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.
Indonesia is a melting pot of cultures, religions and peoples and its diversity is no more obvious than in its temples. Perched precariously on vertiginous clifftops, floating on serene lakes, and relentlessly pummelled by the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean, the setting of Indonesia’s temples is as phenomenal as their architectural merit. We’ve shortlisted our very favourite temples from across the archipelago.
The wildlife at home in Indonesia is as diverse as almost everything else in the archipelago. With such a range of remarkable ecosystems and habitats, it is almost no wonder that elephants, monkeys, tigers and orangutans live side by side there. Exotic and at times elusive, Indonesia’s wildlife is surely worth tracking down for an unforgettable encounter in Asia.
Whether it be lacing up your boots to reach the summit of a burbling volcano or taking a leisurely stroll through rolling rice terraces, Indonesia has got it all. Thanks to such a unique topography it is amongst Asia's top hiking destinations, offering a huge variety of vast and varied terrain, all just waiting to be discovered on foot. We've shortlisted a few of our favourite hikes, showcasing the very best of the trails and tracks across Indonesia.
With its lush jungles, soaring volcanoes, spiritual temples and tropical beaches, Indonesia is without a doubt one of Asia’s most romantic destinations. We’ve handpicked our top 5 hotels across the Indonesian archipelago - from elegant private pool villas to remote and rustic outposts - that we think are just perfect for a honeymoon or romantic escape.
Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort and Spa
Best for: Culture History, Family, Walking Trekking
With unsurpassed views across the mountains and volcanic scenery of northern Bali, luxurious accommodation and an amazing infinity pool, the award-winning Munduk Moding Plantation is a hidden gem surrounded by glistening green jungle.
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It’s easy to see why Munduk Moding Plantation was named the best eco-luxury resort in Indonesia by the World Luxury Hotels Association. The location on a working coffee plantation, is fabulous with panoramic mountain views across northern Bali, all the way to the Java Sea. Surrounded by hillsides covered in fruit, vegetable and flower plantations, forests full of bamboo and lotus ponds, Munduk Moding Plantation is around a 30-minute drive to the north coast town of Lovina, or a 90-minute drive south to Ubud. The resort was designed by Bali’s top architect, Popo Danes, with just a handful of villas built in traditional Indonesian style to maximise privacy and protect the environment.
There are just nine villas and three suites available. The one-bedroom pool villas have spacious living and dining rooms, heated pools, parquet flooring, marble bathrooms and private butlers. With unsurpassable views and the option for dining in the villa, we think this is a wonderful place for honeymooners to start married life. For larger groups or families, there are two-bedroom villas, with or without a private pool, as well as a four-bedroom villa with heated pool. The garden suites are in the coffee plantation itself and have king-size beds, private terraces and those wonderful views. Guests can dine at the MiMPi restaurant from a menu that includes Balinese, Indonesian, Asian and Fusion dishes using home grown organic produce in the dining room, on the outdoor terraces or in their villas.
The standout feature of the resort is the 18-metre infinity pool, where on a clear day you can see more than 50-kilometres across to Java. The pool was voted as the world’s third top infinity pool by Asia Spa. The onsite Spa specialises in traditional Balinese massage treatments and will help to unwind your mind, body and soul. There is also a gym, tennis court and well-stocked library. Munduk Moding Plantation is one of our favourite places to stay on Bali and the romantic location would suit honeymooners and couples. Families with older children and larger groups of friends would also enjoy the resort and the larger villas have plenty of space to spread out in.
When to go
Bali enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and a dry season. Bali’s dry season spans from April to September, with the wet season starting in October and generally lasting until March. Characterised by hot temperatures and clear skies, the dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Bali. In particular, months at the start or the end of the dry season benefit from fewer crowds and slightly cooler temperatures than often present during July and August. Bali’s wet season is characterised by bursts of tropical downpours interspersed with sunny spells, as opposed to constant torrential rain. Those visiting Bali during the wet season can benefit from reduced crowds at major sites, as well as cooler temperatures and less humidity in the central highlands.
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Things to do
Central Bali by Bike and Foot
Enjoy a day of exploring the countryside around Ubud by bike and foot, seeing the incredible rice terraces of Tegalalang, visiting an artisan market, enjoying an exotic lunch and trekking through the green gasses of Campuhan Ridge.
Bali Street Food Experience
Discover the culinary delights of Bali on a guided tour where you will learn how to prepare and cook a local dish in a traditional Balinese house, visit a local warung and the Gianyar Night Market, before enjoying an authentic dining experience.
Fat Bike Volcano Ride
Explore the Mount Batur Caldera on a Fat Bike, a bike with oversized tires that allow for a more leisurely exploration of the difficult terrain.
Rainforest Trekking and Canoeing Lake Tamblingan
Enjoy a day exploring Bali’s central highlands and three caldera lakes, Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan. See the iconic ‘floating’ Ulun Danu Temple, trek through rainforest to the shores of Lake Tamblingan and travel in a traditional dugout canoe.
Paon Bali Cooking Class
Discover the art of traditional Balinese cuisine on this half day cooking class as you learn to cook a selection of sumptous local dishes.
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Ubud, Munduk, Sanur, Lombok
Discover two of Indonesia’s most celebrated islands on this 10 night itinerary, taking in rainforests and coffee plantations in central Bali and the palm-shaded beaches of its neighbour isle, Lombok.