T+L Reports: Asian Idyll

T+L Reports: Asian Idyll

Travelers seeking a peaceful retreat in Bali can still find it. One new respite: Como Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri (62-361/978-888; www.cse.comoshambhala.bz; doubles from $495), the latest spa retreat from hotelier Christina Ong (Parrot Cay, the Metropolitan). Added on to the original Begawan Giri­—where each of the five villas has its own infinity pool—are nine treatment rooms, an open-air yoga studio, several lounging pavilions, and two restaurants with exotic menus that can be tailored to any dietary whim (spelt samosa with Bedugul fruit chutney, anyone?). A small cadre of experts and holistic specialists are in residence; they're complemented by a roster of visiting masters of all stripes (Robert Thurman is set to lead a Buddhist seminar here next month). And since this Shangri-la overlooks the Ayung River and mist-shrouded Mount Batur, you can meditate on the surrounding beauty while indulging in a massage on your private terrace. —SARAH MAUD POWELL

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