A Bali Vacation: Canggu Edition

Bali by Jimmy Kyle Photography
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Bali by Jimmy Kyle Photography

Image: Jimmy Kyle

When I think of a Bali Adventure I can’t help but to let my mind immediately wander to flashbacks of the popular book and subsequent film featuring an all time fave, Miss Julia Roberts. While Bali is indeed a unique paradise known to most as the island of the God’s, there is much more to this island paradise than rainbow coloured sunsets and Bintangs. In fact, The Chill House in Canggu has encapsulated exactly what Bali life is all about.
In search of my very own slice of paradise, I set off on a week-long visit to my first ever Health Retreat experience.
Surf and sun is in abundance, but there’s also an endless supply of healthy organic food, good conversation and likeminded travellers looking to chill out and enjoy the slow pace of Bali. On a typical day we wake up, eat a hearty breakfast, go for a surf, return to an organic lunch, chill out or explore Canggu during the day and reconvene in the evenings for an organic dinner at the large communal tables. Here’s more of what went down during my week at The Chill House…

The Chill House Bali

The Chill House, Bali

When I arrived at the Chill House in Canggu, Bali, I was convinced the week ahead of me would be long and perhaps tiresome with all the surf + bike escapades ahead. I certainly didn’t expect to not want to leave when the week finally rolled around to an end, but I wasn’t the only one feeling prematurely nostalgic. In fact as I was leaving a new friend I had made during my stay decided to cut short her trip to Australia and instead stay at the Chill House for a second week.
Yep, it’s really that hard to leave.
The Chill House is your home away from home in Bali. The vibe is communal and everyone who walks through the Chill House front door is welcomed to this small and ever-changing family of travellers from around the globe.
To highlight just a few aspects of The Chill House I’ll mention the surf lessons, yoga classes, meditation and energy healing, organic food, ping pong table, eight ball table, numerous pool areas, and boardgames (great alternative entertainment for the wet season).
But it was the staff who really made this health retreat stand out as a cut above the rest. Each morning you are greeted by name, your meal preferences remembered, no request is out of the question, and all is done above and beyond WITH a smile. These guys really make you feel like you’re at a home away from home in Bali.

Betelnut Cafe Bali

Around the local area I found a handful of local boutiques selling quality local brands and those from further abroad. But it was the day I stumbled upon the famous “Naga Bomb” at local Canggu cafe Betelnut that I truly fell in love with the area. Indeed, I’d come back to Canggu just for the deliciousness of this silky smooth pink bowl of yum.

Brooke Saward at Chill House Bali

Rates are around $100 per night in package deals and include all meals. Surf, Bike, Yoga and Massages available at an additional cost. Book with The Chill House.

World of Wanderlust would like to thank the Chill House Bali for inviting me to experience their little slice of paradise. As always, my opinions are my own!

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    Enamul Hoq
    November 14, 2015 at 5:07 am

    So amazing and lovely photography … specially bike photo is very natural..

    July 2, 2015 at 8:02 am

    […] you’re on a budget but don’t want to sacrifice comfort, then The Chillhouse in Canggu is the best option for you. It’s also great for solo travellers as there is a strong communal […]

    February 8, 2015 at 10:14 am

    What an unforgettable adventure! Love the communal atmosphere of the Chili House!

    February 6, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Does a health retreat also require you to change your diet for that week?

    Characters & Carry-ons

    January 24, 2015 at 3:18 am

    Oh my gosh, this sounds wonderful! I’ve been loving your photos on Instagram. Definitely going to look into this; what a relaxing vacation!

    Amanda Beth
    January 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I want to head to Bali right now and move into the Chill House! It sounds and looks like perfection. I just returned from a trip of my own to India and Thailand. As soon as I got back to the US I was ready to leave again. Your blog has inspired me even more!!

    Jake Ryan
    January 22, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    Great photos. I’ve been toying with the idea on visiting Bali and I think you’ve just made my mind up 😀


    LEE @ Modern Granola
    January 22, 2015 at 11:13 am

    This looks amazing! I always picture myself riding a bike in bali because of that movie as well! Thanks for sharing. Fun post!

    Christine @thetraveloguer
    January 22, 2015 at 1:14 am

    Aw, I love Bali, it’s so nice. I think I’ll head to Canggu on my next trip, it looks beautiful. 🙂

    January 22, 2015 at 12:54 am

    Looks like a nice place and is relatively priced. Must have been a great experience.

    January 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    What an amazing post! Thanks for sharing your experience and we are glad to have you as part of The Chillhouse Family. Come back anytime. 😉

  • awanderlustblog@OUTLOOK.COM'
    January 21, 2015 at 8:49 am

    sounds pretty fabulous and loving your light hair 🙂

    My Seasoned Travels
    January 21, 2015 at 7:07 am

    It would be worth it just to go for that DRINK!! Mmm-mmm! 😀

    January 21, 2015 at 6:55 am

    How fun! Bali is so close, we need to head on over there!

    January 21, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I love posts like this one 😀 Showing a beautiful part of the world and inspiring others to go. Your photos are, as always, amazing 🙂 That Naga Bomb looks delish. I’ve been fascinated by Bali for awhile, one day I will have to visit. Thanks for sharing!


    January 21, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Looks so nice! Wish i could get there one day

    Pho Queen Victoria
    January 21, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Oh man, that sounds like an amazing place. Bali is definitely on my travel list, and I just might have to stay at The Chill House.

    January 21, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Must. Try. A. Naga. Bomb.

    Always enjoy reading your posts, Brooke!

    Jennifer @ This Off Script Life
    January 21, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Thanks for sharing, Brooke. I’d love to visit Bali one day.

    Clipping Path Outsource
    January 21, 2015 at 4:50 am

    On bike in Bali so fantastic 😉

    January 21, 2015 at 4:10 am

    I’ve wanted to visit Bali ever since watching Eat, Pray, Love! It sounds like you had a wonderful time!

    January 21, 2015 at 3:48 am

    Looks amazing! Bali is definitely one of my dream destinations.xx
    Lara from

    January 21, 2015 at 3:47 am

    This looks so nice, wish I could fly to Bali right now!

    xx Cheyenne

    January 21, 2015 at 2:19 am

    It’s more affordable than I thought. Really enjoyed looking at all your Bali photos recently, such an amazing place!

    Sarah Laurence
    January 21, 2015 at 1:54 am

    It’s amazing how staff can make or break a place – no matter how informal or fancy!

    Sounds lovely.

    The Daily Miacis
    January 21, 2015 at 12:20 am

    A place on my bucket list 🙂

    January 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    Great! Bali is my dream destination. Right next to Australia!

    January 20, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    NEED TO GO THERE!!! Thanks for sharing!

    Uros @ Fine Stay Slovenia
    January 20, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    Bali is near the top of my list of places I want to visit. It looks gorgeous.