FloYo Travels: Bali 2020

Between the tropical weather, exotic surroundings and a timeless culture that nourish spirituality and mindfulness; there is simply no better place to visit than the island of Bali. Plus, Bali and FloYo have a bit of a history…

Did you know that in 2010 when FloYo Founder, Jessie Benson, visited Bali and the Gili Islands for the first time, that is where she first discovered SUP? It was on Gili T. that Jessie first saw someone standup paddle boarding and this is also where she fell in love with the peace and serenity that come along with SUP. So, of course this retreat will be extra special as we celebrate 10 years since the creation of FloYo!

What makes this retreat different than the hundreds of other yoga retreats that take place on Bali every year? For us, it is all about the people and the culture!

Balinese hospitality is at the core of the island’s charm, in fact, I’d go as far as saying that Bali’s people are the country’s heart and soul. On this retreat, you’ll get to mingle with locals that are as friendly as they are spiritual and inspiring. We will visit my friend Nyoman’s home and cycle through his village stopping at a local school to visit with the kids and do a service project with them. We will spend a day on my friend Wayan’s farm learning about organic farming techniques and cooking fresh farm to table Balinese cuisine. These are just two of many first hand experiences that you will have with the locals during our 9 days together. Their simple way of life is coloured by daily rituals and festivities and getting to know the islanders on a more personal level is what makes this retreat special.

More unique than its beaches, it’s natural beauty and even its temples, is Bali’s culture! Culture marks the pace of life, sets the natural rhythm and inspires the way things are done. Everything revolves around ancient rituals, long-held beliefs and frequent festivities. With fruit offerings, decorated shrines and spiritual dances, you’ll fully get to submerge yourself in the island’s fascinating culture. To me, this is what travel is all about!

 

I look forward to guiding you on this unforgettable FloYo Travels adventure!

 

Cost:

$3,500 for shared accommodation*
Payment plans available. $700 non-refundable deposit due to hold your spot on this retreat.
*Single Room Supplement is available upon request!

How to get there:

Fly into Denpasar International Airport (DPS)

When:

March 27- April 4th, 2020

Where:

We will visit 3 different locations on this retreat. We will start with 2 nights at MU-Bali in the Bingin Beach area. Then we will take a ferry to Gili Trawangan- part of the chain of 3 “Gili Islands”-here we will stay at a luxury beach front villa. Next, we will end our time together with 3 nights in the center of Bali, Ubud at the Gaia Retreat Center.

 

 

 

What the trip includes:

  • 8 nights of shared accommodation
  • all activities and excursions
  • daily yoga and fitness classes
  • most daily meals (a few lunches and/or dinners are not included so that you are able to experience some of Bali’s incredible restaurant scene!
  • 3 SUP outings
  • all transportation once at MU Bali (this includes cars and ferry’s as well transportation back to the airport on the final day)

Does Not Include:

  • flights to Bali
  • tips
  • drinks other than water
  • meals not included on the itinerary
  • additional activities/spa services

About our Accommodation:

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  • Our first stop is the breathtaking MU Resort. This will provide the perfect setting for you to immerse yourself in the tranquility of Mu Boutique Resort’s exclusive & secluded cliff top location, soak in the spectacular views, experience the ocean’s soothing qualities and begin your dream Bali holiday!

    Each bungalow is uniquely designed and styled with the same attention to details using eco-friendly and natural organic recycled materials. All are equipped with AC or Evening Breeze Climate System, fans, hot water, mosquito net, and private bathroom. Some include a traditional “Bale” outside for lounging and enjoying the views and magical sunsets.

    These bungalow’s are shared rooms with 1 queen bed in each.

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  • Facing the magical Coral Beach that lies on the glorious west coast of Gili Trawangan, you will find Coral Flora Villa: an exclusive luxury beachfront villa complete with it’s own swimming pool and private beach where you can enjoy the best snorkeling point on the island and incredible sunsets. The beautiful villa sits in a garden surrounded by tall shady pine trees, this property is a true oasis of calm. Be ready for a true physical and mental detox on this magical island.

