A Tranquil Oasis in the Heart of Ubud, Bali: Gdas Bali Health and Wellness Resort

Beyond lavish amenities, Gdas surprises with intricate wood carvings adorning the ceiling of the king-sized bed frame fit for royalty, and playful bolster pillows, among others. Opening the curtains during sunrise reveals the artistry in full glory as natural light bathes the rice fields in golden hues and the bedroom—a serene and meditative experience accompanied by the gentle rustle from the rice paddies.

The melodic symphony of nature, featuring the morning chorus of birds and nightly serenades by frogs, imbues the Balinese experience with authenticity. During the night, the unexpected company of three frogs on the ground floor of the villa, upholding the sanctity of the swimming pool during my night dip, added a whimsical touch. However, the same cannot be said for the fish pond at the entryway, where frogs seem to find a nightly allure swimming with the majestic Koi fishes.

Experience healthy and delicious cuisine on a wellness retreat
Embarking on a wellness retreat, I drifted into a deep slumber with the enchanting song of the frogs and woke to the sunrise overlooking the rice paddies, setting a tranquil mood for a hour-long morning yoga session just steps away from the resort's main swimming pool area. The high ceiling of the yoga studio provided a refreshing breeze and a panoramic view of the rice paddies, creating an ideal setting to elevate one's yoga practice or embark on a rejuvenating yoga retreat.
Yoga overlooking the main swimming pool and rice fields
Rejuvenate in a yoga retreat
Gdas' culinary offerings and resort activities underscore a commitment to holistic well-being. From savory vegetarian Balinese mushroom soup and laksa to stir-fried chicken with nuts and sweet sticky rice with mangoes, the predominantly vegetarian menu elevates the dining experience-- all of which can be enjoyed in-room or at the Tangi restaurant. Each dish pays homage to local flavors, with rice being a staple, a fitting tribute to the surrounding rice fields.

Post-yoga, my voracious appetite led me to indulge in energizing dragon fruit smoothies with vegan honey for breakfast, accompanied by Balinese coffee and fresh fruit juice.
Energizing dragon fruit smoothie for post-yoga breakfast
Soak in the culinary delights at Tangi Restaurant
As mid-morning unfolded, the Me-Apun in-room massage by the private villa's swimming pool augmented the wellness offerings. This traditional yet relaxing deep tissue massage, synonymous with the Balinese term "Me-Apun," denoting a massage therapist with a natural talent for healing physical and spiritual energy, provided a rejuvenating experience. The anticipation of the spa center's grand opening in 2024, featuring massages rooted in ancient Balinese culture and traditions with organic, natural, and medicinal ingredients, adds an extra layer of excitement.

While my stay at Gdas was regrettably brief, the profound beauty of the grounds, the reinvigorating  and the thoughtful hospitality left an enduring imprint. Gdas transcends the conventional definition of a hotel; it embodies a meticulously curated experience seamlessly blending luxury, nature, and local culture. With the spa center poised for its grand unveiling next year, I eagerly anticipate returning to delve deeper into the wonders of Ubud and immerse myself in the full spectrum of Gdas Bali Health and Wellness Resort.

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