From magnificent mountains to rugged coastlines along volcanic hillsides and black sandy beaches, it’s no surprise Bali is known as the Island of the Gods. Located between the Java and Lombok islands, Bali (Balikapapan) boasts a rich and diverse culture that makes a sublime backdrop for a yoga retreat.
In fact, Bali is home to perhaps more yoga retreats per square kilometre than any other island nation and has become known as a mecca for the ancient tradition, hosting a number of options for those seeking a zenful holiday.
Destination: Escape Haven
If you’re after an ultimate Bali wellness retreat week for your next girlfriend getaway, look no further than Escape Haven. Long admired for its all-inclusive approach to wellness, this women’s only retreat was voted Best Luxury Wellness Retreat 2017 in the World Luxury Hotels Awards, and has two luxurious, private sanctuaries in Canggu and Uluwatu.
Focusing on small groups with a mission to “allow guests to unwind from the pressures of everyday life and recharge batteries in paradise”, the tailored trips can include any combination of surfing, yoga, healing, Ayurveda and fitness to nourish and flourish.
Destination: Fivelements Bali Retreat
Nestled on the banks of the Ayung River, in Abiansemal, Fivelements embraces long-stay wellness by bridging traditional healing cultures and innovative wellness concepts with yoga at the heart.
Guests are greeted by a sanctum of lush, tropical nature, inspired by Balinese ceremonies, with wellness treatments and mind-body practices the centre of the experience. The five-star resort boasts beautiful architecture. Nine eco-luxury villas feature open-air showers and riverside bathing tubs, hand carved from a single stone boulder.
Surrounded by forested hills, the retreats are led by international yoga masters for stays up to 21 nights and include yoga, meditation, massage and Balinese ceremonies.
Destination: Floating Leaf
An innovative eco-luxury retreat, Floating Leaf is a peaceful resort set in a lush oasis, a perfect setting to nourish and recharge body, mind and spirit.
A holiday here is anyone’s definition of paradise with luxurious villas and expertly curated yoga retreat programs. An open-air yoga sanctuary offers views over the black sand Indian Ocean coastline with Mount Agung volcano in the distance.
After a yoga session guests can head to the healing pool, specifically created with relaxation in mind. An organic garden supplies the on-site kitchen where a private chef prepares healthy daily meals, fresh juices and snacks.