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This retreat focuses on a chakra a day, with a specific program of Kundalini yoga and meditation sessions in the morning and in the evening. You will be incorporating the ancient arts of Reiki and shamanic healing alongside the therapeutic vibrations of daily gong meditations. When your chakras are open and balanced, you will then begin to vibrate at higher frequencies, self-realize, feel wonderful, vital, energized, glowing, calm, and blissful.
All guests will be staying at Batu Batu, which has 20 one-bedroom villas and two two-bedroom villas.
Set back from the coast on higher ground on the fringe of the island’s tropical forest, the villa has one bedroom with king or twin beds and mosquito nets, a day bed which can be made-up for sleeping, a large bathroom with stand-alone bathtub, a shower, and a private balcony with sea views. The one-bedroom jungle villa has stairs and may not be suitable for guests with mobility issues or for families with young children.
All villas benefit from in-room facilities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, DVD player, iPod speakers (on request), tea and coffee making facilities, kettle, minibar fridge, standalone bath tub, rain shower, toiletries, hairdryer, in-room safe, and solar hot water heaters.
During this retreat, you will experience a connection back to your true selves, back to the real essence, and that is where your highest frequency resides. You go deep into the process of clearing energetic blocks, coming back to center, and stepping into bliss.
Kundalini yoga is the ancient mother of all yoga and also known as the yoga of awareness. This yoga style works on the nervous and glandular systems to bring about profound transformation and it stands out from other forms of yoga through the speed of the effects. It is also a very powerful tool in this modern day, and the results are so positive in bringing you back to connect with the true essence of yourselves, and at the same time, help you to manage your life a little easier and to feel a lot better. You will have deeper experiences in life when you practice Kundalini yoga, in which you will become radiant, grow, and glow.
This retreat will take place at Batu Batu resort, a treasure nestled amidst coconut groves, powder white sands and tropical breezes., located at Pulau Tengah (Tengah Island), a private island paradise, in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
Pulau Tengah or “Tengah island”, meaning “middle island” in the local Malay language, is set in the protected Johor Marine Park off the east coast of Mersing. The uninhabited island boasts eight pristine powder white sand beaches, translucent waters, and coral reefs just off shore as well as coconut groves and tropical forest at its interior.
As the only development on Pulau Tengah, Batu Batu is responsible for and committed to preserving and enhancing the island’s natural habitat and its surroundings. Pulau Tengah’s natural environment is extremely rich and with recorded sightings of over 100 species of bird, 312 species of flora, pacific bottle-nose dolphins, black-tipped reef sharks, green and hawksbill turtles, otters, and a dugong or sea cow.
There have been numerous green and hawksbill turtles land on the beaches numerous nests hatch. The presence of humans on the previously uninhabited island has decreased the frequency of illegal turtle egg poaching and the number of nestlings witnessed have thus far increased each year since the resort’s opening.
In late 2013, a visiting tropical botanist from Belgium conducted a six-week long botanical study of the island’s flora in conjunction with the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM) and has provided a comprehensive database of all the island’s flora and a comprehensive herbarium. Dr. Bruno Senterre’s consultancy report identified endangered or rare species on the island and it is now Batu Batu’s responsibility to monitor and maintain these going forward.
Whilst sustainable practices are not always easy to adopt as a new resort on a tiny, uninhabited island, within a culture where sustainability is often viewed as foreign and inefficient, Batu Batu is taking little steps towards being increasingly responsible in order to protect its amazing natural environment. This includes:
The price of this retreat includes daily meals. Each day, your super tasty, nutritious, and delicious menu is created to focus on the chakra you are working on. Using locally sourced and organic produce, your menu will also be specifically designed to support the energetic work at hand.
