A trip to Indonesia can combine beautiful beaches, dramatic landscapes and a cultural reminder of the ancient civilisations throughout. Bali is usually top of everyone’s list, but we always recommend to factor in a visit to some of the neighbouring islands on the doorstep.
Java is just one of the places you could visit on your tailor-made trip to Indonesia, with visits to rainforests promising a sighting of local orang-utans and elephants. Bali offers bustling city life in Ubud, fantastic surfing and indulgent spa hotels for the perfect end to any honeymoon. Or how about a few days in Gili Air to soak up the amazing snorkelling and scuba diving available, just a few hours boat ride from the mainland. Lombok also boasts white sand beaches and a tropical breeze. Lying east of Bali, it’s easily accessible by ferry.
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Surrounded by eight jaw-dropping volcanoes, this mountainside setting really makes you feel away from it all. Set in 22 luscious hectares of gardens, MesaStila is also stunningly beautiful. Located amongst coffee plantations, you would spend your nights in luxurious bedrooms with private balconies and plunge pools. The accommodation is within huge traditional Jepara houses where you overlook the national park. The hotel prides itself on wellness boasting a spa with an authentic Turkish hammam and four treatment rooms. There’s also a great restaurant with stacks of healthy Indonesian food on offer, a jungle gym, hammam and excellent spa.
This eco-friendly luxury hotel does not disappoint on style. Set on the cliff edge of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula the setting is jaw-dropping. With 64 rooms all looking out over the Indian Ocean (all with your own private pools), the hotel boasts two fantastic restaurants, a cliff top infinity pool, gym and indulgent treatments at Spa Alila. One of the leaders in sustainable tourism, all hotel materials were either sourced sustainably and water conservation projects are in place. We can arrange visits to local temples, beaches and amazing seafood restaurants during your stay.
Owned by Como Hotels and Resorts, empire of Singaporean hotelier Christina Ong, Uma Ubud has been cleverly pitched as affordable chic. The 25 rooms are in semi-hidden enclaves scattered around a central infinity pool and bar area. And it’s perfect for health buffs, offering yoga classes on the roof and meditation set in their hillside pavilion and treatments in the Shambhala spa. What with it combining the very best in wellness retreats and luxury hotel, Como Shambhala Estate combines the two effortlessly.
Located on the pristine beach of Sire on the northwest coast of Lombok, Tugu is a chic and intimate retreat. Combining colonial style and contemporary interiors, it’s the perfect beach destination. Spend your days by the pool or relaxing at their amazing spa. Or arrange a local cookery class and explore the neighbouring fishing villages by bike. But although it may seem isolated, the paradise-like Gili islands are only a short boat ride away. Renowned for superb diving and snorkelling, this is a diver’s paradise. Further, you can also arrange a sunrise picnic on their traditional wooden dragon boat for any romantic occasion.