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A Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Bali

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Cosmopolitan Magazine Online – Bliss Sanctuary For Women

JULY 2018

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By Nikki Chowdury

The hardest part is finding someone to take your Instagram photos.

Lets be real — travelling solo is easier than ever. With google maps, free WiFi and friends and family but a Viber call away, there really is no better time to be travelling alone.

So what’s holding us back? Chances are, despite the many luxuries travelling in 2018 affords us, most still have a few (very understandable) fears: Loneliness, safety, getting lost on public transport, etc.

No matter how seasoned a traveller you are, few are totally immune when it comes to travel related anxiety — especially when its solo travel. However, the solution may lie entirely in where you choose to stay.

For me, it was a women’s only yoga retreat in Seminyak called Bliss Sanctuary for Women.


Deciding where to stay as a solo female traveller is probably the most important decision you’ll make in regards to your trip. I stayed at the Bliss Sanctuary for Women in Seminyak , and besides unlimited free massages (yes, unlimited) my accommodation included:

  • A personal driver to take me anywhere I wanted (and, occasionally, help me snap a few Instagram photos)
  • A hostess to help me organise my daily itinerary
  • A free phone with a local sim card filled with emergency phone numbers including the retreat, drivers, hostesses and more
  • Unlimited spa treatments
  • Free daily guided yoga classes
  • Free breakfasts, lunches and group dinners with other guests staying at the retreat (ie, The easiest way to find a shopping buddy and make friends)

All equally wonderful amenities to have when travelling alone—but, more on those unlimited spa treatments…

Unlimited Spa Treatments – Yes, Unlimited

When I say unlimited, I mean unlimited. If you’re inclined to have 4 massages a day, you will get 4 massages a day. Other treatments include:

 Balinese massages
 Thai massages
 Full body scrubs
 Tarot card readings
 Hot stone massages
 Flower baths
 Cream baths

Where to go

With four days in Bali, my itinerary was understandably full. Luckily, the hostesses at Bliss and my very knowledgeable driver had me sorted.

The Monkey Temple

Visitors are warned not to have important belongings in open bags, because the monkeys will take them. I was skeptical at first, but after watching a monkey unzip a woman’s backpack and run off with her designer sunglasses — I am a believer. Definitely worth visiting for the hilarity alone.

Bali Swing

Go early to avoid lines and pay the photographers US$10 for a professional photo you’ll hold onto forever. If the lines are bad, don’t waste your time and ask your driver to take you to the swing situated in the rice fields — equally beautiful with none of the tourists.

Tegalalang Rice Terraces

Best to visit in March or May and early in the morning when the sun is rising. Carry some very small change with you as you’ll be asked to give ‘donations’ as you venture through the fields.

Bliss Sanctuary

Bliss Sanctuary’s grounds feel like an oasis amidst the busy city streets of Seminyak.

Kim Soo

Instagram addicts, take note: Kim Soo will satisfy all your coffee / interior / fashion / aesthetic cravings.

Motel Mexicola

GREAT Mexican fare housed in a made-for-Instagram bar and restaurant. Best visited at night when the place is pumping.

Kopi Luwak Coffee Plantation

A beautiful plantation where you get to try 12 different types of coffee and tea for free—keep in mind, you won’t leave empty handed. Once you have a taste of their coconut coffee, you won’t be able to resist purchasing a few bags for yourself.

How much will it cost me?

7 days of unlimited treatments, a personal driver and unlimited food will set you back $3,550, coming in at a little over $500 a night.

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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