An exotic collection of islands - 18,000 in total scattered around the equator; although the most visited are Java, Bali and Lombok - Indonesia spreads itself along the South China Sea. Throughout the centuries it has been influenced by traders and travellers from near and far as wide apart as China and Northern Europe, and it still bears the influences each has brought, as well as those of the three main Asian cultures and religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam.
- Watch the sunrise over the active volcano Mount Bromo
- Relax on the beaches of Bali
- View the legendary Komodo Dragons
- Soak up the ambiance of Spiritual Ubud
- Dive the pristine waters of the Gili Islands
- Explore the Buddhist temples at Borobudur Park in central Java
- Visit Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world
- Try surfing in Canggu beach in Bali
- Learn the ancient art of Javanese herbal healing
- Visit the monkey forest in Ubud
Indonesia experiences a tropical climate with two distinct seasons – a dry and a wet season. With its location across the equator the temperature remains warm throughout the year with average temperatures from 23-28 degrees Celsius. Mountainous regions have a cooler climate than the coastal areas which are warmer and also have higher humidity.
Dry Season: The dry season runs from April to October, with the best months for temperatures being May and July.
Wet Season: December to March. Depending on the area that you are in these rains vary in intensity. Even though there are monsoon rains, it still remains humid and warm.
Best time to go
The drier months of May to September, and the warmer weather fits in perfectly with the European school holidays over the summer, making it a great family destination.
- Capital – Jakarta
- Currency – Rupia
- Point of Entry – Jakarta, Denpasar
- Airlines – British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Qantas
- Flying Time – 15 hrs 30 mins
- Time Zone – GMT + 7 hrs
- Visa – Required-can be obtained on arrival
- Once you've experienced Bali, explore the thousands of other untouched islands of the archipelago.
- A yacht charter is an excellent way to get off the beaten path to discover the real heart of Indonesia.
Bali Insider Tips
- National Dish - Nasi goreng, it’s the Indonesian version of fried rice.
- Restaurant the Locals Love - A romantic little place in the middle of Ubud, Miro’s Garden Restaurant isn’t at all trendy, but it has good food and a quiet garden setting.
- Meal Worth the Splurge - A meal at Mozaic Restaurant Gastronomique in Ubud which has years of Michelin Star experience and some of the Culinary world's biggest names.
- Don’t Forget - Most of Bali’s cultural attractions are far from the coast; visiting them could add as much as two hours’ driving to your day. Bali’s beaches are mostly too rough for swimming (but great for surfing), and the quieter ones have little or no sand.
- Don’t Miss - A traditional Balinese massage. Attending a performance of the trance-like kecak dance.
- Hidden Gem - Take a trip to Tenganan, Bali's oldest traditional village.
- Things to do to see Local Life - Attend a temple ceremony to photograph the locals as they walk in processions and present their offerings. Visit the farming villages and schools
- Perfect Souvenirs - Handicrafts, woodcarving, jewellery or batiks.
12 Day Bali Family Adventure
From £2,499 per person based on Family of four with 2 adults & 2 children under 12
Duration: 12 days
The perfect getaway for a family looking for some activity, interaction, beach and quality time together! Bali offers a variety of activities to enjoy with your kids and this tour offers a round-trip of culture, adventure, history and relaxation. See the ancient temples of Uluwatu, Tirta Empul, the ...
14 Day Bali & Java Explorer
From £5,399 per person based on Per person sharing
Duration: 14 days
Indonesia is as varied as it is unique, from the Hindu-Buddhist monuments of Borobudur to the famous Komodo Dragons, countless deserted beaches and natural wonders grace an archipelago filled with mystique and beauty.Bali is the jewel in the crown of Indonesia’s 17,000 islands. It is an island...
9 Day Bali Explorer
From £1,840 per person based on two people sharing
Duration: 9 days
An off-the-beaten-track trip through Bali to discover just how much this tropical island has to offer – besides the magnificent beaches. From waterfalls and temples, to rice fields and markets, ithis trip will also provide an insight into the island’s culture and history.
