Organised our annual yoga retreat in Bali at La Balian and found this to be a wonderful place for organising retreats for a small group of 10-12 people.
Dean is efficient in sharing all details from the beginning. The location is idyllic among rice paddy fields. It rooms are not large but very comfortable. The toiletries are good quality too. There is a nice pool overlooking the paddy fields and a nice living area for evening sessions. Also a covered massage center overlooking the fields which is open but private at the same time.
Most important - it has a separate covered Yoga center well stocked with yoga mats and bolsters. Still it’s biggest strength is the lovely and Super efficient ladies Vicky and Ilu and rest of the staff which did every thing to make the stay very memorable. They cooked some of the best vegetarian food and helped in every way possible.
The beach is about half an hour walk and not worth visiting twice in my view. There is a river near by and they will arrange for a guide to take you to any near by place
This place is very quite and safe. You see greenery all around. Combined with yoga shala, pool, massage and a great staff, it’s an ideal place for yoga retreats for small groups
La Balian is the perfect getaway. It's hard to explain the idyllic location of La Balian: set in the middle of rice fields but only walking distance to the beach this truly is the perfect holiday destination. First of all, the communication was prompt, efficient and accurate. Upon arrival the Villa Manager, Vicky, took wonderful care of our group of 15. Nothing was too much trouble. La Balian is not the place if you are after wild nightlife and fancy restaurants. (We did this in Seminyak and then followed up with five days in La Balian and it was the perfect mix.) La Balian is the place to relax: to do yoga in the morning, have massages overlooking the rice paddies and and swimming in the infinity pool. Besides breakfast, which is delicious, we had two major dinners at the Villa. A BBQ with suckling pig and a seafood BBQ: both were outstanding. The little surfing village of Balian Beach is only a 30 min walk away or transport can be arranged through the Villa. The Villa is well appointed and all the rooms are basically the same. Vicky and her staff were outstanding and made us all feel very welcome. I would strongly recommend La Balian to any group looking for some peace and quiet, some time to enjoy each other's company and to see the real Bali. I have no hesitation in recommending La Balian or planning another visit.
We stayed at La Balian with two other families in July 2018. Prior/post booking, all questions to the host were responded to in a prompt, thorough and reassuring manner. The drivers were easy to find at the airport and safely delivered us all to the villa.
When we booked we were expecting something impressive but were blown away once we arrived. The surrounding rice fields are stunning - some of the best we’ve ever seen in Bali, and the villa itself is beautifully integrated into the peaceful green surrounds. We loved everything about La Balian - the rooms, beds, food, furnishings, daily massages and the infinity swimming pool. Ohh the food!!! We’ve stayed in quite a few villas but never experienced such wonderful staff. Super friendly, helpful and genuinely lovely people who went out of their way to create an amazing experience for all.
A few of the group were surfers and yogis - the villa yoga ashram was perfect (as was the local instructor) and the Balian Beach surf was world-class.
What a special villa in a special place! We will be back.
Tip: make use of the brand new villa scooters and bikes that can be hired and explore the surrounding area.
My family and I stayed at La Balian for 5 days in February 2018. From the booking to the check out all went almost perfect. Polly is very professional and flexible through the booking. She promptly answered all questions we had and provided useful recommendations. On the day of arrival, we were welcomed by the staff with the Balinese hospitality which made us feel immediately “at home”. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
The villa and its surroundings are very serene and beautiful, a perfect place for a retreat. The pool overlooking the rice fields is stunning. The options for activities (cooking workshop and yoga) in the villa are nice diversions to do with a group. During our stay, we had yoga sessions at 7 in the morning in the open air with the scenic rice fields as a backdrop.
The cooks in the villa made excellent food (both western and indonesian dishes). If you would like to eat out, the staff could also provide good recommendations.
One night we had a power cut for a few hours (which could happen in Bali). Our family sat outside by the pool, enjoying the serenity, the sound of nocturnal animals, and watching the hundreds twinkling stars on the sky.
It takes about 2-3 hours from Seminyak to the villa. However, it was worth it! As they say, what is worth waiting, is worth having.
It was such a wonderful experience to stay in the villa. Our compliments to Polly and her staff.
Danu & Michael
Situated amongst beautiful rice fields off the beaten track, this is the ultimate peaceful retreat get away! With a huge pool with infinity edge overlooking the rice fields you feel you are swimming through them. Fantastic friendly staff cater for everything you need, yet are hardly seen, but the delicious food miraculously appears out of no where.
Outdoor bathrooms in each room add to the feeling of being part of the tranquil surroundings, if you are looking for a peaceful relaxing place to stay - this is it!!
Pickup from airport to La Balian provided & return, prepare yourself for the tranquility you have been looking for in Bali.