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como shambhala by como

7 nights half board from £3,120 como shambhala by como bali

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Save up to 20% on accomodation on stays until 19 December 2018

This is a sophisticated health retreat in a simply spectacular wilderness setting with access to talented health consultants and genuinely holistic health programmes.

It’s set above the Ayung gorge, surrounded by an awe-inspiring jungle peppered with bright red African tulip trees, and you can hear the rush of the river from all over the estate. Immaculate, uber cool wood and glass suites are set within five different ‘residences’ that share a pool and communal lounging areas, and one of the charming Balinese butlers will take care of all your needs.

Meals are a tasty fusion of contemporary Indonesian and Western cuisine, and chefs will prepare a bespoke menu if you’re here to lose weight. There are two restaurants – for atmosphere choose Kudus House, a traditional wooden Javan dwelling which sits perched over a jungled valley.

Soak in the steam room and hot tub set outside the main spa, where you’ll also find the main swimming pool, good for laps, and smoothe-sheeted day beds with inspiring views. There’s a separate yoga pavilion and a pilates studio, and you can opt to have your massage in the Kedara (water garden).

The daily programme of talks, classes and activities includes estate walks, circuit training, tai chi, dance, pilates and yoga. Specialist yoga and pilates retreats run throughout the year, and you can choose to dedicate your stay to stress management, getting fit, detoxing or just relaxing. Treatments range from facials and massages to hydrotherapy, acupuncture and shiatsu, private counselling with a resident psychologist is available, and you can even experience traditional Balinese healing with a local healer.

You’ll want to get out and about while you’re here. There’s a six hour trip which involves climbing a glorious volcano on foot, and descending it on a mountain bike. Take a trip to a local village, bike ride through rice paddies, or join the noisy whitewater rafters on the Ayung. The nearby coast offers great surfing.

Guest reviews


  • Simply breathtaking setting - just being here will rejuvenate you.
  • Genuinely holistic programmes
  • Brilliant place to go for hikes and bike rides in the wilderness


  • Luxury comes at a price
  • Organisation can be erratic at times
  • The communal areas of the villas mean you can’t always be 100% private

Healthy traveller tip

  • Be sure to have a rub on the muslin-shrouded massage bed overlooking the gorge, and when you’re hot, a private soak in one of the crystal-clear, very cold rock pools.

Room tip

  • If you want to be more private, opt for one of the stand-alone villas in the grounds.
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7 nights from £3,120.  Price is per person based on two adults sharing a room and includes:

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Garden Room on a half board basis
  • Personal assistant
  • Complimentary access to daily programme of wellness classes and activities
  • Return private transfers
  • Return scheduled flights to Bali

These guide prices are subject to change and are dependent upon travel dates and availability. Please don't hesitate to call our travel specialists to discuss your preferred dates, duration, room type, departure airport and multi-destination options.


30 rooms and suites comprising of:

Residences:  Guests can take an individual room or suite in a Residence, and share some facilities (such as pool) with other guests while mainintaing privacy.  Alternatively, the Residences are well suited to a family group or friends when taken over on an exclusive basis.

The five Residences, each with four or five suites and a large swimming pool, reflect the natural environment and indigenous styles of the building.  They feature expansive lounge areas for escaping the sun.  The study room may also be configured as a private treatment room, library or bedroom.

Private Villas:  Standalone private villas with two or three bedrooms, assorted living space and private pools.

Retreat Villas:  Cool contemporary one-bedroom villas, ideal for guests wanted to maximise their time with treatments.  They feature a private therapy room (for couples) and a pool.

The two-bedroom Duplex Retreat Villas are located nearby, and have private pools, large living and dining areas.  The second bedroom is located downstairs with its own entrance.

All the above come fully equipped with:

  • Air-con
  • Wifi
  • Satellite TV
  • CD & DVD player
  • Safe
  • Yoga mat
  • Toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Food & Drink

Glow Restaurant: Healthy menus for lunch and dinner including energising COMO Shambhala cuisine.

Kudus Restaurant:  Breakfast and dinner, showcasing diverse influenes from Indonesia's regions.

Room service is also available.

Spa & Facilities

More than 20 Asian-inspired and Western holistic treatment and expert consultants and therapists with over eight specialisations, including Ayurveda, reflexology, Yoga, Pilates and nutrition.

Facilities include:

  • Nine treatment rooms (three for couples)
  • Outdoor vitality Pool
  • Yoga studio & Yoga pavilion
  • Pilates studio
  • Male/female sauna & steam room
  • Consultation rooms
  • Chemical-free springwater pool
  • Heated outdoor hydrotherapy pools
  • Gym with weights & cardio equipment


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.


The estate is 15 minutes from Ubud, and a one-hour drive from Denpasar, Bali's international airport with direct flights to Singapore, Hong Kong, London, Bangkok, Sydney as well as internal flights in Indonesia.

Airport transfers can be organised on request, at an additional cost.

There are many activities to enjoy in and around Como Shambhala in Bali:

  • Mountain-biking
  • Pilates
  • Shopping/ markets
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • White-water rafting
  • Yoga
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