A pilgrimage to Bali for an Eat Pray Love soul-searching mission is a well-trodden path. Not least because the island has some major wellness players, including glorious COMO Shambhala Estate, eco hotspot Fivelements, women-only Bliss Sanctuary, and here, relative newcomer REVIVO.
Set up two years ago by Laurie Mias, a French yoga guru, and Gordon Oldham, a British lawyer based in Hong Kong, it is an all-encompassing concept that has quickly set itself apart with an intriguing choice of packages. The main thrust incorporates emotional as well as physical wellbeing – a focus on self-awareness and mind-training, alongside yoga, Pilates, ancient Balinese treatments and zingingly healthy food – rather than treating specific issues.
Retreats range from a ketogenic week, where the low-carb diet encourages the body to burn fat while also channelling clarity of the mind, to Nutrifit DNA-testing-led packages, sleep programmes, Ayurveda and detoxes. Before anyone steps an Ancient Greek Sandal across the threshold of the elegant Nusa Dua villa (originally built as hotelier Adrian Zecha’s holiday home), the joyful team has swotted up on their health, diet and fitness history.
Everything is low key and hushed, from the interiors to the daily prayers held at the incense-scented altar. Days start with a delivery of detox shots (warm lemon juice with sea salt, ginger kombucha and turmeric) followed by an energising yoga practice. Breakfast is miso and cucumber-seeded toast and an eye-popping pink dragon-fruit smoothie.
Then it’s over to the hybrid fitness area for a mindful workout. Most of the session is spent being aware of posture rather than running through a series of breathless exercises. Mindful journalling, eating, beach walking and meditation are all woven into the timetable. Post-workout there is time to sprawl on a double sun lounger beside the pool to top up vitamin D. The arc of the day dips down with a late afternoon yin-yang meditation session and a lymphatic massage which involves being pummelled with dumpling-like hot muslins filled with chamomile.
Anyone still awake after that can scurry over to the restaurant for a bowl of noodles before sliding into bed. The dishes – Green Dream, La Vie en Rose – look as romantic as they sound: colourful salads and broths dotted with micro herbs and droplets of nut-based creams. Every element is on the plate for a reason, to support each person’s retreat intention, be that better digestion, weight loss or brain function. On the last day, a final consultation reveals a suggested diet to follow at home, along with a programme for fitness and mindfulness. And after that, follow-up calls one week, one month and three months post-visit should keep things on the right side of the tracks – and are easier to schedule than another trip to Bali.
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- Also in Indonesia is a REVIVO Wellness Cruise that sails the turquoise reefs of Raja Ampat. For those wanting something closer to home, look out for the centres opening in France and Barcelona next year.
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- Retreats cost from about £495 per night (four-night minimum stay), full board, including daily activities, one spa treatment and wellness coach meetings (revivoresorts.com).
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