Bali is home to a range of retreats offering everything from herbology to acupuncture
With our constant exposure to toxins through water, food and even air, it’s hardly surprising that many of us are adopting detoxification as our weapon of choice, especially as it also allows us to take a break while eliminating harmful substances from our systems.
Detox retreats, with tranquil environments conducive to that very objective, have rapidly spread throughout Indonesia, inviting the exhausted and the weary to partake in their soothing services. And Bali has proved a particular hotspot, today housing a number of retreats that offer holistic detoxification packages.
Detoxification usually involves a period during which healthy, easy-to-digest foods are consumed allowing the body can focus on eliminating toxins. The body generally uses more energy to break down the enzymes of food sourced from animals, and waste from such food is known to cause diseases. This is why some retreats, among them Bali's Bagus Jati, only serve vegetables that are grown in their own garden.
Retreats also usually come equipped with experts offering consultation sessions on health and lifestyle. These experts monitor the visitor's health to make sure they're benefitting from the programme. They also help identify symptoms that may be signs of deeper health conditions.
During detox sessions, visitors are recommended to engage in light activities such as yoga, massage, dancing or even martial arts, for energy restoration, self-assessment, and maintaining strength.
Here’s an overview of Bali’s best:
Como Shambhala Estate
This wellness retreat offers a healing experience inside Ubud's lush forest area. It features different levels of detox fasting, depending on the guests' condition, and special menus to aid deep-tissue cleansing. The detox or cleansing programmes are available in 3-night, 5-night or 7-night packages.
Como Shambhala Estate, Banjar Begawan, Desa Melinggih Kelod, Payangan, Gianyar. Tel: (+62 361) 978-888, www.ComoHotels.com/ComoShambhalaEstate.
Karma promotes fun alongside its healthy lifestyle programmes. Relaxation activities include morning yoga, infrared sauna, as well as a body exfoliation session using a combination of salt and seaweed, followed by a detoxifying massage that focuses on the lymphatic system and an oxygen facial.
Karma Spa, Jl Villa Kandara, Bj. Wijaya Kusuma, Ungasan. Tel: (62 361) 848-2200, www.KarmaKandara.com.
The holistic Fivelements offers a Balinese healing therapy called Tri Kaya Parisudha, which focuses on cleansing the body and the spirit by aligning thought, speech and action. Tri Kaya Parisudha is available for 7-night, 10-night and 14-night packages.
Fivelements, Banjar Baturning, Mambal, Bali. Tel: (62 361) 469-206, www.Fivelements.org.
Bagus Jati offers 5-night and 10-night detoxification packages. Their programmes include educational and motivational sessions carried out by specialist doctors, detox assessments, lifestyle counselling sessions, detox spa treatments, as well as Chinese acupuncture sessions. Special bonuses are the organic foods sourced from the resort's own garden and lessons in making “jamu” - traditional Indonesian herbal medicine.
Bagus Jati, Banjar Jati, Desa Sebatu (Bukan Sebagu), Kecamatan Tegallalang, Ubud, Gianyar, 80572. Tel: (62 361) 901-888, www.BagusJati.com.
Desa Seni follows the philosophy of Eastern medicine, thought to be one of the best ways to detox the body. The experts in the resort practice acupuncture and a mix of Chinese herbology to rid the body of toxins and clear blocked energy. The detox package includes a consultation session with the acupuncturist, reflexology treatments, Desa Seni signature massage, body scrub, daily yoga and meditation. It’s available in an 8-night or 11-night package.
Desa Seni, A Village Resort, Jl. Subak Sari #13, Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Tel: (62 361) 844 6392, www.DesaSeni.com.