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April 5, 2018

Bali golf ultimate experience

Written By Julia Macleay

Designed to encompass a combination of culture, nature and sport, our Bali golf ultimate experience gives you an opportunity to play Golf on most prestigious Bali golf courses. Come on this eight-day discovery of Bali and Lombok Islands and enjoy the island’s rich culture, culinary hotspots, interlaced with sports such as golfing and light trekking. End with a relaxing snorkell or swim in the tranquil Gili islands before departure.

Highlights: 

  1. Golf at three different places in Bali and Lombok-Play at international golf courses among the cultural and natural heart of Bali and Lombok.
  2. – Trek UNESCO World Heritage site, Jatiluwih rice fields
  3. – Discover Balinese culture – Visit a traditional, local market, the Royal Palace and temple.
  4. – Go on an Ubud Culinary Crawl
  5. – Snorkell at the best of Gili Island

Luxe Difference:

  • Personal airport assistance on arrival and departure
  • Flower garland and luxury welcome kit
  • Private car transfers and room drop in each hotel
DURATION 8 days
AVAILABLE Private tours all year round
SUMMARY 8 day tour of Bali golf.  Come on this eight-day discovery of Bali and Lombok Islands and enjoy the island’s rich culture, culinary hotspots, interlaced with sports such as golfing and light trekking.
INCLUDED Hotel accommodation in half-twin/double room with daily breakfast.
Meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
Tours and transfers by private air-conditioned vehicles with cold water and towel provided.
 Service of English/French/German/Dutch/Spanish speaking local guide, except in Lombok (Only English speaking guide).
[icn_tiock state=“on“] All entrance fees and tours as indicated in itinerary.[icn_tiock state=“on“] Green fee, shared golf cart, caddie (one caddie/player)
NOT INCLUDED Visa arrangements.
International and domestic flights.
International and domestic departure tax from Denpasar.
Meals other than mentioned above.
Camera/video entrance fees.
Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
Personal expenses (drinks, laundry, telephone, tips etc).
Travel insurance.
Other services not clearly indicated in the package inclusions above.

Day 1: Arrival in Denpasar – Ubud (-)

Arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, be greeted by the local travel guide and receive a private transfer to the town of Ubud. Located in the island’s geographic heart, Ubud is also the center of culture and arts.

The remainder of the day is spent at leisure.

Overnight in Ubud at Uma Ubud by Como 5 stars (Deluxe)

In Ubud Room for 3 night stays

Distance and journey time:
Ngurah Rai International Airport of Bali – Ubud (40 km): 1 hour 20 minutes

Day 2: Ubud – Taman Ayun – Jatiluwih – Golf Bedugul – Ubud (B/L/-)

After breakfast at the hotel, be picked up by the driver and tour guide.  Drive towards Bedugul, an area of the central highlands that is famous for its stunning beauty and three lakes. Visit the royal Taman Ayun Temple in Mengwi, and take a look at its unique multi-roofed architecture which was built in 1634 to serve as the family temple of the Mengwi dynasty. Admire this stunning piece of historic architecture, surrounded by a moat with multi–roofed meru shrines and intricately carved wooden gates.
Continue the road and then take a light, one-hour trek through Jatiluwih’s rice fields, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Enjoy the endless views of verdant rice terraces and learn about the traditional techniques used by Bali’s farmers to irrigate the crops and produce rice. Stop for lunch at the Bamboo Forest restaurant.
Proceed the afternoon  to Bedugul Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club. The terrain is perched at 1142 metres above the sea level and is surrounded by mountains, crater lakes and ancient forest – a breathtaking setting for a golf course. This 18-hole championship course was designed by Peter Thompson, Michael Wolferidge & Associates. Enjoy the surroundings and tee off!

