The Naked Experience

The Naked Experience

An invitation to get close to nature in the most luxurious way, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is pioneering sustainable living with a no walls, no doors concept.

by Rizky Adityo

Sitting off the beaten track in northern Ubud, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape is reimagining the way people travel. As the first Banyan Tree Escape property, this new five-star resort symbolises the group’s vision and commitment to creating immersive experiences by combining deep nature and sustainable design. Pioneering a no walls, no doors concept throughout the property, and in each of its 16 balés (villas), the adults-only property is an invitation to a different way of being.

Elevated in Buahan Kaja village, a 30-minute drive from Ubud centre, Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape maximises exposure to nature through design and services, creating a place where guests, 18 years old and above, can connect to disconnect. Reinventing the basics of food, sleep and in-resort interaction, the brand aims to bring guests on a rewilding renewal through immersion in nature. Distinct indoor-outdoor living offers a sanctuary for urban detox, self-introspection and emotional awareness in privacy.

At the heart of the resort are the Open Kitchen and Living Room, open dining and lounge spaces created to evoke a sense of community. Here, guests are invited to learn about the resort’s unique zero-waste farm-to-table concept, local sourcing philosophy and heritage techniques, and the celebration of authentic local cuisines and cultures. The Botanist Bar is centred around using local-grown natural ingredients and botanicals infused into its beverages. The menu concept, which is 70 percent plant-based, is sourced locally within a one-hour drive of the property.

For luxurious slumber, the resort’s balés are designed to blend spacious indoor-outdoor living areas with 180-degree panoramic views and the sounds of nature through a bold taste of The Naked Experience, where only a thin veil separates guests from nature. Generously scattered around the resort, overlooking the Ayung River and Bali’s legendary seven peaks, each of the 165sqm balé comes with its private pool, gazebo, open deck and living area that lets guests admire fireflies dancing at night and Bali’s mist at dawn. Honouring Balinese architecture and traditions, each balé has been built and decorated using locally sourced materials, such as ulin wood salvaged from old boat yards, known for its sturdiness.

Meanwhile, for relaxation, Toja Spa celebrates the wellbeing traditions of Buahan village and its surrounding areas with a unique “open” garden experience certified by the award-winning Banyan Tree Spa Academy. It offers spiritual and active wellness involving Balinese healers and a specialist, enhancing the spa experience through a local tradition and wellbeing philosophy.

Ensuring every guest gets to fully immerse in the surroundings, the resort provides Secret Hideaway Spots spread across the property to explore the idea of being at one with nature, each offering guests a peaceful garden haven for reading, meditation, or just taking time to relax.

In addition to Secret Hideaway Spots, guests are invited to take part in a series of curated self-led experiences around the three pillars: connect to nature, a discovery experience and community integration. From the on and off-site daily Happenings activities, to collaborative events with visiting practitioners, or local cultural festivities, the ethos of unique, rejuvenating and spontaneous opportunities for discovery hold firm and is a core of the brand experience.

Buahan, a Banyan Tree Escape
Jalan Banjar Selat, Buahan Kaja,
Payangan,Kabupaten Gianyar,
Bali 80572, Indonesia
T: (+62) 3616208181