This 13-day luxury Indonesian adventure is replete with unforgettable experiences. With time spent in Bali and Java and a private cruise around the islands of Komodo National Park, your days are packed with one amazing activity after another, from white water rafting to diving with manta rays to biking through rice paddies. Exploring off the beaten path, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn about Indonesian history and culture and spend time away from the crowds.This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.
Start your journey on the island of Java, the country's most populous island. You will arrive in the special region of Yogyakarta where you will be met at the airport and privately transferred to your luxury hotel, Amanjiwo. This grand hotel featuring dramatic domes and curved colonnades sits in a covetable location, just minutes away from Borobudur Temple. Spend the rest of the day unwinding and enjoying the hotel and enchanting rural landscape at your leisure.
Wake early to witness the sunrise from the world-famous Borobudur. Without a doubt this is the best time of the day to explore this massive Buddhist temple, the largest in the world, and discover its magic. It was the Shailendra dynasty that embraced Mahayana Buddhism in the early 9th century and the temple took almost 100 years to be completed. From its 150,000-square-foot base, you have to climb up six tiers to the top. The top level is dotted with 72 small, latticework stupas, each with a statue of Buddha inside, visible through the grates. Head back to your hotel to freshen up and have breakfast. Then, you'll head to Candirejo Village, a traditional Javanese village where you can learn about Javanese culture and daily life, including farming, art performances and local food. Take a traditional andong (horse and carriage) around the village.
Take a day-trip to explore Yogyakarta city, considered the heartland of culture on the island. As one of the oldest cities in Indonesia, Yogyakarta has many heritage buildings and monuments. Begin at Keraton, the Sultan's Palace, which was built between 1756 and 1790 and is a splendid example of traditional Javanese court architecture. Also, visit Taman Sari, also known as the Water Castle. Built in 1758 as an elaborate retreat, the Water Castle is two-story mansion built on an elevated mound arising out of an artificial lake. It features is the underwater tunnel, sunken bathing pools, meditation chambers and 18 lavish tropical gardens. Saved for last is the main attraction, the UNESCO-designated Prambanan, an impressive collection of massive Hindu temples. Time permitting, check out the contemporary art galleries; Yogyakarta's creative scene has a down-to-earth community approach that welcomes everyone to learn and connect.
Leave Java behind and head for the island paradise of Bali. You will be met at the airport and transferred via private car 1.5 hours north to Ubud, a small town in central Bali. Upon arrival, step into the quintessential traditional Balinese scene: green hillsides, rice terraces, sounds of the gamelan, and processions of colorfully dressed people holding umbrellas, offerings, and wafting incense.
Begin the day with an adventure - white water rafting. The Ayung River provides a thrill that begins the moment you push off from the riverbanks. On the more leisurely stretches through tropical forests you will see Hindu shrines brightly decorated on ceremonial days of prayer. Discover hidden waterfalls, swim in the pristine water and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Ayung River valley. In the afternoon, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, a 27-acre space of cool and dense jungle in the Padangtegal area of Ubud. The mysterious temple complex is home to a tribe of grey-haired long-tailed macaque monkeys. Round out the day at Ubud's bustling market which specializes in artisan handicrafts. Ubud, like Yogyakarta, is also a cultural heartland and where traditional arts thrive. The market is a treasure trove of wicker baskets and boxes, ikat and batik textiles, gold and silver jewelry, straw hats, and more.
Begin another early morning with a 45-minute drive to the peaceful village of Sebatu Village. On the way, you'll make a short stop in Tegalalang Village, known for its beautiful rice terraces, tropical rainforest and as a home to Balinese artists. Take a walk through rice paddies and learn how rice is grown, cultivated and harvested. Depending on the season, meet farmers ploughing or planting. They will be happy to invite you to join them. Pause to visit local artist’s workshop, where you can join and practice the art of wood carving or local painting styles. Once at Sebatu Village, head to Gunung Kawi Sebatu Temple for a blessing ceremony. A Hindu Priest will perform a purification ceremony which requires you to take a bath in the Holy Spring Water Plunge Pool, which is believed to purify the body and soul. In the late afternoon, set off a a walk along a mountain ridge trail where you can take in a panoramic of the sun setting on the lush landscape.
