Endless stretches of white sandy beaches and the promise of a quiet retreat… sound too good to be true? It’s not. While this doesn’t describe every inch of Bali quite as it used to (sites favoured by guidebooks have suffered at the hands of overtourism in recent years), we know the best Balinese wellness retreats to be found on this beautiful Indonesian island. From immersive yoga retreats to sessions out on the surf or a relaxed day at the spa, there’s something to be enjoyed by every type of wellness traveller. These are the best wellness retreats in Bali for a week well spent in the tropics.
1. COMO Shambhala Estate
It’s impossible to talk about the best wellness retreats in Bali without mentioning this luxury jungle gem. Surrounded by picturesque rice terraces and endless green fields, COMO Shambhala Estate offers the ultimate escape for those looking to truly retreat. It makes for the perfect place to embark on a new fitness goal or indulge in natural healing spa therapies, COMO Shambhala has a programme for you. Its three-night Be Active retreat is inclusive of accommodation and all meals throughout your stay, as well as access to the resort’s scheduled daily wellness activities, a 60-minute massage, one personal training session and personal butler service.
2. REVĪVŌ Wellness Resort
With wellness at its very core, REVIVO is a holistic wellness resort that practices what it preaches. Nestled in a quiet corner of the Nusa Dua district, the boutique property has just 16 suites, each equipped with a sunken tub and either a private garden, pool or courtyard. Its three-day Destress & Relax Retreats are specially designed to help guests leave the pressures of daily life behind them, and are inclusive of body, skin and blood analyses, full room and board, and wellness consultations before, during and after your stay. You’ll also benefit from a salt floatation therapy session and treatment at the REMISSIO spa.
This award-winning luxury eco-haven in the Ubud region of Bali prides itself on an approach to wellness that is steeped in tradition, and has long been recognised as one of the best wellness retreats in Bali. Fivelements combines traditional Balinese healing philosophies with a modern, holistic approach to wellness, and its three-night Signature Rejuvenation retreats embody this. Retreats are inclusive of accommodation, a range of nutritional wellness meals, a wellness consultation, healing massage, and a traditional Balinese ceremony. Water healing, healing energy sessions and yoga and meditation classes are also included in the retreat.
4. Ocean Soul Retreat
If you are able to set aside a full week, then the women-only Ocean Soul Retreats offer a comprehensive retreat experience unlike any other. Helping you invest in yourself, the six-night Holistic Heaven programme is designed to harmonise body, mind and soul in an immersive and reflective retreat experience. Retreats are inclusive of six yoga and guided meditation sessions, two holistic healing therapies, a life coaching session, two relaxing massages and a series of photographs to take home as a reminder of a week well and truly spent.
Prices start from US$3,295 | Book now on Compare Retreats
5. COMO Uma Canggu
Just beyond the hip neighbourhood of Seminyak is COMO Uma Canggu, a beachfront resort with one of Bali’s best surf breaks on its doorstep. Partnered with TropicSurf, the surfing experiences are ideal for beginners, intermediate or advanced surfers, with kids programmes for families on a wellness holiday together. For those less keen on hitting the waves, the resort also offers daily fitness classes including HIIT, yoga and Pilates, holistic healing therapies and COMO Shambhala wellness cuisine. Located just beyond the main thrust of tourist activities, guests can also enjoy the quintessential Bali beach club experience with sunsets and DJs at the COMO Beach Club—just, without all the bustle of Kuta and Seminyak’s crowds.
6. Bagus Jati
Spread across five hectares of land in the Ubud region of Bali, Bagus Jati is a health and wellness centre with eight deluxe spa and 12 superior villas, each with picturesque views of the surrounding greenery. Its three-night healing spa packages including accommodation, breakfast and dinner, morning yoga classes and afternoon meditation sessions, a two-hour rejuvenating spa therapy and your choice of hair treatment or Ayurvedic treatment.
7. Escape Haven
These luxurious, women’s only retreats are the perfect option for solo travellers looking to gain confidence and find their feet. Suitable for all fitness levels, the six-night Renew Package is inclusive of accommodation in the Canggu Sanctuary, butler service throughout your stay, access to three full-time certified yoga instructors to guide your journey, six yoga and meditation sessions, daily spa treatments and a range of nourishing wellness cuisine during your stay.
Prices start from US$2,195 | escapehaven.com
8. Chōsen Experiences
For wellness warriors looking to push the boundaries, this is one of the best wellness retreats in Bali to really challenge yourself. Curating unique healthy holidays for active travellers looking to challenge themselves and step out of their comfort zone, Chōsen Experiences offer destination holidays the world over, in destinations including New Zealand, Iceland, Guatemala and Bali. Its upcoming weeklong Lifestyle Optimisation retreat in Bali is held in an exclusive beachfront property just north of surfer’s paradise, Canggu. Activities range from canyoning to functional fitness, outdoor beach workouts, nutritional classes and goal-setting workshops to ensure lifestyle changes are lasting and permanent. Evening yin yoga sessions on a daily basis ensure you end the day with mind, body and soul equally at peace.
Price available on request | chosenexperiences.com
Sukhavati is a five-star Ayurveda spa and resort located in the Mengwi district of Bali. Drawing on ancient principles of the traditional healing system, the resort adopts a holistic approach to wellness, with a dedicated team of yoga instructors, wellness therapists, Ayurvedic practitioners and meditation teachers on hand to guide you through your wellness journey. The property’s three-day Recharge Program is inclusive of accommodation in a private villa, an Ayurvedic consultation, 90-minutes of daily prescribed Ayurvedic treatments, up to two yoga classes each day, Ayurvedic cuisine and a massage and facial to be enjoyed at your leisure.
Prices start from US$1,355 | sukhavatibali.com
10. Svarga Loka
Named after the heavenly paradise described in a historic Hindu poem, Svarga Loka is an eden-like resort and spa located high in the Ubud province, sitting atop the Campuhan River. The property is recognised as one of Bali’s best wellness retreats, thanks to its team of highly-skilled therapists and practitioners. For an introductory retreat into the benefits of traditional Balinese healing philosophies, the three-night Explore Balinese Healing retreat offers the perfect solution. Packages are inclusive of a mantra massage, Balinese massage, purification ritual with a Balinese priest, and two sessions with a Balinese healer, who will work to release pressures and blockages in your body and leave you feeling refreshed, recharged, and reinvigorated.