The Bali Wellness Guide: The Best Retreats and Wellness Resorts

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Last Updated on May 1, 2020 by Editor

So you want to go to Bali for a retreat, practice yoga, eat healthy food in all the best places and find out all the latest wellness happenings whilst you are there?

In our Bali Wellness Guide we share our favourite retreats, fitness and wellness holidays. All of them are focused on taking a holistic approach to healing the body and mind through nutritious food, yoga, pilates, meditation, holistic treatments, massages and traditional Balinese ceremonies.

Bali Wellness Guide: Retreats for Healing and Detox


Fivelements Signature Rejuvenation Retreat

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A healing retreat for regeneration, replenishment and alignment. At Fivelements, we embrace holistic Balinese-inspired therapies administered by traditional Balinese healers using ancient wisdoms passed down through direct lineage.

Following the Balinese principal of Sekala-Niskala, which holds that we all live equally in two worlds; the seen or conscious world Sekala, and the unseen or psychic world Niskala, the Balinese healers engage the help of the divine source during each healing session.

The Panca Mahabhuta (five elements) retreat is our signature program that comprises a holistic integrative approach designed to tune in on the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, allowing an organic healing process to naturally unfold. This begins by attuning to your authenticity and honouring your highest potential.

Acknowledging and respecting your individuality, we collaborate with you through a personalised guest liaison programme, which guides and nurtures a healing path combining: Balinese-inspired healing rituals for purification, balancing and regeneration, plant-based living foods cuisine for health, beauty and longevity, sacred arts practices for inner strength, alignment and dedication. Retreats are available in 3, 5, 7, 10, 14 and 21 nights’ stays. Read our review.

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7-Day Luxury “Divine Body” Transformational Yoga & Meditation Experience in Bali

Embark on a journey of inner-exploration where you will learn more about spirituality and methods of self-healing. With daily meditations, mindfulness and breathing techniques, you will reduce mental tension, emotional blockages and simply melt down the tension. If you are searching for a safe environment for self-discovery, this experience would be a perfect match.

A carefully planned holistic diet will take you on a gentle detox while nourishing your body on a deep cellular level. Plant-based nutrition will give you an energy boost and amazing sensations of tranquillity and peace. Holistic food has never been so tasty before.

Our yoga and meditation program is aimed to give you a shoulder of support, to show how you can take much better care of your mental, physical and spiritual wellbeing. You will learn easy techniques that will radically shift your vibrations to the higher frequencies.

This all-inclusive “Divine Body” wellness program is carefully designed to assist you in reaching a spiritual state of bliss, balancing your energy and healing relationships with your body.

It offers an intimate and personalised experience where every participant receives what one came for. You will be offered daily guidance and mentorship while deeply resting in the peaceful jungle surroundings.

We will inspire you to live your life more consciously and with love. Bali Island is a perfect place to transition from your old self to your new self. Together with you we will immerse into the power of the jungle, discover ancient, mysterious water purification ceremonies, and activate light within the body.

You will feel renewed, pure at the level of the soul and much more spiritually connected. This is a unique opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the sacred sights of the island that is still keeping the tradition alive.

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Detox Retreats at Bagus Jati Health Resort

Bali’s premier health and wellbeing spa retreat, Bagus Jati, is set in five hectares of hillside gardens among lush tropical forests in the mountains of Ubud, Bali. Bagus Jati offers stunning views of one of Bali’s most breathtaking valleys. It is an architecturally unique retreat dedicated to one thing – your wellbeing.

Eight circular deluxe spa villas, twelve superior villas, ten superior chalets, four pool villas and one royal pool suite are nestled into five hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens and jungle along with facilities that will ensure that you unwind, and experience a level of relaxation and rejuvenation that is unsurpassed.

The ideal yoga retreat to relax and unwind, Bagus Jati offers a variety of retreats that combine group and private yoga classes of all levels with Ayurvedic treatments as well as Reiki, holistic counselling, lifestyle coaching, Balinese massage and cooking classes using vegetables and spices from the resort’s own garden.

