WHAT DOES A PRAVASSA VACATION LOOK LIKE?
WHAT MAKES PRAVASSA'S TRAVEL CONCEPT DIFFERENT?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT ON A PRAVASSA TOUR?
HOW DO I GET THERE?
WHAT IS THE BALI ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE INFO?
ARE THERE ENTRY & TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS?
ARE THERE HEALTH/MEDICAL CONCERNS?
WHAT LEVEL ARE THE ACTIVE EXCURSIONS?
WHAT CAN I EXPECT IN THE WELLNESS CLASSES?
ARE THERE ADDITIONAL FEES?
IS BALI FOR ME?
WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRAVELING BALI?
What does a Pravassa vacation look like?
What makes Pravassa's travel concept different?
Close to our heart, mind, body, and soul, our company wellness principles lay the foundation upon which every Pravassa tour is built. No matter where in the world we take you, expect these principles to shine through on each of our wellness travel journeys.
1) Unique Boutique Accommodations - Scouting and vetting hotels is a hallmark of Pravassa’s customer service. We specialize in forming relationships with locally run properties that shine a light on the best of hospitality. Typical Western amenities may not be available, but their heart & charm make for an authentic experience.
2) Locally Sourced Food - The best way to learn about a culture is to trace its history through food. Local recipes can tell stories across time and geography. Our wellness food philosophy: eat locally sourced food, mostly vegetables; renews our commitment to sustainability and opens a world for you to nourish your body in the best way possible.
3) Exclusive Experiences - All Pravassa journeys give you access to expert educators and exclusive travel experiences. We craft relationships that offer insider access to cultural festivals, local's homes, and onsite offerings created just for Pravassa's guests.
4) Stress-Free Travel - By expertly handling every detail of your trip, Pravassa puts you on a path to wellness and a stress-free vacation. From our exclusive travel guides and pre-departure consultations to VIP customs clearance and on-site transportation, you'll never have to sweat the small stuff with us.
5) Time for Self-Care - In our over scheduled, constantly connected world, self-care often goes by the wayside. Pravassa gives you permission and the time to stop, recharge, and bring joy into your life.
6) Wellness Support, Pre, During, & Post Journey - From jet-lag hacks to advice on how to stay healthy while traveling, Pravassa is here to guide and support your journey from the time you register to after you return home. Joining our connected community enhances your entire vacation experience.
What can i expect on a Pravassa tour?
A Pravassa travel experience is more than just a vacation. We plan a stress-free vacation, which restores your best self. Our 5-tenet wellness philosophy®: BREATHE. MOVE. EXPERIENCE. MINDFULNESS. NOURISH. ensures you'll have a #changedbytravel experience. Here how:
- We will limit this group size to a maximum of 20 travelers in order to create a harmonious tribe.
- We personally research and scout our itineraries ensuring they are properly vetted for wellness travel.
- We craft each tour to have a balance between cultural excursions, physical activities, and down time to explore on your own.
- We never drop you off at a must-see sight in a cattle call. Instead we partner with expert guides who invite you to be immersed in the culture and have an authentic and often exclusive experience.
- We eschew large tour buses and instead use vans that seat three-across.
- We understand the importance of diet & nutrition and work with all our travelers to accommodate their needs.
- We connect you to our like-minded community made up of solo travelers, couples, friends, and families, all over 18 years of age.
- We create a Pre-Departure Package, which includes an exclusive travel guide, wellness tips and travel hacks, a wellness consultation, and access to our team who will answer all your questions.
- We make sure you are greeted at the airport with a friendly face to whisk you to our first location.
- We welcome the group in an opening wellness session, which we release the stress of traveling and discuss our upcoming itinerary.
How do i get there?
Fly into Denpasar International Airport (DPS). All flights from the US take approximately 24 hours including layovers. One-stop round-trip airfare from the US averages around $1500 for an economy-class ticket from New York or Los Angeles. Travelers are responsible for booking their own flights. Do not book your flight until the vacation is confirmed to depart. At that time, Pravassa forwards suggested booking routes.
What is the Bali arrival & departure info?
Check-in is available from 3pm on September 29th. Group transfers into Ubud and into Denpasar for departure will be arranged. Flights should arrive between 12:30 – 4:00pm and depart after 12pm.
If you choose to arrive/depart outside of the set transfer times, we will be happy to help arrange your transportation for an additional fee.
Are there entry & Travel requirements?
All travelers’ passports MUST be valid for 6 months after date of entry into Bali (April 2018). Please make sure to check your passport at least three months before your departure so you have time to renew it if necessary.
No Visa is required to visit Bali if you are a US, EU, or Canadian national and stay less than 30-days.
For this trip we suggest packing no more than a 10kg/22lb suitcase and a tote or backpack - we'll offer tips & tricks on how to do this! A packing list will be sent as part of your pre-departure package, but to get started you'll need: light layers, yoga/fitness clothes, earplugs, and a good pair of walking shoes.
Are there health/medical concerns?
Please consult a travel doctor and the CDC website for up-to-date travel vaccinations.
