An archipelago stretching some 2,820km and boasting a population of 185 million, Indonesia is one of the the most vibrant, diverse countries on earth to visit. Javanese, Malay, Chinese, and Dutch settlers have each contributed threads to the colourful cultural weave of the country. From the holiday island of Bali, to the jungles and ancient temple ruins of Sumatra and Sulawesi and the cosmopolitan metropolis that is Jakarta, Indonesia has something to offer for every taste.


Where to go

Indonesia’s pleasures are many. Quite a few visitors simply choose to flock to the beachside resorts throughout Bali, Sumatra and Sulawesi to enjoy the sunshine, hotel pools and restaurants. Those who explore a little deeper can find some truly outstanding treasures.  The biggest Buddhist temple complex in the world can be found at Borobudur and Bali is covered with technicolour Hindu shrines. Nature lovers will love a jeep or hiking tour of active volcanos such as Mt Bromo or Mt Tambora - some of the largest in the world - or visiting orangutan sanctuaries.


Food & Drink

Indonesian cuisine is as diverse as the many islands that make up the archipelago. Still, there are some standout dishes that you will find everywhere. Nasi Goreng is a fried rice dish flavoured with Kecap Manis, a popular condiment not unlike soy sauce. Rendang is a caramelized beef curry. The national beer is Bintang, a pale lager ideal for washing down spicy food. If you’re in Jakarta, Tugu Kuntskring Paleis (Jl. Teuku Umar No. 1) is one of the most atmospheric spots to enjoy authentic Indonesian cuisine, while in Bali, Sardine (Jalan Petitenget, Kerobokan) offers a modern twist on old favourites with their own rice paddy to gaze out on!


Nightlife

While islands such as Bali mainly cater to a largely young, Australian crowd, there are still places to enjoy a drink in sophisticated surrounds. Puri Satrian (Jl. Cemara No.35) in Bali removes you from the tourist throng and allows you to sip cocktails with a great view of the ocean, while in Jakarta, the Writer’s Bar at Raffles (Ciputra World 1, Jl) celebrates the art and culture of Indonesia in sophisticated surrounds. Most hotels and resorts also have the their own bars and clubs, and many will put on live entertainment throughout the evening.


How to get there

A number of airlines fly from London to the capital of Indonesia, Jakarta, including Emirates, Qatar and Garuda Indonesia. From there, regional flights can take you to regional capitals in Bali, Sumatra and beyond.


Where to stay

Our picks centre on the island of Bali. The Leaf Jimbaran, inland, south of Denpasar offers deluxe spa treatments, in addition to two outstanding restaurants. Similarly, the focus of Amala in Seminyak (a very short walk from the beach) is that of holistic health, with a spa and organic restaurant on hand to refresh and reinvigorate. For something different, the beachside Luna2 Hotel, also in Seminyak,is an intimate, private hotel, sleeping ten. Not only does it feature a bar, restaurant and cinema, but it is specialised at organizing exciting outdoor activities for its guests. Finally, The Bale, inland, in South Kuta, is the perfect spot for couples, with a strict ‘No Children’ policy and butlers on hand twenty four hours a day to meet your needs. 

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Blue Karma Resort Ubud

BLUE KARMA RESORT UBUD

ubud, indonesia

Couples and honeymooners should look no further when it comes to a romantic boutique hotel in Ubud. Blue Karma Ubud is one of the finest eco lodges on the island of Bali.
Luna2 Private Hotel

LUNA2 PRIVATE HOTEL

bali, indonesia

LUNA2 is a private hotel offering unrivalled service and a once-in-a-lifetime boutique hotel experience for either singles or couples in Seminyak, Bali.
The Amala

THE AMALA

seminyak, indonesia

The Amala is a gorgeous new collection of 12 luxury villas in the fashionable town of Seminyak, Bali. Relax in this tranquil boutique collection, with a design influenced by Zen Buddhism, a luxury spa and personalized butler service.

The Leaf Jimbaran

THE LEAF JIMBARAN

bali, indonesia

Nestled in the middle of Jimbaran Bay The Leaf Jimbaran has 50 tastefully furnished, modern pool villas & rooms, just minutes from the white sands, gentle waters and open-air seafood restaurants of Jimbaran Beach.
Amori Villa

AMORI VILLA

indonesia

Amori Villa is a small luxury hotel and luxury villa in Ubud, Bali with just 4 luxury suites and 1 villa where traditional Balinese design meets modern luxury. Relax by the infinity pool take a spa treatment and enjoy the superb service.
Batu Karang Nusa Lembongan Island Resort & Day Spa

BATU KARANG NUSA LEMBONGAN ISLAND RESORT & DAY SPA

indonesia

Carved out of the coral hillside overlooking the Badung Strait, Batu Karang, Lembongan Hotel and Day Spa embraces uninterrupted panoramic views of the east coastline of Bali and the magnificent silhouette of Mount Agung.

Elysian Bali Villas

ELYSIAN BALI VILLAS

kuta, indonesia

Elysian Bali Villas is well designed, hip and tasteful. Enjoy the comfort and quiet of the villas, and the extremely friendly and helpful staff. Beautiful layout, very chic with a serene and relaxing atmosphere

Hotel Tugu

HOTEL TUGU

indonesia

Hotel Tugu is a luxury museum boutique hotel, but Hotel Tugu Bali offers so much more of a unique experience in terms of cuisine, hospitality and service. A unique small luxury hotel, different to any other hotel in Bali.

Mandalay Hideaway

MANDALAY HIDEAWAY

indonesia

You'd be hard pushed to find a luxury villa in Bali that's more personable than Mandalay Hideaway. Owned by a British-Italian couple who've poured their heart and soul into this project, it offers island living at its most intimately luxurious.

Sentosa Seminyak

SENTOSA SEMINYAK

seminyak, indonesia

Sentosa Seminyak is a small boutique hotel in the spa capital of Bali, Seminyak. Each of the chic contemporary villas has a private swimming pool & gardens and guests can enjoy personalised service and relax in the spa.

The Bale

THE BALE

badung, indonesia

The Bale is a luxury boutique hotel in Bali, situated in Nusa Dua. Featured in the HOT LIST of Conde Nast Traveller as one of the best boutique and spa hotels in the world.

Villa Eudaimon

VILLA EUDAIMON

indonesia

Villa Eudaimon is a small luxury villa, hidden away on Kuta beach, Lombok. A peaceful haven with breathtaking views of the sea, fertile hills & unspoilt beaches, this chic retreat is a real gem in the Indian Ocean.

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