Eat Pray Love Bali | Spiritual Bali Tour | Visit Bali

Feb 27-Mar 7, 2017
Mar 7-11, 2017 Beach Extension

You read Eat, Pray, Love.* You wanted to change your life, too. But who can take a year off to travel? How about one incredible week to experience some of the marvelous things author Elizabeth Gilbert* enthralled us with in her memoir? All this and transformation, too? Oh, yes!

Enjoy Bali the way Liz did, like a native, and experience all the magnificence this little island has to offer.

We will eat, we will pray, and we will love all that is Bali!

Day 1 – Arrival

ARRIVAL - Fly into Denpasar, Bali’s bustling capital. You’ll be met at the airport by one of our “Bali Family” and then taken (by private, air conditioned coach, of course) to Ubud, the spiritual heart of the island.

In addition to a full-time local guide on all tours and private transfers, Transformational Tours & Retreat’s own Halle Eavelyn, who has been leading Eat Pray Love tours for nearly a decade, will accompany you full-time on this trip. Once you arrive at Komaneka at Monkey Forest Resort, a refreshing welcome drink and cool towel will welcome you upon check-in by the warm and kind hotel staff. Dinner is a short walk, as you are already in the heart of Ubud, or else dine in one of the charming restaurants which feature fresh, local, macrobiotic cuisine.

6 Nights accommodation at Komaneka at Monkey Forest Resort. This resort is perfectly located, right in the middle of the flavors and color of Ubud.  Birds and flowers of all kinds surround you and you are only steps away from everything.  

Your deluxe room features a marble bathroom and gorgeous views, as well as lots of amenities. Your comfortable, oversized room is hung with that most romantic of fabrics, mosquito netting, and you have a view of the rice paddies or the lovely gardens below. The whole hotel offers free WiFi, accessible in both your room and at the restaurant, as well as a macrobiotic, made to order BREAKFAST DAILY.

Day 2, March 2

MORNING ORIENTATION MEETING – get to know your fellow Liz Gilbert fans and tell us what about the book inspired you to come for your very own Eat Pray Love* experience in Bali!  We will offer daily themes from the Eat Pray Love* book that will enliven and deepen your experiences on the trip.

You will also learn how the Balinese pray, and be given a chance to purchase the appropriate costume if you would like to pray with us inside the temples, where the locals do. (No obligation – the temples are lovely just to see, too)

AFTERNOON SPA TREATMENT AT UBUD BODYWORKS - This is where the film crew got their massages on Bali, and it’s an incredible locale – very Balinese, and extremely enjoyable! Pamper yourself: choose from a facial, Balinese massage or reflexology treatment and relax as the lovely, kind Balinese women float you off into a world of comfort. Choose your own locally blended aromatherapy oil for your massage, then experience bliss.

DINNER IN ITALY - For our first night in Bali, start the EAT part of our trip, at Terrazzo! The authentic Italian ambience and food will whisk you away for an evening in Italy.  Save room for Tirami Su!

Day 3, March 3

EARLY MORNING MEDITATION – Each morning, we will have the PRAY part of the tour, led by Halle.  Today, learn to meditate or just participate.  Don’t feel like getting up this early… enjoy a late morning and breakfast any time you like!

MORNING READINGS WITH NYOMAN LIYER By special arrangement, Transformational Tours & Retreats has arranged readings with the son of world-famous Ketut Liyer, the Balian featured in Eat, Pray, Love. Nyoman, who has been imbued with Ketut's "power and magic," will give private readings inside his family compound, and you can also buy art drawn by Ketut or his granddaughter. Enjoy this special glimpse into Liz’s world – she sat on Ketut’s porch for many many afternoons. There will also be a special reading from Eat Pray Love about Ketut Liyer. (OPTIONAL; $20)

LUNCH AT PIZZA BAGUS in Ubud, as we continue to explore the Italian experiences from “Eat Pray Love” – have a Margarita pizza, along with a reading about Liz’s Pizzeria da Michele experience in Naples (as well as Halle's own!), and enjoy handmade gelato for dessert.

SHOPPING EXCURSION 

This afternoon we will visit UBUD MARKET, the renowned outdoor market – Everyone who visits Bali goes here – all at the same time. Sure we can help you bargain with the vendors, but you’ll want an extra suitcase for the silk sarongs alone!

Next, we drive to Tohpati for a visit to a silversmith where you can see the pieces being made and choose jewelry from their “I Am Unique” line – a limited line of gorgeous jewelry! Then visit a painting studio where incredible artists paint room after room of fabulous pieces.

Continue on to Batuan Village for a visit to Dewa Putu Toris painting Gallery. Explore their amazing collection as you learn about the different painting styles in Bali.