Even if you're healthy, accidents can happen! Healthcare in Bali is good for minor injuries, which is why we will be purchasing medical/travel insurance on your behalf for this trip. The insurance covers things such as trip delay, lost luggage, accidents, and medical emergencies. There is no need to purchase additional insurance.
Stomach problems can be common when traveling. Drinking a lot of water is the best way to stay healthy. We suggest you pack activated charcoal and probiotics to keep your gut healthy and calm should it become upset. Small drug stores are available in Ubud should you need anything on the trip.
What level are the active excursions?
Bali's Activity Level is MODERATE. Focus is on yoga, walking, climbing temple stairs, and treks through nature.
Our #changedbytravel hashtag is most appropriate when you find yourself far away from home in a foreign land. Expect to be taken out of your comfort zone - where your most profound personal change will happen. For active experiences in Bali (temple tours, walking tours, etc.) we ask that you wear good walking shoes.
What can I expect in the Wellness Classes?
Mindful food, yoga, and wellness classes in Bali will be held in outdoor and open air spaces. While the temperature in Bali is hot and humid, we schedule the classes in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the hottest times of day. Sessions will be a mixture of flow asana, seated meditation, lectures, and discussions designed to stretch and stimulate your body and mind. Our wellness guide, Katie Cavuto, will customize her instructions with consideration to the day's activities. While all fitness levels can be accommodated, we suggest you take some yoga classes before we depart to familiarize yourself with the practice. No experience needed for meditation and cooking classes.
Remember that you have the freedom to skip any activity that does not resonate with you.
Are there additional fees?
International airfare, additional meals, alcohol, personal expenses, additional activities such as day tours, transportation, or spa appointments booked in addition to our itinerary will all be additional fees.
Is Bali for me?
Bali offers up a welcoming culture unlike anything you've ever experienced. Here are a few local customs to understand that will help you to decide if this tour is a good fit for you.
- Religious Adherence and Tradition: The Balinese religion of Hindu Dharma permeates everyday life. Daily you can witness and participate in local festivals, celebrations, or cremations as foreigners are always welcome. Offerings will be placed on the ground outside of hotels, temples, stores, and restaurants, please step around them.
- Sarong and Sash: When entering temples and participating in festivals, the required dress is a sarong and sash, for both men and women, along with a white shirt that covers your shoulders. If menstruating, it is requested that you not enter the temple.
- Remove Your Shoes: Shoes are never worn indoors in Bali. You are expected to take them off at the entrance to a house or temple and remain barefoot. The ground can be hot from the sun so try to walk in the shaded areas.
- Sitting on the Ground: In all temples and blessing ceremonies you will be required to sit on the ground, sometimes for extended periods of time, while praying and receiving blessings from the priest. It is traditional to sit cross-legged in a sarong that covers your legs.
- Do Not Touch the Head: Considered the most sacred part of the body, Balinese do not touch or like to be touched on their head unless for religious reasons.
- Visiting a Balian: Local folklore and native medicine is practiced in every village in Bali. Healers, or Balians, make up a large part of cultural tapestry. We've seen a different Balian on every trip and they offer everything from fortune telling to physical check-ups to more otherworldly offerings. We believe it is a not to be missed experience and would happily arrange this for you if you are interested.
- Friendliness and Dinner Invitations: The Balinese are a very social society. Don't be surprised if a local starts up a conversation, wants to talk politics, or extends an invitation for dinner or drinks. As a whole, the culture believes in karma and reincarnation, so a happy vibe is the norm. Nothing more than great company and conversation is expected.
What do I need to know about traveling Bali?
- The national language is Bahasa Indonesian. Westerners are not expected to learn the language and English is widely spoken throughout the island. We’ll teach you a few key phrases and our experts will be there to guide you so no need to worry.
- No Visa is required to visit Bali if you are a US, EU, or Canadian national and plan to stay less than 30-days.
- The currency is Indonesian Rupiah and cash is king. No need to get Rupiah prior to travel. Instead plan to travel with USD in denominations of $50/$100 bills. We will provide suggested spending amounts prior to arrival.
- Visa or Mastercard is accepted for larger purchases and at both hotels. Call your credit card companies before you leave home and inform them of your trip. There's nothing worse than being stuck overseas with no access to money!
- Tipping is voluntary, 10% is common for great service.
- Electricity is 220V and outlets have the 2-Pin European outlets.
- WiFi is available at the hotels and at most cafes and restaurants.
- Dry Season will be in full swing during our tour. Temperatures will be in the 80's with high humidity. Pack layers so you can remain comfortable.
- Pickpocketing is prevalent in every city across the world. We've always felt safe in Bali, but we suggest keeping alert and using common sense so you’ll have nothing to worry about.
- Bottled and filtered water will be available everywhere in Bali. In order to stay healthy, please do not drink the tap water.
- Outdoor living is commonplace in Bali with traditionally only the bedrooms being private closed spaces. The hotel bedrooms in Ubud have mosquito nets and air conditioning. In Munduk there are ceiling fans with no mosquitos due to the mountain altitude.
- Bali is a fantastic place to eat fresh, healthy food. Our meals together will be traditional Indonesia recipes and we can happily accommodate all dietary requests such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free.