The Bali Health and Wellness Guide
Sometimes you come home from a holiday and feel you need another just to detox the over-indulgence. Well, now’s the time to change how you travel. Hop on board the health train and make Bali your first stop for a holiday in wellness. Think surfing, yoga, hiking; local organic produce and meals that don’t eat all the dollars in your bank account and views to take you away into moments of true stillness. Here’s my Bali Wellness Guide.
Surfing is one of the best ways to get your body moving on a beach holiday and is a sport anyone and everyone can have a crack at. Kuta beach has a great wave for beginners to advanced levels. Pro-Surf Kuta, is one of the top schools for private or group lessons. They have a broad selection of boards and equipment, from soft to epoxy and fiber glass boards, so there’s no need to travel with one and the instructors are ASI accredited…not to mention a bunch of legends.
Treks into waterfalls are always an incredible way to move your body without feeling like you’re physically exercising, absorbing some biophilia and experiencing the natural beauty of inland Bali. Tegenungan Waterfall is absolutely stunning, and only 5km south west of Ubud, so it’s easiest to organise a day trip from Ubud.
Sunset at Uluwatu
Sunset in Bali is something truly indescribable and the perfect way to wind down. There are a few places to catch this beautiful time of day, to take a moment to breathe deeply and enjoy it, but one of the best is over the cliffs of Uluwatu. Single Fin is a popular bar above Uluwatu Beach where both locals and tourists come to catch the golden moment. The sunset cabana at Alila Villas almost defies gravity by perching out over the Cliffside and is the perfect spot for a sundowner before retiring to your private villa tucked into the rice paddies.
While the sunset attracts most, some of us early risers are ready and roaring for a touch of sunrise action. Mount Batur is a dormant volcano located in Bali’s north west. More than 200 hikers head up the mountain each day. The view from the top is insane but getting there isn’t for the faint hearted. To make the trek, you’ll need to travel to the base of the mountain between 1-2am before commencing the climb. That said it’s absolutely worth every moment of early rising, challenging hiking and jelly legs at the end of it.
This beautiful resort is set into the cliffs of Uluwatu and has endless uninterrupted views of the ocean. The infinity pool is like none other I’ve ever experienced. Di Mare restaurant has developed an organic wellness menu, incorporating plenty of plant based, gluten, dairy and sugar free options and protein, carb and fat analyses of each dish for guests wanting to incorporate a clean diet into their holiday and travels. Don’t forget to set aside a large chunk of time for trying out the spa. You won’t regret it.
The Temple Lodge in Bingin is home to one of the most popular yoga studios in the Uluwatu region. The superfood juices at Temple Lodge Kitchen are absolutely delicious to rehydrate with after a day in the Bali sun, while watching some of Indonesia’s hottest surf breaks – Bingin, Impossibles and Dreamlands. The Kitchen also has a wonderfully nutritious menu (a mix of organic, local flavours, Italian as well as dishes inspired by Ayurveda).
Four Seasons Bali
The Four Seasons continue to expand their incredible wellness offerings at both Jimbaran Bay and The Sayan (Ubud). Climbing into a hoisted pouch for a session of anti-gravity yoga at Jimbaran or The Sayan is one experience not to be missed. A brilliant way to find the strength, flexibility and openness in your body and mind, the instructors know the right time to challenge you and it’s awesome fun. If the luscious green valley of Ubud is calling you for some restoration, then be sure to book in at the Four Seasons Sayan Spa for a true experience in healing and renewal. Treatments involve base cleansing, tapping, reiki to balance the chakras and energy channels in your body, and crystal healing. Just recently the Sayan has also launched full moon yoga and Coach2Play…the options in health and healing are endless.
Desa Seni Eco-Village
If you’re easing into holiday mode after your flight then, grounding yourself is key and time out at Desa Seni, Canggu will do the trick. Desa Seni is a beautiful eco-village, built from recycled, sustainable, local materials, set in the heart of Canggu. With gorgeous straw thatched villas and organic farming amidst beautiful tranquility, Desa Seni feels like a magical fairyland. There’s yoga each morning (7-1130am) and evening (4-7pm) for all levels and a heavenly organic menu to replenish your body after. On an aside – if you’re a fan of the movie ‘Eat Pray Love’, you may well recognise some of the Bali scenes, which were set at Desa Seni too!
There’s nothing like finding your inner child to balance your health and Splash! Water Park at the Canggu Club is the place to do it! Splash slides are built for all levels of adrenaline junkies, and when you need a moment to rest the bar and restaurant by the slides and wade pools offer a great selection of salads, grilled food and drinks. Oh, and just in case you wondered, kids love it there too.
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