Experiences & Culture
At The Palm Tree House, we pride ourselves on offering you the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to experiencing all that Bali has to offer. We have a diverse team of spa therapists, cooks, healers, drivers and hosts that are on hand to help you create your ideal retreat experience. We love introducing guests to the magical island of Bali and the beauty of the Balinese people and culture. The boutique nature of our retreats enable guests to truly connect with our incredible Balinese team and learn more about the Balinese ways of life. From cooking classes to spirit offering making to excursions around the island and more, experiencing the best of Bali is part of every stay at The Palm Tree House. Guests leave with a new Balinese family and place to call home.
Hear from our Guests
“If you’re considering the Palm Tree House, let this be the final nudge you need to BOOK IT! My tailored, all inclusive retreat included 6 nights, 6 yoga classes, 6 heavenly spa treatments, a guided cultural day to Ubud and some of the most beautiful healthy food in welcoming luxurious surroundings.
But the best part was the warm welcome and amazing care taken by all the staff of their guests. Everything was well planned and any additions or special requests were never too much trouble.
Thank you Palm Tree House.”
Date of Stay: May 2023
Solo tailored retreat – for real Bali Bliss…
Belinda T, Trip Advisor
“I stayed at Palm Tree House for the last week of my month-long trip around Asia and it was the absolute best way to end my trip. The entire Palm Tree House team goes above and beyond to ensure that everyone who stays there has a memorable experience and is able to truly relax and enjoy their time in Bali.
The cultural experiences from the cooking class to a trip to Ubud to offering making really provided a nice look into the Balinese culture and the people of Bali were extremely welcoming and happy to share their culture with us.
I also met and connected with some amazing women from around the world while staying at Palm Tree House, which made the experience unforgettable.”
Date of Stay: March 2023
Most AMAZING retreat in Bali
Clarissa D, Trip Advisor
“This week break from life was one of pure magic, indulgence, rejuvenation and love. I traveled with my friend of 30 days and stayed in Infinity Villa, with the Ayurvedic package. I’d name this ‘seamless luxury’ . I didn’t need to plan a thing nor worry about itineraries and what to do, other than move between the spa, pool, room and being fed fresh glorious food!
The Ubud day trip was transformative for me spiritually. We loved meeting like minded women and heating their personal stories.
I hated leaving today but am going back to my family with love, feeling refreshed and full of Grace for what is in my path ahead.”
Date of Stay: August 2023
Magical trip of a lifetime
Caitlin G, Trip Advisor
Experience the Palm Tree House difference
We have a diverse team of spa therapists, cooks, healers, drivers and hosts that are on hand to help you create your ideal retreat experience.
We love introducing guests to the magical island of Bali and the beauty of the Balinese people and culture. The boutique nature of our retreats enable guests to truly connect with our incredible Balinese team and learn more about the Balinese ways of life. From cooking classes to spirit offering making to excursions around the island and more, experiencing the best of Bali is part of every stay at The Palm Tree House. Guests leave with a new Balinese family and place to call home.
Sightseeing on your Bali Retreat
Every 7-day retreat at The Palm Tree House offers you to opportunity to explore a little further afield and get a greater taste and experience of this special island as well as the beautiful spirit and culture of the Balinese people.
Every Wednesday at The Palm Tree House you are invited to join the weekly outing to Ubud. Ubud is around a 1½-hour drive from retreat, located north towards the middle of the island and is well known for its beautiful natural surroundings, rice field terraces, shops, markets, culture and focus on healing. This of course is where the famous Eat, Pray, Love movie was filmed! This day excursion is optional, yet tends to be a highlight for guests and is a wonderful way to see and experience more of Bali beyond Canggu. You will have a driver with you for the whole day and be escorted in air conditioned comfort.
On this special day you will have the chance to experience some of Ubud’s best kept secrets. Start your day with a very special and unique sound healing session in incredible man-made pyramids. Sound and vibration are one of the most powerful tools for healing. The experience guides you into an effortless state of relaxation, assisting you to feel, heal and release. The process is as scientific as it is mysterious! Prepare to be amazed!
You will enjoy a delicious lunch at a VIP ‘beach club in the jungle!’ Select your lunch or drinks from an extensive menu of Western and Indonesian options. You may also choose to enjoy a cool dip in the beautiful pool and take in the views of Ubud’s lush wild scenery. Please note lunch and pool access is at your own cost.
Spend the afternoon wandering about at your leisure. You can visit the nearby temples, find yourself a bargain in the maze of colourful market stalls, or wander amidst the shops which offer plenty of options from beautiful silver jewellery to yoga clothes to more boutique clothing and homewares. The perfect place to find something special to take back home with you.
Culture on your Bali Retreat
Your week also includes one special Balinese Culture Day.You are welcome to join the staff and dive into some traditional Balinese cultural activities. These activities are entirely optional, however we do find that guests love these special afternoons and walk away from their time in Bali knowing a little more about the fascinating culture and beautiful rituals that make the island so unique.
“The best way to experience a culture is to taste it.” Bali is well known and loved for its delicious flavours and fragrant cuisine. Enjoy spending time in the kitchen with one of our experienced Palm Tree House chefs as you explore the unique ingredients and whip up a few tasty dishes to sample. Expect Balinese favourites such as spicy sambal and tasty Nasi Goreng.
One of the most striking things about Balinese culture is the daily offerings. The offerings are made and given to please the gods and the demons, and also provide good.
karma. These simple handmade daily offerings, known as Canang Sari, are filled with colourful flowers. The colours and the placement of the flowers all have different symbolic meanings. Enjoy the opportunity to make your very own Canang Sari offering with your Balinese hosts.
*Please note that package inclusions vary depending on length of stay. The sightseeing day to Ubud is set on Wednesday and the culture day is set on Monday, so shorter stays may miss these events
Frequently Asked Questions
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What cultural experiences are offered at The Palm Tree House?
At The Palm Tree House, we are committed to introducing guests to the rich culture of Bali. Our boutique retreats provide opportunities to connect with our Balinese team and learn about their way of life through activities like cooking classes, spirit offering making, excursions, and more.
What is included in the sightseeing experience during the retreat?
Every 7-day retreat at The Palm Tree House includes a Wednesday outing to Ubud, where you’ll explore the natural beauty, culture, and healing focus of the area. This optional day trip includes a unique sound healing session, lunch at a VIP ‘beach club in the jungle,’ and the chance to explore Ubud’s markets, temples, and shops.
What is the significance of the culture day on the retreat?
As part of your week at The Palm Tree House, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in a special Balinese Culture Day. This optional activity allows you to immerse yourself in Balinese cultural activities, including time in the kitchen with our chefs to explore unique ingredients and create delicious Balinese dishes. You can also participate in making traditional daily offerings known as Canang Sari.
Are these cultural activities suitable for all guests?
Yes, the cultural activities are designed to be inclusive and are entirely optional. We find that guests of all backgrounds enjoy these experiences and gain a deeper understanding of Balinese culture and rituals.
What happens if I have a shorter stay at The Palm Tree House?
The sightseeing day to Ubud is set on Wednesdays, and the culture day is set on Mondays. If you have a shorter stay, you may miss these specific events, but there are plenty of other opportunities to explore and experience Bali during your retreat.