Udara Bali is like some kind of tropical Narnia. A place to retreat, relax and rejuvenate.
…An integrated healing & yoga resort offering wellness and detox solutions that perfectly accompanies modern living. It features five beautiful yoga shalas, a unique Spa (don’t miss the section on facilities below) and a healthy restaurant.
We retreated here for the weekend and found it to be pure bliss! That said, one person’s idea of bliss can be different to another’s. Keep reading to learn who I’d recommend this place to.
Udara is a one-stop-shop when it comes to retreating. It boasts a salt water pool with swim-up bar, watsu pool (at a warm 35% celsius), sauna (inside the giant turtle), steam room, and hot & icy cold plunge pools.
A range of massages and body treatments are available from the spa menu. Andy and I enjoyed a traditional Balinese massage on the top floor, listening to the waves crash onto the shore like nature’s relaxing tunes – bliss!
Plus there’s meditation cave! It truly is a little Balinese Narnia. Such a fun way to wake your inner child, exploring this uniquely designed complex.
And of course, there’s yoga. There are 5 yoga shalas and a range of classes on offer each day. I highly recommend an aerial yoga class. It’s a particularly incredible space and hence experience. Even if you don’t stay at Udara, if you’re in Canggu or Seminyak, make the trip to do a class. See the (incredibly beautiful) shalas and the schedule, here.
Sundays are a day not to be missed at Udara. A range of yoga classes, ecstatic dance and a wellness brunch is on offer. And if you get in early, for an extra 150k ($15) you can also use the resort facilities. The people that come together here for this, generate a soulful, energetic vibe that’ll make even the skeptics want to take part.
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As the line becomes more blurred between Seminyak and Canggu, I’m going to put it out there and say Seseh Beach is the new place to be. Not everyone has caught on to it and that’s why it’s perfect.
Once you take the turn off Jalan By Pass Tanah Lot, toward Udara, you follow the palm tree-lined street all the way to Udara, seeing nothing but rice paddies, the ocean and horizon. It feels like you truly are on a small, secluded tropical island. What a gorgeous part of the world.
If you’re on the beach, facing the ocean, turn left to head towards Batu Bolong and pass the likes of La Brisa, The Lawn, Old Mans and Finns. Turn right to walk along almost untouched sand, and see tropical rainforest-lined beaches with cows eating away by the sea.
The sunsets from here are breath-taking.
The night we arrived we enjoyed an incredibly fresh and flavoursome, seafood buffet (if this is an option during your stay, do it). Throughout the weekend we put the rest of the menu to the test. As a guest, you could easily eat all your meals in the resort. The food was simple, healthy and mostly fresh.
That said, with what I believe to be some of the best healthy cafes in the world located just down the road in Canggu, to really impress your inner foodie, I highly recommend venturing out to the likes of The Shady Shack, Peloton and Ulekan.
As for drinks – each morning we woke and wandered down to the pool bar where the friendly staff would greet us, and make coffee to help wake the senses and chat with fellow guests. The cappuccino was exceptional and the long blacks weren’t bad either. Bonus points for the giant pottery mugs – really loved those! To be honest, the cocktail that I did try, wasn’t as good as it could be – just watered down. Personally, I’d stick to fresh coconuts, water or juice and save other beverages until you go into town.
From sea-view apartments to Javanese wooden joglos, there’s a variety of room choices. All of which come with the essentials: Daily water, wifi, open-air bathrooms, air conditioning and balconies looking out to a lush garden or the Indian ocean. View the rooms here.
Who I’d recommend Udara to:
- Anyone wanting to retreat, relax and rejuvenate. This place is welcoming to all ages, genders and nationalities etc. Thanks to the fantastic facilities, it’s a bit like you’re on a DIY retreat. Whether you go alone, with a friend or a group of friends, you’ll enjoy your stay.
- Yoga, meditation and wellness retreat facilitators. With 5 beautiful shalas there’s a perfect space for whatever retreat you’re hosting. When not in a session with you, your guests are guaranteed to be perfectly entertained in or around the resort.
If you have any questions about our stay at Udara, pop them in the comments below. I’m here to help. Better yet, if you’ve been to Udara be it for a yoga class or a few days, share your experience in the comment section below – I’d love to hear it.
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