WELL­NESS

Bali re­cently be­came the launch pad for Revıvo, whose bou­tique well­ness re­sorts prom­ise a bal­ance of good food, fit­ness, and spa time.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - BY AN­GELA GOH

The first prop­erty from the Revıvo brand launches in Bali.

Judg­ing by the name alone, Revīvō is clear about its mis­sion. In Latin it sim­ply means “I’ll live again,” which speaks of a no­ble aim to in­spire bet­ter liv­ing for all its guests. This new well­ness re­sorts brand is the brain­child of two Hong Kong–based en­trepreneurs who share a pas­sion for well­ness and travel: Gor­don Old­ham, founder of The Pavil­ions Hotels and Re­sorts; and Laurie Mias, who be­gan Mr. Green Juice, Hong Kong’s first or­ganic cold-pressed juicery. The open­ing of its Bali prop­erty in late March marked Revīvō’s world­wide launch; still to come next year are a well­ness cruiser in the Ko­modo Is­lands (also in In­done­sia) and a re­sort in­side the 19th-cen­tury Château de Fiac in south­ern France.

Perched on a three-hectare hill­side prop­erty above Nusa Dua, Revīvō Bali has just 16 smartly fur­nished suites spread across three thatchedroof vil­las. In this in­ti­mate set­ting swathed in teak for­est, where the lush trop­i­cal gar­dens come dot­ted with lily ponds, weary ur­ban­ites can re­store their sense of bal­ance through a choice of six three-day re­treats. Revīvō’s sig­na­ture pro­gram, the Emo­tional Bal­ance and Mind Train­ing re­treat, aims to man­age stress through in­te­grat­ing per­son­al­ized meals, ex­er­cises, and spa treat­ments.

It all starts with a body com­po­si­tion anal­y­sis; data gleaned from that is printed in­side a per­sonal jour­nal, along­side health point­ers that ex­plain the food­stuffs ap­pro­pri­ate for ev­ery blood type. These jour­nals are a key com­po­nent of the mind-train­ing as­pect, al­low­ing guests to record their ob­jec­tives and ef­forts, mood, food con­sump­tion, and daily achieve­ments.

Though that may sound a lit­tle se­vere at first, any ap­pre­hen­sion of a strict reg­i­men soon dis­ap­pears at the din­ing table. Revīvō’s charm is in its ad­her­ence to the age-old coun­sel of bal­ance and mod­er­a­tion, along with its co­terie of en­thu­si­as­tic staff. Here, eat­ing is a cel­e­bra­tion—an in­ter­play of nour­ish­ing sus­te­nance and an ex­quis­ite culi­nary ad­ven­ture—teas­ing the senses and toss­ing out the no­tion that a healthy diet is in­her­ently in­sipid. The menu is cu­rated by Span­ish chef and nu­tri­tion­ist Alethea Sca­parros (bet­ter known as Ali­walu), a pur­veyor of mind­ful, bal­anced eat­ing who in­cor­po­rates el­e­ments of the Slow Food move­ment as well as the mac­ro­bi­otic and raw food di­ets. Or­ganic veg­eta­bles, meat, and fish fea­ture along­side spirit-boost­ing cof­fee and al­co­hol.

The re­sult? In­no­va­tive, In­sta­gram-wor­thy drinks and dishes with sassy names. The Rolling Root salad is a psy­che­delic riot of mar­i­nated raw roots, grilled shi­itake mush­rooms, tem­peh, and

fresh greens sea­soned with black-sesame go­ma­sio. Thirst quencher Heal Me Gen­tly is a su­per-charged con­coc­tion of roselle, pan­dan, and or­ange; for some­thing stronger, try the rambu­tan mar­tini.

Morn­ings be­gin with a high-pow­ered trio of healthy shots—lemon juice with a pinch of salt, kom­bucha (fer­mented tea), and jamu, or In­done­sian herbal medicine (in this case a mix­ture of gin­ger, turmeric, and co­conut oil)—fol­lowed by a pre-break­fast fit­ness ses­sion.

Through­out the day, ex­pect a bal­ance of car­dio and one or two body-and-mind work­outs that are tai­lored to de­sired in­ten­sity and abil­ity. These range from hard-hit­ting ac­tiv­i­ties such as kick­box­ing, TRX sus­pen­sion train­ing, Pi­lates, and HIIT (High In­ten­sity In­ter­val Train­ing) dance, to milder but no less restora­tive Pri­mor­dial Sound Med­i­ta­tion, pranayama breath­ing ex­er­cises, yoga, qigong, and tai chi.

Sooth­ing spa pam­per­ing takes over as the af­ter­noon sun be­gins to sink to­ward the hori­zon. Aro­mather­apy mas­sage and shi­rod­hara —in which warm Ayurvedic oil is poured onto the fore­head—help re­turn body, mind, and spirit to equi­lib­rium. Come even­ing, an­other mind-train­ing tool is shared by way of in­spi­ra­tional five-minute bed­side reads. The aim is to cul­ti­vate sim­plic­ity, mind­ful­ness, al­tru­ism, and self-re­liance—achiev­ing pos­i­tive trans­for­ma­tion via sim­ple, prac­ti­cal steps that can still be fol­lowed long after you leave.

Revīvō Well­ness Re­sorts of­fer year-round three- to 14-night re­treats from US$2,100 per per­son, all-in­clu­sive. There are day and week­end well­ness jour­neys as well as room-only op­tions.

Above, from left: Pool­side at one of Revıvo Bali’s three vil­las; the menu here fea­tures lo­cally har­vested fruit and other nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents. Op­po­site: Ayurvedic shi­rod­hara ther­apy at the re­sort’s spa.

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