It’s more than elephant riding and full-moon parties: Bali has seriously upped its game when it comes to relaxing retreats.
Boasting endless beaches and luxurious resorts, it’s no surprise that Bali is the number one holiday destination for Aussie travellers. However, did you know that Bali is more than just a playground for two-week tourists looking to drink, eat and party?
The nation is quickly becoming a hub for health and wellness holidays. From fitness retreats to digital detoxes or even a month spent in mindful meditation, there’s something for everyone! And with travellers increasingly looking for holidays that will treat their mind, body and soul, it’s a match made in heaven.
Gordon Bayne, Head of Travel at Scoopon, reveals the different health and wellness options available on your next Balinese retreat.
When most people think of meditation, they picture a bunch of monks looking perfectly peaceful. It can be pretty intimidating, especially for those who can’t sit still. Luckily for those fidgeters, help is on the way. Active meditation – sometimes called Dynamic Meditation or “Osho” – works on the belief that meditation is less about the mind and more about the heart.
Split across five stages, Active Meditation encourages devotees to dance, cry, laugh, move and sing. Increasingly popular because of its positive approach to meditation, the movement is taking off across Bali. If you check into The Zen Resort in Seririt, you’ll notice they offer Osho as part of their meditation menu. It’s about time you channelled your inner zen and rejuvenated your physical, mental and spiritual wellness.
Fertility wellness is all about learning how to prepare the body in the best way possible for the all-important birth. It’s no surprise this style of trip is becoming increasingly popular, as families hope to give themselves the best chance of smooth-sailing right through their pregnancy. Bali Goddess Retreats offers women-only getaways and is operated out of Seminyak. By combining locally-sourced organic cuisine, with therapy treatments and daily exercise, the plan is to cut out stress and therefore boost your chance at conceiving.
Perhaps the most popular way to prioritise wellbeing on your next trip away is to visit a health and wellness retreat. Typically, a retreat will range from three to five days, allowing enough time to unwind, relax and reset. This is then coupled with healing therapies, massage, meditation and a focus on being active and healthy.
Ubud’s Como Shambhala Estate is leading the way for relaxing retreats. Tucked away in the jungle, a stay at Como Shambhala is guaranteed to get you on the path to inner peace. We’re talking yoga, gym, week-long wellness programs and specially curated diets using local cuisines.
Gone are the days when being on holiday meant dropping the diet. Now a two-week getaway is prime time to get trim, taut and terrific. The rise of fitness retreats has exploded in Bali, with state-of-the-art gyms and qualified trainers offering week-long programs that will transform your body.
If working out is what you’re about then KX Retreats in Canggu has you covered. There are three sessions a day, catered to all fitness levels. From Pilates to yoga, boxercise to circuit training, you’ll be sweating and smiling all the way through. End the day with a dip in the ocean before getting ready to do it all over again the next day!