STOP, REVIVE, THRIVE
Clean living comes easy in the lap of Balinese luxury
Early morning shots are an institution for Australian twenty-somethings on a clichéd Bali bender. But it’s 7.30am and the shots are altogether more wholesome: lemon with a pinch of salt, kombucha and jamu – a spicy blend of ginger, turmeric and coconut oil.
What’s more, I’m a long way from Kuta’s throbbing party scene, the wrong side of 30, and the trio of shots comes courtesy of a butler impeccably attired in traditional dress.
Welcome to REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort, a new Balinese retreat swept high in the hills of Nusa Dua. Opened in March and owned by Hong Kongbased UK entrepreneur Gordon Oldham, REVĪVŌ, meaning “I’ll live again”, is the kind of place where weary souls come to work out, unwind and look inward.
The property, formerly part of the high-end Aman group, is a 2ha oasis of sprawling lawns, tropical gardens and ponds, fringed by teak forest quietly sequestering 16 luxury suites. Each has a four-poster bed, dressing area with double vanities, sunken bathtub and indoor and outdoor showers. It’s marble-meets-mahogany luxury under the pitched thatch of a traditional alang alang roof.
My mid-level courtyard suite has a private terrace with a large daybed and is a few steps from the pool, which I consistently have to myself.
REVĪVŌ is confusingly divided into three “villas”. The main villa, 10, is the resort hub, featuring the reception, restaurant, bar, lounge, spa and eight suites. It also houses the fitness studios, yoga and meditation rooms, a 25m pool, two jacuzzis, hot and cold plunge pools, steam room and infra-red sauna.
Villa 9 (my villa) is a short walk from the main resort, while Villa 4 requires a golf cart transfer (Aman still manages the other villas). Both of the smaller four-suite villas have a 25m lap pool and a large events and private dining pavilion and can be hired exclusively.
REVĪVŌ is guaranteed to attract a certain type of health set – think clean-living, activated almondmunching, Nirvana-seeking, vegan yogi. But it also caters for those at the opposite end of the health and wellness spectrum – from couples seeking a relaxing spa retreat, to city slickers needing a detox and fitness reboot, to solo travellers looking for a spiritual awakening.
It’s tempting to ditch exercise for pool lounging; each luxury suite has a fourposter bed and dressing area with double vanities; delicious organic dishes are made with a Balinese twist.