Meals are a highlight at Batu Batu with a small daily changing menu at lunch and dinner each day. The daily menus feature fresh local seafood and high-grade meats in European and local Malaysian dishes. Served in the resort’s main restaurant, with a spacious open-sided pavilion with 270-degree views of the sea, expect to see traditional Malaysian beef rendang (a slow-cooked beef “curry-stew”) made with the island’s own coconut milk and lemongrass and served with fragrant rice, green papaya salad with char grilled beef, spiced coconut prawns, pan seared black cod, as well as more traditional dishes such as pan-seared foie gras, and beef tenderloin. Desserts are also a highlight with excellent home-made ice creams and sorbets, parfaits, mousses, cakes, tarts, and of course fresh tropical fruit.
Special dietary requirements are available with prior notice.
Set amongst the rocks with commanding views of the sea, the bar adjoins the main resort restaurant. Enjoy a lemon grass martini, cold beer, or fresh fruit juice whilst looking out to the open expanse of the South China Sea.
The simple attap-roofed bar at the Long Beach is open from mid-morning up to sunset and provides beers, wines, and cocktails as well as fresh juices, milk shakes, and smoothies.
Batu Batu’s PADI dive and activities center is situated on the island’s spectacular Long Beach. Rent a kayak to canoe around the island jumping off to snorkel in one of the reefs or join a dive or snorkel trip to the nearby reefs and islands. Guests can also head off on a self-guided jungle walk to discover the island’s more remote beaches, explore the island’s forested interior, and take in some spectacular views of the archipelago’s other islands from a number of look out points.
The PADI Bubblemaker program is as fun as it sounds, which is a chance for kids to blow bubbles by scuba diving! Children who are at least eight years old are taken underwater and on a dive at the shallow and beautiful junior reef.
Upon completion of this program, your child will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu Bubblemaker wall diploma.
The PADI DSD program is an introductory dive program for everyone over ten years old. It is a great way to gain comfort underwater and learn important dive skills at the same time. It can also be put forward towards a PADI Open Water course (if completed within the same year).
The participant will receive a detailed briefing from our PADI dive instructors about safety while diving and the physics of diving. Then they will practice three essential dive skills in calm, shallow water before going for a guided dive alongside their instructor around the junior reef. which has a maximum depth of five meters.
This activity is suitable for those above the age of 20 years old. Upon completion of this program, the participant will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu DSD wall diploma.
The dive season at Batu Batu Resort runs from March 15 to November 15. Advance booking is required for large groups, especially during peak holiday periods and weekends.
Batu Batu has two recreational boats. You can organize a trip around the island or to visit some of the other beautiful, uninhabited neighbors.
PADI’s SASY junior program is developed to give children of five to seven years old the chance to experience the underwater world at this young age. SASY snorkeling is snorkeling the easy way, but using scuba equipment instead of simply a snorkel.
The SASY program is designed to safely encourage your child’s comfort and confidence in a marine environment alongside professional PADI dive instructors. Upon completion of this program, your child will be awarded a congratulatory Batu Batu SASY wall diploma.
There are currently two well-marked treks, one around the island, which is three kilometers and approximately one hour to complete, and the other through the island’s interior, which is one and a half kilometers, and takes 30 minutes to complete.
Spa treatments to relax and rejuvenate both body and mind are available for booking, at an extra cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Senai International Airport (JHB).
You can take an express bus to Mersing jetty.
The boat journey from Mersing Jetty to Batu Batu takes just 20 minutes in the resort’s speedboat in good weather.
There are two return boat trips per day from Mersing to Pulau Tengah depending on occupancy and tides. The boats have a maximum passenger capacity for safety reasons and the seats on each boat are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis. This will cost you around 70 MYR per adult and 48 MYR per child. Infants under four years old board for free.
If you take one of Batu Batu's scheduled boats, the return costs would be around 100 MYR per adult, and 50 MYR per child over four years old.
If you wish to charter an additional transfer boat outside of the scheduled times, you may do so between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. (leaving Mersing or Batu Batu) if tide levels and boat availability allow.
Take a taxi to Mersing jetty. Please contact Batu Batu resort to provide you with contacts for several taxi companies that run private taxi transfer services between Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Mersing.