Rustic chic, seven-bedroom, holistic sanctuary right on the beach
If you’re looking for nightlife and shopping, Taman Ahimsa is probably not the villa for you, but if you want to retreat from the world, awaken your soul, practice yoga and meditation, eat healthy food and experience therapeutic massages, this transformative place will inspire you more than you ever imagined possible. Even if you’re not really into the spiritual concept, and you don’t understand much about chakras, mandala thankas, crystals and healing circles, you will still appreciate the beautiful close-to-nature setting, the sight and sound of the sea, the romantic architecture and the peaceful ambiance.
Although the villa promotes the holistic concept, you don’t have to be on a spiritual retreat to come here; but who knows, you might just be inspired to experience something new. The gardens and interiors are fun to explore too, in every room we found a traditional Balinese instrument, an extraordinary crystal or an antique, or a funky lamp or table. Floors and doors are made from old teak, ironwood and two-toned tamarind wood, which has been recycled from boats and old buildings. Please note the villa has a no smoking policy.
Taman Ahimsa is managed by Fivelements, a company that specialises in holistic healing retreats, centred at Puri Ahimsa, 20km away. For a truly amazing experience arrange for the villa’s driver to take you to Fivelements Puri Ahimsa for a holistic treatment performed by an authentic Balinese healer.
The beautiful deserted beachside location; the rustic architecture and use of natural materials; the gorgeous gardens and the serenity, all combined to make our stay at Taman Ahimsa a very special and unique experience. Also of note are the staff, who were very sweet, and the healthy juices, which were superb.
The TV room is cosy, but it adjoins one of the bedrooms, so is not the most practical. On the other hand, Taman Ahimsa is not really a TV-watching kind of place. We could have done with some books, games and DVDs though, so remember to bring some with you.
- Teong Siew Meng, Zambia checked out on 28-Feb-2013