Taman Ahimsa (which translates to ‘garden of peace’ in Indonesian) is a magical hideaway on a windblown beach in the traditional village of Cemagi on Bali’s south-west coast. The design of the villa is timeless, in keeping with the natural surroundings, and aesthetically beautiful. A series of thatched pavilions, inspired by the curvilinear forms of boat hulls, seashells and sacred spirals, is woven together by pathways, yet separated by lotus ponds, coconut palms and hibiscus hedges. These gorgeous tropical gardens tumble down to the freeform 15m swimming pool and the beach; the melodious sound of the waves is constant, whi...le – unbroken by walls or fences – the view of the ocean and coastline is truly breathtaking.
Taman Ahimsa is a special place to unite and nurture mind, body and soul through the practice of yoga, meditation, and holistic therapies administered with ancient wisdom by traditional Balinese healers who will visit the villa at guests’ request. The seven chakras can be observed in the naming of each bedroom and the chosen colours of the soft furnishings within, while a significant touch is the placement of a crystal in each room to magnetise and balance the energy.
The construction incorporates natural and recycled materials, including alang alang grass, bamboo and old timbers, yet the rustic innovation of the architecture is blended with Western comfort and quality. Other eco-friendly initiatives include an ozone swimming pool, the use of photovoltaic energy, on-site composting, waste management, and bio-technology, which treats and recycles water for irrigation. This holistic sanctuary employs a full-time chef skilled in the preparation of fresh, wholesome, healthy cuisine, including raw foods and organically-grown produce. Guests’ groceries (including children’s choices) are purchased by the staff at market price plus 15%. The chef is supported by a team of Balinese staff who look after guests with genuine service, sincerity and grace. Although principally aimed at those seeking a spiritual or yoga retreat, Taman Ahimsa is suitable for anyone who wishes to escape and relax, fully living up to its claim of being a peaceful sanctuary beside the sea.Read more
Taman Ahimsa is in the tiny village of Cemagi on Bali’s southwest coast, 11km north of Canggu and 9km south of Tanah Lot sea temple and the famous Nirwana Bali Golf Course. Cemagi is approached through the pretty village of Mengening, along narrow streets surrounded by rice fields and punctuated by holy banyan trees. Although only 14km from the cosmopolitan glamour of Seminyak, these two villages retain the customs and culture of old Bali – there is a daily fruit and vegetable market, cows are herded through the fields and you can watch the rice and other crops being planted and harvested. Vibrant temple ceremonies are also a common sight, and you will often hear the sound of ritual music. The pretty beach in front of Taman Ahimsa offers delightful walks but is unsafe for swimming.
Last updated on April 24, 2014
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