Immerse yourself in nature with treks through bamboo forests to nearby waterfalls, explore the cultural hub of Ubud with its breathtaking temples, or take some time to focus on your inner calm on the private terrace and luxury jacuzzi of each villa. Read reviews.

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Bali Purnati Retreat in Ubud, Bali 4 – 10 October / 18 – 24 October

In October 2020, Bali Purnati will be a unique venue for two amazing retreats, combining the best of both Yoga and Pilates in a stunning location.

The Bali Purnati Centre for The Arts, known in Indonesian as the Yayasan Bali Purnati was founded in 1999 as an international non-profit cultural foundation dedicated to the preservation, promotion, presentation and creation of new directions in the performing, visual and design arts.

Located just a few miles south of the spiritual heart of the island in Ubud and less than an hour from the international airport, Bali Purnati now offers all the luxury and amenities expected by guests, but within an environment that truly reflects Balinese heritage and culture.

Bali Purnati’s magical and spiritual aura welcomes visitors with a warmth unlike any other place. Staff have a serenity and appear truly happy and blessed in life, perhaps truly reflecting the literal translation of the Balinese name Purnati which refers to a “peaceful and pure heart”.

By keeping each retreat to a small group, there will be plenty of personal instruction for all levels, with several options available for additional and specialist treatments where requested in advance.

For a modest extra charge, guests can enjoy private massages, breathwork classes and Kabira Energetics Healing Sessions, in addition to a daily programme of yoga and pilates.

A spiritual and physical re-awakening through a number of different classes, alongside treatments and bespoke private sessions aimed at releasing positive energy.

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7 Day Yogis Inner Journey Retreat, Blue Karma

Blue Karma Ubud

Nestled on the hillside, between sky and earth, in the middle of rice paddies, this 7 Day Inner Yogis retreat will surely awaken the divinity within you. During your stay, you will enjoy daily yoga classes to calm the mind, connect with your spirit, and bring your body, mind, and soul back into harmony.

The journey to wellbeing is a personal one; unique to every individual. At Flying Bamboo Spa we wish to guide your intuition and provide you with holistic yet professional health advice and indulgent treatments. Immerse yourself in our peaceful surroundings, savour our natural beauty practices and invigorate the body and mind.

Our ethically crafted yoga shala has pride of place in the centre of our Ubud Nestling Escape. Disappear beneath the tall thatched roof surrounded by lush jungle and get lost in the gentle sound of natural running streams. Read reviews.

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Embracing Your Self: A Sacred Journey to Bali with Yoga, 14th – 21st June

We invite you to join us in a sacred journey dedicated to the spirit and grace of Bali as we embrace our Self … our deepest beauty nature. In that embrace, mystery and transformation quicken and dance! Bali herself is a sensual feast, filled with wonder and light. She has been called by many name, including the “dawning of the world.” Let us ask her to illuminate us, so that we may walk in our beauty nature and reflect our light into the world.

Imagine soaking in this lush emerald green land of Bali, full of majestic volcanoes and terraced rice fields. Experience the sacredness of Balinese daily rituals and traditions, colourful ceremonies and daily devotions … reflecting their deep reverence for life and spirit.

We will partake in these celebrations and they will awaken in you the beauty and possibilities in your life. Embrace your self in this land steeped in the energy of transformation and joyful connection.

Together we will create a circle of abundance, compassion and support as we weave together our stories, wisdom and experiences. By learning to listen and discern our inner landscape, we deepen intuition and clarity and learn to find balance and harmony in our lives.

Our abode in Bali is Bagus Jati, set on 12 acres of hillside gardens surrounded by lush tropical forests in the mountains outside of Ubud, Bali.  Circle and yoga class are given in a beautiful circular pavilion with 360 degree views of bamboo forest. Our retreat centre has a fresh water pool, spa treatments, Ayurvedic massage, nature walks, treks in the jungle, meditation, Balinese dance lessons and more if you so desire.

Or take the time to sit in meditation, tranquillity and silence on your private veranda where you will enjoy stunning views of the beautiful landscaped gardens and forest during unstructured time. From your veranda you might glimpse monkeys in their natural habitat and hear the chirping of a thousand birds or frogs composing a melodious symphony of natural sounds.

