16th July, Day 1: Seminyak
Seminyak really has something for everyone and is a great crowd pleaser. One thing you shouldn’t miss is watching a beautiful sunset with a Bintang or cocktail in hand at one of the many beach bars. Seminyak is buzzing with people and things to do. You could easily spend an entire day at the beach. Or getting massages and other spa treatments. Or shopping. Or eating. Or a little bit of all the above. If you’re interested, you can go for a relaxing Balinese massage.
Try some of the best that Balinese cuisine has to offer on a luxury food tour. The dining tour offers an experience that surprises and engages the senses, taking you from your hotel to an array of mystery venues in one brilliant evening, dining in a selection of the best restaurants, discovered and undiscovered, exploring the most exceptional and delicious delights Bali has to offer. A private driver guide will pick you up from the hotel, in time to see the shadows fade into twilight as the sun goes down across the coastline. Perfectly situated on the West Coast of Indonesia, Seminyak has become synonymous with luxury and taste. You’ll have the pleasure of sampling some of the most renowned venues – a surprise each time. Tours are bespoke, with each tour a combination of hand-selected participating restaurants to truly make your adventure a divine evening of tastes and discovery. All tour venues remain a mystery until your tour begins, with each and every detail cared for, you’ll simply sit back and let your taste buds do the rest. This is one night you are not going to forget!
Experience: Bali mystery dining tour (Add On)
17th July, Day 2: Seminyak
You have the day at leisure. In the evening, we have a special sunset experience planned for you, which begins with an evening drive to Uluwatu, a beautiful highland on the southwest coast of the “Island of the Gods.” You will drive to the holy temple of Pura Uluwatu, an exquisite monument perched high above the sea and situated on a headland at the westernmost tip of the Bukit Peninsula. Later in the evening, the epic Balinese Kecak dance performance starts. The performance tells the story of an eternal love tale between Rama and Sita. The stunning sunset background will complement an unforgettable and uniquely Balinese experience.
Experience: Uluwatu Sunset Tour with Kecak dance performance
18th July, Day 3: Seminyak-Amed (3.5 hours by road)
Known for black-sand beaches, calm waters, fine snorkelling and impressive scenery, Amed forms a low-key counterpoint to the bustling yellow-sand surf beaches of southern Bali. You’ve had an adventurous few days, so today is the day to rest and sip some cocktails by the poolside overlooking the ocean. You can even stroll down to the beach which is 5 minutes away.
19th July, Day 4: Amed
If the weather gods permit it, you have the opportunity to dive in one the world’s best dive sites. Tulamben is internationally renowned for its dive sites and is prized for its easy diving and amazing biodiversity. The USS Liberty shipwreck must be one of the easiest wrecks to access in the world, and underwater creatures ranging from the smallest crustaceans, ghost pipefish, and pygmy seahorse to the largest fish like sharks and mola-mola sunfish abound. Tulamben is a great place for beginners, with a number of sites which are suitable for training dives, fun dives and underwater photography.
Experience: Tulamben wreck diving (Add On)
20th July, Day 5: Amed-Ubud (2.5 hours)
Ubud is often described as the heart of Bali. But it’s not just because of the picturesque rice fields or the cultural richness. It’s because of the feeling you get when you’re there. Ubud village is full of restaurants, art galleries and museums, spas and shops full of local arts and crafts. You’ll walk past temples and wander through markets, you can even dabble in yoga.
In the still of the misty forest of Taro at nightfall, ride elephants on Bali's first twilight elephant trek. A Specially designed night trail offers a different course than the usual day-time elephant safari rides and makes for a completely new enchanting experience. Enjoy a magical Elephant Talent Show at dusk before a night ride through the dimly lit forest and a four course dinner in the Pachyderm Palm Grove by the lake.
Meals: Dinner (if elephant trek opted for)
Experience: Twilight elephant trek (Add On)
21st July, Day 6: Ubud
Treat yourself to a full-day tour that combines nature and culture in Bali.
Your first stop will take you on a 15-minute walk through scenic terraced rice fields. Cultivated in unique Balinese style, surrounding coconut trees, tropical scenery, and the gentle flow of the river will introduce you to the magical Balinese culture. Next, make your way to the Mengwi “Taman Ayun” Temple, which dates back to 1634. This picturesque temple complex is surrounded by a moat and has an incredible and elaborate stone entrance gate. It has a finely manicured grassy courtyard and contains numerous pavilions and multi-roofed MERU shrines with intricately carved wooden gates. The next stop is in the wild to pay a visit to the local monkeys! Monkey Forest is a cluster of towering trees which are home to hundreds of monkeys who go about their way fearlessly in their temple haven. Observe these astounding creatures as you walk around. You might even catch glimpse of the nearby fruit bats who spend their day sleeping in preparation of a nighttime of hunting.
Then continue to Tanah Lot, famous in Bali as the Sunset Temple. Watch the sunset beyond the black towers of this sacred 16th-century temple built on a black lava rock off land. It will be an experience to remember. Tide conditions permitting, you can walk across the beach to the temple.
Experience: Monkey Forest, Taman Ayun, Tanah Lot Temple Tour
22nd July, Day 7: Ubud
We have an exciting day planned for you: an off the beaten track down hill cycling tour of the Bali countryside. Enjoy the quiet countryside of Bali’s back roads and witness first-hand the daily life of rural rice farmers and craftsmen. You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and travel by AC coach for breakfast in a traditional Balinese house. After a walk through the paddy fields, you will get on your bikes and ride through coffee plantations and the village temple. This will be followed by a magnificent luncheon in the family compound of tour guide. Your guide’s genuine warmth and enthusiasm for sharing his culture will give you an insight about everything from the how’s and why’s of daily offerings, to the amazing relationship between Balinese architecture and it’s spiritual practices.
Experience: Cycling tour of Balinese countryside with local lunch (Add On)
23rd July, Day 8: Ubud-airport (1.5 hours)
Make your way to the airport, with a bag full of memories J