If something about Elizabeth Gilbert’s story Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia resonated with you then probably for good reasons. Everyone comes to a certain point in life in which they crave a period of self-reflection: a milestone birthday might have you reconsidering your career path; a recent break-up may have left you questioning what it is you are looking for in a relationship; or maybe you simply need a break from your routine in order to reconnect with yourself in a completely different environment. Whatever your reason, embarking on your own version of the Eat, Pray, Love experience is never a bad idea. If you felt inspired by the beautiful images of Balí in the movie starring Julia Roberts, why not make it a starting point for your journey of self-discovery? Here’s a selection of Balí yoga retreats and wellness resorts for you to choose from!
COMO Shambhala Estate
North of Ubud the world-renowned COMO Shambhala Estate invites you to cleanse your body, mind and soul in a most healing, natural setting. Situated next to the River Ayung,accommodation at the Estate is among the most spacious of its kind, built into jungle clearings and above the Ayung River. COMO Shambhala Estate accommodations range from unique themed residences which are uniquely private and no two are alike to private villas with private heated pools. COMO Shambhala Estate offers 6 wellness programmes that help guests improve specific areas of their wellbeing through targeted therapies, healthy eating options and expert consultations. The Ayurveda wellness programme is designed for stays of varying lengths. The week-long stay includes two wellness consultations, seven Ayurvedic treatments, three 60-minute private yoga lessons, and includes accommodation, three meals a day, VIP airport assistance on arrival and use of The Estate’s facilities.
The Source, the Estate’s natural spring – which is believed to be holy and said to have healing properties – is located within the green gardens of the COMO Shambhala Estate. If you’d like to immerse yourself in Balinese culture, you might consider undergoing the water blessing ritual here; bathe next to the statue of Ganesha and cleanse yourself with the water of The Source in preparation of embarking on a new chapter in life.
Bagus Jati Health & Wellbeing Retreat
Hidden from the world in the mountains of Ubud, Bagus Jati is one of the leading health and wellbeing retreats in Bali. It also happens to be located on a sacred site: in Hindu writings, Jati is said to have been the home of Balí’s first Hindu priest and sacred white buffalo. Bagus Jati Health & Wellbeing Retreat offers free yoga and aqua-aerobic classes on a daily basis, special holiday packages and sumptuous spa facilities including a Vichy shower, herbal steam baths and thermal and hydrotherapy along with organic garden to maintain a healthy and balance lifestyle.
Guest villas impress with mesmerizing views of the surrounding jungle canopies and tastefully decorated rooms, and are stocked with bottled mineral water and a fresh fruit basket on a daily basis. Bagus Jati has created an environment that not only emphasizing on how to pamper its clients but also how to allow them in regaining their emotional balance along with their joy of life. Upon arrival you will be met with a fragrant chilled face towel to help you wash off the travels and take in your new surroundings through fresh eyes – they won’t be disappointed!
This Bali yoga retreat is for ladies only, and as you may have denoted from the name, it is all about celebrating your inner goddess by ways of yoga therapy, a healthy but scrumptious diet and exciting packages to choose from. One such package offers an adventurous bicycle tour leading from a volcanic mountain lake to Ubud, where you can experience the village you fell in love with through Eat, Pray, Love live over a traditional Indonesian lunch.
Each room has direct access to a private or shared pool, and is decorated with loving and welcoming touches and hues of femininity. You will be provided with your own kimono and have access to open living and yoga areas, a scenic roof-top patio with fantastic views of the sunset, and a whole list of divine spa experiences to choose from including: Heavenly Hair Spa, Glam-icures, Aromatherapy Alchemy Massage and Goddess Glow Facial.
Natural Instinct Healing – Detox Health & Wellness Retreat Centre
“Designed to Cleanse your body, Clear your mind, and Create your lifestyle” – such is the motto of the Natural Instinct Healing Centre in Ubud. Tucked away in Ubud’s rice patties, this retreat is a haven of tranquillity without being completely tied off from the world – the town is only a short ten minute walk away. If you’re looking to detox in Bali, the Superfood Cleanse program at the Natural Instinct Healing Centre sounds like a great way to ease you into it.
The peaceful atmosphere at the centre, the lush environment and many cultural sights to uncover in neighbouring towns, make this stay a truly unique experience. But the greatest gift you’ll return home with is a new awareness you will be able to translate into your daily life. This retreat will teach you the importance of healthy eating, relaxation and the discipline to reserve an hour a day completely for yourself – without distractions, without external pressures: to just close your eyes and breathe.