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An Idyllic Wellness Resort in Bali

A new resort in Bali is trying to improve our lives, one waistline at a time. BY DAVEN WU.

Published on Jun 16, 2016


BALI'S CHARMS blossom the moment the traffic-choked, one-street towns are left behind, and the journey turns towards either the terraced emerald rice fields, or the white foam-flecked coast. Happily, The Samata in Sanur offers the best of both worlds.

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Outdoor a two-bedroom pool villa. Courtesy of The Samata.

The resort's entrance is practically lost along a row of unremarkable private residences that are set off a busy highway. Once past the smiling security guards and across a bijou concrete bridge that spans a little stream, the vista opens up TARDIS-like into a cloistered haven of manicured greenery and white Palimanan stone. Framing the tableau is an expanse of rice fields and, beyond that, the shimmering curve of the ocean.

Each of the 10 villas and suites ticks off all the required boxes of a swanky Balinese retreat with thatched roofs made of alang-alang, plunge pools, and cool modern interiors furnished in natural woods; soothing hues of green, earth and sand; some Javanese teak; and soft linens.

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Fine wood details. Courtesy of The Samata.

But what really sets The Samata apart from the pack is its focus on fitness, sports and healthy living. For starters, three swimming pools are scattered around the grounds: one for laps, one for lolling around postlunch, and one for energetic sessions of aqua aerobics and water Pilates. Manned by a crack team of buff instructors, the spacious gym offers an arsenal of cross-trainers, treadmills and bikes. Or step into the ring for a round of traditional boxing and muay Thai. For exercise and privacy, each room is thoughtfully kitted out with a yoga mat, skipping rope and muscle relaxation oils.

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Step into the boxing ring for a round of muay Thai. Courtesy of The Samata.

The focus on physical wellbeing continues at Zenso restaurant where resident chef Anton Ventslav serves up a healthy menu. He concedes that there are less healthy options, where saturated fats, and calorie- and cholesterol-rich ingredients are allowed. But you'll get a vitality kick tucking into meals made of grains, pulses, nuts and superfoods like cacao and berries. An organic farmer delivers spirulina that's blended into a smoothie with spinach, cucumber and honey to kick-start the day. To ease into the evening, a massage by The Samata's corps of therapists, all trained by traditional healers from Ubud and Gianyar, is just the thing to reward your body for all its good deeds.

ZensoSeared tuna at Zenso. Courtesy of The Samata.

"Samata means a state of equilibrium between body, mind and soul," says Jose Luis Calle, the affable Spaniard behind Lifestyle Retreats that runs the resort. "Whether they come to us to achieve physical balance, diet or simply chill, our goal is to help our guests feel better and recharged."



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Above a one-bedroom pool villa. Courtesy of The Samata,
  • The master bedroom in the pool villa. Courtesy of The Samata.
  • View of chill pool to paddy fields. Courtesy of The Samata.
  • One bedroom villa's pool.  Courtesy of The Samata.
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