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A selection of the island’s best-guarded secrets, available exclusively at The Pavilions Bali
Trail of the Arts
Discover Sumampan Village
Start your day with a visit to Tengenungan waterfall, hidden in the jungles near Ubud. After a refreshing dip, make your way to Sumampan Village, Bali’s original wood carving center. Visit some of the historic galleries and witness the craftsmen at work. Their unique carving skill has been handed down from generation to generation, following a strict protocol and an unmatched love for detail. After a local lunch, visit the white herons of Petulu; every afternoon thousands of herons, symbol of good luck and prosperity, circle over the rural village before settling into the trees for the night.
Capture the Moment
Instagram memories to treasure
Bali is a paradise for creative photography, with a unique combination of spectacular landscapes, unique architecture and colourful traditions. Your photo tour will start at Batuan temple and with intricate stone carvings. The village itself is a centre for traditional arts, known for its unique painting style. You will visit the studio of a prominent Batuan artist, housed in a traditional Balinese compound. Stop for lunch at an al fresco restaurant with a view, before continuing your journey to Pakudui. This small community radiates traditional Balinese charm and specializes in carvings of the Garuda Wisnu Kencana, the golden eagle bird synonymous with the Island of the Gods.
The Coffee Journey
Make your way up to the peak of Kintamani to admire the view of the crater lake and sacred Mount Batur volcano. After lunch at a local warung, continue to Catur Village. The fertile soil and cool climate of the highlands make it the perfect place to grow coffee beans. Learn all about “Kopi Kintamani”, the aromatic Balinese Arabica, from a local coffee farmer. We will guide you along the “coffee trail”, from the plantation all the way to the traditional roaster, before sampling the final product. On the way back to The Pavilions Bali you can stop at Tukad Bangkung and enjoy the views from Bali’s highest bridge.
Tri Hita Karana
Begin your journey by exploring an authentic Balinese house, founded on the ‘Asta Kosala Kosali’ philosophy, whereby the layout and design of a traditional home follow sacred Hindu principles. On your next stop, discover the ancient craft of egg painting, a delicate and intricate form of art requiring immense patience and skills. Indulge in local specialties like crispy Balinese duck or Mujair Nyat Nyat, freshwater fish cooked in local spices, before making your way to Begawan, a foundation dedicated to the preservation of Balinese wildlife and traditions. Visitors can take part in their dedicated conservation programs and learn more about heritage rice farming, support the breeding of the endangered Bali sterling or join the youngest generation for a lesson in sustainable living at Begawan Learning Center.