REVĪVŌ meaning ‘I’ll live again’ in Latin is a retreat that aims to soothe and restore the body and enrich the mind through a journey of spa and holistic treatments, complemented by a carefully balanced and prepared menu of tasty and adventurous vegan and vegetarian dishes and juices, teas and smoothies. The small size means that you’re guaranteed a service that’s more than personal – it’s truly bespoke.
Aliwalu is the Executive Chef and genius behind the extensive menu. Author, chef and health coach, Aliwalu’s focus is on clean, flexitarian eating to allow the body to naturally detox whilst gradually needing smaller quantities. The food tastes as delicious as it looks. Breakfast is a feast of green and colourful juices enjoyed through bamboo straws and delicious detox dishes, all gluten-free. Go Green (slimming) is one of our favourites, not only does it help weight loss, but it also has the added benefit of being anti-ageing with spinach, cucumber and bengkoang (Balinese root vegetable). Follow that with banana porridge with cinnamon, cacao nibs and almond milk and if you’re still hungry go for the avocado toast (yes, we had all three!). The focus of the restaurant NŪTRIŌ is to provide a dish to suit virtually any mental, emotional or physical state; there’s a choice for all conditions including stress, detox, heart, prenatal, slimming, energy and many others. Head back to your room after breakfast and, as if by magic, it’s once again immaculate, water replaced and homemade detox concoctions refreshed in the fridge.
MOVEŌ is the third element to your stay at REVĪVŌ with so much choice of exercise, even die-hard gym junkies will be impressed. Sessions include Tai Chi, HIIT Dance, Primordial Sound Meditation, every type of Yoga, Pilates, TRX, Muay Thai to name but a few, or you can simply head to the gym and carry on with your normal workout. Gustu, a Balinese, oversees the fitness programmes and if you can, get him to give you a stretch down which includes some Reiki moves on pressure points.
REMISSIŌ is where the magic happens and with an extensive menu you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to therapies and treatments. To shake off the jetlag and to prep your skin for the sun, book in the Lulur Indulgence which involves a body scrub, followed by body wrap in banana leaves, Balinese massage and Vichy shower, an anti-ageing and hydrating treatment all in one. The programmes are probably the best way to experience the holistic medicine treatments and they start with a 3 day immersive programme with a choice of focus ie. Relaxation, detox, sleep.
Verdict? REVĪVŌ has the potential to be one of the best wellness retreats in Bali, perfect for spa junkies, detox divas and gym bunnies. REVISITŌ (no translation needed).