Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali (Part II)

Nestled along northeast Bali’s exotic coast of black sand, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali is a secluded haven that embodies the gentle spirituality of this magical isle. Here, every visit and healing program is touched by the beauty and magic of Bali itself. This is YTL Hotels’ first Luxury Spa Resort.

Like all Spa Villages, Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali promises an experience that honors the healing cultures of the region in which it resides, providing an individual and authentic encounter with Bali. The resort offers a lifestyle that flows throughout from activities and cuisine to accommodation and spa, a unique and uplifting opportunity for rejuvenation based on the ancient wisdom of this isle. The 31-room spa resort was created to provide a place of sanctuary from daily pressures where every effort is made to ensure that guests enjoy a memorable stay, drawing from the experience whatever they may need, whether it be massage therapy and treatments, intellectual reflection, creative stimulation or an active and invigorating range of exercises. Guests can replenish their spirit through a range of programs that allow them to embark upon a personal restorative journey of their choice.

The spa programs offer a holistic integration of healthy, wholefood cuisine, rejuvenating spa treatments, movement, mindfulness, hands-on wellness workshop and natural health practices. Guests who wish to learn or improve their personal skills in the arts of Balinese massage can choose to join the Spa Village Academy and undergo private training with skilled therapists who will transfer the wisdom of this ancient practice through a series of training sessions. The resort also offers a myriad of activities drawn from the creativity, history and traditions of this island of the gods such as an art village tour, Balinese dance, Pencak Silat, sunrise or sunset cruise in a traditional Jukong, starlight gazing, diving and snorkelling and many more.

The Segara Giri, preludes every treatment at Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali. Segara means Ocean and Giri means Mountain in the Balinese language as the resort rests between the mountain and the ocean. The black volcanic sand of the beach is created between the interaction of these two powerful forces of nature. Every treatment begins by cleansing the feet in the black sand. In Balinese belief, the feet acts as a conduit between the energy of the earth and the self, therefore washing the feet is considered a way of purifying the self of any negativity that may rise from the earth. This pre- treatment ritual is a perfect prelude to any treatment.

Effortlessly blending with the island’s landscape and natural beauty, the structures of the Spa Village merge simple Western elegance with traditional Balinese dwellings. Echoing with the gentle traditions of local culture, the 27 Kamar Rooms blend exotic grace with modern comfort. The Surya Suite is close to the luminescent pool while the other, the Purnama Suite, fronts the lush garden. Both one- bedroom suites have a generous living area with stunning balcony views of the bougainvillea and frangipani filled gardens to the blue Bali waters. The Baruna and Samudra Villas are sanctuaries each with their own private entry and plunge pool with unobstructed views of the sea. The beds in the villas are crafted by local artists, following traditional Balinese designs. These rooms are light and airy, with woven ceilings covering the underside of peaked roofs.

Resident Chef at Wantilan Restaurant

Balinese specialty – Bebek Betutu (Baked free-range duck)

The unique setting of the resort’s Wantilan restaurant, alongside the beach, set high above the sea, provides captivating views. The restaurant has no walls, allowing the wind to billow gently as diners relax and feast. Wantilan constantly evolves its versatile menu, adapting regional and international cuisines to each catch of the day and using seasonal ingredients from local farmers.

Every aspect of the resort was meticulously created to provide an environment that is serene and tranquil. At Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali it is possible to recapture one’s sense of self. 

Never a Dull Moment

For the ultimate Spa Village experience, the intimate 31-room Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali fuses rest and relaxation with a holistic approach to well-being. Tailor-made programs provide guests with spa treatments, fitness and nutrition plans – all drawing on authentic Balinese remedies and rituals using fresh local ingredients. 

Guests can choose from a host of intriguing and even educational activities available at the resort. The Old Bali Tour (Penglipuran) consists of a traditional Balinese village with beautiful architecture. Ancient Balinese stonework is an integral part of the entrance to all their homes.

An insight into Old Bali, that shows how the people continue to find a balance between ancient craft and contemporary function. The Tegalalang and Kintamani Tour takes guests to Tegalalang, an area that weaves through several rows of shops that sell ironwork, mosaic, Balinese versions of Venetian mirrors, woodcarvings, and a variety of other, largely handmade, arts and crafts. Bali is also very well known for it’s local Balinese coffee, Civet coffee (Luwak), wild cocoa and fruit teas.

