A new start at the golden rock

Reviewed April 12, 2012 NEW

I had very high expectations of Golden rock having read the reviews. I'm pleased to say they were predominantly met. The staff were very friendly and attentive, taking the time to explain the process. I didn't have any problems with the 5 day fasting process, there were plenty of drinks and psyllium husk to keep you feeling full and hydrated. The day program is quite intensive with exercise, infrared, massage and o3 therapies which keep your mind off the lack of food. That said, there was still plenty of time to laze by the pool or on your private balcony and watch the fishermen and horizon which was heavenly. Unfortunately half way through my stay I contracted a nasty middle ear infection which reduced my ability to sleep and made the liver flush a challenge. Pin and his staff were very helpful and provided me with ear drops, however I did end up having to travel to see a western doctor in kuta to get antibiotics. There is no local western doctor, though the facility has affiliations with a dr an hour or so away. I chose to go to SOS clinic in kuta though and they organized me a friendly driver at the end of the retreat. The accommodation was great, better than I expected and the sunrises from the 'golden rock' magic. I did find the yoga teacher pretty average, though friendly, there were no adjustments so effectively it felt more like stretching. There were also some language barriers with some of the staff, though they were always helpful and made sure an answer was provided by someone with more advanced language skills. Amed itself was great and definitely worth a visit if you are keen on a laid back Bali experience. I left the program feeling clean on the insides. Not as light and buoyant as I'd hoped, but I think that was threat still plaguing me. I'd recommend it to people wanting a lifestyle change Ina supportive and relaxed environment, it won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I found it worthwhile and good value. Location The Retreat Bali rests on the beach of Amed, a stunning bay on Karangasem, the eastern tip of Bali. Traditional Balinese fishing skiffs line the shore and across the sea, in the distance, can be seen the volcanoes of Lombok. Services and Facilities The health programs offered at The Retreat Bali are a truly Holistic blend of Body and Soul Rejuvenation; their far-reaching effects have dramatically changed people’s lives and bought them to a new level of understanding and consciousness. The water directly off the beach is beautifully clear and teeming with fish – great for swimming and snorkelling and very good for your health! We can arrange masks and snorkels although if you have your own you should bring them, and we recommend bringing a pair of reef shoes. We can arrange boat trips to other good swimming and snorkeling spots. Accommodation The Retreat Bali have four beach-front bungalows which can sleep a maximum of three people in each - either as a double and one single or three singles. With their own bathrooms, they are air conditioned, have televisions and dvd players, a good collection of inspiring books, and large balconies and a private meditation area. Photo Gallery