Bali is a paradise for wellness lovers, yogis and healthy foodies like me and, I believe, like you too! 🙂
I visited Bali for the first time while I was living in Singapore, three years ago, and from all the places I traveled, Bali, and specially Ubud, was still my favorite place in the entire world. It´s something about the energy of this place that I can´t even explain! But, anyway, my husband always like to visit new places so Bali wasn´t even in the program for the next trips. Since we spent a few weeks in Portugal celebrating our wedding in May we could only take a few extra days for our honeymoon in Zanzibar and we decided to do a bigger honeymoon later in the year (in our minds was a dream trip to Machu Picchu!) but it ended up that we didn´t have enough days to make it to South America so we started thinking about alternative places to travel around Asia. By coincidence my besties from Portugal had a trip planned to Bali at the exact same dates we were planning to travel so it seemed that it would be the perfect holiday! In less than one month before we leave, we booked our tickets and started dreaming! Bali here we go again!
The most interesting part about this trip is what I am going to tell you next… For the first time this year I decided to make a Vision Board. I am always committed to live the best life I can possibly have (and inspire you to do the same!) so I decided to create a 2016 Vision Board on Pinterest so I could manifest my goals and dreams.
And because I always loved the energy of Bali I started pinning lots of pictures from Bali on my 2016 Vision Board, not because I was thinking about traveling to Bali but because I wanted to manifest all that this island makes me feel (relaxed, peaceful, in connection with nature, deepening in my spirituality…). And without even knowing months later I had a flight ticket to Bali! I will definitely keep making Vision Boards and I recommend you make yours too NOW! 🙂 Check mine here for inspiration.
We had 10 days to travel around Bali so we decided to stay 3 days in Gili Trawangan to enjoy the beautiful beaches of this tiny island and one full week in magical Ubud, a cultural village in the center of Bali. Here is everything about my adventures in the beautiful island of the Gods, where I stayed, my favorite healthy places to eat and my yoga experiences.
Gili Amor Resort – A very simple hotel with rustic rooms and a beautiful swimming pool. The location was perfect just behind everything you need but a street back from all the noise from bars and restaurants. The only cons was that it is located right opposite to a Mosque so we waked up every day at 5am with the prayers, which were really loud and lasted for a few minutes, but I guess it was part of the experience! 😉
The Yoga Place – If you want to go for a really healthy meal try The Yoga Place restaurant. I had a delicious dragon fruit smoothie bowl with granola on top after my yoga practice. I ended up not trying the main meals but everything looked delicious and the restaurant is 100% vegetarian with lots of vegan and raw vegan options.
Other than that there are not many healthy places in Gili so most of the time we enjoyed local food, specially lots of vegetarian Nasi Goreng.
The Yoga Place – I went to the beautiful yoga shala at The Yoga Place and absolutely loved it! The Yoga Place also has SUP yoga classes every day at the beach, it was such an amazing experience to do yoga in the ocean surrounded by turtles.
Villa Sunset Beach – The best experience I had it was definitely the Fly Yoga at Villa Sunset Beach. It was the first time I did it and totally fell in love, I felt so light and energized during and after the class. Villa Sunset Beach is located in the north of the island, which is much more quite and relaxed than the south and the practice takes place outdoor surrounded by the most beautiful ocean view.
Xquisit Hotel & Spa – You can´t leave Indonesia without trying a Balinese massage, of course! I went to Xquisit Hotel & Spa because it was definitely the most stunning spa in town! You can do your massage facing the water or in the most beautiful zen garden. I recommend you choose the garden because is totally beautiful and relaxing. I loved it!
Sri Ratih Cottages – When we first visited Ubud we found a great discount in Sri Ratih Cottages through Agoda – this is really my favorite website to find amazing hotels with great discounts – and we couldn´t be more happy. The place is just amazing! So we decided to stay there one more time! You still have to walk around 15 minutes to the center of Ubud but you are completely surrounded by nature, the rooms are just stunning with beautiful Balinese decoration and outdoor bathrooms and showers! You also have plenty of healthy restaurants in the area if you don´t want to walk all the way to the center and it´s right next door to one of my favorite restaurants La Pacha Mama.
