One of our clients provided this wonderful story.
In 2014 I stumbled across a yoga retreat in Ubud, Bali called “Escape the World”. Like most of my generation, I had dabbled in yoga and had been taking a Body Balance class for a few years, but believe me, I am no pretzel. I was captivated by everything I saw, and the retreat hovered in the back of my mind for four years until a particularly stressful 2017 reminded me what was waiting for me in Ubud.
From the moment I arrive everything falls away and I know inherently that I will be taken care of for the next six days. The word “support” has become much overused, but here it is utterly appropriate. I am supported and encouraged every step of my journey at the retreat, and it IS a journey – physical, mental and spiritual. From the retreat leaders to the 6:30am bell ringer who brings me unforgettable lemon ginger tea, everyone contributes to making my stay for one of the best experiences of my life. I want to take them all home with me. Or stay forever.
The attention to detail is extraordinary. Nothing is too much trouble for the staff who are caring in a way I can’t describe. They remember my name, the way I like my tea, which fruit is my favourite and I am humbled by their kindness. The incredibly healthy food is five-star dining and so delicious I abandon any idea of going home lean and mean!
The beautiful rooms feel like home, with thoughtful and personalised inclusions. Each has a private terrace or balcony overlooking beautiful gardens and the adjacent jungle. I swim every day in a tranquil secluded pool under blue skies and palm trees.
Yoga and meditation bookend our days and my fellow yogis from all over the world range from advanced to absolute beginners, but ego is checked on arrival. Most of my retreat companions are solo travelers with a smattering of friendship and family duos, but as the week progresses we share so many profound experiences, we become a team, supporting and encouraging each other both in and out of the yoga sala.
Our itinerary includes wonderful diverse experiences not available to most travellers, and first-class Spa treatments are an integral part of the week. The four-hand massage is unique and unforgettable. We have one free afternoon and night. I announce at dinner in a fabulous Ubud restaurant, to the table at large, that I am “not going to yoga in the morning” but, somehow, I am the first on my mat.