After a couple of days at Prashanti, Panca, Korurua’s manager picked me up from Ubud’s town centre. Once we arrived, only a short 10 minutes ride North of the centre, Panca showed me my villa, “Koru Classic” - classic and high end.
Korurua is a family owned retreat, designed to blend in with the beauty of its surroundings, combining traditional Balinese culture with luxurious and contemporary touches, all in a peaceful setting. They only have seven individually designed suites, overlooking the green Bali countryside of Junjungan village and Korurua’s own garden.
The name Korurua stands for “the journey of two” as Panca explained to me, combining the Maori word “Koru”, meaning “fern” with Bahasa “Rua”, meaning “two ways”.
I got an amazing and refreshing welcome drink of Jamu tea, made with turmeric, lemongrass and tamarind, and a cold towel. And then there was fresh and local fruit, such as Salak (snake fruit) in my room.
Korurua is a very humble place. It almost makes an understatement when you first see it from the outside and walk through its doors, and becomes more and more impressive, stunning and breathtaking with every further step you take. Starting with the refreshing welcome drink and towel, then seeing the infinity pool, next being shown the suite, then walking from the bedroom through to the bathroom (blown away by now!), then topping it off with the private outdoor bathtub and bamboo shower. Finally, noticing all the little details, such as Balinese faces carved into the stones next to the bathtub outside, the elephant shaped towel and welcome letter nicely rolled up on the bed, the Balinese wood carvings in the door, the bathrobes and slippers provided in the wardrobe, beautiful artistic floor tiles, flowers everywhere, the beautiful and quaint shower essentials and their amazing natural smell. I also loved the fresh, citrusy, clean smell of the towels. It might be a strange thing to point out, but everything smelled amazing at Korurua. Natural, organic (if organic had a specific smell to it), fresh.*
One more beautiful detail I noticed was the key tag - so Balinese. Three round balls made out of woven rattan, Balinese style, with bells inside.
I would stay there again in a heartbeat, without hesitation.
On the first day I went swimming in the infinity pool four times. My favourite time was at night when the stars were out and swimming towards the palm trees really felt like swimming into infinity - with the best view. This quickly turned into my evening routine: go for a swim, take a bath outside in my private massive tub, then a shower, put on amazingly smelling body lotion. Then sit outside on the massive daybed and eat snake fruit. Perfect.
On my last day before leaving, I got to make jamu, a traditional medicine from Indonesia, often made as tea. Well, I took photos of the making of jamu, more then really making it myself. You grate approximately 4 pieces of turmeric, 3 pieces of aroma root (what is it?? Check!), add a bit of salt, lime, water and honey, and sometimes egg.
The welcome drink I had was made slightly differently though (which I preferred): it included turmeric, lemongrass and tamarind, which is being boiled for 10 minutes before adding honey and letting it cool.
We also made boreh, a traditional natural Balinese body scrub. You use lemongrass, aroma root, red rice, clove, ginger and coconut oil for it.
*Before leaving I found out which spa products they use at Korurua - those amazing shampoo, body wash and body lotion smells are Sensatia Botanicals, a natural skincare brand. They have a few stores across Bali. Had I figured that out earlier, I would have totally gone and bought a few products to take back home! If you visit Bali you should definitely go check them out!