When you’re in Bali during a holiday that isn’t really celebrated it can feel sad to miss out on traditions. Luckily, this Easter you won’t have to miss out because there are loads of great brunches, Easter egg hunts and other fun events for families wanting to celebrate Easter in Bali!
Easter Sundown Saturday, 15 April, 4–7pm at The Beach Bar
Ok, so this isn’t your traditional Easter celebration, but chilling by the beach with an Easter cocktail, succulent barbecue roasted pork and DJ performances as the sun goes down sounds pretty good to me! A perfect time to chill with friends and loved ones.
Easter Sunday Graze Sunday, 16 April, 12–4pm at The Restaurant
Alila’s famous Sunday Graze gets an Easter touch with traditional Easter delicacies and special desserts while the kids enjoy their own special entertainment, from egg hunting and egg painting to a magic show.
The Westin Resort Nusa Dua is one of Bali’s most family-friendly resorts and knows how to do Easter! They are offering 3 great choices for Easter celebrations this year:
It’s time to unwind this Easter with a refreshing package that the entire family will enjoy. Stay between April 12th and 20th starting from IDR 2,300,000++ per room per night inclusive of daily SuperfoodRx breakfast for up to two adults and two kids, kids under 12 eat free with adults, a free kids bottle that can be refilled with selected drinks at selected dining venues and access to the Westin Family Kids Club and also 50% off a second room for kids (up to 21 years old).
Treat Your Family This Easter with spa treatments between April 15 – 17
The whole family can enjoy a 60-minute head, shoulder and foot massage as an Easter treat. Complement the relaxing experience with a traditional Balinese healthy drink called “beras kencur” that is known to reduce muscular aches and refresh the body.
IDR 2,800,000 per treatment per 2 adults and 2 kids (8 – 15 years old)
Or you can enjoy an Easter treat for yourself with a 60 minute massage for relaxing and toning, using Rose essential oil which is also known for promoting digestion and immune system, as well as boosting confidence. Continue the pampering experience with a deluxe afternoon tea at our lobby bar.
IDR 1,000,000 per treatment per person
Family Easter Brunch Sunday April 16, 11.30am-3pm
Celebrate Easter in a fun family brunch settings at Prego. Make your Easter brunch a memorable one for the whole family. There will be Italian Easter specialties, chocolate egg decorating, a treasure hunt, Easter egg pinata and kids egg painting as well as a lucky draw session.
IDR 460,000 ++ per person including welcome glass of prosecco, soft drinks and signature iced tea
The Feaster Sunday Market Brunch at Feast is awesome for families with kids and will have plenty to keep the littles entertained. There will be a sumptuous buffet of local and international specialities along with a la carte choices, with something that everyone in the family will enjoy. Special activities include an Easter egg hunt for adults and kids, chocolate tasting from Pod Chocolate Bali, Easter crafts, face painting and a visit from the Easter bunny!
Spoil your family with an Easter stay at the beautiful Maya Sanur. Book a minimum of 2 nights between April 14-18 and enjoy the inclusions a daily buffet breakfast for two at Reef Restaurant, a sumptuous Easter Sunday buffet dinner, a special Easter turn down gift, 40% off all spa treatments, egg painting & an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday and free late check out until 3pm.
Saturday April 15, 5-9pm & Sunday April 16, 11am-3pm
The Easter Bazaar at Canggu Club is back!! Don’t miss a fun day of shopping, eating, drinking and live music performances. There will also be fun activities for the kids and entry is Free!
On Easter Sunday Canggu Club will host their annual Easter Brunch at Bistro C. Enjoy a welcome mocktail, traditional Easter dishes, an Easter egg hunt and other fun activities for the kids as well as a visit from the Easter bunny. Book this one soon because it’s a family fave!
Head over to KU DE TA from midday until 4pm for a super eggs-citing KU DE TA Family Day with complimentary arts, crafts and entertainment for the KDT Juniors along with a traditional Easter egg hunt. From 4pm the music will dial up notch for live sunset performances from Dee Dice followed by Aaron Dae on the decks. Reservations are recommended for lunch.
