The DNA: When Laurie Mias first approached entrepreneur Gordon Oldham to invest in her juice shop in Hong Kong, little did she know the meeting would result in an entirely different proposal. As it turned out, Oldham – a lawyer and the co-founder and CEO of The Pavilions Hotels & Resorts – wasn’t interested in juice. Instead, he sent Mias off to Bali where he tasked her with transforming his new purchase – the former Aman Resort, Amanusa – into a spa hotel. The result is Revīvō, a new kind of retreat that is upping Bali’s wellness game with a strong approach to mindfulness. ‘With spa hotels everywhere in Bali, the competition is high,’ explains Mias. ‘To be a success, we needed to be something more.’ Swept high in the hills of Nusa Dua in the southernmost reaches of Bali, amidst three hectares of teak-swathed forest, Revīvō is intimate. With just 16 suites and villas, scattered between lush frangipani-flecked grounds, the complex, originally designed by architect Kerry Hill, is a calm retreat of shaded courtyards, enclosed gardens and vast rooms revealed through local stone, wood and thatch. The retreat shuns the average spa getaway, instead focusing on achieving happiness. And so, with a series of different retreats on offer – which range from Emotional Balance to Sleep Well – a tailor-made programme, is put together by an onsite team of specialists. This adds up to days spent meditating, practicing yoga or pilates, working out and indulging in spa treatments, all the while training yourself to think about the present and enjoy being in the moment.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 16 suites & villas (126-4,000m2) (1,356-43,056 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 (previously Amanusa) • architecture: Kerry Hill ✅ free on-site parking • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible