Rejuvenate in paradise. Not just a yoga paradise; paradise, period. The small, magical island of Bali is known as a yoga retreat mecca for many reasons, and Soulshine Bali just added another. This wonderful yoga retreat center is dedicated to bringing people together to practice yoga, meditate, feel music and dance it all away.
Located just outside of Ubud, Soulshine follows local customs, architecture and harmony. The exquisitely designed main building, Terrace Villa building, Lotus Villa building and grounds host a river, tropical gardens and several ornate ponds. Covered by a traditional Balinese roof, the open air yoga studio on the third floor overlooks some of the most spectacular rice terraces, temples and greenest jungle in the world.
Jump into the local artisan scene in Ubud, journey to the beach and explore temples, mountain tops and Balinese culture. Welcome to beauty. Welcome to enrichment. Welcome to Bali.
Lotus Villas: The Lotus Villa rooms are basic-luxury villas. These are smaller rooms that each offer air-con and built in wardrobes. All rooms have a pond or garden view. Each room in the Lotus Villa building has its own private bathroom (not en suite) with two single beds or one king available in each room.
The Terrace Villa hosts five different types of rooms. Each has unique amenities as outlines below:
Sunset Room: Wake up to stunning views of the rice terraces and an ideal place to watch the sunset on your private terrace. The room features a king bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Firefly Room: Cuddle with a loved one in this cool blue room with private terrace. The room features a queen bed, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Sound of Sunshine: Shine bright listening to the birds chirp overlooking over a jungle view. The room features two double beds, private bath and 2nd floor views.
Garden Room: Relax in a gorgeous garden setting with private terrace and private entrance. The room features a queen bed and a tropical outdoor private bathroom on the ground floor.
Koi Room: Overlook the main koi and lotus pond in this cozy room. The room features a queen bed and a private outdoor bathroom on the ground floor.
The excursions listed below are a small sampling. We recommend that you arrive at the yoga retreat center, settle in and explore before you hone in on your preferred excursions. Prices are subject to change; please ask excursion operators to quote current rates before booking.
Traditional Balinese Cooking Class
Learn how to use some of the over 1000 spices used in Balinese cuisine to create an authentic and delicious meal. This cooking class includes a trip to the local market where you will learn about the ingredients that go into each dish. Back at the retreat you will have hands on experience with the chef on cooking such local favorites as Soto Ayam (traditional chicken soup), Rendang Sapi (braised beef in coconut milk) and Dadar Gulung (Balinese pancake filled with coconut and palm sugar).
This half day experience begins at 6am (early risers get the best produce at the traditional local market!) and ends at 1pm. Booking required at least one day in advance.
$65USD per person
Ubud Tour and Kecak Dinner
This combination trip begins in Ubud and includes Monkey Forest, the Royal Palace and the traditional local market. The tour also makes stops in Mas, Batuan and Celuk villages to see local artisans working on traditional Balinese wood carvings, art and jewelery. In Batubulan experience the impressive traditional Bali Kecak and fire dance inspired by the epic of Ramayana. Learn about the history and culture of the island from the locals and end the tour with dinner in Sanur or Ubud.
This trip begins at 3pm and lasts approximately 5 hours. The trip cost excludes entrance fees.
$50USD per person
This cultural and sightseeing full day tour visits the artisan centers of Mas and Celuk as well as religious sites and volcanic viewpoints.
The tour begins at 9am and it is straight off to Batu Bulan to experience the local Barong dance. Trips into the Ubud local Mas village and Celuk artist centers afford a chance to watch local craftsmen at work. Goa Gajah, or Elephant Cave, was an 11th century cave used by monks and was named for the statue of Ganesh found inside. A few minutes drive from Goa Gajah is Tampak Siring, a holy spring temple known as Pura Tirta Empul. An hour drive through the terraced fields and mountains brings the tour to Kintamani and spectacular views of Mount Abang, Mount Agung and Batur Lake.
The tour lasts approximately 8 hours and excludes entrance fees.
$70USD per person
Bedugul Mountain Tour
Visit Taman Ayun Temple and Monkey Forest where you can spot bats sleeping in the trees and feed the monkeys. Experience the local handiwork, fresh fruits, botanical garden and sights of Pacung, Bedugul and Lake Bratan. A highlight of this trip is a visit to Ulun Danu Temple, one of the most picturesque and most photographed temples in Bali. The temple was built in 1633 by the King of Mengwi and dedicated to the lake goddess Dewi Danu.
This trip begins at 9am and lasts approximately 8 hours and excludes entrance fees.
$70USD per person
Balinese Wood Carving Class
Wood carvings are omnipresent in Bali and tourist options run the gamut from traditionally carved to mass produced. Take home your own wood carved masterpiece and some basic carving skills from a class taught by a local artisan. Whether working in wood, stone, bone, horn or gnarled tree roots, these craftsmen can create art out of anything. Sit with an expert at the beginning of your week and whittle away at your craft until you leave.
$15USD per person
What are the passport and visa requirements for Bali?
U.S. passport holders will need to show a passport valid for six months after the arrival date in Bali, a return ticket and at least two empty stamp pages in your passport. If you do not have the validity or appropriate number of blank pages, please apply for a new passport in plenty of time for your trip.
As of June 2015, U.S. passport holders are exempt from needing to get a visa as long as the travel is strictly for tourism purposes and the stay is less than 30 days. Visa regulations have been hit or miss for travelers and the ultimate decision for the need to obtain a visa-on-arrival is up to the immigration officer when you deplane. It is recommended that all travelers carry enough U.S. cash to pay for a visa should the officer deem it necessary. The current visa-on-demand cost is $35US, however we’d recommend carrying $50 in case of a price change.
What airport do I fly into?
Make all travel arrangements into Denpasar (DPS). Please be aware that you will need to depart the US one to two days before the start of the yoga retreat, depending on the flight schedule you chose.
How do I get from Denpasar to the retreat?
Transfers are included via private transport. If you have any questions regarding your arrival time and transportation availability, please contact The Travel Yogi before booking. Occasionally flights arrive into Denpasar in the early morning hours (1-5am) which can make timely transfers difficult.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Bali?
Bali utilizes the standard British plug (two flat blades and one flat grounding blade) and the European plug (two round pins) and is at 230V. Adapters will be necessary if you are taking any electrical items.
Do I need any inoculations?
Generally speaking, traveling to foreign countries exposes you to new germs and diseases. All inoculations or malaria tablet inquiries need to be directed to your physician for an accurate assessment of your individual need or preference.
Is there internet access on property?
While we hope you’ll try and unplug… yes, there is wi-fi on property.
What will the weather be like?
Because of it’s equatorial location, Bali tends to have fairly stable weather with the ‘wet’ season occurring between October and April and the ‘dry’ season between May and September. It is generally always hot with temperatures hovering in the mid to high 80s and up.
Will I need to ‘dress’ for dinner?
The dress code is completely up to you. It is very warm well into the evenings so dress for comfort over fashion. There is no ‘dress code’ in this relaxed and laid-back atmosphere.
How do I book an optional excursion?
All excursions can be booked at the retreat at any time during your stay. If there is something that you know you absolutely MUST experience while in Bali, it’s best to book early in the week to avoid disappointment.