By Christina Maningo
Tucked away on a hillside in the lush jungle and flourishing rice fields of Kumara, ONEWORLD retreats is a holistic retreat center just 1.5 kilometers from the hustle and bustle of downtown Ubud, Bali. The resort is a distance away from the city making you feel like you are on your own private island, but close enough to the heart of Ubud so you can do doses of shopping and dining whenever you feel like it. Upon entering the secluded retreat center, you will be greeted warmly and handed a refreshing drink together with a cold towel. After which, you are swiftly taken to one of the fourteen beautifully designed rooms that are spacious and tastefully decorated to match the lovely scenery. Relax on your private balcony outfitted with intricate Balinese furniture, staring into endless trees and luscious indigenous fauna, have a refreshing shower or a bath or just jump on your bed (we all do that, don’t we?), and let it fully soak in that you made it to enchanting Bali! The following morning, your Yoga practice is usually accompanied by a beautiful sunrise. Sitting in the pavilion and gazing out over the gorge below, nature is so close to you that you can hear the faint sounds of the trickling creek. After waking up your body with some stretching and strengthening, take a dip in the larger pool surrounded by lounge chairs and an enormous “wall” of greenery or opt for the smaller, more private pool tucked in a corner of the property. When you have had your fair share of sun and relaxation on the poolside, head to the spa where skilled hands will attend to your every need. Go for the full experience and take on the Spa Mandi Treatment, which begins with a full hour body massage (Ahhhhhhh…).
And not forgetting a very Indonesian way of removing dead skin by their famous Lulur Scrub. This is a full body scrub using a unique concoction of rice powder, turmeric and sandalwood. It gently yet effectively removes all the dead skin from your body leaving you feeling smooth as silk. Moisturizing yogurt is then slathered all over your body before being tightly wrapped like a cocoon. To end this, you can relax in a perfectly tempered bath filled with local flowers as you gaze into horizon of rows and rows of rice fields. Service is top notch! Rain? No fear. The resort has artfully designed stone walkways filled with mature trees acting as a natural canopy. You can happily get lost on the property wandering the paths to one hidden gem after another. Almost everywhere, you get a spectacular view that truly does take your breath away. You can’t help but be relaxed and in awe of all the beauty. In line with its eco-friendly mantra, the dining room sits elevated above the pool serving up fresh and organic meals from local produce.
With all the resorts peppered around Bali, ONEWORLD Retreats Kumara is a definite standout. It is understated, but well appointed and has all the offerings anyone might want including two glistening swimming pools, a large open-air yoga pavilion, a restaurant serving healthy food and full-service spa. Enjoy the resort as a participant of one of the various weekly retreats offered to get the complete experience including Raw Food and Yoga, Yoga and Wellness, Women’s Mindfulness and Cleansing, Escape the World. There is such a variety that one surely will fit your needs. I can’t wait to book my next visit with a retreat group!
Photo Credits to ONEWORLD retreats.