Dharma-seekers are lining up for COMO Shambhala Estate—the latest and hottest Bali resort—to align their chakras, drain their bad chi, and say om in a ravishing rainforest setting. Meditating in nature has never felt better, possibly because those old-style Zen mountain monasteries never took into concern your corporeal needs. The massages with traditional oils are some of the most sublime in the world (the Berkeley in London has appropriated them). Likewise, everyone is copying the head-clearing lime ginger tea. Personal butlers do your laundry, top up your drink, refresh your orchids, and press your trousers while wearing Nehru jackets, sarongs, and the sunny, typically Balinese smiles, instead of the suits and the mildly disapproving expressions sported by their British counterparts. In the bedrooms (all different, by the way), Balinese teakwood, and Chinese antiques combine with extravagantly fairytale Victorian four-poster beds. On the grounds, infinity-edged pools drop off into the jungle leaves, waterfall gardens spew sacred water, fire pits blaze after dark. Best of all, you feel as though it all belongs to you. For at Begawan Giri, you’re treated like a resident, not a guest. You sleep in one of four extremely private palatial residences, where, by either ingenuity or luck, fellow guests are rarely spotted, if at all. You dictate your cocktail hour, your massages and your mealtimes. There is a restaurant, but most people just have their butler bring them food at odd hours of the day.
COMO Shambhala Estate is a one-hour drive from Denpasar International Airport.
Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih, Ubud, Bali
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