Bali is known as the “Island of the Gods.” Its filled with spiritual culture, kind-hearted people, and has something to offer budget friendly travelers right to the super rich.
Where to stay:
Fly into Denpasar and start out in Ubud. It’s about a $30/1hr cab ride from the airport. Connect with where you’re staying beforehand and as soon as you arrive your cab driver will be there to greet you. Trust me, it’ll cut down on travel stress and make your trip worry free. Some places may offer this service as part of their package too.
Ubud a great little yoga spot. It’s crafty has lots of fun shopping. For myself, I’ve never felt safer traveling. It’s super friendly, artsy and for the most part pedestrian friendly.
I didn’t go for a yoga retreat but I stayed at Ubud Aura. Highly recommend! It’s right next to the “Yoga Barn,” and if you’re not there for a retreat you can still pop in and pay per yoga class. Ubud Aura is about $30 per night.
Even you’ve never tried yoga this is a beautiful place to start. I didn’t even know what aligning my chakras were but I’m pretty sure that’s what happened after a few days in Ubud. They have cool night classes too. Website: The Yoga Barn - Bali Yoga Studio & Class Schedules, Ubud - Bali.
Other suggestions, one of many - Villa and Retreat Oasis in Ubud :: Soulshine Bali. This is the musician Michael Franti’s yoga studio! It is expensive compared to other options (about $100 per night).
Things to do:
Explore the Monkey Forest in Ubud. Inside the Monkey Forest visitors can see 3 temples (Pura Dalem or temple to worship Lord Shiva, Holy Water Temple, and Cremation Temple).
It's so green and beautiful. I was mesmerized. Buy some bananas and have fun feeding monkeys. Be careful, they’ll climb all over you and snatch a banana but it’ll be fun!
Rent a bike and explore!
Hire a local to drive you around for the day for a flat rate. Drivers took us to coffee plantations, caves, temples, and more. I fell in love with Bali coffee!
Amazing massages. If yoga wasn’t enough to leave you ZEN try out massages.
I also went to the Gili islands. That’s coming up in my next travel post. Remains one of my favorite spots in the world.
I hope I’ve convinced you to visit Bali and beyond.