The 10 best health & wellness retreats in Bali - Men's Health Magazine Australia

The 10 best health & wellness retreats in Bali

Deep breath in… deep breath out. If you’re heading to the scenic Indonesian island of Bali and want to align your mind, body and soul, these are the best places to do it.

There are two sides to Bali. For some, the island is a haven for hedonism. A place to let loose and enjoy a scant few days away from home while undertaking less than savoury behaviour. But given Bali’s stunning landscapes and vibrant culture, it’s no surprise that it’s also become a global hotspot for travellers seeking a little rest and relaxation at top class health and wellness retreats.

Let’s be honest, with the island’s pristine beaches, picturesque rice fields, solemn mountains, sacred temples, and all-around tranquil atmosphere, is there a better place to rejuvenate and revitalise than Bali? Whether you’re looking for a surfing sabbatical, a yoga masterclass, or simply an indulgence into the supremely relaxing experience of round the clock Balinese massages, we’ve got you covered.

Read on for our picks of the best health and wellness retreats in Bali, for every traveller. These ­­­ten retreats offer the perfect opportunities to unwind and improve your physical, mental, and spiritual well-being.


Instagram: @soulshinebali

The world of wellness is constantly evolving to accommodate new ideas that can support holistic approaches to health and wellbeing. Soulshine is the perfect example of this, as Bali’s first wellness resort that explores the immense healing capabilities of sound. Founded by musician Michael Franti, Soulshine is not only a peaceful yoga retreat, but a celebration of music and sound, where guests can immerse themselves in soul-nourishing meditation and world-class sound healing experiences.

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Sukhavati Ayurvedic Retreat & Wellness Spa

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If you’re seeking a serene health retreat experience enriched by lesser-known therapeutic rituals like Ayurveda and Panchakarma, then look no further. Sukhavati’s approach to wellness is based on the ancient healing principles of Ayurveda. Through thousands of years of development, Ayurveda has been honed into a bonafide weapon for reducing stress and anxiety, while fostering physical, emotional, and mental wellness—and the folks at Sukhavati are masters of it.

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Pelan Pelan Bali

Instagram: @pelanbali

The Pelan Pelan surf and yoga retreat in Bali is a haven for those seeking a harmonious blend of wave-riding and inner Zen. Situated near the once remote, now tourist-friendly village of Canggu, this retreat offers the perfect escape for surfers and yoga enthusiasts alike. With a team of experienced instructors, guests can expect top-notch surf lessons, guided yoga sessions, and a tranquil environment that fosters personal growth and connection, just a stone’s throw away from the beach.

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Como Shambhala Estate

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Nestled in the heart of Bali’s tropical rainforest on the edge of the Ayung riverbank near Ubud, Como Shambhala Estate offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. This luxurious retreat focuses on yoga, Ayurveda, and healthy nutrition to rejuvenate your body and mind. The serene surroundings, coupled with highly trained wellness experts, make it an excellent choice for those seeking an all-encompassing wellness experience.

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Fivelements Retreat Bali

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For a truly authentic Balinese experience, Fivelements Retreat Bali is a hidden gem. Located in the Ayung River Valley, this retreat is a veritable sanctuary, offering a unique blend of traditional healing and modern wellness. With an eco-conscious perspective and an emphasis on traditional Balinese practices, Fivelements combines the best of new and old. Guests can expect to embark on a transformative journey, all while ensconced in the beauty of nature.

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The Yoga Barn


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Ubud, known as Bali’s cultural and spiritual heart, is home to The Yoga Barn, a renowned wellness center. This retreat offers a diverse range of yoga and meditation classes, as well as workshops and training programs. The lush, tropical setting and the welcoming community of like-minded individuals make The Yoga Barn a top choice for those looking to deepen their yoga practice and inner peace.

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The Amala


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If you’re looking for a more intimate and boutique wellness retreat, The Amala in Seminyak is an excellent choice. This garden of Zen offers yoga and meditation classes, spa treatments, and detox programs. While secluded and surrounded by nature, the Amala is something of an urban oasis, with its position within Seminyak allowing for easy access to nearby beaches, restaurants and nightlife.

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Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat

Instagram: @balifloatingleafretreat

For an eco-conscious wellness experience, Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat in Sukawati should be on your list. It offers a variety of wellness and mindfulness programs, including yoga, meditation, and traditional Balinese healing. Their eco-friendly approach and commitment to community make it a unique and rewarding choice.

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Adiwana Svarga Loka

Instagram: @adiwanasvargaloka

On the banks of the Campuhan River, Adiwana Svarga Loka will show you why blending immersive Balinese healing with local cultural experiences is an effective remedy for just about any ailment. With its breathtaking natural surroundings and an emphasis on spiritual and physical well-being, Adiwana Svarga Loka is a destination that inspires personal growth and lasting positive change.

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The Asa Maia


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Located in Uluwatu, at the furthest extension of the Bukit Peninsula on Bali’s South coast, The Asa Maia is about as exclusive as it gets. With a total of ten unique suites, The Asa Maia is luxury from top to bottom. With a multitude of amenities, The Asa Maia boasts a top-quality spa, gym, library, consultation room, and even a dedicated yoga shala. From fundamental offerings like Balinese massages, yoga, and breathwork sessions, to more advanced experiences like contrast therapy and hypnotherapy, The Asa Maia has it all.

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By Cayle Reid

Cayle Reid is a fan of everything sports and fitness. He spends his free time at the gym, on his surfboard or staying up late watching sports in incompatible time zones.

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