Balitrees Retreats hosts yoga retreats, meditation, Silat martial arts, healing, spiritual, and cultural holidays.
CONS Cons: Very little but just one piece of (hopefully!) constructive criticism. The food was great but since it was almost the same dish 3 times a day it wasn't great for our stomachs, not used to such heavy things!! If there was a bit more variety, like maybe something lighter for breakfast, or more salads/veg at main meals I think that would be great!! But thank you Dewi and Rihanna for your excellent cooking and serving!
PROS Pros: I had a wonderful experience at Balitrees. I didn't know what to expect as some of these 'cultural retreats' can seem a bit forced or overly cheesy! Not the case here. The people of Sedandan village were incredibly welcoming and genuinely pleased to have us there. Myself and the 2 other guests were even invited to a wedding...A wonderful experience although they insisted on stuffing us with too much food!! Adi and his team continuously went out of their way to help us, from including a little bucket of toiletries in the bathroom to bringing us to the village healer. Whatever we wanted!! They were all so warm and kind, we were made to feel instantly at home!! The classes were a bit different to what I'd expected but I actually loved them...It was refreshing to see a less exercise-focused and more spiritual approach to yoga. One of my favourite aspects was the moving meditation - like a form of Tai Chi - and I hope I can remember it now!! The schedule's pretty loose so you have time to explore the area if you don't want to get involved in activities. Anyway, if you're looking for an authentic cultural experience with the kindest people, to learn something different in a beautiful setting and to make great friends, you've found it. Thanks Adi, Dewi, Mrs Ketut, Rihanna, Yulia, Yoshi, Rai and everyone there for making it such a special experience (and sorry for all the mis-spellings of the names!) I'll be back one day!!
Organizer response: Thank you so much Emma for your review. It will help us much to improve our quality in the future. We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.
CONS Cons: I loved it all.
PROS Pros: If you would like to see the real Bali, practice yoga and recharge, then this is the retreat for you. We started each day with yummy snacks, meditation, sun salutations and tai chi. The day was filled with great simple, local, food and fantastic cultural experiences such as coconut oil making, music classes and cooking lessons. We finished the day with yoga, which was tailored to both experience and flexibility levels, and dinner. It was great to practice different types of yoga with different teachers. I cannot describe how relaxing it is to sit outside meditating, feeling the sun on your back and listening to the cicadas, frogs and roosters. It was pure bliss. The staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly. They just wanted us to experience their village and way of life. They cannot do enough for you and they are great good company. This retreat can only hold four people so it will not be overrun with tourists. I loved my stay at Balitrees and will definitely return. It was by far the best part of my trip.
Organizer response: Thank you so much Rose for your excelent review. This will be very important for the growth of our retreats.
PROS Pros: Everyone was incredibly nice and very friendly! The location is amazing and not full of tourists. The accomodation and food is also amazing!!! Loved my time here!
Organizer response: Thank you very much for the excelent review, it will be very important for our future.
CONS Cons: There wasn't a single part of the retreat that I can say I was unhappy with. Be aware that this retreat focuses more on the entire experience and is a beginner level of yoga. While I loved this, it could potentially be a negative if you are looking for an intense yoga-focused retreat.
PROS Pros: The first thing you notice arriving at the retreat is how remote you feel among the beautiful rice terraces (that are better than Ubud in my opinion.) It's one of the most relaxing environments I've ever been in where you can disconnect from your fast-paced life and really reconnect with nature. It seems like there is no one around apart from the people who live in the village. A very non-touristy location where everyone you meet is warm & welcoming and the most beautiful views to go along with it all. The early morning challenge of Tali Rasa quickly became my favorite time of the day but the other daily activities also really deliver. You get to sit with the local villagers and learn to make offerings in the traditional way, learn to play traditional Balinese instruments, afternoon yoga alongside the children's lessons (be it yoga, martial arts or dance lessons) and see the daily life of a village that hasn't been overrun by tourists and western civilization. The accommodations were good; comfortable beds, showers with hot water, AC and wifi all made it easy to still get the comforts of home while indulging in this experience. It happened to be my birthday during my stay and I was given a birthday party by the villagers/staff and their children. What a special day they provided for me! The girls put on a Balinese dance, everyone sang Happy Birthday (in Balinese) and they even got me a cake. :) I truly can't say enough good things about every person involved in Balitrees!
Organizer response: Thank you so much Elaine, your reviews worth a lot for our retreats.
CONS Cons: Very little, Adi and his team have thought of everything. To note, a few locals do take photos/video of you without asking permission first. I know most people don't mind this but it makes me feel a tad uncomfortable.
