Being an avid health devotee, I was delighted to end my Bali adventure with a stay at the charming Nuala Retreats, promising a restorative and sacred space in which to cleanse and rejuvenate.
This boutique lifestyle retreat is held in a luxury villa complex, located close enough to the buzzing hive of Seminyak, yet nestled just far enough out of the way on a quiet street in Umalas. When you enter the villa, you feel a whole world away from any hustle and bustle. Peace, serenity and fresh coconut water greet you upon arrival.
I am a strong believer that the atmosphere you are in is integral to any personal health journey, so it is very important that the surroundings of a lifestyle retreat support you in this. Nuala has definitely succeeded in creating a place of healing.
The garden is lush and tropical, echoing the natural beauty of the Balinese landscape and I felt immediately soothed just being surrounded by an abundance of beautiful nature. This is enhanced by the innovative design of the villa complex, which architecturally wraps around a large central pool, dotted with frangipani trees and a très chic cabana to lie back and let yourself unwind in.
The interiors are a seamless blend of traditional Balinese features and a modern boho-luxe aesthetic, which will appeal to yogis and jetsetters alike. Think designer outdoor bathrooms (those showers are to die for!), a communal dining space that could be straight from the pages of Vogue Living (prepare for plenty of heartfelt conversations with other guests over nourishing fare), and bedrooms with all-white-everything, save a few splashes of invigorating Prussian blue (believe me, sleeping well here is easy).
The staff are the most beautiful and caring souls. I was really blown away by their warmth and attentiveness to my every need, beginning from the individual wellbeing assessment when you arrive through until organising my transport to the airport at the end of my stay.
The cuisine is fresh, healthy and full of traditional Balinese flavours. I enjoyed light, cleansing breakfasts that consisted of a huge green juice and fresh tropical fruit bowl. Lunch was different each day and always catered to my vegan diet with dishes such as quinoa salad or fresh rice paper rolls bursting with raw vegetables and tempe. If you want to do a fasting program, Nuala Retreats can also cater with a liquid protocol for deeper detoxification.
There are plenty of activities you can add on to your retreat experience, such as yoga and surfing. My personal highlight was being pampered with an incredible sunset massage in the onsite alfresco day spa space.
I think what really sets Nuala aside from other retreats is how intimate and individualised it is, given the smaller space of being housed in one villa complex. I loved that there was plenty of bohemian charm which made it unique compared to large-scale resorts, whilst still being utterly luxurious. I left feeling energised, rested, and calm. My only regret was that I wasn’t staying longer at this little healing haven!
This review of Nuala Retreats has been written in collaboration with @theasia.collective.