Zen Resort Guests Reviews
Worldwide Zen Guests Reviews
I took so long to come up with a review because thinking about Zen Resort Bali is like thinking about a time and a place that feels so far away... read more from my daily life of writing code, watching movies and hanging out with friends. Yet it feels so close to my heart. It feels like something, or rather, much of my heart has been changed by my time there. Thinking about my time in Zen Resort Bali always leaves me with affirmations for my daily city life that I can do better, I can shine brighter, and that nothing can really stop us from achieving our dreams, and I can do all that while being conscious and being kind to myself and even the people around me. That is what Zen Resort has made me feel in a matter of practically 3 days, and months later it still makes me feel that way today. For those interested in a summary, Zen Resort Bali looks like a normal resort on the surface, but go there with an open mind and over a few days there you may discover that Zen offers a kind of relaxation, rejuvenation, and self discovery that can't really be conveyed to you, the person reading this now, with words. I believe it is to be experienced. If you found out about it the way I did, Zen Resort Bali... is placed in our capitalist, pleasure-seeking tourism industry... I took so long to come up with a review because thinking about Zen Resort Bali is like thinking about a time and a place that feels so far away from my daily life of writing code, watching movies and hanging out with friends. Yet it feels so close to my heart. It feels like something, or rather, much of my heart has been changed by my time there. Thinking about my time in Zen Resort Bali always leaves me with affirmations for my daily city life that I can do better, I can shine brighter, and that nothing can really stop us from achieving our dreams, and I can do all that while being conscious and being kind to myself and even the people around me. That is what Zen Resort has made me feel in a matter of practically 3 days, and months later it still makes me feel that way today.
For those interested in a summary, Zen Resort Bali looks like a normal resort on the surface, but go there with an open mind and over a few days there you may discover that Zen offers a kind of relaxation, rejuvenation, and self discovery that can't really be conveyed to you, the person reading this now, with words. I believe it is to be experienced.
If you found out about it the way I did, Zen Resort Bali... is placed in our capitalist, pleasure-seeking tourism industry beside your standard resorts, with normal amenities like a swimming pool, some spa treatments, and spa and diving packages. You may think the word "Zen" would just make them slightly more... meditation and relaxation focused than other resorts, aligned towards a... relaxing atmosphere of sorts, maybe. Well that's what I thought.
I decided to take a trip to Zen as a birthday treat to myself. The past 3 pandemic years as a Software Engineer in stressful hustling bustling Singapore has left me bored, restless and really out-of-sync with myself. I could feel it. Many things here and there just felt wrong in my body, and I knew that a "wellness" getaway would be the best gift to myself this time. I booked a 4D3N package and an AirAsia flight to-fro Singapore, just 2 weeks before. Pro-tip, book perhaps a month before or earlier for better flight prices.
I landed at Denpasar Airport on a Friday afternoon, I found a man with a very cheerful smile holding a sign with my name on it. It was crowded, so he brought me to a less crowded place to wait for him as he drove over. When he asked if I was hungry and I said yes, he brought me to a restaurant with an amazing ambience, great local food and probably the cleanest public toilet I've seen in Indonesia.
It was pitch black at night when I arrived at Zen. The receptionist walked up to my vehicle and waited outside my door patiently with a flower garland in her hand. And the flowers were so fresh, I could smell the sweetness and feel relaxed at the end of that long journey even after putting it down in my room. I later learnt they were frangipani. And that they were grown on site. I was also given a welcome drink. It was green, transparent with a beautiful assortment of flora. I never thought a drink could be green and yet so tasty and refreshing.
The compound felt like a quaint and quiet neighbourhood at night. Nature was strewn up over the place; some walkways were made of detached stone tiles and the whole place gave off a rustic vibe. Growing up all my life in the city and suburbs, I eventually felt the absence of modern technology, yet at the same time in hindsight I started to feel an immense amount of inner peace, a deceleration and floating away of my work stress and anxious concerns just by walking around and being there (with my phone battery dead, haha). At 10pm, walking back to my room, it was quiet, I saw the stars in the sky and in that moment, and I felt they were beautiful.
My accommodation was the Zen Sunset Deluxe Villa (room 20x). It has a front and back gate though I just use one and lock the other. It has an open air rain shower area, toilet, wardrobe, fridge, supplied towels, and an indoor bedroom. The indoor area can be fully sealed from mosquitoes and if they manage to come in somehow (none did for me), the bed also has a mosquito net. The indoor area was huge, had an air-con and ceiling fan. There were some really nice touches to my room that made me feel warm inside the moment I stepped in. The fruit basket had some interesting choices and I managed to order papayas to my room, provided they had the supply. There were no cleanliness issues; water was provided to me in a huge vat (the kind you see in office water coolers) with automatic dispenser (you just need to press a button, not carry the vat, to get your water), and a stainless steel water bottle that I still use at home today. You'd dispense water into your steel bottle (or a bottle of your choice) and carry your bottle around. A nice eco-friendly setup.