     

    We have 6 rooms in this villa. On the ground floor are 2 bedrooms, each with a king size bed and a single bed. On the upper floor are 2 rooms with large open air bathrooms and a wide terrace with a beautiful view of the sea. All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

    In the back of the house is a separate apartment with another private pool and 2 king bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. The open air floor plan allows for uninterrupted views of the sea!

     

    Coral Flora was designed with respect to the eco system of the island, using natural materials wherever possible such as recycled teak wood, bamboo and natural stone. All the water in the house is filtered giving you fresh drinking water, fresh water for your shower and in the swimming pool. A peaceful spot that is only a few minutes away from the busy centre of the island, easily accessible by foot, by bicycle, or by local “jidomo”: the picturesque horse drawn carriages that are the traditional transportation of the island.

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  • Gaia Retreat Center is nestled in the heart of terraced rice fields located in the creative mecca of Ubud – the most desirable location in Bali and voted the friendliest town in Asia.

    The view from the villa is quintessential Bali. Think swaying palm trees, therapeutic breeze, beautifully landscaped rice terraces and wind chimes singing away.
    The grand entrance opens up to marble and teak wood that has 8 bedrooms, on-site massage room, far infrared sauna, hot tub jacuzzi and semi open dining area overlooking the rice terraces of Bali.

    Our private beautiful chlorine-free pool and sun-loungers are positioned to view and soothe, the body and mind.

    This location is ideally located just outside of the town center, meaning you can take a leisurely 15 minute stroll to the town center of Ubud and discover a vast array of markets, plant based restaurants, Balinese local warungs (kitchens) and a plethora of spas and yoga studios.

Itinerary

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  • Friday, March 27: Arrive into Bali International Airport and transport to MU (we will be able to help coordinate your transportation from airport to MU). Take the afternoon to settle in and explore our beautiful bungalows at MU-Bali,  we will have an evening yoga class to help ease sore muscles from the long flight and then after yoga we will have a group welcome dinner.

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  • Saturday, March 28th:  Sunrise power yoga, breakfast at MU, Uluwatu Temple Tour, afternoon SUP tour/SUP surf session, or optional free time to enjoy the beach, pool or spa! We will regroup for sunset and dinner at MU.

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  • Sunday:  Morning yoga at MU, breakfast, depart MU & take ferry to Gili T. Settle into our gorgeous beachfront villa, afternoon bike tour of the island, welcome beach BBQ + fire pit at our villa.

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  • Monday:Morning breakfast and paddle to Gili Meno (neighboring island!), walk around Gili Meno and then paddle back to have the afternoon free. Explore the island, swim in the sea, SUP surf, or simply relax at our beautiful home! Evening free to explore the amazing restaurants and sunset beach bars.

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  • Tuesday, March 31st: Morning FloYo, breakfast, snorkel with turtles, afternoon free, sunset aerial yoga, group dinner and bonfire at our villa.

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  • Wednesday, April 1st: Morning beach workout, breakfast, ocean swim and then ferry back to mainland Bali. Transfer to Gaia Retreat Center in Ubud. Afternoon walk into Ubud- time to explore the adorable shops and cafes, evening Kecak fire and trance dance performance and group dinner at Gaia Villa.

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  • Thursday, April 2nd: Sunrise yoga practice, Tirta Empul Holy Water Spring Cleanse, organic farm tour and cooking class. Evening free

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  • Friday, April 3rd: Morning meditation + yoga practice, breakfast, bike tour and community service project in local village (this will include lunch and we will be biking through beautiful rice fields), afternoon free to enjoy Ubud (Monkey Forest, shopping, markets, yoga, delicious food, cheap spa services), group farewell dinner + cacao ceremony at Gaia.

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  • Saturday, April 4th: Sunrise meditation, breakfast, depart Ubud- transfer to airport included.