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Enticing Indonesia & Spectacular Singapore

Enticing Indonesia & Spectacular Singapore

Indonesia is rich with diversity; with more than 17,000 islands stretching along 5000km of the equator, and over 300 languages spoken across them, this beguiling country offers myriad adventures. A land of so many cultures, peoples, animals, customs, plants, sights, artworks and foods, it’s as though 100 countries have melded into one. Singapore is also a melting pot of cultures, and, finally getting some spark, it is fast becoming one of Asia’s hit-list destinations.

Ellie recently spent two weeks exploring just a fraction of Indonesia’s mesmerising islands, and the green skyscrapers of Singapore’s ‘City Garden’, and here is a selection of her most enticing photographs… 

1). Enjoying cocktails at sunset over the Lombok Straight from the bar at Amankila.

1 Amankila Bar Needs Lightening

2). Marvelling at little locals perform a fiery version of the traditional ‘trance dance’ at Amanjiwo.

2 Trance Dance

My nature walk in the Menorah Hills with my excellent guide, Poyo, who showed me more than 20 varieties of local plants and herbs growing along our pathway, including turmeric, ginger, coffee, cacao, ferns, chillis, galangal, mimosa, sour sop, cloves, bananas, coriander and lemongrass.

3 Amanjiwo Nature Walk

4). Admiring ancient Buddhist Borobudur at sunset.

4 Borobudur Sunset 1

 Deciding which pool to swim in at Amankila.

5 Which Pool At Amankila 2

 A sunrise hike through Ubud’s famous rice paddys, finished with a delicious Bali breakfast of friend bananas, rice pancakes, coconut and tamarind jam.

6 Rice Paddy Ubud

 Looking out over Singapore after dinner at The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel.

7 View From Fullerton Hotel

 Cocktails with an impressive view over Marina Bay from the Lantern Bar at The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

8 View Over Marina Bay Sands

 Admiring the perfect white sand beach at The Sanchaya on Bintan Island.

9 Beach At The Sanchaya 2

 Seeing Singapore from the water on the way to Bintan Island by ferry – not a view than many associate with Singapore.

10 View Of Singapore Harbour 1

 Tucking into a delicious traditional Bali lunch at Alila Villas Uluwatu.

11 Lunch At Avu

12). Relaxing by my private pool at the exquisite and very private Amandari in Ubud.

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 Giving offerings and making prayers at sunrise at Lempuyang Temple in Eastern Bali.

13 Offerings

 Unfortunately fog hid the usually gorgeous volcano view, but visiting Lempuyang temple at sunrise still meant avoiding the crowds and admiring this amazing structure with almost no one else around.

14 Lempuyang Temple

 Hopping around the Taman Tirta Gangga, or water palace, in Eastern Bali.

15 Water Temple

16). Sampling a bar with a view at Alila Villas Uluwatu.

16 Bar With A View At Avu

 Admiring Amanjiwo from above while on my hike in the Menorah Hills.

17 Amanjiwo From M Hills

 Serene yoga at sunrise by the pool at Amanjiwo.

12 Amandari Pool

19). Visiting Nusa Penida’s ‘Thousand Islands’, which is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Eastern Bali.

19 Thousand Islands 1

 Lunch with a view at Nusa Penida.

20 Lunch With A View On Np

 Watching sunset fall over the rice paddies and into the valley from the infinity pool at Amandari.

21 Sunset Pool Amandari

 Seeing in sunset in absolutely privacy and tranquillity from my Ocean View Suite at Amankila.

22 Sunset Villa Amankila 2

 Exploring Amankila’s lush coconut grove, and admiring the view on the walk back to the hotel.

23 Cocnut Grove Amankila 1

 Doing laps at Amankila’s tranquil coconut grove swimming pool, before a delicious fresh seafood lunch.

24 Amankila Coconut Grove Pool 1

Admiring Borobudur Temple in the distance from the many scenic pathways at Amanjiwo.

25 Borobudur View Amankila

 Getting up close and personal to some exquisite and detailed carving with my expert guide at Borobudur.

26 Carving Borobudur 1

 Enjoying doing very little at the main pool at Amanjiwo, which is surrounded by fields, paddies and volcano views.

27 Amandari Pool

 Walking up and down the vast beaches of Seminyak, in West Bali, as the sun comes up, with only a few surfers for company (at that time of day!).

28 Seminyak At Sunrise 2

 Beautiful antique furniture and lush valley views at COMO Shambhalla Estate just outside Ubud.

29 Como Shambhala

 Watching locals bathe in the holy waters of Tirta Empul Tampak Siring in Ubud.

30 Holy Spring Ubud

For more information or to start planning your tailor-made holiday to Indonesia please contact us: // +44 (0) 207 819 9770

I had a very lovely time and was looked after splendidly. My first visit to India could not have been better, save for being longer! But I shall return at some point and I shall look to you to make the arrangements.
- Matthew Nicklin, North India
So many highlights to choose from! The hotels were amazing but Maya Villa was a highlight… I loved just hanging out in the hammock reading my book and watching the peacocks chase the cows!
- Krista Weir, Sri Lanka
I thought the Ampersand team was outstanding. We couldn’t have hoped for anything more.
- Mr Geoffrey Johnson, India
Without question, you put together the best trip I have ever taken. We were shown around like visiting dignitaries, the hotels were fantastic and the itinerary was just right. Everybody I know will hear about how amazing Ampersand is!
- Leslie Siben, India
Everything you did for us whilst we were away was hugely appreciated, and Ampersand has been exemplary in every way. I'll always recommend you!
- Mr Richard Stoughton, Sri Lanka
Ampersand’s details preparation, attention to detail and interaction before and during our trip show exactly why good travel agents have a role in today’s internet/direct booking age. Shalmali was a delight to work with – before and during our trip.
- Mr David Wallace, North India
We had a wonderful holiday - everything was perfect. Thank you for helping us to make a thoughtful plan to enjoy and make most out of our trip. The places we visited, the guides, the transportation and driver, the hotels selected... Everything was great!
- Jaime Benitez, South India
Difficult to articulate just how good the service from you and your team really was. We know you will continue to do well and hope we have the chance to seek your assistance again before long.
- Mr & Mrs Manson, North India

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