Meals-wise, Zen Resort Bali's meals are simply amazing. The developed world is cluttered with fast food conglomerates, with fine dining at a luxury, "instant" processed food, diners and takeaways on the side. In this world, "nutritious" and "tasty" very seldom go together. In fact, if you're hard-pressed for time like me and just looking for a fix, "nutritious" itself can feel hard to find. But at Zen, every meal is delicious, yet at the same time so healthy. Within the first 24 hours I'd already eaten more fruits than I did in the past month, and yet at the same time had major cuisine delights in every meal. And there's desert for lunch and dinner. And they were pretty much different each time (at least in my 4-day stay). And yet they were all amazing, and all made with fruits. In a single meal, I'd have eaten 2~6 different types of fruits and it's top quality tastiness. Coming from me who's a little picky with food and isn't fond of common things like truffle, earl grey, mangosteen and more. It was truly defining and it'd be an understatement to say it's changed the way I look at food.
I signed up for the spa (Ayur3) package, and because of my late arrival and slightly early departure, my schedule was rather packed compared to the other guests. I can't say a lot because it's just my second time undergoing balinese spa treatment, but I'd say Zen's spa experience has an... atmospheric effect that I don't think I've really experienced in any other spa (balinese or otherwise) I've been to. The massage therapists were impeccably skilled as far as I could know, taking the initiative to check if I had any stiff body parts that could receive more focus.
On my second day (pretty much 12h after arriving at night) I was even fixed an appointment with their resident Ayurvedic therapist and meditation trainer, and together they provided so much insight into my body and allowed to see my health and wellness and soul in a constructive, positive manner. I was also subsequently arranged consultations with Dr. Mahendra, and combined, they have provided what I feel is unmeasurable value contributing to ways I can see myself, my life, my past and future, my body and its processes and what it seeks to be healthy, and my daily wellness. This part would definitely be more personal and subjective, and I could go on for hours on how much change this has inspired in my day-to-day life after coming back home. I even received feedback from those around me that I have become less irritable, less impulsive, more zen. Personally I feel so relaxed in my day-to-day even though many things are going on at once in hustling bustling Singapore, in my schedule and seemingly in the thoughts of people around me. Somehow, they affect me less now. Upsets and upsetting events hurt me still but I feel I can really process them and dance with the emotional flows and let them go. I feel I lost the need to actively or reactively exert control over others, to some extent. But this is personal and subjective, I think everyone benefits differently spiritually from being there, but what I observe is that many have in one way or another. And I think this is part of what makes some feel like this place is a gem.
Zen also changed the way I saw nature, and thus by extension how I saw my relationship with it. I grew up in clean and "green" Singapore with an indifference, and sometimes even repulsion from nature. I saw going out to the park as a chore, plants and mud as the elements that dirty your shoes, and nature as the place that makes you sweat. And insects are nothing but pests that have to be dealt with so that our living areas and daily lives can remain "clean". But Zen is a place that remains not just close to nature but also intertwined with it. And because of that, I have to say I felt uncomfortable with it at first, being more close and personal with insects. But in the absence of stresses of daily life, and being in an environment intertwined with nature, some time later on my stay I started to feel a sense of connection to the natural surroundings. Weird, I know, I've never been a nature guy, really. But after spending time there, on digital detox and walking around stone paths and eating enriching food and just relaxing, I started to question the way I saw the trees, the leaves and the insects around me. I started to think of how we all are living beings, all part of this grand scheme of things designed and built by mother nature that continually moves forward with time. It brings life to the planet, with so much complexity, so much sophistication, so much beauty in diversity, supporting itself in a huge ecosystem that we are all also a part of. It is hard to describe this epiphany in words, but it made me feel grateful to be alive, it made my problems feel small; impactful and painful at times, but definitely surmountable and to be surmounted in the grand scheme of things. And the insects? They're also on this ride, part of this amazing planet's journey.
There are several other epiphanies and life changing experiences and stories I experienced in my short stay at Zen Resort. Words cannot describe how blessed I feel to have discovered it, to have chosen it, and to have experienced so much in 72 hours.
