What is the average number of clients on a Babes in Bali tour?
Our tour is limited to 18 women and will operate with a minimum of 12. We’re very proud that we have never had to cancel a tour.
Is there an age restriction?
The minimum age is 18 and as long as you are able to travel independently, you can join us. We’ve had clients from 19 – 85 with most being between 40-60.
What types of women join your tour?
Most of our clients are adventurous and open-minded. They come because they want to explore Bali and get off the beaten track. Most are surprised by the connection that they make with other like-minded women. Some have travelled extensively while others have never been outside of North America.
What's unique about a Babes in Bali trip?
For starters it’s safe, stress free, exciting, relaxed and fun. We take care of all the details so you can have some ‘me-time’. No taking care of anyone…when was the last time that happened? You’ll see Bali from a whole different perspective than you would if you went on your own. Many of our ‘experiences’ are affordable because we are a group. You’ll come away feeling renewed, invigorated and with a new sense of spirit. Many women experience a shift of energy after our trips. The camaraderie of like-minded women encourages laughter, sharing, stepping outside the box and having the time of your life. Our ‘Babes’ groups have activities that are geared towards women such as a spa day, a market tour and cooking class, visits to local markets, evening purification ceremony, visit to beautiful gardens and temples, group meals in fabulous settings, dance performances and lots of time to shop.
Who will accompany us on the tour?
Cathy Gotfried, the owner of Erawan Travel Ventures and creator of the Babes in Bali journeys will accompany you the entire time in Bali. There will also be hand selected local guides who will travel with us.
What currency do you price the tour in?
For our groups, all our prices are in Canadian Dollars.
How can I pay my deposit or final payment?
You can either pay by cheque (payable to Erawan Travel Ventures) or credit card. There is no surcharge for using a credit card.
How can I get pricing and itinerary details?
Just send us an email…or give us a call at 403.278.4084.
Do I need a passport and Visa for travel to Bali?
Yes to both. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months past your return date. Bali does have a VOA (Visa On Arrival system). The cost is $25USD and is paid upon arrival. The forms will be handed out on your flight into Bali. There are no photos necessary for the Visa. The Visa allows you to stay in Bali for up to 30 days so if you decide to add additional days on to the trip, it’s not a problem.
How will we travel around Bali?
We will be using our own private coach, which is air conditioned and has seating for 24 passengers so there is lots of room for our shopping!! We will always have bottled water available when we are on our coach.
What type of hotels do you use?
In Ubud we stay at small boutique hotels, always in a central location with an on-site restaurant, pool and spa. Most of the hotels in Ubud are smaller, more personal and provide an opportunity to get to know your travelling companions. If we include a stay in the north part of Bali, we use a beautiful brand new hotel located right on the beach. It has a gorgeous swimming pool, restaurant and a wonderful spa. The last nights are usually spent in either Seminyak or Legian, both of which on beaches on the southern shores of Bali. These hotels are luxurious and in the heart of the action. All your hotels will be different from one another and we’ve purposely chosen them for you to experience something different and unique.
Can I come as a single or do I have to share a room?
The choice is yours. We are happy to accommodate you as a single but if you prefer to share with someone, we’ll make every effort to match you up with a roommate. If that’s not possible, you can choose to have your own room and pay the single supplement, knowing that there will be at least 12 other fun loving, adventurous women to share your travel journey with. About 35% of our clients’ book on their own. We know there are many women who don’t have a travel companion and these groups are perfect for you!
Why do you price your air and land separately?
Over the years we’ve discovered that many of our clients either want to use points or are combining the Babes in Bali experience with another adventure. This allows the most flexibility for our clients.
Will you book my airlines tickets for me?
Yes! We have negotiated a special group rate with a wholesaler but it is subject to availability. Bali is very popular now so the sooner you book, the better chance you have of getting the lowest airfare. We can also add your frequent flyer numbers to your booking as well as arrange advanced seat selection.
I’m a bit of a picky eater? Will I find anything to eat in Bali?
