Gift of overpower in Bali

When was a final time we listened a sound of silence?

A sound abandoned of distracting tellurian voices, continuous buzzing of phones and noisiness of bland life?

Imagine, instead, a acoustics of a assign coming and afterwards failing down, a dark rapids and even a croaking frog.

Imagine listening to this all 24 hours of a day.

This is a soundscape of a Como Shambhala Estate, a wellness shelter nearby Ubud, Bali.

When we arrive with my shoulders moving from work highlight and my eyes lifeless from too tiny sleep, we do not pattern to trip into decrease mode easily.

White-river rafters bobbing down a Ayung stream (above) and visitors walking in a rice fields of Ubud. PHOTOS: COMO HOTELS AND RESORTS

The phone is still retained firmly in my palm when we start my three-day here and my overactive mind is still creation umpteen to-do lists.

It is a “silence” that calms me first. we hear it in a bells stage by internal encampment children who come by a shelter to sing and play song any Sunday.

And afterwards a steer of a sensuous immature valley; a smell of creatively depressed pinkish clove flowers from a high piquancy tree in a estate; and a flavours of dishes designed to yield a physique with change – all these play on my senses.

Collectively, these feeling practice assent me, so that we turn some-more open to a assent and tranquillity, a overpower and sounds of Bali.

I concede myself to douse in my new universe as if shower in a oils of a relaxing Balinese massage with a long, nurturing strokes.

As my 5 senses get in balance with a environment, we start to notice a merging of a normal with a modern, and of male and nature, in tiny touches around a estate and in a pattern of a place.

The sarong-clad Indonesian who drives me to my villa on a golf transport points to a Balinese church on one of a slopes of a retreat.

A few stairs adult from a whipping request flags and blazing scent sticks is a vitality pool, where guest can join a hydrotherapy programme and use mixed forms of H2O jets to massage a body.

The roof of a vitality pool is solemnly crafted to go around a case of a vast tree to let it grow unencumbered. It is a singular instance of male creation approach for inlet and that picture stays with me for a prolonged time.

This pool shares space with a recreational pool and, together with a temple, a contingent seem to be situated on 3 opposite stairs of a property, same to a rice terrace, that is synonymous with Bali.

A master bedroom during a Como Shambhala Estate. PHOTOS: COMO HOTELS AND RESORTS

This tour of find continues during lunch during a Glow restaurant, one of a dual restaurants on a estate.

The contemporary-style open- on-all-sides Glow is a ideal contrariety to a normal Javanese pattern of a second restaurant, named Kudus House. Glow offers Como Shambhala’s nutritive menu, comprising singular and holistic recipes done with tender and baked ingredients, while Indonesian food is served in Kudus House.

At Glow, we suffer a crunchy Caesar salad where avocado and droughty cashew bulb and seed chunks take a place of duck and croutons.

And amid a well-stocked drinks list are lovely blends such as one with pineapple, papaya, orange, fennel and packet to assist digestion. There is also a turmeric-tamarind-honey booster, a normal splash found in Balinese homes.

Local traditions and people have a place of significance here.

This is clear in a participation of a church on a drift and a Sunday entertainment of encampment children. The shelter is also home to one of a 8 many dedicated springs in Bali.

It is not surprising to see villagers creation their approach to this open to control Balinese rituals and prayers.

People from surrounding villages also find practice here. My beam for a two-hour travel around a 9ha skill is Mudra. His father owned a tract of land that was after bought, along with adjacent plots, to chateau a Como retreat.


    Major airlines fly from Singapore to Denpasar in Bali, including Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, Jetstar and Tiger. Flying time is about 2 hours and 45 minutes.

    The Como Shambhala Estate ( is about an hour’s expostulate from a airport, nonetheless it might take longer if a roads are busy.

    Room rates start during US$650 (S$942) for a Garden Room during a non-peak duration and from US$700 in rise season, incompatible 21 per cent supervision taxation and use charge.

Our travel is some-more like a mini-trek, holding me adult and down sleazy slopes, high stairs and along a 75km Ayung river, a longest in Bali.

On a way, guest can suffer a cruise on a stream bank and watch white-river rafters incline by. Or they can travel adult to a cold open pools for a lovely float underneath a rapids and a sky, as we do.

The mineral-rich H2O from a holy spring, referred to as The Source by a retreat, is used to fill a resort’s pools.

Water and a other elements of fire, earth, breeze and atmosphere are intertwined with a pattern of a estate.

They form a thesis of a 5 residences here, any housing 4 or 5 Como suites that share a pool, dining area and loll area.

The master apartment of any chateau might have a possess special underline such as a private tub, a apart thrust pool or a day bed.

Whether we am indoors enjoying breakfast on a patio of a apartment or outdoor fibbing on a pool chair wrapped in a comfortable bath towel after an energising H2O therapy session, we indulge in a oppulance of carrying a time to stop, breathe and experience.

As we emerge from a brief stay during a shelter and ready to lapse to a universe where such luxuries are tough to come by, we find myself wondering: How formidable can it be to stop and listen and conclude inlet and honour traditions around us?

After all, this is a universe within a universe and it is adult to us to find it even within a disciplined of a daily lives. That suspicion substantially helps me keep my grin en track to Singapore.

When a behind moody sees me cooling my heels during Denpasar airfield in Bali for 7 hours, we count my blessings and strech out for that still universe within my world.

•The author was hosted by Como Shambhala Estate in Bali.

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