Indonesia, a diverse wonder and home to some of the world’s most beautiful scenery and unique experiences. We’ve put together our favourite island-hopping itinerary just for you, have a look…
Welcome to Indonesia
Start your adventure in Seminyak on Bali’s west coast; imagine local villages dotted over lush mountainsides that slope gently down towards the sea and mile after mile of white sandy beach waiting to be explored (and laid on). To ease you into Indonesian life treat yourself to a therapeutic spa treatment at your home from home; the boutique Elysian. Take time to explore the local markets,enjoy an elephant ride or two and sample some seriously tasty tucker. Days will roll into one as you spend your time stretched out on the beach watching the waves roll in and the world pass by. If you fancy a little more immersion into local culture then how about a private cooking course with the Elysian’s head chef or a quick surf lesson from one of the local pro’s. Embrace life on the coast before heading inland to the beautiful highlands of Ubud to experience the finest luxuries of Balinese culture, food and jungle life. Spend days relaxing in the mountain air and wondering the streets by tuk tuk as you meander through the paddy fields and sunkissed street markets. The temples, the monkeys, the incredible food and calm outlook on life of this place leaves you enlightened and well rested for the rest of your journey…
A hop, skip and a jump
Languishing idly between Bali and Lombok are the tiny gems known as the Gili Islands. With no cars, little in the way of time keeping and a feel of how the Thai islands were thirty years ago, the Gilis are the quintessential boho-beach destination. We will arrange a great room for you at Villa Ombak on the laidback isle of Gili Trawangan, one of the three Gili islands. Blending in harmoniously with the island’s landscape, the combination of the traditional building and attentive service will make you feel right at home. Explore the tiny island either by horse and cart or under your own steam on a bicycle, taking in its laid back sights and sounds at your own pace. Stop off for a spot of lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants before jumping on a ferry and heading to one of the two other Gilis in search of a deserted beach. Be sure not to miss out on the amazing diving right off the beach; the diversity of marine life is stunning and hard to match anywhere in the world so close to shore.
Let your senses be your guide
Next up it off to the north west corner of Lombok to Tugu, a small hotel we have recently discovered by fallen in love with. It could be that we will organise a special private dinner for you inside a temple or maybe it’s the lush plantation and untouched beaches that plays home to Tugu, but we are sure you will love Tugu too. A few days relaxing on the beach, diving in the warm sea and catching a few rays is the perfect preparation for what’s next. In the distance you will see the conical Mt Rinjani volcano, standing guard over the island of Lombok. It is Indonesia’s second highest volcano and comes in at a little over 12,000 feet – In 48 hours time you will be at the top..
Take in the view
Embarking on the most challenging, but definitely the most rewarding part of your trip. Rinjani is one of the highest volcanoes in the eastern hemisphere and with your expedition leader ensuring that you have everything you need from tents to midnight snacks, you are free to take in all of the alluring scenery on route tot he top. Your trek takes you across open grasslands, through cool pine forests where you might just be lucky enough to spot wild pigs or long tail grey monkeys and finally up the slopes of the volcano itself. Summit day will provide you with memories that last a lifetime; swimming in the hot springs of the azure crater lake, exploring the deep caves and marvelling at the spectacular views across the Wallace line to neighbouring Bali and Sumbawa. Now how’s that for a dinner party story?