Korurua - Balinese Tradition meets Modernism
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 fresh cold towel. The team had also prepared fresh and local fruit, such as Salak (snake fruit), waiting for me 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 (by then I was blown away), 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 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 literally 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 woven rattan balls, Balinese style, with bells inside.
On the first day alone 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 the private massive tub, then take 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, rather than making it myself. You grate approximately 4 pieces of turmeric, 3 pieces of aroma root, 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. Easy to make at home.
We also made boreh, a traditional natural Balinese body scrub. It’s made grinding lemongrass, aroma root, red rice, clove, ginger and finishing it off with coconut oil.
Summing up my experience at this beautiful place is east: I would stay at Kororua again in a heartbeat, without hesitation!
*Before leaving Korurua, I made an effort to find out which spa products they use - 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 it out earlier, I would have totally gone and bought a few products to take back home. If you visit Bali, definitely go check them out.