It doesn’t matter the season, we’re always dreaming of Bali: tropical beaches and perpetual sunshine, even in the rainy season. While most people aim to get ‘bikini-ready’ for the summer, we believe bikini season is all-year round and nothing motivates us to get fit like a trip to the tropics.
So whether you’re already your best beachy self or are striving to edge closer to your body goals, these four fitness holidays on Bali’s exotic beaches are sure to give you a push in the right direction.
Active Escapes: Echo Beach
Echo Beach is quickly gaining favour with Bali’s surfing community, and it’s not hard to see why. The sprawling strip of sand boasts some of the best breaks on the island, and the town of Canggu is developing a reputation among hipsters and holidaymakers alike. Active Escapes has positioned itself perfectly to cater to your every whim. You’ll be put through the ringer (in a good way, we promise) each morning, with a choice of yoga, boxing, and TRX classes to wile away the time. Firm believers in balancing work and play, afternoons are far more leisurely, allowing you the freedom to go shopping, make use of the on-site spa treatments, or even go horseback riding. Optional cooking classes and a wide range of healthy cuisine available throughout your stay make a weeklong visit here fly by in an instant. Prices start around US$1,515.
Como Shambhala: Be Active
Bali isn’t all about the beaches. A short distance inward and upward is Ubud, the idyllic mountaintop village known for its majestic views and tranquil environment. For between three and eight nights, a slice of this tranquillity could be yours. The Como Shambhala ‘Be Active’ package boasts a hefty exercise programme that will have you feeling fit and confident in no time at all. The package includes wellness consultations, massages, personal training sessions, and personalised, guided challenges for guests opting for a longer retreat experience. You’ll also be given priority access to the scheduled daily fitness activities and for spa treatments, too. Prices start around US$2,100.
Pineapple House: Surf & Yoga Retreat
Another Canggu hideaway, the Pineapple House Bali offers refuge to those seeking solace in the sunshine. Retreats here range from two to seven nights, and to make sure you get the best of both worlds, we highly recommend the Surf & Yoga Retreat. Not only are you perfectly positioned in Bali’s answer to surfer’s paradise, the beachside yoga run by a team of qualified professionals is essentially on-site access to inner zen. This is the perfect place for solo travellers, as the group classes allow you to mix and mingle at your pleasure. You’ll fit right in at the Pineapple House no matter your fitness level: whether you’re hanging ten or (initially) hanging on for dear life, you will be able to take things at your own pace. For lengthier stays, you’ll have access to massages at your accommodation, easing what little tension may be left and guaranteeing you the perfect night’s sleep. Prices start around US$425.
Chosen Experiences: Bali
Staying true to its name, a Chosen Experiences fitness retreat focuses on bespoke healthy holidays. With destination holidays in New Zealand, Iceland, Guatemala and Bali, they really have covered all four corners of the world. Each seven-day retreat is run by different coaches, who use their own personal strengths to bring out the very best in you. Upcoming retreats in Bali include focuses in adopting (and sticking to) a dynamic lifestyle, nutritional and functional fitness. Encouraging you to work hard and earn results, you’ll learn from some of the best people in their field providing you with the perfect boost to implement a lifelong, healthy lifestyle. At the Canggu beach location, you’ll be able to choose from a wide range of activities including yoga, mindfulness sessions, candlelight meditation, and of course, the inevitable surfing session. Nutritionally balanced, specially prepared meals are on hand at your accommodation to keep you going throughout the day. Prices start around US$5,400.