AFTERNOON VISIT TO THE UBUD MONKEY FOREST - Cuddle up with these amazing local monkeys at the Monkey Forest sanctuary. See Mamas and their newborns, up close and personal, take as many pictures as you like, even feed the monkeys bananas!  Enjoy shopping afterwards on Monkey Forest Road, a favorite with our groups!

DINNER Afterwards, relax and dine on Balinese delights at one of the best restaurants in Bali. Tonight we’ll enjoy one of the best meals on the island – the exceptional Balinese cuisine at a wonderful local establishment. Relax and drink in the rich ambience in a tropical garden, enjoying local delicacies and tastes in the heart of paradise.

Day 4, March 4

MORNING YOGA CLASS – Start the day with rejuvenating, restorative yoga in an open air class with a gifted local teacher. Think of this as either of the “India” portion of the trip, and fully participate in the yoga classes, or like the “Italy” portion of the trip, and sleep in! It’s your choice. (OPTIONAL; $15)

BESAKIH TEMPLE Today we journey by air-conditioned coach to Besakih Temple, the mother of all temples on this island of 10,000 temples. This trip gives us the chance to worship right along with the Balinese as they do. Stop to pick up a temple outfit (bring your own white shirt from home) including sash and sarong, then drive through the stunning Balinese countryside on your way to Mount Agung. Besakih is built into the very slopes of this sacred mountain, and you will experience one of the most important spots in Bali.

Inside the temple grounds, our guide will make a special offering of flowers and fruit to the temple, then we will pray with flowers, incense, and rice — you can follow along with our guide and the local Pedanda (Balinese priest). This is a beautiful way to honor the local traditions, and is very appreciated by the locals, especially since most tourists don’t bother to learn!

Afterwards, enjoy a buffet lunch at a mountainside restaurant with breathtaking views, before heading back to Ubud for your evening.

Day 5, March 5

EARLY MORNING MEDITATION – We continue our journey inward toward healing, wholeness and joy.

EARLY MORNING MEDITATION – led by your fearless Tour Leader, this guided meditation will ground and relax you, even if you’ve never tried meditating before. Don’t feel like getting up this early… enjoy a late morning and breakfast any time you like!

THE RURAL CHARM OF BALI This morning, after an early breakfast, we whisk you away from the bustle and crowds of the city, to escape into the heart of the Balinese countryside – Discover and explore beautiful rice fields, friendly locals and enjoy the tranquility of Tohpati village. Visit a traditional Balinese house compound to learn about how they weave fabric, than take a short ride alongside verdant rice paddies until you reach a fabulous setting of tropical vegetation and ponds.

Enjoy the most beautiful surrounding views of unspoiled rural Bali while you relax in the traditional pavilions. Local craftspeople will show you how to make Balinese offering ornaments and how to play traditional Balinese gamelan orchestra. Discover the spiced flavors of Bali’s unknown cuisine in a Balinese cooking demonstration, a fascinating introduction to the exotic ingredients and unique culinary heritage of Bali. See how Balinese Legong dance is performed, take part in an Arak-distilling demo, and spend time with a farmer ploughing as you see the simple life. Your lunch is a delicious buffet at this private, tranquil Balinese compound that offers locally-sourced, sustainable food, drink, and utensils - have you ever sipped from a lemongrass straw? Of course, vegetarian dishes will be included for those who prefer them. This is native Bali…

AFTERNOON VISIT TO LOCAL CRAFT STUDIOS First, delightful BATIK DESIGN STUDIO, where you can see how these intricate patterns are made, using centuries-old techniques involving ink, dye, painting, and wax, and buy pieces to take back home. Everything is hand-designed and made.

BALI BUDAYA WOOD CARVING STUDIO is a magnificent example of Balinese craftsmanship at its best, this enormous studio features works as small as the palm of your hand… up to 10 feet tall! This studio offers stunning, original carvings in a variety of sizes and price-ranges. As usual, we have negotiated a substantial discount for the group.

This evening, enjoy the evening on your own or with other members of the group in Ubud.

Day 6, March 6

MORNING YOGA SESSION (OPTIONAL; $15), or sleep in!

VISIT TO TIRTA EMPUL - Take in the holy waters at one of the mast sacred spots on the island of Bali… Tirta Empul is a delightful and deep way to experience the spirituality of the locals, as you immerse yourself in the rituals of the Balinese people.  After purifying yourself, wearing your Balinese temple costume, step fully clothed into the waters of Tirta Empul.

Ducking your head under each of the thirteen holy springs, feel the significance of the waters as they cleanse your past and you emerge ready to create the future.  You will be surrounded by locals who will support and appreciate you as you make this powerful shift.  This is a trip very few tourists take, and is a special gift from our Balinese guides.

