COMO Shambhala Estate
- Fine Dining
- Going Solo
- Thermal Facilities
- Personal training
- Pool – Indoor
- Pool – Outdoor
- Scuba diving
COMO Shambhala Estate is located near Ubud, Bali—a true ‘Retreat for Change’ with resident experts including a yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and resident dietician. The holistic, 360-degree approach offers signature massage therapies and beauty treatments.
A state-of-the-art gym and outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing make the most of the Estate’s unique location. Cuisine is always nutritionally balanced while the residences, suites and villas suit independent guests, couples or families.
The spa area overlooks the ‘amphitheatre’ grassed area directly above the communal pool. It’s spacious and soothing – offering nine treatment rooms and plenty of outdoor pavilions with jungle noises and river sounds to help you truly relax.
COMO Shambhala provides a completely immersive, 360-degree wellbeing experience. In addition to the comprehensive treatments, activities and healthful COMO Shambhala Cuisine, there’s a belief that adventure and cultural discovery should be part of the holistic approach.
- 9 treatment rooms (three for couples)
- Outdoor 25m lap pool
- Vitality Pool with hydrotherapy area
- Yoga studio and pavilion
- Pilates studio
- Male/female sauna and steam room
- Consultation rooms
- Chemical-free spring-water pool
- Heated outdoor hydrotherapy pools
- Gym with weights and cardio equipment
- COMO Shambhala
COMO Shambhala Estate feels truly residential, like a home away from home. For this reason, it appeals not just to those with specific wellness goals in mind – villas and suites are also suited to couples, independent travelers, groups and families seeking a peaceful holiday.
Highlights at the COMO Shambhala Suites include interiors which have been individually decorated with Indonesian antiques, and generous en-suites with private Jacuzzis.
COMO Shambhala Suites also have access to the Residence’s shared pool, lounge and dining areas.
You can immerse yourself in the flavours of Indonesian cuisine at Kudus House, or enjoy the balance, nutrition and sophisticated tastes of the healthy COMO Shambhala Cuisine on all-day menus at Glow. This is where the focus on nutrition reveals the power of certain foods to maximise personal performance, increase concentration and energy and calibrate blood-sugar levels.
Dining is flexible and easy, offering a variety of options to suit different moods and tastes. To help direct those on specific wellness programmes, there’s a resident nutritionist, while the Ayurvedic doctor also creates special Ayurvedic diets to match your individual requirements
Facilities and Activities
- Guided scenic nature trails, rice paddy walks and hiking
- Martial arts including Tai’Chi and Qigong
- Aqua circuit training in the Vitality Pool
- Outdoor circuit training
- Outdoor, flood-lit tennis
- Custom-designed cultural/special interest tours
- Museum, temple and gallery visits
- Pilates mat classes
- Fitness centre
- Mountain biking
- Travel and tour arrangements
- Car services
- Foreign currency exchange
- Airport transfers
- Laundry and dry cleaning service
- Resident doctor (on-call after hours)
- Babysitting services
The Estate is a 15 minute drive from Ubud and a 90 minute drive from Denpasar Airport.
Overlooking the terraced forests in the cooler central region of Ubud in Bali, Como Shambhala Estate sits within one of the most serene locations I have ever experienced. With forest noises ranging from an evening frog chorus from the lily ponds to the robust chattering of the larger variety of gecko, the ‘Tokay’ often found in Southeast Asia, you really do feel if not at one, then certainly close enough to nature.
COMO Shambhala Estate offers 30 rooms, suites and private villas. The resort also boasts two gorgeous restaurants, a COMO Shambhala Spa Retreat with nine treatment rooms, including a sauna and steam room, spring water pool, outdoor hydrotherapy pool, pilates and yoga studio and a gym. There are also separate pavilions dotted around closer to the rushing water of the River Ayung available for massages and meditation. The latter being highly recommended to me by fellow guests, but alas, I could not squeeze one of these destination treatments into my schedule.
The estate is located just over an hour from Denpasar Airport (in good traffic conditions), the main international hub into Bali. The island is infamous for its traffic congestion so do be a little patient if arriving in rush hour. The hotel car is also highly recommended, it’s not overpriced and after a long haul flight and the hit and miss queues at immigration (ask the resort to organise fast-track), the peace of mind of being picked up from the airport is worth the extra.
COMO is situated 15 minutes car journey from Ubud itself. Ubud is an amazing place and ideal for those who want to shop, chant “ohm”, visit fabulous restaurants and bars and indulge in some quintessential Bali culture. I strongly urge you to visit for an afternoon and evening if you’re staying at COMO for more than a few days, otherwise don’t waste a drop of time away from this stunning sanctuary, the days go way too quickly in the tropics.
