HOME AND AWAY
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.