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TRAVEL PROPOSITION
GiliTA– Gili Travel Agency – INDONESIA – Ask Julie

BALI AND GILI

Discover Bali and Gili islands (Lombok): their Secret Retreats, their Secret Tables, and all the Julie’s favorites.

Together, with some members of our Secret Retreats community, we invite you to discover the diversity of the island of the Gods, Bali, and the laid-back atmosphere island, Gili Air: nature, beaches, rice fields, pristine underwater world, local culture, gastronomy, art, authenticity, wellness, dance, party.

 

Secret Retreats is a curated community of privately owned and passionately managed exclusively Asian boutique hotels, yachts, lodges, villas and inns.

 

Like a personal recommendation from a friend you can trust, discover Secret Table’s collection of unique, personally handpicked, independent restaurants with core values that embrace sustainability, fair wages and career paths for young local people.

 

Duration : 7 days Destinations :

Ubud (Bali) – Gili Air (Lombok)- Canggu(Bali)

Price.      : 990€ per person (double occupancy) – Single supplement: 446€

(Included: Travel Design, travel consultancy, lodging, breakfasts and transfers with private driver/ guide).
Gourmet experience and activities are optional, you are free to decide which activities, healthy lunches and gourmet dinner you’d like to join, on location. *

* Our company is called Let’s feel free! We believe during a trip you have to keep a certain form of freedom. That’s why we take pride in being one of the only travel agencies, where our travelers are free to decide which activities they’d like to book, on location.

Julie and the GiliTA team are available by Whatsapp and Facebook to inspire you. If you do decide to travel with us, please write us a few lines about how you like to travel, share with us your passions, hobbies, what you dream of seeing in Bali, …

Julie and the GiliTA team will write you an exquisite tailor-made road book, to make these wishes come true.

We can book everything for you, once you’re on location. In different locations, our partners at the accommodation you’re staying will be happy to help and inspire you as well.

You can consult our GiliTA road book filled with ideas and activities that you can do during your holiday. Our GiliTA team is available by email to book any activities you wish.

We ensure transfer and lodging are handpicked with the traveler, but once on location, the traveler is totally free to do what he feels fits the mood of the day.


ITINERARY


TRAVEL SUMMARY

DAY 1-3: UBUD (BALI) (2 nights)
Ubud is a cultural, artistic, and charming small town. Ubud means medicine in Indonesian. It has become Bali’s center to practice yoga, eat healthy food, recharge and rejuvenate amid Ubud’s rice paddies.

DAY 3 – 5: GILI AIR (LOMBOK) (2 nights)
The Gili islands have something to make every traveler happy. After travelling the world for 6 years, I’ve decided to call this island home. On this eco- island, no motorized vehicles are allowed. The island is most famous because it’s crawling with marine life. Gili is the ideal place for relaxing, snorkeling, scuba diving and beach parties.

DAY 5 – 7: CANGGU (BALI) (2 nights)
Canggu is a small village in South Bali, between beach and rice fields. Very relaxing, it’s a nice area to surf, biking in the rice fields, and discover the famous Tanah Lot temple.

DAY 7: BACK HOME


FULL TRAVEL ITINERARY

DAY 1 – 3: UBUD

Ubud is a cultural, artistic, and charming small town. Ubud means medicine in Indonesian. It has become Bali’s center to practice yoga, eat healthy food, recharge and rejuvenate amid Ubud’s rice paddies.
Ubud is the heart of culture and Art of the island of the Gods, in the middle of its enchanting rice fields of Ubud is a population of expats, where creativity is prevalent.

TRANSPORT:
Our Balinese guide/driver will wait you at Bali airport and will drop you to Ubud by private car.

LODGING:
Mathis Collection Ubud Retreat

 

At the heart of the Balinese rice fields, Mathis Retreat offers its guests an original and different escape.

ROOM TYPE: Superior room

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
You can visit Ubud city: the Ubud Palace, the monkey’s forest, the traditional market, enjoy a yoga class, a massage or a Balinese dancing show…

But also, so many things to see outside of the city like Tegalalang rice fields terraces, Tampat Siring temple or all the handcraft villages around Ubud.
Call one of our guides, you’ll have their number in the road book to book all activities yourself on location, book at your hotel, or ask locals.

GOURMET EXPERIENCES AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: JULIE’S RECOMMENDATIONS

These Gourmet experiences and activities are optional and can be booked on location. So, follow your feelings or simply trust Julie and follow her guidance. You will find the prices of the optional activities and dinners in the travel itinerary.

Day 1:

  •  Spa Experience at Mathis Collection

The welfare without moderation: enjoy the Balinese treatments and massages provided at the Spa.

At Mathis Collection, a small Zen formatting before your wellness program can take place according to your wishes in the hot tub on the terrace of your room or in the Balés hide in the gardens of the properties…
A variety of treatments and care or traditional and aromatic massages is available. After ordering your massage, you will be prepared a bed in a garden surrounded by green plants and wrapped birdsong or you choose the intimacy of our Spa. In the expert hands of Balinese masseuses, you quickly lose track of time and think only of this sensation of wellbeing that comes over you gradually.You also have, in your accommodation, swimming pools and jacuzzis to complete your fitness.

