Indonesia is very definitely one of the most romantic destinations imaginable. Intrepid too, if you go island-hopping by speedboat to see the real-life dragons of Komodo.
In Komodo National Park you can also expect to meet up with Timorensis deer, wild boars and a colourful variety of lizards and exotic birds. Or plunge into the warm sea and explore a different world, populated by strange and wonderful fish, marine creatures and living coral reefs. But save some time for simply walking together, toes curling into fine white sand, as the sun sets over the sea.
Singapore – Bali
Arrive Singapore to connect to your Bali flight. You will be met in Bali and driven to Ubud’s astounding Hanging Gardens Hotel.
Stay: Three nights in a Panorama Deluxe Pool Villa in the Ubud Hanging Gardens Hotel.
Considered the spiritual heart of Bali, Ubud is an absorbing town and your first full day there gives you ample time to explore the temples, side streets with interesting little local shops and the large central market.
The next day you will take a 10 kilometre drive to see the 11th century Royal Tombs – the shrine of Gunung Kawi, at Tampak Siring. Expect temples carved out of cliffs and steps leading to a scared river valley. You’ll also visit the holy spring of Tirta Empul and the shrine of the god Indra with its curative bathing pools, followed by the Goa Gajah Temple just outside Ubud. This 11th century cave is just part of a marvellous Hindu-Buddhist Hermitage situated in the verdant Petanu Valley.
Ubud – Labuan Bajo – Komodo Resort
From Ubud you transfer to Denpasar Airport for your flight to Labuan Bajo, where you’ll board a speedboat for Sebayur Besar Island.
Stay: Three nights in a deluxe bungalow in the Komodo Resort.
You sail at sunrise, to the famous Komodo Island to enter the Komodo National Park and meet its most fearsome inhabitants – the fabled Komodo Dragons. You can also track Timorensis deer, wild boars and a colourful variety of lizards and exotic birds. On your second day, snorkelers and divers will be taken to two different marine locations to discover enthralling reefs teeming with inquisitive fish, strange marine creatures and underwater flora.
A boat takes you back to Labuan Bajo for your flight to Lombok, via Bali. On arrival in Lombok you’ll be met and escorted to Jeeva Klui – a resort comprising the full spectrum of warm sea, immaculate beach, tropical gardens and welcoming local culture.
Stay: Three nights in an Ananda Pura Garden View Room at Jeeva Klui.
Time to yourselves to spend worshipping the sun, walking hand-in-hand at the water’s edge, along a crescent-shaped beach of fine white sand, strolling through tropical gardens or dining out in the excellent restaurants in the small town of Senggigi.
Lombok – Eastern Lombok
On day 11 you’ll leave Jeeva Klui for the remote south eastern tip of Lombok’s far flung Tanjung Peninsula and the gorgeous Jeeva Beloam resort, set in a hidden cove edged with white sand.
Stay: Four nights in exclusive Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp.
Spend glorious days soaking in the sun and swimming in crystal clear waters, amidst a true tropical paradise. In front of your hotel is a coral garden – home to large numbers of exotic, multi-coloured fish – just perfect for snorkelling and diving. You can take sea kayaks and explore the coastline around the camp – finding your own, deserted beach – or ride bicycles around the Tanjung Ringgit area, discovering the peninsula’s luxuriant flora as you go. You may even see monkeys, civet cats and colourful lizards.
World class surfing is offered at nearby Ekas Bay, and local fishermen will take you island-hopping to remote islets like Gili Sunut and Pantai Segui. You can also fish for your supper from the nearby beaches, rock pools and low cliffs.