While this is not a 5 star resort in terms of facility, it more than makes up for in VALUE and SERVICE. And let's face it, these are the most important factors in a vacation.
My friend and I decided to get away from the craziness of our resident Singapore and head to Bali. I am American, she is British. We decided to stay a few days in Ubud then go to Zen Resort.
Every part of the booking process was smooth. Zen picked us up in Ubud and the 3.5-hr drive began. It was not a very comfortable vehicle but driver was nice and we saw some amazing views. When we got to the resort, not 30 minutes passed before we were both being pampered with an outdoor sunset massage followed by a bath in a TUB of flowers. I mean millions of frangipani petals with hot water that you are bathing in. And all of the treatments are like this. The whole experience is reminiscent of how you picture princesses being treated in ancient rome. Your schedule is pretty much booked every hour of the day with Yoga, Massages, Facials, Meditation, and "Free Time" which you just spend lounging by the pool or in your very airy, teak house. The meals are light and healthy with meat or vegetarian options.
But the best part is truly the service. I think the staff are taught to remember all guests by name because everywhere you go, the staff ALL seem to know who you are which makes you feel very special. You really feel like it's a luxury experience in this sense. Plus you only ever see about 10 other guests around max so you kind of get to know them too. For this type of service I was expecting to pay a lot more than I actually did, so Value is a 10 out of 5. All Ayurveda treatments are done by 2 people (which equals 4 hands for a massage - yes please).
The only thing I will say is if you have specific skin issues, they probably won't be equipped to handle those from a western medical perspective (like psoraiasis or acne). The staff are not dermatologists and massage is definitely their focus. (they are amazing at it). It's all Ayurveda medicine and most treatments include heavy coconut oil. Staff do take very careful measures to find out your comfort levels and everyone abides by then. Facials do not include extractions or suction. Products are completely natural but in general treatments probably do better on dry skin types vs oily/sensitive.
Bali is the kind of place where you go somewhere and usually say "yep ok we did that". But Zen was such a good experience we are actually talking about going back for Christmas with our partners. It was a real getaway and the bill ended up being way LESS than we thought it would be. How often does that happen?!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reawaken your senses at Zen Resort Bali- a holistic and nature retreat holiday to relax and rejuvenate your physical, psychological and spiritual wellness. Find the joy and pleasures of sustainable living in harmony with yourself, your family and friends and with the world of nature.Perched above the Sea of Bali, tucked into a tropical landscape of rice terraces, vineyards, natural forest and luscious designer gardens, Zen Resort’s serene environment offers the opportunity to regain the calmness of mind, find balance and deep peace and recharge your body while comfortably sinking into the divine knowledge and spiritual experiences through the daily practice of yoga, meditation and pranayama and revitalizing your health and beauty through authentic ayurvedic treatments. Zen Resort, a luxury boutique retreat with fourteen villas, offers a unique and intimate setting, spiritually bound by a passionate desire for complete privacy, luxurious accommodation, and the most attentive, friendly and renowned Balinese service. We look forward to welcoming you at Zen Resort, Bali’s first integrated ayurveda, yoga and nature resort - a unique place where all your senses will be touched, awakened and renewed. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Zen Resort Bali Hotel Seririt
- Zen Hotel Lovina
- Zen Hotel Bali
- Zen Resort Bali Seririt