La Pacha Mama – It is a delicious vegetarian Mexican that opened really recently in Ubud. It was the first place we tried in Ubud since it was raining like crazy in the first night and the place was exactly next door to our hotel. We liked it so much that we ended up going there two nights in a row. It has the most amazing decoration and the staff couldn´t be more lovely, they make you feel at home in just 5 minutes! We also had the pleasure to meet the chef Alejandro that created all the concept! I really enjoyed the gluten free vegan mushroom tacos and the guava, pineapple and coconut smoothie. They also have heavenly delicious vegan deserts. There are many healthy options but their focus is more on delicious food, rather then healthy, so it´s the perfect place to convince your not so healthy friends to join you! I promise they will love! Ah and they also have live music some of the nights so we had lots of fun dancing Latin music.
Sage – This place is a bit far away from the center of Ubud but I heard so much about it that we decided to try it for brunch after our morning yoga session! And believe me, it´s a must go!!! The menu is all vegan and we wish we had tried it all! This was probably my favorite restaurant in Ubud! We had green juice, the best gluten free pancakes and the most delicious dragon fruit smoothie bowl but you can find things like tempeh buffalo wings, cauliflower fritters and breakfast burritos.
Seeds of Life – This restaurant is 100% raw vegan and absolutely delicious. They have amazing juices (try the green beauty juice with lavender and aloe), smoothies, healing tonics, and heavenly food and deserts. We tried their salads, raw wrap, raw pizza and raw chocolate for desert, of course! It´s also amazing to pop up for a nut milk based smoothie in the afternoon.
Kafe at Yoga Barn – I spent so much time at Yoga Barn that I ended up having food a few times here. My favorite dish was definitely their vegan and gluten free burger, perfect for a protein rich lunch after your practice. I also had a few smoothies (try the cacao one and the spirulina one!), gluten free pancakes and lots of raw bliss balls. The menu is giant and they also have foods to choose according to your Ayurvedic dosha (such a dream!). They also have non veggie options so it´s perfect to convince your non veggie friends to practice yoga and have lunch with you! 🙂 The all atmosphere is amazing and it´s a great spot to meet and connect with other yogis.
The Elephant – This place couldn’t be more beautiful, Asian decoration and surrounded by nature with incredible views! It´s 100% vegetarian and definitely a place you can´t miss in Ubud! Try their delicious Asian inspired salads and please don´t go away without having their mango and dragon fruit smoothie! It´s located in the north of Ubud, near our hotel so a little bit away from the center.
Down to Earth – This is a completely concept store with a healthy restaurant. It was probably one of the first vegetarian restaurants in Ubud. We had a delicious macrobiotic salad, veggie sushi and green smoothies but the menu is giant!!! They also have amazing raw deserts and vegan ice creams that you can take on the go! Their store was one of my favorite places, I spent hours just finding about all types of healthy products and natural beauty. I just love seeing how many local brands they have and I bought so many things home from here!
Bali Buda – We had dinner here and just loved it! Their focus is not so much on healthy food but on delicious, organic and homemade food! I had the best veggie lasagna (not vegan and gluten free but totally worth!), the pizzas were also amazing! The restaurant is not 100% vegetarian but it´s all organic! They also have a great organic supermarket right next door with lots of local products.
Alchemy – It´s all raw vegan and the atmosphere is amazing! They also have a healthy shop and a holistic center! We ended up not having food here but we ordered a coconut water and a green smoothie for my website photo shoot that took place at our hotel, since it was located 5 minutes away.
Clear Cafe – This place is really close to The Elephant Cafe, also beautiful with a great view. We ended up not having food here but we had a delicious raw vegan desert after our lunch at The Elephant Cafe just to tick another healthy restaurant from the list of places to try! 😉
The only two places I really wanted to go but ended up not visiting because they are out of Ubud were the Five Elements, a health retreat with a fine dining vegan restaurant and the Green School, sustainable school that offer holistic and green education and also have their own healthy cafés. It seems that I will have to come back! 🙂
Yoga Barn – If you love yoga you can´t go away without practicing at the Yoga Barn. They have classes all day long and very frequent courses and workshops. This is the biggest yoga studio in Ubud with amazing yoga shalas in the middle of the stunning green rice terraces. I spent my days in here practicing yoga, meditating and being inspired by some of the best teachers in the world with completely different backgrounds and styles. I tried Vinyasa, Kundalini, Yin, Restorative and lots of different meditations.
I really had the best 10 days ever and a totally think this is the kind of place everyone should have the opportunity to visit once in a lifetime, especially if you are a healthy and wellness freak like me! 😉 I really can´t wait for my next trip to Bali!
Hope you like the suggestions and if you have been in Bali please share your favorite healthy spots in the comments below.