Why Naya Bali is Ubud’s Best Hidden Secret

The resort comprises traditional Indonesian villas | Image courtesy of Naya
The resort comprises traditional Indonesian villas | Image courtesy of Naya

There are plenty of wellness retreats in Bali, but emanating a welcoming, peaceful vibe that is instantly therapeutic and soothing for the soul, Naya Boutique Retreat Centre is a charming healing hideaway in Ubud you can’t miss. CompareRetreats.com head to Naya for a week of yogi magic, and we’re not disappointed… 

Location

Perched by a river and surrounded by picturesque rice fields and lush tropical gardens, Naya is a mere five-minute drive from Ubud’s main street, yet feels like a secret hideaway.

Something about four-poster beds makes us feel instantly better | Image courtesy of Naya
Something about four-poster beds makes us feel instantly glamorous | Image courtesy of Naya

Accommodation

Blending Indonesian architecture with modern amenities, Naya has a total of four rooms, with options for single, double, triple and quadruple occupancy. Each chic space has a private balcony with garden views and flaunts high thatched ceilings, teak wood furnishings, oversized windows and roomy ensuite bathrooms.

Created in harmony with the surrounding tropical landscape, each cosy corner of the retreat has been mindfully constructed with tranquillity in mind. Naya also offers accommodation in its ‘Rainbow Villas’, 10 cute bungalows that are a two-minute stroll from the main retreat. Offering twin beds for single or double occupancy, along with ensuite bathrooms and front porches with panoramic rice field views, these simple yet tasteful rooms are a good option for those on a budget.

If on the other hand, you want to splurge and book a private residence, book ‘Villa Naomi’, a private oasis with two large twin beds, a private swimming pool, kitchen and private yoga shala.

Fresh and organic is Naya's food focus | Image courtesy of Nikolai Chernichenko
Fresh and organic is Naya’s food focus | Image courtesy of Nikolai Chernichenko

Food Programme

Based on the belief that it’s important to nourish the body and mind by delighting the senses through wholesome, healthy food in a beautiful atmosphere, Naya serves up garden-fresh local organic produce that nourishes health-focused travellers. While the bulk of the menu focuses on Balinese specialities, the kitchen also offers a tasty array of international, vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine.

For raw or vegan meal requirements for your retreat, Naya selectively outsources to top raw vegan chefs who can cater for groups. Guests can enjoy meals in the privacy of their own balconies or gather and connect with fellow retreat residents at the communal dining table, which seats up to 25.

The Naomi Villa private yoga shala | Image courtesy of Naya
The Naomi Villa private yoga shala | Image courtesy of Naya

Treatment Programme

Offering three, five and seven-day retreats, Naya is an ideal place to recharge and relax.  Lovingly designed to energise, inspire and awaken your spirit, Naya’s nourishing retreats are split into three categories: ‘Chill Out & Recharge’; ‘Bali Adventure’; and ‘Yoga & Bali Culture’.

Catering to individuals, couples, groups and families, who wish to relax and reclaim inner and outer balance, retreat schedules are lighthearted and tailored to individual requests, leaving plenty of time for guests to chill poolside and explore beautiful Bali.

Geared towards yoga devotees and newbies, Naya has a 1300 square-foot wood-floored yoga shala that accommodates 40 people, which is used for yoga classes, live music performances, dancing, Capoeira classes and meditation sessions. Although the retreat doesn’t have a fully equipped spa facility, Naya offers traditional Balinese massages in its casual, open-air relaxation zone. It also has a steam grotto which is perfect for melting away the toxins.

Chill out by the pool | Image courtesy of Naya
Chill out by the pool | Image courtesy of Naya

Results

Expect to feel…like you’ve spent a nourishing week being nursed back to health in a dear friend’s house. What we love about Naya is the intimate atmosphere, and their yoga-centric programme which feels uncomplicated and focused. 

Naya Boutique Retreat Centre | Jalan Raya Sayan, Gang Puskesmas Ubud II Banjar Kutuh, Desa Sayan, Ubud 80571 Bali, Indonesia | +62 (0) 361 975 775 | Facebook | Instagram

Rebecca Walker

An authority on all things wellness, Rebecca is the former Editor-in-Chief of popular luxury lifestyle publication Asia Spa Magazine and the Founder of boutique consultancy The Wellness Nomad. Born in Australia and based in Asia for over a decade, she is an avid writer, traveller and certified yoga teacher whose passion for holistic health has led her to some of the world’s best resorts and healing sanctuaries. Visit her website at www.thewellnessnomad.com or email her at rebecca@thewellnessnomad.com.

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