Jineng – Sacred Symbol of the Spirit of Prosperity

April 14th, 2017|Culture, Komaneka|

Komaneka at Monkey Forest is designed for the atmosphere of being in a Balinese home, and it has numerous elements of traditional Balinese architecture. One example is the jineng, or rice barn. The jineng is [...]

Penjor – A Living Symbol Full of Meaning and Beauty

April 1st, 2017|Culture|

With its rich tradition of offerings, Bali is filled with uncountable symbols. It is like a timeless puzzle, repeating in an endless cycle of rituals. On April 5th, 2017, Hindu Balinese will observe the holy [...]

Melasti – Ritual of Purification

March 25th, 2017|Culture|

Melasti is derived from the word mala meaning 'dirt' and asti which means 'to dispose of or destroy'. Thus, Melasti is a purification ceremony to dispel all negative energies. It is meant to wash away [...]

An indescribable taste: Pepes Ikan Kecarum

March 18th, 2017|Culinary, Komaneka|

Taste is a mystery. Everyone experiences it a bit differently. And taste is always an adventure. At Komaneka, one famous dish is our special Pepes Ikan Kecarum—spiced snapper fillet grilled in a banana leaf. Unlike [...]

Pandan Wangi Spa – Tradition Meets Luxury

July 26th, 2016|Komaneka, Spa, Wellness|

The notion of traditional healing may conjure up images of a rustic hut, perhaps a shaman, and possibly being caught in the rain in a muddy farmer’s yard. At the Pandan Wangi Spa at Komaneka [...]

Alit “The Invisible Hand”

July 17th, 2016|Komaneka|

Pak Ketut Alit is the Chief Engineer at Komaneka Monkey Forest. His job is to make sure that guests remain unaware of his job — that is, to make sure that everything works. He is [...]

Sate Lilit: Bali’s Specialty Satay

July 10th, 2016|Culinary, Events, Komaneka|

Balinese festive cuisine is based the practice of giving offerings of sacrificial meats at religious ceremonies such as temple festivals, weddings, and cremations. Because it begins with ritual slaughter, ceremonial cooking is carried out by [...]

7 Facts About Ubud’s Monkey Forest

June 27th, 2016|Travel|

How many towns do you know of with a sacred monkey forest at the end of their main shopping street? Perhaps only Ubud, in the foothills of central Bali. The Monkey Forest Road (or Monkey [...]

Healing With Scent

June 24th, 2016|Komaneka, Spa, Wellness|

What could be more delightful than aromatherapy? The plant world holds a universe of healing power in its flowers, leaves, and roots. Besides their direct medicinal properties, the fragrances themselves are believed to have therapeutic [...]