Co-written by Kristyna Schonova
Edited by Dawn Pillay, Candice Neo
Yoga on the Island of Gods. It has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Bali really is the perfect location for the ultimate, soul-soothing, back-bending, maybe even life-changing yoga vacation.
On this island, you can truly unwind and slip into laid-back island time.
Add to this the stunning scenery and you’ll have an idea why Bali is the perfect place for catching your breath and reconnecting with what truly matters.
With views of paddy fields, the ocean, beach, mountain or jungle – we’ve scoured the island to bring you the best yoga retreats – guaranteed to make you go “Om” without breaking the bank. (We threw in a studio in Lombok for good measure as well!)
1) For daily yoga with incredible views of the river and a bamboo grove – Naya Ubud
Interested in planned retreats? Whether you’re looking to learn how to teach Kundalini Yoga, or go deeper (and more creative) with a fascinating soul portraits retreat – Naya Ubud has a calendar of retreats all planned out for you.
Structured to enhance community living, Naya Ubud is built around the Pool Joglo, a welcoming community lounge where people may sit and relax with food and juices.
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Even more impressive, the yoga shala where yoga classes, live music performance, meditation and dancing take place, is a beautiful Balinese pavilion which overlooks a pretty incredible view.
You’ll be able to get your yoga on, to the view of a meandering river and a bamboo grove, making the retreat experience truly memorable. “Flicking candles, fireflies, birds, geckos, the sound of the river below, and the distant chants of a Balinese priest will make the space feel like something out of a dream.”
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And that’s not all. There’s also the amazing pool where you may cool off, and one interesting thing to note, is that the pool uses an Ozone cleansing system. This means smoother, and healthier water with 90% less chlorine – bringing you as close to nature while remaining as hygienic as possible.
Naya Ubud takes the cake with everything available including the Naya Spa, a hair studio (everything from scalp massage to organic hair wash and even a stylish trim), and one of our favourites – the Steam Grotto.
Imagine bathing in a steam room surrounding by volcanic rocks, where the waters are infused with essential oils to enhance relaxation. Doesn’t it sound just like a dream?
Do you yearn for the feeling of complete privacy, yet want to be close to the heart of Canggu?
You’ll love Jungle Room, a unique complex of traditional wooden houses, each from different Indonesian islands, surrounded by nothing but lush greenery.
Would you prefer the hippie Sumatran Karo House or the cozy River View Bungalow?
All guests are welcome to attend the complimentary daily yoga classes at 9am. You can find yoga for surfers, ashtanga, vinyasa flow and more – there is something for every level and style. The yoga shala is a very small studio on the second floor, overlooking a beautiful crown of trees.
Start your day with a nice yoga stretch and have a healthy breakfast by the pool after.
There’s also a juice bar, serving fresh and organic juices and smoothies, and you can chill in those cool swing chairs!
3. Holistic retreat for the body and mind: Power of Now Oasis
Just a few steps from the beach, you will find a bamboo shala hidden in a little garden. This oasis of tranquillity will transport you to a safe place where you can retreat both physically and mentally.
During your 8-day retreat at Power of Now Oasis, you will stay in Kolonial House guesthouse or Mercure Resort, and be provided with healthy breakfast and lunch every day.
Here, you’ll get unlimited access to all the scheduled yoga classes. For those who prefer individual attention, the package offers two private yoga classes and a meditation session.
Also, do remember to try sunrise yoga on the beach, with a stunning ocean view.
You’ll realise that you not experience yoga, but a holistic treatment of your body and mind. Diagnostic consultation with Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic or Western doctors are also included. And as a bonus, you can use the unique therapies such as herbal steam room or ‘chi’ machine therapy.
To your package, you can even add on a 6-day silent Health Meditation Retreat, acupuncture, massages, juice detox, cooking classes, water sport lessons and much more!
If you just want to chill and relax, try the hammock swing in the garden – it’s the best therapy ever!
Don’t forget to meet Angelique, the sacred cow, who’s peacefully chewing her grass and mooing her “ohm”.
4. The peacefulness of turtles: Kura Kura
“Kura Kura” is an Indonesian word for turtles, animals that are never stressed or in a rush. That’s the main reason why the owners chose to name their retreat after them – a place where you can slow down, relax and re-energise yourself.
Former guests can never get enough of the delicious vegetarian food served during the retreats – a sign that you’ll love it too!
You can also practice yoga in a studio with this cool window view, overlooking the tranquil pool.
And what can be better than enjoying a nice cool dip in the pool after yoga practice?
With the beach just minutes away from your doorstep, you can try to even practise yoga there as often as you wish!
