Yoga, meditation and relaxation at the beautiful Udara resort, Bali

 

I recently stayed in Udara Bali resort which is a place hidden in-between the beautiful rice fields and a few meters away from the sea. Udara Bali is a healing yoga resort offering a wellness and detox lifestyle. I love going to this place for a weekend to completely zone out and get physically and mentally recharged. Its architecture will get you speechless from the moment you walk in!

 

Where is Udara Bali resort

I love the open space that this resort has, giving you lots of breathing space and a sense of calmness. Its located in a very quiet area called Seseh which is walking distance from Echo beach in Canggu. Before visiting Udara Bali I never even knew off this beach! This spot is a lot less touristy compared to any beach near Canggu and you are surrounded by palm trees and huge rocks which create a real Bali vibe!

 

 

What can you do at Udara Bali resort

As you are only a few meters away from the sea you can hear its waves in the background while laying in your bed. Everything gives a sense of calmness and balance. Even the architecture is in harmony. The architecture is beautiful and typically Balinese with its straw roofs, bamboo, wooden rooms and green plants. It all creates a cosy and tropical atmosphere!

The resort has different levels which are all open and have the most incredible view. On the top floor you have a great panoramic view over the sea, on this level they also practise yoga and meditation. Imagine that, you open your eyes after meditation and you set your eyes on a view over the sea and the palm trees – its dreamy. They hold different types of yoga classed such as Kundalini Meditation and Hatha Yoga. If you are interest then click here for their monthly schedule!

 

 

My favourite thing about this place is taking a swim in their swimming pool! This pool is beautifully taken care of into its last detail. Different artists made the art sculptures that surround the pool. The architecture holds hidden meanings, secret monkeys hiding in-between trees and caves surrounded by sculptures. This has to be one of the most magical pools I have ever been in!

 

 

The pool has three different types and temperatures of water. And when climbing down the rocks a sauna, steam room and meditation room are all hidden in-between the sculptures hidden inside the cave.

 

 

What can you eat at Udara Bali resort

As Udara Bali resort offers a detox lifestyle you could expect the food to be healthy and tasty. However, little did I know that I would fall in love with the chef! The food they serve is fresh, clean and full of vibrant flavours!

My favourite smoothies are both the ‘Pina Collada’ and the ‘Super green’. The ‘Pina colada’ (40k Idr/2.20 pounds) consists of pineapple, ginger, dates, coconut milk and cinnamon. Its sweet, tangy and smooth all at the same time. Perfect for an afternoon delight. The ‘Super green’ (40k Idr/2.20 pounds) consists of apple, cucumber, spinach, celery and lime. This juice is perfect for a detox  or to get a little health boost in the morning. Its extremely fresh but still has a sweet flavour taking away a little of the overly green taste making it absolutely delicious.

 

 

When looking at the food menu you notice that there are options for vegetarians, vegans and pescatarians. My favourite lunch dish and dinner dishes is the ‘Mexican quinoa wrap’ (54k Idr/ 2.90 pounds) and the ‘summer roll’ (54k Idr/2.90 pounds). The ‘Mexican quinoa wrap’ is made with black beans, quinoa, corn, guacamole, capsicum, lime and coconut yoghurt. This dish is filled with flavours, its comforting but the coconut yoghurt gives it a fresh kick. Leaving you feeling full and satisfied but still feeling like you have eaten clean and healthy food. Its perfect, crunchy, delicious, fresh, creamy and flavours dance in your mouth.

 

 

The ‘summer rolls’ is a much more fresher dish with crunchy rainbow vegetables, coriander, quinoa and peanut sauce. This dish tasted raw, fresh and delicious. Dip the rolls into the crunchy creamy peanut sauce and you have yourself a mouth full of delicious goodness.

You can enjoy their great food for breakfast, lunch and dinner as they have a restaurant open at all time. There is also a bar located next to the swimming pool in which you can enjoy your snack at anytime! Just dip yourself into the water, swim over to the bar and enjoy your ‘Pina Colada’ while your still in the water hanging on the bar. I mean, what more do you want!

 

 

I woke up from the sound of the sea, opened my curtain and looked over the beautiful architecture and swimming pool and instantly felt at ease. Nevermind a morning shower when you can dip yourself into a freezing cold bath just outside. I highly recommend you to visit this stunning place for a romantic weekend or a mental and physical detox holiday on this beautiful island.

If you would like to find out more or want to visit Udara Bali resort go to www.udara-bali.com. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with it just as much as I did!

 

All images shot with my beautiful Leica Q  – who never leaves my side!

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