Ubud resort offers room to vent out anger

All the rage: Just for fun or for therapeutic reasons, the Smashroom is gaining interest in Ubud. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

Situated among Ubud’s peaceful temples, vast rice fields and yoga centres, a local resort has recently introduced a rage room in their facility for those wanting to vent their anger by smashing objects.

Salshadilla Juwita recently visited a rage room in the Kaamala Resort in Ubud, Gianyar regency, Bali. Named the “Smashroom” – it is only four meters wide and four meters long.

In one corner lies the debris of smashed objects including beer bottles, TVs and air conditioners.

Protective gear – gloves and helmet included – hangs by the door.

Situated inside the resort’s fitness centre, this rage room is not soundproof so people outside can hear the noises.

Ian Belknap, 37, a South African who lives in Sanur, Bali, and works as a teacher, used the rage room with his wife, Ajeng Hayu Anandra, 32, over the weekend.

The two specifically visited the Kaamala Resort to use the facility and broke two air conditioners and many bottles while they were there.

“We actually weren’t angry enough to need the experience, just seen them on TV and always wanted to try one,” Ian said.

Known for its mystical temples and vast rice fields, as well as yoga and meditation centres, Ubud, is famous among travellers who want to “cool down” or embark on a spiritual journey.

The location is so popular that author Elizabeth Gilbert wrote about her time there in her best-selling memoir Eat Pray Love.

Kaamala Resort Ubud was established in 2020 under Ini Vie Hospitality’s management. Ini Vie Hospitality’s business development manager Gratika Ekawati revealed that Smashroom was introduced in September this year.

“There are many people under a lot of stress during the pandemic – from economic issues to work, family and personal issues. We want to provide a facility for them to vent their emotions safely and comfortably,” Gratika said.

Items such as empty water, beer and even wine bottles come from the resort’s storage; while broken air conditioners and TVs are delivered from the company’s other properties.

Kaamala’s Smashroom in Ubud is currently listed as the only rage room in Bali. In Jakarta, a similar room called Temper Clinic was introduced in Mampang, South Jakarta, in 2018. The Jakarta facility is currently closed until further notice. — The Jakarta Post/ANN

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