By Dian Hasan | August 1, 2009
Natura Resort & Spa lies just a few miles north from Ubud, Bali’s artistic and cultural heart, in the traditional village of Laplapan, seemingly untouched by the hands of time. Natura is conceived against this backdrop, bringing forward a novel concept in eco-conscious accommodation.
Capturing a sliver of the Petanu River’s as it meanders towards the sea, Natura Resort & Spa, is a sanctuary for the senses. Designed to enhance the beauty of the existing site, with serious consideration given to the environmental impact. The preservation of existing vegetation and protection of the river and wildlife were paramount in the conception of the 14 luxury villas. Snugly fitted amid the foliage of the native trees, all villas are oriented to face the sunset with spectacular views over the Petanu river valley.
Providing guests with opportunity to experience first-hand the unique religious lifestyle of the Balinese, an ancient island culture reverberating with a spirit of the past.
The activities are many and varied, with one theme in common – their approach to nature; strolling through the endless rice terraces that virtually roll out at your doorstep; relaxing at the Riverside Spa; experiencing traditional Balinese beauty and healing rituals; mountain biking; or visiting the area’s many historical religious sites.
Designed by leading Balinese architect, Popo Danes, the resort effortlessly combines comfort and convenience with genuine environmental care. An approach that has resulted in environmental awards collected over the years, among others: 2002 Architecture Citation for Commercial Design (Indonesia), 2003 Construction Award (Indonesia), and 2004 Energy Award for Efficient Building Tropical Building Category (ASEAN).
This low impact resort is based around 14 villas, with each villa featuring a mini bar, ceiling fan and individually-controlled air-conditioning, IDD telephone system, satellite TV and CD/VCD sound-system.
All villas have a private lounge area and there are plunge pools in several villas. Large open-air verandahs and garden make the best use of the beautiful river view. All villas contain a marble bathroom with vanity units and glassed showers.
A serene spring-water swimming pool, lap pool and sun deck overlook the valley. While the Wantilan Restaurant & Baralso takes full advantage of the fabulous views. The exquisite Spa is located down by the river, offering a choice of spa treatments. As well as a boutique and library. Mountain bikes are also available for the more adventurous.