Day in the Life at The Palm Tree House
At the Palm Tree House, you have the freedom and flexibility to retreat your way. While some of the daily activities are scheduled – such as meal times, yoga classes and spa treatments – your spare time is yours to fill as you please. Every day at The Palm Tree House is unique and different. Two full days each week are dedicated to sightseeing adventures where you are whisked away to the beautiful rice-field village of Ubud, and to the stunning temples and beaches of Uluwatu. There are a myriad of cultural activities that are complementary to each retreat week including a sambal making cooking class or a Balinese spirit offering workshop. Aside from the included excursions and cultural activities, there are also a wide array of optional treatments, healing sessions, adventures and wellness activities that you can choose to schedule into your retreat week.
You may be looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating week filled with plenty of massage and pool time, or you may be seeking a more active break in a tropical paradise filled with surf, fitness and exploration. Many guests that visit are happy to find a balance between the two – with time to unwind in the lush surroundings, as well as a good dose of movement and soaking up all the opportunities that Bali offers.
Below is a general outline of what a day on retreat looks like. Upon arrival, you are greeted by your host who will go through your retreat schedule with you. This is your opportunity to flesh out your week and create a retreat schedule that fits all your needs and goals.
Different inclusions come with the various retreat packages, and additional plans can be added such as meal plans or unlimited spa packages. The aim at The Palm Tree House is to offer you the space, tools and support to retreat your way, so that you can return home feeling refreshed and enlivened, already looking forward to the next visit to your Bali home away from home.
7 am – Rise and Shine!
Wake from your deep and restful slumber in your private room to the sounds of nature around you. Take your time to rise before making your way to yoga. If you are on the surf package, your surf adventure begins early, departing for the best surf break of the day. If you are on the fitness package, your fitness sessions also start early which allows you to enjoy your workout in the garden or by the ocean while the day is still cool and quiet.
For those on the yoga or Ayurveda package, the first yoga session of the day is also at 7 am. All classes are catered to the group’s unique needs and skill level and with a maximum of 6 people, you are sure to enjoy plenty of one on one assistance. Our yoga teachers are always on hand to answer any of your yoga-related questions and help you deepen your yoga journey. Classes are held in each villa either on the rooftop yoga shala, open balcony, or beautiful garden space. Towels, cold water and bliss balls are awaiting you after your class.
8:30 am – Delicious Breakfast
Make your way to the dining area for your first meal of the day! Breakfast is included daily at The Palm Tree House and includes a lovely buffet spread as well as cook-to-order options. Feast on fresh tropical Balinese fruits such as mangosteen, papaya, pineapple and rambutans. Enjoy homemade banana pancakes, freshly cooked eggs your way, a selection of healthy granolas, local artisan bread and delicious sweet and savoury spreads. Rainbow smoothie bowls, chia seed pudding and delicious frittata are some of the daily changing options. Coffee and tea are always on hand as well as cold coconuts for that true Bali feel. Enjoy connecting with your fellow guests as you prepare and fuel up for your day ahead.
9 am – 12:30 pm – Spa, Activities and Free Time
Between breakfast and lunch, you are welcome to fill in this time as you please. The different packages have different inclusions, so depending on your retreat package, you may have a spa or Ayurveda treatment scheduled, a trip to the luxury air-conditioned gym for a workout, an aerial yoga class at our nearby partner yoga studio, or you may still be out surfing the waves in your private surf lesson.
All packages include spa treatments and allow you to select from a variety of massages, facials, scrubs and other services. All spa therapies are administered by our professional spa team who have years of experience delighting women with indulgent and rejuvenating treatments! For those seeking a deeper, more transformative experience, you can also book one of our healing sessions. These include options such as reiki, theta healing, tarot reading, Heller bodywork or special weight loss treatments. Additional private yoga classes or personal training sessions can also be organised.
Of course, you may opt to simply lounge by the beautiful pool, relax on a daybed with a good book, or spend time with your fellow retreat guests. All of the villas offer beautiful inviting communal spaces for you to enjoy and staff are on hand to assist you with any requests you may have.
12:30 pm – Delicious Lunch
Four lunches are included in every retreat week at The Palm Tree House. Meals on your Bali retreat are full of colour, flavour and nutrition and are a mix of Western favourites and Balinese delights. Our professional Indonesian chefs delight in creating dishes that are as delicious as they are good for you and are always beautifully presented and made with so much love. Lunches may include delicious soups, huge vibrant salads, freshly cooked seafood, healthy jackfruit tacos, nori sushi bowls, and Balinese favourites such as Gado Gado or Nasi Goreng. Meal times are always fun and social, allowing guests to interact and share their stories from the day!
1:30 – 7:00 pm – Culture, Exploration & Free Time
The afternoon hours are another wonderful opportunity to fill as you please. This is a great time to try some of the cultural activities on offer, such as the sambal making workshop, the spirit offering class, or even a trip to one of Bali’s most sacred and stunning temples, Tanah Lot.
Many guests also enjoy the opportunity to explore the local area. Bicycles are on hand so that you can enjoy cycling around Canggu- enjoy that Eat, Pray, Love moment as you ride through the surrounding lush rice fields! Canggu is an eclectic mix of boutique shops, healthy cafes, luxury day spas, beautiful beaches, funky art galleries and creative local markets. There is plenty to see and do and everything is an easy stroll or cycle from the villa.
The beautiful pool is always another favourite pastime in the sunny afternoons. Spa treatments can also be enjoyed by the pool, or in the air conditioned comfort of your room. Allow our staff to bring you iced tea or a cold coconut as you relax. Afternoon tea is included in every retreat and offers fresh tropical fruit and daily changing options such as fresh cinnamon buns, homemade fruit popsicles or vegetable crudites and corn chips with dip.
7 pm – Delicious Dinner
Dinners are dependant on the package that you are on. The base package includes one dinner, while the yoga, surf, fitness and spa packages include four dinners onsite. A meal plan can also easily be added if you are on the base package. Some examples of the nightly dinners include Rendang Curry, Grilled Snapper and fresh salads, Barbecue Tofu and Vegetables, Mie Goreng or Pad Thai. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert! Enjoy relaxing in the cool Balinese night air, with great conversation and plenty of laughter.
For the dinners out, you have the opportunity to experience the wonderful array of restaurants in Canggu. There are many terrific cafes and eateries around Canggu, all within walking distance from our accommodation. Food options are abundant and range of traditional Balinese food to plenty of organic vegan and gluten free cafes, and everything in between from Mexican to Italian to Greek. Most of the wonderful restaurants in Canggu all deliver – so if a movie night and dinner in sounds like heaven to, you can simply ask the staff to help you arrange a delivery.
9 pm – Flower Baths, Candlelight Meditation & Slumber
Evenings are generally left open for guests to fill as they please. You are always welcome to venture out into town if you’re looking to experience the nightlife in Canggu! If you have a private room with a bath, you can ask the staff to draw you a flower bath which is always a lovely way to end the day. Once a week on retreat our yoga teacher also offers a beautiful candlelit guided meditation which is always a highlight. You may like to enjoy time with your fellow retreat guests or opt for an early night. Movie nights can easily be arranged and are always plenty of fun! There is a great selection of DVDs to choose from. Enjoy a deep, restful slumber in your air-conditioned sanctuary and get ready for another fabulous day on your Bali retreat!
Sound too good to be true?! Experience your retreat, your way at The Palm Tree House.