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There’s nothing like a tropical vacation to rejuvenate your senses. But if you’re sacrificing your health and wellness practices on holiday, you might feel worse than when you left for vacation. Luckily, Bali is restorative for your health and the planet. So sit back, relax, and return home revitalized and restored.
Bali is a land of breathtaking landscape, welcoming culture, and ancient healing practices. So whether you want to spend your days at a wellness retreat such as Five Elements Bali, indulge in organic cuisine at Mana Kitchen, or hike to the historic Uluwatu Temple, there are many sustainable places to stay, restaurants to feast at, and activities to enjoy, in Bali.
Here are our favorite eco-friendly locations in Bali for the sustainable luxury traveler.
Best Organic Resorts in Bali
Finding a sustainable place in Bali is where your journey begins. These resorts in Bali will leave you wanting for nothing with organic food, luxurious rooms, and wellness activities.
When you arrive at Capella Ubud, you’ll be enveloped in the peace and tranquility of the rainforest. The luxury tents offer all the amenities of a top-notch hotel, including a comfortable bed, luxurious bathroom, and veranda with views of the river and jungle. In addition, multiple restaurants are on-site, serving everything from Indonesian specialties to international favorites. You can also enjoy a treatment at the full-service spa, take a yoga class, or swim in the pool.
The resort has sustainable initiatives and gives back to the Indonesian communities. Initiatives include partnering with local farmers to grow organic fruits and vegetables for their restaurants. Capella Ubud also works with local artisans to create unique pieces which are sold in the gift shop. So if you’re looking for an unforgettable getaway in a stunning location, look no further than Capella Ubud.
The Five Elements Retreat in Bali is a beautiful and sustainable wellness retreat steeped in tradition. This is a place where you can focus on your health and well-being. Fivelements Bali is a sustainable wellness retreat that uses traditional Balinese healing methods, plant-based cuisine, and yoga to help you restore balance in your life. There are multiple packages to choose from, each with its own set of treatments.
The retreat has healing rituals that use aroma therapy and reflexology to tune into your body’s physical, spiritual, and emotional levels. There’s also a full-service spa on site that offers a variety of treatments such as Balinese Healing, massage, and facials.
The Sakti Dining Room serves plant-based nourishment in an eco-luxurious setting. The cuisine is about Mother Nature shining through and highlighting the local food grown by farmers who use sustainable agriculture. The tasting menu will delight as much as the fresh breakfast on the river after sunrise yoga.
The accommodations at Fivelements Retreat Bali are beautiful and include open-air bathtubs in a private bamboo lodge on the river. The lodges are situated among the rice paddies and offer stunning views of the mountains in the distance.
You’ll wake up to inspiring ocean views every morning in a private suite at Amankila. Suites have outdoor terraces, and some have infinity pools and private swimming. The resort has plenty of activities to enjoy, from cycling through the rainforest, hiking to watch the sunrise or a guided tour of East Bali. Amankila also offers water activities like cruising, surfing, and fishing.
If you’re looking for a more tranquil activity, the wellness spa features traditional Balinese baths, scrubs, and wraps, natural massage, holistic healing practices for your unique needs, and yoga.
With five restaurants on-site, you’ll love the Indonesian Western fusion menu of the main restaurant. The menu features fresh organic ingredients from the resort garden and free-range duck and quail that provide meat and eggs.
Sustainability meets luxury at the Legian Seminyak in Bali. Every suite includes panoramic ocean views in Indonesian-designed rooms. In addition, a full-service holistic spa and a fitness center with classes make the Legian a well-rounded experience.
There are multiple dining options at Legian Seminyak. You’ll enjoy the main restaurant with stunning views and even more delectable food choices. Using only Balinese organic ingredients, the restaurant integrates European techniques with Southeast Asian flavors for both healthy and indulgent dishes from breakfast to lunch. An on-site nutritionist makes sure all the meals are nutritious throughout the resort. There are always gluten-free, vegan, and raw food options available. Nutritional consultations can also be arranged.
The Legian Seminyak doesn’t skimp on luxury or sustainability. Legian Seminyak is certified by EarthCheck and a member of the sustainably NOW Force for Good Alliance. They have a zero plastic policy and source local and organic ingredients whenever possible.
Organic Restaurants in Bali
Looking for organic options when you’re out on the town? These restaurants are sure to please the palate with nutritious, vegan, raw, and organic options from top chefs in Bali.
