HOME AND AWAY

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & INDULGENCE - JOHN BORTH­WICK

Be­ingSattvaa Re­treat Villa at Tegalalang, 15 min­utes north of the hub-bub of Bali’s Ubud, is the brain­child of Subba Vaidyanathan, a Sin­ga­porean banker who un­der­stands the need for ur­ban pro­fes­sion­als and their fam­i­lies to drop off the stress grid pe­ri­od­i­cally, to go low-tox and nur­ture the soul with peace, quiet and a dash of wis­dom. The name Sattvaa, mean­ing essence or bal­anced en­ergy in San­skrit, gives the hint that yoga and spir­i­tual retreats (non-de­nom­i­na­tional) are op­tions here if you’re so in­clined. This oa­sis, with suites, du­plex pavil­ions and vil­las (no in-room tele­vi­sions), spe­cialises in or­ganic vegetarian cui­sine at the def­i­nitely non-as­cetic end of the no-meat spec­trum; al­co­hol is re­stricted to wine. There are but­ter­flies and drag­on­flies flit­ting in the air, plus Wi-Fi and a spa with two treat­ment rooms and win­dow-walls that open to the gar­den. A short hike takes you to the 1000-year-old wa­ter tem­ple Te­laga Waja hid­den deep in a jun­gle gorge. Both the tem­ple and Be­ingSattvaa are the sort of heal­ing places you should get to be­fore you need to, and then stay at least an ex­tra day. More: be­ingsattvaa.com.

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