My Taman Bali

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Indonesia – Destinationreport “My Taman Bali” (Garden of Eden).

Contributed by Francois Jobard.


The locals call the island “Taman Bali”, indeed it is a “Garden of Eden” what we found here in the healing hotel COMO.

Eden is now believed to be a joyful stay in fruitful, well-watered location.

This fantastic hotel is set amid the tropical Ayung River valley.
Como Shambhala Estate
Beautiful, relaxing days, we shaked up our chakras at Bali’s most luxurious health retreat. The estate combines spiritual, luxury and holistic wellness deep within the rainforest overlooking the stunning River Ayung.
Yes, everything was well-watered and easy to unstress of life and realign your chi while you’re at it.


The real “wow” factor is the holistic element – this is where you can detox, de-stress and revitalise.
Como Shambhala 2

The holistic COMO Shambhala Estate is more than a normal hotel. It’s a sumptuous combination of the two, staggered up the steep slopes of the sacred Ayung river gorge. Previously known as Begawan Giri, the estate has been recreated and offers you now lot of freedom to choose what you need.

The incredible Residences and Villas display the COMO trademark Asian-meets-European decor.

Alang-alang roofs shelter hand-carved furniture and Chinese antiques; baths are carved from Sumban stone. Each has a private infinity pool. We learned a lot of things about Qi Gong, meditation and Ayurvedic treatments.
For me one of the world’s most beautiful hotels in the Garden of Eden with acres of stunning tropical grounds, riverside forest and plunging hill terraces.

We checked in @ a huge, uniquely styled residence with a great pool.

As you know Bali is a magical place with lots of holistic places and it offers fantastic landscapes and an amazing architecture.


Our cultural hideaway is only a 20-minute drive from Ubud, the setting is pretty remote and once you’re there, you probably won’t leave the grounds and stay in bed or at the pool the whole day.

We shared the pool and living areas with everyone, like a social open place.

This was a fantastic experience, we will be back soon.

Annex: A “Garbage Clinical Insurance” report brought me to Indonesia.
The is award-winning healthcare entrepreneur Gamal Albinsaid, CEO of health company Indonesia Medika invented a fantastic startup.
In a country where more than 10% live below the poverty line, the scheme encourages low-income households to recycle their rubbish and uses the revenues to finance a health micro-insurance system.

Read my post.

Photos by Ivailo Barzakov.

Living in style.