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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 (5 hours)
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 (8 hours)
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 (8 hours)
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.
Meet the Locals
Pak Mull’s Village Experience (8 hours)
Start your day exploring the Jatiluwih rice terraces, a UNESCO world heritage site with a view to behold. Visit the forest temple of Batu Karu, before arriving at our Head Butler’s native village. Learn all about a traditional Balinese family compound built in harmony with the Hinduist laws of the cosmos. Join Mull’s family for a local lunch before witnessing daily village life, including the traditional process of palm sugar making and the art of Balinese rice planting (seasonal). This is a unique opportunity to get an insight peak at the island’s century old culture and experience the most authentic side of Bali.