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EXCURSIONS INCLUDED IN YOUR RETREAT
Ubud Tour and Sacred Monkey Forest
This combination trip begins in Ubud and includes Monkey Forest where you can feed the monkeys,then we’ll walk to a traditional local market and have lunch at the famous Clear Cafe. Clear Cafe’s (http://www.clear-cafe-ubud.com) philosophy is “eat the food you wish to be”. In the spirit of this idea we have created a must see sanctuary where everyone can enjoy organic, delicious, pure and natural food while experiencing the magical and nurturing ways of Clear’s pure Balinese team.
“Sit with friends, laugh, eat, drink and watch Bali time stand still.” – Michael Franti
Come on in, choose your favorite table/sofa and hang out as long as you like. At Clear we are quite known for our music so please enjoy the tunes. We have over 6000 hand-picked songs (on rotation) that you will love! Our music is a little bit of all your favorites. -FOOD- we use all natural ingredients from local Balinese farmers. At clear we believe that energy can be transferred through food, so it’s very important to us how our chef’s and kitchen staff are feeling. That is why we pride ourselves on laughing, playing, and having a good time while preparing your food, so that it may be charged with life. Hee hee, it’s true. Why should healthy food be boring? At clear we promise it’s not so. Clear drinks/foods are so diverse that you may never get bored. At least we hope not. hee..hee..
Bedugul Mountain Tour:
Experience the local handiwork, fresh fruits, botanical garden and sights of Pacung, Bedugul and Lake Bratan. A highlight of this trip is a visit to Ulun Danu Temple, one of the most picturesque and most photographed temples in Bali. The temple was built in 1633 by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the lake goddess Dewi Danu.
Rice Terrace Tour & Lunch at Sari Organik (http://www.sari-organik.com)
Sari Organik specializes in growing organic vegetables and rice and making other products that can be processed from local produce. Sari Organik bases its practices on fair trade standards and tries to enrich the environment and the life of farmers and their families. ‘Sari Organik’ is Indonesian and means ‘Essence of Natural’. “We at Sari Organik started to grow organic produce 12 years ago. We started experimenting with vegetables, fruit, rice and animals, trying to find a balanced system that will sustain it self and the environment with minimal input from other outside sources. Our aim is to build a model farm, a small family business that will grow organically with the market demands and benefit all. We are building a model farm that serves as an educational center and hope to see other farmers join our efforts to bring on “Green Bali”. See menu http://www.sari-organik.com/restaurant-in-ubud-bali/organic.html
Visit Kopi Luwak Coffee plantation for tasting and tour
“Kopi Luwak coffee comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area well-known for its excellent coffee. Also native to the area is a small civit-like animal called a Paradoxurus. That’s the scientific name, the locals call them luwaks. These little mammals live in the trees and one of their favorite foods is the red, ripe coffee cherry. They eat the cherries, bean and all. While the bean is in the little guy’s stomach, it undergoes chemical treatments and fermentations. The bean finishes its journey through the digestive system, and exits. The still-intact beans are collected from the forest floor, and are cleaned, then roasted and ground just like any other coffee. The resulting coffee is said to be like no other. It has a rich, heavy flavour with hints of caramel or chocolate. Other terms used to describe it are earthy, musty and exotic. The body is almost syrupy and it’s very smooth.” – http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/kindsofcoffee/a/aakopiluwak.htm In the U.S. it will go for $300 per pound. Your tasting is included as part of your retreat. And it’s up to you to purchase some to take home, we always do! And it’s a whole lot less expensive in Bali.
Sanur Beach Club & Spa
The island of Bali is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south where we’ll be at Sanur have white sand and the ones on the East have black sand. There is good reason why Bali wins “The Island of The Year Award” almost every year. For instance, Bali received the Best Island award from Travel and Leisure in 2010. And according to BBC Travel released in 2011, Bali is one of the World’s Best Islands, ranked second after Greece. (Source: Wikipedia). This trip is a not to miss opportunity to enjoy a day spa and beach club along with riding a bike along the boardwalk if you want. Or kite surf, wind surf or just play in the water in between spa appointments.
Balinese Cultural Dinner & Dancing
We will enjoy a tour of an ancestral home, learn why it is organized as such and what the meaning is behind everything. You will learn how to make traditional Balinese offerings. And we’ll enjoy an incredibly generous dinner buffet with dance performance.
