January and detoxing go together like Brad and Angelina. Tis the season to give your body and mind an MOT, boosting wellbeing levels and booting those pesky bad habits into touch. So where better to kickstart those 2012 Brand New You resolutions, than at luxe private retreat Como Shambhala Estate in Bali, one of the most respected spa hotels in the world?
Why this week? The good folks at Como are offering Smith guests an exclusive 20 per cent off rates with their three- to seven-night Discover Como Shambhala package, for stays before 30 March 2012. You’ll get free run of the estate’s fab fitness and wellbeing activities and delicious meals are thrown in, proof that detoxing doesn’t have to be spartan.
Our favourite bits We love the serene Ubud setting, but the retreat’s stylish design is more than a match for mother nature, with most rooms grouped in intimate Residences around a chill-out living area and shared infinity pool. We’re also impressed by the wellness experts on tap, including an Ayurvedic doctor for personal readings, and Como’s invigorating own-label botanical spa products. Converts rave about this sanctuary, which is one of our most popular boutique hotels in Bali.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘This highly rated flagship is renowned for its back-to-nature approach, and promises to soothe, relax, cosset and revivify – while surrounding you in totally tropical, thatched-pavilion, wall-to-wall waterfall luxury, of course. East meets West in the holistic Ojas spa, with therapies running the gamut from Ayurveda and anti-ageing to Thai massage and stress management. Yoga and Pilates sessions will appeal to bendy types, or get active with guided walks, white-water rafting or scenic mountain bike rides. All-day restaurant Glow offers delicious, healthy, organic food to match, or enjoy snacks, sorbets and granitas poolside. The one-bedroom Retreat Villas – each with a private treatment room – are ideal if you’re planning on being a regular at the nearby spa.’
Reviewer Nadya Hutagalung says… ‘While we’re out cruising around Ubud, one of the locals comments that “too much is never enough” when it comes to Como Shambhala Estate. Later, as I’m wrapped in a towel on our private outdoor massage suite, looking out over the valley, I realise just how true that statement is. When we last visited this holistic haven, the treatments were an absolute highlight. I guess they’re still amazing, but as I fell asleep just minutes into my massage I’m not really in a position to speculate.’ Read Nadya’s full review or find out more about Como Shambhala Estate boutique hotel in Bali.