Kura Kura is also only a few minutes’ drive from the famous Balinese temple, Tanah Lot, where you can watch stunning sunsets.
You can take part in lots of interesting retreats each month at Kura Kura. Simply check out their calendar for upcoming yoga retreats, choose a teacher you like and a programme that suits you!
5. Unwind to stunning views of the jungle – Blooming Lotus Yoga
It’s been said before, but we’ll say it again – Ubud really is the cultural and spiritual capital of Bali. The cliche exists for a reason – there really is something special about Ubud.
This has made the village a real hotspot of retreats and spas offering a whole smorgasbord of yoga classes and healing treatments.
In this sea of choices, the Blooming Lotus Yoga Studio is a real gem. Blooming Lotus is a great option for visitors who don’t simply wish to be pampered on their vacation but are genuinely interested in practicing yoga.
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A 4-day 3-night retreat at Blooming Lotus includes two vinyasa yoga classes daily, a workshop providing insight into yogic lifestyle as well as daily meditation classes.
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The retreat is best suited for beginners and intermediate level students. Guests are also invited to attend a Balinese cultural event during their stay. Healthy vegetarian breakfast and lunch are also included in the retreat package.
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6. Get a 360° view of the serene rice paddies – Om Ham Retreat
The fact that Ubud has become such a mecca for yoga and spirituality has hiked the prices up, too.
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Om Ham Retreat is a refreshingly affordable option as it really does offer guests luxury retreats on a budget.
The location is simply stunning. The surrounding area is covered with green rice paddies – while inside the retreat guests can relax in the beautiful private garden, or take a dip in the spacious pool.
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Retreats at Om Ham include yoga, spa treatments and guided meditation classes. Another cool thing Om Ham offers?
Romantic retreats for couples where you can enjoy pampering spa treatments, take in the beautiful scenery and dine in style in Ubud with that special someone.
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A 13-night retreat at Om Ham includes three classes of Kundalini Tantra yoga as well two sessions of guided deep meditation.
Guests are treated to a daily healthy breakfast, a one time two-course organic lunch as well as a three-course organic dinner. As a nice added bonus, this retreat at Om Ham also includes a rejuvenating spa treatment session.
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7. It’s like a retreat with one big yogi family – Serenity Eco Guest House
Nothing feels sweeter than having family around, even when you’re miles away from home – and at Serenity Eco Guest House, family is what you can expect to find.
Built in 2003 by Frenchman Daniel (who’s also yoga teacher!) and his Balinese wife Yatna, Serenity was originally a family home for their little family of 4, with 2 additional villas for visiting friends and family.
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Moving forward to today, family-owned Serenity has evolved into a hidden gem of a space for travellers, most especially those with a keen interest in yoga. There are 2 yoga halls with daily yoga classes at the Yoga Shala, and a massage room with different treatments available.
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In your downtime, you may also splash out at the swimming pool with, or chill in the jacuzzi. (If you’re bringing your kids along, there’s also a baby pool!)
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There are many other interesting spots around Serenity that you may settle into and relax – or even get some meditation done at the meditation room (only for Vipassana meditation).
If you are craving healthy meals, their in-house eatery – Alkaline Restaurant serves healthy homemade meals with no MSG.
Lastly, the location of Serenity is perfect if you’d like to be right in the middle – close enough to the main areas of Seminyak, Kuta, and even Ubud!
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8. Yoga by the Sea – Serenity Yoga Lembongan
A short boat-ride from sleepy Sanur, you can experience the soothing magic of yoga on beautiful, laid-back Nusa Penida.
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With its tranquil open air yoga shala, the Serenity Yoga Studio offers visitors a beautiful beachside setting far away from the crowds.
Drawing great inspiration from their seaside setting, Serenity is a perfect choice for all surfers and mermaids out there.
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Guests can try everything from paddle board yoga to snorkeling with manta rays.
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And after all that excitement, you get to rewind with a complimentary two-hour massage. A word of warning might be in order here – once you arrive here, you might never want to leave.
A 5-night retreat at Serenity Yoga includes a lavish welcome meal, daily breakfasts and of course, unlimited yoga classes. The styles of yoga featured at Serenity range from vinyasa to hatha all the way to aerial and SUP Yoga.
The classes are designed to suit practitioners of all levels. Better yet, snorkeling with manta rays and a two hour massage are also included in the retreat package!
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9. Surf’s up at this beachy yoga surf house – The Pineapple House
This one’s for the cool kids. True to its location in the groovy surf district of Canggu, retreats at The Pineapple House feature both simply yoga, and surf and yoga packages (whichever you are so inclined).
Canggu in turn offers a great setting for any vacation. Rice paddies, world class surf breaks, parties that go on until dawn – you can find all of this and more right here in Canggu.
