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
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.
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.
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!