You’ve picked the perfect place to travel to! Not only will you find tasty Balinese food (rice, noodles, chicken, fish, seafood and vegetables are their staples) but you can find most other types of food as well. Just as the Balinese are very artistic, they are also excellent chefs. They’ve also been able to attract chefs from around the world because once a chef has been to Bali, they often want to stay. So if burgers, pizza, vegetarian, sushi, salads or pasta are your favourites, you’ll easily find them all over the island. The biggest challenge in Bali is deciding what to order. Many restaurants have menus that are over 10 pages long.
I already have my own group of 15 women. Would you be able to offer us our own program?
Absolutely. It all starts with a phone call and once we have some direction from you we can get started with your own custom group itinerary.
I noticed that your groups visit an orphanage. Can I volunteer my time with them on our free days? Can I also make a donation to the orphanage?
Yes, you can do both. We also encourage our clients to bring over their 2nd suitcase filled with items for the orphanage or to give to locals that they connect with along the way.
What’s the best time of year to visit Bali?
In our opinion, anytime is a fantastic to visit Bali! The rainy season is December-February (average temperature 28 degrees) but being that Bali is so close to the equator, it can rain anytime. If you’ve never experienced tropical rain, it is a beautiful thing…warm and refreshing. The temperature does not vary much throughout the year but July and August tend to be a bit cooler (26 degrees). You will find with the humidity, it does feel warmer.
Will the hotels have air conditioning?
Yes although we caution you on keeping your room cold. It’s very common for Westerners to get colds when travelling in the tropics when they turn up the air conditioning. Sometimes it is necessary but the hotel rooms also have ceiling fans which may be more suitable.
How will I know what to bring to Bali and also luggage restrictions?
Good question! We will supply you with a complete packing list as well as the airline luggage allowances (if you book your flights with us). You are allowed 2 suitcases on the trip so as long as you can manage them, you will be ok. There are porters at the airport and all our hotels have bell service.
What does your land only price include?
All accommodation, hotel tax and service charges (based on twin sharing), daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners (will be specified on your itinerary as each group varies), private transfers, sightseeing as described on your itinerary, personally escorted by Cathy Gotfried and hand- picked local guides, tips for drivers and guides. Not included are any items of a personal nature such as: phone calls, laundry, beverages and meals not stated in the itinerary, taxi fares, passport fees, travel insurance, Visa fee ($25USD), departure tax from Bali (approx. $17USD), tips at hotels and shopping!
Will I be able to access the internet while in Bali?
Bali is fully connected although the wireless connection speed is sometimes slow in Ubud due to the terrain and hotel lay-outs. Most hotels have computers for you to use in their central areas, however feel free to bring your own lap top if you’d prefer.
What if I can’t keep up with the rest of the group?
You are free to join all of our ‘included’ activities but if you’d prefer to take some time for yourself, that is perfectly fine as well. We also offer ‘optional’ activities such as an elephant ride, bike ride and a day at the spa. These are optional because we know not everyone will want to do them, and there is no point in paying for activities that you know you might not wish or be able to do.
Where can I purchase travel insurance?
We’d be happy to arrange that for you if you reside in Alberta. We’ve been selling travel insurance for 27 years and can determine what you need so you are properly covered. If you are from out of province, we will be happy to discuss what you require and make a recommendation for you.
How can my family contact me in the case of an emergency?
Your Final Itinerary will include the names of your hotels, along with the address and phone number. We suggest leaving a hard or digital copy for your family in case of an emergency.
Do I need a credit card to travel?
Some hotels require a credit card at time of check-in. If you do not have a credit card you will be asked to leave a cash deposit that varies in amount depending upon the hotel. FYI, if you use your credit card when shopping (other than fixed priced stores) they may charge you an extra 3-4% on top of your negotiated price. This would apply in local markets.
Should I get travellers cheques for this trip?
Not necessarily. We recommend that you bring your ATM card as bank machines are widely available in Bali. When cashing travellers cheques you will need to present your passport which many people don’t like to carry with them on a daily basis when travelling. We do address ‘money’ questions in our ‘Bali Travel Tips’ which you will receive when booking with us.