Under the skilled hands of artisans all things can be made to suit one’s needs. Through the Balinese mountains, a beautiful view can be seen at Kintamani, of the still-smoking Mount Batur.

Mount Batur

A local craftsman’s drawing using volcanic sand

Once a rest villa for the king, large koi now swim in the waters of the nine fresh water springs that fill the vast ponds that run through the Tirtagangga Water Palace. On this tour, guests will see life size statues play out the epic legend of the Mahabrata depicting the ancient struggle between good and evil. The ancient pools that were previously used only by royalty are now open to the public as swimming pools with views of lush green paddy fields that stretch to the mountains.

The gentle spirituality that weaves through Bali is clearly marked in the plethora of temples.

Temples to honour Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom, are generally found near schools or places of learning. On the Ubud and Pura Gunung Kawi Tour, guests will visit Pura Gunung Kawi, one such temple, built around a spring. Like many temples, intricate stonework and statues guard the gardens and protect the holy shrine. Ubud, Bali’s cultural centre, sharply contrasts the ancient traditions and architecture of Bali with contemporary global styles. The famous Ubud market is a courtyard surrounded by narrowed cobblestone streets. Guests can also stroll along the sea of trendy bars and stylish shops.

Ubud Paddy Field

Local Ubud villager with handmade straw hats

A mere 45 minutes bicycle ride away from the resort, lies Les Waterfall. The bicycle ride meanders through a few quaint Balinese villages. The hike up towards the waterfall from the base is rather moderate and takes about half an hour. On the way, there is a shrine to honour Dewi Sri (the goddess of fertility and growth, wife to Vishnu, the sustainer). A picnic basket is laid out at the foot of the waterfall where guests can enjoy a simple yet carefully prepared meal surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature.

Enjoy a sunset cruise in a traditional Balinese boat, the Jukong, as it bobs along the calm waves of the Bali Sea. There is a vibrant energy from this spot where the whole of Mount Agung can be seen. Guests are taken to the Rumpon, a floating structure of bamboo and dried palm leaves that serves as a shelter for fish. From this shelter, cast your line and embrace the energy and peace of the waves as the sun sets behind the island.

Half an hour by car from the resort is Tulamben, where one can dive into the waters and find the Liberty Shipwreck in depths from 9-30m. The wreck, a 120 metre long WWI cargo ship equipped with guns for WWII, was torpedoed by the Japanese in 1942 and now lies encrusted in anemone, gorgonia and coral amidst the stunningly diverse ecosystem that inhabit the waters of Tulamben. The variety of marine life in the waters surrounding the wreck are amazing.

Other activities available at the resort include the Art Village Tour, Balinese Dance, Cooking Class, Pencak Silat (a form of martial arts), Squid Fishing by New Moon, Starlight Gazing, White Water Rafting, Woodcarving and Weaving Classes, Fitness Circuit and Yoga Swing.

Cooking class with Chef Dana

Full list of activities:

HEALING & SPIRITUAL

• Starlight Gazing
• Healthy Cooking Class
• Jamu Making
• Boreh Making
• Canang Making
• Balance Walk
• Creativity Walk
• Fitness Circuit
• Pencak Silat – Balinese Martial Arts • Nyuwun Yoga
• Hatha Yoga
• Yoga Swing
• Les Organic Salt Farming
• Coconut Oil Making
• Visit to Sacred Places
• Tirtagangga Water Palace

NATURE & ADVENTURE

• Les Waterfall Excursion
• Mount Batur Sunrise Hike
• Sunrise at Mount Batur
• Sunrise or Sunset Jukong Cruise • Diving & Snorkelling
– Amed
– Liberty Shipwreck
– Menjangan Island
• White Water Rafting
• Golf
• Bali Safari & Marine Park
• Lovina Dolphin Tour

ARTS & CRAFTS

• Art Museums in Ubud
• Art Village Tour: Ubud & Pura Gunung Kawi
• Balinese Dance
• Garuda Wisnu Kencana
• Cultural Ambassador Talk • Candle Making
• Lontar Drawing
• Lontar Weaving
• Traditional Weaving
• Tegalalang & Kintamani

 

Traditional Balinese dancers

Part I: https://amandaimani.com/2017/04/29/spa-village-resort-tembok-bali/

Part III: https://amandaimani.com/2017/04/29/spa-village-resort-tembok-bali-part-iii/

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