At the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, a new yoga programme has been introduced that takes inspiration from the revered rituals of the Balinese-Hindus.
Every full moon, or 'purnama', is a sacred day in Bali, when Balinese-Hindus honour ancestral gods with offerings and ceremonies across the island - believed to counter negative forces and replenish vital energy.
Perched on the banks of the sacred Ayung River and surrounded by rice fields and lush forest, the new Dharma Shanti River Terrace (whose name means 'path to peace' in Sanskrit) at the Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan, provides a soul-stirring open-air setting for Full Moon Yoga. Complimentary to residents, the class encourages guests to channel their creative energy and enhance their wellbeing under the glow of the moon and stars.
Carrier tip: 'Bali Sunrise' is the namesake given to a wonderfully uplifting massage at the resort's spa, using lemon ylang ylang and bergamot oils - the perfect reward after the two hour break of day adventure.
After bidding one day farewell, welcome another in spectacular fashion with a sunrise hike up Mount Batur, a dormant volcano. The early alarm call is well worth the effort; in the darkness of a 2:30am departure, guests climb the mountain by torchlight. And, as the cloak of darkness slowly slides away, the views from the summit, tinged with the enchanting hues of a Balinese sunrise are, quite simply, unforgettable.