With a focus on detox, mind-body wellbeing and weight loss, Bali Vitality Retreat is a boutique hideaway in Ubud’s outskirts. The tiny retreat caters to only seven people at a time, meaning you’re part of an exclusive tribe of intense wellness-focussed warriors, on a mission to detox inside and out.
Situated 10 minutes from Ubud and approximately 90 minutes from the airport, Bali Vitality Retreat is located in the charming village of Pejeng. Surrounded by lush rice fields, the resort has a distinctly local flavour, adding to its traditional Balinese charm.
Bali Vitality only caters to seven people at a time so there are only a few rooms: ‘Krishna’ (with ensuite and sunken bath); ‘Lakshimi’ (with private terrace and outdoor spa bath); ‘Serenity’ (with terrace); and ‘Saraswati’ (ground floor with garden view). Sparsely decorated with traditional wooden furnishings, all rooms have 4-poster beds, marble floors and overlook the retreat’s pool. The amenities are fairly basic and the retreat doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor of a five-star resort, however it has all the mod con’s you’d expect from a detox retreat including a yoga shala and far-infrared sauna to melt away toxins.
Revolving around a vegetarian menu, the cuisine at Bali Vitality supports fasting, cleansing and clean eating. Designed to purify the digestive system, organic cold-pressed juices, herbal teas, fresh coconut water, alkalizing broths, wheatgrass shots, healing elixirs, and psyllium fibre/bentonite clay colon sweeping formulations take the place of heavy meals.
The retreat supports guests through the detox process by sending them a pre-detox diet to follow prior to arrival. Solid nourishment is re-introduced on the final day of the programme, in the form of raw food. Guests are also given a post-retreat pack to take away that includes healthy recipes to try at home.
The treatment programmes at Bali Vitality are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, healthy meals, health consultations, yoga classes, spa treatments, healing sessions and sacred cleansing ceremonies. There are 10 comprehensive retreat packages: ‘Zest for Life’ (14 days); ‘Super Seven Mind Body Detox’ (seven days); ‘Kickstart to Wellness’ (three, four or five days); ‘Calm Mind De-Stress’ (seven days); ‘Simply Juicy Detox’ (seven days); Whittle Away Weight (10, 14 or 21 days); ‘Well Woman’ (seven days); ‘Assist Chronic Disease’ (21 days); ‘Basic Detox’ (seven, 10, 14, 21 or 30 days); and ‘Re-New You’ (15 days).
All programmes are overseen by a personal ‘wellness assistant’ who checks in with you daily and keeps you on track if you’re tempted to cheat on your detox. The retreat also has holistic health practitioners on-hand for its ‘Focus Add-on’ appointments. Specialities on offer include hypnotherapy, reiki, iridology, kinesiology, acupuncture and spiritual counselling.
Expect to feel…cleansed, calm and carefree. A percentage of all retreat costs are donated to the Bali Children’s Project, so you’re not just investing in your health, you’re investing in the local community.