Retreat – I) a place of refuge ii) an asylum, as for the insane. How appropriate that I should choose a retreat stay to decompress, recalibrate, and confirm my madness!
Revivo has the toolkit to panel beat any worn-out, torn-up, tired and cranky person in desperate need of help. It all Begins at Check-In.
By Richard Williams.
Revivo is a stunning luxe resort set in the breezy hills of Nusa Dua, built amongst 3 hectares of teak forest with beautiful gardens, legacy trees, and lotus waterways, I have literally just sighed deeply as I write this and remember the vibe. Revivo comprises 16 luxury Balinese-style suites and villas, all nestled around idyllic swimming pools and bale resting areas.
Greeted by the biggest smile upon check-in, (ALL the staff are incredibly warm and authentic). I’m given an orientation of the property and my suite. I have filled in my Pre-arrival Questionnaire online and I am passed a Retreat Journal for my stay which includes my daily schedule, mindfulness tips, and subsequent menu offerings complete with recipes, a great take-home in my book.
Wellness Treatments tailored to Suit.
Revivo offers a range of wellness programs inspired by ancient healing traditions with six Signature immersive retreats to choose from depending on your individual goals. These are De-stress & Relax, Immune Reset, Emotional Balance & Mind Training, Sleep Well, Anti-Ageing & Longevity and Detox, Weight Loss & Reshaping. Every guest begins with a thorough Arrival Consultation with a qualified wellness practitioner, and you will find each with a different skill set from Nutrition, Naturopathy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, Herbal medicine, and Fitness Physiology.
Boredom Isn’t An Option.
From the 7am trio of healthful shots delivered to your room, until dusk, your schedule is full. Boredom simply isn’t an option, and you will treasure those windows where you can recover, relax, swim, and reflect on how you’re feeling. Don’t be tempted to catch up on work, give yourself permission to truly switch off and commit to this 110%.
Activities range from morning blessings with a local Balinese priest to multiple yoga options that include Aerial Yoga. There is SUP in the main pool, Mat Pilates, Reformer one on ones, HIIT classes, TRX, and Boxing to name a few. I surprised myself with 2 yoga classes a day and was very thankful, for my age and my back issues to be recognized and responded to with such attention and consideration by Jacka the Yoga teacher.
Remissio Spa merges traditional Balinese healing traditions with Ayurveda, and western modalities. You’ll find a Vichy shower suite and their own private pool. A big fan of hydro-thermal and contrast therapies I enjoyed full use of the infra-red sauna, the steam, jacuzzi, and hot and cold plunge pools. That cold pool was quite honestly the best I’ve tried, it was so damn cold, and I made sure I put in the requisite time going between the two plunge pools. How did I feel afterwards? Amazing! And by the way, the facility was pristine clean including the thermal.
Saving the best until last, the food, which is curated by consulting chef Aliwala, is fantastic. At no time did I feel hungry or needy and enjoyed a mainly vegetarian/raw menu of pro & prebiotics, enzymatic, healthy, and wholesome recipes. One of my favourite dishes was the Coco Pesto Pasta; raw zucchini, green beans, and cherry tomatoes with avocado pesto, fresh coconut, spirulina, and nutritional yeast seasoning…delicious!
Do your SELF a favour and book into Revivo!