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Zest for Life 14 Day Detox Transformation Retreat

In this 14 day detox retreat you will experience a wonderful cleansing juice detox with added elixers and alkalising powders, as well as visit the “real bail” on tailor made special trips including a unique visit to a rural Balinese Priest in East Bali.

By attending for a longer time, your body will receive a more thorough cleanse, and those stubborn kilos will fall away as well! This is also suitable for those of you who don’t want to lose weight, but want to detox and cleanse your body. You will be pampered at the spa with hot stone massages, organic facials, and body scrubs.

For your mind and emotions, a specialised meditation and breathing session is included and the signature ”Change Your Mind, Change Your Life” hypnotherapy program, with a team of professional health practitioners. Bring back your zest for life and return home feeling renewed, full of enjoyment and enthusiasm for life.

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5 Day Rejuvenation & Yoga Retreat at Adiwana Resort

adiwana resort Ubud

Treat yourself to more than just pampering and spa experiences at the boutique wellness hotel, Adiwana Jembawan. This five day retreat starts with a hatha yoga class,  pranayama and meditation. During the program your meals and spa treatment will be based on your wellness consultation result with the Ayurvedic Practitioner used to diagnose your Dosha.

Rejuvenation is often defined as the reversal of the ageing process. This contrasts with ‘life extension’ strategies that attempt to combat the causes of ageing in order to slow it down. Because rejuvenation is the reversal of ageing, the means employed to achieve it focus on repairing the damage caused by ageing and replacement of damaged tissue with new tissue.

While rejuvenation is one means to achieve extension of life, rejuvenation itself fundamentally affects a person by restoring aspects of youthfulness from the inside out. This retreat program is designed to reverse biological ageing and focuses on the quality of life instead of the mere prolongation of it. It is about enhancing your experience of life itself.

You can also customise your own retreat package based on your personal needs both as an individual or part of a group. Read reviews.

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Bali Jungle Wellness Retreat, 12th – 19th April

Enjoy a luxury jungle retreat uniquely designed for women who wish to recharge and rewire their lifestyle while relaxing in a perfect blend of beauty, luxury and exquisite simplicity of Bali. Hidden in a secluded resort above rice terraces with amazing views over the spectacular mountains, featuring our own waterfall and private villas on the edge of the jungle

Reconnect with your intuition and wellbeing. Enchanted by the surrounding nature, beauty and exotic vistas of the Balian jungle, the ART-MIND-BODY™ concept focus’ on: De-clutter your mind and body, Boost your energy levels, Reset your focus on what really matters to you, Connect to intuition and creativity, Clear out outdated mind programs, Shape a more satisfying lifestyle.

Together with the retreat leaders, experienced and qualified artists, well-being practitioners, yoga/tai-chi/qi-gong trainers, we will be taking care of the mind and body. “It’s not about being the best, the strongest or the most flexible. It’s about the authentic you and what you would like to work within your life.” Emilie, co-Founder

Each day is crafted to fulfil holistic experiences lead by experts in intuition, leadership coaching and physical movement All senses are stimulated intentionally to allow personal learning, development and relaxation in a way that is uniquely personalised for you.

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Reflect Reconnect Transform Retreat

Imagine spending 8 days on the beautiful East coast of Bali immersed in nurturing, reconnecting and replenishing yourself….no distractions, no where else to be, nothing that ‘needs’ to be done. Enjoy twice daily yoga classes, meditation, workshops and mindful talks, plus plenty of time for self-reflection and adventure, will find your spirit renewed and start you on your journey of personal transformation. This time is for you.

Life in Amed Boutique Resort will be your home during the retreat. Featuring a blend of Balinese and modern design, beach front location, beautiful natural stone open air bathrooms, fragrant lush gardens, swimming pool and a fantastic restaurant serving Indonesian and Western cuisine, Life in Amed is in a class of its own.

Luxurious enough to feel spoilt, Life in Amed is located right in the hub of the traditional fishing village of Lean, uniquely giving you a glimpse into traditional East Balinese life while still having all the comforts expected of a boutique resort.

Spectacular scenery, incredible diving and snorkelling straight off the beach, a tranquil and slow pace of life and the opportunity to mingle with and learn more about the people and culture of this area will make this retreat different from your usual Bali yoga retreat.

