Bali has a reputation for being a perfect location for organising a retreat. TripAdvisor named Bali the best travelling destination in 2017, and The Guardian even ranked the region as one of the top 10 yoga and meditation retreats in the world. Of course, there are obvious reasons for all these recognitions.
Bali provides all that a person of this modern world needs: a relaxing environment with modern comforts and convenience. This island has an incredible spiritual atmosphere, and abundant healthy vegetarian restaurants, cafes, yoga and other wellness centers in the midst of sensuous rice paddies. Not to mention, the low cost of living, friendly people and stunning landscapes make Bali the perfect place for all sorts of retreats, from yoga and meditation to sports and weight loss.
This article provides everything you need to know if you are interested in organising a retreat for a group or yourself.
Popular Retreats in Bali
Thanks to the cultural and natural elements, nothing enhances holistic healing and well-being more than a tranquil small island like Bali. There are numerous wellness retreats on the island and the following are the most popular:
Yoga retreats are deemed the most famous not just in Bali but all around the world. For avid yogis, yoga learners or yoga teachers, you will find venues of yoga retreat everywhere on this island.
Health and Wellness Retreats
Organised tours and backpackers from every corner of the world arrive in Bali with a shared interest: to relax and take care of themselves. They usually choose to indulge themselves in spas and other detoxifying sessions for health promotion and rejuvenation.
Sports and Outdoor Activities Retreats
Bali is an ideal place for anyone who is a big fan of many types of sports and outdoor activities. You can organise a retreat very easily in Bali ranging from sports or outdoor activities such as surfing, scuba diving, hiking, trekking, etc.
Who says Bali is just for budget backpackers and soul-searching enthusiasts? This paradise also caters to people who value luxury or honeymooners looking to indulge in luxurious getaways. Deluxe and glamourous hotels, bungalows and villas can all be found on this island for the most extravagant experience.
Other well-known retreats available in Bali also include social media retreats, business retreats, weight loss retreats, and women’s retreats.
Legal Requirements for Organising a Retreat in Bali
For those who would like to organise a retreat in Bali, you will need to pay extra attention to the legal requirements – which is considered the most critical among all.
According to the law enforced by the Indonesian government, as an organiser of any sorts of retreats Bali, you must first obtain your business permit with a company established in Bali. In addition, a temporary residency permit, KITAS or ITAS, is also required before you can conduct any of those retreat activities.
These requirements should not be taken lightly. You may have heard stories about foreigners facing serious sanctions for breaking the law on the island: overstaying a tourist visa, conducting retreat activities without having a legal establishment or permit. Other than hefty fines, some were even deported for not complying. With a myriad of foreigners coming to Bali, the police are on a constant search for foreigners working illegally in Bali.
Talk to us first before engaging in your planned retreat activities in Bali. Our team consists of legal experts that can assist you with visa and permit application.