What happens when you bring the best of India’s ancient health practices to the beautiful Balinese jungle? With a focus on Ayurvedic therapies and holistic wellness, Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat is a serene Indian-inspired resort in Ubud that unites both worlds with wonderful results.
Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat is in the small village of Mengwi, Bali. Dense jungle surrounds the resort, just 30-minute drive inland from the tourist hub of Seminyak. Denpasar international airport is a 40-minute drive to the resort.
Spread over eight elegant villas—including four one-bedroom luxury villas, three one-bedroom private pool villas, and one two-bedroom villa—the retreat is small yet sophisticated. Featuring king-size beds, marble floors, thatched roofs, ensuite bathrooms and private balconies with tranquil views of the surrounding estate, the villas include classic Balinese touches that add to the retreat’s sense of place. For a little additional luxury, indulge in one of four private pool villas.
Sukhavati believes healing and dining walk hand-in-hand. Consequently, the retreat serves gourmet vegetarian food and a range of specialised Ayurvedic dishes. Fresh vegetables, herbs and other ingredients are locally sourced and seasonally grown on the property using organic farming methods. Prepared by a team of skilled chefs, meals are created in conjunction with the retreat’s Ayurvedic specialists to ensure maximum nourishment.
Combining the best Balinese dishes with tasty Indian specialities, each meal is infused with unique flavours. Every item on the menu is specially designed to support the cleansing process. Sukhavati even has its own cookbook which contains dozens of delicious, healthy recipes. The dishes focus on simple methods, so guests can re-create the retreat’s culinary experience at home.
Offering three, four, seven, 10 and 21-day rejuvenation programmes, Sukhavati’s treatment options range from traditional Ayurvedic immersions to meditation courses, yoga retreats and tailor-made wellness experiences. Designed to restore guests from the inside out, each programme is custom created to recharge, refresh and revive. Beginning with an in-depth consultation with the retreat’s resident Ayurvedic doctor, guests are first diagnosed with a ‘dosha’ (body constitution). After, the programme doctor prescribes each patient with specific treatments, along with a dietary plan. This will remedy any physical, mental and emotional weaknesses.
Sukhavati’s wellness philosophy revolves around a traditional ‘panchakarma’ purification programme, which cleanses the body of toxins. As a result, it boosts energy levels, overall vitality and wellbeing. As well as a beautiful open-air yoga and meditation pavilion, Sukhavati also has a lovely riverside spa which offers various stress-relieving therapies. These include medicated oil massages and exotic detoxifying scrubs. Other activities include guided village walks, bike rides, cooking classes, health and lifestyle seminars and tours to Tanah Lot temple.
Expect to feel… mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually restored and rebalanced. The combination of Indian and Balinese culture makes for a unique experience that brings together two wonderful worlds of wellness.