10 days…..of chic zen luxury, laughs, yoga and clean eating.
Plus temple visits and a deep dive into the magical Balinese culture. Prepare to come away inspired. This trip is for someone who has never visited Bali or for those who want to go back. It is an introduc-tion to this land which I call paradise but we won’t be going or stay-ing in the obvious places. This tour is most definitively an off-the-beaten path trip. We have found the cleanest beach in Bali, the best yet least visited temples, and the North of Bali where we will end our tour is mostly undiscovered. Ubud has been found and is much larger than when I first went to Bali but we stay outside of town in a peaceful traditional enclave and no trip to Bali would be right with-out a stay near Ubud. It is the spiritual home of Bali and where the culture is most apparent. We will learn much about how to live our lives in a more peaceful, kind and less hurried way. If this sounds like something you need….inquire today. [email protected]
Day 1 March 13th Friday arrival
Check into Dreamsea Bali or BoHo Bingin Beach Bali in Uluwatu where we’ll be staying for the first 3 nights.
Every delightful room has a stunning sea view.
Here we will rest and recover from our long trip taking dips in the sea and enjoying some yoga. Most every day of this trip you’ll be able to attend a yoga class.
A welcome massage to help cure jet lag is included for everyone who books!
* Note its a bit of a hike down to get to your hotel room or suite and a hike back up so please get your walking mindset ready. This part of the southern tip Bali is known for its dramatic cliffs overlooking the sea.
Tonight we’ll enjoy a true Indonesian meal with a mind-blowing view.
Day 2 March 14th Saturday
Today we’ll start with yoga and a healthy breakfast.
Then we’ll head out to one of the most beautiful beaches in Bali where we’ll install ourselves at the Karma beach club. Here you can snorkel, kayak, try stand-up paddle or enjoy a beach side massage. We’ll dine here for lunch at their award winning restaurant. Then we’ll head back to our hotel for some r n r.
This afternoon for sunset we’ll visit the famed Uluwatu temple in our traditional sarongs. The Uluwatu Temple perched on a cliff overlook-ing the sea is said to be a place of worship for Siva Rudra, the Bali-nese Hindu deity of all elements and aspects of life in the universe. Pura Uluwatu is also dedicated to protect Bali from evil sea spirits.
Afterwards we’ll watch the traditional Ramayana Ballet Dance which unites the various Javanese arts such as dance, drama and music on one stage and one momentum to present the Ramayana story, a legendary epos written in Sanskrit language.
Tonight we’ll dine locally on some healthy Indonesian food at a Warung (a family owned cafe) and then get a good night’s rest.
Day 3 March 15th Sunday
Today we’ll head out a bit early to take a market tour followed by a visit to the local temple to experi-ence the traditional Balinese tem-ple ritual. Then we’ll take part in a Balinese cooking class set in beau-tiful organic gardens.
We’ll lunch today on what we’ve made and then we’ll retire to the beach for a snooze or a nice long walk on the sand.
In the afternoon we’ll head to what is known to as the world’s best bar, the Rock Bar at Jimbar-ran Beach where we’ll drink and nosh a bit before heading back to rest at our seaside oasis.
Day 4 March 16th Monday
Today we’ll head north to our new home in Ubud. Taman Rahasia Tropical Sanctuary and Spa decorated in traditional style is set out-side of the hustle and bustle of central Ubud in a romantic and charming, more rural location, yet close enough to walk to many cute coffee shops the local village. After settling in we’ll take a walk around the area to discover an organic cafe with the best smoothies you’ve ever tasted. We’ll visit some local art galleries and shops and take some tea. An optional yoga class will be available to all at my favorite yoga place in the area.
Tonight after resting up at the hotel (with an option to try an open air massage) we’ll head in to Ubud proper for a walk around this vibrant village with time to shop followed by dinner at the well-known and much loved rib and dirty martini joint, Nauty Nuri’s.
Day 5 March 17th Tuesday
Today is a photo lovers fantasy.
In the morning we will head out to the famed rice patty terraces. We’ll have a chance to try out the experience of driving a moped there and back, for those not wanting to, a shuttle will be available.
Driving through the rice growing villages and seeing the local farms and rural communities is one of the most thrilling things to do in Bali.
