Have you and your friends been dreaming of getting away for a restorative retreat somewhere beautiful? As someone who has organised a few trips with my crew over the years, I have to say that Bali is hands-down one of the top spots. The island has so much to offer - gorgeous beaches, lush jungles, amazing food, and retreat villa with a very laidback vibe. It's no wonder so many people are drawn there to relax, reconnect, and recharge.
One of the best ways to experience all that Bali has to offer is by renting a retreat villa with a group of friends. You'll have more privacy and space than a hotel, plus the ability to cook your own meals communally. When my girlfriends and I went a few years ago, we found an absolutely stunning four-bedroom villa right on the water in Seminyak for a great price. The location was central to everything while still feeling secluded enough for rest and relaxation.
Planning a villa retreat takes some coordination, but it's so worth it for the memories you'll make. Here are some tips I've learned from organising past trips and choosing suitable retreat villa:
- Choose a general date range rather than firm travel dates if possible. This gives your group flexibility in case individual schedules change.
- Use a site like Airbnb or VRBO to get a sense of available villas in your price range. Look at reviews, amenities, and locations. You may want to be near the beach or shopping depending on your crew's priorities.
- Set a maximum budget for your retreat villa option so everyone has a clear cost expectation. Consider splitting costs equally or by the number of nights each person stays.
- Communication is key! Use a group chat to discuss details like expected activities in and outside of retreat villa, meals to share cooking duties for, and anything people need to bring.
- Assign someone to be the point person for booking the retreat villa, making any additional arrangements like a welcome basket or activities, and being the main contact once on the ground.
- Give yourselves plenty of buffer time without plans when you arrive in Bali. The first jet lagged day is best spent relaxing at the retreat villa with a good book or dip in the pool.
Once the details are nailed down, all that's left is anticipating an unforgettable trip with your besties! I can promise sunsets on the beach, long chats over delicious food, heady Balinese cocktails, and making memories to last a lifetime. Choosing retreat villa planning takes some work up front, but it is totally worth it to reconnect and refresh with the people you care about most in such a special place. Let me know if you need any other tips - I'd be happy help make your Bali retreat villa dreams come true!