A guide to Bali’s best health retreats

At your stage of life you finally have the opportunity to put yourself first and take care of your wellbeing. What could be more beneficial and fulfilling than a week or two away in one of Asia’s top health and wellbeing destinations – Bali?

There’s a lot more to Bali than shopping and overcrowded bars, the holiday island is now jam packed with indulgent spas and health retreats. But rather than trawl through the plethora of retreats on offer to find the best, the hard work has been done for you.  Have a look at the guide to Bali’s best health retreats below, see what suits your taste and then book that getaway! Your mind, body and soul will thank you for it.

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Como Shambhala Estate

If you’re looking for a true holistic health experience with the luxury of your own private villa, then Como Shambhala Estate was made for you. Recently awarded one of the most luxurious resorts in Tripadvisor’s 2014 Travellers Choice Awards, the resort is located near Ubud in central Bali and provides a 360-degree approach to a healthy mind, body and soul.

The state-of-the-art facilities include a heated vitality pool where the water jets will take the tension of everyday life away. 

Enjoy spa treatments in semi-open suites overlooking the Ayung River, or get active with fun outdoor activities such as trekking or cycling – the choice is yours. The Estate’s resident experts include yoga teachers, an Ayurvedic doctor and a nutritionist.

Depending on your needs, book one of the three-, five-, or seven-night Wellness Programs. The “Get Fit” option includes a host of personal training sessions, nutritional consultations, meals and massages.

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Fivelements Puri Ahimsa

This enchanting Balinese retreat is set on the banks of the sacred Ayung River where it offers a range of waterside suites housed in a pavilion embellished with traditional Balinese songket textiles and antiques.

The retreat offers stylish communal areas: a high-roofed dining room, private meditation spaces, and serene spa and wellness rooms decorated with local objects. You’ll be able to boost your physical and mental wellbeing with a range of healing rituals incorporating meditation, deep bodywork and prana energy.

With activities such as Akido, Somatic therapy, yoga and expressive arts you might discover talents you never knew you had! The Fivelements is about tuning in to your authentic being and honouring your highest potential.

Treat your body like a temple and experiment with dishes from the raw vegan menu, designed to cleanse, detox and rejuvenate the body and mind.

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Bagus Jati

Set on five hectares of hillside gardens among lush tropical forests in the mountains of Ubud, Bagus Jati offers a comprehensive range of wellbeing activities complemented by a health-minded restaurant serving produce from an on-site organic garden.

Accommodation consists of eight deluxe spa villas, each with private spa facilities, and 10 superior villas with wide windows overlooking the tropical forest. When you’re not relaxing on your private balcony, make the most of the retreat’s wellness practitioners who are on call to give advice on nutrition, stress relief and anti-aging. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice yoga, go on nature treks or experience a healthy cooking workshop.

A number of multi-day detox, yoga, healing and spirituality programs are on offer but you may wish to start your journey with a 2-4 night “New Start” package, which is designed to rejuvenate your body, mind and soul and includes healthy juices, spa and massage treatments, yoga and a healthy cooking lesson.

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Golden Rock Retreat

Set in a remote spot on the island’s northeast coast, the Golden Rock Retreat is an innovative detox and healing centre which offers traditional Balinese remedies as well as modern treatments such as the FAR infra-red sauna and oxygen therapy.

The retreat is exclusive and offers only four beach-front bungalows and a large two bedroom villa all overlooking the ocean and designed with large balconies and private meditation areas. The property offers wellness programs ranging from four to ten days in duration to ensure you get maximum benefits from your stay.

The seven-day cleanse program is designed to flush out your system, with Javanese herbal elixirs, cleansing shakes and probiotic flushes administered between massages, reflexology and yoga sessions. It’s a busy program, but in between activities guests can take time out in the steam and sauna rooms or simply soak it up in the infinity pool.

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