The spa area overlooks the ‘amphitheatre’ grassed area directly above the communal pool. It’s spacious and soothing. You’ll be offered either a lemongrass or a ginger tea before stepping into your treatment room; I always opt for the sweet ginger.
The rooms are nicely done, Balinese in style and nothing stands out as cutting edge or trying too hard, it is what it is and it is wonderful. The spa bed is comfy and ambience perfect. Offering nine treatment rooms and plenty of outdoor pavilions with jungle noises and river sounds to help you truly relax.
The Indonesian Massage was expertly executed. My masseuse, Wati, has been working for the company for 10 years and has worked in Dubai and Malaysia, her hands were tiny, I was astounded that she could yield such power from them, her touch was midas and I relaxed for the first time in a very long while.
The aroma of COMO’s ‘Harmony’ oil, is scented with jasmine and ylang ylang, and was just lovely. She asked me about my preferences, and I enjoy a good pummelling but the backs of my legs are very sensitive and I need a softer touch, every time I have a massage I end up feeling like I want to cry because therapists do not listen to this but Wati listened, she was gentle and soft on my sensitive calves and rubbed and stroked my writer’s bumps and knots away from my shoulders.
I walked out and proclaimed via social media that that was the best massage of my life. It really was. So far.
More than 20 Asian-inspired and Western holistic treatments, developed by COMO Shambhala. Massages range from deep tissue, Indian head massage, pre-natal to reflexology and hot river stones.
Body therapies include Javanese lular bath, Dead Sea mud therapy and the warm muscle wrap looks very nice. Colon hydrotherapy is also offered, as well as Ayurvedic therapies and beauty regimes.
Expert consultants and therapists visit regularly and the estate spa offers more than eight specialisations, including Ayurveda, reflexology, Yoga, Pilates and nutritional courses are available, please check their website for dates of visiting practitioners and retreats.
There are several accommodation types available. I was lucky to stay in a Tejasuara Terrace View Residence. Tesajuara is inspired by fire (other clusters all have a theme of the elements) it’s a collection of small, exquisite wooden villas that share some communal space including a large living area with sofas, tables, chairs and a refreshing pool, long enough for laps. I couldn’t help pine for a group of friends to be here with me, as you’d pretty much have a mega villa set up all to yourselves. It’s very private. A guest also has a personal assistant, mine, was an adorable man called TinTon and he was ever ready with facts and instructions with a smile. Unobtrusive yet efficient service, the Balinese really do understand hospitality, especially at this level of luxury.
The villa/room was decorated perfectly. The four-poster bed was complete with a simple, yet elegant mosquito net and unbelievably soft linen, pillows and thick mattress. Of course, sleep quality is paramount, and no expense has been spared in this department I assure you. The entire resort feels very authentically Balinese and the accommodation is no exception to this.
The villa has two double sliding entrances and a third that looks out onto the jungle view. Open them all up wide and you’ve got a breeze. There are two day beds to relax on and a large bathroom with a double vanity, rain shower (naturally) and outdoor sunken bath. I indulged in a bath after my spa treatments, with candles lit it was truly sublime.
The COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities are beautiful, I am a big fan, they are great quality and the stimulating scents of geranium and peppermint are enticing, take the products home with you, from the boutique shop and be forever reminded of your stay in COMO’s seventh heaven.
Room facilities include flat screen TVs, which begs the questions why would you watch telly in such a stunning place? A small table, two day beds, free Wi-Fi, a small fridge, and a coffee plunger and kettle for tea. I have seen better mini bar selections, this is a small thing when everything else scores so highly.
I look forward to every meal, especially whilst staying in a COMO resort. I adore the Shambhala wellness menu and this menu is the main attraction for me.
Dinner at the Glow restaurant on my first evening was nothing short of delicious. I went for the staff suggestions and non-raw options. The appetizer was a generous portion of buckwheat noodles, seaweed and yellowfin tuna tossed with olives, capers, garlic and chili sauce. My main course was surprisingly light, yet substantial, considering it was grilled wagyu beef with grilled vegetables, chopped capers and parsley salad.
Breakfast being the most important meal of the day was fabulous, not a buffet in sight with an à la carte menu. You may choose as many dishes as you like and it is served in the Balinese restaurant, named ‘Kudus House’, which enjoys a heavenly jungle view. Highlights were the ‘living bread’, the fresh coconut and banana crepes and the rosti, rocket and smoked salmon. Coffee is Balinese so expect strength.
The guest activities which include yoga, pilates, rice field walks, aqua therapy, meditation, talks on subjects including ‘Secrets to Longevity’ and ‘Balinese Wisdom & Meditation’. Some activities are complimentary or included in the packages.