Tis the Season to Pamper Yourself at Ayung Resort in Ubud

Why let the stress of the holiday season run you ragged, when you can tantalise the palate as well as replenish mind, body and spirit at Ayung Resort, Ubud’s irresistible five-star getaway.

Give yourself and the ones you love a gift of luxury this Christmas and New Year as Ayung Resort gears up for an unforgettable celebration of fine dining and wellness. Situated along the edge of a lush river valley, Ayung Resort truly defines the destination resort experience, with a signature restaurant that honours the archipelago’s rich culinary heritage and a breath-taking spa that embodies the pure essence of Indonesia’s celebrated wellness culture.

Showcasing four evenings of international epicurean excellence, Wijaya Kusuma is the place to be over Christmas on December 24th, 25th and 26th or New Year’s Eve as the resort’s signature restaurant prepares an unforgettable set dinner menu for your dining pleasure. Ensconced within the resort’s warm and inviting dining room, with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape set against the magnificence of Bali’s starry skies, traditional holiday touches include elegant red table linens and gilded tableware.

Attractively priced per couple, choose from a thoughtfully presented three- or six-course set menu. We can’t imagine a more romantic setting to revel in the Christmas spirit as you sit back and relax while the young and talented Balinese chef, Made Lugra, and his team deliver an exceptionally rewarding evening that will linger in your mind for years to come. Commencing with a surprise amuse-bouche, you will be treated to such mouth-watering temptations as Pan Seared Fois Gras with mushroom ravioli, morel sauce and apple chutney as well as the chef’s ‘Lobster Jumbo Prawn’ complemented by fresh asparagus, potatoes, orange slices and fresh lemongrass dressing.

Feel the holiday mood heighten as live pianists from an interesting collection of countries and cultures entertain guests within the intimate dining room. Sweeten the experience with the addition of a wine pairing option, as old and new world wines from Wijaya Kusuma’s cellar are expertly chosen to complement each dish. On New Year’s Eve, don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes as the Batak Trio, a live pianist and a DJ create a festive air of indulgence.

Nestled along the river’s edge, at the end of a path dotted with ornately hand-carved joglo style villas, Dewi Sri Spa is an ideal sanctuary for a bit of pre-Christmas gratitude or post New Year’s detoxification. Perfect for couples in search of meaningful ‘me-time’, we recommend the Spa Sampler, a 120-minute deluxe package that rejuvenates from head to toe.

Starting with a clarifying ritual food scrub, you’ll feel the tension melt away at the expert and nourishing touch of Dewi Sri’s authentic Balinese body workers. Experience Bali’s legendary massage techniques with a spiritually and physically restorative Balinese massage followed by a foot reflexology session, which is inspired by an ageless tradition of healing therapy. At this point, your muscles are fully relaxed, your circulation is flowing and your entire wellness system is rebalanced. For the grand finale, a deeply nourishing fruit facial treatment, utilising botanical island ingredients, promises to hydrate and brighten your skin’s complexion, resulting in a priceless holiday gift.