Clean liv­ing comes easy in the lap of Ba­li­nese lux­ury

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - DESTINATION | BALI - CATHER­INE BEST


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.

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