wellness ethos of The Estate, as well as the modalities on offer. Thank you for highlighting how much you have enjoyed your Yoga classes with Dr. Deepak and Mark Chavez.
I am concerned and deeply apologetic to know that the bedcover was not changed upon your request, and service from your PA, and service at one of the breakfasts was less than perfect. The answer you were given about changing the mosquito net and bed covers is unacceptable, and I am truly sorry that your were given this reply. Your comments are taken very seriously and I assure you that remedial training and teaching will be given to our team members to further perfect the intuitive style of service and genuine, friendly, calm service style, for which COMO Shambhala Estate is known.
Regrettably the Private Villas which you had requested have recently had some noise and privacy disturbance from a neighboring building project, therefore we have taken those rooms out of our available inventory, as to avoid any discomfort for COMO Shambhala guests. Our Retreat Vila was the best option for you, affording you privacy and the ability to stay with your three and half year old son. The Residence rooms have communal areas and guests ages to 16 and older can stay in the Residence room categoroes.
Thank you once again for such a comprehensive review. We appreciate your comments about the things you liked and the things which can be fine tuned and imporved upon.
We look forward to one day welcoming you back to COMO Shambhala Estate again.
John W. Halpin
COMO Shambhala Estate
Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod
Payangan, Gianyar 80571
Beautiful Jungle Wonderland”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 11 April 2012
It is a dream comes true to visit Como Shambhala Estate. As there is no doubt that there are many luxurious resort hotels in Bali, Como’s exclusivity lies in its amazing beautiful greenery landscape.
There are not many villas within the resort and we stayed in Umabona (House of Earth) for 2 nights, which is located furthest from the lobby and a tad quieter. In fact, there aren’t many guests in the Estate and probably more staff than guests here . The room is themed (Majaphahit), luxurious with the usual amenities and daily turn down service.
Breakfast is organic, wholesomely healthy and tasty.
Pool is either within the compound of individual residence or at the natural spring pool whereby you takes a path journey through terrains, half way down the mountainside. There is a open air bathroom hidden overlooking the Agung River, thanks to an American couple who notify us.
No complains on Spa treatment, it is great with professional mastery and care by therapists.
We were delighted with the kind obligation of the complimentary 1-way airport transfer. We’ll definitely be back!
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