From rice fields to open sea, today you begin the sailing portion of your journey. Fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo where you will board your private charter vessel. There is a wealth of luxury boats to choose from, ranging from traditional phinisis to modern yachts and everything in between. After a quick boat orientation, begin cruising to Kalong Island. A late lunch on your boat will be served on the way. You'll anchor near Kalong Island, literary Bat Island, home to thousands bats which you will witness flying around the island during sunset. Enjoy a leisurely dinner on the deck under the stars.
Sail on to Rinca Island where you'll visit the ranger’s station for an encounter with the famed Komodo dragons. These giant lizards can only be found at Komodo National Park and on a few islands, including Rinca and Komodo. Aside from the formidable dragons, you are likely to encounter buffalo, deer and wild horses. From the top of the Rinca hills, the scenery is spectacular. Returning to the yacht for lunch, you'll then set sail for Padar island. A deserted island with great views, here you can enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking, or simply strolling along the beach. In the meanwhile, enjoy drinks and nibbles on the beach at sunset, and the boat will anchor here for the night.
After breakfast, the vessel will navigate to Karang Makassar, known as Manta Point. Dive into the waters and encounter manta rays, snapper and turtles in amongst the pristine reef. The waters of Komodo are rich with marine life and have some of the most stunning coral gardens in the world. Later in the afternoon, you'll sail onwards to the uninhabited island of Gili Lawa Darat where you can go on a short trek to a viewpoint for a breathtaking panorama of the entire island.
Arise early this morning for a day of snorkeling and sailing around the island of Gili Lawa Darat. Take one last opportunity to swim in the seas around your own isolated isle before heading back to Labuan Bajo. Then, you'll catch a flight back to Bali where you will make your way to Amankila.
Start the morning with a 1.5-hour drive to Iseh Village, where you'll hop on a bike. Explore the colorful landscape of eastern Bali which boasts dramatic volcanic valleys, rice terraces, and lush tropical rainforest. Along the way, you can also view the ocean and Agung Mountain. Stop at Sibetan village, where snakeskin fruit grows and you can join the farmer to pick and taste this plant. The Sibetan village is also known for its rice wine production. Your final destination is Prasi Beach, located on a secluded coast between two hills and two villages, Prasi and Bugbug. Unlike other beaches in the east of Bali, Prasi Beach offers white sands stretching along the bay and great swimming spots. Spend time here to take a refreshing swim and bask on the sands before returning to your hotel.
There is no shortage of spectacular sunrises in Indonesia and today you will witness a tranquil one at Lempuyang Temple, known to the Balinese as a place of great spiritual power. There are actually seven temples within the grounds but the most popular sight is the famous "gateway to heaven," a dramatic stone gate that perfectly frames Mount Agung in the distance. Next, you'll head to Taman Ujung Complex, a curious yet beautiful combination of Balinese and European architecture with three large ponds connected by long elegant bridges and pathways. The enduring architecture and superb mountain backdrop to the north, and sea to its southwest, make it a favorite location for wedding photos. Finally, you'll head to Tirta Gangga, which translates to mean "Water from the Ganges," and is a holy site often used for religious ceremonies. Tirta Gangga is a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by manicured gardens, stone carvings, and statues. The centerpiece of the palace is an eleven-tiered fountain.
Enjoy one last breakfast in this tropical paradise before checking out. A private transfer will take you to Denpasar Airport for your onward journey to your next destination.
