by Elaine Clara Mah
You’ve arrived in Bali, an exotic land with an exquisite culture to match. Beyond its culture, Bali is well known for its beauty. The lush greenery and wide expanse of paddy fields is a soothing sight for both body and soul.
The majestic waves of Bali make it a surfer’s paradise, and trendy bars and clubs along the streets in Legian and Seminyak are ideal for those looking for a good night out. However, unlike many other destinations, travelers flock to Bali for more than sightseeing, surfing or partying. This unique island is a gem for those seeking to improve their mental and physical wellbeing.
With that in mind, here are the top five wellness activities to do in Bali:
Get a Soothing Massage
The Balinese massage is well known all over the world for its soothing and relaxing qualities. It is rich in culture, applying influences from Ayurveda and Chinese acupressure philosophy.
You’d be interested to know that traditionally, Balinese massage was a harsh procedure only performed as a healing treatment. Over time, it has shifted in focus and now is a softer form of relaxation sought after by both locals and tourists.
Get a whole body cleanse
Health centers all over Bali offer a variety of detox and cleanse programs that you can choose from. You can opt for a short 4-day retreat or a weeklong one.
Depending on the program you choose, you would be able to indulge in body scrubs, juice cleanse, steam baths and Infrared sauna sessions, Ayurvedic healing, Halotherapy as well as detox foot baths. Whatever you choose, you are bound to leave Bali feeling refreshed and healthier than ever.
Rejuvenate with a yoga retreat
Yoga retreats are an extremely popular choice amongst travelers to Bali. To cater to such demands, many yoga centers have popped up all over Bali.
At a yoga center, you will be able to deepen your practice and understanding of yoga with many world-class teachers based here. Most retreats also include a spa option, where you will be treated to various massages and facials after a day of yoga.
Find inner peace through meditation
What better place to meditate than in Bali, where you’re surrounded by Mother Nature at its best? The calmness of the surrounding paddy fields and the soothing rhythm of the waves make the perfect sanctuary for seasoned meditators or those looking to pick up the practice for the first time.
Meditation schools in Bali offer various packages to interested travelers, where you can unwind and find your inner peace. Whether you prefer a women-only meditation retreat, or you are more interested in a spiritual meditation, you will find an abundance of choice in Bali.
Find the best vegan food in town
Bali is one of Asia’s frontrunners when it comes to veganism. Vegan food is celebrated in Bali, where the city just organized its annual Vegan Festival this October. Everywhere you go, you’ll find great vegan and vegetarian restaurants offering only the freshest produce there is. But if you’re looking for more, go on a raw food retreat! Through the retreat, you will not only be able to eat the freshest and healthiest foods, but also learn how to prepare them at home. This means that you can continue your healthy habits at home, long after your vacation ended.
But who knows, perhaps after a short break here in Bali, you’ll end up not wanting to leave!
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Elaine Clara Mac is a yoga teacher and a contributing writer at Tripaneer.com. She is a big fan of Bali and has visited the “Island of the Gods” twice thus far.
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