I had very high expectations of Golden rock having read the reviews. I'm pleased to say they were predominantly met. The staff were very friendly and attentive, taking the time to explain the process. I didn't have any problems with the 5 day fasting process, there were plenty of drinks and psyllium husk to keep you feeling full and hydrated. The day program is quite intensive with exercise, infrared, massage and o3 therapies which keep your mind off the lack of food. That said, there was still plenty of time to laze by the pool or on your private balcony and watch the fishermen and horizon which was heavenly.
Unfortunately half way through my stay I contracted a nasty middle ear infection which reduced my ability to sleep and made the liver flush a challenge. Pin and his staff were very helpful and provided me with ear drops, however I did end up having to travel to see a western doctor in kuta to get antibiotics. There is no local western doctor, though the facility has affiliations with a dr an hour or so away. I chose to go to SOS clinic in kuta though and they organized me a friendly driver at the end of the retreat.
The accommodation was great, better than I expected and the sunrises from the 'golden rock' magic. I did find the yoga teacher pretty average, though friendly, there were no adjustments so effectively it felt more like stretching. There were also some language barriers with some of the staff, though they were always helpful and made sure an answer was provided by someone with more advanced language skills.
Amed itself was great and definitely worth a visit if you are keen on a laid back Bali experience.
I left the program feeling clean on the insides. Not as light and buoyant as I'd hoped, but I think that was threat still plaguing me. I'd recommend it to people wanting a lifestyle change Ina supportive and relaxed environment, it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it worthwhile and good value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in a remote spot on the north east tip of Bali, Golden Rock Retreat is an exquisite and innovative detox and healing centre that provides our guests with a unique opportunity to take part in our carefully prepared health programs, whilst experiencing the peace and tranquility of local Balinese life. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Golden Rock Retreat Hotel Amed
- Golden Rock Retreat Amed, Bali