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Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort

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Abu Restaurant at night Abu Restaurant at night Photos courtesy of Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort

Volando Urai Spring Spa and Resort

A Taiwanese Travel Treasure

So often we trudge through life, seeing our daily tasks as mundane obligations. Spiritual fulfillment is something we can only hope to experience during special occasions. However, there is art in our daily rituals. Every breath is an opportunity for creation. It is the mission of Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort, located in Wulai, New Taipei City, to help one achieve this awareness through restoration of the health to one’s mind, body and soul.

Volando Urai is visually spectacular. Nestled in the forest, the resort offers exquisite scenery. At dawn the lake is a vision of serene tranquility. At night, the hot springs lure visitors with their mystical glow.

Upon arrival, the first thing to do is cleanse oneself of the stress, exhaustion and toxic energy of the city life’s daily grind. There are a number of services available to assist one in this endeavor. Whether it be tailor-made aromatherapy, professional massage or a soak in the natural hot spring, there is ample possibility to be pampered at the resort’s, Dasha Spa.

Dasha’s Spa operates based on the theory of Somatics, offering treatments that focus inwardly in order to carry healing outward. These treatments focus on physical and mental balance, digestive health, stress release and physical fitness. Professional massage and acupressure are available, as well as beauty treatments, such as facials.

The resort has two individual bathhouses and two public pools where guests can enjoy the hot springs. The service provided is exceptional, as the staff anticipates every need its guests may have. For guests who desire a visit to the real world during their stay, the Wulai Shopping District is just a ten minute walk.

In order to demonstrate the way in which life rituals can reflect art, there is a daily schedule of events. The Sun Moon gong sounds at various times during the day, as both a call to awaken the aura of the earth, but also to bring peace to guests through sound. There is a game of silent chess where two people sit on a boat that drifts in the lake, face to face pondering the peaceful riddle of the sounds of the mind. Each night there is a sounding of crystals, set along the water corridor that is illuminated with candle light, the sounds helping guests achieve cleansing of the mind.

The rooms are a sanctuary of relaxation. TThey offer a simple elegance combined with comfort. Hardwood floors, soothing earth tones, white linen and canopy, curtain draped beds create a romantic setting.

Volando Urai is a world class resort, having been awarded membership to the exclusive RELAIS&CHATEAUX, an association whose mission it is “to spread its unique art de vivre across the globe by selecting outstanding properties with a truly unique character.” It is one of only two resorts in Taiwan to receive such a distinction.

No world class resort would be complete without fine cuisine and Volando Urai is no exception. Chef Abu presides over the kitchen of Siliq Restaurant. From Hong Kong and having worked in some of the finest establishments in Taipei and Dubai, Chef Abu brings an imaginative flair to the kitchen. The restaurant resembles an art exhibition, as each plate is a masterpiece, both in presentation and taste. Siliq, - meaning a sacred bird to the aboriginal Taiwanese – serves the traditional fare, fused with Italian/French culinary techniques. Chef Abu insists upon using only seasonal and local produce. He is dedicated to enhancing the beauty that is inherent in food.

Volando Urai Spring Spa & Resort is one of a kind. It offers not only a retreat, but an awakening for each guest to the art that exists in each hour of life.

Volando at night

ABU Restaurant Overlook

ABU Restaurant overlook

 

Abu Restaurant interior

 

Abu Restaurant outdoors

Abu Restaurant overlook

 
 

Art Performance Silent Chess

Candle lighting to the sounds of gongs

Candle lighting to the sounds of gongs

Drumming performance

Grand View Bath House

Grand View Room

Lake Side Suite

 

Lake Side Suite bedroom

Night by the river

Public hot spring indoors

 

Public hot spring outdoors

Roof top suite

Roof top suite interior

Superior bathhouse

Volando suite

Volando suite bedroom

Siliq cuisine

 
 
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