Need to know
30 suites, housed in five shared residences, plus five Retreat Villas and four two- or three-bedroom Private Villas.
Noon, but flexible subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $480.00, excluding tax at 21 per cent.
The Como daily rate includes breakfast.
Como Shambhala Estate runs a number of residential retreats throughout the year, with visiting experts holding courses and seminars.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, yoga studios, Jungle Gym, tennis courts, library, shop. In rooms: LCD TV, DVD player, free WiFi, minibar, tea/coffee, Como Shambhala spa products.
Our favourite rooms
They’re all pretty spectacular. The one-bedroom Retreat Villas – each with a private treatment room – are ideal if you’re planning on being a regular at the nearby spa. Of the Private Villas, Sukma Taru has valley views. The Principal Suites – one in each residence – are large and lavish. Go for the one in Tirta-Ening residence, which has a private entrance, terrace, waterfall pool, balé and Jacuzzi – oh, and a six-ton carved stone bath.
Each of the residences has its own pool and stand-alone villas have private pools. In most cases, they are infinity-edged, surrounded by decking and with beautiful jungle views. The spa, as well as a 25m lap pool, has hydrotherapy pools and jet beds.
East meets West in the holistic Ojas spa, with therapies running the gamut from Ayurveda and anti-ageing to Thai massage and stress management.
Every body-hugging, stretch-friendly piece of keep-fit kit you can lay your hands on, plus plenty of swimwear. Don’t worry if you forget your yoga mat, though: every room is supplied with one.
Not really encouraged, but welcome in the private villas. Under-12s stay free; otherwise an extra bed in rooms costs $75 a night. Babysitting can be arranged ($10 a child an hour) and the kitchen can rustle up special meals for children.