A vacation off the beaten path in North Bali leads to an inspiring place of hospitality and serenity, far away from the crowded tourist spots.
The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and the powerful presence of the island’s volcanoes invite you to enjoy the magic of Bali.
Cairn Travels will lead a small group to Bali in April 16-26, 2021. Daily yoga practice will be led by Nancy S. Smith, specializing in Vinyasa flow, Gentle yoga, Yoga sculpt and meditation. When not relaxing or practicing yoga, a private driver will escort us through the surrounding nature of the mountain jungles, rice paddies, imposing volcanoes, magical temples and hidden waterfalls.
Day 1-2: Welcome to Bali! A driver will meet you at Ngurah Rai International Airport and after a short drive, you’ll be in trendy Seminyak, right in the heart of where it’s all happening. With the glorious golden sands of Bali’s world-famous beaches only a short walk away, and surrounded by some of the island’s best bars, restaurants and clubs, you’ll enjoy a paradise getaway like no other for the next two evenings.
This contemporary beachside accommodation features townhouses, designed with contemporary elegance and luxury in mind. Each townhouse has its own private plunge pool where you can relax, and also features a sumptuous semi-outdoor bathroom.
Day 3: After breakfast, a driver will transfer us on a four hour journey to the other side of Bali. Take in the scenery; see Ubud and the rice plantations on the slopes of the holy volcanoes and their magnificent crater lakes. Arrive to a stunning view of Bali’s northern coastline while traveling through lush tropical landscape.
Surrounded by large palm groves on the Bali Sea, you’ll find a peaceful bungalow resort certain to rejuvenate and refresh the soul for the next seven evenings.
Every evening at six o’clock, there is a silent mediation. A sense of wide open space emerges in this special place of powerful silence and energy. The tall Balinese Alang-Alang roof, large glass sliding doors and cool terrazzo tiles, allows for a pleasant indoor climate during yoga and meditation practice.
The restaurant is located by a lava beach and provides stunning views of the Indian Ocean. Indulge in Asian delicacies with a buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner, as you enjoy the simple beauty of the seaside. The Ayurveda inspired kitchen serves a broad variety of delicious vegetarian meals including tofu, tempeh as well as tasty chicken provided by the local market and fresh fish delivered by local fishermen.
Day 4-10: Wake up each morning to the soothing sounds of the ocean. Views are best enjoyed from your own spacious veranda before breakfast. Each day, a meditation and a yoga session is offered. There will be time to visit temples, waterfalls, go dolphin watching and hike at sunrise to Mt Bakur!
The north of Bali has bragging rights to incredible snorkeling. 85 degree warm water right in front of your doorstep is pure delight. If luck permits, admire rare tropical fish in beautiful coral gardens passing by. The reef is under protection of “Reef Check”, an international organization.
Try StandUp Paddling (SUP) while visiting for a minimal fee.
A sunrise trekking trip to Mt. Batur is an incredible experience for anyone interested. A challenging trek takes you to the inner crater at 5,500 feet above sea level in about four hours. Wearing solid footwear and a hat is required and an early departure is necessary to avoid the heat of the day. Be prepared for a steep hike with an end reward of wonderful scenery.
Local fishermen will pick us up from the beaches near Lovina in the early morning. At sunrise, step into a traditional Balinese canoe for an incredible experience.
Local hot springs are surrounded by tropical gardens and often enjoyed by locals. Bathing in the 84 degree sulfurous water is said to be excellent for skin and general health. Tip: bring an old swimsuit or old clothes if you wish to bathe in the springs. The sulfurous water may leave yellow stains on fabrics.
Feel the mist from the waterfalls.
Visit a colorful local market.
Ulun Danu Bratan is a very famous Hindu holy temple on the island of Bali. When the lake Bratan water rises, Ulun Danu temple will look like it is floating on the water. This paradise in North Bali is located above the plateau, which is 4,000 feet above sea level, so it has a fairly cool temperature of about 68 degrees Fahrenheit, which is quite cold for most Balinese and Indonesian people.
Back at the resort, the open ocean view Pavilion and Balinese Spa, with its tropical patio, are pure oases of calm and serenity. Various cosmetic treatments, rejuvenating massages and sensual tropical flower baths enable deep relaxation and restore your spirit while the distant sounds of waves and meditative tunes softly accompany you. Enjoy Ayurveda treatments and various types of traditional, healing and energizing massages.
Day 10: After breakfast, our driver will return us to Seminyak in the late afternoon. Relax and prepare for your flight departure in the morning (evening flights are possible on this day).
Day 11: Good byes are always a little sad and wistful, but you’ll be leaving with a renewed self and with memories of an unforgettable experience with Cairn Travels & friends.
More about Nancy Smith: MA, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®
Director, Movement Works / mymovementworks.com
Nancy has been working in the field of movement education for over 20 years. She first began her dance training at the age of 3 and continued to train classically throughout college. Very soon after graduation she moved to the arts capital – NYC. After completing her MA degree at New York University’s Steinhardt School for Education, Culture & Human Development, she began working in both dance administration and education in New York City’s public and private institutions.
Nancy is an accredited instructor through Yoga Alliance. She and her studio, Movement Works are registered as continuing yoga education providers. She has traveled to Latin America, Mexico, Europe, India, Jamaica, Thailand and Indonesia to practice and share her love of movement and music.