PROS Pros: Adi and his family were wonderful hosts. The entire experience far exceeded my expectations. Where do I start. The setting of the retreat is in a very rural village. You couldn't get more remote if you tried. Rice terraces, coconut and banana trees. A tropical paradise. The rooms were spacious and comfortable. The meals prepared were simple but extremely tasty. Fresh fruit was always on offer. Meditation and Balinese Tai Chi class every morning. Perfect routines to clear your mind. The afternoon session were yoga focussed. All my instructors were excellent. They tailor the routines to suit my needs. My classes involved a lot of hamstring stretches and back bends. As only 4 guests can stay at one time you receive great personal tuition. I had a day of 1-2-1 classes. You become a member of the family very quickly. Everyone is so friendly. Cultural exchange. Everyday there is an opportunity to take part in a cultural activity. Watching the sunrise, oil making, preparing a Balinese meal, a session with the local medicine man, crafting offerings/blessings. I enjoyed everything I did on the retreat. If you are looking for a relaxing few days, in a beautiful setting and a family environment look no further.
Organizer response: Thank you so much Ellie, for your overall excellent impression. Looking forward to wellcome you back in the future.
CONS Cons: - As I was the only guest, I ate my meals alone. I did not enjoy that too much.
PROS Pros: I booked a 4 nights yoga retreat at Balitrees. What I received was so much more than I hoped for :) Mr Adi ( the owner of the place) has been extremely welcoming and happy to share his knowledge about the balinese culture with me. I was the only one staying at this wonderful village. I already miss all inhabitants and hope that I can come back at some point. Everyday I visited another family and did and got to know something different about the balinese culture. The accommodation is great! The beds are comfy... The food is balinese and good. I was lucky to be be the only student in the yoga classes. As I was a beginner, I really enjoyed this. I am sure this is one of the - if not the - most authentic balinese cultural experience. I wish Mr Adi success with his relatively new business.
Organizer response: Thank you so much for everything Monique, wish to see you back again in the future.
PROS Pros: I went to this retreat looking for yoga and meditation, and some relax. What happened those days is more that what I can tell just with words. I came back home feeling happier and really thankful. Mr. Adi is waiting for you at the airport and bring you to the Village. From then on you enter in a new world, all the people I met, all theirs traditions, their kindness, their humble way of living, made me be in real contact with my inner self and realize what is really important in life. I was the only 'tourist' in the village, the families around opened their doors an their hearts to me. You need to experience this. The whole retreat exceeded my expectations, the food they cooked was simply amazing, the room was clean and nice, the bed comfy, I couldn't ask for more.
Organizer response: Thank you very much for all your kindness, Luciana. We really hoping to see you back again in our village.
CONS Cons: •nothing. All was good •great for beginners of yoga and meditation; maybe not for those experienced
PROS Pros: •family owned! It is very village oriented and your interactions with locals is unlike most places in Bali •beautiful and very clean rooms •activities were interesting and educational; it was nice to leave feeling like I learned a bit about Balinese life •small group was nice; very unlike the large, crowded retreats around •more of a cultural experience with a bit of yoga
Organizer response: Thank you very much for the reviews. Your feedback are very important for us to learn in order to improve our retreats quality for the future.
PROS Pros: It was a great experience, way better then i expected! Adi (the owner) is really nice, going out of his way to make you feel comfortable and make sure your wishes are fullfilled. He even helpt me with my visa extention! The room is nice as well, its clean and everything you need is provided. The rest of the staff is also lovely! The're very friendly, cook amazing meals, clean your room and even do laundry. The lessons are nice and there are also several activities provided. But there is also enough 'me-time', if you want. Overall, i had a great time!
Organizer response: Thank you so much Mijke, we really hoping to welcome you back in our village again in the future.
PROS Pros: Adi's and his family took such wonderful care of us while we were at his village. We did yoga in the morning and Talia Rossi which is the Balinese equivalent of tai chi and we did short meditation's. The food was delicious and prepare daily by his family. The daily cultural events which happened around the village in neighbors homes was a real treat and something I deeply treasured. The location is very beautiful and out of the regular tourist areas so that you feel like you're in the real Bali. I would recommend you spending an extra night and doing the tour with Adi, he takes you to a lovely temple, Hot Springs and the beach as well as lunch at his family's café in Tabanan. This is more like a cultural retreat where you get the best of all worlds. Very good for beginners .
Organizer response: Thank you so much Nava, for your excelent reviews. Looking forward to welcome you back to our family and our village.
CONS Cons: The organisation of the activities wasnt the best but Adi just opened the retreat so some finetunning was expected.
PROS Pros: I had a really good time at balitrees. The freedom to make my own choises for what program i prefered where really nice. All the activities with the local people of the village where really fun an gave a good insight of traditional bali life. Everybody was very was super helpfull and friendly. I learned alot and made many new friends.
Organizer response: Thank you so much Willem for your reviews. This will be very much usefull for us to improve our retreats in the future.
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