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Fly to Singapore, where you’ll be met and transferred to your luxury hotel. You’ll be perfectly based just steps from stylish boutiques, top restaurants, vibrant bars and mouth-watering street food.
Singapore is a dazzling city-state with a world-wide reputation for clean streets, shopping and leading-edge architecture. A private city tour will show you some of the world’s most inspired and impressive buildings that enhance the city’s skyline – from monuments in steel and glass to a vast ‘liner’ standing in the heart of the metropolis on gigantic legs. A fitting tribute to one of the world’s richest cities with its busy seaport. On a more human scale are Singapore’s lively Chinese, Indian and Malay quarters, and it’s fantastic shopping.
Stay: Two nights in a merchant room at The Six Senses Maxwell – bed & breakfast
On day four you’ll catch a flight to Bali and its spiritual heart of Ubud – the island’s centre for culture, fine arts, dance and music. You’ll be staying at The Samaya Ubud, tucked away in the emerald hills and rice fields of Bali’s interior. Using this as your base, you can venture out to discover traditional arts and crafts markets, galleries, silversmiths, the Ubud Palace or verdant Monkey Forest – sanctuary of the Balinese long-tailed Monkey.
Alternatively, you can enjoy leisurely strolls or bicycle rides along nearby trails – the perfect way to meet local people and drink in the picturesque scenery. Those wanting to master local recipes can also take part in a private cooking class.
Stay: Three nights in a two-bedroom villa at The Samaya Ubud – bed & breakfast
A two-hour drive now brings you to Munduk. En route you’ll stop to see the beautiful Jatiluwih Rice Terraces as well as the Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, a famous Shaivite water temple complex on Lake Bratan.
Upon arrival in the village of Munduk you’ll discover a peaceful landscape filled by verdant rice fields, age-old rainforests and cacao, coffee and clove plantations. During your stay you can make excursions to the beautiful lakes of Bratan, Buyan and Tamblingan, whilst the surrounding countryside offers you an array of activities such as canoeing, trekking and horseback riding.
Stay: Three nights in a two-bedroom bungalow at Sanak Retreat – bed & breakfast
Today you begin your Komodo Island adventure with a flight from Denpasar to Labuan Bajo. You’ll board the privately chartered Plataran Komodo, your home for the next three nights complete with private chefs and guides.
You’ll sail to the famous Komodo National Park and meet its most fearsome inhabitants – the fabled Komodo Dragons. You’ll start at Rinca, a small island where you can walk amongst these magnificent lizards amidst the mangroves and forests of their natural environment. You’ll also be able to track Timor deer, wild boars, water buffalo and various exotic birds such as spangled drongos, fish eagles and the orange-footed scrubfowl. From the highest point on the trek you will have a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding island.
The next stop on your cruise is the pristine cove of Pink Beach, a dream for snorkelers and divers with reefs that teem with inquisitive fish, manta rays and underwater flora. The beautiful pink sands and crystal-clear waters make it a wonderful place to relax in the sun. On day twelve you’ll sail to Komodo Island where you’ll trek across red volcanic hills and savannah in search of more encounters with the incredible Komodo dragon.
Stay: Three nights aboard the Plataran Komodo Cruise – full board
Jimbaran is the final stop on your family adventure. At this upmarket coastal resort you’ll have access to the glistening white sands and calm, warm waters of Jimbaran Bay. Spend your days with a book by the hotel’s lake-sized pool or enjoy walks along the golden sands to discover bustling fruit markets and beachside restaurants.
Rise early to the sound of birds and watch as the local fisherman bring in their daily haul. Those feeling active can try their hand at surfing or white water rafting, or take it easy with a sunset cruise or scenic kayaking excursion. Visit the resort’s blissful Beach Spa to rejuvenate your tired muscles or take part in a guided meditation. The resort also offers an array of activities for children, such as kite making, egg painting, temple tours, cookery classes and various non-motorised water sports.
Stay: Four nights at The Belmond Jimbaran – bed & breakfast
Today you’ll fly from Bali to Singapore where you’ll connect with your international flight back to London.
It was a complicated itinerary for 12 people and Tania got it spot on!- EM, South Africa