Mind Body Soul Surf Bali
Balinese based women's surf and yoga retreat with therapeutic and beauty spa facilities in a quiet setting with all inclusive packages offered.
1.What is Mind Body Soul – Surf Bali?
Mind Body Soul – Surf Bali is an affordable luxury all – inclusive surf, yoga, spa and culture retreat for women located in Seminyak, focusing on surfing and Balinese culture. We have created a week program to complement the daily surf lessons with yoga, spa treatments, delicious food and relax time. We offer a wellbeing program for women who mainly want to surf but who also want to indulge in some pampering and other fine spoils in life. We also teach our guests about the Balinese way of life, visit famous sites and enjoy an authentic Balinese culture night. All these activities are aimed to open the hearts and minds of our guests thru awakening the mind, body and soul.
2. What if I never surfed before ?
That’s ok, we are specialized in teaching beginners how to surf with zero experience! You will be learning in a very supportive environment with the best instructors who will tailor each lesson to fit your level so you can progress at your own pace. You will receive daily analysis of the lesson to help you.
3. What if I can already surf, will I be able to improve my skills during the retreat ?
Our program tailors to all surf levels from beginners thru to advance surfers. We have some of the best Balinese surf instructors and guides who are qualified to International standards and will teach and guide you to some of Bali’s famous breaks. They will analyze your technique and help you improve your skills. Please see our Surf page for more information.
4. What if I never have done yoga before or I am a beginner ?
Our classes are suitable for everyone, so this is not a problem. Our instructor will personalize the yoga positions to suit your level.It is not mandatory to attend the classes, but it is a great complement to your surfing program with countless benefits. Please see our Yoga page for more information.
5. Do I need to be fit and know how to swim ?
Yes you will have to be a good swimmer and feel comfortable in the ocean. To have a fulfilling surf experience it is helpful to have a reasonably good physical condition, as we will be in the water 2hrs a day, but it is not required.
6. Can I come alone? With friends ?
Yes absolutely! Most of our guests are solo travelers and we have special discount rates for groups of 4 or more. All of our activities and meals are shared in a group.
7. If I come alone, can I share a room ?
Yes of course! We will match you up with a fellow surf sister to share a room. Part of the retreat experience is to meet great women from around the world.
8. Why only women ?
An all women’s retreat creates a special, supportive, non-intimidating female friendly environment, especially for beginners learning to surf or learning yoga. It makes it easier and less threatening to know everything is taken care of upon arrival in a foreign country.
9. What do I need to bring ?
Here are some suggestions:
- Surfing / beach wear – several swim suits, board shorts (also available at surf school), hat
- A dress for a night out
- Casual day clothes and dressier clothes for our dinners out
- Yoga clothes
- Sandals, flip flops, running shoes
- Beach towel (bath towel and beach sarong are provided)
- Sunscreen, personal toiletries and medications
If you forget something, do not worry; there are many shops in Seminyak that carry everything from clothes to pharmacy needs.
10. How much money and what currency should I bring ?
The only things you will need to pay for are:
- 2 dinners and 1 lunch, extras snacks, alcoholic beverages
- Phone calls
- Extra spa treatments and extra surfing lessons if taken in your free time
- ‘After-hour’ taxi services if you are out on your own
There are plenty of ATM’s available and a reliable moneychanger close to the Villa. Bring your own currency to change into Indonesian Rupiah when you arrive at the retreat. (For USA travelers please inform your credit card company that you will be traveling to Indonesia so they will not lock your card once you are here.)
15. What time is check in / check out ?
Check in is possible from 2pm until 9pm. On your arrival day we will commence our retreat around 4 pm with our welcome meeting, first retreat activity and followed by our opening night celebration. On your departure day, check out is at 12.00 pm. For guests taking later flights we will provide a room for luggage storage.
13. What airport do I fly into ?
Bali’s international airport is named “Ngurah Rai International Airport” and belongs to area of Denpasar (DPS).
