The Indonesian archipelago is made up of over 17,000 islands, so narrowing down your ideal destination is no simple task. Volcanic mountains, lush jungles, rice terraces and black sand beaches compose the diverse natural landscape of the largest country in South East Asia, which nose to tail traverses a greater distance than between New York and LA. A haven of outdoor adventure, from surfing to hiking, Indonesia is also home to some of the world’s best wellness resorts. From Bali and beyond, these are the best luxury wellness retreats in Indonesia for a healthy island escape.
1. COMO Shambhala Estate
COMO Shambhala Estate brings a unique brand of wellness to Bali’s healing heartland, Ubud. Rooms and suites are spacious, overlooking the gardens or featuring their own infinity pools, while larger three-bedroom properties come fully equipped with their own kitchens and swimming pools, overlooking the lush jungle. The Estate’s food programme, inspired its own cookbook and features diet and intolerance-friendly healthy cuisine inspired by Indonesian culinary culture, while Ayurveda and detox retreat guests benefit from their own personalised programmes. Activities and excursions include walks through the jungle and cycling across the nearby rice fields, white water rafting, cooking classes and relaxing spa and wellness treatments at the spa.
2. Nihi Sumba
All-inclusive resorts have an unfortunate reputation for compromising on quality in exchange for quantity, but not so Nihi Sumba. The award-winning, five-star luxury eco-resort boasts canopy beds, handmade chocolates in its minibar and uninterrupted views of the Indian ocean from your choice of one to five-bedroom villas. The resort works in conjunction with the local Sumbanesecommunity to preserve the area and its traditions. Outdoor excursions include horseback riding, trekking to waterfalls, surfing and visiting a local chocolate plantation, as well as a private boat charter to explore the pristine surroundings.
3. Bawah Reserve
A luxury private island retreat, Bawah Reserve sits in Indonesia’s Anambas Archipelago, although it’s reached from Singapore via private seaplane. Featured in publications like Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, and Bazaar, this award-winning sustainable resort has captured the hearts of wellness travellers the world-over with its dreamy sunsets, crystal-clear waters and bespoke wellness programmes which include yoga, Pilates, Ayurvedic spa treatments and spiritual healing.
A luxury eco-resort steeped in the rich tradition of healing Balinese philosophies, Fivelements combines ancient healing modes with its own modern, holistic approach to wellness. Suites are located on the riverbank and boast outdoor baths and large terraces. Located in Ubud and surrounded by dense greenery and vegetation and rice fields, the award-winning wellness property offers guests nutritious vegetarian meals throughout their stay, yoga, meditation, cooking classes and a wide range of spa and wellness treatments, traditional Balinese healing rituals and guided excursions in and around nearby Ubud.
Nestled in the midst of a coffee plantation in Java’s Central Highlands, MesaStila offers guests detox and weight loss programmes in a unique isolated setting. A romantic spot for couples, book the Plantation Villa for the utmost luxury, and relax in the spa with the hammam steam room and bespoke massages, and enjoy hiking and cycling in the clean mountain air.
6. Six Senses Uluwatu
Eco-conscious wellness warriors can’t look past Six Senses Uluwatu, which upholds the brand’s core DNA of sustainability, wellness and service to a tee. Offering custom wellness experiences alongside tailored programmes designed post-consultation with the resort’s resident wellness expert, guests can engage in daily scheduled activities like yoga, meditation, and mat Pilates, while more intensive options like TRX, HIIT, and aerial yoga can be booked separately. Don’t miss out on the daily complimentary ice cream, including refreshing flavours like avocado.
7. Rascal Voyages
Set sail on a luxurious literal voyage of self-discovery as you explore Indonesia’s island archipelagos from the sea. Choose between journeys to explore Komodo Island and National Park from Flores Island, or an adventure to Indonesia’s little-visited Raja Ampat region in West Papua. Snorkelling, diving, yoga are all included along with plant-based dining and a one-to-one guest-to-staff ratio, and guests will have the opportunity to see wildlife like sea turtles, manta rays and dolphins.
Prices start from US$41,800 for a 4-night voyage | Book now on Compare Retreats
Beside the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Borobudur, Amanjiwo is an oasis of calm in the Central Javanese jungle. Brimming with Indonesian culture and heritage, the luxury resorts offers guests spiritual wellness and enlightenment journeys with private soul-searching yoga sessions, meditation, and temple visits with experienced local guides, or relax at the resort and indulge in the Aman spa with traditional Javanese healing. Guests can visit Amanjiwo as part of the ‘Bali and Beyond’ programme and combo a visit here with a trip to one of Aman’s stunning resorts on the Island of the Gods.
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9. Escape Haven
A women-only wellness retreat on Bali’s Canggu beachside, Escape Haven combines surfing, nutrition, spa therapies and yoga for a week-long wellness adventure. Retreats include daily activities in your chosen wellness focus, spa treatments, full-board, cultural workshops and an adventure excursion around the island, along with luxury perks like chauffers, photos from the retreat, nightly-turn down, and goody bags.
Prices start from US$2,595 for a 6-night stay | Book now on Compare Retreats
On the small island of Moyo just south of Lombok, Amanwana is an idyllic isolated escape favoured by celebrities for its exclusive privacy. Luxury beachside tented suites over a back-to-nature experience with Aman’s signature five-star service. Guest can keep active with snorkelling, jungle hikes, or sailing, but equally—this is the place to revel in doing absolutely nothing. The Amanwana Nature Experience encourages guests to digitally detox with outdoor activities and the open-air jungle cove spa.
Prices start from US$1,760 for a 4-night retreat | Book now on Compare Retreats
11. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort
Revivo may only have opened in March of last year, but it has quickly developed a reputation as a leading wellness resort in Bali. In the bustling beachfront Nusa Dua district, REVĪVŌ carves its own slice of privacy within the centre of the action, offering a wide range of wellness programmes, spa treatments and fitness classes. It serves guests natural, nutritious meals as close to their original form as possible, with balanced, low fat, low carb meals that don’t compromise on flavour. The hotel boasts a 50-metre pool, a saltwater floating pool within its water suite, Jacuzzis and a hammam, as well as scheduled yoga, meditation, Pilates and qi gong sessions. TRX, boxing, Muay Thai and barre classes will have guests working up a sweat before enjoying a well-earned trip to the restorative spa.
12. Svarga Loka
The Garden of Eden may be the stuff of legends, but Svarga Lokais as real a paradise as any. The name is derived from an ancient Hindu poem and a heavenly paradise it describes. Svarga Loka sits atop Ubud and is known as one of Bali’s best traditional wellness centres. Indulge in a rejuvenating spa treatment at the hands of one of the property’s skilled practitioners, take part in yoga, meditation or martial arts classes or simply unwind by the relaxation pool: the ways to while away the time are nearly endless.