Bali is a place where you go to slow down, to re-learn the simple principals of happiness, and to connect with nature, with yourself and with other people. We’ll be experiencing Bali in an immersive way. 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. The Balinese culture and people have much to teach us. 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’ll walk away from this treasure of a place refreshed, renewed and with a full heart.
Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip
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 a welcome drink at the Pavilion to be followed by and an early classic Indonesian dinner at our hotel.
We'll start our day with morning yoga, meditation and breakfast.
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 Balinese priest.
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's 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 Mozaic, one of the finest gastronomic restaurants in all of Bali.
After a morning of yoga and meditation, we'll 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 dinner at Simply Social.
Legong Balinese Dance
We'll rise with the sun for yoga and meditation before we head out.
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 local restaurant.
This afternoon will be reserved for craft and artisan visits including weaving & batik fabric, silver jewelry & wood carving. We'll explore more of the town after and grab some lunch.
As the light dims, we’ll take a delightful nature walk and watch the sunset on the Campuhan Ridge. We’ll end our walk at Bridges Bali, of the iconic locations from the movie "Eat Pray Love," where we'll sip on drink.
Later on, we'll return to the hotel after the walk to change before taking a transfer back to Chora restaurant for a scrumptious dinner in an elegant setting.
After unpacking you’ll enjoy a welcoming wellness 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.
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.
You'll have your choice of how you want to spend your day. You can choice spending the day in the village or an optional early morning Scuba Dive (at extra cost).
Bali is one of the best places in the world to try Scuba Diving. If you aren’t an experienced diver but want to try diving, this is the perfect place to try a Discovery Dive. A discovery dive starts with a dive in the pool and then an ocean dive with an instructor. If you are certified, you'll have 2 dives in the water to see all the underwater beauty Bali has to offer(at an extra cost).
For the rest of us on Tuesday we’ll take part in a Bali Asli Culinary Cultural Adventure and flower making 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.
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.
We'll celebrate our final night together at a farewell Pizza Party at the hotel.
After a filling breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to the airport for departure back to your home.
Cathy Gotfried from Canada is very excited to host our Bali tour. She’s been in the travel and tourism industry since 1986 and she considers the magical island of Bali her 2nd home after 35 trips there since 1983. “For me, Bali is paradise. A place to take a deep breath, embrace simplicity, connect with local people and the community, surround myself with nature and reflect upon the blessings of life. There is nothing more rewarding than escorting a group of women and experiencing their joy and fullness as they are awestruck with the beauty, culture and spirituality of Bali.”
Everything on the itinerary above including all transport in countr
2 spa treatments
All entry costs and expert guides
All meals including wine or beer or the occasional cocktail with dinner
All classes, boat rides, snorkel gear, performances or experiences.
The volcano hike or the scuba experience
Any visas or inoculations required
Additional spa treatments beyond those mentioned
Any personal souvenirs
Travel and Medical Insurance (required)
You are going to want to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport.
The trip officially starts on April 27th, but if you are traveling across an ocean to get to Bali, you may want to consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax and get acclimated to the local time zone. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of booking your room for you and make sure that you are kept in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts.
We will have a zoom call about 6 weeks before the trip starts to discuss all that information and give you a packing list. Here is a great website that we love that will help you with packing and travel trips.
The sunny days have arrived in Bali in April! Expect highs in the mid 80's and the lows in the low 80's. Maybe bring a light rain jacket just in case.
Everyone 18 and over must be vaccinated to enter Indonesia.