We’ve been spending these last few months dreaming of all the glorious places we’ll visit, the delicious food we’ll eat, real-life faces we’ll see, and all the things we’ll do once we’re allowed out into our beautiful world once again.
We know that many of the ladies booked to come to Bliss are already planning where they’ll visit and what they’ll do on our idyllic island once they’re here, and many have been asking us for advice which we thought we would share with everyone.
We’re blessed to have our three sanctuaries nestled in some of Bali’s most culturally enriched areas, with plenty of amazing sights and places for our ladies to explore. We’re also blessed to have the most wonderful private drivers available for each and every one of our lovely ladies that stay with us so you can go wherever your heart desires in hassle-free style. Our drivers also double up as the ultimate tour guides, they know all the best spots on the island and will find you exactly what you’re looking for from secret beaches to holy temples, Bali swings and mountain hikes delivering you your Bliss your way.
Here are some of our drivers’ favourite spots on the island for your itinerary…
To Explore Bali’s Spiritual Heritage – Tirta Empul Temple
Located a two-hour drive from our sanctuaries, the Tirta Empul Temple is an expansive temple that’s name means ‘holy water spring’. Built in 960 AD the temple is one of Bali’s most treasured heritage sites. When you visit expect to be awestruck by the intricate statues, lush gardens, and blossoming tropical plants before you have the opportunity to experience the healing powers of the holy water in the bathing pools for yourself. As you sink into the bathing pools, you will experience the cleansing power of the water as it washes over both the body and the spirit, a truly magical experience.
To Get Up Close With Wildlife – Monkey Forest
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a must see attraction for any animal and nature loving Bliss babe. The forest offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to over 700 species of wild monkeys as they swoop through the rainforest. We love the monkey forest, because while it is a tourist attraction, the monkeys can live completely freely doing as they please in this special place. As you stroll through the 186 species of native Bali trees, don’t be alarmed if the monkeys come over to you investigate – they are used to humans and are always on the lookout for a banana or two!
To Rise Early and Take A Hike – Mount Batur
There is nothing we love more than seeing the glow of the women returning from a sunrise hike of Mount Batur Volcano. Our personal drivers will pick you up in the very early hours of the morning and take you to the base of the volcano, where you will be met by a local guide to look after you as you ascend. You will make the exhilarating hike up the volcano in time for sunrise, where you will experience the life- affirming magic of watching the Bali landscape come alive as it is bathed in golden light.
To Do Some Retail Therapy – Ubud Art Market
Bali has some of the most ornate and beautiful clothes, homewares, gifts and souvenirs, when you explore the winding stalls of Ubud’s art market you will stumble across authentic Balinese crafts, from stunning handwoven silk scarves to locally made miniature statues and intricate jewellery. Whether you are looking for a treasured memento of your time on the island or the perfect gift for a loved one, you will be sure to find something truly special, and be greeted with the famous Bali hospitality of the stall owners. If you don’t know where to start, be sure to ask your personal driver for recommendations as they drop you into the market.
To Hit The Beach – Seminyak Beach
Bali has the most unforgettable beaches, and Seminyak beach has everything you would expect from a tropical island and more. Imagine the feeling of pure joy awaiting you as you stroll along the golden sands, dip your toes in the turquoise waters or zen out under a colourful beach umbrella. Seminyak beach is a true hub of island fun, with surfing lessons, banana boating and a plethora of award-winning beach bars, restaurants and clubs – because what better way to end the day than with a cocktail at sunset? We know that some of our ladies prefer a more secluded and quiet oceanside experience, and our personal drivers know all of the best beaches for those women who would rather sink into a good book or watch the waves lap in a quiet secluded cove. Whatever your beachside dream, you can have it on your terms at Bliss.
We hope that these suggestions inspire you to plan your dream Bali adventure. These are just five of the amazing locations that you can discover when you join us at Bliss, but there are many, many more waiting for you. It brings us so much hope, joy and warmth to look forward to welcoming our ladies to Bali and seeing the wonder on their faces as they soak up everything our gorgeous corner of the world has to offer.
We wanted to share our Bliss experience as far as it can go and so we created Bliss News. Even if you can’t go on a beautiful personalised Women’s Retreat right now, we hope you can take the time to add a bit more bliss to your life in whatever way you choose. Self love comes in all different shapes and sizes but the one thing it has in common is that it starts with you. We hope some of our ideas and laughs and wellness retreat additions are something you can incorporate into your everyday life... love Zoë xxx