As an added plus, The Pineapple House also offers an affordable “Free To Roam” package, ideal for the independent traveler.
This package includes only the bare-bone essentials (as well as a single yoga class and a massage) and allows guests the freedom to come and go as they please at a great price.
A 8-day 7-night retreat at The Pineapple House includes three guided yoga classes as well as five surf lessons tailored to suit each guest’s level of experience.
Yoga classes feature styles from hatha to ashtanga and beyond. Both yoga and surfing lessons provided are suitable for all levels of experience.
After a day of catching waves, one in-house massage is also included included in the retreat package to sooth sore muscles. The price also includes a daily breakfast and airport transport.
10. Simple and soothing with a touch of intimate luxury – Ubud Aura Retreat Center
Looking for a truly affordable yoga retreat? Look no further, Ubud Aura’s Deluxe rooms are the perfect mix of comfort and convenience for the ultimate relaxation.
Complete with your private verandah to relax at after yoga sessions in Ubud Aura’s yoga studio, and en-suite bathrooms with a bathtub for soaking your stretched muscles – this is the yoga retreat of your dreams.
First up, the yoga studio. Available for guests, the studio comes equipped. Pull out a mat and begin with the Tadasana (Mountain Pose) to get started. If you’re here as a group and require a yoga teacher, make a request and Ubud Aura will help to organise a yoga teacher to lead your group.
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Once you’re done with yoga for the morning, there’s also a swimming pool for your daily swim, and if you’re a little hungry, feel free to order drinks for poolside nibbles. With a library on the second floor, feed your mind after feeding your body (food), and soul (yoga)!
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For breakfast, simply head to the poolside dining spot where you’ll be offered a complimentary herbal tonic to perk you up. Otherwise, room service is also available.
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Ubud Aura Retreat is beautiful and intimate with attentive staff looking to meet your needs. And if you’re looking to get out, there are free shuttle services bringing you around the main areas of Ubud.
PS: Customised tours of ancient temples are available here too, if you’re interested in undertaking a different type of spiritual journey – or are simply out to explore!
PPS: Make sure to check out the spa if you’re there! We’ve heard rave reviews about the treatments available.
11. The one-stop place for true blue yoga lovers – Yoga Barn
So you’ve heard about the famous Yoga Barn and the classes they offer. Did you also know that there’s a Yoga Barn Guesthouse for those looking for a dedicated yoga retreat holiday?
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Best of all, staying at Yoga Barn is easy on the wallet with room prices under $100. And if you’re a group of girlfriends looking to getaway and destress with a yoga retreat, you’ll be happy to know that Yoga Barn offers a shared dorm for ladies (at only $25!).
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The maximum occupancy for each dorm is up to 4 pax, so you know you and your friends will be nice and cosy having a great time together. If not, you can always make new friends with your fellow dorm-mates, or simply book any of the other private rooms.
With their commitment to providing a safe and healing environment for yoga enthusiasts, Yoga Barn’s amenities include Kush Ayurvedic Spa that provides everything from healing treatments to massages, along with other classes and workshops.
There are also 2 yoga studios providing daily yoga classes you may join, and 3 other studios you may rent (if you intend to host a retreat here), Yoga Barn is the one-stop location that will meet the needs of true blue yoga lovers.
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Dining wise, Garden Kafe at Yoga barn offers a variety of healthy food, featuring locally grown produce, living vegan foods, fresh juices, raw snacks & desserts, and a special menus for Detox and Ayurvedic Rejuvenation.
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12. Temple Views and Surf Breaks – The Temple Lodge
The Southern peninsula of Bukit is an interesting mix of amazing cliffside temples and laid-back surfer bars.
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At The Temple Lodge, you can experience the best of both worlds while also enjoying daily yoga classes. The classes take place in the morning and range from Hatha to Vinyasa Flow.
As far as meals go, only breakfast is included in the room price but this should be no problem as the Lodge has its own restaurants (not to mention all the great eateries dotted throughout the area).
The menu relies heavily on fresh seafood and local organic vegetables. And of course, there’s an amazing pool which offers breathtaking cliffside views out into the ocean.
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Rates at Temple Lodge include a daily healthy breakfast for all guests as well as the use of gorgeous pool and access to world class surf breaks just around the corner.
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Daily morning yoga classes welcome yogis of all experience levels. The styles of yoga offered vary from hatha to vinyasa flow.
13. Of emerald paddies and a spectacular mountain view – Prana Dewi Mountain Resort
The regency of Tabanan is famous for its emerald green rice paddies which seem to stretch out as far as the eye can see. And that is to say nothing of the mountainsides dotted with temples.
