A local's guide to the best places to go for wellness in Bali

From yoga classes and spa treatments to vegan eats and detox cleanses, here's where the locals go for wellbeing on the Indonesian island.

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  • Jenny Hewett
  • January 2020

Don’t fork out for expensive wellness resort packages. Bali opens in new window local and yoga enthusiast Lena Husmann gives her tips for do-it-yourself wellness seekers. First up, spa day!

Have a spa day at Amo Spa in Canggu

The outdoor bathhouse at Amo Spa is the most blissful (not to mention social) way to unwind in Canggu. After yoga, I refuel on avocado toast at the in-house café and then spend a few tranquil hours in the sauna, steam room, outdoor jacuzzi, ice plunge and salt baths. The sauna day pass for 200,000 IDR (about AUD $21) is unlimited, so you can use it as many times you want in one day but remember to book online. Riding a scooter every day in Bali, I’m prone to congestion and the deep clean facial at Esthetic Day Spa at Canggu Plaza is my go-to for steaming and extraction. They also do an amazing hot stone massage.

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Do yoga and sound healing in Canggu and Ubud

The best yoga studios offer more than movement. Samadi opens in new window takes a holistic approach, with classes spanning Mysore and ashtanga to hatha and even tantric, plus an organic market on Sundays and a vegie kitchen serving up healthy eats. Smaller, gentler classes can be found at The Chillhouse opens in new window in Badung, as well as sound healing with singing bowls. For a deeper journey into the power of sound, Pyramids of Chi opens in new window (Gianyar, Ubud) offers sessions using gongs, drums and didgeridoos.

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You'll love the gentle yoga classes at The Chill House.

Get a natural beauty treatment in Pererenan

For neat nails without the nasty fumes, head to the laid-back yet luxe Maria Curau in leafy Pererenan. The spa has gained a cult following among expats for vegan, non-toxic mani-pedis and minimalist nail art, only an extra 10,000 IDR (about AUD $1) per nail. The staff is well-trained, you can throw back free kombucha and nail treatments end with a mini-massage. Despite being all-natural, the manicures are high quality.

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Enjoy clean eats in Canggu

There is no shortage of plant-based cafés in Bali but Canggu’s Give opens in new window has a bigger conscience than most. This hip warung (small café) serves delicious vegan fare – think Buddha bowls and Balinese curry – and 100 per cent of its profits go to worthy causes. The Shady Shack Bali opens in new window might be a vegetarian institution but with bulky jackfruit burgers and sweet potato gnocchi, non-vegies would never know it. For great value clean eats in Canggu, Oma Jamu opens in new window warung on Batu Bolong is a hidden gem that serves up fresh vegan dishes daily at affordable prices.

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Canggu's Give Cafe offers plant-based food with a conscience.

Detox in Canggu

If you want the benefits of a wellness retreat but don’t want to part with all your savings, visit Dr Thomas Sladek at The Detox Room. The Bali-based Austrian doctor is a certified acupuncturist too and offers holistic detox programs, which might involve cleansing, juicing, colon hydrotherapy, Chinese cupping and herbal medicine. The Detox Room is very clean and comfortable and Dr Thomas is super professional. It’s a big commitment to make on holiday but after day three, I could already feel a huge difference.

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