Last September, newly single after the end of my 25-year marriage, I decided to go on my first solos holiday.
Bali, an island paradise synonymous with the honeymoon market, may not have seemed an obvious choice but it is also home to a range of world-class spa retreats, including the magical Spa Village Resort Tembok, which offers a special nurturing package aimed at lone travellers.
This adults-only resort boasts its own private beach and a range of personalised wellness packages, including the Return To Yourself Yoga & Wellness programme. Guests are invited to choose their own activities, and there is a range of treatments, classes, cooking and craft workshops that are all geared towards finding a sense of balance.
It meant I had as much or as little to do as I wanted – and I didn’t once feel at all like I was alone. There were daily yoga and meditation sessions that, as a novice, I found easy and relaxing. I spent afternoons by the infinity pool.
All guests receive a 50-minute indoor treatment for each day of their stay.
It starts with the Segara Giri ritual. Segara means ocean and Giri means mountain, and the process begins by burying your feet in black volcanic sand in a bamboo pit. The pit is then filled with fresh salty steam for 20 minutes or so. It is a unique and invigorating experience and the perfect precursor to a 50-minute Balinese massage.
This combination of treatments worked wonders on an ankle injury I had earlier incurred on a trek to the peak of Mount Batur to catch the sunrise.
The resort hosts regular evening events and I was lucky to catch an incredible performance of the Kecak, a traditional Balinese dance. It was the perfect accompaniment to dinner, which was served in the candlelit main garden. I returned feeling confident that a solos holiday was something I wasn’t just capable of, but can thoroughly enjoy.