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Healthy Travels: Bali

Staying healthy while travelling can be tricky! One of the best ways to make sure you feel your best when jetsetting is to find local healthy restaurants and cafes and make them a part of your trip. I recently spent 11 blissful days in Bali with my boyfriend and I thought I’d share some of the healthy places we tried while we were there (check out my Instagram, for more pics!).

Ubud

I love Ubud. It has become a the place to go in Bali for all things health, wellness, and yoga related and you are spoilt for choice when it comes to organic cafes and yoga studios.  It’s hard not to soak up the zen and spirituality amongst the rainforest and greenery - it’s the perfect Bali destination if you’re not so keen on Bintang singlets and foam parties. Here’s some of the healthy places we visited in our five days in Ubud:

The Yoga Barn

I want to live here! The Yoga Barn has amazing yoga studios with (English speaking) teachers from all over the world, a really great organic café called Little K,  an holistic healing centre (I highly recommend an Ayurvedic consult with Uma), an Ayurvedic treatment centre, plus wellness and yoga workshops, and live music. If you’re in Ubud, go for a meal at Little K and soak up the positive vibes even if yoga ain’t your thang.

Alchemy

Heaven. Alchemy is an amazing salad bar and my favourite place we ate in Ubud. The lemon grass dressing is easily the yummiest salad dressing I’ve ever tasted. I mean seriously, who raves about salad dressing?! I do now! They do awesome juices and smoothies as well and very yummy raw treats – the lime cheesecake and the peanut butter cups were super delish. You can eat in or take-away and they have a little store with natural beauty products and organic pantry items. Just like all the places we ate in Ubud, the prices are incredibly cheap.

Soma Café

Amazing raw and living food café. We went for dinner and were back for breakfast the next day it’s that good! Some of the best raw food I have ever had – try the Zucchini Pasta and Live Tropical Muesli with coconut milk. There’s a pile of instruments in the corner so expect an impromptu jam if you’re there in the evening. So good!

Down to Earth Café

A café plus organic food/product/clothing shop. Awesome menu with raw and cooked food. I can highly recommend the Mediterranean and Dragon platters and the smoothies and juices are SO good. A really nice place to hang out and enjoy the view over the rooftops of Ubud.

Clear Café

This is the perfect place to go if you’re travelling with someone less crazy about raw pizza and veggie juices than you are – their menu includes plenty of raw and vegan options as well as traditional Indonesian food and “western” food like steaks and sandwiches (and alchohol!). We had local Mahi Mahi crumbed with coconut flakes and a delish raw pizza and vegan smoothies and tea. It looks a little more up market than some of the other organic restaurants we visited but it is just as cheap and definitely a crowd pleaser.

Kafe

Affiliated with The Yoga Barn and on the same street. We had a really yummy smoothie and a juice. Cool décor and great service.

Ubud Sari Health Resort

We stayed here while we were in Ubud. They offer cleansing and health retreat programs (which we didn’t do) and have a morning yoga class or private yoga classes (for $15 per person!!) and an organic and raw food café. The juices and smoothies are awesome and its an affordable accommodation option with helpful staff and a nice little pool on the river.

Skin Organic Spa

Skin have 2 locations in Ubud and use the Sukin range of products. I had a great facial which included a honey and cucumber mask.

Seminyak

We were only in Seminyak for a day and a half and we stayed at the lovely Semara Resort, which has a great spa, a gym, and a really awesome (and free!) yoga class every morning. I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’re staying in Seminyak.

Earth Café

Sister café to Down to Earth Café with the same menu and a slightly smaller store. It’s very central and a great place to chill out amid the craziness of Seminyak. They have a huge menu with so many goodies, their smoothies and juices are delish and the food is awesome. You can pick up organic fresh fruit and veggies too!

La Favela

La Favela is not a "healthy" restaurant but I had to include it all the same! Its has the coolest decor of any restaurant I've been to - think South America meets Bali in an enchanted garden. From the street it looks like a little plant covered passage, but walk over the little bridge and it opens into a huge space with indoor and outdoor seating. The food is awesome (we had marinated octopus, haloumi, and crumbed eggplant for starters, so good!)  and the staff are super attentive. Remember health is all about balance and a holiday is not a time for restriction or deprivation! You must must must go here if you're in Seminyak or nearby.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a small island roughly a 20 minute ferry ride from Sanur and an absolute must go to for anyone who loves snorkelling, scuba diving or surfing (and exploring on a scooter!). We kept going back to The Beach Club at Sandy Bay. They have a few healthy options like coldpress juices and wheatgrass shots and it’s an amazing place to watch the sunset. The food is the best we had on the island (I loved the Pepes Ikan – fish cooked with coconut milk and spices wrapped in banana leaves)

More Healthy Bali Tips

  • Most places you eat in Bali serve “fruit juices” which often mean fruit juice or blended fruit with sugar syrup. They are happy to leave the sugar out if you ask!
  • Fresh young coconuts are everywhere and super cheap so take advantage!
  • The local food is generally pretty healthy (not to mention seriously yum), with lots of veggies. Gado Gado (veggies cooked in peanut sauce) and Pepes Ikan were my go-to orders along with a veggie and fruit juice when we ate traditional Indonesian food.
  • Most spas I looked at had a detox/lymphatic drainage massage designed to eliminate toxins which is perfect to when you’ve been travelling. Colonic hydrotherapy is also big in Ubud if you’re looking to really cleanse your system.
  • There are plenty of ways to stay active and see Bali – bike tours, hikes, and watersports are generally available and heaps of fun.

Have you been to Bali? What are your favourite ways to stay healthy when travelling?

Xx Amelia