“I need something very quiet”, “I have only two weeks and want to do yoga and get some healthy food!”, “So, where can I go in Asia to relax?”.
We keep receiving similar questions regularly. More and more travellers put “healthy”, “quite” and “relaxing” as the most decisive factors when it comes to picking their holiday destination.
Well, completely understandable, especially if you travel abroad in wintertime so that you can escape trembling temperature and warming up your body for three months continuously.
Personally, one of the best destinations for wellness holiday is for us Bali. Why? Read on!
1. Yoga studios
Ubud leads the pack in some of the best yoga studios in Bali. A huge array of cozy, big, indoor and outdoor studios creates a yoga paradise here. Just pick one that fits your level and yoga type preferences. The prices also vary a lot since many studios are run by westerns who set higher prices compared to yoga studios in Thailand.
Tips on where to go for yoga in Bali: Radiantly Alive (Ubud), Intuitive Flow (Ubud), Power of Now Oasis (Sanur), Shankari’s Yoga Retreat, Desa Seni (Canggu), Samadi (Canggu), Morning Light Yoga at Uluwatu Surf Villas, MU (Bingin).
You might remember our experience with traditional Balinese massage in Ubud. Every time I watch the photos from that day, I feel I need to go back and get pampered by their lovely staff in the middle of the jungle again!
If you travel to Bali to take care of your body & soul, don’t miss out a massage as it will also enhance purification of your body.
Tips on where to get a good massage: Ayusha (Ubud), Karma Kandara Spa (Ungasan), Prana Spa (Seminyak), Cool Spa & Salon (Seminyak), Cantika Zest spas (Penestanan village), Body temple (Canggu & Uluwatu), Mango Tree Spa (Ubud).
3. Insanely good healthy food
We’ve already wrote our guide to Ubud organic vegetarian restaurants and we will repeat it again: the food in Ubud is amazing! Either you’re a vegetarian, a vegan or you come here to change your diet for a week or two, this is the right place!
Tips where to get your “green fix”: for Ubud, read our vegetarian guide; for the other places in Bali, check Samadi Bali (Canggu), Divine Earth (Kuta), Zula Vegetarian Paradise (Seminyak, Sanur), Happy Falafel (Seminyak), Banana Leaf (Canggu).
4. The sea
The sound of the waves, the touch of the morning breeze is definitely something that adds up when you look for the best place to relax on your vacation. And if you look for bigger waves for your surf desk, then Bali is the right place to look for it.
To find surf instructors in Bali you can check surfguide.com.
Tips on the best beaches in Bali: Balangan, Geger Beach, Tugel Beach, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Dua, Sanur Beach, Melasti Beach.
5. Lush nature
Bali certainly has some great green spots to enchant you with. Either you go for a bike ride through the rice fields near Ubud, do night trekking up to volcanoes or swim in a waterfall, you’ll find amazing views of landscape and watch different climate zones, too.
Tips on where to go in Bali: Mount Batur, Mount Agung, the High Cliff at Melasti Beach, Bukit Teletubbies on Nusa Penida, The Angel’s Billabong, The Sacred and Secret Canyon of Sukawati, Sekumpul Waterfall, Pasih Uwug, Jatiluwih rice terraces.
6. Rich cultural heritage
In between yoga, meditation sessions and visits of the finest raw food restaurants, you might want to learn about the local culture, too. Don’t miss out the ancient temples, typical Balinese fire dances or morning rituals your locals landlords will perform in their yards.
Tips on cultural places to visit in Bali: Tirta Empul Temple, Pura Tanah Lot Temple, Ulun Danu Bratan Temple, Gunung Kawi Temple, Goa Lawah Temple, Uluwatu Temple, Kecak Dance performance.
This is something we highly recommend to everyone travelling to Bali! Staying in a typical compound guesthouse with a local family, observe their daily routines, share some meals together or maybe celebrate a big festival together will be one of the most memorable things you’ll bring from your trip to Bali!
Tips on homestays in Bali: Family Guest House (Ubud), Little Pond Homestay (Sanur), Tenang House (Legian), Desak Putu Putera (Ubud), Teba House (Ubud). For more about our stay with a local family in Ubud, click here.
8. Luxury accommodation
Well, not everybody is a social person when going through detox process. Trust us (more in the upcoming article about our experience in raw food retreat in Thailand)! But fear not. Bali offers plenty of luxury hotels where you can rest after tough yoga classes in a private swimming pool get a soothing massage after hiking in a jungle or spend a week or more being pampered by the professional staff.
Tips on luxury accommodation in Bali: The Legian Bali (Seminyak), Como Shambhala Estate (Ubud), Grand Nikko Bali (Nusa Dua), Alila Seminyak with some fantastic amenities like infinity swimming pools (including Family Pool), state-of-the-art gym, complimentary yoga and holistic fitness activities and Kids Club with supervised indoor and outdoor activities. For more info, click here.
9. The festivals
Make sure to check the calendar and all festivities celebrated on Bali. We were lucky to arrive in Ubud two days before the Galungan festival began. At that time we were living with a local family who dressed us in typical Balinese costumes, shared special food with us and took us for two ceremonies in Hindu temples. UNFORGETTABLE!
Tips on Balinese festivals: Galungan and Kuningan Festival, Nyepi Day in Bali, Kite Festival, Arts Festival, Writers Festival, Tumpek Wayang, Banyu Pinaruh.
If you want to explore more of Indonesia, check this 14-days itinerary from our fellow fashion and photography blogger Sher. Or, you can travel to Raja Ampat to explore some of the best islands in Indonesia.
Have you ever been to Bali? If so, what is your favourite place and activity there? Share with us in the comment below!