For the yoga advocate traveling in search of mindfulness, Bali is always a good idea.
As part of the 17,500 islands that form the Indonesian archipelago, Bali has steadily grown in popularity among tourists. With its unique landscape dotted by glorious beaches and rolling mountains, many of which happen to be active volcanos, there is a certain mysticism about the island. In fact, Bali has been called “Island of the Gods” because it is home to an estimated 20,000 Hindu shrines and temples. Given all of these charms, it’s no wonder an island that sits approximately eight degrees south of the equator is also a favourite destination among yoga enthusiasts.
So what are some of the hottest yoga retreats in Bali right now? Here are some choices to help you plan your next Bali yoga adventure.
Why it’s popular: Blue Karma Resort and Villas are unique because they understand that there isn’t one Bali for everyone or a single retreat to suit all needs. Because of this, Blue Karma offers a range of accommodation options in key locations around the ‘Island of the Gods’, with a diversity of packages and experiences. If you enjoy being close to the excitement, but with a sanctuary of calm to retreat to, Hotel Seminyak offers luxurious rooms in the heart of the bustling prefecture, with streets to explore filled with the culture and sights of Bali. If you are looking for a more immersive experience, Hotel Ubud takes you into the heart of the island, and one of the world’s key centers of yoga. If you are searching for a more private and personal vacation, three luxury villas, all located conveniently close to Bali’s southern shores, are available for families or groups. Blue Karma truly focuses on being able to provide something for everyone.
Retreat packages: Prepare to discover the joy of living in balance on the 4 Day Blue Karma Ubud Yoga & Ayurveda Immersion. This retreat focuses on healing the self and relieving you of any burdens weighing you down. Enjoy daily yoga class, meditation and Pranayama class, spa treatments and an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultation. Purify your body and find inner balance with the 4 Day Blue Karma Seminyak Intensive Yoga Retreat . Enjoy three yoga classes and one meditation class daily to calm the mind, connect with your spirit, and bring your body back into harmony. Learn breathing techniques, yoga postures, meditation, and simple modern philosophy. Enjoy being treated like royalty with the most beautiful amenities available in this resort.
Why it’s popular: Fivelements offers an opportunity for inspiration, awareness and ultimate wellbeing. The retreats aim at supporting people through life transitions and transformation. Fivelements is one of the first retreats of its kind, bridging the wisdom of traditional healing cultures with innovative wellness concepts. Each retreat focuses on providing traditionally inspired body treatments, raw, vegan and vegetarian food, engaging activities for fitness and entertainment, beautiful and comfortable accommodations, meditation, ritual, and educational opportunities. To fully experience the luxury of Fivelements, a stay in one of the nine exclusive suites is a must. Here, each room is enveloped in the hypnotizing whisperings of the sacred Ayung River as it carves its way through the valley.
Retreat packages: Fivelements offers various Rejuvenation packages, ranging from 4 to 22 days. These signature packages use a holistic integrative approach designed to tune into your unique physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing to offer the best healing on deep and profound levels. Experience the Yovada exclusive Fivelements First Taste Package and enjoy 3 nights accommodations, 2 gourmet healing cuisine meals per day, 1 healing massage and 1 session of yoga and meditation. Fivelements also offers various Signature Detox Packages, ranging from 8 to 15 days. Experience the 8 Day Fivelements Signature Detox and embark on a healing journey of detoxification and transformation. The package includes 7 nights accommodations, 3 yoga and meditation sessions, 3 colonic hydrotherapy sessions, wellness consultation, 2 healing massages, 2 reflexology treatments, 3 bath rituals, 2 beauty rituals, a water healing and so much more.
Why it’s popular: This luxurious sanctuary is a place for the “sisterhood of the traveling yoga pants.” Bliss Sanctuary for Women is an all-female property – no men or hyperactive children running around disturbing the peace, just nurturing female energy throughout the resort. Guests may choose to stay in either one of its sanctuaries: Seminyak Sanctuary and Canggu Sanctuary. Located close to rice paddies and about five minutes away from the beach, the Canggu Sanctuary offers luxurious accommodations with communal indoor living area as well as communal all-day access kitchens. The Seminyak Sanctuary is close to where the action is. Guests who prefer to venture outside the property may take a three-minute walk to enjoy the amazing shopping and food choices nearby, while the beach is a short stroll away. Yoga enthusiasts practice their morning Vinyasa at the sanctuary’s on-site yoga shala or meditate at either its shaded meditation pod or tropical garden.
Retreat packages: The sanctuary offers female guests seeking to recharge their energy several personalized 5-7 day packages. The Bliss Package includes unlimited yoga classes, unlimited daily massage and spa treatments, unlimited fresh meals and personalized itinerary consultation and booking services with a designated Bliss Hostess. Guests may also have the option to take advantage of a personal chauffeur service to enjoy sightseeing experiences, including day tours to Ubud’s art galleries and monkey forest, a trip to Tanah Lot Temple and Uluwatu beaches, to name a few. The packages also include authentic Indonesian cooking classes so guests may immerse themselves in the local culture through its unique cuisine.
Why it’s popular: ONEWORLD Retreats provides the perfect oasis for you to recharge and discover your inner calling. ONEWORLD offers retreats starting every Sunday all throughout the year and over 7000 guests have experienced and enjoyed their retreats over the years. While it welcomes non-retreat participants, the place is mainly a retreat centre so participants are always given top priority. Located in Ubud, ONEWORLD Retreats has a very private atmosphere, especially since it only has 14 spacious accommodations in total. It’s not short on amenities though, as it spoils guests with two swimming pools, an open pavilion, communal dining room and a lush garden that makes a perfect spot for morning meditations. When not taking in the picturesque views of the rice fields from all angles, guests may find their Zen within the centre’s spa or in its yoga shala.
Retreat packages: The yoga centre offers retreats year-round, led by a diverse group of yoga and wellness experts. For instance, the 6 Day Escape the World retreat is a blend of daily meditation and yoga classes, with an introduction to Bali’s unique culture through package inclusions like a Purification Ritual at Tirta Empul Temple, a Balinese Offering ritual and a guided rice field walk. The package also includes five morning meditation and yoga sessions, four evening restorative yoga sessions, two spa treatments, full meals and airport transfers.
Why it’s popular: Set in the beautiful hillsides and rice paddies on the outskirts of Bali’s spiritual hub of Ubud, The Chedi Club is a luxurious piece of paradise awaiting your arrival. This intimate luxury retreat offers twenty individual villas, each one carefully designed to reflect and embody the unique traditional architecture of Bali. Be prepared to feel as if you are in your own slice of Balinese paradise. However, if you’re interested in escaping the serenity of your individual villa for a while, allow the hotel concierge to whisk you into the bustling town of Ubud for an afternoon of exploring.
Retreat packages: Perfect for those looking for a quick rejuvenation in paradise is the 3 Day Luxury Rejuvenate in Style Package. Enjoy two nights stay at the Chedi Club’s enchanting and complete villa accommodations, one 60-minute spa treatment, morning or afternoon rice paddy trekking with your butler (hello, luxury!) as an escort and daily morning yoga classes. Looking to escape for a little longer than 3 nights? Try the 4 Night Chedi Club Special Yoga Package.
Yovada has additional amazing retreat offerings in Bali, browse them here.