If you stay at uber-cool Uma Ubud, you can easily venture out to experience the local culture - here is a religious procession where traditional clothing is worn to take offerings to the temples.2/35
At the sensational Amanjiwo, be sure to book a villa facing Borobudur to make the most of this striking 9th century temple in central Java.4/35
Ardi is working in his ricefield in the Kawah Ijen volcano area (2,500m above sea level) in Ijen National Park.7/35
Nihi Sumba is truly a tropical hideaway with its own private white-sand beach, which you may occasionally share with some friendly wandering cattle!11/35
Barong, the mythical lion-like creature who is the King of the Spirits and represents all Good.12/35
Local life continues before you on the beautiful black sand beaches of Soori Bali.13/35
Bali’s accommodation is of such a high standard, it is even home to three Aman hotels! Amankila and its iconic swimming pool holds an exceptional location built into terraces on the clifftops above the dramatic east coast of Bali.18/35
On wild and beautiful Moyo Island, take advantage of Amanwana’s luxury tents to experience remote camping at its most comfortable. Their 20 uber swish “tents” come with AC, glass windows, hardwood floors and elegantly Aman-esque colonial decor. The camp is hidden under lush tropical canopy and leads straight onto the beach.20/35
The Bayugita Suite at Como Shambhala is a masterpiece of good taste and luxurious furnishings. You’ll find a carved Javanese four-poster bed and a Victorian rolltop in the bathroom. Explore your foliage-clad garden to discover a bubbly Jacuzzi!21/35
This stunning serene spot overlooks the verdant countryside of Ubud. Listen to the calls of nature at dusk from the luxury of your own private deck with plunge pool at the ultra stylish Amandari.22/35
This smart swimming pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu cuts a stylish slice into the panoramic ocean vista.23/35
Bali offers some sensational sunsets and where better to experience this than at the luxurious Belmond Jimbaran Puri, Bali.24/35
Use your time at rural Uma Ubud in Bali to explore the scenic countryside. The narrow pathways between paddy fields make a perfect bicycle track!25/35
The warm, clear and calm waters of the Lombok Strait offer an ideal opportunity to learn to scuba dive or just have a snorkel at the luxurious Oberoi Lombok.26/35
The Oberoi Bali offers the best of beach life: a luxurious picnic, a spot of horse riding or a dip in the warm waters off Seminyak beach.27/35
Puri Ganesha in Bali prides itself on its healthy and nutritious food. Enjoy fantastic Indonesian fare and sample the famous peanut Gado-Gado sauce.28/35
Sunset aboard the Silolona is a contemplative time. Enjoy freshly crafted cocktails, take a massage or anticipate the evening meal created by your own gourmet chef.29/35
Aboard the luxuriously crafted Silolona boat you make the itinerary, including, should you wish, getting up close to unique tribesmen in the Palau archipelago.30/35
Upon arriving at Komodo Island within no time you can see Komodo dragons lounging in the sun or, in our Indonesia consultant Mark’s case, he actually saw a komodo dragon going in for the kill of a deer. These fearsome and fascinating creatures can be found on the islands of Komodo, Rinca and Flores.31/35
Take tea on your panoramic veranda at calming hotel Mesa Stila. Ambar suites have soul-stirring views of the powerful Ambar volcano.32/35
Nihiwatu Lodge is an extremely exclusive retreat based on the remote Indonesian island of Sumba. It has something for everyone, including world-class surf breaks. “God’s Left” is the main attraction; these left breaking waves reel for over 300 metres and crest off the resort’s outstretched reef, reserved for a maximum of nine surfers at a time.33/35
Be warned, Mount Bromo in East Java is still an active volcano! Be adventurous and climb to the top for awe-inspiring views into its cavernous interior.34/35
Misool Eco Resort’s bamboo-thatched wooden villas fan out over the azure North Lagoon in Raja Ampat. Chill out on a hammock strung over the water and marvel at the clear-as-glass water.35/35
Indonesia: Best time to go
Indonesia has a tropical climate, with year round temperatures averaging 31°C. The dry season between May and September, when humidity is low, is the best time to visit; there may be occasional rainfall but this is usually at night or in the very early morning. From June to August there are usually refreshing breezes all day long. High humidity can be expected during the wet season - between the months of October and April - with the most rain falling between December and February. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas throughout the year and especially at night.
N.B. All information given here is to the best of our knowledge, however, changes do occur, sometimes at short notice. Ampersand cannot be held liable for such happenings. Of course, if you have any tips that you feel would benefit other travellers, please pass them onto us and we will add them.
There are flights from the UK to Indonesia (Denpasar and Jakarta) via Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Hong Kong.
British passport holders and those from 29 other countries do not require a visa for visits up to 30 days. However, this only applies if you arrive at one of the airports listed by the Indonesian government. Information can be found here. Passports must have at least 2 blank pages and must be valid for 6 months after your return from Indonesia.
It is essential to visit your GP as soon as possible to check if you need any vaccinations prior to travel. Risk for vaccine preventable diseases can change at any time. MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) can supply a quick and easy online Travel Health Brief. This includes easy to understand vaccination advice for single or multi-country trips. Their website is www.masta-travel-health.com.
London - Bali (Denpasar): There are no direct flights from London to Bali. The best route would be to fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore. With a short connection, the flying time is usually 17 hours.
London - Jakarta: There are no direct flights from London to Jakarta. The best route would be to fly with Singapore Airlines via Singapore. With a short connection, the flying time is usually 16 hours 30 minutes.
We highly recommend you reconfirm your onward and return international flights at least 72 hours prior to departure.
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