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.
2). Marvelling at little locals perform a fiery version of the traditional ‘trance dance’ at Amanjiwo.
3). 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.
4). Admiring ancient Buddhist Borobudur at sunset.
5). Deciding which pool to swim in at Amankila.
6). A sunrise hike through Ubud’s famous rice paddys, finished with a delicious Bali breakfast of friend bananas, rice pancakes, coconut and tamarind jam.
7). Looking out over Singapore after dinner at The Lighthouse at The Fullerton Hotel.
8). Cocktails with an impressive view over Marina Bay from the Lantern Bar at The Fullerton Bay Hotel.
9). Admiring the perfect white sand beach at The Sanchaya on Bintan Island.
10). Seeing Singapore from the water on the way to Bintan Island by ferry – not a view than many associate with Singapore.
11). Tucking into a delicious traditional Bali lunch at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
12). Relaxing by my private pool at the exquisite and very private Amandari in Ubud.
13). Giving offerings and making prayers at sunrise at Lempuyang Temple in Eastern Bali.
14). 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.
15). Hopping around the Taman Tirta Gangga, or water palace, in Eastern Bali.
16). Sampling a bar with a view at Alila Villas Uluwatu.
17). Admiring Amanjiwo from above while on my hike in the Menorah Hills.
18). Serene yoga at sunrise by the pool at Amanjiwo.
19). Visiting Nusa Penida’s ‘Thousand Islands’, which is just a 30 minute ferry ride from Eastern Bali.
20). Lunch with a view at Nusa Penida.
21). Watching sunset fall over the rice paddies and into the valley from the infinity pool at Amandari.
22). Seeing in sunset in absolutely privacy and tranquillity from my Ocean View Suite at Amankila.
23). Exploring Amankila’s lush coconut grove, and admiring the view on the walk back to the hotel.
24). Doing laps at Amankila’s tranquil coconut grove swimming pool, before a delicious fresh seafood lunch.
25). Admiring Borobudur Temple in the distance from the many scenic pathways at Amanjiwo.
26). Getting up close and personal to some exquisite and detailed carving with my expert guide at Borobudur.
27). Enjoying doing very little at the main pool at Amanjiwo, which is surrounded by fields, paddies and volcano views.
28). 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!).
29). Beautiful antique furniture and lush valley views at COMO Shambhalla Estate just outside Ubud.
30). Watching locals bathe in the holy waters of Tirta Empul Tampak Siring in Ubud.
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