The main purpose of my trip was to attend a yoga retreat run by Jessie Neave with my good friend Jess. I booked it shortly after re-discovering yoga through Trudy at The Moving Room and wanting something to look forward to after my dad passed away last year. The retreat was very emotionally and spiritually challenging but ultimately very positive and healing.
I was anxious about what I'd do about all the street animals I'd see in Bali so before I left I asked my vet friend Fe who's worked with animals in Bali before for advice. After speaking to her I ended up donating a bit to Bali Pet Crusaders before my trip. I also bought a tee from BAWA while I was there which I was told would help sterilise 1 puppy. I also paid a visit to the wonderful Elizabeth at Villa Kitty and had a lovely time hanging out with all the kitties and a very charming 3 legged dog who loved a good lower back scratch. I'd recommend any animal lovers travelling over there make a donation to any of these places before they go - it did make me feel a lot better.
We stayed at Santra Putra guest house, Villa Gaia and OmHam Resort - all of which I reccommended completely - each gives a different experience and price level. They were all beautiful places to stay and very welcoming. The food at Villa Gaia was next level.
We went to Mengening Water Temple and got to bathe in the beautiful spring and do yoga sesh there. We were just getting into our kundalini thumps when we noticed a busload of school children who were there to clean the temple watching bemusedly over us.
Our very last night we were super indulgent and stayed at the W in Seminyak. Safe to say I have never stayed anywhere so baller.