  • Dinner at Terracotta restaurant (Secret table)

Terracotta is one of our favorite tables in Ubud, its located in Mathis Collection’s hotel. Fine dining with stunning views over their private rice fields is the best way to start your gourmet experience in Bali.

Secret Menu put together by their Fabulous Chef.

 

Day 2:

  •  Rice Field Walk, Sunday Dance and Family Dinner

Have you ever heard of Ecstatic Dance?

The idea behind Ecstatic Dancing is that rather than remain constipated with the things we just can’t say, we feel them, work through them, shake them out through body movement and stamp all over them. With freedom of expression comes inner peace and harmony. We can do whatever we want from hip- hop, to R&B, to Bollywood, right through to chill-out Zen, you can do exactly what your body wants to do and leave all inhibitions at the door. It’s a beautiful concept. When in Ubud, never say no to Ecstatic dance.

  •  Blessing in the hot springs + visit a Healer

Detox from the stress of life and think about yourself. Bless your body and mind and take advantage of the spiritual Ubud. This activity will bring your relaxation and wellness.

  •  Secret Menu at Locavore Restaurant (Secret Table)

Listed in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Best in Indonesia, Locavore is all about local ingredients prepared with the magic creative twist of Chefs Elke and Ray.


DAY 3 – 5: GILI AIR

The Gili Islands consists of three islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Located between Lombok and Bali, Gili Air is the closest to Lombok.
As soon as you set foot on Gili Air, you’ll feel your body and soul fill up with an extreme sensation of relaxation, you’ll naturally slow down, and it’s the magic of Gili Air.

On this eco- island, no motorized vehicles are allowed. The island is travelable by foot in around one hour and a half, but you can choose to use a bicycle or a horse cart (Gili taxis). Enjoy the peace and quiet of an island that is free of traffic. Allow yourself to have your spirit lifted and your body and soul nourished.

TRANSPORT:

Our local driver will pick-up you at Mathis Collection in Ubud and drop you to Padangbai. From Padangbai, fast boat to Gili Air.

LODGING: Slow Villas

10 contemporary luxury villas – Balinese conception, built in the middle of a beautiful island, GILI AIR, not far from Bali. Slow is a concept, based on the slow spirit (slow cooking, slow moving, slow stretching), a unique way to get back sense of the essential value of life.

Each room offers the same comfort: one or two bedroom villas with terrace, swimming pool, kitchenette and office space, comfortable sunbeds, lovely coconut garden.
Particular care to the quality of the beddings, the home stylist Valérie Barkowski has added her touch of originality with a predominant colour selection of orange, grey, red, green, Bordeaux or black. Choose your holiday colour!

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ROOM TYPE:
One bedroom villa with private pool

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA:
The island has plenty of things to do. It’s surrounded by white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue water and pristine coral reefs. Gili Air is the ideal place for a private snorkelling trip amongst Gili Air’s turtles, scuba diving amid Gili’s currents, surf Bonkas reef near the harbour, horse riding, wake boarding, fishing, spear fishing, Indonesian cooking classes, SUP (stand up paddle boarding), SUP Yoga, several types of yoga, acro yoga, yin yoga, hatha yoga, fly high yoga, meditation, cycling, island hopping, magical sunsets, dolphin watching,

Our team of Gili Travel Agency will help you to book any activities around the Gili’s on location. Every villa has its villa directory filled with ideas and activities that you can do around the Gili’s. I’m looking forward to welcome you in Gili Air.

Read more on Gili Air activities in our brochures:

GOURMET EXPERIENCES AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: JULIE’S RECOMMENDATIONS

These Gourmet experiences and activities are optional and can be booked on location. So, follow your feelings or simply trust Julie and follow her guidance. You will find the prices of the optional activities and dinners in the travel itinerary.

Day 3:

  • Spa Experience at Slow Spa

Designed by the architect Christian Lechien, the spa at Slow Villas adds a wellness appetite to the villa complex, which is essentially designed for you to recharge and fully relax: three massage rooms, a bath for relaxation and a pilates/yoga studio.

The Slow Spa’s architecture is inspired by the round curves of the island, making you think of a bamboo cathedral. The central window adds air and light to the whole ensemble with gentle curves. The peaceful feeling and the silence are supporting the architecture that’s built around the natural elements, thus recalling Slow’s philosophy. The treatments: massages, facials, treatments for hands and feet, and therapy through movements, respond to our belief at Slow in relation to wellness. For Slow Spa’s signature treatments, we use products that are natural and alive, especially fresh aloe vera cultivated on-site.
Slow Villas and Spa is the result of a Belgian trio, who joined forces to create a home away from home. Our goal, your happiness!

Want to read more about our Spa treatments? Click on the following link Here

  • Stand-up paddle for sunset

Enjoy a magical moment of freedom and amazing views on Bali and the others Gilis on a stand-up paddle for sunset time.