EVENING FAREWELL DINNER: This evening, drive to the beautiful restaurant of the exclusive and private Chedi Club Ubud, upon arrival you will be welcome by a traditional dance followed by the special dinner in their restaurant, surrounded by rice fields and truly a part of nature. The chef has gone all-out for our Balinese menu, and the all the dishes are the traditional merging of Dutch and Balinese cuisine known as Rijstaffel. Also enjoy a local handmade cocktail with fresh herbs.

This evening, we say farewell to Bali and bring home all our wonderful and unforgettable memories, as well as the transformation you have experienced… or, we hope you will also join us at the beach for our extension!

Day 7, March 7

Relax and pack, or else take time for one last spa treatment or a final shopping trip into Ubud today – you will receive a private airport transfer in plenty of time for your flight.

This morning, after breakfast, relax and pack, or else take time for one last spa treatment or a final shopping trip into Ubud today – you will receive a private airport transfer in plenty of time for your flight. If you would like an appointment for another spa treatment, the Komaneka offers spa treatments at a special price for us. Relaxation and pampering combine as you choose from Balinese massage, Balinese facial, or traditional reflexology with a Balinese twist – 1 hour treatment. (OPTIONAL; price upon request)

Transfer from Ubud to the Denpasar airport with our own private guide, car and driver, for your return home.

OR

JOIN US FOR THE AMAZING EXTENSION AT THE BEACH!

4 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION AT THE MELIA BALI RESORT (DELUXE ROOM)

Enjoy your gorgeously appointed room, with private patio or balcony, marble bathroom, and sumptuous beds.

The fabulous Melia is a full-service hotel with a private beach, 4 restaurants, 2 bars, and a full spa.

Daily breakfast is included. As we arrive, begin with a welcome drink and room assignments; then enjoy dinner on your own, or relax and take a walk on the private beach, stroll the grounds, or take a swim in one of the hotel’s beautiful pools. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own in one of the hotel’s delicious restaurants or in the many wonderful places in Nusa Dua.

Day 8, March 8

Enjoy breakfast daily at the hotel's amazing and sumptuous buffet. This morning, stroll out to the Bali Collection of shops and restaurants, spend time relaxing at the edge of the Indian Ocean (just steps away from your room) or visit the incredible on-site spa. Lunch is on your own.

SUNSET VISIT TO TANAH LOT TEMPLE – Considered one of the most beautiful temples in the world, Tanah Lot is perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean. Wearing our temples clothes, we’ll carry our group offering, and journey out to the small volcanic outcropping just offshore, where we’ll receive a purifying blessing from the fresh-water spring before climbing the rough-hewn steps up to the temple where we’ll join the locals in one last ceremony as the sun dips below the horizon.

Dinner is on your own, or join other members of your group to try one of the many local restaurants.

Day 9, March 9

Enjoy breakfast at the wonderful buffet again, and perhaps a morning beach jog along the track, or a swim in one of the hotel pools.

After a day of soaking in the sun, relaxing poolside or at the beach, enjoying the spa or on site fitness center, or shopping at the wonderful Bali Collection next door to the Melia, Halle will take you to dinner at one of the best and most authentic restaurants in Bali! Bumbu Bali features authentic cuisine and a terrific atmosphere – one of the most delicious meals you will eat on the island is yours this evening. You might even want to take home the Bumbu Bali cookbook..

Day 10, Mar 10

This afternoon, after a final day of relaxing at the beach, or perhaps seeing some of the Southern sights of this island by car, you will be picked up for your island farewell.

This afternoon, visit the exclusive Semara Resort Uluwatu where, after enjoying in the spectacular views from the cliff top, you’ll take the electric funicular down to the private beach. Relax on the golden sand and swim in the azure waters. Enjoy a sunset cocktail while waiting for your special dinner at Finns Beach Club Restaurant, a secluded beach belonging exclusively to the Semara Uluwatu Resort. A fitting end to our delightful Bali journey!

Day 11, March 11

Private transfer from our hotel to the airport for your flight home. Our service doesn’t end until you have made it through security and are at the flight desk, so don’t worry! We will take care of you!

Itinerary & accommodations are subject to change without notice. Quality and class will remain the same.

* DISCLAIMER

This tour is not affiliated with or endorsed by Penguin Books or Sony Pictures. Elizabeth Gilbert will not be leading this trip, though Halle has met her several times. Julie Roberts has probably never even heard of Transformational Tours & Retreats. Javier Bardem will not marry you. Richard from Texas (RIP) will not give you advice. James Franco will definitely not make out with you. Still, you should come on this trip.