Nutritious food and spas that range from the sumptuous to the simple - you'll find it all in Bali.
There is plenty to love about Bali. This tiny jewel in Indonesia’s crown is dripping in palm-fringed beaches, world heritage-listed rice terraces and genuinely friendly locals. Rugged volcanoes dominate the landscape and pockets of untouched beauty still exist for those willing to hunt them out.
Its natural beauty notwithstanding, this once low-key hippie haven popular with party-seeking backpackers is also where you’ll find five star luxury hotels and holistic wellness programs. In the mountain region of Ubud, you can seek out the full Eat, Pray, Love experience at health and wellness retreats focused on wholefoods, local healing and spirituality. There is a growing clean eating trend in areas such as Canggu and Seminyak, and throughout the island you’ll find yoga, meditation and surf programs to fill your days with. Bali, while also being a fabulous place to sit by the pool with a cocktail, has to be one of the best places to get away from it all with your health and wellness in mind.
Healthy eating is on the menu in Bali like never before. From luxury resorts to local cafés and restaurants, the focus is on fresh, sustainable, local, organic and clean.
Alchemy has the distinction of being Bali’s first 100 per cent organic raw vegan café. It’s a beautiful, light-filled space that doubles as an eatery and one-stop wholefoods store, as well as a day clinic with a team of acupuncturists, nutritionists, energy healers and colonic therapists. Green juice fiends will welcome the cold pressed juice bar, and the salad bar has daily picks like raw pad Thai, zucchini pasta, cashew cheese and sprouted bread. Alchemy’s own ‘cocobiotic’ cultured coconut water is in the fridge, along with take-home jars of cultured vegetables and kimchi. There’s even a raw chocolaterie for health-conscious sweet tooths. alchemyacademybali.com
This plant-based restaurant set amid the green of a permaculture garden just outside of Ubud is all about farm-to-table cuisine that’s vibrant and healthy. In the kitchen is ex-Five Elements raw food chef Made Runatha. On Saturdays there is a local artisan and farmers market. moksaubud.com
Overlooking Canggu’s green rice fields, this wholefoods vegan café is pretty as an Instagram picture with a menu that gets it right. Matcha and turmeric lattes lift the caffeine game. There are fresh smoothies and juices, almond milk, wheatgrass shots, chia pods and acai hits. The nori bowl with snow peas, shiitake mushrooms, pickled ginger and tamari rice is a tummy pleaser. Away from the traffic of the main drag, it’s peaceful too, with cosy nooks on the wraparound wooden balcony and a raffia-covered pergola. facebook.com/theshadyshackbali
Big on aloha feels is this cute breakfast shack a few steps from the surf of Echo Beach. Inspired by Hawaii’s surfer culture (nalu is Hawaiian for wave) this hole-in-the-wall spot mixes up healthy smoothie bowls topped with homemade granola and banana. Take your pick from five colourful combinations, including the original Mavericks, a fruity blend powered by açaí and superfood-dense Teahupoo with spinach, ginger and mango – or invent your own. nalubowls.com
This artisan cycling shop is also a vegan café open for breakfast and lunch with loads of plant-powered goodies. House-made sauerkraut, granola and kale are on the menu. So too are superfood shots, kombucha, and Ayurvedic teas. pelotonsupershop.com
If you’re looking for a combination of luxe, lifestyle and great food at your accommodation, it’s hard to go past Katamama Hotel. Guest rooms are stylish and comfortable and flow seamlessly to balconies and gardens where outdoor day beds beckon. There is morning yoga poolside, personal training sessions in the gym and pre-dawn runs along the beach. In the lobby, you’ll find Aussie Spanish joint MoVida Restaurant, and Akadamei, a bespoke cocktail bar reviving Bali’s much-maligned Arak spirit. At the doorstep of hip beach club Potato Head, hotel guests can book day beds without a minimum spend. But for a more low-key experience, Katamama’s own pool and bar sits within a pretty landscaped garden. This is a designer’s hotel – from the bare brick walls and clever indoor/outdoor corridors splashed with sun and shade, to the locally made artisan mid-century furniture and terrazzo tiles. Nice touches in the rooms include books you can borrow, a cocktail-making kit complete with recipes and free welcome cocktail on arrival. katamama.com