You’ll be experiencing Bali in an immersive way. Once there you’ll understand why it is probably the best place on earth to begin to understand the simple principals of happiness. The Balinese culture and people have much to teach us.
Bali is paradise; full stop. Its where you go to slow down, to re-learn the true meaning of life, to connect with nature, with yourself and with other people. The Balinese culture is imbued with spirituality. Like India, Bali is primarily Hindu, however they have their own brand of Hinduism with their own customs and their own personality. The Balinese are kind down to their core; it’s never put on. Once you experience it, you’ll realize how many layers we Westerners put on to hide our true selves. If you let it, this small island will dive deep into your soul, and this experience in Bali just might make you rethink your priorities and how you live your life. Regardless, we do know this: you will walk away from this treasure of a place refreshed, renewed and with a full heart.
We’ll pick you up at the airport and then you’ll check-in to our luxury wellness retreat tucked away in a quiet corner of Ubud to start off your Balinese journey. Adiwana Resort has two pools and each room has a balcony with a jungle view as well as excellent air conditioning! Get unpacked and enjoy your welcome massage.
Meet up for sunset yoga at the Pavilion to be followed by and an early classic Indonesian dinner at our hotel.
Purification & Peace
Morning yoga, meditation and breakfast 7-10
Today we’ll learn about the importance of the canang sari offering in Balinese culture and you’ll making our own with flowers found at the nearby market.
Mid-morning we’ll depart for the Bali Holy Spring Water Temple where we will explore the temple complex and experience all of the water “cures” followed by a blessing by our own Balinese priest who will guide us during the entire outing.
After our purification we’ll lunch at Bali Swing Terrace Restaurant, D’Alas on comfy chairs looking out at the jungle and the rice terraces. If inspired, after lunch, try the big Bali swing as it flows way out into the panorama of the rice fields and capture it for that quintessential Instagram pic.
This afternoon we’ll visit the Peace Village on the edge of a Bamboo forest. No vehicles are allowed here for serenity sake. Pengelipuran Village is known for its authentic Balinese culture, traditional architecture, culture and social rules. This village is self-managed by the community, and is considered one of the cleanest villages in the world.
We’ll head back to hotel for rest and relaxation or shopping in Ubud town.
Dinner tonight will be in town at Blanco, one of the finest gastronomic restaurants in all of Bali.
Morning yoga, meditation and breakfast 7-10
12 pm leave for a day at the beach at the chic Karma Beach resort.
Here we’ll take the funicular down the steep hill to a jaw-dropping private beach complete with a superb restaurant, lounge chairs and their own DJ. Karma Beach makes you forget it all and have a little fun in the sun. A large bottle of French rosé with our lunch is de rigeur.
After our beach afternoon we’ll head back up towards Ubud making a stop at a Unique atelier where we will learn how to make our own perfume.
Tonight back in Ubud we’ll enjoy the classic Legong Balinese Dance performance at the Ubud Palace followed by BBQ Ribs for dinner (veggie friendly offerings also on offer).
Monkeys and Crafts
7am Morning Walking Meditation
Breakfast from 7:45 – 8:30
This morning we’ll head to the Monkey forest to play with the local monkeys in a beautiful jungle setting.
Afterwards we’ll head for the local favorite, Sunday Ecstatic dance (let yourself dance like no one is watching!) at the Yoga Barn followed by lunch at their cafe.
This afternoon will be reserved for craft and artisan visits including: Weaving & Batik fabric, silver jewelry & wood carving,
The afternoon we’ll head back to the hotel to rest and refresh with a swim.
As the light dims, we’ll take a delightful nature walk and watch the sunset on the Campuchan Ridge. We’ll end our walk at Bridges Bali, one of the locations in
the Eat Pray Love Movie where we’ll enjoy drinks followed by a scrumptious dinner in an elegant setting.
Relaxing Reiki & a Balinese Family Feast
Today we depart for Eastern Bali with interesting stops along the way as well as lunch. Upon arrival we’ll check into the luxurious Alila Hotel which faces the Bali sea.
After unpacking you’ll enjoy a welcome Reiki treatment at Alila’s lovely spa.
This afternoon you’ll have free time to walk on the beach or take a swim in the hotel’s beautiful pool.
We’ll dine at hotel tonight on The Traditional Balinese Megibung. Megibung is a dining occasion that demonstrates togetherness in Balinese life. It is an activity where people sit together and share the food from one big plate or, more traditionally, off of a big banana leaf. The hotel does this with great style.
Beach breakfast & Boating
Today we’ll head out to have breakfast at the beach. About a 20 min drive from our hotel down a bumpy dirt track lies the secluded “Pasir Putih” sandy beach. A private butler will be waiting with a picnic style breakfast. Enjoy a yoga class on the beach and then relax or take a walk and see the local fisherman haul in their daily catch. We’ll stay for the rest of the morning and enjoy some sun bathing and snorkeling or simply laze around and read a book.
Head back to hotel for lunch followed by afternoon appointments with a Balinese healer or try a Shirodhara Ayurvedic treatment.
As the light fades we’ll relish a Sunset Boat ride followed by dinner at Vincents in nearby Candidasa for French food and some relaxing Jazz.
A culinary adventure
Optional Early Morning Agung Volcano Hike – for those very fit souls OR Optional AM Scuba Dive if you are certified (both are at xtra cost).
For the rest of us on Tuesday we’ll take part in a Bali Asli Culinary Cultural Adventure created just for us. This most beautiful traditional Balinese restaurant has created 1/2 day adventures that involve working with and meeting people in the community, discovering the area and taking a simple cooking class. Then you’ll have the pleasure of dining at their temple to Balinese food situated right in the middle of the rice fields.
Before returning to our hotel we’ll stop at the Water Temple of Taman Tirtagangga for a visit and a short meditation.
Then we’ll head back for rest and relaxation back at the hotel.
Tonight around 7:30 we’ll head out to dine simply on a meal made with love at a Traditional Warung, Budi Ayu.
Temples and Rituals
This morning we’ll visit the often instagrammed Lempuyang Temple and then trek through the rice patty’s followed by a healthy lunch.
In the afternoon we’ll visit Tenganan, a village famous for its weaving & basket making.
Final spa appointments will be available back at our resort.Tonight enjoy late afternoon Yoga on the beach to be followed by
A Sunset Fire & Flower Ritual on the beach at our hotel.
Farewell Pizza Party at the hotel.
Breakfast and depart
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