There are several trains of thought on where to go for a short holiday and I think it depends on the sort of mood that you’re in. A few weekends back, I was trying to decide whether I wanted to go somewhere new or somewhere familiar where I could just have a lazy weekend.
In the end, I decided to have one of those relaxing, restorative weekends to escape the constant rat-race. Don’t get me wrong. I love exploring newfound cities but I was in the mood to “do nothing”.
In light of this, I decided to visit Bali, a place that will always be very close to my heart because it’s where I stood a few years ago, in a tiny chapel, perched over the cliffs of Uluwatu and said “I do”. I have always loved this island and have visited it over the years just to recharge. It’s also where I climbed breathtaking Mount Batur a few trips back. The transformative trip started with me setting off at 4am, under a blanket of stars but in just two hours, I was greeted by the rising sun at the stunning peak. It’s an incredibly breathtaking sight to be hiking through nature and there’s something very empowering about climbing a mountain. It’s hard to describe it but it makes you feel like you can do anything!
So, I was excited this time round to be checking into the beautiful Westin Bali in Nusa Dua. Nestled on a white sandy beach on Bali’s Southern Coast it felt like a quiet haven; a luxurious getaway to just kick back and relax. The moment I arrived, I wanted to feel the sand beneath my bare feet and I sat on the beach having a quiet moment, just watching boats go by and playing with sand, which always makes you feel like a kid again.
It was lovely to see the smiling staff on my way to breakfast, from the cheerful security guards to the cleaners and chefs whipping up pancakes at breakfast. You could feel the warmth of authentic Balinese hospitality throughout the resort and it made everyone feel very welcome.
One of the first things I checked out was the yoga classes taught by a teacher all the way from Rishikesh in India, where I myself had just completed my yoga teacher-training course. I jumped right into his daily classes and my holiday weekend turned out to be especially rejuvenating because I was up bright and early every morning to practise yoga on the sprawling grounds.
Doing yoga immersed in nature is an incredibly therapeutic experience for the body and mind. It was such a lovely weekend break, and I enjoyed a wonderful massage at the Heavenly Spa by Westin before I left the island. You simply cannot come to Bali without having a massage. The Balinese are famous for their legendary spa experiences and the Heavenly Spa’s attention to detail and comfort left me feeling utterly pampered. There’s something very special and unique about Bali. It’s truly got something for everyone.