Bali is a place you go to slow down, to re-learn the simple principles of happiness, and connect with nature, with yourself, and with other people. We’ll immersively experience Bali - highlighting the best of the Balinese culture, spirituality, cuisine, heritage, and arts, while connecting with the local people and communities where possible. The Balinese culture is infused with spirituality. Like India, Bali is primarily Hindu, but they have their own brand of Hinduism with their own customs and 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 rich Balinese culture and engaging people have much to teach us. If you let it, this small island will dive deep into your soul. This experience in Bali may make you rethink your priorities and the way you live your life. Regardless, we 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 take you to the luxuriously stylish boutique hotel set in the heart of Bali’s cultural hub Adiwana Bisma Resort. Unpack, settle in and enjoy the hotel.
We'll meet for a welcome drink and dinner at around 6:00 pm at the hotel's Pistachio Restaurant.
After breakfast, transfer to the Titra Empul Temple for a guided purification ceremony in the three holy water pools. The ceremony includes blessings before entering the water and a blessing by a Hindu priest in the temple's inner courtyard after the water ceremony. All supplies, sarongs, towels, purification bracelets, incense, offerings, fees for the ceremony, etc. are included.
After the purification, we'll have lunch at a good restaurant in the Tegallalang area. Take the opportunity to try the big Bali swing as it flows way out into the panorama of the rice fields. Capture the moment for that quintessential Instagram pic.
This afternoon we’ll visit the Kintamani Village on the northeast side of Bali. The village overlooks Mount Batur Volcano and the lake. We'll stop at a coffee shop to enjoy refreshments with the breathtaking scenery.
Later on, we'll head back to the hotel to freshen up before we walk to dinner.
Dinner is at Chora, a Mediterranean restaurant in Ubud.
Our first stop, after breakfast, is a visit to the John Hardy Design Center and Showroom just outside Ubud. The center is home to 600 plus master artisans.
We'll enjoy a private lunch with the designers after we've visited the showroom and design center.
Next, we'll drive to the Tanah Lot Temple, which is on the west coast of Bali and built in the ocean. If the tide is out, Hindu priests will bless us at the base of the temple.
After returning to the hotel, we'll freshen up and drive to the Ubud Palace for the Legong dance performance.
Dinner is at Simply Social Restaurant, across from the Palace. We'll walk there, then back to our hotel after dinner.
Our adventures start after breakfast as we head to the Monkey Forest to play with the local monkeys in a beautiful jungle setting.
This afternoon is reserved for a guided walking tour of downtown Ubud and craft and artisan visits. We'll visit crafters of weaving & batik fabric, silver jewelry & wood carving.
In the late afternoon, we've planned a cooking class with the Paon Cooking School. You're about to embark on a culinary adventure unlocking the secrets of authentic Balinese cooking, using traditional ingredients and preparation methods, in a fully equipped community village kitchen.
Afterward, we'll savor a family-style meal, enjoying the wonderful food we've made. Then, we'll head back to the hotel for a good night's rest.
We'll rise with the sun for early morning yoga and meditation followed by breakfast before we head out for a day spent visiting the north/northwest side of Bali.
We'll visit the colorful Candi Kuning Market with its great selection of handicrafts and the local fruit, vegetable, and flower market.
We'll have a guided tour of the Ulun Danu Temple (built on Lake Beratan) and stroll through the beautiful botanical gardens.
On the way back to Ubud, we'll stop at the Jungle Gold Chocolate factory and store.
Dinner is yours to enjoy on your own tonight.
We'll check out of our hotel after breakfast and head for Eastern Bali. Our first stop is the Besakih Temple for a private guided tour. This temple is also called the Mother Temple. This is the largest and holiest temple in Balinese Hinduism.
We'll transfer to the village of Sideman, after the tour, and enjoy a late lunch at the Wapa di Ume Resort. If time permits, we can take the short hike from the hotel to the river valley below.
We'll check into the luxurious Alila Manggis Hotel, facing the Bali Sea, after lunch.
We'll relax at the hotel for a while before we have dinner at the on-site Salt Restaurant.
We're off for a day at the beach after breakfast. About a 20 min drive from our hotel down a bumpy dirt track lies the secluded “Pasir Putih” sandy beach. Enjoy a yoga class on the beach and then relax or take a walk and watch the local fisherman haul in their daily catch.
You can sunbathe and swim or simply laze around and read a book. Our hotel will prepare a special lunch to enjoy on the beach.
We'll head back to our hotel after lunch for an hour-long Balinese massage.
Tonight, we eat French cuisine at Vincent's in nearby Candi Dasa.
The Tirta Gangga Water Place is on our itinerary for a private guided tour in the afternoon.
We'll celebrate our final night together with a wonderful meal at the hotel's restaurant. Raise your glass and toast a wonderful holiday, where friends and cherished memories were made.
After a filling breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to the airport for departure back to your home. Its time for us to say, "Sampai jumpa, sampai ketemu " or goodbye in Balinese.
Adiwana Bisma Ubud a peaceful oasis just steps away from the Monkey Forest, our hotel offers the very best in Balinese hospitality amidst a refined and uplifting atmosphere.
Alila Manggis Hotel is one of Bali's best kept secrets, Alila Manggis is a secluded, stylish seaside resort in Manggis, East Bali. Set amidst a coconut grove, the resort nestles between the sea and the majestic Mount Agung, Bali's most sacred mountain.
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.”
The island of Gods
Bali is the most popular island vacation destination in the Indonesian archipelago. It's home to an ancient culture that's known for its warm hospitality as well as exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of exotic, local cuisine.
All entry costs and expert guides
All meals unless otherwise stated on the itinerary
Two glasses of beer or wine with dinner
All in country transportation
All activities stated on the itinerary
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 October 8th, 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 weather in Bali in October is warm to hot and still very sunny averaging 9 hours of sunshine per day. The average daily maximum is 32°C (90°F) and the average daily minimum is 24°C (75°F).