Bali’s fitness scene has certainly sky rocketed over the last few years making it an even more appealing holiday destination for some. I know it is not for everyone but I certainly love keeping fit on holiday as I think it is a great way to try new things and get out of my routine.
Outlined below are my top picks on where to keep fit in Bali, from yoga to crossfit to surfing.
Where: Desa Seni in Berawa
This eco-friendly, boutique resort has the most amazing vibe to it as soon as you walk through their doors. It truly is a slice of heaven and a nice, peaceful change to the hustle and bustle of the streets of Bali. At Desa Seni there is something for everyone and at all levels. They offer a wide range of classes including yin yoga, power yoga, kundalini, Hatha yoga, Vinyasa, meditation and more. The yoga classes are held in the most beautiful setting, an open air yoga studio over-looking their lush tropical gardens. The yoga teachers are welcoming and inspiring – all egos are left at the door!
Where: Wanderlust in Canggu
Don’t be scared or intimidated by the word ‘crossfit’ as this place is easy going and welcoming. I’d go as far as saying that the best thing about this place is the community spirit. Wanderlust offers crossfit, metcon, olympic lifting and movement classes as well as an open gym – where you can use their amazing facilities and equipment without signing up to a class. Each workout can also be scaled up or down, meaning they are suitable for all ages and physical conditions.
The owner David along with the other coaches are super friendly, professional and motivating. From locals to expats and international travellers Wanderlust is the perfect place to go and meet other people from all over the world. One thing is for sure, you will be dripping in sweat in a matter of minutes – don’t expect air-con here!
Where: Sunset Pilates – 2 locations (Legian and Berawa)
Sunset Pilates have two gorgeous locations, Legian and Berawa. They have been in Bali for over 10 years and there is a reason for it – they are the best Pilates studio in Bali with a phenomenal reputation! The Pilates classes in Berawa are held in a beautiful Joglo style building with lots of natural light, cool air conditioning and with gorgeous teachers.
The facilities here are wonderful – The studio is spotless and the equipment is of the best quality. The whole experience here is fabulous. Their studio in Berawa is an absolute must visit if you love Pilates, it actually has just started offering roof top yoga too – so why not try both and once you are done you can head to their raw juice bar. They also have a kiddies playground and great restaurant.
Fitness Classes –
Motion fitness in Seminyak
If you want an array of fitness classes, then motion fitness is the place to go. They offer a full range of classes from high intensity interval training (fit flow & hyper shape classes) to dynamic Pilates, TRX and even yoga classes. From their expert teachers and well run classes they really know how to make working out fun! Don’t miss out on their Canggu café (Café Avocado) where they serve the most delicious, wholesome food so be sure to save some time to get that post workout meal in.
A health and fitness retreat
Where: The Retreat Lembongan in Nusa Lembongan
A full week of health and fitness in a fabulous tropical island setting! This amazing retreat has got you covered if you want to enjoy 7 days of fitness, food & relaxation all planned out for you. It will be held on Bali’s neighbouring island, the breath-taking Nusa Lembongan – just 30 minutes by fast boat from Bali mainland. The retreat offers a range of activities throughout the week from stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, hiking, snorkelling, surfing, beach workouts, massages, meditation, wellness workshops and more – The Retreat Lembongan has something for everyone and the location is stunning! (www.theretreatlembongan.com)
Surfing and Diving
Surfing – Because you’re in Bali! Warm water, great weather and playful waves, it would be rude not to give surfing a go on your visit to Bali. You can’t go wrong either, there are an abundance of surfing spots scattered across the island along with countless surf schools. Surfing is so much fun and surprisingly, it is a really tough workout too! There is nothing quite like that feeling of standing up for the first time and riding the waves. You can’t go to Bali and not give it a go!
Diving – Pristine waters, tropical fish, fabulous coral reef, manta rays and the amazing Mola Molas (sunfish). It’s not for nothing that Indonesia was voted second year in a row the top diving spot in the world (Dive Magazine 2017 Travel Awards). Maybe diving doesn’t quite fall under the category of fitness but if you are a diver you couldn’t possibly come to Bali and not dive – and if you are not a diver, this is your perfect opportunity to give it a go!
If you are after a traditional gym and health club then be sure to check out the following places – Finns Recreational Gym, Soham Wellness Centre, Daily Gym and Hammerhead Gym! If you go to Daily Gym in Seminyak – be sure to speak to Anthony for one of the best boxing sessions in Bali!
Staying fit on holiday certainly isn’t for everyone, but for some people keeping up the exercise regime is a nice balance between sampling the local cuisine, quaffing delicious cocktails and lying by the pool all day.