Hidden deep in the tropical jungle, on the banks of the Ayung River, COMO Shambhala Estate in Ubud is a sumptuous combination of a top-class boutique hotel and a luxurious spa.
At a hotel devoted entirely to wellness and beauty, the spa sessions are the most important aspect of the experience.
The award-winning COMO Shambhala Spa consists of four pavilions and nine treatment rooms where guests are massaged, soaked, steamed, wrapped, purified.
There is an outdoor pool for hydrotherapy, a yoga pavilion, a sauna, and a steam room, and hidden in the spectacular water gardens surrounding spa are also the pilates studio, gym, tennis court, and even a climbing wall.
Even the cuisine at COMO is merely a complement to biological spa treatments. Based on organic, mostly local products, the food is healthy and tasty.
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The suites and rooms are grouped in five Residences, built around a large swimming pool, but the architect also conceived a few detached villas with private swimming pools. They ensure enhanced privacy.
Scattered among the jungle clearings, the Residences are architecturally distinctive, however, all share the same harmony with the lush jungle. At COMO Shambhala Estate everything is perfectly synchronized with the rich, tropical greenery.
The interiors are well furnished with old European wood furniture and Asian antiques. Colonial-style beds and polished teak floors complement Indonesian artifacts, carved products from Burma and Mongolian rugs. Each bathroom is stunning, with a vast stone tub and an outdoor shower—one even has its own waterfall.
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