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Cleo Magazine: Bali Bliss

Bali Bliss

Cleo Magazine: Bali Bliss

Cleo Magazine: Bali Bliss

September 2012

If you think Bali is all about beer, braids and bogans then think again, says Jessica Martin.

I arrive at Denpasar airport with bags under my eyes so dark that you could be forgiven for thinking, I’m wearing warpaint – sleep and I have not been on good terms recently. Luckily, I am about to experience five days of pure and utter relaxation in in a world away from day-to day deadlines and decision-making at Bliss Sanctuary for Women, a retreat in Canggu, Bali. Let the bliss begin!

Bliss’ Balinese driver Putu picks me up from the airport and drops me at the villa, which houses four private guest rooms, a peaceful garden, pool and an outdoor eating area. Bliss was founded by Adelaide native Zoe Watson, and caters for women (no men or children allowed) who are either travelling alone or with one or two other friends. There are no more than five women staying at the villa at any given time, so you know that your experience will be catered precisely to your individual needs.

Everyday Bliss.

During your stay you will have…

  • Every meal cooked for you.
  • Your very own driver.
  • An hour and a half of beauty or massage treatment every day.
  • An in-the-know hostess to book all of your day trips and activities.
    As its name suggests, the sanctuary is all about following your bliss. It’s not a health retreat (although if that’s your idea of bliss, it can be arranged), it’s about really listening to what your mind, body and spirit need. Do you need to sleep in and eat banana pancakes by the pool for breakfast? (Urn, yes!) Do you need to be massaged for an hour and a half each day? Do you need to go shopping or drinking or dancing? Do you need to go to a yoga or meditation class? Whatever you need or want to do, you can.

My bliss features all of the above, as well as lots of reading, sleeping(!) and a cheeky midnight swim under the moon, but it also includes something they don’t tell you about on the website – real connections with the people working and staying there. I get great pleasure from spending time with Zoe, Courtney (Bliss’ Australian hostess at the time) and Bec, a fellow guest. We talk for hours over traditional Indonesian dinners and desserts, about everything from boys to careers to spirituality. I also relish time spent chatting to Bliss’ cook Alit (one conversation takes place on the back of her scooter as she’s taking me to yoga!) and beauty therapist Wayan. It’s a travel experience unlike any other; it’s not often that you go to another country by yourself and end up in a house full of strangers that feels like home.

Not surprisingly, Bali fills me with a sense of peace that I haven’t felt in other places I’ve travelled to. This is largely due to my experiences at Bliss, but it’s also to do with Bali’s picturesque surrounds and compassionate people. I came to get some sleep, yet I leave feeling more than just rested. I arrive home feeling centred, grateful, optimistic and hungry for new knowledge. Bliss indeed.

Bliss Sanctuary For Women, empowering women to travel solo with a tailored Bali retreat holiday just for you.

Follow your bliss your way with an experience completely tailored to you. More than a retreat for women, it’s your personal time out for rejuvenation and wellness. This Bali holiday is free of group schedules so you can choose to do as much or as little as you like. From unlimited sightseeing, unlimited massages, unlimited yoga, meditation, healers, plentiful and yummy food, shopping, personal drivers to take you anywhere you would like to go…  it’s all up to you.

Check out our Bali Packages and remember they are all completely flexible so you can change anything you would like once here.

We would love to meet you!

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