14. How do I get to your surf retreat ?
We are located in Seminyak, a 25-minute drive from the airport. Transfers are included within your retreat package from the airport and some local areas. If flying in, you will be met at the airport and brought to our Villa by a reliable transport service. If you are arriving from or departing to other accommodation in Bali, we provide transfer to the following areas Seminyak, Kerobokan, Umalas, Petitinget, Canngu, Legian and Kuta. For all other areas, you must use individual transport to or from the retreat at your own expense, which may cost between US $10-30.
16. Do I need to apply for a visa before arriving in Bali ?
No. You will obtain a VISA ON ARRIVAL at Denpasar airport: Check the Indonesian embassy website and with your travel agent for more details.
For almost all nationalities a VISA ON ARRIVAL is issued. You will pay $25 USDfor this visa when you arrive at an Indonesian airport. This Visa may later be extended for an additional 30 days at the local immigration office. Although USD is preferred, Immigration will accept Euro or Indonesian Rupiah; change will always be given in Indonesian Rupiah. It’s a good to have the right amount of dollars at hand.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to Indonesia!
Every flight guest leaving the country has to pay an airport tax of 150.000,- Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). If you stay longer than you are allowed by your visa, you will have to pay an overstay fee (should be avoided!).
17. What will the weather be like ?
Bali has a tropical climate with two seasons dry and wet.April to November is the dry season on Bali, humidity tends to be far lower and it is not uncommon that you go a month or two without a single grey cloud or rainy day. Daytime temperatures range between 27-32 Celsius all year-round. The water temperature fluctuates between 27°Cand 30°C so there is no need for a wetsuit. At night during July and August it can cool down to as little as 24°C
From December to March the West Monsoons can bring heavy showers and high humidity, however days usually remains sunny with clear skies as the rain showers usually happen at night and tend to be to be very strong and yet pass quickly. It can rain at daytime sometimes, as the weather anywhere is always a bit of gamble. Sometimes it won’t rain the whole week and then a few days in a row.
18. Can I bring my own surfboard? Do I need a wetsuit ?
Yes if you feel more comfortable with your own board, please bring it. Some airlines transport surfboards free of charge provided your total baggage weight is under 20 kg (plus 5 kg hand luggage). Please check with your airline beforehand on their surfboard and luggage transport conditions.
With water temperatures between 27 and 30°C you can easily leave your wetsuit at home.
20. What is the age range of your guests ?
Our guest’s age range from 20’s to 40’s, but we believe age makes no difference in a retreat like this but rather the attitude and open mindedness of each individual lets all age barriers melt away. Our retreat attracts women who are young at heart either in age or in spirit.
21. Can I drink alcohol? Is it available at the retreat ?
Yes you can drink alcohol but other than a welcoming cocktail or mocktail, alcohol is not included in your surf retreat package. You are very welcome to bring any alcoholic beverage to the Villa.
22. Is it mandatory to participate in all of the planned activities during the retreat ?
No, all activities are optional. This is your retreat week and you may decide how much or how little you do. All the activities are of light to moderate intensity.
23. What is a typical day at Mind Body Soul?
10:30am - 1:00pm Surf lesson
2:00pm - 5:00pm Afternoon activity-practice surfing on your own with boards at school, shopping, relax at the beach, massages, spa treatments, etc.
5:30 pm Commence for dinner – for sunset time we will head down to the beach to enjoy the famous Bali sunsets while sipping on a delicious drink before dining out in one of Bali’s world-class restaurants.
* Schedule and times may change due to surf lesson times and planned activity.
24. Is there internet access at the retreat resort ?
Yes we have complimentary wifi at our retreat, but please bring your own laptop or ipad.
25. Is there an age minimum to attend your retreat ?
Yes, guests must be 18 years or older to attend Mind Body Soul ~ Surf Bali unless under supervision of a guardian. This must be discussed and agreed upon by our management and the interested party.