Gaia Oasis Abasan Mountain Retreat is a pleasure to stay at in every way. Accommodation is in the delightful guesthouse or bungalows dotted throughout the four hectares of serene forest garden. Paved paths provide the opportunity to take gentle strolls shaded from the greatest heat of the Bali sun. On my walks I enjoyed the organic vegetable gardens and seeing cocoa trees and pineapple plants, papaya, mango and jackfruit trees. The swimming pool is particularly notable, 20m in length making it perfect for laps as well as simply enjoying some sun and a view all the way to the ocean. ... The staff at Abasan were universally delightful, assisting with any little thing I needed and always courteous, respectful and polite. They were happy to answer questions about Balinese life and share friendly conversation. In particular, Ibu Yen, the manager at Gaia Oasis, is a fount of knowledge on Balinese history and spirituality and Tejakula culture and history. ... I also found that the food was lovely, made from fresh organic ingredients, generally vegetarian, often with produce taken fresh from Abasan's own vegetable gardens and fruit trees. I enjoyed watching the palm nectar being collected from the Lontar palm trees near my bungalow every morning and Abasan's small flock of chickens and ducks added a lovely bucolic touch! For a trip to the beach, just 15 minutes away, the shuttle was always available. The rooms are lovely, very well-appointed and always cleaned spotlessly using only natural cleaning products. There are very few places which offer the experience one can have at Abasan. I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a natural setting, a quiet time and perhaps wishing to do yoga, meditation or explore the culture and history of Tejakula. It is very far away from the hectic pace of south Bali and makes for a memorable experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Paradise! Discover our retreat-resort in Bali, a sanctuary of peace and a meeting place where strangers become friends. Breathe deeply… this green place is an oasis, away from the world. Here in the tropical gardens of Gaia-Oasis you will find peace and tranquility. ... more less