Komune Keramas Beach Club Sunset Aperitivo
Komune Keramas Beach Club is designed as your all day place to hang, re-charge and charge. Kick back & listen to tunes, scope the net, check the waves and mix good times with good people. Komune Beach Club is located at Keramas in-front of one of the world’s best high-performance right hand reef breaks which makes for spectacular viewing day & night.
Jon Huberman from Surfline, wrote this article on Keramas Surf Break… “Once an ultra-secret hideaway of tightlipped Sanur expats, in the past few years, no other spot has received more media attention than Keramas. Whether it’s Andy Irons dropping in out of a Helicopter, or any of dozens of international professional surfers adding a section to the latest surf movie, Keramas is no secret anymore. The good news is that Keramas does live up to its’ hype. It’s an excellent reef break in a classic black sand beach and rice field setting, and.. In a land of perfect lefts, it’s one of a few perfect rights. Keramas is a fun right-hander for hot dog surfing when it is smaller. In the past few years, surfers have been pushing the limits of what is considered too big to surf at Keramas. Even on the biggest days of the year, some local and international chargers have been paddling out there, returning with stories, film, and photos of glory.”
CINEMA Komune’s Keramas Beach Club includes a beachfront outdoor cinema set amongst the coconut trees of keramas with a views over the ocean, the restaurant and bar. Komune live streams weekly webcasts of the latest surfing and sporting events when avaliable. The highlights from the days or weeks surfing are blasted on the big screen for all too see as well as regular screening of latest release movies for your viewing pleasure.
OPTIONAL ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES
Traditional Balinese Cooking Class: Learn how to use some of the over 1000 spices used in Balinese cuisine to create an authentic and delicious meal. This cooking class includes a trip to the local market where you will learn about the ingredients that go into each dish. Back at the retreat you will have hands on experience with the chef on cooking such local favorites as Soto Ayam (traditional chicken soup), Rendang Sapi (braised beef in coconut milk) and Dadar Gulung (Balinese pancake filled with coconut and palm sugar). This half day experience begins at 6am (early risers get the best produce at the traditional local market!) and ends at 1pm. Booking required at least one day in advance. $65USD per person Kecak Dinner: Experience the impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island from the locals and end the tour with dinner in Sanur or Ubud. This trip begins at 3pm and lasts approximately 5 hours. The trip cost excludes entrance fees $50USD per person Scuba Diving and Snorkeling We wholly support and trust Balifornian Tours through Bali Floating Leaf as experts. Diving in Indonesia is perhaps the best in the world. Did you know that Indonesia is the most biologically diverse country in the world? It has more sites in CNN’s 10 best dive sites than any other country (4, no other country has more than 1). Indonesia is the heart of “The Coral Triangle” and can proudly claim over 20% of the world’s coral reefs, the most marine diversity on the planet, the most macro sea life, over 600 species of coral, more than 3,000 different fish species, volcanic sea mounts, deep water trenches, World War II wrecks, and more. Floating Leaf can get you to Bali’s premiere dive spots in style and comfort. Please click here for more details and information. Kintamani Tour: This cultural and sightseeing full day tour visits the artisan centers of Mas and Celuk as well as religious sites and volcanic viewpoints. The tour begins at 9am and it is straight off to Batu Bulan to experience the local Barong dance. Trips into the Ubud local Mas village and Celuk artist centers afford a chance to watch local craftsmen at work. Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, was an 11th century cave used by monks and was named for the statue of Ganesh found inside. A few minutes drive from Goa Gajah is Tampak Siring, a holy spring temple known as Pura Tirta Empul. An hour drive through the terraced fields and mountains brings the tour to Kintamani and spectacular views of Mount Abang, Mount Agung and Batur Lake. The tour lasts approximately 8 hours and excludes entrance fees. $70USD per person Balinese Wood Carving Class: Wood carvings are omnipresent in Bali and tourist options run the gamut from traditionally carved to mass produced. Take home your own wood carved masterpiece and some basic carving skills from a class taught by a local artisan. Whether working in wood, stone, bone, horn or gnarled tree roots, these craftsmen can create art out of anything. Sit with an expert at the beginning of your week and whittle away at your craft until you leave. $15USD per person