“Shake up your chakras at Bali's most luxurious health retreat, deep within the rainforest overlooking the stunning River Ayung”
Scattered among the jungle clearings above the Ayung River are 22 suites and rooms grouped together in five architecturally distinctive Residences, each with its own infinity pool, a large airy living-dining pavilion, and a personal butler to fulfil your every need. The terraces overlook tropical gardens or misty paddy fields; all you can hear is birdsong and the river below. Inside, Indonesian artefacts, Mongolian rugs, Burmese wood carvings and Chinese medicine chests sit alongside traditional Balinese alang-alang roofs and polished teak floors.
There are also 9 more contemporary styled 1-3 bedroom Villas with private pools, set far enough apart to give maximum privacy. Beds in both the Residences and Villas are kingsize with net canopies; all the mod cons are in place. And as you'd expect, the bathrooms are equally stunning, with vast stone tubs, outdoor showers (one even has its own waterfall), fluffy dressing gowns and rejuventating COMO Shambhala toiletries.
Healthy eating is a very important part of a stay at The Estate and as you'd expect, the food is organic and locally sourced; raw fruits and veggies are a must (but meat and fish also feature); exotic fresh juices abound; wheat-free breads tastier than they sound. Best of all, meals are often cooked with Balinese or South East Asian spices so everything has a wonderfully exotic flavour. The resident nutritionist will draw up your Personal Eating Plan, should you wish to play at being an A-lister.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the Kudus House – a 150-year-old former Javanese residence perched above the gorge - or in the all day contemporary Glow restaurant. But if you don't fancy being sociable, just ask for it to be delivered to your residence. Menus are mouth-watering. Think stir-fried buckwheat soba noodles, wing beans and seaweed with pickled cucumber and spicy lemon dressing, or chargrilled gindara with roast vegetable, preserved lemon gremolata and saffron yoghurt. Desserts may be healthy, but choices like strawberry agar agar with vanilla and cashew nut sorbet sound sinfully good - and there's no guilt factor to contend with. The range of foods accommodates food intolerances and features little salt or sugar.
The spa also offers 24-hour room service and picnic lunches served by the water garden. Tuck into healthy curries, skewered meats and fruit sorbets as you relax - all served in bamboo steamers and banana-leaf wraps. Breakfast might include Bircher muesli or porridge with coconut milk, almonds and rambutan blossom honey or ricotta and poppy seed hotcake with bananas and honeycomb.
Whilst you can, of course, come here purely to relax, guests are encouraged to fill out a pre-arrival questionnaire so that their experts can create a tailormade programme ideal for kick-starting a whole new you. Most guests check-in for a 3, 5 or 7-day wellness programme - be inspired by these ideas below, or click here for full details:
Reservations for families with children are welcome if guests book Retreat Villas, Private Villas or an entire Residence. There's a maximum of 1 child under 12 years (free of charge) sharing their parents room. Cots are also free of charge, but are subject to availability. Over 12s pay a supplement for an extra bed.
In the rest of the estate children are not encouraged due to the steep slopes, amount of steps, decorative ponds and drop-off pools which make it unsuitable for young ones.
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
Babysitting available by arrangement
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking