If you love world class hotels with ultra-modern spas, or exploring ancient temples, or dining out on fresh seafood or diving into a multi-coloured marine world, you’ll find Indonesia irresistible. Cycling into Ubud – the spiritual heart of Bali, or wandering through the town’s busy market place, or diving off Moyo Island to find yourself in a swirl of inquisitive fish and multi-coloured coral reefs…they’re all unforgettable experiences.
London – Yogyakarta
Arrive Singapore to connect with your flight to Yogyakarta. You will be met upon arrival and driven to Amanjiwo, an ultimately luxurious hotel snuggled into the natural amphitheatre of the mighty Menoreh Hills.
Stay: Three nights in a Garden Suite in the Amanjiwo Hotel.
This is your opportunity to visit one of the most impressive temple complexes in the world. Borobudur is a series of tiered storeys, circular terraces and multi-toned stupas created from volcanic lava-rock, probably in the seventh or eighth century AD. Small wonder it’s the spiritual centre of Buddhism in Java, and not to be missed.
Yogyakarta also offers you the chance to meditate in a monastery, have your palm read, hike across the rugged Menoreh Hills, tour the local villages in a traditional andong, feast on regional specialities, watch traditional craftsmen at work and tour the scenic Prambanan Valley.
Start your day with a typically relaxing and reinvigorating Amandari massage, and then consider your options. You can cycle into the centre of Ubud, walk through the interesting little streets and alleyways and stroll barefoot around ancient temples, marvelling at the carvings, lotus ponds and the comically fearsome dragon representations. Or you can take a guided tour of the colourful market. Trekking is a recommended option, with scenic destinations like the staggering rice terraces – an archetypal photo opportunity – the Ayung River and the jaw-droppingly beautiful Camphuhan. On a less strenuous note, you can take a private Balinese dancing class or indulge in afternoon tea whilst watching the glorious sunset.
Today you return to Denpasar Airport for your brief flight to Sumbawa Besar on Moyo Island and your transfer to the tented tranquillity of Amanwana. Stay: Four nights in a Jungle Tent at Amanwana.
Amanwara features 20 teak-floored, air conditioned tents overlooking a private beach with the softest whitest sand imaginable. You will dine in an open air pavilion facing the sea, and awaken in the morning to the sound of gentle waves lapping onto the beach. Your days will be spend sunbathing and swimming in the warm ocean. Beneath the surface lies a diver’s wonderworld, teeming with exotic fish, turtles, bright blue sea stars and multi-coloured coral. The island itself invites you to wander through groves of tamarind, fig and banyan trees, discovering extravagant tropical flora and watching the local wildlife – from pretty deer to wild boar, macaque monkeys to outrageous birds. You can also explore the impressive Amanwana sea wall, go on an excursion to a sparkling waterfall or indulge in hour-long massages.
It would be easy to spend your last days in Bali relaxing in the chic Jimbaran Puri resort, with its fantastic beach, tropical gardens and lake-sized swimming pool built from Javanese stone. But don’t miss the bustling local fish market – highly photogenic – charming beachside restaurants and happening local bars.
It’s time to transfer to Denpasar International Airport for your flight to Singapore, connecting with your flight home.