Some of my most memorable trips have always been the unexpected ones. It doesn’t happen very often, but I think part of the excitement comes from the lack of planning involved. When I got a call in November 2018 for a week-long project with Yuva Yoga Retreat in Bali, I was immediately intrigued. I had just a week to prepare for a 25-hour flight to a destination that I was completely unfamiliar with. Luckily, my responsibilities were limited to arranging my flight times and packing my camera equipment/clothes.
Yesim Yuva of Yuva Yoga Retreat organizes an itinerary of yoga classes and other activities with the aim to help "reconnect to yourself, increase your awareness, open your heart back to love, and discover your spiritual side". The Bali retreat is one of several retreat destinations that she manages annually. Yoga is typically practiced every morning and evening, with various activities or free time in between. Some of the Bali activities include visiting temples, enjoying healthy local cuisines, visiting the beach, and exploring several cultural and spiritual centers.
Hidden Hills Villa (Uluwatu)
For the entirety of the trip, we stayed at the Hidden Hills Villa located in Uluwatu, on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula of Bali. Uluwatu is closer to the beach, which also seems to be a popular area for surfers to stay. Tucked in a quiet street on an elevated area, this luxury boutique hotel didn’t fall short with its food, comfort, service, decor, and panoramic view.
- Hidden Hills Villa Uluwatu
Jl. Labuansait Jl. Puncak Sekapa II No.Gang, Pecatu, Kec. Kuta Sel., Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Liyer Spirit House
- Liyer Spirit HouseJalan raya pengosekan. Banjar Pengosekan Kaja. MAS. Ubud 80571, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Ubud, Bali 80571, Indonesia
- Bambu Indah
Jl. Baung, Sayan, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Sannyas Sound Healing & Yoga
- Sannyas Sound Healing & Yoga
Jl. Labuansait No.8, Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
- Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kec. Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia