The Charms of Bali and Gili

- A Secret Retreats journey -
14 Days / 13 Nights
from 2,725 USD /person



This journey has been personally designed by 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.

Highlights of the Journey:

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

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, 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.


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Your Journey Day by Day

14 Days / 13 Nights from 2,725 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing a room

Day 1 : Arrival Denpasar Airport - Canggu (no meal)
After welcome and pick up at Denpasar airport, we will directly transfer you by private car to Tugu Bali, 5 * museum boutique hotel, located on Canggu beach. Beautifully decorated, it combines elegance and Indonesian culture and antiques; each room is a real art gallery. A 15mn foot massage is offered if you like on your arrival. Afternoon tea is also offered every day.
Dinner at leisure, we can book a Secret Table in Seminyak, you can enjoy Tugu dishes or plenty options nearby.
HOTEL: Hotel Tugu Bali (Dedari or Rejang)
Day 2 : Canggu – Mengwi (B / - / -)
Enjoy morning at your own pace, breakfast can be served when you like, where you like. This is a first morning to adapt to Bali’s slow life.
After lunch, departure for a drive in a Safari Jeep, accompanied by your guide, and visit of the temples of Tanah Lot first then Taman Ayun. Return to the hotel around sunset.
HOTEL: Hotel Tugu Bali (Dedari or Rejang)
Day 3 : Canggu -Ubud (B / L /-)
After breakfast, departure for the lively Denpasar market: Kumbasari. You will discover a wide variety of Indonesian vegetables and fruits, admire the fish stalls and enjoy the scents and vibrant colors of local spices. It is also a paradise for local handicrafts with many wooden objects, ironwork, jewelry, paintings, etc. You need to negotiate the price – it’s part of the game - but these are the best prices in Bali.
For lunch, we will go to a traditional house, in Denpasar - a friendly way to enjoy a fresh and succulent cuisine, surrounded by the decorations of a traditional house very well maintained. Continuation to Ubud, considered as the cultural capital of the island, we stop to visit the Monkey Forest on the way before arriving at Mathis Retreat, (4 * charming hotel), offering a generous view over rice fields from its pool, spa and restaurant. Note: the hotel offers free shuttle to the center of Ubud.
HOTEL: Mathis Retreat (Deluxe Room)
Day 4 : Ubud (B / - /-)
Departure after breakfast, for the north of Ubud, towards the rice fields of Tegalalang. Discovery of the sacred source of Sebatu- according to the legend, the giant Indra pierced the ground and made spring "the amrita" or elixir of immortality. For over 1000 years, the temple and its two basins are frequented by Balinese for the healing powers of their spring water. Regular ceremonies are held there for purification. You will participate in a ritual cleansing ceremony “Melukat” with holy water and blessings. A very special experience!
Then we return to Ubud , the rest of the day is yours. 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 the north of Bali, along the way, the landscapes become more and more mountainous and the atmosphere is refreshing. This is the fruit and vegetable garden of Bali, with multiple plantations! En route, passing through the beautiful the famous rice terraces of Jatiluwih, classified by UNESCO. Stops to look at the different lakes of the center of Bali: Bratan, Buyan and Tambligan - 3 different shades of blue – and visit of the semi-aquatic temple of ULUN DANU, dedicated to the goddess of water, Dewi Danu.
When we reach the village of Munduk, we go for a walk to discover the lush vegetation: coffee, cloves, cocoa, wild orchids.
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 & 7 : Munduk (B / - /- )
Enjoy your time at the property, nothing is pre-arranged.
You can ask the concierge to arrange a tour in the surrounding countryside, meet local villagers and approach the heart of Bali, or you can go for a trek by Tamblingan Lake with a guide and ride in a canoe, or simply pamper yourself with a 90-minute session massage at the Spa. Extra charges apply for these activities.
Or simply just enjoy sunbathing by the pool...
HOTEL: Sanak Retreat (one-bedroom bungalow)
Day 8 : Munduk – Amed (B /- /-)
Departure for a couple of hours drive, to reach the northeastern tip of the island. On the way we make a sop at the waterfalls of Git Git, then the temple of Beji, dedicated to the goddess of rice. Landscapes change again, as you go through a more arid region, and plantations now change to peanut.
Arrival in the village of Amed, which stretches along the coast, it was once populated by fishermen, but nowadays mostly divers!
Check-in at Mathis Lodge, newly open 400m above the see, with a spectacular sun rise view over the sea. 20 bungalows share an exceptional environment, with restaurant and infinity pool of 30 m overlooking the sea.
HOTEL: Mathis Lodge (Deluxe Lodge)
Day 9 : Amed (B /- /-)
After breakfast, we take a boat for a morning around various snorkeling spots in Amed Bay: wrecks, corals ... The area's seabed is famous throughout Indonesia, and is a good combination to the reefs you will see in Gili later in this trip. Back in the middle of the day at the lodge and the rest of the day is for you to enjoy: pool, spa, treks...
HOTEL: Mathis Lodge (Deluxe Lodge)
Day 10 : Amed - Speed Boat- Gili Air (B /- /-)
After breakfast, on day 10 we will drive you to take a speed boat (1h30) to Gili Air, an islet of golden sand located off Lombok. On your arrival, you will ride a Cidomo (traditional horse-drawn) to reach Slow Villas and check-in. The hotels has 10 villas only, located in a coconut grove, just two 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...
HOTEL: Slow Villas (Private Pool Villa)
Day 11 & 12 : Gili Air (B /- /-)
The only arrangement planned for you is daily breakfast served in your villa. You have 2 full days to enjoy the beach, biking, snorkeling, or yoga, meditation… Julie and her team will assist you and recommend places for dinners or drinks.
HOTEL: Slow Villas (Private Pool Villa)
Day 13 : Gili Air – Speed Boat -Sidemen (B /- /D)
Speed boat back to Bali, via the port of Padang Bai and short drive to the village of Sidemen, which will offer you a magnificent view of the volcano Agung and rice terraces, for the last night of this journey. Check-in at Surya Shanti Villa, an eco-resort with 2 infinity pools, a riverside spa, a restaurant overlooking the valley. A foot massage is offered upon arrival.
In the evening: a candlelight romantic dinner will be served in a gazebo.
HOTEL: Surya Shanti (Deluxe Room with view on Mount Agung)
Day 14 : Sidemen - Airport (B / - / -)
After breakfast and depending on your flight time, we drive to the airport (domestic or international) to continue your journey.

Your Accommodation on this Asia Travel Itinerary

The Charms of Bali and Gili

14 Days / 13 Nights
from 2,725 USD /person

based on 2 people sharing a room


The total price includes:
Accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis
Some meals as indicated in the program
All transfers from/to airport and between destination and during excursions (private car and speed boat)
Entrance fees to all sites mentioned in the program
The massage and all excursions and activities mentioned
Local English/French-speaking guide (other languages possible when required) for all tours mentioned in the program.

The total price does not include:
VISA – Most country do not need visa for Indonesia, but we recommend you to check when you issue airtickets. Please make sure your passport is valid for 6 months beyond your departure date.
Other meals that are not included in the program.
Drinks, personal expenses, tips and gratuities.
Options and other activities not included in the program.

This Secret Journey was designed in cooperation with Bruno & Lilka and Rabina Tours (license 06/D.2/BPU/90)


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