Blissed out in Bali
From £1,999 per person based on two adults sharing
Duration: 8 days
This 8 day itinerary is designed around luxury and relaxation, visiting two magnificent resorts in the pleasure island of Bali. As well as an extensive range of water-based activities, you can enjoy numerous excursions and sublime culinary delights as sampled by Heston Blumenthal during his st...
Komaneka at Bisma
A hillside property overlooking the river and the lush coconut groves and rice fields. Komaneka at Bisma offers elegant villas, each with its own private pool, and spacious suites are completed with an Indonesian fine dining restaurant and spa.
Bali's hidden gem, Puri Ganesha is a seaside resort tucked away in the tiny fishing village of Pemuteran, the island's northwest coast. This is the ideal resort to escape it all. Accommodation is in a selection of beachfront thatched villas, each with its own garden dining pavilion and priva...
Hotel Tugu Bali
Although Canggu Beach is separated from Kuta by just ten kilometres, its relaxed atmosphere and slow pace of life make it seem a million miles from the frenetic streets of Bali’s most popular tourist destination. Set against the backdrop of Canggu’s beautiful sea views, Hotel Tugu Bali i...
Four Seasons Bali at Sayan
Discover Bali’s cultural heart in the island’s central highlands just minutes away from the artistic capital of Ubud. Hidden in a lush paradise beside the Ayung River, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has been recognized as one of the world’s best resorts by Condé Nast Trav...
Allila Manggis is a quiet sophisticated resort located in East Bali. The property separates itself from the crowded tourist centres, and welcomes guests that are looking for a sanctuary of tranquillity. Enjoy peaceful days filled with refreshing activity and regeneration, whilst you relish the...
Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali
Tucked away in the peaceful village of Tembok along the northeast Balinese coast is Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali. It's surrounded by soaring volcanic peaks, and black sand-fringed beaches. Its design is inspired by local Balinese culture - simple and uncluttered. The intimate resort is a hidde...
Overlooking the beach at Nusa Dua, this resort has just 29 exclusive pavilions, each with its own private pool. It offers a two-tiered swimming pool and it is within a stone's throw distance from the beach. With a designated Beach Club where guests can enjoy loungers, shades and cool towels, it ...
Uma by COMO Ubud
Located in the cultural heart of Bali, Uma by COMO Ubud is a peaceful and tranquil retreat surrounded by beautiful nature. Hidden away from the public thoroughfare are 46 beautifully simple rooms & suites, a large swimming pool and a Shambhala Spa. The hotel also sports a magical yoga pavilion b...
The Samaya Seminyak
Sophisticated Seminyak has been a favourite neighbourhood for resident expatriates in Bali for many years, and for good reason. Boasting spectacular sunsets and an idyllic stretch of sand that exemplifies the very essence of beachside living, Seminyak serves as a quieter alternative to Kuta’s ...
An exotic atmosphere, a fabulous beach front location and five-star service make The Mulia a special location for a memorable holiday in Bali. Evoking a laid-back yet polished sensibility, The Mulia's luxury accommodation exceed expectations for style, comfort and amenities, and the spa treatmen...
The Griya at Amed
Set in a lush green setting, and only 2 minutes by car from Lipah Bay Beach on the East Coast of Bali, this boutique property is host to modern villas in a truly intimate setting. With spacious villas and an uber-luxurious spa, you'll find it hard to leave this beach side paradise.
COMO Shambhala Estate
A sublime wellness retreat which specialises in proactive holistic wellbeing and which is based on healthy eating, exercise and self-development. The retreat is hidden in the forests of Ubud in the centre of the island, with the sparkling Ayung River meandering through it.
Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali
Nestled within four hectares of lush tropical gardens, Fairmonth Sanur Beach Bali offers luxurious accommodation just a stone's throw from the sea. With 94 suites and 26 villas there are plenty of options to choose from including private spa treatments and pool facilities, as well as two on-site...
