When in doubt just in case you find yourself not knowing the etiquette learn how to say ‘ma’af sekali’ (very sorry).
1. Body language: it is rude to point with the index finger. Use, instead, your thumb and always your right hand (left is seen as impure). The head is seen as sacred, so avoid patting children’s heads, and refrain from displaying the bottoms of your feet (also seen as impure). Talking with your hands on your hips is a sign of contempt, anger or aggression.
2. Hospitality: handshaking is customary for greetings (again, use only the right hand). A common method when greeting in passing is to press your palm to your friend’s palm in front of your chests, fingers point upwards.
3. Visitors: always welcome with refreshments, but refrain from eating or drinking until host says ‘silakan’ (please begin). When eating with hands, first wash hands, then use right hand only. Sandals and shoes may be left outside the entrance the home.
4. What to Wear: When visiting rural villages, skimpy attire is not considered appropriate.
5. Bargaining: in a Balinese market, haggling over price is not considered impolite, but be pleasant. Bali is not one of those places where making an agitated display of negotiations is considered part of the process. Smile, and insist on the price you want to pay, and if they refuse your price, smile, say ‘thank you’ (terima kasi) and walk away.
1. For BOTH men and women, when entering a temple, wear a sarong around the waist.
2. Please ask permission before taking pictures.
3. Please avoid pointing the soles of the feet towards the shrines if sitting on the ground.
1. LOTUS VILLAS: The Lotus Villa offered deluxe rooms with air condition and built in wardrobes in each room. All rooms have a pond and garden view. Each floor of the two story Lotus Villa building have their own bathrooms each with two wash basins, showers and toilets. Two single beds or one king available in each room. The ground floor rooms 1 – 3 share the downstairs facilities while the second floor rooms 4-7 share the upstairs facilities.
2. TERRACE VILLAS (include these):
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Sound of Sunshine: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features two double beds, shared bath and 2nd floor views.
Garden Room: Relax in a gorgeous garden setting with private terrace and private entrance. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with the Koi Room on the ground floor.
Koi Room: Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room. The room features a queen bed and an adjoining tropical outdoor bath with Garden Room on the ground floor.
On our retreats we include way more than just yoga! These are transformational life-coaching experiences. And part of the fun is exploring new ways to expand your range. While in Bali we have many excursions included but there are more you might consider.
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
Ubud Tour and Kecak Dinner:
This combination trip begins in Ubud and includes Monkey Forest, the Royal Palace and the traditional local market. The tour also makes stops in Mas, Batuan and Celuk villages to see local artisans working on traditional Balinese wood carvings, art and jewelery. In Batubulan 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
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
Bedugul Mountain Tour:
Visit Taman Ayun Temple and Monkey Forest where you can spot bats sleeping in the trees and feed the monkeys. 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. This trip begins at 9am and 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