Designer: Thomson, Wolveridge & Fream

Holes / Par / Yardage: 18 holes, par 72, 7024 yards

Max golfers / group: 4 persons

Driving range: no

Facilities:     Restaurant, Pro Shop

Return to hotel in Ubud. Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Ubud – Taman Ayun (17 km): 45 min
Taman Ayun  – Jatiluwih (30 km): 1hour
Jatiluwih – Bedugul Golf (25 km) : 50 min
Bedugul Golf – Ubud (48 km): 1hour 30 min

Day 3: Ubud – Market – Palace – Arma Museum – Culinary Crawl (B/-/D)

Spend the morning by visiting the classics of Ubud, such as Ubud Palace and Ubud market where local vendors come to buy and sell food as well as handicrafts and textiles. Afterwards, visit ARMA Museum (Agung Rai Museum of Art), one of the best permanent collections of Balinese and Indonesian paintings and sculptures. Get a great overview of the island’s rich artistic traditions. Return to the hotel to relax. Spend lunch and the early afternoon at leisure.
Be ready for an Ubud culinary experience in the early evening. Embark on a culinary journey of Ubud in a vintage VW convertible, and begin the evening with a sunset over Sayan Valley. Stop at a wonderful house with a lawn atop the valley, sip a cocktail and enjoy Japanese-Latin fusion cuisine tapas while the cicadas begin to sing in the dusk. As the evening calls, go on a short ride to Ubud centre. Continue to a semi-open wooden Joglo style venue amidst the rice fields. Enjoy some typical Balinese cuisine and cookery with two choices of a soup and a main dish. Continue the culinary crawl for a dessert as the way leads to a popular place for a tasting session of sweet sins to conclude the evening. There is the choice between either heading back to the hotel for the night or remaining in the area to further explore independently. Overnight in Ubud.

Distance and journey time:

Uma Ubud – Ubud Market (2,6km): 10 min
Ubud market – Ubud Palace (0.0 km): 1 min. walking distance
Ubud Palace – Arma Museum (3, 3 km): 16 min
Arma Museum – Uma Ubud (7 km): 20 min
Hotel area – Sayan valley (2, 6 km): 6 min
Sayan valley – Puri Saraswati (5,2km): 13 min
Puri Saraswati – Manisan Restaurant (1,6 km): 13 min
Manisan Restaurant – Room4Dessert (4 km): 16 min
Room4Dessert – Uma Ubud (150 meter): 1 min

Day 4: Ubud – Gunung Kawih – Tirta Empul – Nusa Dua (B/-/-)

Check-out after breakfast and visit Pura Gunung Kawi. Set amid lush rice terraces in the village of Tampaksiring, the 11th-century temple can only be accessed by a series of staircases. The effort is worth it, arriving at the top to admire a series of ten shrines carved directly into a cliff face. See elements of Hindu and Buddhist architecture, learning from the guide about the significance of the temple and its carvings. Continue to nearby Pura Tirta Empul, a popular water temple for local devotees. Discover why water is such an important element in Balinese Hindu culture, listen to how it is used as a holy medium at special ceremonies. Then, soak in Tirta Empul’s cool spring water, with the water pouring from the numerous fountains that fill the pools.

Following lunch in Mas, drive on more scenic roads to Nusa Dua. Visit Museum Pasifika, displaying a variety of artworks and cultural artefacts from the Asian Pacific region. It includes more than 600 pieces from 200 artists of 25 countries. The museum has a number of galleries with permanent and changing exhibitions. It aims to communicate not only the perceptions of foreign artists travelling to this area of the world, but to serve also as showcase of the cultural “melting pot” originating from such exchanges.

Note: the museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm

Later this afternoon, check in at the beach hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Nusa Dua at St. Regis 6 stars (Super Deluxe)

In St. Regis Suite Room for 2 night stays

Distance and journey time:

Uma Ubud – Gunung Kawih (17,5): 45 min
Gunung Kawih  – Tirta Empul (1,4 km): 5 min
Tirta Empul – Mas village (9,5 km): 20 min
Ubud – Nusa Dua (42 km): 1 hour 20 min
Ubud – Museum Pasifika (46 km): 1 hour 30 min
Museum Pasifika – St Regis (2,7 km): 7 min

Day 5: Nusa Dua – Golf – Nusa Dua (B/-/-)

Tee off at Bali National Golf Resort. After breakfast, transfer to this spectacular course in Nusa Dua, a course filled with vistas over the ocean, looming volcanoes in the distance and lush green fairways lined with coconut groves. The redesigned Bali National Golf Club has three distinct playing environments throughout the 18-hole course.

