WanderlustOdysseyBuahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Ubud – Bali: The Naked Experience

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape, Ubud – Bali: The Naked Experience

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Imagine yourself surrounded by the deep, untouched nature of Ubud, “No Walls, No Doors”.

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At Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape with its 16 bales (villas), this adults-only property is truly an invitation to a different way of being. Situated in a quiet enclave surrounded by rice paddies and jungle, the site’s unique topography is next to the Ayung and Tukad rivers which connect to the Tjampuhan waterfall. The beautiful property offers a sweeping view of the seven majestic peaks, namely Mt. Batukaru, Mt. Sengayang, Mt. Adeng, Mt. Pohen, Mt. Pucuk, Mt. Lesung and Mt. Tapak, where the resort’s bales have been designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and the sounds of nature that come together to provide ‘The Naked Experience’ where only a thin veil separates guests from nature.

During their stay, guests are pampered with daily, weekly, and monthly events that include a range of curated and self-led  experiences around the three pillars of connecting to nature, a discovery experience, and community integration. Adapting the Balinese ‘Tri Hita Karana’, the connection with God, Nature and People is the basic philosophy behind these immersive experiences.

Guests can experience amazing adventure trekking along the Ayung river to the Tjampuhan Waterfall, foraging in the wild, cooking authentic Balinese recipes with traditional techniques learned from Balinese Chef Eka,  a ‘Megibung’ communal lunch with ‘Arak’ pairing, and making ‘Canang’ for rituals, plus Balinese storytelling accompanied by a Hang Drum performance, and a consultancy with local healers are just some of the many activities that guests can follow with a minimum two-night stay. Other cultural and culinary programs may vary depending on the season.

The heart of the resort is the Open Kitchen and Living Room, where open dining and lounge spaces have been created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn about the resort’s unique zero-waste farm to table concept, the local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, and the celebration of authentic local cuisines and cultures. The Botanist Bar is centred around the use of local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages. The menu concept, 70% of which is plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive from the property.

The Toja Spa, with a unique “open” garden experience that has been certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy, offers spiritual and active wellness programs involving local Balinese healers and a specialist, enhancing the spa experience with local traditions and a wellbeing philosophy.


Sri Utami
Sri Utami
A writer who loves to explore interesting places, food, people and culture. When she is not writing, she spends her time with sightseeing, reading books and watching movies. Former hotelier and marketing enthusiast who’s keen to socialize and to learn new things.


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