THE CHARMS OF BALI & GILI

- A Secret Retreats journey -

 

Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it.
– Eat, Pray, Love.

Bali is magic!
The island of the gods has attracted number of artist, painters, poets, explorers, spiritual seekers for a century but despite the number of visitors coming every year, Bali has managed to keep a serene pace, where ceremonies rhythm daily life. The charm of the island lies in its thousands of temples,
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always decorated for ceremonies, the music of the gamelan, the green terraced rice fields, the lush forest and the sounds of the waves… Bali is tropical getaway, a romantic destination for couples… and for lazing on a nice white sandy beach with a coconut, for diving crystal clear waters, the tiny Gili islands are the best options to relax.

Photo: Bruno and Lilka, owners of Mathis Collection who have made Bali their home since 2004 and share their secrets about the Island of the gods.

Highlight of this itinerary: a complete discovery of Bali and Beyond with

  • the fashionable Southern coast of Seminyak and Canggu
  • the spiritual arty center of Ubud
  • the nature, rice fields and volcanoes of the North
  • the white sand beaches, coconut trees and coral reefs of Gili

 

12 Nights / 13 Days

Starting price of 1,450 USD /person

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Your Journey Day by Day:
Day 1 – Arrival Denpasar Airport - Ubud (no meal)

After welcome and pick up at Denpasar airport, we will directly transfer you by private car to Mathis Retreat in Ubud, a charming small boutique hotel located at the entrance of Ubud, facing green rice paddies. Once you have settled in your room, you can enjoy the pool and for dinner, to stay quiet on first evening, why not tasting Restaurant Terracotta ‘s specialties.

Hotel: Mathis Retreat (Deluxe Room)

Day 2, 3 & 4 – Ubud (B / - /-)

Every day, after breakfast you can decide to relax and enjoy the quietness of the property or discover Ubud at your own pace, with any of the following options (extra charges apply):

  • Cycling

    Hop on your bike for a few hours in the countryside around Ubud, accompanied by your local guide, who will recommend place for lunch. In the afternoon, walk around the cultural center of Ubud and a bit of shopping maybe?

  • White-water rafting

    Raft down the Ayung River for around 2.5 hours: adventure and discovery of the flora of Bali…A meal is offered at the finishing point.

  • Cooking class with rice fields in backdrop

    Learn from Terracotta chef, in a unique setting, some of his recipes for traditional Balinese dishes… and enjoy your cooking at the end.

  • Locavore Culinary Experience

    While in Ubud, we recommend (booking long in advance recommended) to experience the tasting menu (vegetarian option available) at the Secret Tables and one of the Best Asia 50 restaurant Locavore.

Hotel: Mathis Retreat (Deluxe Room)

Day 5 – Ubud- Munduk (B / - /-)

After breakfast, departure to explore the surrounding areas of Ubud and its temples, then we will drive to the famous rice terraces of Jatiluwih, classified by UNESCO, stop by the market of Bedugul (famous for its fruits) and the temple Ulun Danu by the Bratan Lake.
We will arrive late afternoon in the middle of beautiful coffee, cacao and cloves plantations, at the village of Munduk.
Check in at Sanak Retreat with its bungalows scattered around rice fields with views of volcanoes and plantations. Enjoy the evening!

Hotel: Sanak Retreat (one-bedroom bungalow)

Day 6 – Munduk (B / - /- )

After breakfast, follow your guide for a 2-hour tour in the surrounding countryside, meet local villagers and approach the heart of Bali…
After lunch, decide if you prefer enjoy a gentle walk on your own in the village, relax by the pool or pick one of the activities we propose (extra charges apply):
- Trek by Tamblingan Lake with your guide and ride in a canoe.
- Pamper yourself with a 90-minute session massage at the Spa before dinner

Hotel: Sanak Retreat (one-bedroom bungalow)

Day 7 – Munduk – South Bali/Umalas (B /- /-)

Free morning at the Retreat, maybe a chance for a last spa session? Try a Melukat, a ceremony dedicated to the Purification of the body.
After lunch, we will drive back to the south, in direction of Umalas, ideally located between the shopping areas of Seminyak and trendy surfing beaches of Canggu. Check in at Villa Mathis a property discreetly hidden over a hectare of lush tropical garden with 4 swimming pools for your privacy. Evening at leisure.

Hotel: Villa Mathis (one-bedroom bungalow)

Day 8 & 9 – South Bali / Umalas (B /- /-)

During the 2 full days in Umalas, pick you date for a full day tour with a driver/guide to the East Coast of Bali: visit of the Royal Baths of Tirtagganga, Tenganan Village and the market of Klungkung. On the way you will also visit an old courthouse with pavilions over water ponds and paintings on its ceilings. On the way back, stop at Pasir Putih Beach, one of the few one sand beached of Bali to have a dip.
Return to Villa Mathis at the end of the day.
The other day, we suggest you to experience (extra charges apply):

  • An afternoon trip to Uluwatu Temple at the southern tip of the island and a stop at Jimbaran beach famous for its sunset and grilled seafood right on the beach.
  • A morning visit the temples of Mengwi and Tanah Lot, maybe with a lunch facing the temple.
  • Or just a romantic moment for you two with an evening 60-mn massage, a bath flower and a candlelight dinner served in the gardens.

 
Hotel: Villa Mathis (one-bedroom bungalow)

Day 10, 11, 12 & 13 – Umalas – Speed Boat- Gili Air - Hanoi (B /- /-)

After breakfast, on day 10 we will drive you to take a speed boat (we can arrange booking for the boat for you). From the harbour (Serangan) in the South of Bali it will take about 2 hours to reach Gili Air, and 10 minute by horse cart to reach Slow Private Villas.

For 3 days: enjoy Stay the charm of this very small property (10 pool villas only), located in a coconut grove, just a minute walk from the beach. Slow Villas’ concept is dedicated to calm, tranquillity and well-being. Julie, and her team, will look after you and propose some activities, from spa relaxation, to yoga, biking, diving…

On your last day the same speedboat will bring you back to the airport for your flight.

The Hotels

Mathis Retreat

Sanak Retreat

Villa Mathis

Slow Villas

12 nights / 13 days from 1,450 USD per person. The price is net and based on two people sharing a room.

VValid for travel before 31 March 2019.

 

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The Charms of Bali & Gili

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The total price includes:

  • All accommodation in double rooms at suggested hotels and cruise.
  • Meals as mentioned in the program
  • All transfers by private, spacious, air conditioned car, with provision of water and refreshing towels, and a professional driver
  • All tours as per the designed program
  • All entry fees for places you visit.
  • Government taxes currently in force (VAT, etc.)

 

The total price does not include:

  • International flights to and from your home country.
  • Beverages, personal expenses and other services not clearly mentioned.
  • Activities suggested at extra charges in the program
  • Tipping guides and drivers, which are of course not mandatory, but always appreciated, are subject to your discretion.
  • Travel insurance of any kind that you subscribe to personally
  • Any free time services: including car and driver, tour guide, lunch and dinner.

 

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Ubud Authentic (License #5841/02/HK2017)