Simply put, the views around these parts are nothing short of stunning. Prana Dewi Mountain Resort is the perfect place to truly appreciate all this natural beauty.
Besides offering yoga and meditation classes, Prana Dewi Resort also gives visitors the chance to explore the surrounding area on guided trekking tours.
The hikes include a visit to a mountainside temple, and the resort also has its own restaurant – which serves organic food mostly harvested from the surrounding fields and gardens!
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In addition to daily Iyengar yoga, trekking and guided meditation, a 4-night stay at Prana Dewi also includes daily organic meals. The retreat strives to cater to beginners and advanced yogis alike.
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Retreats are held on specific dates, so do make sure to check Prana Dewi’s website for up-to-date info regarding upcoming retreats.
14. Go ‘Om’ on unforgettable mountainous terrains – Abasan Mountain Retreat (Gaia Oasis)
Though it’s sometimes easy to forget in the clamor of Southern Bali, there are still parts of Bali where it really is possible to get away from it all.
Abasan Mountain Retreat, one of the two retreats by Gaia Oasis, is just the ticket for those looking to see “the real Bali”.
This beautiful mountainside retreat is tucked away in the Northern Coast of Bali, worlds away from the beaten path.
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The guided classes available can vary from yoga to meditation, and dance and beyond. The retreat is also passionately involved in promoting and preserving local Balinese culture and communities.
Guests can get involved in this valuable work by taking part in Gaia Foundation’s volunteer program.
If you’re looking for the yoga getaway with the best of both worlds, Gaia Oasis provides a free shuttle service that runs between Abasan Mountain Retreat, and Pantai Beach Resort!
So guests at Gaia Oasis may choose between the beautiful mountainside or refreshing beach views – what a truly lovely way to get away from it all.
Gaia Oasis offers all guests 5 guided yoga classes a week. The classes vary from yoga to meditation, and dance and beyond and are suitable to practitioners of all levels. A free shuttle service is also available, taking guests between the beach and mountain properties.
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Guests who opt for the “full board” option are also welcome to tuck into the delicious buffet served three times a day, featuring delicious and healthy vegetarian food. Most of the food offered is sourced from local farms and the retreat’s very own organic garden.
15. Dolphin excursions, snorkeling and diving for the Yogi – Nibbana Resort & Spa
The northern coast of Bali is famed for its as-of-yet unspoiled beaches, great snorkeling spots and dolphins.
Located in Singaraja, Nibbana Resort & Spa plays all of this to its full advantage. The Resort offers retreats which feature both yoga classes and diving excursions.
If you’re lucky enough, you just might catch a glimpse of dolphins on your diving excusion!
As Singaraja is a world away from the heavy traffic of South Bali, guests can also explore the beautiful surroundings of the resort by bike. Nibbana has its own spa and also offers Balinese cooking classes for guests.
Still, the biggest selling point might just be that stunning pool overlooking the ocean. The views from the pool are magical – the kind you can only find in Bali.
A 3-night retreat at Nibbana includes daily morning yoga classes as well as a healthy daily breakfast to start your day right, and a diving trip to Menjangan Island.
Guests also get to join a Balinese cooking class where lunch is of course included. After that, you may also cycle around the resort and enjoy a one-hour long traditional Balinese massage as part of the retreat package.
16. Special Mention: How about yoga on the beach? – H2O Yoga & Meditation Center
Take a short boat ride on beautiful Gili Air to Gilis, one of the three scenic islands nestled off the coast of Bali’s neighbouring island Lombok.
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There are no cars on this tiny island, which is just one of the things that makes H20 Yoga & Meditation Center an ideal place to unwind from your busy day-to-day.
The address says it all. Located on Buddha Way, just a hop and a skip away from the pristine white sandy beach – H2O Yoga & Meditation Center invites visitors not only to reconnect to their inner wisdom, but also to the natural world around them.
Besides yoga, the “True Nature Retreats” held at H20’s beautiful open plan yoga shala encourage guests to “connect with the elements.”
In practice this can mean anything from snorkeling in the clear blue waters to practicing yoga on the beach!
A-7 night “True Nature” retreat at H2O includes daily meditation and yoga classes. The yoga classes offered are suitable for all levels of experience and feature everything from yoga on the beach to bamboo stick yoga.
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Guests are also treated to a daily breakfast and a healthy, vegetarian dinner. Also included is a day trip to the beautiful island of Lombok for an unforgettable rainforest adventure as well as a snorkeling trip.
A fast boat trip to and from Bali is also included in the retreat price. H2O hosts retreats on specific dates, so be sure to check H2O’s website for up-to-date info regarding upcoming retreats.