Day 1: Welcome to the Capital of Bali (Denpasar)
Your guide will meet you at the airport and drive you across the bustling capital of Denpasar to your luxurious hotel. Barong, the mythical lion, guards the land fiercely at the city’s many entrances, along with statues of Arjuna, Hanuman and other warriors symbolizing the victory of good over evil. After checking in, we step out to visit the nearby Kuta and its famous Legian beach for a relaxing stroll. Kuta has a mix of high-end brands and local wares, including the traditional kebayas (top), sarongs (wrap skirt), kamen (wrap for men) and udeng (headband for men) along with renowned Balinese brands. Enjoy dinner at sunset before returning to the hotel for the night.
Day 2: Up Close with the Marines (Sanur)
Explore the magnificent marine life of Bali today beginning with a magical boat trip to watch the dolphins play at dawn. Next, head towards the Serangan Island to get up close with young sharks at the sanctuary. You can swim with them in the water and learn about the work being done to help conserve these majestic predators. Continue the adventure at the turtle sanctuary to see baby turtles hatching as the graceful adults keep watch. Head back to Sanur for dinner by the beach, a perfect place to end the adventurous day.
Day 3: Eat and Relax (Denpasar)
Head out into the markets of Denpasar to find fresh produce, spices, herbs and try out local street snacks. Today, you have a private class with a chef who will take you through the preparation of a Balinese style feast. Grind local herbs and spices and learn the techniques of Balinese cooking, followed by a scrumptious lunch where you enjoy the meal just prepared. Pamper yourself at the end of the day with a spa session where you get to indulge in traditional Balinese treatments. You can also try a Mandi Lulur, a long-held beauty ritual where turmeric, oils, rice flour and herbs are used as a body scrub to exfoliate, hydrate and relax.
Day 4: Village Life (Kuta)
Venture out to visit a batik making factory where you get the chance to see and try out this intricate art of drawing, waxing and dyeing. Next, we go into the countryside to explore the architecture of the area beginning with the 17th-century Taman Ayun Temple, which sits on a landscaped garden of stupas, frangipanis and a scenic lake. Journey further in to discover the Mengwi Village for a glimpse of country life before you arrive at the sacred monkey forest of Alas Kedaton. As the evening unfolds, arrive at the legendary Tanah Lot Temple, a revered icon set atop a rock out in the sea.
Day 5: Coastal Dreams (Jimbaran)
Journey to Bali’s idyllic Jimbaran, a coastal fishing village with pockets of near perfect beaches, such as the Tegal Wangi, Pandawa, Padang Padang, Balangan, Bingin, and Dreamland, tucked away along the coast. Relax in the sun and when you are ready to head out, continue to Uluwatu Temple for a quiet and scenic visit. Perched on a cliff, the temple makes for panoramic photos and at times holds the Kecak dance which brings alive the story of the sacred Ramayana. Later, enoy a seafood feast by the sea with your feet on the sandy bays and the shores lined with colorful parasols and candlelight, against the backdrop of the sunset.
Day 6: Adventure at Sea (Jimbaran)
Enjoy a day of adventure out on the sea with an array of watersports available as you please. Venture out on a banana boat or enjoy an adrenaline adventure with jet skis, parasailing or fly fish sailing. Snorkel by the bay or sail away on a glass bottom boat. Come evening, we go down to Seminyak, where you can unwind at one of the beach’s many luxurious lounges. Or dance the night away at one of the livelier spots.
Day 7: Go with the Waves (Seminyak)
Wake up to a delicious breakfast before you are driven to Seminyak for a relaxing day by the waves to be spent at your leisure. Stroll from Seminyak to Legian Beach, and end the day watching the sunset amongst the many beachfront cafes and restaurants.
Your private transfer will bring you to Ngurah Rai Airport where you bid farewell to your exciting time at Bali.