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Shankari's Bali Retreat
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Shankari is an oasis of beauty and calm. The place is beautiful, the food is great, the staff are sooo lovely. Definately put aside a few days to stay here. Its not far from the beach and lovely cafes too

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  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 June 2012 via mobile

Shankaris is a jewel along the Balian river. Having lived in bali for many years I have stayed at shankaris several times and always look forward to going back .
Although there is accomodation closer to the beach , which may be more appealing to the average tourist this retreat is a place of magic , wonder and energy. Throughout are painstakingly created mosaics and statues . There is a cave under the waterfall which was dug out by hand that has amazing accoustics . Three pools tiled with sacred geometry . The place is more like an art gallery or museum than a hotel . Really worth a visit. Most of all the staff are genuine and amazingly helpful , most of which have been working there for over a decade.

Anyway check it out !! You won't. Be dis appointed

  • Stayed: October 2011
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

Thank you so much to Nicky, Wayan, Andrew, and all the staff at Shankari Retreat. We were so pleased to have our yoga retreat hosted by you all. You guys did a fantastic job with the healthy food and by being so present and loving with each one of us.

Thanks to Nicky for going out of your way to take us on amazing walks in Nature and introduce us to medicine men, healers, Balinese priests, ceremonies, and such. Your black sand beaches are breath taking as well.

Shankari's place is filled with beauty, mosaics, art, nature, shakti, and grace! We will have our retreat at your place every year if we can!

Blessings,
Monique Toh
"Yogic Diet"

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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2  Thank motoh
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Reviewed 17 January 2012

Shankaris is a Relaxing retreat with great vegetarian menu (some fish/chicken dishes) and a very peaceful rain forrest type atmosphere. Rooms are clean but basic, no mod cons though 2 rooms have a/c and all are very private. There are 3 seperate pools. The staff are very helpful when spoken to, they do not hassle or pressure you at all. Yoga facilities are open air. On the down side, the retreat is right on the main road (2hours north-west of the airport) between denpasar and the ferry to java so it is extremely busy and the trucks are loud, however the noise really only affects the resturant which is also open air. If you cant sleep to the sound of gekos, frogs, bird, chickens, bats, monkeys etc this is not the place for you. The beach is a 10min walk either along the river (not particulary interesting) or out though the village and along a sealed road which passes local shops and local villagers going about there day to day lives. This route also passes other accom options with resturants and bars (i forget to mention shankaris has no alcohol!!) to balian beach which is black sand and has a great left and right hand surf break. The retreat offers some great day trips, spa treatments and yoga classes, All at a reasonable price. A place i will remember and would recommend to those wanting a bali experience that involves relaxing, thinking about life, getting in touch with nature and not shopping and drinking to excess as so many tourists seem to do in bali.

  • Stayed: January 2012
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

Basic, relatively clean although corners need to be checked by supervisors.
Water intermittently becoming too hot or cold, inconsistent flow.
But ok for the special price, on normal rate I would rather choose somewhere else.
If you are in for yoga perhaps this can be overlook.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

Amazing place. The staff was very useful and friendly. Wayan the receptionist, Wayan the server, Widia and Made the driver were fantastic. The food was so delicious and healthy. Our room the Ganesha Turtle was so pretty and comfortable. Very close to the beach and the village. What an amazing place!!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

We found this amazing place by surprise and we were taken away from the first moment. The whole place has a very relaxing feeling and the staff is so friendly, that you feel like home from the first second. Especially Wajan is a diamond. The bungalow's have a very nice interior and are very clean. The balcony invites to chill outside and regain energy after surfing or discovering Bali. There are three pools to swim in, the highlight is the round infinity pool. The location is very quiet and close to a nice surf beach and a small town. We really enjoyed our stay at Balian Beach because of the awesome Shankari's Bali Retreat. Thank you!

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about Shankari's Bali Retreat

Address: Jl. Raya Gilimanuk | Desa Lalang Linggah, Tabanan 82162, Indonesia
Region: Indonesia > Bali > Tabanan
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #26 of 58 Speciality Lodging in Tabanan
Price Range: £25 - £28 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Shankari's Bali Retreat 2*
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Since 1994, Shankari's vision, of providing a safe and comfortable venue for people to teach their students and families to feel at home, has been a magically manifested reality. We have 14 rooms, a restaurant, 2 Yoga spaces and 3 swimming pools. Our rooms are themed with Sacred Symbolism represented through the mosaic tile and pebble floors. We are located by the Holy Balian River and a 5 minute walk to the beach. Our place is suitable for groups, couples, individuals and families. We will take good care of you and provide you with a genuinely relaxing holiday rest. ... more   less 
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