Virtuoso Traveler - August/September 2018 - 42
How to have a heavenly time in
Nusa Dua, Ubud, and beyond.
Balinese village - is home to 60
"One of the best times to visit Bali
villas and suites, two temples, and
is during the dry season in June,"
culinary options ranging from rice-
says Brian Harris. "It's less busy
field barbecues to riverside dining
than July and August, and has
in private bamboo pods. Younger
good surfing conditions. Shoulder
guests can keep active at a kids'
season in September also offers
camp focusing on art, culture, and
lower rates and fewer crowds."
ecology. Doubles from $676; Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast
daily and a $100 resort credit.
Additional cultural experiences
at the flower-filled, 313-room
Finding bliss: A soul-purification ritual on
Nusa Dua's Sawangan Beach.
in everyday life. "Rice is at the root of our
culture," my teacher, Winana, tells me, all
the while smiling as he details its elaborate
planting ceremonies and ubiquity in Balinese meals. "If we have food, we must have
rice." Though a portion of the region's fields
has recently been lost to development, he
notes, some 80 percent of local families still
grow rice on their land.
Spiritual and holistic therapies, based
on ancient Balinese beliefs, also highlight
stays here, with programs that include
water-blessing rituals with a priestess and
energy treatments with an intuitive blind
healer. Vedic astrology, chakra balancing,
and meditation sessions round out the
spa menu, as do active disciplines such as
vinyasa, hatha, and kundalini yoga.
On my last evening, I'm inspired to try
a yoga class at the spa's riverside pavilion,
taught - to my surprise - by Winana, who
turns out to also be a yoga master. It's my
first such class, but after a week on Bali,
it's not too difficult to get into the flow, especially when guided by Winana's meditations. We're most likely to be at peace
with the future and the past when we do
well to focus on the present moment, he
reminds his class. "Because happiness,"
he emphasizes with his unceasing smile,
"is right now." It's a valuable souvenir and
send-off - and a pleasant reminder that,
despite all the changes, so many of Bali's
integral traditions still abide.
42 V I R T U O S O T R A V E L E R
Ritz-Carlton, Bali include sunset
Your travel advisor can work with
meditation sessions and lantern-
Virtuoso's on-site connections to
making classes for kids. Surfing
craft customized day trips or longer
lessons and swan neck show-
Bali and Indonesia tours tailored
ers in the spa's Hydro-Vital Pool
to your tastes. Insider experiences
are available for the aquatically
from ICS Travel Group - Indone-
inclined, as are "floating break-
sia include a visit to the home of
fasts" in (yes, in) your suite or villa
Pak Enong Ismail, curator of The
pool. Doubles from $250; Virtuoso
Sukarno Centre. Adventures with
travelers receive breakfast daily,
Asia World Indonesia have guests
a $100 resort credit, and private
meeting with anthropologist and
longtime Bali resident Dr. Lawrence
Blair for high tea and connecting
Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve -
with Balinese locals in their homes,
built in the spirit of a traditional
farms, and schools.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali's floating breakfast and
(right) all roads lead to something beautiful at Mandapa.