Watch daily life unfold. Wake to the call of roosters and chickens, to the early morning sounds of small village life and watch and marvel as daily temple offerings are made and proffered in a centuries old tradition. Feel yourself slow down and remember what is important in life.

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7 Day Yoga & Fitness Escape at Komune Resort

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These seven day yoga and fitness escapes at Komune resort are filled with a mix of fitness training and yoga designed to give you some challenges and leave you with some new motivation to set you back on track.

Enjoy a magical location fronting world-class surf breaks, exotic design and a friendly community spirited atmosphere. Komune is dedicated to connecting adventurous, fun-loving, environmentally conscious travellers who share a passion for surf and beach culture.

This package is perfect for those who are looking for an active escape, with state of the art facilities, gourmet healthy food and organised workout sessions at your own pace. Specifically designed for those who wish to maintain their healthy and active lifestyle while on holiday, but with less restrictions of an organised group retreat.

The active health resort has a real village feel with rustic stone paths crossing the organic gardens connecting the Health Hub with the reception area, the spa and the popular Beach Club situated right on the famous Keramas surf beach. Read our review.

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7 Day Detox and Cleanse Retreat at Blue Karma

This seven day detox cleanse retreat is a 7 times daily liquid based program detoxification protocol. It  is designed to help you to lose weight, reduce stress, clear up the skin, digestive problems, and significantly boost energy levels.

With the start of every season, you have to get rid of all the toxins in your body, allowing your body to return to its natural state. Even those who lead healthy life will benefit from a seasonal cleanse, but people with habits that are not so supportive of their health are the ones who have a greater need for cleansing.

Colonics are also important because they speed up the detoxification process. The toxic waste from all of the organs ends up in your colon.

Before you start the retreat at Blue Karma, you’ll have one hour private consultation with a certified nutritionist to determine your body’s need before prescribing the protocols. Once we have received the results we will create and adjust your liquid based detox protocols menu. You will be advised to reduce the level of toxins you put into the body through bad diet and lifestyle. Read reviews.

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Ocean and mountain location

Luxury Ocean and Mountain Yoga Retreat, 24th – 30th March

We’re returning to one of our favourite locales for our annual retreat in Bali. This year we’ll be premiering a new itinerary – a fully balanced week of daily yoga and meditation, along with times for self-care (spa treatments spread throughout the week) and cultural experiences which connect us to the elements: EARTH: enjoy a tour of a gourmet organic garden during a private cooking class with a head chef; WATER: we’ll take a ride in a traditional jukung boat along the eastern coast to a secluded beach with luxury lunch; FIRE: partake in a traditional fire ceremony led by a Balinese priest before a delicious tasting meal; AIR: breathe deep in the misty morning air as we take a guided walk through the picturesque rice paddy fields; ETHER: end the week with a special spa ritual dedicated to the full relaxation of our minds and bodies, as well as a traditional Balinese ‘melekut’ blessing.

Our time in Bali will be split between two locations so guests can experience the best of what this lovely land has to offer! We will start at a seaside village away from the hustle and bustle and really settle in to this week alongside the ocean! We’ll have half of the week with beach accommodations and a relaxing way to ease into our holiday. We will be taken care of by an award-winning boutique hotel family that will host us at both locations in Bali.

The first is sumptuous yet unassuming – an ocean-front retreat that lies in the shade of Mount Agung, held up as sacred by Balians, and surrounded by opulent coconut groves.

Mid-way through the week we’ll head into Bali’s most famous town of Ubud. We’ll be hosted in luxury accommodations – a tranquil and secluded hillside retreat that sits high up on the edge of the rich green Ayung River valley in Bali’s central foothills, in the traditional Balinese hill village of Payangan. Both hotels offer award-winning design accommodations and even one of the world’s “Top 50 Pools in the World.”.

Guests will not only enjoy the grounds of the villa, the outdoor areas, including a lovely pool, patio and lounges, but the retreat also includes some amazing day-trips to the surrounding sites. Various guided days in and around the East Bali and Ubud areas will lead guests through an introduction to this amazing country.