In the heart of Central Java lies Amanjiwo, built from Yogya, the area’s famed local limestone. The bell-shaped rotunda of the main building echoes the nearby Borobudur, an ancient Buddhist temple and one of Indonesia’s most visited sites. The resort offers unspoiled views of this wonder, in addition to the fertile paddyfields of Kedu Plain. Indonesian and Western cuisine are served in the Dining Room, which is opulently decorated with gold-leaf murals of scenes from the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and breakfast, lunch and light snacks can also be served in the colonnaded Pool Club that extends into the rice fields. Other places for guests to unwind include the library, art gallery, spa, tennis center and outdoor infinity-edge swimming pool. Amanjiwo’s 36 suites are arranged in two crescents, which frame the main building. Each suite is topped with a traditional volcanic ash tinted roof and interiors include hand-carved coconut wood furniture, exotic Javanese textiles and antique glass paintings. Wireless broadband access is available in all public spaces and in all accommodations.
Amandari welcomes you to stay in central Bali at its 30-suite luxury property designed to resemble a traditional Balinese-style village with coconut wood posts, Javanese marble and volcanic stone. The suites come with a private garden, courtyard and outdoor sunken marble bath. The open-air restaurant serves Indonesian and Western cuisine with views of the lush gorge. Amenities at Amandari include a swimming pool, fitness center with state-of-the-art machines, private outdoor yoga classes, tennis courts and a library. Wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas.The spa is surrounded by a lotus pond and has a beauty room, sauna, steam room and two bales (gazebos) for outdoor treatments. Amandari is approximately a 45-minute drive from the Denpasar Airport (DPS) in Bali.
Set amid lush rolling hills and rice paddy fields, surrounded by the mandapas for which it is named and overlooking the Ayung river in Ubud, there’s scarcely a more picturesque location for a peaceful getaway then at Mandapa, a Ritz Carlton Reserve. Each of the 60 private villas and suites is attended by a personal butler and features its own outdoor space with views of the natural scenery in abundance. Guests can relax on their terrace, in their private pool or within the elegant interior, or opt to venture out to enjoy the resort’s outdoor vitality pool, indulging in a light snack from the pool bar. Full relaxation is guaranteed at the spa, where local herbs are used in ancient therapies, or in the fitness center where yoga pavilions overlook the river’s waters. Dining, meanwhile, is a delight: with four outlets to choose from, guests can enjoy fresh cuisine from Bali and beyond in beautiful settings.
Capella Ubud promises to bring guests close to nature while ensuring the luxury for which the hotel group has made its name. Not a single tree was cut in constructing the resorts 22 unique one-bedroom tents and two-bedroom lodges allowing for an immersive experience of the Ubud rainforest. Inspired by European settlers of the 1800s, the resort is designed by renowned architect Bill Bensley. Merging the spirit of adventure with modern comforts, all retreats feature a private salt water Jacuzzi pool, lavish indoor and outdoor bathrooms, spacious lounge area, luxurious and comfortable bedrooms, and two outdoor decks befitting intimate candlelit dinners. Additionally, all rooms enjoy modern conveniences such as air-conditioning, Wi-Fi, an Illy espresso machine, and a complimentary smart phone with ample data. There are various dining options offered from western flavors to gourmet Asian barbeque, as well as a state-of-the-art gymnasium, exclusive spa, and local storyteller for guests to enjoy. Various day trips can be arranged to experience nearby Hindu temples, the Puri Lukisan art museum, the sacred Wos River, rice paddy fields, and other natural splendors all readily accessible by foot or hotel transport.
Amankila is perched on a cliff overlooking Lombok Strait and the private beach just below the resort. The 34 thatched-roof suites have walkways that wind through vegetation, attaching them to restaurants and public areas. The restaurant overlooks the pools and the sea and serves Western and Indonesian cuisine; private dining in the suites is available all day. Amankila’s Beach Club is located at the base of the cliff where there is a large pool in addition to the three-tiered pool on the cliff side. The club offers a range of activities; windsurfers, kayaks, boogie boards and Hobie cats are all available for use. Yoga classes are available at the Beach Club, or taught privately in your suite. There is no fitness center and no business center, however wi-fi is available in all rooms and public areas. The spa offers beauty and Balinese massage treatments on the beach, hidden away among coconut trees, in your suite or in a massage pavilion. The resort is one hour from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS).
Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.
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