Travel is good for the soul
From a surf and yoga retreat in India, to meditating with monks in Kathmandu, seeking out wellness experiences is a big part of my travels. I became a yoga teacher in Bali and set about finding awesome places to do yoga all over Asia.
There are some places you stay that you start planning your next visit before you’ve even left, and Fivelements near Ubud is exactly that kind of place. It’s the perfect mix of magic, spirituality and luxury.
Here’s my independent review:
It's a luxury resort on the outskirts of Ubud in Bali, and is by far one of the most spectacular properties I've ever seen.
If you're committed to wellness and want to achieve it in absolute luxury, while still being immersed in nature, then Como Shambhala is the place to do it.
A brand new resort on the edge of Sanur on Bali's east coast, The Samata is proof that you don't have to leave your healthy lifestyle at home when you go on holidays.
With amazing healthy food, a huge gym, lap pools, a tennis court and yoga room, the Samata is all about finding balance.
Examining my bodily functions isn’t usually on my list of things to do on holiday. Explaining them to a man named Mr Moon isn’t exactly high on my radar, either. But, at the Sanctuary on the island of Koh Phangan off southern Thailand, I’m doing both these things and it’s all in the name of my health.
Warning: this story contains the word 'colonic'. Read at your own risk!
Have you ever just wanted to completely check out from the world, ditch your phone, give the news a rest and not even have to make conversation? It's all possible at Bali Silent Retreat. And when you stop talking, you might find that you start listening.
Here's my experience:
A 10 day trek through Nepal's Annapurna region was one of the highlights of my life. Combining trekking and yoga, it was a test of physical endurance and mental patience.
Away from the craziness of Kuta, Ubud is a place of green rice fields, culture, organic restaurants and friendly people. It's a great place to get away from it all and relax. And here's 9 suggestions how.
Just 10 minutes from bustling Seminyak in Bali, Desa Seni resort in Canggu is the perfect mix of Indonesian tradition and Western luxury. Guests can stay in antique houses, swim in a saltwater pool, do yoga or just get pampered in the day spa.
I was bored with doing endless workouts within the four walls of a gym, running on the treadmill to nowhere, so I decided to take my workout to a new level by taking it to a whole new place, and ended up at a fitness retreat near Ubud.
Get ready for Boot camp, Bali style.
If Buddhism can be defined as a study into one’s own mind, the idea of sitting down and doing it for 10 days can seem quite daunting. But that’s exactly what I did at the Kopan monastery in Nepal.
Chill out time in India is hard to find, but there's one place you can take refuge. Apart from peace and quiet, Soul and Surf in Kerala offers surf, yoga, healthy food and a community vibe.
Bali's annual festival of yoga, dance and music gets bigger every year. Thousands of yogis from all over the world head up to Ubud in March each year to reconnect with their spiritual side.
Welcome to the Balispirit festival.
From yoga to meditation to traditional Balinese healers, Ubud is a smorgasbord of amazing opportunities for spiritually inclined tourists. And for those who aren't, it's still an awesome place to hang out and chill out.