Set lunch menu : IDR 395K net (kids) & IDR 950K net (adults)
Get up early for an Easter Sunday to remember. Have breakfast and a swim in the ocean before kids activities with Alam Kids School start at 10am. There will be an Easter egg hunt, face painting and games. Paints and brushes, blocks, animal toys and another educational toys will be available too! From 12pm the Mercure Resort will be serving BBQ dishes or choose wood fired pizza or healthy dishes from Genius Cafe.
Meggnificent Easter at S.K.A.I Beachclub at Padma Legian
Sunday April 16, 11.30am-3.30pm
The family friendly Padma Legian will be hosting Easter fun at their beautiful S.K.A.I Beachclub this year. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family and an indulgent Sunday brunch accompanied by live acoustic music. IDR450,000 (adults) and IDR225,000 (children 6-12yo).
Join the fun at The Garden Early Learning Centre. There will be an Easter egg hunt, face painting, crafts and a great picnic with food stands from Sprout Cafe. Adults are free and kids Rp50,000. Bring your own picnic rug!
Nyepi, or Bali day of silence, falls on march 28th this year. This unique day is the day that everyone in Bali is prohibited from leaving their family homes, hotels or accommodation. The reason for this is to create the illusion of an empty island to convince the bad spirits said to visit on this day that there is no reason to make trouble.
Although most Balinese people stay within their family compounds for the day, tourists, ex-pats and residents of other religions often choose to stay in a resort or hotel where they can still use the facilities, order food and enjoy a short holiday. We’ve chosen some of the best Nyepi deals in case you want to have a day of silence without too much silence…
1. Hard Rock Hotel Bali
The Hard Rock Hotel Bali is in the perfect location for watching the incredible Ogoh-Ogoh Parade, Melasti Ceremony and all the Kuta Beach festivities before spending Nyepi, Bali’s day of silence, in style. Ring in the Saka New Year 1939 with range of exciting activities specially prepared for Hard Rock Hotel Bali guests. This 2 night package includes daily buffet breakfast and a one-time Nyepi Set Lunch for 2 adults and 2 children under 12 years old as well as complimentary Wi-Fi for multiple devices, complimentary in-room blockbuster movies-on-demand, complimentary all you can read digital newsstand with most popular newspapers and magazines, free access to Body Rock Fitness Center including the sauna, steamroom, whirlpool and Tabu Teen Club. If that wasn’t enough you will also enjoy a 10% discount in Hard Rock Cafe Bali including merchandise, 15% discount on Hard Rock Hotel Bali merchandise and 20% discount on food at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant.
It’s the perfect time to retreat from the hectic world and experience the peace of Bali during Nyepi Day at Grand Aston Bali Beach Resort. The resort’s Nyepi deals include a tropical drink & cold towel upon arrival, daily International buffet breakfast for two, lunch and dinner for two on March 28, a meditation class at 6am and a yoga class at 4.30pm onon March 28. You’ll also get a one-time 60 minute Balinese Massage for 2 and 30% off other spa treatments at Biwana Spa.
This deal is valid for Indonesian citizens and KITAS/KITAP holders only. For more details click HERE
3. Four Points by Sheraton Kuta
Enjoy the silence of Nyepi Day at Four Points by Sheraton Bali, Kuta with your family and friends for just Rp1,900,000. This offer includes a welcome popsicle upon arrival, 2 nights accommodation in a Deluxe Lagoon View Room (27-29th March 2017), daily breakfast for 2 at The Eatery, free access to the Kids Club, free wi-fi and in-house activities on Nyepi day.
Please note an additional Rp300,000++/night will be added for a Deluxe Lagoon Access Room.
For a laid back Nyepi in a trendy spot, Koa Surfer Hotel has some great deals this year. Stay 2 nights in a Superior Room and you’ll also get daily breakfast for 2, a one-time lunch and one-time dinner for 2, free one-way airport shuttle, free shuttle to watch Ogoh – Ogoh at Banjar Berawa or Tegal Gundul, 24 hours Box Office Movie channel in your room and lots of kids activities during Nyepi Day. Baby daycare services are charged at Rp75,000 for 2 hours.
