Luxury

A Spiritual Escape

Nestled in the jungle lies the spiritual capital of Bali. Helen McCabe discovers an escape worthy of even Barack Obama's diary.

By Helen McCabe

Luxury

Nestled in the jungle lies the spiritual capital of Bali. Helen McCabe discovers an escape worthy of even Barack Obama's diary.

By Helen McCabe

Tucked deep in the Ubud jungle, there is a resort which rises from the verdant landscape like a spaceship. And to board you must navigate a teak footbridge suspended hundreds of metres over a deep gorge. But the sci-fi moment is moderated by a lotus pond which rings the oval rooftop and the abundant frangipani trees.

In a separate pavilion by rice fields there are swathes of silk hammocks in pink and purple. Four bodies are suspended from the ceiling being gently rocked to the sounds of a brewing storm. A former Buddhist monk, Ibu Fera, is whispering about happiness, love and peace. She sways the hammocks lulling her class into a “sacred sleep”. This is what makes the Four Seasons resort, near the town of Sayan, one of the most celebrated hotels in the world.

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