Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’Occitane, the legendary resort that put Ubud on the luxury travel map over two decades ago, now offers nature-loving guests the chance to connect with the ethereal, ephemeral winged inhabitants of the island with guided butterfly walking tours.
Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’OCCITANE is breaking new ground in natural hospitality experiences in Ubud as it pioneers a butterfly-inspired journey through the Ayung Valley over which its exclusive and private villas are perched, embedded in nature, halfway to heaven.
With names as diverse, colourful and evocative as the creatures they were named after, the many butterfly species of Bali encapsulate the ephemeral, ethereal beauty of this remarkable island. Paying tribute to the creatures for whom the resort was named, Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’Occitane now offers guests the chance to discover and connect with a rarely-seen side of the island with an experienced and knowledgeable Butterfly Concierge – who guide guests through the jungles, paddies and villages of the neighbouring countryside on a quest to spot the many hundreds of Bali’s native butterfly species.
In the local language, Kupu Kupu means ‘butterfly’ – a word which reflects the lilting delicate beauty of these creatures which abound in the fertile river valley of the resort and its surrounds. Embarking on a unique and unforgettable experience, guests will join Darma, a local from the Kedewatan district, ten-year veteran staff member and passionate Lepidopterist (butterfly expert), who will lead them on a fantastical earth-bound adventure through the tranquil rice paddies, colourful temples and mystical caves of the Ayung valley.
Swallowtails, Birdwings, Orange-tips, Sulphurs, Yellows, Brimstones, Monarchs – the names of these magnificent, elusive creatures flow off the tongue evoking the fantastical colours and forms of their namesakes. And yet, still there are more, Longwings Fritillaries, Ceruleans and Forget-me-nots – to catch a glimpse of these flittering faeries of the forest are the memories which will last a lifetime.
Not only a butterfly tour though, Darma will guide guests through a traditional Balinese compound where they will witness the daily routines, rites and rituals of the supremely religious Balinese people. The Balinese calendar is a never-ending cycle of offerings for the gods interspersed with grand temple ceremonies full of spectacular colour, pageantry and ritual. Visit the Desa and Puseh temples in the village of Kedewatan – temples respectively dedicated to the gods Brahma and Vishnu. From there, continue deeper into the Ayung valley, to the Gangsar Cave, a mystical site made famous in a scene from the film Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts.
Standing at the literal edge of Bali’s longest river, the Ayung, pause for photos and again glimpse the butterflies of the island. Witness the timeless, bucolic activities of the farmers who have lovingly tended these picturesque rice terraces over the centuries. The tour then continues to Pesiraman, a temple of holy waters, before venturing to the Spa Villa where our L’OCCITANE therapists will be waiting to guide you through a traditional Balinese bathing ritual and soothing massage experience.
The “Float Like A Butterfly” Experience costs USD150 per person
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The first resort to bring luxury to Ubud’s serenity and spirituality continues to deliver the quintessential Ayung Valley experience. Kupu Kupu Barong Villas and Tree Spa by L’Occitane offers dress circle seats for one of the greatest shows on earth - the changing moods and moments created by Bali’s longest river and its world-renowned valley. Two decades after putting Ubud on the luxury travel map, the resort continues to surprise and delight with its commitment to quality, innovation and authenticity. Arrayed over three hectares of lush tropical greenery, just 39 private and luxurious villas epitomise the beauty and elegance of Balinese architecture; thatched roofs, redwood walls, teak and coconut shell panelling and sumptuous local fabrics weave a spell of exotic refinement. Most villas boast private plunge pools and views better experienced than described.
Connect with art and culture, embrace indulgence, seek enlightenment or simply listen to the rice grow. Surrender to the sublime pampering and beauty secrets of L’Occitane in a breathtaking treetop spa. Dine at La View, and experience fine dining with French flair at one of the world’s Top 50 tables with spectacular views (bookatable.com). For many guests, the greatest luxury is their private butler — warm, friendly, poised, efficient and utterly indispensable, a knowledgeable guide taking guests deeper into the destination, and a mind reader who makes sure guests perfecting the art of doing nothing, want for nothing.