For more details on Koa’s Nyepi package click HERE
5. Padma Legian
Embrace the silence and darkness of Nyepi Day at the Padma Resort Legian where there will be relaxation but also plenty of services for you and the kids. Rates start at Rp3,490,000 for 2 nights in a Deluxe Room, including daily buffet breakfast, a one-time lunch and one-time dinner for 2 adults on Nyepi day and wi-fi access throughout the resort.
For more info and additional rates for family rooms click HERE
6. Westin Resort Nusa Dua
Spend quality time with your loved ones and enjoy the serenity of Nyepi Day. There will be organized activities while the youngsters will have fun at Westin Family Kids Club. You will also be able to choose from three swimming pools including a water slide to keep the kiddos busy. Bali’s auspicious day of silence is an opportunity to totally unwind. Rates start at Rp1,790,000 ++ per room per night for a Deluxe Garden Room with Valid for stays from 25th – 30th March 2017 for a minimum of 2 nights stay.Stay at Deluxe Garden Room with daily SuperfoodRx breakfast for up to two adults and two kids and you’ll also enjoy one buffet dinner for 2 adults and 2 kids, welcome fruit, access to The Westin Family Kids Club with many fun activities ; Star Gazing, Fishing, Kite Making, and late check out until 5.00pm.
The Accor group is offering Nyepi deals at many of their Bali properties, including Sofitel Nusa Dua, Pullman Legian Nirwana, Novotel Bali Nusa Dua, Mercure Bali Nusa Dua, Ibis Styles Petitenget and Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua. The selection of packages ranges from Rp450,000 per night all the way up to Rp4,500,000 per night, so take a look at the link below to find your perfect package.
The Trans Resort is offering a great deal on a chilled out Nyepi stay. Pay Rp4,200,000++ for 2 nights and you’ll also get daily breakfast for 2 persons, a one-time buffet lunch for 2 persons, 20% off all spa treatments, movie night, a family fun fair, and kids club access. This family favorite resort is a great choice for a tranquil but luxurious Nyepi day.
The Ayana and sister hotel Rimba are the height of Balinese luxury and are offering discounted rates from $243 US per night. You’ll get to participate in an Ogoh Ogoh ceremony, enjoy a delicious buffet feast and a 2-hour Aquatonic treatment (Ayana), “star grazing & gazing” picnic, transfers, and breakfast.
Secluded and tranquil, the Agata Resort is offering 2 nights in their luxurious 2 bedroom lagoon pool access rooms for Rp5,000,000. This includes 21% tax and service, daily breakfast, one-time lunch and one-time afternoon meal on Nyepi Day, a daily Balinese afternoon tea, shuttle to the Ogoh-Ogoh parades in the Nusa Dua areas and discounts on food, beverage and spa treatments.
Nyepi is the perfect day to switch off from the world and relax with your family. There are some great deals around, so grab yourself a room with a view, a pool to lounge by and you’ll be all set for Bali’s day of silence.
Starting at 12am get your Australia on with BBQ, slip and slide, AFL, a thong throwing contest, Pavlova eating contest, cricket and ultimate frisbee! A great time for the whole family and everyone is welcome!!
Slip and slide on the beach all day with a special beach BBQ, Aussie treat goodie bags for anyone who arrives wearing patriotic clothing, doning flags etc. and of course streaming Triple J hottest 100 from 3pm.
Finn’s Beach Club will celebrate Aussie style on Australia Day. Stuff yourself with Australian BBQ and dance the day away to music from Australian DJ’s who will pump up the best beats! Party starts 12.00PM!
Sea Vu Play presents Australia Day! Come hungry and get a cold beer on arrival on us. BBQ like you’ve never BBQ’d before for Rp300,000 and kids eat FREE! There will be beer buckets for Rp99,000, live music and fun activities for all!
Honoring Aussie tradition across the seas, Peppers Seminyak hosts AustraliaDay by their natural rock pool! With Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown, cricket on live feed, flowing ice cold brews & bubbles on offer, Nusa Cana Rum, along with True Blue Aussie cuisine. Everyone welcome!
Head down to Sunday’s Beach Club for family-friendly day of BBQ, cricket and drinks specials. Rp300,000 for adults (includes Rp150,000 food credit) and Rp50,000 for kids (3-11yrs) includes full beach access, sunbed and a towel.
