How To Choose The Right Bali Retreat For You
Nothing evokes peace of mind and relaxation more than a retreat in beautiful Bali. Picture yourself on the island, surrounded by the tropical luscious nature and the spiritual aura of Balinese culture, eating delicious and healthy food while experiencing nature's healing and calming powers.
Sounds perfect, right? But how do you make sure you will get the retreat experience you really want? Here are a few things to think about before booking your retreat.
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1. Decide on the essentials: location, length and price.
That’s right, Bali is not as small as you thought! Picking the right location for your Bali retreat is a key step in finding the right retreat for you. And you can choose from a wide range of options: pristine beaches and the sound of the ocean; luscious green rice fields; or the majestic inspiration of high volcanic peaks.
The next essential point is to decide on the duration of your Bali retreat. This not only depends on your availability, but also on the goal of your retreat and on your budget. The length and price choices are vast, usually varying between short 3-day retreats and more expensive month-long experiences.
Companies will usually be willing to customize retreats according to your wishes, so don’t be afraid to reach out if you have any special requests!
2. Reflect on your intention.
Once you have chosen the essentials, the decision gets deeper. It’s time to ask yourself what your ultimate goal is. Here are some things to think about:
Do you wish to mostly be by yourself or to meet and chat with like-minded people?
Do you aim to deepen your yoga practice or to challenge yourself learning a new discipline?
Do you need to relax and rest or are you craving for an adrenaline hit and boost of energy?
Do you feel that your body needs to rejuvenate, cleanse and detox?
Also, many people choose to take a retreat during a specific turning point in their life. Your Bali retreat could be the perfect place to go through a transition. Do keep in mind that everyone is different - just because a friend of yours enjoyed their 10-day silent meditation retreat, it does not mean it will be the same for you. Be true to yourself!
3. Check what’s included in your retreat package.
Each Bali retreat is different. Read carefully through your package to understand what is already included in the total fee. Basics to be checked are: accommodation, meals, daily practices and airport pickups.
There may also be special treatments or activities included in the price such as massages, yoga classes, cultural trips and outdoor activities like surfing!
4. Choose your accommodation.
Most retreats pre-select accommodations for you. Staying in Bali is safe, affordable and super dreamy! Choose the option that suits you best, whether that’s a shared room to meet new friends, a traditional Balinese homestay where you can integrate with the locals, a peaceful jungle bamboo guesthouse or a luxurious hotel leading onto the beach.
5. Pick your food.
Some retreats will also include all of your meals in the total price - if you go for this option make sure it’s food you will want to eat and that you notify the company of any allergies you may have! If it’s healthy you want, Bali is just the perfect spot for that - imagine all those healthy tropical fruits ready to heal and re-boost your tired body!
There will also be plenty of vegetarian and vegan options with nearly all retreats in Bali. Remember to always check the details of your program before enrolling though - you don’t want to find yourself following a meal program you had no intention to sign up for!
6. Explore new fun activities!
Your retreat in Bali could be your chance to try new sports and to let your adventurous self play. The variety of landscapes on the island makes Bali one of the best places for exciting activities. There are different retreats which include hiking, bushwalking, surfing, stand-up paddle-boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and free diving.
Other retreats are created especially for women only, perfect for the solo-traveling girls. Also, there’s plenty of room to explore new yoga and healing practices such as sound healing, chanting and aqua healing.
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7. Get to know the organizing company and read past reviews.
When choosing your Bali retreat take a look online at past testimonials and reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and clear any doubts you may have.
You might even dedicate a little time to research the organizing company and to directly contact them for more specific questions.
All in all, your Bali retreat is your very own magical time, pick the best one for you and make the most of it. The choice is yours!
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