THE JAKARTA POST - SEPTEMBER
Dousing the inner fires on a retreat in Bali
The tiredness of arriving on the last flight from Jakarta at midnight
had been quickly forgotten as I stepped for the first time into the
garden of my villa at the renovated and refurbished Prana Spa and
Villas. I slowly took in the sight of the small lap pool with
the ying-yang sign painted on its tiles as the lilting sound of Balinese
gamelan came from the CD player.
My retreat actually began
weeks earlier, when I had filled in a 'preferences' sheet, telling
of preferred exercise times, types of physical activities and foods. This
is part of Prana's approach of having guests 'write' their own program,
one which meets their needs but will not be the equivalent of enduring
a spartan boot camp.
It was sheer pleasure at every turn and touch,
with the simplest considerations, from the ginger-lemon welcome tea,
the soothing choice of music, even the selection of therapists, making
it a painless and thoroughly stressless experience.