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Ker & Downey’s Vanessa Niven traveled to Bali in November for a stay at COMO Shambhala Estate. The holistic health and spa retreat offers a full wellness experience, with programs crafted for each client during their stay including yoga, Ayurveda, visits with a nutritionist, refreshing hydrotherapies, and spa treatments. We recommend a three-night minimum to fully take advantage of the wellness retreat, but even then, you’ll wish you booked your stay for a little longer.

COMO Shambhala is located high in the hills above the Ayung River, away from the bustle of Ubud, Bali’s capital city. Its 30 suites and villas are nestled among the jungle on 22 acres of land with 20 spring-fed pools spread across the property, and the “Sacred Spring,” a natural spring locally respected for bringing healing. Vanessa is sharing her highlights from her trip to Bali and the COMO Shambhala Estate below.

Como Shambhala Estate - Luxury Bali Travel - Ker Downey

Where were you? Beautiful, tropical Bali.

Highlight of the trip? The incredible guide and driver I had. They were knowledgeable, personable, and downright cool guys.

Favorite Activity? Waking up to the sound of gentle jungle rain in my suite at COMO Shambhala Estate.

Don’t miss… Spending time with some locals! Learning about how Hindu beliefs shape each aspect of Balinese life was fascinating.

Como Shambhala Estate - Luxury Bali Travel - Ker Downey

Anything else you want to add? Bali is a popular destination any time of year, so traffic can be tricky. Instead of picking a “central” property to explore the island from, split up your stay between a property in the lush, tropical inland regions and one on the coast.

Things to pack: cool, lightweight clothing with breathable natural fibers, like linen and 100% cotton; water/sweatproof sunscreen; sturdy shoes for hikes and walks; and of course, a swimsuit. Every room has a yoga mat, so save on packing space and leave your own at home.

Como Shambhala Estate - Luxury Bali Travel - Ker Downey

Contact your Ker & Downey designer to start planning your own custom wellness getaway to COMO Shambhala Estate in Bali.

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