Balinese bliss at three incredible COMO retreats

11 July 2018

COMO hotels are renowned for combining luxurious surroundings and a dedication to restoring guests’ physical and mental wellbeing with sustainability – sourcing local produce, supporting non-profit organisations and pioneering economic development within their local communities. We’ve looked at what its three properties in Bali have to offer.

Wellness at COMO Shambhala Estate


This intimate luxury health retreat is among the world’s very best destination spas according to the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Guide 2018, with 12 treatment rooms, an outdoor hydrotherapy area, yoga and Pilates specialists, total body-resistance training, spring-water pools, its own Ayurvedic doctor, a dietician and tailor-made wellness packages.

Once you’ve enjoyed a full relaxation experience, try your hand at one of COMO Shambhala Estate’s cooking classes. With instruction from the resort’s talented chefs, choose your own menu and prepare a three-course meal in the main kitchen, whether it’s traditional Indonesian cuisine or a health-infused plate of goodness. After you’ve finished, enjoy your dishes in Glow, the open-sided restaurant in the heart of the estate.

Cultural experiences at Uma Ubud

This intimate inland resort close to the artists’ town of Ubud is the perfect spot for immersing yourself in traditional and cultural Balinese experiences. Discover the Kintamani temples and volcanoes on a day-long excursion to several ancient temples located across Mount Batur’s slopes. Goa Gajah, also known as the Elephant Cave temple, gives way to the waters of the Holy Spring temple Tirta Empul.

In the mornings, guided short walks around the stunning surrounds of the hotel take in Ubud’s natural beauty. This is the perfect way to build up an appetite for breakfast at Kemiri, the resort’s beautiful open-air dining space beside a tumbling waterfall.

Adventures at Uma Canggu

On Bali’s southern coast, with mesmerising panoramic views over the ocean, this new-in-2018 resort offers 52 rooms and suites, 55 one- and two-bedroom residences, and 12 three-bedroom duplex COMO Penthouses featuring rooftop pools and the best views for miles around. A hip surf retreat, it’s the most family-friendly of the COMO properties, with a surf club for ages 8–14 years.

Experience the surrounds on a bike tour and see the terraced Ceking rice fields, before cycling onwards to Tirta Empul. This temple dating back to AD 926 is built on a site where spring water naturally bubbles up through the Earth’s surface, making it a popular location for purification ceremonies. After this it’s an easy ride downhill to Ubud, through the local villages. You’ll learn about the surrounding area from a dedicated guide. You could also try the Mount Batur Free Wheel, where you’re driven up to the crater of Mount Batur and freewheel your way back down to the village of Sebali. 

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