John Spence, Chairman, Founder and CEO of Karma Royal Group, is pleased to announce the opening of Mayura – the group’s inaugural Karma Retreat property in Ubud, Bali – on 1st July 2015. Located in the picturesque island village of Mas, the Retreat is perched on the jungle-fringed riverbanks at the fringes of Ubud, Bali’s renowned artistic and cultural heart and is surrounded by scenic rice terraces, lush coconut groves and mossy stone temples. The contemporary Balinese boutique resort also marks the debut of Karma Royal Group’s Karma Retreats brand.
“ ‘Mayura’ is the Sanskrit word for peacock, a bird sacred to Hindus and renowned for its spectacular physical beauty. It represents benevolence, kindness, patience and compassion and is believed to be an omen of good luck. It is a fitting name for Karma Royal Group’s very first Karma Retreat in Ubud, a landmark Balinese destination of stunning natural beauty, spiritualism and artistry. The opening of Mayura, A Karma Retreat will be welcomed by our loyal Karma Royal Group members and leisure travellers who have clamoured for a Karma Resort in the area, enabling them to experience an in-depth, authentic immersion into local Balinese culture,” said John Spence, Karma Royal Group Chairman, Founder and CEO.
Mayura, A Karma Retreat, offers exclusivity and privacy with a bijou collection of 32 beautifully appointed deluxe guest rooms, including a sumptuous Imperial Room, all with outdoor balconies offering sweeping views of the Balinese countryside. Decorated in understated contemporary luxury, the guest rooms are highlighted by traditional, elaborately carved, classical Balinese hardwood beds with matching furnishings. The rooms all have flat-screen televisions, DVD players, wireless internet access, well-appointed pantry facilities with tea and coffee making amenities, mini bars and microwave ovens, as well as sitting areas and spacious en-suite bathrooms.
Showcasing traditional Balinese and Indonesian specialities as well as Western favourites, the resort’s poolside restaurant includes an expansive outdoor terrace with scenic palm-fringed jungle and countryside views. Guests at Mayura, A Karma Retreat can bask in a stunning outdoor infinity pool overlooking the jungle, enjoy poolside morning yoga, exercise in the resort gymnasium, visit nearby rice fields and local village life by bicycle or explore central Ubud’s countless art galleries and artisanal shops via the resort’s shuttle service. For those seeking authentic engagements with local Balinese culture, the resort can make arrangements for Bahasa Indonesian language lessons, sessions with a local Balinese woodcarving artist and classes in Canang Sari-making, the exquisite floral offerings offered daily by Hindus to their local deities. Mayura, A Karma Retreat’s K Spa offers massage services and beauty treatments based on Balinese wellness and healing principles.
Ubud has, for centuries, been Bali’s artistic, spiritual and cultural hub. It was here that the last rulers of the Hindu Majapahit Empire fled centuries ago, bringing with them a rich tradition of art, music, theatre and literature. Today, Ubud bustles with artisanal workshops and art galleries – from grand museums to tiny hole-in-the-walls and for decades visitors have been mesmerized by some of Bali’s most accomplished dancers and gamelan musicians. Guests can visit the royal palace, mossy stone temples and traditional markets or venture into the stepped rice paddies that border Ubud and discover the heart of rural Bali. Ubud and its environs are also famed for their wellness offerings, hosting some of the world’s leading yoga teachers, healers, nutritionists and meditation teachers. Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar is approximately an hour’s drive from Mayura, A Karma Retreat.
For enquiries and reservations, guests may contact Mayura, A Karma Retreat directly by telephone: +62 (0361) 479 2956 or visit www.karmaroyalgroup.com