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If you live and love fitness, why would you want to go without it on your holiday?

What should a holiday be? A break from the stresses of daily life, yes, but not from participating in the things you love doing throughout the rest of the year. If anything, it should be a chance to indulge those passions. And for those of us for whom fitness ticks that box, why wouldn’t you want to spoil yourself with a holiday based on what makes you feel good?

For more and more of us, the idea of lying on a beach and ‘doing nothing’ just doesn’t appeal anymore. Fitness and wellness travel has been increasing hugely in popularity in recent years. In 2014 chief executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents, Jayson Westbury, told the Sydney Morning Herald that ‘the general health messages are getting through to people and what better way to address that than by using your holiday to put some healthy living together.’

One such example of this trend is Hotel Komune in Keramas, Bali. Originally established as an exclusive surf resort, it is now evolving into an all-round fitness and wellness destination, drawing on the owners’ experience with creating such spaces in Australia, including the renowned Gwinganna Health Retreat in Queensland.

Designed to be the most comprehensive fitness, lifestyle and wellness offering in Bali, the new Hotel Komune Health Hub features three yoga decks, three areas for conventional equipment training, a functional training centre (for CrossFit and F45-style training), outdoor training area, and a 25-metre lap pool. Add to this eight wet and dry spa treatment rooms and a health café and organic gardens, and you have something to suit the whole spectrum of fitness tastes.

The team behind Komune – Tony de Leede, Tony Cannon and pro-surfer Luke Egan – conceived the Health Hub in part to present yoga and fitness providers with an unrivalled venue at which to conduct their own retreats with groups of clients or students. As such, the facilities go way beyond the usual gym you may find at other resorts.

One of the yoga decks, for example, overlooks the ocean and mountains, while the others cater to ‘flying yoga’ and instructor training. The functional training area, combined with the location, is like every CrossFitter’s nirvana. The pool and gym, meanwhile, meet the high standards that you’d expect in leading Australian fitness facilities.

And, to supplement all of this, the Health Hub offers a range of active experiences, from volcano climbs and shipwreck dives, to mountain biking and, of course, surf lessons. Perhaps after participating in all of those you may want to take some time to lie on the beach and do nothing for a few hours after all...

Look out for more information on Hotel Komune Health Hub at FILEX – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 10-12 April. komuneresorts.com/keramasbali