With trips booked out in minutes and countless repeat guests, Active Escapes fitness retreats continue to exceed expectations. Melbourne based founder, Zanna Conlan is spreading his vision of a network of exciting retreat locations across the world, and in doing so is firmly establishing Active Escapes as an industry leader. Last month, I boarded a plane to Bali to see for myself what Active Escapes had to offer and I have to say they more than lived up to the hype.

Bali is the original Active Escapes destination, and it is not hard to see why. With lush landscapes, world class surf breaks and rich culture, the famed ‘Island of the Gods’ is the perfect playground for the self-confessed fitness fanatic. Luxury villas and accommodating staff will make this resort become your home away from home, showcasing the very best hospitality beautiful Bali has to offer.

Whether you bring your own friends, or make new ones along the way, by the end of your stay you will find you have made bonds that last. Despite the many different walks of life Active Escape’s guest come from, you find yourself united and connected as you grow and reach your goals, in a truly unique experience of a lifetime.

Relaxation, new experiences and enjoyment are common holiday hopes; however I’ll let you in on a little secret, you don’t have to sit by the pool all day and gorge on naughty treats to get the most out of your break. Active Escapes allows you to fulfil all your holiday hopes and much more, and it is all about overindulging yourself on the actual good stuff. Swap cocktails for exercise endorphins, blurry benders for crystal clear scenery, and greasy guilt foods for delicious and nutritious meals. Active Escapes is sure to satisfy your senses and sends you away with the souvenir of your dreams, a rejuvenated and reinvigorated you.

All retreat activities are optional and guests are able choose their participation levels, trainers then tailor work out sessions to meet individual needs. Surfing, high ropes, blissful yoga sessions and the stair challenge were among the week’s highlights. Every morning I chose to explore local surf spots with coach Zanna.

Additional activities include horse riding, golf, cooking classes inspired by local cuisine, and Aquatonic Seawater pool experiences. In my opinion the key to a fantastic trip is balance. The beauty of Active Escapes is that the planning and preparation is taken care of, so all you have to focus on is your own mind, body and spirit.