Ubud Yoga Centre is a family-friendly space where you can experience different kinds of yoga, pilates, relax with a drink and something to eat and let the kids play in the play area. If you are in Ubud for the upcoming full moon, their Full Moon Workshop on January 12th could be an experience to transform your life.
Kundalini yoga is known as the yoga of awareness, or in other words ‘experience’ because it cuts straight in to your inner world. Mantras are played along with moving your body, breathing, relaxing and meditating so the sound (energy/vibration) has a chance to permeate deep within and provide a profound experience.
Perhaps it can be related to the time you were at school for many years and then you went overseas and travelled maybe by yourself for the first time to a totally different culture. This ‘experience’ changed something inside. You returned home different, transformed because the ‘experience’ was more powerful, more profound than reading or being lectured to because these methods of teaching are only allowing you to experience life through the mind, it is linear, logical and life isn’t linear and logical, it is a mystery, the truth is none of us really know why we are even on this planet.
Because this life is a mystery, when we embrace the illogical, unusual, mysterious world perhaps through ‘strange’ poses, unusual chanting, different hand positions and new ways of breathing and meditating, we give our self a chance to have a visceral ‘experience’, something completely new enters our existence, and subsequently we open up space within. We grow, transform and alchemise like never before because we were given an opportunity of relating to our deep inward feelings rather than to the intellect.
Kundalini yoga allows you to incorporate new elements into your life which powerfully move, release and transform energy. You may have noticed that you naturally have more energy on a full moon. It’s very good to use this energy to cleanse, rather than using it unproductively. We can use this increase of energy to move forward and accelerate healing on all levels.
When the moon is full our glandular system is under pressure and so it is a great time to engage in activities to release this ‘pressure’, reset, create space and drastically improve our lives. When this pressure is not released we can easily feel restless, angry, confused in everyday life even if things are moving smoothly.
As the moon relates to our deeper consciousness we can, during the phase of full or new moon, work on an emotional level and cleanse, let go, complete and transform. And Kundalini Yoga is one of the most powerful technologies we have to reflect and reset, uplift and heal because it provides us with a direct experience.
The Full Moon Workshop
If you would like to welcome a powerful and deeply transformative experience into your life join us for a night of Kundalini Yoga incorporating movement, breathing, Hatha postures, chanting, meditating, sound healing, home made chai and uniting together in community spirit for the upcoming Full Moon Workshop at Ubud Yoga Centre on Thursday January the 12th 6 – 8.30pm. Celebrate and leverage from the powerful moon energies to achieve your intentions for 2017, reserve your place via ubudyogacentre.com
For more information about Alexis Hannagan who teaches Kundalini Yoga at Ubud Yoga Centre visit yogameditationsound.com
Paradiso Ubud is an absolute gem of a space in central Ubud. Boasting to be the world’s first organic vegan cinema, it is actually much more than that. This 150 person capacity venue offers daily movie screenings; everything from kids films, documentaries, short films and tv series. It also hosts yoga and dance classes, workshops, lectures, live music and art exhibitions.
We have spent many a rainy Sunday in their wonderful cinema space on the comfy reclining couches munching on popcorn and delicious vegetarian and vegan goodies from connected Down to Earth. Don’t be put off by the Ubud-ness of how it sounds, they have plenty of amazing things on their menu that kids love. Some of our faves are the potato wedges, Mediterranean platter for sharing and the fabulous smoothies, lassies and juices. Don’t even get me started on the raw chocolate and coconut goodies…
Now all I can think about is the tasty food, but what great fuel it is for all the yoga, dance and other workshops they hold there! We love the regular kids acro-yoga with Noga and have had a great time at workshops like the Bali Circus, which was a special one during the 2nd annual Bali Vegan Festival.
Paradiso is just what so many people have been waiting for in Bali; a place of culture, fun, great food and learning all rolled into one lovely package. They screen films from all over the world, documentaries, and vintage favorites like The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan. It’s a great place to meet interesting people, connect with other families and also just hang out.
