The Timeless Charms of Bali

- A Secret Retreats journey -
14 Days / 13 Nights
from 2,950 USD /person

 

ITINERARY BOOK
 


This journey has been personally designed by Ibu Ati, who is a native Balinese who has traveled around the Archipelago to understand and share the diversity of its people and cultures. Here she shares her secrets about the Island of the gods

All our itineraries have generally been constructed on the basis of the rooms that have the most charm or best view, and not necessarily the first prices, nor the most expensive suites.
We can of course adjust according to your request.

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 northern coast of Pemuteran
  • the traditional village of Sideman facing Mount Agung
  • the white sand beaches, coconut trees and coral reefs of Gili or Lembongan

“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

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, we propose 2 options Gili islands and Lembongan Island.


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Your Journey Day by Day

14 Days / 13 Nights from 2,950 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 your glamping site, offering a complete privacy in each tent and lumbung (rice barns), or your private villa (2 options) - between rice fields and valley.
HOTEL: Sandat Glamping (Luxury tent with private pool) or Samsara Ubud (one-bedroom pool villa)
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: Sandat Glamping (Luxury tent with private pool) or Samsara Ubud (one-bedroom pool villa)
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 : 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 7 : Munduk – Pemuteran (B/-/-)
Departure for a couple of hours drive, to reach the northern coast. On the way, stop to visit the Banjar Temple, the only Buddhist monastery in Bali and stop at the Hot Springs in the middle of a lush garden and inviting jungle.
Head to the coast and stop at the Pukali temple, at the entrance to Pemuteran. Check in Villa Puri Ganesha Homes by the Beach, carefully and lovingly designed beachfront houses individually decorated with antiques and beautiful fabrics from all over Indonesia.
Note: the restaurant serves Pure Vegan and Pescatarian Cuisine.
HOTEL: Puri Ganesha (one-bedroom Santai Villa)
Day 8 : Pemuteran (B/-/-)
No activity – relax and enjoy the pool, spa, cooking class or a boat ride...
HOTEL: Puri Ganesha (one-bedroom Santai Villa)
Day 9 : Pemuteran - Sidemen (B/-/-)
After breakfast, departur for a long day of excursions:
In the morning, discover the colorful market of Seririt. Departure for the village of Sangsit and visit of the Beji temple, built in the 15th century and dedicated to the goddess of rice fields, Dewi Sri. Continue along the Batur Lake to the mountain village of Kintamani overlooking the volcano. We arrive at the end of the day at Sidemen village, surrounded by the rice terraces and plantations, on time for you to 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.
HOTEL: Surya Shanti (Deluxe Room)
Day 10 : Sidemen (B/L/-)
Today, live a day like a Balinese.
In the morning, leave for the local market of Sidemen to find the necessary ingredients for your Balinese culinary experience. Back at the hotel, discover a traditional Balinese kitchen facing the volcano Agung, and learn how to prepare some typical dished with our chef. On the menu:
- sate lilit (coconut chicken skewers)
- green papaya salad
- corn fritters
and more depending in the season.
For lunch, well... you eat what you have cooked! We will give you the recipe so you can try again back home. In the afternoon, you will visit Pasraman Vidya Giri, a Balinese activities school, which every day teaches the children of the village traditional dances, gamelan, meditation... in order to perpetuate Balinese traditions and values. This is a nice moment of exchange and sharing with the children
If you wish, you can bring small gifts, like soft toys, crayons, notebooks.
HOTEL: Surya Shanti (Deluxe Room)
Day 11 : Sidemen - Sanur Speed Boat – Gili or Lembongan (B/-/-)
After breakfast, we will drive you to take a speed boat (1h30) to Gili Air an islet of golden sand located off Lombok (or just 30mn to Lembongan). On your arrival at Gili, 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...
If you pick Lembongan, you will be transferred from the disembarking point on the beach to Batu Karang, overlooking the bay.
HOTEL: Slow Villas in Gili Air (Private Pool Villa) or Batu Karang Lembongan (Double room with plunge pool)
Day 12 & 13 : Gili Air (B/-/-) or Lembongan (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... The concierge at each property will assist you and recommend places for dinners or drinks.
HOTEL: Slow Villas in Gili Air (Private Pool Villa) or Batu Karang Lembongan (Double room with plunge pool)
Day 14 : Gili Air/Lembongan – Speed Boat – Airport (B/-/-)
Speed boat back to Bali, transfer to Sanur while waiting for your flight. If you arrive from Lembongan, you will enjoy “Day pass” access to the Segara Village 4* hotel located on the beachfront of Sanur.
Included: access to the hotel pool and sun beds, towel, changing room, shower, luggage storage room.
You can also have lunch and/or dinner at the hotel's restaurant (at your own expense).

If you arrive from Lembongan, we normally recommend to add one more night in Bali (to be safe in case of delay of the boat, rough sea). Depending on your flight time, we drive to the airport (domestic or international) to continue your journey.

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The Timeless Charms of Bali

14 Days / 13 Nights
from 2,950 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 Rabina Tours (license 06/D.2/BPU/90)

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