Classic Indonesia

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Best time to go: April to October

13 Nights | from £2,780pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Feel the soft sand of Bali and Lombok's loveliest beaches between your toes
  • Indulge in fine cuisine and a spot of pampering at Indonesia's most luxurious hotels and resorts
  • Discover the picturesque rock-perched temples of Uluwatu and Tanah Lot
  • Browse traditional arts and crafts in the galleries of Ubud
  • Be dazzled by the vivid colours of fish on the coral reefs off Lombok

Day 1 London / Denpasar, Bali
Maximise your time in Indonesia with an overnight flight from Heathrow to Denpasar, Bali.

Day 2 - 4 Seminyak
Settle in to the magnificent Oberoi Bali overlooking the broad expanse of sand at Seminyak. More like a secluded village than a resort, its rooms and villages are scattered among lush tropical gardens encompassing traditional Hindu temples. The Oberoi makes a restful retreat –the ocean-view pools, superb spa and range of restaurants, cafés and bars mean you can cocoon yourself in luxury –and a great base for exploring the local nightlife and nearby attractions. This stretch of coast offers fine surfing, too –if barefoot strolls along the sand and relaxing in the shade of the palm fronds isn't active enough.
The Oberoi Bali | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Seminyak / Uluwatu
South of Seminyak, the coast curls and bulges into the hilly Bukit peninsula, site of one of Indonesia's most picturesque temples: Pura Luhur Uluwatu, perched precariously on the edge of a wedge-shaped cliff with waves pounding the rocks 70 metres below. Visit one of Bali's holiest temples, dedicated to the spirits of the sea, watching out for troupes of scampering monkeys. Time your visit for dusk to watch the sun sinking into the Indian Ocean, or visit the cultural park of Garuda Wisnu Kencana, where an enormous statue of Garuda, winged steed of the Hindu god Vishnu, is being created;this is the place to catch a traditional dance performance.
The Oberoi Bali | Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 Seminyak / Ubud
Head into the hills and the cultural hub of Ubud, an atmospheric little town that's become known as the epicentre of Balinese arts. The Uma Ubud nestles into the slopes overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley, its rooms and villas emerging from amid the palms, each with its private terrace or garden –and in some cases, infinity pool –from which to drink in the view. Relax in the pool, with a soothing massage or perhaps with a yoga, reflexology or meditation session.
Uma Ubud by COMO | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Ubud
Bali's temples are endlessly photogenic –make sure your camera batteries are charged and memory card empty for a day roaming the landscapes and ancient monuments. Amble around the storied towers of the moated, 17th-century Taman Ayun temple early, before crowds arrive, then climb to the picturesque resort of Bedugul, on the shores of Lake Beratan in the island's mountainous centre –pausing en route at Bukit Mungsu market to browse the lovely roses, wild orchids and fresh vegetables. The slopes here are lined with spectacular geometric rice terraces, particularly around Jatiluwih village –cameras at the ready! Top off your scenic circuit with a visit to Pura Tanah Lot, the most dramatically sited and sacred temple of all, clinging to a surf-battered rock at the edge of the land –the multi-tiered shrines striking in silhouette against the setting sun.
Uma Ubud by COMO | Meals: Breakfas

Day 8 Ubud
If art and crafts inspire you, welcome to paradise. Ubud's streets are studded with museums and art centres –hop from gallery to workshop, discovering the varied styles of painting, textile-weaving and carving for which this region is famed. There's plenty of time for activities, too, from a stroll through the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (yes, it's bustling with Balinese macaques) to a cookery course or a dance performance at Ubud Palace.
Uma Ubud by COMO | Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 Ubud / Lombok
Bali's little sister, Lombok, rises from the azure waters just to the east –a short ferry ride with thrilling views of both islands. Head to the northern coast and the Oberoi Lombok, whose pavilions and villas look back across the Bali Sea and the Gili Islands towards Bali's highest peak, the volcano Gunung Agung. Step out of your elegant room straight onto the peaceful white-sand beach;within a few splashes you'll be snorkelling among dazzling reef fish.
The Oberoi Lombok | Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 - 12 Lombok
Blue sea, lush green hills or multi-hued traditional villages? Lombok's attractions aren't exclusive –combine a spot of lazing by the pool with a sea snorkel or a beach stroll, but do make time to explore this beautiful island. Head east to explore the forested slopes and volcanic cone of Gunung Rinjani, at 3726 metres, Lombok's highest peak. Or drive to the south of the island for an insight into Sasak culture with visits to villages of houses and rice barns built with bamboo, mud and buffalo dung –it's a fascinating privilege to meet the villagers of a settlement such as Rembitan.
The Oberoi Lombok | Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 Lombok/London
The boat journey back to Bali is a final scenic treat before boarding the late-afternoon flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 14 London
Arrive back in London this morning.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 14 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,780 per person, based on two sharing including international flights.

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Fly to

Denpasar (British Airways via Singapore, Thai Airways via Bangkok)

flying time

16 hours 30 minutes via Singapore

time difference

GMT +8 hours

Visas

Visa required for UK passport holders, issued on arrival

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

Best time to travel

April - October

Weather

Indonesia is located very close to the Equator which means you have 12 hours of daylight daily. It is a year round destination with the western monsoon bringing the wet season from October to April providing nice, warm temperatures and rain in the afternoon, perfect for a nap, especially with a twist of sea-breeze in the coastal areas. The eastern monsoon brings the drier weather from May to September, which is generally a more popular time to visit

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