When we arrive in the craftsmen’s village of Tegallalang we’ll take a hike and you’ll have the opportunity to take a picturesque swing out over the rice patties. We’ll stop for refreshments and 100’s of pictures along the way.
For lunch we’ll stop at a traditional roadside cafe to refresh our-selves.
In the afternoon we’ll head back to our hotel for a swim, yoga and a rest. For those who would like, a group will head over to the Yoga Barn for a class or treatments at their Ayurvedic spa.
Tonight we’ll dine at the best restaurant in Ubud, where the chef will present a nouveau Balinese menu that you’ll never forget.
Day 6 March 18th Wednesday
In the morning we’ll learn to make a floral offering that all Balinese offer daily at their home or family temple. Then we head to the Bali Holy Spring Water temple, one of the most famous and significant temples in Bali. Here, a priest will bless us as we shower under the var-ious fountains each giving us a new and important blessing or pro-tection.
This afternoon & evening we’ll be headed for a tour of a permacul-ture garden where we’ll enjoy an early dinner after exploring all the plants in their gardens.
Day 7 March 19 Thursday
Today will be a deep dive into nature. We’ll head out for breakfast in Ubud and then we’ll explore the Monkey Forest. Later we’ll head to the Tegenungan Waterfall for a dip and then to an outdoor cafe for a healthy lunch.
Heading back to the hotel we’ll stop at the butterfly park for a quick photo session before retiring for an afternoon laze at the pool or yo-ga.
Late afternoon we’ll take a sunset hike on the Campuchan Ridge trail.
Tonight we’ll see the spectacle of the Kecak Fire and Trance Dance
at a local temple. This is something you have to see to believe.
We’ll have a later meal tonight at the elegant Bridges Bali, a place known for its French-inspired food, wine and cocktails.
Day 8 March 20th Friday
Today we’ll visit the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple on a picturesque lake about 1 hour north of Ubud. After enjoying our time here we’ll take a short boat trip on the lake then we’ll head to the Munduk Waterfalls and experience the best of rural Balinese life and nature.
Then we’ll drive up to our final destination in the North of Bali, the Zen Resort retreat in the unspoiled and less-visited northern coast.
This is a wellness hotel and spa that specializes in Ayurvedic* prac-tice.
We’ll dine at the hotel each night of our stay on their healthy organ-ic meals.
Day 9 March 21st, Saturday
AM Meditation is optional and available
Head out at sunrise on a Balinese boat to see the dolphins swim. Af-ter breakfast we’ll continue our seaside play day with snorkeling and diving for those who are keen.
The afternoon will be left for treatments, walks and facials as desired.
Dine at the hotel. A treatment is included with your stay.
Day 10 March 22nd Sunday
AM Meditation available.
Today we’ll visit a local village and help prepare a meal with the family dining in traditional style.
This afternoon we’ll visit a nearby hot springs and soak in sulphuric waters. And we’ll stop before heading home to swim on a black sand beach.
Tonight we’ll have a sis-terhood party to cele-brate our last night in beautiful Bali. We’ll feast and dance and sing under the stars celebrating a paradise found as well as lifelong memories and new friends.
Day 11 March 23rd Monday
Breakfast & Depart via Van to Denpansar airport.
*Ayurveda is the ancient Indian wholistic modality practiced for 5000 years and made well known in the United States by Deepak Chopra.
$4875 includes all meals, yoga whenever you want, 2 massages plus a facial, meditation, snorkeling rentals, dolphin outing, all perfor-
mances, guides and visits plus all transport in country as well as pick up and drop at airport. Wine, a cocktail or beer with most dinners.
This price is the early bird discount, it will rise to $5275 on 6/1/19 when we announce it to the public.
Not Included: International Airfare to Denpansar, Tips for Balinese guides, extra treatments at Spa + Souvenirs + Diving Costs as well as any extra alcohol.
8 people, Maximum 10
Deposit: $1000 deposit is needed to reserve your space, balance will be due 90 days before the trips departs in March.
Cancellation policy: Your deposit becomes non-refundable when the trip minimums are met. We will inform you when that happens. At that time and not before it is safe to book your airfare. Also at that time you are obliged to meet the requirement of the second part of your payment regardless of whether or not you end up making the tour. Meaning, that you should get trip insurance for the unlikely case that you need to cancel for medical or other reasons. You will pay the final balance 90 days before the trip starts.