Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Fitness Retreats

by Justin Ocean

Como Shambhala Estate, Ubud, Bali

Perfect for: Inner-peace ingenues

Sweat it out: "Ommm…OMG, is that Daniel Craig pulling a perfect lion pose?" These are the thoughts that may cloud your head during pranayama class at the cultishly popular Como Shambhala Estate in gone-to-(Hindu)-heaven Bali. Banish them, much as you did any nondesigner swimwear from your suitcase before coming. A favored retreat of rock stars and celebs, the focus here is your total holistic health. Your tailored wellness program might include tapping into the secrets of Ayurveda, working with a personal trainer to jump-start a new routine, submitting to a cleansing, or improving your emotional health. Expect at least one killer massage and plenty of time for daily activities like tai chi and quiet treks through rice paddies.

Cool down: The estate itself is enough to put you in a Zen state: 23 magically serene acres, bursting with tropical gardens that slope down to the Ayung River. The 30 rooms and suites, housed in thatched-roof villas, billow with white fabrics and are scented with fragrant woods. Each villa has a whirlpool tub and aromatherapy products, although laying out by the common infinity pool instead can be equally therapeutic. Nutritionist-guided Balinese cuisine—lime, chile, and coconut fern-tip curry, for instance—from executive chef Chris Miller (formerly of Sydney's Rockpool) is a thrice-daily ritual in itself, lingered over in open-air restaurants. Spiritual bliss is a dish best savored slowly.

Como Shambhala Estate
Bali, Indonesia
Tel: 62 361 978 888
Three-day retreat, including meals and related spa treatments, from $1,400 per person. Prices vary according to length of stay, program, and room type

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