Oh and how can I not mention! I honestly thought this would be a "solo trip", like all the other solo trip experiences I've had. Maybe I'd get to talk to someone here and all, but outside of that I'd be on my own most of the time (which has its perks). Well... that didn't happen. Right from day two onwards, without revealing too much, I felt so grateful for the company for the other guests who were there when I was. The guest list changes a little every day, but I am still blown away by the beautiful memories, connection and deep conversations that I had with all of the guests I met while I was there. And for some I didn't even get to know them for 24 hours! If any of you are reading this, you know who you are, I'm guessing you're back to your daily life, in a place that's either somewhat different from Zen Resort or very different. I've never forgotten about each of you and Mr. Mahendra and I'm perhaps curious what lives you all live now. And I wish, to the momentary shooting star that flies across the night sky, that we all live happy fulfilling lives and hopefully our paths cross under beautiful circumstances again!
Finally, the staff who made this all possible, are impeccable from my point of view, and I've come to love so many of them, from the yoga instructor who taught me breathing techniques that I still use today, to the ayurvedic therapist/doctor who has provided so much wellness advice that helped to make my once restless, indecisive, stressed workdays (seemingly completely unrelated, I know right) increasingly seamless and increasingly filled with ease and peace. To the "room service" people, the chef(s) who cook up such amazing food, to the massage therapists, to the receptionist, to the people I don't know who decorated my room and made it filled with beautiful soothing natural scent that emanated from the flowers, to whomever folded the towels to resemble an animal posing, to Dr. Mahendra; to the priest, to the people who tried to find dolphins while out at sea, and one must not forget the gardener and forest planters(?). my heart flows with gratitude on the day I leave and I'm at a loss for words. I originally felt I wanted to explore Canggu and Ubud and the like, but that can wait. That all can wait. More
June 17, 2023
A truly wonderful experience, way above my expectations. Beautiful gardens, amazing views, talented therapists, gorgeous accommodation and delicious meals. Everything is so well thought out. As a novice to Ayurveda... read more it was the perfect introduction. I highly recommend Bali Zen as a way to re charge, re evaluate and re connect with yourself and the world around you.
June 8, 2023
Zen is truly a slice of paradise. Everything at the resort has been created with purpose, from the stunning gardens, the amazing treatments, the delicious food, the grounding experiences, and... read more lovely accommodation, the intention is clear: to enhance wellbeing and promote relaxation. Zen’s Ayurvedic approach focuses on holistic wellness with the goal of restoring balance through emotional, physical, and spiritual channels, although does so in a suggestive rather than directive way. With days starting with sunrise meditation and yoga, continuing with incredible massages and treatments, and ending with a nourishing meal and great conversation at the communal dining table, I went to bed with a sense of calm and clarity each day. All of the staff genuinely cared about my experience and were extremely attentive and very kind. Overall, my time at Zen was truly transformative and will always remain in my heart.
June 7, 2023
It was an amazing 5 days of rejuvination - the location is like paradise , the staff not only friendly but extremely competent and prpfessional .The day is filled with... read more different expereinces , treatments as well as time to just relax.
And the food is of finest quality with a great variety - how the ymanage to give you a choice of 3 different meals at a time is beyond me.. I can only recommend Zen Retreat !
June 7, 2023
A wonderful, spiritual Place full of Love, Peace and Healing
Its magic Place with a wonderful Garden, living how in Paradies.
All employees are like one big family, it... read more was very easy to get in touch with the extremely attentive, caring und kind stuff and other guests.
Mr Mahendra, the leader off the Resort, created this peaceful healing place and takes care of all the people who stay there on a daily basis.
Mrs Budiani, who is kind and willing to help in any situation and Dr. Muthu, who takes care of his guests in a sensitive an attentive Manner.
The wonderful positive women in the massage department, a great harmonious team!
A unique combination of Zen spirituality, perfect Ayurveda treatments and consultations, overwhelming nature, wonderful warm people, a place of inner contemplation and inspiring encounters with the people of the resort and guests.
Although this was not my first Ayurveda stay, I have never experienced anything comparable!
I was able to take some things with me for my everyday life and am happy about my increased quality of life!
Thanks to all, hope to see you soon!
Adelheid und Friedrich
June 4, 2023
On my first trip I promised myself that I would come back each year - totally broke that promise; I’ve been 3 times in 7 months
The last trip... read more was a gift to my parents to share with them this very special place.
If you don’t have the latest gym gear, it really doesn’t matter. If you have never tried yoga or meditation, this is a beautifully supportive environment to help you get started. If you are advanced in both you will also have a deeply enriching experience. And importantly, you’ll have a good laugh along the way
Don’t be surprised if you fall asleep during a spa treatment (or two!!), you’ll be so blissfully relaxed
Zen is a place where your authentic and beautiful self is supported and celebrated.
A heartfelt thank you, Zen Family, for another beautiful stay. Yours Aye, Lindsey xxx More
May 27, 2023