Book in for a retreat at Ubud Yoga Centre over the Christmas or New Year weekend to refresh and revive to start 2017. The retreats will both be with Alexis Hannagan, a long time teacher of Kundalini and Hatha yoga as well as personal and group fitness trainer, Kinesiologist and Mind Detox Therapist. You could end the year with a weekend that teaches you to relax and learn to connect with what makes you feel happy and healthy. Alexis has written all about the benefits of the retreats so read on!
How to relax and why it keeps us young?
I used to associate relaxation with being lazy, can you connect with this? And I still do catch myself at times, even being a yoga teacher and understanding it is fundamental in leading healthy, long, youthful lives. Relaxation is our natural state, but the world we live in is so fast paced, pressurised and overwhelming, a lot of us are actually living in a state of unease, stress and tension, only feeling relaxed occasionally. This way of being is a recipe for the body to break down, speeding up the ageing process and becoming ill because just like nature, our body has the inner intelligence to heal, repair and regenerate, but only if it is relaxed – in a harmonious state.
So how can we relax?
We need to look at the whole picture; into all facets of our self. The mind, Body and Spirit. Below i’ve listed key aspects you can easily incorporate into everyday life from the ongoing Mini Retreats I run in Bali at Ubud Yoga Centre, our next two taking place this December the 24th – 25th and 31st – 1st of January if you feel called to bring in the new year deeply revitalised and connected within.
1. Clear your mind.
Are you always concerned about things in life? When you look back at when you were very concerned about many things, were you able to get things done and be creative, happy and productive? What is it like if for one moment you take a vacation from the worry. I’m not saying to throw responsibility out the window, but to seriously reflect and see if you can meditate without all the concerns in your mind taking your energy, can you be without any worry and free your mind? How would this feel? What heaviness could you drop from your mind?
2. Start a meditation practice.
Because our minds are so active these days it is really beneficial to meditate with mantras because they powerfully assist in cutting through the negativity and clutter in the mind, creating more peace and relaxation. One of my favourite mantras to chant is the Mul Mantra (youtube it). To start you can simply sit cross legged, close your eyes, look down towards the tip of your nose to help slow your thoughts and listen to the mantra. Eventually you will be able to chant along.
3. Slow your breathing.
It really is this simple, but so many people don’t do it, because they are not conscious, they are not even aware they are breathing shallowly. When we breathe shallowly we can easily move into an anxious energetic state. Place your hand on your belly just below the navel and breathe slow, long and deep all the way to the top of the ribs. Focus on slow even breaths.
4. Connect to nature.
Mother nature’s energy is calm and re-balances our cells. When we ground into the earth whether swimming,walking bare foot, eating lunch in the park, the energy has a powerful healing effect and re balances the trillions of cells in our body.
5. Avoid all food that doesn’t make you feel good.
Cut down specifically on caffeine, soft drinks, power drinks, white flour and sugar etc, anything with stimulants or that’s refined will aggravate your nervous system and leave you feeling wired, awake yet very tired.
6. Incorporate harmonious sounds into everyday life.
Studies have proven the sounds of birds to be one of the most powerful sounds in healing. Sound is one of the fastest ways we can move into deep relaxation. Become aware of how the music and sounds you expose yourself to impacts the state of your mind, body and soul. Attend a sound healing class, if possible with The Hand Pan. Today I attended a yoga workshop and the teacher played this instrument at the start, I drifted off into a deep sleep in minutes and was extremely calm and relaxed for hours making me feel rejuvenated and more youthful.
Most of all, listen to yourself. Only YOU know what is best. What makes you come alive? Is it reading, cooking, playing basketball, swimming, yoga, walking your dog…? Do this, the simple act of engaging in healthy activities which bring you joy will pull you into the present moment, cultivate positive feelings of love, connection and gratitude, allowing your energy to flow and creating relaxation, radiance and fulfillment. After all, relaxation comes when we engage in activities close to our heart, that we enjoy.
Book Your Weekend Retreat Now
Learn more about Ubud Yoga Centre, which by the way is extremely family friendly, and their schedule of upcoming retreats at http://ubudyogacentre.com/
Also look for kids yoga-pilates and meditation classes, art classes and more kid-friendly activities!