Chill by name, and chill by nature… Serving up yoga, surf and mountain biking retreats on a tropical platter, The Chillhouse is a chic retreat catering to families, friends and solo travellers alike with a stylish lifestyle retreat that replenishes body and soul. Entirely customisable, this is the retreat for the busy, short of time, or just plain undecided. The Chillhouse gives you a chance to find your zen the old-fashioned way: try a little bit of everything…
Tucked into a quiet alcove in Canggu’s back streets, The Chillhouse’s convenient location is a huge drawcard. It has a feeling of being isolated while it’s actually in the heart of a vibrant neighbourhood. Close to the shops, beach and nearby café ‘scene’, it is ideally situated near Canggu’s trendy downtown yet is only an hour’s drive from the wild, rugged mountains. Situated half an hour from Seminyak, and an hour from the airport, it’s a great option for those who like their healthy holiday served with a side of close-at-hand fun.
Featuring a three-storey treetop loft (with queen bed), three bungalows (with queen beds), one bungalow (with twin beds), 13 deluxe single rooms (with twin beds), six single rooms (with single beds), one villa (with three bedrooms and private pool), one house (with four bedrooms and private pool) and 1 house with five bedrooms, the retreat is sizeable yet maintains a boutique atmosphere. Its laidback vibe is complemented by a modern boho aesthetic replete with whitewashed fixtures, offset by colourful, contemporary décor. In addition to two spacious pools, the retreat also has two bright, breezy yoga shala and numerous hangout areas, perfect for sipping on an organic juice after yoga class. The Chillhouse is family-friendly and kids stay for free in an extra pull-out bed in the parent’s room until 10 years of age.
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Sourcing local fruit and veggies from farmers in the hilly heart of Bali where pesticides are scarce, The Chillhouse offers up healthy yet hearty food that caters to all dietary requirements: meat-lovers will dine side-by-side with vegans, and both will be equally satisfied with their options. The diverse menu offers up a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan cuisine, predominantly Balinese but with Western options available. Serving sizes are generous due to the retreat’s active fitness focus.
The retreat owners are European and this is reflected in the bountiful breakfast spread which includes coffee, tea, muesli, hard boiled eggs, toast, pancakes and healthy snacks-to-go. Breakfast and dinner are included in the retreat options: the evening meal adopts a sharing concept, either served as a buffet, BBQ or pre-ordered during the day and served all-together family style making meals an excellent social opportunity for solo travellers. Asian, Western and vegan palates are all catered to and MSG-free is a guarantee, so all flavoursome tastes come from nature.
The retreat programme at The Chillhouse revolves around three main categories: yoga, surfing and mountain biking. Unlike other retreats that have all-inclusive packages for a set amount of days, the schedule at The Chillhouse is more freeform, and well, chilled. Daily yoga classes (including Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin, and Kundalini styles), surf lessons (spanning 1 to 10 sessions for beginners and intermediate surfers), and mountain biking excursions to the Bali Bike Park (a jungle playground in the island’s hinterland) are on offer, but the guest decides on their personal daily schedule and can simply chill by the pool and eat healthy food if they like. The retreat offers free bicycle hire so you can explore the local neighbourhood – Bali has few footpaths, so make sure that you understand the Indonesian road rules before you hop on the road.
The yoga is taught by Yoga Alliance Accredited teachers, the surfing is taught by ISA (International Surfing Association) instructors and the bike tours are led by experienced mountain bike coaches. Holistic body and soul treatments are also on offer at the retreat including energy healing sessions, sports massage, reiki and craniosacral therapy. Additionally, a 60-minute guided meditation class is also run once a week. Those that need to get some work done (a usual retreat no-no!) can pop into The Chillhouse’s co-working space, making it perfect for busy young professionals and wellness-seeking digital nomads.
Expect to feel…Full of zest with a bunch of new sporty skills. The sociable dining and comprehensive common areas make it one of the top retreats for solo travellers, and the flexible schedule is ideal for those with little or awkward amounts of times.
Jl. Kubu Manyar No.22, Banjar Pipitan, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, Kuta Utara, Canggu, North Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia | thechillhouse.com