Our luxury holidays to Indonesia promise adventures of the most magical kind: think boats and dragons, magnificent towering temples and tented suites in tropical rainforests, catching the surf and exploring a kaleidoscopic underwater world.
Our Indonesia holiday specialists can help you create a unique journey of discovery. We have authentic phimosis – traditional Indonesian sailing ships – to explore the Komodo Islands ('Here be dragons!’) and Raja Ampat; the diving is sublime. If surfing is your thing, hang five on Sumba, where Nihi Sumba offers water adventures as well as tribal heritage. Buddhism and Hinduism have created a legacy of temples. The most magnificent is in Java, where Borobudur stands proud above the jungle peaks and emerald paddies.
Bali is Indonesia in condensed form – it has fun and beaches, 10,000 temples and is deeply spiritual; there are dramatic volcanoes and brimming rice paddies of the most brilliant green. At Ubud's mystical heart, you’ll find everything from arty boutiques and restaurants serving delicious fiery dishes to meditation retreats and spiritual healers.
All of our luxury holidays to Indonesia are complemented by the finest villas and hotels including tented suites by Bill Bensley, cutting-edge design by Alila, and the best of Aman and COMO’s headline spa retreat. Our Indonesia specialist will recommend the best to suit you.
If you want to experience Balinese traditions, there’s no better place to go on holiday than Ubud. Your pulse slows as soon as you arrive, a town where spirituality oozes from every street and vibrant prayer offerings adorn the pavements. Artisans are given free license to flex their creative muscles and the town’s markets are their stage, a place to showcase their best art, sculptures and crafts. Beyond the town, jungle retreats act as luxury bases from which you can cycle the lush countryside, hike prime rainforest or go white water rafting.
Southern Bali is often unfairly labelled as something of a beehive for backpackers, but there are plenty of places to escape them. Sophisticated Seminyak is one option, where chic restaurants, fashionable boutiques and a hip-yet-relaxed lifestyle fuse fantastically together, all fringed by a perfect golden beach. If you want something a bit quieter, then both Sanur and Jimbaran serve up wonderful golden sands and excellent bars as a setting for the most incredible sunsets. To get ahead of the curve, up-and-coming Canggu is part surfing mecca, part café culture and part beach break, fused together with a boho-chic vibe.
Borobudur in Java is a cultural marvel, not just in Indonesia but in all of Southeast Asia. Rising from lush fields and hemmed in by volcanic peaks, this multi-tiered pyramid stands at over 100ft tall. The curious bell-topped stupas which encase Buddha statues and cover this icon add a sense of mysticism to this World Heritage site, an ancient place that has defied the odds to withstand earthquakes and volcanic eruptions over the centuries. You can visit Borobudur as a pitstop before heading on to Bali or include it as part of a wider adventure around the island of Java. Either way, it’s an icon in all senses of the word – we challenge you not to be captivated by its colossal nature.
No longer just a haven for surfers, Lombok could be described as Bali’s little sister. Like its bigger brother, vertiginous volcanoes and lush tropical greenery dominate the island’s scenery but despite this, most visitors overlook the island. Left uncharted on the tourist map, you’ll have Lombok’s brilliant beaches, refreshing waterfalls and charming Islamic culture to yourself, making for a relaxing escape from ‘busy’ Bali. If you’re itching for a day trip, head for the Gilis, a trio of islands blessed with the whitest of sands and clearest of waters for a lounge and a snorkel.
If you’re after true escapism, the far-flung isle of Sumba offers it in spades. With pretty limestone hills and sand that glistens like gemstones in the sunshine, it’s an island that very much feels untouched by man. Nihi Sumba is a place that matches its surrounds and then some, consistently ranked as one of the planet’s best resorts and a real sanctuary for those who just want to forget about the day-to-day for a while.
While its primeval namesake dragons are clearly a highlight for anyone visiting Komodo Island, the national park hides far more natural treasures. The diving is spellbinding and a must if you’re venturing here, with reefs so vibrant you’d have to invent new colors for them. Huge schools of tropical fish, reef sharks and turtles make this their home, while Manta Point lives up to its name as a great place for manta rays.
Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio and Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccinations are currently recommended and Indonesia is deemed to have a risk of Malaria and the Zika virus. If you’re entering Indonesia from a Yellow Fever zone, possession of a valid Yellow Fever inoculation certificate is required but for any current travel health advice, you should seek guidance from your GP at least four to six weeks prior to travel.. You would also need a Covid-19 vaccination card and a negative Covid-19 PCR test result not less than 72hours old.
The official currency of the country is the Indonesian rupiah.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, restrictions for entry into Indonesia apply. Entering Indonesia requires a valid visa or a stay permit. Visa Free Entry are suspended until further notice. Speak with your agent on how to get a visa.
The official languages spoken in Indonesia is Indonesian,
As a general rule of thumb, Indonesia’s dry season runs from April to October, with the wet season lasting from November to March. Due to its sprawling nature, there can be some minor differences, depending on where you’re visiting in the archipelago. Across the year, temperatures stay between 26-30°C across most islands in Indonesia, although if you’re visiting Kalimantan, bear in mind there can be cooler nights and hotter days.
In the dry season, Bali, Lombok, the Gilis and Sumba welcome blue skies and plenty of sunshine. For the very best conditions, visit any of the islands in May, June or September, where the weather is sublime and the school holiday crowds are either yet to arrive or have left. It’s worth making a note that if you’re heading into the Bali’s central regions, like Ubud or the mountains, temperatures can be a touch cooler.
The whole of the dry season (Apr-Oct) makes for excellent diving in Komodo National Park, too. If you want to spot orangutans in Kalimantan, light rains can often last until May as a hangover from the wet season.
Speaking of the wet season, the intensity of the rains varies from island to island. Bali and Kalimantan only really experience brief tropical showers rather than all-day downpours. Lombok, the Gilis and Sumba see more rain (but still not of monsoonal proportions), especially between November to January. The island of Java (for Borobudur) can see showers lasting up to two hours during the rainy season.
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