It seems to me that health, wellness and wellbeing holidays are the way for people to give themselves permission to slow down. No swim-up bars and club sandwiches with a side of fries, instead people seem to be in search of something to help soothe and restore their spirit and leave ready to take on the world reinvigorated and revitalised.
There is magic in Bali that engulfs your soul the moment that you land. There are so many diverse experiences to be enjoyed on the island of the gods. It always amazes me this tiny island is home to over 10,000 Hindu temples - it's no wonder magical things happen here, you just open your heart and the magic flows.
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Top 3 retreats
1. Desa Seni A Village Resort
Desa Seni is an eco village resort, specialising in Indonesian culture, art, yoga, organic farming and wellness. This amazing eco village is located close to Seminyak and is the perfect escape when you need to peace out. The yoga studio here is like no other studio I have ever experienced anywhere else in the world, which makes waking up at 5am a pleasure. The music at Desa Seni makes this studio and the experience so special.
Jl. Subak Sari No.13, Canggu
+62 361 8446392
2. Fivelements Puri Ahimsa
Fivelements is an eco-conscious healing and wellness retreat situated on the banks of Auyng River in Ubud. Its main focus is ancient Balinese healing techniques, designed to tune into the psychical, emotional and spiritual levels of your being, aiding in the organic healing process. The traditional Balinese healers use ancient wisdom, passed down through a direct lineage. I love the water blessing ritual and fire blessing ritual. Also, any of the bathing rituals, held in the privacy of your own villa are a must. The retreat only serves raw food, designed by world-renowned chefs - guaranteed to have you glowing from the inside out. I can honestly say that it is truly delicious and life changing!
+62 361 469206
3. COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala is a holistic retreat, which combines modern science and luxury accommodation. Not far from Ubud, the resort's holistic approach to wellness offers massage and beauty therapies, as well as Ayurvedic doctors and a resident dietitian. I promise anyone that experiences COMO Shambhala will walk away feeling like anything is possible.
Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Kec. Gianyar
+62 361 978888
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Best traditional healers
1. Pak Man (Nyoman Arya Dunung)
Located in Kutuh Kaja village of Ubud, Pak Man works with his energy through massage. He specialises in broken bones, depression, stroke, remedies many other health concerns.
+ 62 1338 935 369
2. Pak Sirkus
Pak Sirkus is a healer in great demand - he also specialises in broken bones and there is always a long line of surfers at his door!
Jl Raya Canggu
+ 62 361 739538
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Top 3 yoga studios
1. Yoga Barn
Set amongst a terrace of rice paddies, the Yoga Barn is one of Ubud's most famous yoga studios. The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul. The studio contains a healing centre which offers cleansing and detox retreats, sound medicine, Chinese medicine, acupuncture, chiropractic and naturopathy.
Jalan Raya Pengosekan Ubud, Ubud
+62 361 971236
2. Serenity Eco Guesthouse & Yoga
This is my parent's favourite yoga studio - they are devoted yogis. It offers a 270 degree view of the beautiful rice fields, beach and mountains and also houses an incredible raw food café.
Jl. Nelayan Gg. Dolphin, Banjar Canggu, Kabupaten Badung
+62 361 8469257
3. Dharma Shanti Yoga, Four Seasons, Sayan
I always feel very blessed to practice Yoga at Dharma Shanti, the surrounding gardens are so beautiful and blissful. Offering an uplifting program of meditation, life talks and yoga, Dharma Shanti also specialises in AntiGravity Yoga classes.
Jl. Raya Sayan, Desa Kutuh, Ubud
+ 62 361 977577
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Best organic eats
1. Betelnut Café
Betelnut is where I eat breakfast, lunch and dinner almost daily - it's fresh, easy, healthy Asian-inspired cooking at Bali prices!
Jalan Pantai Batu Bolong No. 60, Canggu
+62 821 46807233
2. Sari Organik
Jl. Raya Tjampuhan, Ubud
+62 361 972087
3. Earth Café
Jalan Laksamana No. 99, Seminyak
+62 361 736645
4. Cafe Zucchini
Jalan Kayu Aya No. 49, Kuta
+62 361 736633
5. Bali Buda
Jl. I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Mengwi, Kabupaten Badung
+62 361 8445935
Jl. Batubelig No. 21A, Kerobokan,
+62 361 7808030
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Surprisingly, Bali is home to some of the worlds best fitness escapes!
1. Motion Fitness Bali
Mel and her trainers will whip your butt during their group classes and have you in a sweat like no other. This no-fuss training requires no fancy gym shoes or outfits. You just rock up and get it done. Private training is also available. Seriously, I have never been so fit as when I spend a good month in Bali and train with Mel and the team.
Jalan Petitenget (opposite the L Hotel), Seminyak
+62 361 8460123
2. Training For Warriors
For the hard-core fitness people, Training for Warriors has recently opened in the Canggu area. Gede is from Canggu and is amazing! He comes out to our family home to help both Michael and I train. Peter Manuel is an expat Australian New Zealander who will also show you a few things in the fitness realm!
Jl. Munduk Catu, Batu Bolong, Canggu
+62 822 36627173
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Top 4 cultural experiences
1. Mount Batur
I suggest walking to the top of Mount Batur, which is an active volcano located at Mount Agung. It's one of the most rewarding experiences - and the sunrise here is spectacular.
Anyone visiting Bali must do one of the many rice paddy walks around Ubud and experience the Gitgit Waterfall, a freshwater waterfall located in the centre of Bali. An amazing experience and fun for kids, too.
3. Taman Tirta Gangga
The Tirta Gangga Water Palace near Ababi village Karangasem is one of the most magical places on earth.
3. Tanah Lot Temple
Tanah Lot Temple is another must do, it's a cultural experience.
Jl. Raya Tanah Lot, Beraban Village, Kediri, Tabanan
+62 361 880361
Lindy is an advocate for living a balanced life and relocated her family to Bali in the pursuit of health and wellness. The family home is in Canggu and the children attend the Green School in Ubud.