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Bali Wellness Guide – Yoga Teacher Trainings

3 Week Bali Yoga Teacher Training with Alchemy of Yoga School, Ubud

 alchemy of yoga Bali teacher training

Join Silvia Mordini and guest instructors for a 3-week immersion yoga teacher training on the magical “Island of Love”, Bali. This RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training is wholeheartedly dedicated to the art of self-study through self-exploration.

A Hero’s Journey that will both challenge and encourage students to embrace their potential, awaken their inner power and ignite their passion for life.

Alchemy of Yoga is waiting for you to join us on our Bali Yoga Teacher Training course! We are seekers, adventurers, lovers of love, rebel yoga spirits, stretchy-minded, soulful, and sensitive.

We enjoy supporting one another, laughter, organic food, dancing in the moonlight, lounging in the pool under the stars, playing at the beach, silent meditation hikes, taking naps, and enthusiastic conversation about elevating the world.

Ancient Alchemists, like their Yogi counterparts, saw all of creation as composed of Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Space. Through their meditations and explorations of these five elements, they created healing and transformative potions that unlocked many of the mysteries of the universe and therein contributed to the evolution of humankind.

For us as Alchemist Yogis, our laboratory is our mat and the ingredients are our bodies, poses, breath, and thoughts. Mixing it all together changes your life. You are transformed into a Peace Leader, leading a Happiness Revolution and changing the world!

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Bali Wellness Guide – Spa Hotels



Set above Ubud’s verdant Valley of the Kings, Viceroy Bali is one of the world’s most intimate and beautiful experiences, considered the ultimate when choosing a luxury resort in Bali. Just 10 minutes from the bustling cultural town of Ubud, each of the 25 private pool villas looks out to a spectacular jungle ravine.

Adding to the serenity is the sound of the rolling river rising from the valley floor below, something best enjoyed from your outdoor Balinese bungalow perched next to the pool.

Three day wellness packages are offered that include daily spa treatments and private yoga lessons. Perched magnificently atop Bali’s Valley of the Kings, the Lembah Spa is considered one of Bali’s most tranquil settings and the perfect location for the pursuit of holistic health and well-being. Treatments have been meticulously developed combining Western knowledge with traditional, time-honoured Balinese wellness techniques handed down over centuries. Read reviews.


A winding mile from the village below, the hilltop boutique resort of Alila Ubud owes its inspiration to traditional Balinese village life. 14 two-storey wood-and-stone-made blocks house just 56 rooms. Each one offers panoramic views of the valley below, the River Ayung that runs through it and the ring of volcanoes surrounding the hotel.

On top of all this, Alila Ubud’s 25-metre infinity pool with a killer view is the wow-factor here. Like its sister hotels in Bali, Alila Villas Uluwatu and Alila Manggis, Alila Ubud is a sustainable design hotel with a minimal eco footprint.

Alila Ubud takes relaxation to a new level of indulgence with a Rainforest Spa Experience that unfolds within a blissful cocoon of tranquility and beautiful valley views, encompassing spa rejuvenation and culinary refreshment.

Amid this enchanting setting, surrender to the pampering sensations of a relaxing footbath followed by a 90-minute therapeutic massage designed to unravel the deepest tension and stress.

Then refresh with a healthy, delicious lunch, choosing from either a three-course Detox or Pan-Asian set menu, made with fresh local and organic ingredients. Read reviews.


Alila Luxury Beach Spa Resort

This chic beach retreat is located one of Bali’s most prestigious, pristine and untouched stretches of the South West shoreline. There are 240 contemporary styled rooms, as well as one spectacular penthouse, all embracing a chic beach and laid back style.

The hotel is designed as a secret garden, decorated with beautiful greenery, exotic palms and colourful flowers which are complemented by the shimmering Indian ocean just footsteps away.

Situated at the quieter end of an eight-kilometre beach that stretches north from Kuta and Legian, Seminyak is the perfect spot for rest and recuperation with a touch of luxury.

The Spa Alila offers Asian inspired pampering treatments, four superb swimming pools, a state-of-the-art gym and wellness centre and even a Leisure Concierge to help you decide how to fill up your days.

