Sattvic-inspired Soul Food
Drawing on the diverse talents of its resident experts, the new wellness menu is a collaboration between Executive Sous Chef Wayan Sutariawan (Suta) and The Sacred River Spa team, whose Spa and Wellness Manager Faraaz Tanveer was awarded Asia’s Best Spa Manager in the 2020 Hall of Wellness Awards.
The Resort is also launching a new chef-guided Picnic Adventure with live cooking at a private and scenic location in the valley, that’s accessible only to Resort guests.
“These new offerings reflect our team’s ongoing commitment to innovation and rejuvenation of the guest experience,” said Resort Manager Gianni Costa. “The natural energy of the Sayan Valley inspires us every day, and embraces guests who join our popular day spa packages, the three-night Guided by Gratitude Retreat program, or simply those who come for an amazing lunch or dinner at Ayung Terrace.”
Cocooned in the Sayan Valley, the 60-room sanctuary is renowned for unique experiences like the Sacred Nap, Sayan Valley Biathlon, Day in the Life of a Rice Farmer, and Balinese Chef’s Table at Sokasi cooking school. The Sattvic-inspired menu complements these activities and enhances the vegetarian selection available to guests. It’s available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Ayung Terrace alongside the modern Indonesian a la carte menu, as well as In-Room Dining.
Rooted in Ayurveda, ancient Sattvic philosophy has been recognized to promote longevity, immunity, and mental clarity through a healthy diet, mindfulness, and exercise. A key characteristic of Sattvic cuisine is the absence of onion and garlic, which are not permitted as they are believed to stimulate the appetite and central nervous system. This presented a new challenge for Chef Suta, but he was up to the task – drawing on his 20 years as a chef including five years overseas gaining experience in Indian, Middle Eastern, and European cuisines.
“As a chef, cooking without onion and garlic to support the flavor was really challenging and interesting,” says Suta, a Balinese native who is passionate about preserving forgotten recipes of his homeland. “I thought, ‘Wow, how can we make a tomato sauce for the pasta?’ But we played with different spices and found the right balance of seasonal ingredients and fresh herbs. I even have guests ordering from the Sattvic menu who are not vegetarian or following any kind of diet – they just love it. My next challenge will be to put a Sattvic spin on Indonesian dishes, I’m looking forward to that.”
To maximise flavour and nutrition, Suta handcrafts the majority of dishes from scratch using an abundance of organically-farmed fruits and vegetables; fresh and dried herbs; premium cheeses; local spices that calm the stomach such as turmeric, ginger, cardamom and cumin; whole grains, nuts and seeds. The result is uplifting yet comforting — the Sayan Valley on a plate.
Some highlights of the new menu include Masala dosa, Sattvic taco, Beetroot, and goat’s cheese salad, Mushroom and pearl barley risotto, Roasted pumpkin with cauliflower tabbouleh, Spinach ricotta pastizzi, Homemade semolina spinach fettuccine with veggie “meatball”’ and roasted tomato sauce.
Most of us have forgotten how good and nurtured it felt to be rocked to sleep and have somebody read you a bedtime story or sing a lullaby. Ibu Fera combines this with telling the life story of Buddha and chanting various mantras that she learned when she was a Buddhist nun for seven years. The soothing sound of the singing bowl offers more sacred energy for this experience.
Sacred Nap is also inspired by most Balinese mothers who rock their babies to sleep using a batik sling, singing traditional lullaby songs, and telling a story until the baby falls asleep. Instead of a batik sling, at Dharma Shanti Bale, they use aerial silk hammocks, which were previously only being used for AntiGravity Yoga and it is being used to make people feel like floating and also to sleep.
Sacred Nap will take you back to experience the beautiful feeling of being a baby, combined with the powerful healing of sacred chanting and singing bowl music, engaging your inner self with the nature around you. It will also give you the health benefit of deep relaxation, which is good for boosting immunity and maintaining healthy blood pressure, heart, and brain circulation.
On top of the above two holistic experiences, why don’t you go all the way and have a wellness half-day retreat by choosing one of the spa treatments that are being offered by the resort. Guests who opt for the Sayan Joy package can enjoy the Sattvic menu along with the Sacred Nap experience then afterward can indulge in a relaxing moment by the Riverside Pool.
For more details on the Spa-arty packages, please click here.