Full Disclosure: I received a discounted rate at The Chillhouse in exchange for a review but of course, all opinions are my own.
Heading to Bali, I had three things on my agenda – yoga, surf, and eat all the smoothie bowls. So when I found The Chillhouse – a yoga and surf retreat which included organic meals, I felt I had hit the jackpot. Plus it was located in Canggu, a chill surfer town that was high on my must visit places.
For a backpacker who usually looks for some of the cheapest accommodations, walking into The Chillhouse felt like a complete oasis (without the high-cost luxury price tag). There are beautiful palm tree lined paths throughout the resort, two outdoor pools, a yoga studio and a gorgeous coworking space.
They have a variety of rooms that accommodate single travellers, couples or even families/groups. We stayed in a double bungalow which had a comfy bed, in room safe, mini fridge and an outdoor shower! I cannot tell you how excited I was about this feature. I don’t know, maybe it’s not a big deal but to me, I felt like I was in a movie.
The Chillhouse offers daily morning yoga sessions in their onsite open-air yoga studio. They had a variety of classes in the schedule including Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yin with different instructors. Tom and I took two classes and really enjoyed them both. They were definitely suitable for beginners and because the class sizes are small the instructors were able to provide a lot of adjustments.
Okay, so when I first showed up to The Chillhouse I was a little surprised that it wasn’t on the beach. Being labeled as a surf retreat I sort of expected it. However, that is totally my own fault for not glancing at a map. Tom definitely knew it wasn’t on the beach. The beach is only a 30-minute walk or quick 10-15 minute bike ride away (which are provided for free).
The Chillhouse offers surf lessons with small groups 1-2 people per instructor only. Tom and I opted to forgo the lesson and just rent boards ourselves on the beach as we heard it was a pretty good beginner beach and we have taken lessons before. So while I can’t personally speak to the lessons offered, we did talk to a number of people staying there that took them and they raved about them.
As The Chillhouse is meant to be a retreat, two meals a day are included – breakfast and supper. There is an on-site restaurant to order lunch and snacks throughout the day as well, for reasonable prices.
The food was ah-mazing! For breakfast, there is a selection of smoothie bowls, yogurt bowls, pancakes, eggs, etc. You are free to order as much as you like and there is also always a fresh made juice and tea/coffee available.
Dinner changes every night but was always tasty. There was lots of variety, tons of vegetables and plenty of food to go around. Dietary concerns are accommodated too as they provide vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free menus. Plus, they serve the dinners in a group setting which makes it easy to chat with and meet other travellers.
Even Tom, who is not a foodie at all, has not stopped talking about the food at The Chillhouse since we left… particularly the breakfast.
The Chillhouse is a co-living space. That means that unlike hostels, you have private rooms, but you still share common spaces and eat meals together.
Tom and I often find that it’s difficult to find like-minded and similar aged travellers. Hostels tend to be the younger party crowd, which is no longer our scene, and when you’re staying in private accommodations, it’s harder to meet people. This type of atmosphere is the perfect solution and draws in a crowd looking for a chill space rather than a party space.
But probably the best part about my experience there was the staff. They are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. Every single person takes the time to introduce themselves. They are there to help you with whatever you want and you can really get to know more about Bali and the local people by taking the time to chat with them.
Overall, I loved my time at The Chillhouse. I truly would have written the exact same post regardless of my affiliation with them. If you’re heading to Bali, this is a must visit place! You won’t regret it.