Wellness experiences in Bali that have nothing to do with yoga

Rejuvenate your mind and body at these sanctuaries in Bali that offer everything from Ayurvedic treatments to programmes designed to help improve the quality of your sleep.

  • Denise Li
  • January 2020

Start the year on the right note by taking care of your physical and mental well-being at these Bali resorts.

1. Fivelements Bali

Fivelements Bali comprises nine spacious suites made out of sustainable materials like bamboo and straw.

This luxurious wellness retreat opens in new window has some newfangled offerings aimed at promoting spiritual awareness. Case in point: its 90-minute Water Healing experience where a trained therapist glides you through a hydrotherapy pool to simulate the peace and safety of being in the womb. It’s said to promote profound relaxation while allowing unacknowledged emotions to come to the fore.

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Address: Mambal, Abiansemal, Badung Regency, Bali
Tel: +62 361 469206

2. Sukhavati

Four of Sukhavati’s eight villas come with private pools.

At this Ayurvedic resort located in a village in the Mengwi district, programmes are tailor-made to address specific health issues. There’s one for cardiovascular disease, which involves stress management through plant-based meals and morning walks; while those suffering from chronic pain can expect daily massages, meditation classes and herbal medicines known for their anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Address: Br Bebengan, Jl. Raya Tangeb, Abianbase, Mengwi, Badung Regency, Bali
Tel: +62 361 9006128

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3. COMO Uma Canggu

The Play by COMO programme was designed by a team of experts specialising in early childhood education.

It’s a COMO resort opens in new window, so you can expect all the wellness programmes — even the ones for children — to be well thought out. Play by COMO is tailored for kids aged 8 to 14, with a daily schedule of activities such as Balinese dance and beach art classes to promote curiosity and sensory development. Parents are encouraged to take part but those who want to enjoy some private time can engage the services of in-house babysitters.

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Address: Echo Beach, Jl. Pantai Batu Mejan, Canggu, Kec. Kuta Utara, Kabupaten Badung, Bali
Tel: +62 361 6202228

4. Six Senses Uluwatu

The resort features 10 treatment rooms, an outdoor massage area and a gym.

If stress is affecting the quality of your slumber, try the Sleep Upgrade add-on at Six Senses Uluwatu opens in new window. It sets you up for a restful night with sleep aids including moisture-wicking linens and special pillows. You can also opt for the Sleep & Resilience programme that combines spa treatments with fitness and meditation classes to induce deep relaxation, boost your metabolism and improve the quality of your ZZZs.

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Address: Jalan Goa Lempeh, Uluwatu, Bali
Tel: +62 361 2090300

5. Mandala Art and Culture Retreat

The 7-day retreat will take place within the scenic hills of Mount Batukaru.

Hosted by professional artist and qualified colour therapist Stephanie June Ellis opens in new window, this unique retreat will be held twice in Bali this year: April 11 to 17 and September 20 to 26. Ellis encourages well-being through designing mandalas — geometric patterns with spiritual significance in Hindu and Buddhist traditions. The retreat also includes daily guided meditation and a trek through rice fields.

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Address: Jalan Arjuna Br. Biyahan, Desa Wanagiri, Tabanan, Wanagiri, Selemadeg, Bali

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