Bali Luxury Escape 2021 – 2022
Set foot on Bali, the Island of the Gods, and be spellbound by its unique heritage, rich history, and unrivalled natural beauty. From emerald rice paddies sprawling beneath volcanic mountains to ancient temples shrouded in mystery, along with the most exclusive beaches, this is an adventure of a lifetime.
Day 1 - Ubud
Balinese Culture Tour in Ubud
Explore the fascinating city of Ubud and its luxuriant surroundings. Meet your personal driver and guide, and set off on a guided tour that will open your eyes to the art, architecture and ancient history of Bali. Hear the stories of the rise and fall of different dynasties. Learn how the unique Balinese culture was shaped throughout centuries. Visit temples framed by pavilions and pagodas to experience the pious faith of the people. Revel in views that will stay etched in your memories, from steep jade green gorges flowing with waterfalls to sculpted rice paddies serene as a painting.
Stay at Capella Ubud
A mystical stay in the heart of the jungle waits for you at Capella Ubud. Nestled within lush forests, this is a lodge experience promising as much tranquility as it does adventure.Discover a unique, tented camp working in harmony with the nature around. Tucked away within the trees, your accommodation is deep within wilderness. Relinquish your daily stresses, and submit to the raw sounds and rustic pleasures of the rainforest.Revel in the idyllic stillness of your jungle villa, complete with modern comforts and your own private salt water pool. Expect a dazzling ambiance once evening falls, as you enjoy divine dining overlooking the rice terraces, followed by live storytelling and local myths around the campfire.
Day 2 - Ubud
Tour Gunung Kawi and Local Balinese Villages
Revel in the atmosphere of the famous Gunung Kawi, an 11th-century rock-cut shrine. Step back in time and study the awe-inspiring tombs of the kings who used to rule Bali. Then go on a drive to one of the remote villages nearby, where you can spend a few hours with a local community. Discuss the legends around Gunung Kawi and understand how religion and tradition pervades through most of life here. You will feel far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life as you immerse in the peaceful landscape of the countryside. This is a private tour and a perfect day trip during a stay in Ubud.
Balinese Village Lunch and Hike
A guide will take you to remote villages to discover an authentic Balinese way of life. Sit down to a traditional lunch with a Balinese family. Tuck into dishes wafting with the aroma of spices and fresh herbs, made from recipes passed down through the generations. Appreciate a farm-to-table culinary approach that pays tribute to the season, and be inspired by the combination of local flavours and ingredients. Experience first-hand how a typical Balinese family lives and get to know the secret to building a classic house compound. Then go for a short hike. Embrace palm fronds swaying in the breeze, and listen to the rustling across the scenic rice terraces. Cherish a stirring visual symphony in remote Bali.
Receive a Balinese Blessing at Tirta Empul
Aromas of incense drift around the temple. A spiritual atmosphere hangs in the air. A local guide shows you the way. You will visit a sacred spring water temple that is revered by pilgrims in search of blessings. You are welcome to step into an outdoor bath filled with clear spring water and join in the invigorating purification ritual with the locals. Feel your spirits renewed then take some time to wander around this sanctuary of lush garden and lotus ponds.
Day 3 - Ubud
Sunset Air Balloon Over Ubud
Heed the call of Balinese adventure and go on a whimsical journey up into the air. Get onboard a giant hot air balloon, the first of its kind in Bali, and float amongst the clouds. Take in the spectacular vista of majestic Ubud and beyond, and watch as the sky turns from blue to pink during the magical hour of sunset. Bali’s landscapes are magical and this sunset flight will immerse you in its colour changes.
Private Kecak Dance Near Ubud
In a fire-lit amphitheatre you soak up an old-world image. This is Bali before tourism, Bali from a time before explorers. You will be treated to a private Kecak dance performance. Watch as a choir of fifty bare-chested men with red hibiscus flowers in their hair, don checkered cloth around their waists and robustly chant in a synchronised rhythm, depicting the battles between gods and kings. The performance is rousing and dramatic, lingering from dusk slowly into night. It tells the story of Ramayana, an epic Sanskrit poem, in a private theatre embracing tradition and legend.
Rice Paddy Romantic Dinner in Ubud
End a Balinese evening with an intoxicating gastronomical experience out on the verdant rice field, as the last rays of sun gradually dissipate over the horizon.Be seated at your private platform, amidst cool breeze and tranquillity. Wine and dine to your heart’s content. Candlelight flickers on the table and torches illuminate the field. The stars shimmer high above and mountains are silhouetted against a rising moon. All the food reflects the setting, as you settle into a multi-course feast of traditional recipes.
Day 4 - East Bali
Helicopter ride over Mt. Batur
Board a Eurocopter B2 helicopter and soar into the sky for a bird’s-eye view of Bali. Enjoy stunning aerial views of verdurous jungles and rice paddies carved out from hills. Hover above the crater of Mount Batur and spot the caldera lake. Skirt along the jungle-fringed coastline and glide past the remarkable offshore temple of Tanah Lot, solitarily braving wind and waves. This scenic helicopter ride can be adapted to your Bali itinerary. It can be a scenic flight to and from Ubud, but also part of a transfer around the island, for example, from Ubud to Candi Dasa.
Stay at Amankila, Bali
Enter a world of coastal charm and enjoy an enchanting stay at Amankila. Perched on a gorgeous hillside, beneath the great Mount Agung, you will have cultural and natural wonder at your doorstep. Stay here and discover a secluded region, full of untouched beauty.The estate itself was inspired by the Ujung Water Palace, and this is visible in the three-tier infinity pool situated at its heart. Admire frangipani-lined walkways through the treetops, and stilted suites with unparalleled ocean views.Treat yourself to a range of wellness experiences under the canopies. Stroll along the resort’s exclusive black-sand beach, then return later for private dining by the sea. Savour a romantic candlelit dinner, complemented by fresh seafood cuisine and the lulling sound of the waves.
Day 5 - East Bali
Snorkelling in East Bali
Journey to the snorkelling villages of East Bali, where your private fisherboat awaits. From Candidasa, the enticing marine site of Gili Minpang is a short sail away. Enjoy a scenic trip as you approach this mesmerising underwater world, then submerge yourself slowly into the watery depths below.Float over colourful corals, some soft, some hard, all unique in colour and style. Swim beside a company of varied sea life, and witness patterned fish glide in harmony with the sway of the ocean.Head on to Virgin Beach next, with its white sandy beaches and jungle backdrop. Enjoy a shaded lunch along this stunning shoreline, as sun-kissed waves twinkle and break before you.
Day 6 - East Bali
Jukung Cruise Along the Balinese Coast
Hop on a private jukung, a Balinese fishing boat, and sail out to the shallow waters between Bali and Lombok. Here you can snorkel amongst the vibrantly-hued reef fish. With an experienced crew, you can cruise along the pristine eastern shore and stop by one of the isolated small beaches for a swim. The captain will anchor in an azure-blue bay for an idyllic picnic. While parts of Bali are surprisingly busy, a jukung cruise evokes the true expression of this paradise island. There’s nothing around but you and South Pacific bliss.