Alila Seminyak is the first resort in Indonesia to surpass the rigorous EarthCheck standards, achieving a 44-point best practice score against the industry norm of five points.

The resort’s eco and energy solutions include the use of local and recyclable building materials, operating completely paperless and using their own bottled water. In addition, low energy light fixtures, rainwater harvesting, environmental and building management systems have been implemented.

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Anantara Spa Resort

Discover the joys of Bali’s upscale enclave at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, an elegant spa retreat Bali hotel situated in a prime beachfront location.

Awaken to the rustle of a sea breeze through coconut palms, toast the world famous Seminyak sunsets from your private balcony and dive into Balinese culture and unique island discoveries from this sought after stretch of shore.

Anantara’s all-suite Bali resort at Seminyak offers a distinctly contemporary design approach blended with Balinese and Indonesian culture, ocean views, expansive balconies and Anantara’s inimitable Jacuzzi terrazzo bath tubs big enough for two.

Uncover the rich Balinese heritage and awe-inspiring natural wonders on this exotic island. Learn to ride the waves with expert surfing instructors who’ll show off their skills. Indulgent amenities abound in stylish rooms that channel the spirit of Bali.

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Bali Wellness Guide – Luxury Villa Rentals

Luxury Retreat Villa in Seminyak, Bali / 4 bedrooms / 4 bathrooms / Pool

Luxury Retreat Villa in Seminyak, Bali

This enchanting luxury villa in Bali balances exquisite privacy with outstanding access to the beaches and nightlife of Seminyak. With extraordinary design combining traditional Balinese architecture with visionary, contemporary style, the villa features a beautiful alfresco garden terrace, beautiful interior living spaces, a spectacular rooftop terrace and bar, and four superb bedroom suites.

Deluxe services include a private chef and security, creating the ideal vacation rental for a unique yet quintessential taste of this South Pacific paradise.

The terrace has the lush, secluded feel of a private sanctuary. Enjoy dreamy days with family and friends by the lagoon-like swimming pool, bathing in the crystalline waters, luxuriating on elegant loungers, and staying cool in the sumptuous, canopied bed. Relish an alfresco meal at the lovely table in the lanai, and sip afternoon cocktails in the lounge. In the evening, repair to the outstanding rooftop bar and terrace to behold the spectacular sunset views. Details.

Luxury Retreat Villa in Ubud, Bali / 4 Bedroom / 4 Bathrooms & Pool

Escape to the forests of Bali in luxury style at this luxury retreat villa in Ubud. Tucked into lush rice terraces, with views of the island’s sacred volcano. Laid out as a compound, the four-bedroom property can accommodate up to eight friends or extended family in a combination of common and private spaces.

Your holiday includes an airport transfer, daily breakfast, a twice-daily shuttle to Ubud and the services of a housekeeper and butler.

Settle into the striking pool and watch the sun move across the vibrant landscape, indulge in a nap in one of the sun loungers on the terrace and finish the day with a meal from the barbecue at the al-fresco table.

Designed by Popo Danes, one of the most renowned architects in Southeast Asia, the villa is a stunning take on traditional Balinese style.

In the main pavilion, a thatched roof, open-plan layout and several sets of French doors to the terrace lend a relaxed feel. The wicker seating area, dining table for ten and fully equipped kitchen are understated yet inviting.

Flower-covered pergolas connect the four bedrooms to the main house. All four suites are honeymoon-worthy retreats with king beds and en-suite bathrooms; two of the bedrooms connect to the villa’s spa area, and two have their own al-fresco showers.

From Villa Bayad Estate, it’s easy to visit the must-sees of Ubud, from its art museums to the market and royal palace.

Animal lovers won’t want to miss a visit to the nearby Taro Elephant Safari Park or Bali Bird Park. For those craving sun and sand, popular beaches such as Echo and Kuta are within day-trip distance. Details.

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  1. Nice post. I did not understand yoga, but I had a desire to know more deeply. and I always love your posts. Are there specific criteria in choosing a good location to do yoga? Bali is a good location for this, maybe other tourist locations in Indonesia. But this seems related to the desired accommodation for this activity. nice info.

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