• The famous rice fields

    Bali is known for its spectacular rice fields and terraces. Ceking rice terraces has become
    world famous after being placed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

  • Catching a ride

    The motorbike is the number one transportation mode on the island. Not surprisingly
    considering the increase of traffic and prices.

  • Fishing boats of Amed

    East fishing village has their typical traditional boat. In Amed you can find them lined
    along the coast of every bay

  • Delicious tropical fruit

    The tropics offer a whole different range of fruit. Make sure you try out ones you never
    tasted before such as Rambutan, Durian (for diehards only) and Salak...

Top 10 alternative open-minded Bali retreats


With hundreds of resorts, hotels, B&B's, guest houses and hostels it is no wonder that others are trying to be different and start Bali retreats where there is also something to do such as yoga, surfing, pilates, spa, detox or making new friendships.

And it can get even deeper with things you might never even have heard of such as Tibetan healing, Kirtan mantra chanting, spiritual rebalancing trough Pranayama, Ayurvedic medicine and even unlocking ones love potential, self-healing or Kundalini awakening.

In order not to get 'system overload' with your search in finding the right retreat we have listed a top 10 selection of resorts where you'll experience something out of the ordinary. Some of them offer short stay packages while others offer packages that last at least a week.


1. Ayung Sari Indah

Wanting to loose weight while carrying coconuts and lava sandbags or just working on your fitness through a boot camp? Than this is the place to go to. Not only do they have boot camps but it also in ideal place for following yoga and pilates classes while making new friends.


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Get in shape in the hills of Bali

Special retreats are offered at certain dates, each one offering something that will sure have you putting your running shoes on. Fitness programs range from outdoor fitness sessions, a volcano climb to running through rice paddies, farms and the jungle. Ayung Sari Indah makes the challenge of getting back into shape fun.


2. Sari Health resort

One of the oldest health resorts on Bali, this is a great place to go to when you're looking to detox through special tissue cleansing programs, raw food health programs, and body, mind, spirit rejuvenation programs.

Once you join one of their programs you don't have to think about anything. Sari Health resort will make sure you will receive the best food, treatments and juices to make you feeling great again.

Total cleansing programs lasts 6 days while the raw food programs vary from a day (introduction to raw food), three days to a week or two.


3. Bali Silent Retreat

Set in the inspiring Batukaru Mountain area this retreat is set up for those who love 'the art of nothing' as they call it here. Yoga classes and guided meditation are the main ingredients but you can also go for rice field walks and soak in hot springs.

The main purpose here is to be silent in order to ensure 'solitude and restful contemplation within a social environment'. You'll be able to focus on yourself and your surroundings. Going back to the beautiful and simple things in life also means that there are no facilities for cellphones and lap tops. If this sound like heaven to you then you know where to go. And if you can't imagine it, then go and discover it....


4. Bagus Jati

This retreat is a health and spa retreat where you'll like to stay to detox, practice yoga, meditate, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments but above all pamper yourself while staying at one of their luxurious villas. This retreat enable those who want to combine a health retreat with additional holiday luxury.

Their various packages will nourish your mind and body through healthy meals, yoga, spa treatments and cultural activities.

Bagus Jati is located nearby Ubud center making it easy to explore various activities at the same time.


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Enjoy a yoga retreat surrounded by rice fields and palm trees


5. Yogabarn

With more than 75 classes a week this is a serious place for those into yoga. But if you are looking for a retreat then the Yogabarn in Ubud also offers Holistic Yoga programs. Their cleansing retreats are extremely popular. Besides their monthly 7 day Detox retreat you can also go for their quick detox option during their 3 Day retreat.

Additional to these retreats you can opt for the Ayurvedic Rejuvenation & Panchakarma Retreats or the Short break Yoga retreat, organized together with Bali Spirit.


6. Inner Temple Retreat

The Inner Temple Retreat is a woman-only retreat where you'll go to when you want to meet other travellers, do yoga twice a day, meditate and follow workshops. There is enough space and time to do travel around and experience more of Bali while at the same time distress, rejuvenate and to enhance inner peace and calm.


7. Golden Rock Retreat

This retreat is specialised in detox programmes using techniques such as infra red sauna, oxygen and ozone therapy. Other things to do are meditation, yoga and getting traditional massages.

Their accommodation is located right at the beach of Aas, Amed East Bali making it a wonderful place to feel reborn during their 4, 7 or 10 day program.


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Yoga by sunset


8. Villa Boreh Beach Retreat

Located in North Bali, near Singaraja this resort is not only a place to escape but it also offers various retreats. Check their yearly schedule to find one that suits you best. The retreats are all organized by different people with their own seminar.

Retreats can range from empowering your mind and personal development to small group detox programmes which include yoga classes, health conscious meals and a spa treatment.


9. Kumara Retreat

At this retreat they offer so many programmes so you'll likely find something that interests you from standard yoga and meditation to Ayurvedic Medicine, Tibetan Healing and discovering audacious love ;-) Kumara has created various packages which include meals, spa treatments, rice field walks and early yoga sessions.

You can sign up for a retreat every week. Their splendid accommodation will make your stay even more comfortable.


10. Zen Resort Bali

This resort in north Bali specializes in yoga, good food, meditation and for the more active type of traveller they also organize dive trips in this part of the island. Their luxury bungalows are built in typical Balinese architecture and are set in the beautiful tropical garden.

Choose from their Wellness, Stress Release, Slimming (also includes detox programs) or Dive packages to ensure you will be heading home feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

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