Bali Dewata, The Island Of The Gods

The picturesque island of Bali is part of the Indonesian archipelago, a chain of 17,000 islands strung across the Indian Ocean. Those with a taste for the exotic can explore stunning tropical rain forests, misty mountain peaks, emerald green rice paddies, vibrant coral reefs and dramatic coastal scenery.

Sublime scenery aside, you will also discover a unique and remarkable beauty in the strong spiritual and cultural traditions of Bali Dewata, which literally translates as Bali ‘Island of the Gods.’ Vibrant religious ceremonies are rich in symbolism and pageantry and the streets are often filled by long colourful processions. Women gracefully balance elaborate offerings of fruit and flowers on their heads as they make their way to the temples.

An Island of Temples, Mountains and Volcanoes

Thousands of ornate temples dot the island, from small ancestral temples in family compounds, to majestic sea temples that cling to towering limestone cliffs. Bali’s soaring mountains and volcanoes are thought to be the abode of the gods, and the temples set high on the mountain slopes boast panoramic backdrops are places of pilgrimage – especially during elaborate full moon ceremonies.

The staff at The Place will be happy to tell you more about local ceremonies and customs, of which there are many. If you are fortunate enough to be here during the bi-annual Galungan festival – which celebrates the victory of good over evil – you will see Bali at its most beautiful . At this time the island is adorned with penjor – ornamental bamboo poles decorated with rice, fruit and coconuts, symbolising the blessings of mother nature


For the Balinese the path to wellbeing is defined in the philosophy of Tri Hita Karana – maintaining good relations with God, good relations with people and good relations with nature. Harmony is achieved by keeping the balance between forces of darkness and light, through prayer, ceremony and offerings to the gods and spirits.


From Monday to Saturday at 8:15am The Place Bali hosts weekly Kundalini Yoga classes and every Wednesday at 4:00pm Yin Yoga classes with Manuela Herreros who is not only a renowned Kundalini, Hatha, and Yin Yoga teacher and also the wellness director of The Place. For bookings, please contact Manuela +62 81 236 174 611.


Sitting just eight degrees south of the equator, Bali has a warm tropical climate with a year-round average temperature of  27- 30°C. The island has two distinct seasons, wet and dry, with the hightest temperatures and humidity in the rainy  season which generally runs from November to April.

Visa Requirements

Citizens of many countries (inlcuding the UK) do not need a visa for stays less than 30 days. Check with the Indonsian Consulate in your county for more details.


Aside from scheduled sessions, retreat guests have downtime in which they can do as much or as little as they please. You may be content relaxing by the pool in the villa gardens, or enjoying a therapeutic massage on-site. Or perhaps you might like to have a gentle sunset stroll on the beach, take a peek in the enchanting antique stores and galleries of Seminyak, or head to one of the island’s spas for a decadent pampering treatment. For those who wish to discover the waterfalls, dramatic emerald green rice fields, ornate temples and colourful markets of the hinterland, staff will be happy to help plan and organise day trips.


Downhill Cycling Tour

Starting from the dramatic highlands of Kintamani, downhill cycling tours follow quiet country lanes through Bali’s lush hinterland. Cycle through clove and cacao plantations, quaint villages and the spectacular terraced rice fields that Bali is famous for.

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