Alila Villas Uluwatu
Alila Villas Uluwatu's spectacular setting on an elevated plateau with sweeping views across the ocean makes this 84-villa resort unforgettable. Just 30 minutes from the international airport it means that you can be in paradise before you know it. Each of the villas has its own pool as well as ...
The third Aman resort in Bali is high on an escarpment above the Ayung River and close to the cultural centre of Ubud. It sits among lush forests, making it ideal for those looking to immerse themselves in the tranquility of nature and simply forget all their cares and reconnect with themselves. Des...
Alila Villas Soori
On the wild, less visited shores of south-west Bali, a new level of luxury has arrived with Alila Villas Soori. Architecturally accomplished and sublimely minimalist villas – ranging in size from one to 10 bedrooms – each with their own pool and courtyard overlooking the cerulean Indian ...
Having served as Bali’s centre for traditional arts and culture since the early 1900s, Ubud is renowned as a haven for artists and intrepid travellers alike. In addition to the creative energy that seems to permeate its very streets, Ubud is also famous for its spectacular natural scenery. Loc...
Situated along the stunning Bali coastline, the Alila Seminyak offers guests an idyllic beach side retreat. With contemporary architecture, spacious suites, and top of the range facilities, the resort provides guests with everything they need for the ultimate luxury holiday. It’s the abundance...
Chedi Club Ubud
Over the years, Ubud has earned itself a reputation as Bali’s cultural heart, thanks to the plethora of Hindu temples and artisan workshops that line its quaint streets. Nestled amidst impossibly green rice paddies and set against the dramatic backdrop of Bali’s foothills, the town has c...
Amankila, which means "peaceful hill", is a beautiful resort set against a dramatic backdrop of Mount Agung and the bright blue waters of the Lombok Strait. All 34 spacious villas are on stilts dotted about the verdant hillside with excellent views. With a host of activities, gorgeous food...
Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort and Spa
Set on Bali's secluded southern coast with cascading cliffs and lush tropical forests, Anantara Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is at the height of luxury. A sanctuary of ingenious modern design with glass walls and ocean-reaching infinity pools, it showcases its surrounding natural beauty to the ...
On Bali's southern peninsula, this Aman resort is a near perfect beach location with white sands fringing the warmth of the Indian Ocean. Close to the nightlife and shopping of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Seminyak it provides a haven of peace and quiet when you wish to retreat from the fray. Choose from ...
In central Java, this resort overlooks Borobodur, the world's largest Buddhist sanctuary, in one of the most scenic parts of the country. Amanjiwo means 'peaceful soul' and provides extraordinary tranquillity in an amphitheatre surrounded by nature. There are 36 suites located in crescen...
Although Lombok is separated from Bali by just 35 kilometres at its closest point, the former island is considered by many to offer the more authentic Indonesian experience. With its largely untouched interior and slower pace of life, Lombok is famous for its natural beauty and rich cultural identit...
Hotel Tugu Lombok
When he built Hotel Tugu Lombok, founder Anhar Setjadibrata hoped to resurrect the art, soul and romance of Lombok’s past. As such, this hotel is part luxury accommodation option, part art gallery and museum. Doubling as an exhibition space for Setjadibrata’s staggering collection of Ind...
Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp
Sometimes, to truly escape from the stresses of everyday life you need to step off the grid. Similarly, to find true rejuvenation of the soul, you need to turn off your computer, power down your mobile, and simply experience nature in all its raw, uninterrupted beauty. This is the experience offered...
Located on Moyo Island and in a nature reserve east of Bali, the resort is a wilderness hideaway on a private and secluded cove. Accommodation is in 20 spacious luxury tents overlooking the jungle or the beach, and each one with hardwood floors, large bathrooms, king-size beds and air-conditioning.
The picture perfect island getaway of Nihiwatu has something for every sun-seeker’s holiday needs. The private villas are dotted across the estate offering breathtaking views and privacy in lush surroundings with easy access to the resorts’ private beach. Whether taking the family to rel...