Scene: An indulgent agenda



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The inspiration behind its name already alludes to the splendour of Hanging Gardens Ubud, an award-winning five-star luxury resort set in 3.2 ha of stunning jungle landscape. Located in Ubud, Bali’s cultural and spiritual centre, the secluded property boasts its own production of chocolate, vanilla, coconut, cinnamon and lemon grass for use in recipes and spa products. It also plays host to ample dining and pampering options as well as the world’s best pool, according to Condé Nast Traveller and TripAdvisor.

Unwavering demand to share the magic of its gardens has led the resort to create 30° — a Spa Collection at Hanging Gardens Ubud. The Collection, as it is called, offers a wide range of spa experiences and detoxification programmes in spectacular settings, each unique and unfailingly indulgent.

For utmost privacy, a stay at the Spa Suite is in order. The one-bedroom villa can be booked by the day or even by the night, for those reluctant to leave their private sanctuary. Equipped with full spa facilities, a reflection pond and a private bridge extending out over the valley, its services include dedicated spa therapists as well as butler service for private meals, with packages starting at US$1,500++ (RM5,625) per person. If you prefer to keep your spa and bedroom separate, check into the Day Spa instead for half a day of luxurious treatments with exclusive Thalgo products. The US$1,500++ per couple experience includes champagne, caviar, canapes and truffles a la chef.

Alternatively, try out the resort’s range of organic treatments — many of them bespoke to the resort using produce grown in its grounds — at any of the other spectacular spa locations dotting the property. The new Hidden Palace Spa Lounge boasts a private residence within a hotel, featuring the royal and presidential suites, grande executive suites and junior suites.

The Jungle Spa spectacularly extends out into the valley in the lushest corner of the resort’s gardens, while the open Riverside Spa dramatically sits atop the rapids of the Ayung River. For a more contemporary experience, consider the Open Air spa treatment at the newly expanded pool deck. Treatments are complemented by organic fresh juices and meals, priced from US$650++ per person.

Whether your ideal spa setting is one with nature’s melody played in surround sound at an open deck, or a private sanctuary of wood and stone, Hanging Gardens Ubud strives to please. Complete a stay at this stunning rainforest locale with decadent pampering for a wholly restful and rejuvenating getaway. Find out more at


This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on June 25, 2015.