Upon arrival after a tiring journey with our car breaking down we eventually found the Spa Resort (you have to have eagle eyes or you will miss the turning). My initial impression was 'where is everyone?' It was so quiet. Our welcome drink, massage and foot bath was bliss after the ride.
We were escorted to our room, a Kamar on the ground floor, It was lovely, beautiful Balinese design. Tea awaited on a super large and very comfy bed and the marble Balinese style bathroom was lovely. Our terrace looked out onto the gardens and pool, an easy stroll to breakfast, the pool, beach.
We had initially booked B&B but upgraded to full board which included 3 course lunch, 3 course dinner and a daily spa treatment. This was a good deal as you had to eat in the resort each night due to it's remote location.
The grounds and infinity pool were sublime. The black sand beach was course sand but very picturesque.
The spa treatments included a complimentary 30 min pre-treatment which consisted of a Balinese style sauna and foot bath followed by a drink with frozen fruit. A lovely touch. The products used were all home made using local balinese ingredients. The staff were very professional and the treatments very relaxing.
Daily activities enhanced the stay and broke up the day, The bath scrub is a recipe I will be making again at home. The lumbar drawings and weaving were interesting. The yoga classes with Erica were great. I have done yoga (to a basic level) for some years and she is one of the best teachers I have come across. She explains things in a very simple but effective way. I learned a lot more about yoga in one session. The yoga swing, however, I would suggest is only for the superfit, be prepared to do your own warm up and cool down in that session. It felt more like a taster session than an actual fitness session.
Meals were generally lovely but I think they pander too much to Western palettes and their Indonesian dishes turned out bland as a result of being too restrictive with their spices.
Evenings are quiet, there is no bar or entertainment. It's location is remote so you are confined to the hotel to a certain extent. I think this is ideal, it is a retreat after all, but if you want this then look elsewhere.
Only down side we experienced was paying at the end. I would suggest taking enough cash to cover your bill as their credit card machine is temperamental and does not always work. Sharron was more than accomodating with offering alternative solutions, had they been needed, which was reassuring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Step back into time and discover the rich heritage of Bali at Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali. Situated on Bali’s North East Coast, this charming resort spa draws from age-old Balinese traditions that is wrapped in spirituality and gentleness making this beautiful and secluded resort the perfect place for relaxation, recovery and self-discovery. With the promise of an experience that honours the healing cultures of the region, each Spa Village provides an individual and authentic encounter combining the therapeutic properties of natural local ingredients and the healing practices of the area. Here, at Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali the experience extends far beyond its spa treatments. Every aspects from architecture to cuisine and lifestyle, resonates within its Discovery Paths. Cradling the soul, this spa resort heals both body and psyche. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali Hotel Tembok
- Hotel Village Tembok Bali
- Resort Village Tembok Bali
- Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali Tejakula