COMO Shambhala Estate is a true residential ‘retreat for change’ that combines a deep-rooted approach to wellness, with state-of-the-art facilities and remarkable villa accommodation. The location is unique; an auspicious and spiritual enclave of jungle just north of Ubud in Bali, where guests relax to the sounds of the rustling jungle and rumbling Ayung River.
A NEW PURPOSE
The Estate is an extraordinary 9.3 hectare location on a jungle-covered riverbank, and a 20-minute drive from the inland town of Ubud. In 2004, the COMO Group changed the property to launch it anew, with a completely altered purpose, supported by substantial health facilities and extended accommodation, allowing the estate to become the world’s first full-service residential health retreat and holiday resort in-one.
The architecture of the Estate’s five Suite residences combine local stone, wood and traditional alang-alang roofing. Interiors of the COMO Shambhala health facilities and accommodations – including four Private Villas, five Retreat Pool Villas (each with a lounge area and private pool) – are by Koichiro Ikebuchi. Ikebuchi’s uncomplicated, succinct approach to design allows guests to engage with COMO Shambhala’s greater purpose, which is to clear the mind of all but thoughts of better physical, mental and spiritual health.
COMO Shambhala provides a total 360-degree experience closely tailored to each individual’s needs, offering comprehensive lifestyle as well as healing programmes to mend mind, body and spirit. Facilities, which include Ojas (the principal treatment area), Shikara (where consultants and the activity centre are located), and Kedara (the water gardens positioned near the Ayung River, with four additional treatment pavilions with rest areas, baths and showers) draw water from The Source, the Estate’s natural spring.
In total, there are 13 treatment areas (including seven for couples), an outdoor hydrotherapy pool, swimming pool, yoga room, Pilates studio, a separate male/female steam room and sauna, a fully-equipped indoor gym with dramatic views, an outdoor jungle gym with a climbing wall, and four consultation rooms.
Guests who want to make a lasting commitment to change can embark on one of the targeted Wellness Programmes - Cleanse, Be Active, Ayurvedic and Bespoke - starting from three nights. COMO Shambhala also works closely with a selection of visiting masters, invited by the property to lead retreat weeks throughout the year. These teachers, of whom there are many, include yoga and Pilates instructors, life coaches and energy healers. Others host specialist learning seminars, with subjects ranging from Tibetan Buddhism to meditation.
Therapists deliver different types of hands-on healing, recommended according to each client's end goal. Traditional Eastern techniques include Thai, Indonesian, and Ayurvedic massage (Abhyanga, Pizhychil and Shirodhara all feature). Bodycare specialists are available for various hydrotherapies, and aestheticians for skin and noninvasive anti-ageing treatments, including aromatherapy facials.
To complete the holistic approach, there is an emphasis on cuisine, with an on-site nutritionist liaising between the guest and kitchens to ensure all personal specifics are taken care of. COMO Shambhala does not stipulate calorie-counting diets, but fosters a more balanced approach, encouraging guests to enjoy their food and its creation while maintaining a life-long interest in the benefit of good nutrition. A remarkable location to inspire your mind, body and soul.