  • Gourmet dinner in the water: Lobster and Champagne

We prepare an unforgettable dinner for you on a white sandy beach with your feet in crystal clear blue water, surrounded by the golden colors of Gili Air’s amazing sunset.
On this special evening, you will enjoy a grilled lobster with a side dish of your choice accompanied by a chilled bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne. Our staff will be there to serve you and take care of you.

Day 4:

  • Private snorkeling trip around the 3 Gili islandsVisit 3 of the best spots in the Gilis on a private snorkeling trip for 4 hours. Our islands are famous for turtles and colorful marine life. The three islands have many diverse coral reefs surrounding them: no two sites are the same! Madi will be your personal captain and marine-guide, you will have private use of his boat. He will jump with you in the water to point out some cool species like octopus, cuttlefish and lobsters.Madi has an amazing knowledge of the waters around the Gilis, he will take you to the two or three best sites based on weather conditions that day, but often he stops at Turtle Heaven, Halik Reef, Sunset Reef and Meno Wreck. Then, you will stop on the lovely beaches of Gili Meno for the lunch.

  • Indonesian cooking classJoin the Indonesian cooking school for a fun and cultural experience. Lear how to cook the Indonesian food and bring the recipes home. Several menus available.

  • Discover Scuba Diving

Discover the amazing Gili marine life and experience the bubbles of happiness with our partner Blue Marine Dive!

For beginners, in a half day, you can have a first diving session in the pool where the instructor will explain to you everything you need to know. After that, let’s jump in the ocean and meet the crowded Gili marine life. Unforgettable experience!

Watch the Blue Marine Dive video clip Here

  • Gourmet dinner at Dolce Mare Restaurant

Discover the taste of happiness in one of the Julie’s favorite restaurant of the island.


DAY 5 – 7: CANGGU

Canggu is a small village in South Bali, between beach and rice fields. Very relaxing, it’s a nice area to surf, biking in the rice fields, and discover the famous Tanah Lot temple.

TRANSPORT:
Transfer from Gili Air to Padangbai by fast boat, then private car with driver to Canggu.

LODGING: Villa Mathis

The 18 rooms of Hotel Villa Mathis are immersed in the privileged environment of its lush tropical garden of over 10,000 m2, planted with native and exotic species, bordered by many water points, swimming pools (one per compound – 4 in total) and relaxation areas.

All rooms are different but animated by the same soft and refined atmosphere. Balinese traditional materials (teak, Alang- Alang roofs, drapes and cushions in batik…) and modern furnishings adorn the villas that seem genuinely from a decor magazine.

The rooms are built in a respect for privacy to enjoy a lovely view without vis- à-vis with the other rooms of the Villa. Some have extensive mezzanine to accommodate up to two children in peace; other floors offer great views of the surrounding tropical vegetation.

ROOM TYPE: Deluxe room

ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA:
Relax, beach, surf, enjoy the night life of Canggu, book a biking trip in the rice fields and don’t miss Tanah Lot temple!

GOURMET EXPERIENCES AND OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES: JULIE’S RECOMMENDATIONS

These Gourmet experiences and activities are optional and can be booked on location. So, follow your feelings or simply trust Julie and follow her guidance. You will find the prices of the optional activities and dinners in the travel itinerary.

DAY 5:

  • Spa experience at Villa Mathis Spa

The Villa Mathis offers treatments and massages using traditional Balinese ancestral methods: Jamu cures.

This technique consists of treatments using natural herbs without any chemical additives, the formulas for which have been passed on from generation to generation.

  • Gourmet dinner at Cuca RestaurantChef Kevin studies each ingredient, finds out how it is traditionally used to understand its potential and then prepares it applying western techniques developed through a painstaking international career in some of the world best restaurants.

DAY 6:

  • Biking tour in the rice fields to Tanah Lot temple (3 hours)

Enjoy the amazing landscapes around Canggu area with this biking tour. You will discover the small non-touristic paths with your guide, cross the rice fields and the typical villages to join the beautiful Tanah Lot temple at the end of the tour.

Around 3 hours. Pick-up and drop-off at your hotel. Easy level.

  • Gourmet diner at Nuit Baroques Restaurant

A subtle menu as well “a la carte” inspired from the finest of the Balinese Cuisine as well from the Indonesian archipelago without to forget the must try of a modern International Western Cuisine will be an irresistible temptation to experience, accompanied by the strains of gentle and appropriate background music. These pure moments of intimacy or festivity with the Renaissance charm of this restaurant will never fail to please all.


DAY 7: BACK HOME

TRANSPORT:
Transfer from Canggu to Bali airport by private driver.

Contact me by Skype (Juthonnard1) or WhatsApp (+6281999601058) to discuss eventual changes. I hope you like it! =)

Safe travels!
Julie Thonnard – co- founder at Gili Travel Agency We stay available during your trip for emergencies;

AskJulie@GiliTA.com or by phone +62 (0) 819 996 01 058 (WhatsApp) and Skype (juthonnard1)

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