With over 17,000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, both big and small, choosing which ones to go to is difficult. Holly’s made it a little easier for you. Having been to a fair few of the islands, she has a good grasp on which ones she thinks are best. Here she has handpicked four of her favourite islands to visit in Indonesia…
Deciding on your honeymoon destination is one of the most exciting and diffcult choices to make during your wedding preparations. Expectations are high to craft the trip of a lifetime which suits you both perfectly. With this in mind, our specialists have put their heads together to handpick a selction of properties which are just perfect for celebrating your honeymoon.
Discover Indonesia’s most beloved island on this week-long itinerary, combining the cultural riches and lush countryside of Ubud with the calm seas and sandy beaches of Bali’s southeast coast.
From boutique Bali retreats to an intimate paradise on Lombok, this 10 night Bali and Lombok itinerary is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic Indonesian escape.
Bali is a much-loved beach destination and thanks to long swathes of sandy beach, seriously laid-back vibes and rugged coastlines, it is easy to see why. In Bali, no beach is the same, meaning that whatever your idea of paradise may be, there is bound to be a beach that ticks all the boxes for you. With each stretch of coastline offering something different, it is often difficult to know where to start when it comes to discovering Bali’s hidden coves, forgotten bays and sugar white beaches. To help, we’ve handpicked a few of our favourite Balinese beaches, choosing where’s best and for who.
Bali is loved by honeymooners and with its idyllic beaches, stunning boutique hotels and secluded settings, it is no surprise. We’ve shortlisted a handful of our favourite properties which are perfect for a post-nuptial celebration or simply a romantic retreat.
A stunning archipelago of over 13,500 islands, Indonesia is an exotic kaleidoscope of smoldering volcanoes, lush rainforests, glittering green rice fields, golden beaches, coral-rich seas, ancient cultures and legendary hospitality. Whether you want to relax on the beach, see ancient temples, old colonial hill towns, or experience world-class surfing, diving and snorkeling, Indonesia awaits you.
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A land of outstanding natural beauty, Indonesia offers a range of experiences to suit everyone from beach lovers, to culture devotees and adventure addicts. Comprising over 13,500 volcanic and mainly uninhabited islands sitting in warm turquoise waters, most of these isles are encircled by white sands and pristine rosy coral, with interiors of lush green rainforest, terraced hillsides and sultry volcanic mountain ranges. We think this is a country that will bring out your inner explorer, where you can trek through the jungle, climb a volcano, kayak the rivers, swim under tumbling waterfalls, hike along the incredible rice terraces and raft across the rapids.
There is a deep cultural heritage evident in the many beautiful Balinese Hindu temples and Muslim mosques sprinkled across the land. Artisan crafts here include intricate wood-carving, batik fabric-printing and jewellery-making, all based on traditional techniques handed down through generations. The food typically comprises steamed rice, with one or two main meat, fish, chicken or vegetable dishes, sometimes including soup, which are all served together. A common side dish is sambal, a hot relish. Generally, the food is highly-spiced with chilli, turmeric and ginger and copious quantities of coconut milk and soy sauce are used.
For lounge lizards, the beaches are superb and include every type imaginable, from small secluded coves to wide sweeping bays, with a spectrum of sand colour, from powder-white grains, to golden granules and black lava cinders. The surfing is some of the best on the planet and both the snorkelling and diving around the beautiful coral gardens, are world-class. You will also enjoy the country’s wonderful hospitality; there is a warm welcome wherever you go and with plenty of different islands to explore, we’d recommend Indonesia as a great place to go island-hopping.
The most popular destination for most travellers is Bali, famed for its luxury hotels and spas. Located between Java and Lombok, the southern half of the island has some stunning beaches, including Seminyak and Sanur and fantastic surfing, particularly at Uluwatu. Central and northern Bali is a wonderful lush land of traditional villages, terraced hillsides and spectacular mountain, lake and volcanic scenery. Highlights include the UNESCO-recognised rice terraces at Jatiluwih, exploring the cultural capital of Ubud and visiting some of the beautiful ancient Hindu temples, particularly Pura Tanah Lot on the west coast and Pura Ulun Dana, which can appear to ‘float’ on the waters of Lake Beratan. And if you’re feeling particularly active, you can even climb the active volcano, Mount Batur.
The beach life and surfing on Bali’s neighbour Lombok, is equally good, but the island is quieter, less developed and much more off-the-beaten-track. We think this makes it a great choice for those who really want to get away from it all and enjoy the beautiful beaches and surf around Kuta along the southern coast and Senggigi on the west coast. Lombok’s northern interior is dominated by the mighty volcano, Mount Rinjani, which rises from a land of emerald green jungle, gushing waterfalls, meandering rivers, rice terraces, coffee plantations and sleepy villages. Unlike Bali, the religion here is mainly Islam and so instead of Hindu temples, the island is dotted with Muslim mosques.
Located just a 20-minute boat ride from Lombok are the Gili Islands, famous for some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. The marine rich waters and pristine coral make this a rewarding experience for both experienced and novice divers. These three tiny islands allow no motorised transport, which adds to the relaxed desert island vibe here. The largest island, Gili Trawangan is a popular haunt of backpackers and young diving enthusiasts looking to party, while Gili Air and Gili Meno are quieter and if your idea of heaven is swinging in a hammock with a book and a cocktail, we’d encourage you to visit.
Indonesia is an explorer’s dream, a heady cocktail of blue, gold, green and grey landscapes that will thrill you, move you and entice you to stay.
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