Bali certainly has no shortage of boutique hotels. And no shortage of tranquil spas. And definitely no shortage of yoga studios or chic eateries. But the brand new REVĪVŌ Wellness Resorts aims to bring them all together under one tent—or rather, one jaw-droppingly gorgeous patch of sunny, breezy heaven in the hills above Geger Beach in Nusa Dua.
Here’s the idea: REVĪVŌ provides a full wellness experience without one ounce of the itchiness we so often feel when visiting resorts, that curious notion of “What’s outside these walls?” When we visited REVĪVŌ earlier this month, if anything we wanted to extend our stay longer—the place is so peaceful, so effortlessly beautiful, so eloquently and subtly designed we felt like we could sit under one of those big trees and slip into enlightenment in no time. Bye, bye material world!
The REVĪVŌ experience begins before you even walk through its flower-draped entryway. The resort is hidden up there in Nusa Dua’s somehow-still-undeveloped hills, so you’ll feel transported as you turn away from the sea and start climbing.
We started the day with a private pilates class—it’s always easiest to start the day with a sweat instead of ending with one. The resort’s fitness offerings are impressively broad—they’re ready to get you moving with 10 different styles of yoga, and in the nearby gym you can do a barre blast, try out TRX, lift weights, or even work your pole dancing skills. We loved the tranquil studios, though—there’s something luxurious about working out on a dark, hardwood floor, even if we were slippery and panting by the time we wrapped.
No worries there: right below our studio is REVĪVŌ’s deep blue pool and a gorgeous bar mixing over 50 juices, elixirs and teas, plus some killer cocktails (it can’t be all wellness, all day, right?)
REVĪVŌ’s main pool is a dream, but their hidden gem is a salt water pool, back by the 5-star spa area. As in, enjoy a meditative massage or facial, then treat your skin to some real liquid nourishment. We’re saving their Ancient Soul Therapy for next time: a chanting meditation, salt pool session, herbal bath and Ayurvedic Shirodhara treament. Frankly, after just a massage we were already levitating.
And that’s what is so impressive about REVĪVŌ—these guys have mastered the art of flow. From the resort’s natural layout to the easy going schedule they create, days at REVĪVŌ hum along brilliantly—when it’s finally time to eat, you almost can’t believe how much you’ve already done.
That said, your biggest accomplishment of the day may honestly be deciding what to eat. The menu is packed with robust salads, four different types of ramen (named Be Clean, Be Rooted, Be Balanced and Be at Peace), gorgeous fish and meat dishes, and vegan options aplenty (hint: this was the best falafel we’ve had in Bali). When our grilled Mahi Mahi came out, we spent a solid 5 minutes just staring at it—these plates are that beautiful. Add a bottle of their REVĪVŌ branded kombucha and you’ve earned what will be the best nap of your week, or possibly your life.
Speaking of sleeping, REVĪVŌ’s got 16 suites seamlessly tucked into the campus with outdoor showers, small pools and enough flowers to hold your gaze all morning.
So the real question is: where do you start? Well, you could plan yourself one incredible day of sweating, swimming, relaxing and eating—or go all in. REVĪVŌ’s running a series of Mind Training Immersion weekends, which include alternative medicine workshops, healing energy classes, spa treatments and full board. But take it from us: if you have the time, talk to REVĪVŌ about their tailor-made retreats. Tell them what you need, what you dream of and what you want, and let them create the perfect routine for you.
We have a feeling you’re in good hands.
Get there: Jalan Desa Sawangan, Benoa
Explore more: www.revivoresorts.com