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Private island tours
Explore the ‘Island of the Gods’ with our tailor-made tours, guided by our experienced and passionate Butlers, showcasing the best Bali has to offer. Below our all-time favourites, consider them a source of inspiration for your very own island discovery.
Butler guided tours are charged at 240,000 IDR per hour, subject to 21% service charge and taxes
Rate includes customized itinerary, private tour, mineral water and cold towels.
Actual duration of tour subject to itinerary, advance bookings required.
Highlands Kintamani (8 hours)
Start your day with a visit to Batuan village, to witness traditional Balinese life, untouched by the passing of time. Continue to Kintamani and enjoy the spectacular views of the crater lake and Batur volcano, the sacred mountain, or plan a stop at a local restaurant to enjoy the panoramic vistas over lunch. On your way back to Sanur, you’ll pass through the quaint town of Bangli and stop to visit Kehen temple, immersed in lush tropical forest and famed for its intricate stone carvings.
The Spiritual West
TANAH LOT (5 HOURS)
Your discovery starts with a visit to Taman Ayun, in the village of Mengwi. True to its name, the “Garden Temple” boasts traditional architectural features, set in a vast and beautifully manicured landscape with water features, lotus flowers and fish ponds. Continue your trip West to Tanah Lot, one of the island’s cardinal temples. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of a rock amidst constantly crashing waves, this is one of Bali’s most iconic landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and spectacular sunset views.
The Enchanted South
Uluwatu Sunset & Kecak dance (5 - 7 hours)
Discover the magic of the Bukit peninsula, renown for being one of the world’s top surfing destinations, with a visit to one of Bali’s most iconic temples. Soaring on a cliff high above the southern coastline, Uluwatu faces straight out to the Indian Ocean with views to behold. For a one-of-a-kind cultural performance, head to the open-air amphitheatre next to the temple to enjoy a traditional Kecak performance, also known as fire dance, against the dramatic sunset backdrop. End the evening with a “feet in the sand” Seafood BBQ on Jimbaran beach.
The Creative Heart
UBUD (6 - 8 HOURS)
This is the perfect tour for all those that want to mix culture, nature and a healthy dose of retail therapy. Your journey takes you through the artsy centers of Celuk (jewelry), Mas (wood carving) and Batubulan (stone carving), before reaching the cultural heart of the island. The idyllic village of Ubud offers something for every taste: tropical wildlife at the Sacred Monkey Forrest, enchanting history at the Royal Palace, plentiful of trinkets at its traditional market and a myriad of galleries and boutiques selling the best of Balinese arts & crafts. To complete your day, visit the iconic Tegallalang rice terraces or plan a stop at the “secret village” on your way back.
The Northern Lakes
Bedugul (8 hours)
Discover Bali’s natural beauty as you cross the island to reach the lake district of Bedugul. You can stop at Taman Ayun, the “Garden Temple”, before continuing your way to the traditional fresh market of Candi Kuning, with its wealth of tropical fruits, flowers and spices. Continue to the Ulun Danu Beratan temple, dedicated to the goddess of water Dewi Danu. The reflective surface of the surrounding lake creates a unique floating impression, while the Bedugul mountain range provides for a scenic backdrop. The adventurous at heart should not miss a visit to the popular twin waterfalls of Gitgit, the perfect way to end a day of exploration.
The Scenic West
Jatiluwih & Batu Karu (6 hours)
This is the ultimate trip for all nature lovers. Start your day discovering the Jatiluwih rice terraces, one of the island’s must-see panoramas and a UNESCO world heritage site. The breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of Mount Batu Karu makes for wonderful photo opportunities and the chance to learn about the Subak, Bali’s traditional irrigation system. Continue your trip to the sacred site of Batu Karu, located at an altitude of over 2,000 meters above sea level and surrounded by century old natural forest. After all the exploration it’s time to refresh at one of the panoramic restaurants before starting your journey back through the local town of Tabanan.
The Wild East
Goa Lawah & Tirta Gangga (8 hours)
Start your tour with a visit to the mystic cave temple of Goa Lawah, populated by thousands of bats. Continue your tour to Tenganan Village, home to Bali’s indigenous people. The Bali Aga still follow a traditional rural lifestyle, unchanged by the passing of time, and cherish their unique traditions and heritage. Enjoy lunch in the tranquil coastal town of Candidasa, before making your way to the water gardens of Tirta Gangga. The royal palace is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by lush gardens filled with carvings and statues. Your way back to The Pavilions will take you through traditional snake fruit plantations and the terraced hills of the Sidemen valley.
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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. Enjoy a local lunch in the proximity of Goa Gajah or 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.