Though spring may just be around the corner, with the single digit temperatures and seemingly endless rainfall, it’s easy to feel as though we’re still stuck in the dark depths of winter. So, if you’re dreaming of escaping to a summer destination for a much needed vitamin D hit then you’re certainly not alone. Why not take a quick trip to Bali? It’s close, sunny, cheap has beautiful beaches and is a fitness lover’s mecca (need we go on?). While there’s an basically an endless amount of choice when it comes to all things health on the popular Indonesian island, we’ve compiled a list of our favourites… which was no easy task.
BEST HEALTHY CAFE: Nalu Bowls (Seminyak, Ubud, Canggu and Uluwatu)
Beautiful, organic food to Bali is like money to the Kardashians – put simply, they’ve got a whole damn lot of it. But, it’s hard to go past the little cafe that is Nalu Bowls. While the concept is simple – smoothie bowls using fresh summer fruits – the result is the stuff you fly back to Bali solely for. The chain has recently expanded and now has shops in Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud, but it’s the original smoothie shack in Uluwatu where the view rivals the tasty little bowls themselves. Perched upon a cliff over looking multiple surf breaks, our favourite Nalu bowl to tuck into is aptly named The Uluwatu – a blend of dragon fruit, banana, raspberry and apple juice, topped with fresh strawberries, mango, coconut flakes and honey.
BEST YOGA WITH A VIEW: The Practice (Canggu)
While there’s no shortage of Yoga classes in Bali – nor those with breathtaking views, there’s one that trumps the lot, The Practice in Canggu overlooks the stunning Canggu rice fields. “The bigger studio is elevated, majestic and when students walk in for the first time, their eyes light up – every time. The bamboo internal ceiling, it so impressive that it is a regular feature on students Instagram accounts,” says Octavio Salvado, Founder & Yoga Director of the Practice Canggu. With four classes a day covering a range of experience, you shouldn’t struggle to find one that’s perfect for you. What will you will struggle with, however, is heading back to your simple yoga studio at home after being spoilt with these insane views.
BEST ACTIVE TREK – Adventure Trail Treks by Swashbuckler
When it comes to treks, beautiful scenery is clearly an important aspect. So if waterfalls, snorkelling spots, forest trails, botanic gardens, rice fields and seaside temples are down your alley, then you’re in luck because Swashbuckler’s Adventure Trail Treks include all of the above. There’s a bunch of different options – you can choose to commit to an entire nine day trek, which will see you snorkelling with turtles and rafting amid the trek, or simple a morning volcano trek up Mt Batur to watch the Bali sunrise. “At 1717m above sea level, it’s not exactly Everest, but you’ll work up a sweat climbing up – and as many people will know, going back down is no picnic either. Have your guide cook you a basic breakfast in the hot, volcanic earth for the kind of experience you won’t get in too many places,” Sputnik, Chief Swashbuckler, Swashbucklers Club.
BEST SURF BREAK FO EXPERTS – Padang Padang, Bukit Peninsula
Known as the Bali Pipeline, Padang Padang beach, located on the Bukit in the southern part of Bali hosts the annual WSL surfing competition. Padang Padang’s massive waves break over a shallow coral reef so it’s only for expert surfers. But, if you’re a confident surfer, then Padang Padang will not disappoint. Once you’re there you’ll be spoilt for choice with epic surf breaks all the way along the coast. You can paddle north over to the Impossibles, which is located between Padang Padang and the next beach Bingin, or south around to Uluwatu to surf Racetracks, Temples or Uluwatu
BEST DAY SPA: The Away Spa at the W Retreat (Seminyak)
Picture the most luxurious spa you could ever possibly imagine in your mind… And it probably doesn’t even come close to The Away Spa at the W Retreat Seminyak. The Spa’s open 24/7 (yes, really) so time isn’t a barrier and the luxe retreat features a detox/oxygen room, meditation platforms and vitality baths. The best part? You can get extravagant treatments like the 24k Gold Body Wrap for as little as $85AUD – an absolute steal in comparison to Aussie prices.