Located on the resort Mana Bud, Mana Kitchen merges nutritious superfoods with innovative cuisine. Their food is available for dine-in, pick-up, and delivery. The menu features a Japanese Indonesian fusion-inspired menu. All meals are organic, probiotic, and life-nourishing. In addition, the menu highlights heirloom vegetables grown in the permaculture garden.
With a farm-to-table philosophy, Mana strives to “shorten the distance between the farm and your dinner plate.” Ingredients are pesticide and chemical fertilizer-free, avoid using MSG and other artificial additives and aren’t GMO. Mana also avoids imported ingredients, microwaving, and unsustainable red meat. If these initiatives weren’t enough, Mana Kitchen uses solar lights, filtered water, and upcycled material from Indonesia.
Moska Ubud is a luxurious plant-based restaurant and permaculture garden. You’ll be swept away by the expansive earthy decor, architecture, and greenery weaved throughout the restaurant. The restaurant is a vegan foodie’s dream with nutritious, innovative, and colorful meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Many meals are raw. Drinks feature freshly squeezed juice, smoothies, and elixirs. Most of the produce is sourced from the garden on the property, and Moska works with local farmers to source other ingredients. Check out their schedule for gourmet cooking classes, as well.
Located in Seseh, a traditional Balinese fishing village, Organic Ocean serves locally caught seafood caught that day by local fishermen you can see returning with their catch every day. Organic Ocean features multiple options for the vegan or vegetarian, from fried rice to noodle soup to beetroot burgers and stir-fry. All the fruits and vegetables are from organic farms in the Bedugul hills, and the meals are prepared in-house without preservatives, additives, or colorings. The eclectic menu features a mixture of flavors inspired by Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Japanese, and Balinese cuisine.
Alchemy is a sustainable community that offers a vegan cooking school, holistic healing treatments, and a yoga and meditation center. Alchemy’s most popular project, though, is their restaurant. Alchemy’s restaurant is entirely vegan, gluten-free, and mainly raw. Ingredients are sourced from local organic and regenerative farmers in Bali. The flavors are enticing; you can enjoy poke bowls, pizza, and smoked burgers, just to name a few. In addition, alchemy’s raw and naturally sweetened ice cream and dessert menu ensures you can indulge your sweet tooth without the adverse side effects.
This vegetarian restaurant focuses on sustainability with chemical-free fruits and vegetables, a permaculture garden, waste sorting, a plastic-free kitchen, and 75% local ingredients. The Elephant’s earth-friendly dishes range from miso ramen to spaghetti bolognaise to Vietnamese pancakes. Most meals are easily made vegan on request. You’ll also love the all-day breakfast menu and tropical cocktails.
Activities in Bali
Bali is a land of ancient traditional architecture juxtaposed with breathtaking landscapes. These places will help you get to know the heart and soul of Bali.
Gate of Heaven
Gate of Heaven (Pure Lempurang Luhur) is a sacred site located in the heart of Ubud, Bali. It’s a striking temple perched atop a mountain – an adventure in itself to visit. But the views from the top are well worth the effort, as the temple sits atop a rocky cliff overlooking the deep blue sea below. It is believed that this is where the Hindu god Vishnu rests in his heavenly abode. The site is home to several intricately carved shrines and is a popular spot for religious ceremonies.
The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is another must-see destination in Ubud. This lush forest is home to over 700 wild monkeys who live among the temples and statues that dot the landscape. It’s a great place to explore and get close and personal with these mischievous animals. The forest also features beautiful walking trails and lush vegetation.
Uluwatu Temple is one of the most important temples in Bali. It sits atop a high cliff overlooking the Ocean and is famed for its dramatic location and beautiful sunset views. In addition, the temple is home to many monkeys, which can be seen jumping and playing around on the rocks below.
Tegenugan Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall located in the central highlands of Bali. It’s a great spot to hike and enjoy amazing views of the surrounding jungle. You can enjoy a self-guided hike or take a guided tour to the falls. The waterfall is impressive, with crystal clear waters cascading over mossy rocks. Once there, you can enjoy swimming or taking a relaxing bath in the natural pools beneath the falls.
Wherever you choose to eat, stay, and play, you’re sure to enjoy your time in beautiful Bali. So which spots do you have on your Bali itinerary? We’d love to know!