BEAUTIFUL BLISSFUL BALI
They call it the Island of The Gods, and for good reason. There is no other place quite like it. There is a special vibe and an authentic essence that touches and inspires visitors from all over the world.
If you love shopping for clothes, jewellery, unique wooden and artistic items, listening to live music or indulging in yummy food and drinks, massages, pedicures and manicures all at amazing prices, then Bali is definitely a place you should visit.
If you want peace, to reconnect with yourself or your family, there are many ways to enjoy Bali with less of the hustle and bustle.
Our last trip to Bali was not about being a tourist. It was not about shopping. It was all about chilling out and reconnection. If you are in need of some soul time, then this my friend is the place for you.
Where to stay that’s peaceful.
A private villa is always great. You can have your own pool, and some even come with their own chef and butler, meaning you don’t have to lift a finger and you can relax with the family.
A hotel with a private beach is also an option. You still have inhouse guests to contend with, but no beach sellers which can make your time on the sun lounge more relaxing.
A wellness retreat. If you are kid-free there are so many wellness retreats in Bali.
A smaller boutique hotel. Choose a quieter destination like Chandidasa, Uluwattu, or the quieter parts of Ubud.
How to maximise on relaxation if you’re traveling with kids?
Hire a nanny. Bali Nannies Bali (they have a Facebook page you can check out) are fantastic, and for only $7 per hour (minimum 5-hour booking), you can have some down time and the kids will enjoy craft among many other activities.
Stay somewhere with a kid’s club. The kids will love it and you can relax some more.
Go for a family massage. For around $7 per person, a massage place will give the whole family an hour of bliss.
Five Relaxing things to do in Bali.
1. Do a meditation course together.
We did a Transcendental Meditation (TM) course as a family and it was one of the best investments in our family that we’ve ever made.
For four days, we had a two hour lesson which taught all of us how to meditate using TM. Those that could sit still learnt a sitting version, whereas the youngest in our family learnt a walking version. The beautiful thing is the skill of TM increases brain function and focus, and also lessens stress.
So not only is it a skill for life, it is also a way of giving your brain a rest and recharge whenever you do it.
Best of all, we can do it together or on our own forever so we can continue to have lovely family time after our holiday too (plus, the kids will learn what meditation is and will know not to interrupt you when you do it after your holiday!).
The course cost varies on whether you want the teacher to come to your villa or you go to their premises. The most amazing thing about the course that we did was that the money we paid goes towards them teaching other disadvantaged children in Bali through the Bali Schools.
So far, they have 40 schools they have taught resulting in thousands of children learning this skill. It is a fantastic organisation on a mission to create world peace. Check out www.wpbsp.org to find out more and to book.
2. Learn to surf together.
There are many surf schools in Bali, pick one with a nice beach so you’re not swimming in rubbish from Kuta (Uluwattu is recommended, pick somewhere with small surf). Not only will being in the ocean make you feel good, you’ll get lots of laughs in too.
3. Turn into chefs with a cooking course.
Cooking is a wonderful skill for all family members to learn, especially in a foreign country. There are many cooking schools in Bali that will teach the whole family a range of dishes so your Bali holiday can be brought into your home whenever you feel the need.
4. Learn some unique skills.
The Pondok Pekak Library and Learning Center in Ubud has a range of family-friendly and child-friendly art courses including: performing arts, silversmithing, painting, woodcarving, basket weaving, fruit carving and lots more. Most of the classes are very short at two to three hours and very affordable.
5. The active relax.
If lazing around isn’t your thing, and you need a bit of active relaxing, there are many bike tours of Bali. Some cater for children as young as seven on their own bike, and they have bikes with safety seats for younger children. Biking your way through tranquil villages and cascading rice paddies is a great way to get a taste of that elusive “real” Bali. There are beach tours, mountain tours, volcano tours all on push or electric bike.