Need To Know
46 rooms, suites and villas.
11am, but later check-out is possible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $309.92, excluding tax at 21 per cent. ⓘ
Rates include breakfast, daily yoga classes and guided morning walks through the surrounding rice paddies.
You can smoke in your room and the restaurant is split into smoking and non-smoking areas. A three-night minimum stay is required over New Year and there is a compulsory New Year's Eve dinner for US$100 a head (50 per cent off for children).
No check-ins or check-outs are allowed on 21 March 2015, when Bali observes Nyepi Day (Day of Silence), although stays are still possible. Bali’s airport also closes for the day.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, library, DVD/CD library, free WiFi in restaurant, pool, concierge, bar and lobby. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, free broadband internet. Suites have a Bose sound system.
Our favourite rooms
The views from the three Uma Pool Villas are hard to beat: from your infinity pool you can admire vast panoramas of the lush valley, right down to the Oos river meandering along the bottom. The Como suite has equally camera-friendly vistas, as well as the resort’s finest pool and its own spa treatment room.
The 25-metre pool is surrounded by immaculate green lawns and is shaded by an assortment of tropical trees.
Como Shambhala's signature holistic treatments are available in the beautiful spa, which peps up its minimal decor with pebble-dashed feature walls, foliage and quirky design elements. There are four treatment rooms, a steam room, sauna, a 25-metre spa pool and a yoga pavilion, with a post-work-out meditation bale. Pampering options include Asian-inspired massages, reflexology, body polishes and herbal soaks, facials and mani-pedis. The spa's open from 9am to 9pm, the gym from 6am to 9pm.
Inland Bali is the perfect trekking ground so make sure you bring suitable shoes for jungle yomps – sturdy sandals should do the trick. Bring mozzie repellent too.
Uma can organise activities ranging from adrenaline-fuelled to serenity-filled. Try white-water rafting on the Ayung or biking the jungle. For more sedate thrills, learn yoga, batik, Indonesian puppet making or mask painting.
Booked in advance, babysitting should be booked a day in advance and costs US$5 an hour. Extra beds are US$70 a night (free to under-12s. The restaurant has children’s menu and can provide high chairs and packed lunches. They’ll heat baby milk, too.