Bali is the perfect destination to deepen your yoga practice, enjoy healthy food, get pampered in traditional spas and relax among spectacular jungle and mountain views.
After my blog post about Best Health and Wellness Retreats in Thailand, I'm going to travel further South, to the beautiful island Bali in Indonesia, one of the most popular places in the world with some of the best yoga retreats. I spent several weeks in Bali before, but this time I'm actually taking all my belongings with me and I'll be staying 6 months on the island, mostly I'll be somewhere around Ubud.
I did some extensive research and these places are continuously mentioned among the best yoga retreats in Bali. I can't wait to try them myself in the next weeks, so you can definitely expect some further extensive updates on each of these retreats
Whether you are an experienced yogi, or don’t yet know your downward dogs from your dolphin pose, Bali is great place to come to work on your yoga practice. You will find plenty of yoga studios all over the island that cater to all levels of ability and provide a quirky, yet often luxurious, way of experiencing all that Bali has to offer. Enjoy!!
The Chillhouse Canggu
Located in the heart of downtown Canggu, the Chillhouse Canggu is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of southern Bali and find your inner peace. There are a few different accommodation types on offer (all of which are beautifully decorated and well appointed), ranging from single rooms all the way up to a communal house with its own private pool - so you are bound to find something - no matter your budget.
There are several types of yoga on offer at the Chillhouse, including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Kundalini, and one free daily lesson is included in the cost of your booking. Making the most of being in Canggu, with all of its famous surfing hotspots, the Chillhouse also offers surf lessons.
If you are a bit peckish after all the activity you can check out their healthy restaurant Cassava for a locally sourced and veggie take on a few delicious dishes.
Bagus Jati Health Retreat
Situated deep in the forests just outside Ubud, the Bagus Jati Health Retreat focuses on much more than just yoga, in fact it is a one-stop resource for all kinds of health and wellness treatments. This is a luxury retreat with accommodation comprised mainly of individual spa villas which have been deliberately spaced to optimize energy flow and have amazing views over the surrounding countryside.
If you can tear yourself away from your own private spa facilities at Bagus Jati Health Resort, and make your way to one of the yoga shalas (there are two) you will find yourself in a beautiful wooden structure, overlooking the bamboo forest. Yu will not find a better place to connect with nature whilst you do your practice. Lessons are taken by two experienced Balinese yogis who will help you develop your technique in the best way possible. Private lessons are available for those who feel they need a little extra attention.
There are a few packages on offer at the Bagus Jati Health Resort, but I recommend the 3 night 'New Start’ package as this will give you a good taste of all that the retreat has to offer. This includes daily breakfast and dinner, a Balinese cooking lesson, a trek or cycle tour, twice daily yoga and meditation classes and a blissful 90 minutes spa treatment.
The Palm Tree House Canggu
If you close your eyes and picture your dream tropical yoga retreat, you will probably come up with something close to the Palm Tree House - its rooms are full of gentle pastels, floaty white chiffon drapes and natural woods.
The Palm Tree House is a little different from the others on this list in that it caters almost exclusively to women (their are a few couple’s weekends spread throughout the year), making it a great choice for solo travelers looking for a little extra security, or for those who like to surround themselves purely with female energy.
There are several packages on offer at the Palm Tree House, including a ‘Mums and Bubs’ one for those with little ones, but a good place to start is with the Standard Package. With this you will get 6 nights luxury accommodation, 4x group yoga classes, 4x 60 minutes spa treatments, meals prepared by chef, 2x cultural excursions and 24 hours bicycle hire.
Floating Leaf Eco Retreat
If environmental concerns are a driving factor for you when it comes to choosing where to stay, then the Floating Leaf Eco Retreat is probably the ideal place for you. Every single aspect of the building and the way in which it is run, from floor materials, to soap, has been decided based on its environmental impact.
At Floating Leaf they believe that true 5* star luxury can be experienced without having to sacrifice our planet, in fact, this is widely regarded as the best yoga retreat in Bali. I love this concept and I can't wait to experience a few days at this fabulous retreat myself.
Multiple types of yoga are practiced at Floating Leaf Eco Retreat, all in a beautiful bamboo yoga studio with panoramic views of lush green rice terraces, the glistening Indian Ocean and the majestic and holy Mount Agung in the backdrop.
Como Shambala is a luxury retreat tucked away in the countryside just outside Ubud, surrounded by tropical forests and paddy fields. The aim here is to give guests the feel of a being in a home away from home and all the accommodation types are beautifully designed, fusing traditional Balinese style with modern luxury and convenience - many of the rooms even have their own private infinity pools overlooking a neighboring gorge.
There are all sorts of sports and wellness options available at Como Shambala, from tennis to acupuncture, but, as far as yoga goes, there are complimentary lessons available everyday, as well as family sessions and individual private tuition.
For those wanting to learn a little bit more about the surrounding landscape and culture, there are several excursions available to famous sites in the area as well as opportunities for climbing, trekking and whitewater rafting.
Zen Resort Bali
Get away from all the tourists in the south of Bali and escape to the tranquility of the north coast at the Zen Resort. This a yoga retreat with a difference, in that they specialize in teaching Zen Harmony Diving (ZHD), this is a combined system that uses scuba, snorkeling, meditation, yoga, Ayurveda and pranayama to help with breathing technique and to improve your appreciation of free-flow exercise. Don’t worry though if you aren’t keen on getting your toes wet, their are plenty of standard yoga options available as well.
The complex of Zen Resort Bali is made up of several luxury villas, all of which have their own private terraces and are chock full of various elements of traditional Balinese design.
At the end of the day you can unwind in one of two world class restaurants (or opt for a more intimate experience on your private terrace) and enjoy a menu comprised of locally sourced healthy organic meals.
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