Hidden away from the busy bustle of Bali traffic, Escape Haven is the ultimate active spa retreat that gives you everything you hoped for and more. This is a week-long, women-only spa that accommodates 15 or fewer women per retreat to ensure that every single guest experiences the perfect pampering week of her dreams. As the founder Janine Hall likes to say, the most difficult decision you will have to make every day is choosing which spa treatment to receive or to whether to have more banana pancakes (the answer is YES!)
There are four activity packages to choose from: Revive (surfing), Refresh (yoga), Renew (fitness), and Ayurvedic (Balinese healing therapy). The days are designed exclusively to please you, and the staff is all ready to go above and beyond to support your needs and even more amazingly, change of mind. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The day starts with your chosen activity in the morning (or not!), one hour of spa treatment of your choosing, then sunset yoga, all punctuated by delectable, healthy and colourful meals. There may be additional activities for you to partake in, ranging from tarot card reading, Balinese healing, shopping, bike rides, cooking classes, jewellery making classes, or if you have something else in mind, mention it to the staff and they will do everything in their power to make it happen. They even seem to possess a sixth sense to anticipate your needs even before you realise you are craving a cup of coffee or a glass of homemade tumeric jamu.
What this article can’t prepare you for though, is the strong bonds of friendship you will create with the other women who join you during your week of healing and self-discovery. The amount of positivity you will draw from this instant support network will be something you can lean on even after you leave Escape Haven.