Designer: Robin Nelson and Rodney Wright

Holes / Par / Yardage: 18 holes, par 72, 7166 yards

Max golfers / group: –

Driving range: Yes

Facilities: Restaurant

Return to the hotel and spend the rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Nusa Dua.

Distance and journey time:

St. Regis – Golf Nusa Dua (300 meter): 2 min

Day 6: Nusa Dua – Lombok – Golf at Sire Beach – Lombok (B/L/-)

Be picked up from the hotel for the transfer to the harbour in Serangan. From there, depart Bali on a speedboat to Lombok. Continue by car to the hotel. Enjoy a lunch at the hotel.
After lunch, check-in at the hotel play a round of golf is at Sire Beach Golf Club. The international 18-hole, Par 72, 6245 metres championship course in Lombok Island. The course reflects an architectural philosophy that deeply respects and maintains the natural contours of the land. Nestled between the shores of Sire Bay and the slopes of Mt. Rinjani, the golf course rests on the North Western region of Lombok Island.

Designer: Thomson, Wolveridge & Perret

Holes / Par / Yardage: 18 holes, par 72, 6245 meters

Max golfers / group: –

Driving range: no

Facilities: Restaurant

Return to hotel and spend the rest of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Lombok.

Distance and journey time:

Nusa Dua – Serangan (15 km): 30 min
Serangan – Teluk Kode (100, 88 km): 1 hour 30 minutes BY SPEED BOAT
Teluk Kode – The Oberoi Lombok (7, 7 km): 17 min
The Oberoi Lombok – Sire Beach Golf Club and v.v. (12, 5 km): 25 min

Day 7: Lombok – Gili Islands – Lombok (B/L/-)

Cruise away from Lombok to the sparsely inhabited three Gili Islands. Be surrounded by turquoise waters and breathtaking views as the boat makes its way toward Gili Meno, the least developed of the three Gili islands. Go ashore and climb into a cidomo, a horse cart that is the main form of transportation on the island. Travel down the island’s laneways, passing small eateries and clusters of local houses. Enjoy the quiet rhythm of island life as the horse cart makes its way to a coconut farm. Stop to sample a refreshing drink and watch the farmers harvest fresh coconuts.
Continue to the island’s western shores, home to some of the best Gili snorkelling experiences. Grab a mask and snorkel and jump into the warm water to explore the colourful underwater world. Swim above the impressive coral gardens, seeing schools of tropical fish and, with a bit of luck, sea turtles too. At noon continue by boat to Gili Air, where lunch is served at a relaxed beachfront eatery and the beautiful blue ocean and white sand beach just in front. Relax on the beach, spending the afternoon chilling out and swimming in the clear waters.

Cruise back to the mainland in the late afternoon. Overnight in Sire Lombok.

Distance and journey time:
Sire – Gili Meno / Air – Sire (total 0 km): 30 + 15 + 30 minutes by boat

Day 8: Lombok – Departure (B/-/-)

Enjoy breakfast at hotel. This morning is spent at leisure until transferring to Lombok Praya International Airport for departure flight.

Distance and journey time:
Sire – Lombok Praya international Airport (66 km): 1 hour 40 minutes

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Julia Macleay

Spirit Journeys Ltd is an ATOL registered travel agency based in Inverness Scotland who also act as a DMC (Destination Management Company) for services in Scotland. Thanks to our love of travel and breadth of experience, we are recognized by our clients as a unique and devoted team. We organize small group tours in order to give our clients full attention and best quality organization. What makes us different from others? Our energy and readiness to listen to your ideas and needs and make your dreams come true. For more than 30 years, we have organized rare journeys and still do it with the same enthusiasm. We offer you a wide palette of exciting journeys – cultural, trekking, yoga retreats, juice retreats, wildlife, and tailor made journeys. All with one aim – to bring your body, mind and soul into harmony. Whether you need an adrenaline booster or pilgrimage route, we can create and organize your perfect match.

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