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Indonesia

Decorated with the words ‘Unity in Diversity’, Indonesia’s national emblem is representative of its 700 languages and 17,000 islands scattered over 5,000km of equatorial turquoise seas.

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Such variety, fused with renowned hospitality, dramatic volcanoes and an abundance of fauna make Indonesia a remarkably enchanting destination.

Indonesia is the world’s fourth most populous country, a land playing host to a melting pot of cultures, communities, rituals, wildlife, and culinary traditions. Each island is unique and distinctive and a thorough exploration of Indonesia can be extremely rewarding. Over time intense and vivid cultures have evolved, from the mysteries of the spiritual Balinese to the totally non-Western faith practice of the Asmat communities of Papua.

From the quaint island of Bali, bursting with picturesque rice paddies, superb beaches and impressiv volcanoes, to the far-flung island of Sumba, untouched by the modern world, the range of ways to enjoy the islands are plentiful. Fantastic reefs make for some of the world’s best diving while opportunities to explore verdant rainforests are in abundance. A visit to the rugged habitat of the 3m-long Komodo dragon monitor lizard, Komodo Island is a must while a scenic journey, cycling through rural Ubud, offers glimpse into local pastoral life.

A beguiling country offering myriad adventures, a glorious blend of culture and scenery, Indonesia will leave even the thirstiest of travellers culturally quenched.

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Quick Facts

Capital
Jakarta

Population
261 million

Area
1.9 million sq km (742,308 sq miles)

Major Languages
Indonesian, 300 regional languages

Major religion 
Islam

Monetary Unit 
Rupiah

Flight time from London
15.5 hours via Singapore

Time Difference 
GMT + 8

Being a tropical country, Indonesia is blessed with two seasons, namely dry and rainy. The dry usually occurs from May to September, ideal for island hopping, snorkelling and beach relaxation, the remainder being the rainy season. Sunshine is abundant throughout the dry season, while the sky is noticeably cloudy in the rainy season, yet due to being on the Equator, it is hot all year round.

The worst of the rain appears between November and March, particularly in the south. While not ideal for relaxing on the beach, the countries infamous temples are generally quieter at this time of year making them ideal for exploration. Additionally, the cooling rain can make the highlands a very pleasant area to visit and allows escape from the more humid conditions on lower ground.

 

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Highlights

Bali

Known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes, lush terraced rice fields and its infamous white beaches exuding peace and serenity. Enchanting with its vibrant Hindu culture, dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, over 10,000 intricately carved temples, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts, Bali has it all.

Bali’s infinite coastline boasts peaceful villages world-class surfing and diving and stylish hotels with unbroken ocean views. Inland, you can discover authentic Bali as well as white water rafting, bungee jumping and cycling for those in search of a more active escape.

Java

Home to half of Indonesia’s population, Java is the planet’s most densely populated island. Both geographically and financially the centre of the nation, Java is situated between Bali and Sumatra and is home to two distinctly different cities, Yogyakarta, famous for its monks, natural beauty, distinct heritage and calm ambience and Jakarta, the county’s bustling, chaotic capital.

Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless appeals. This city is one of the foremost cultural centres of Indonesia.

Capital of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. During the day the number increases with another 2 million as commuters making their way to work in the city, and flock out again in the evenings. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process.

A must see during time in Java is Borobudur, one of the world’s most striking temple complexes and magnificent Buddhist tributes, adorned with 504 carved stone statues of Buddha.

Closest to Bali, Eastern Java, is the most untouched area of Java, boasting some of Indonesia’s most fantastical scenery. Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, Mt Bromo’s spectacular views and dramatic landscapes are simply breath-taking. The volcano an dit’s eerie surrounding landscape has particular significance for the Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. The people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.

Lombok

With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s little wonder then that Lombok is the most popular destination in West Nusa Tenggara. Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer here.

Explore outstanding beaches such as the famous Tangsi ‘Pink’ Beach in the south east, with pretty corals blushing the shore. Discover the amazing Senaru and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls to sooth the soul or get the adrenaline pumping at the Grupuk surf camp and brush up your wave riding skills at the splendid Selong Belanak Beach.

Join the locals of Sasak tribe and experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills producing fine quality textiles.

Bali

Known as the Land of the Gods, Bali appeals through its sheer natural beauty of looming volcanoes, lush terraced rice fields and its infamous white beaches exuding peace and serenity. Enchanting with its vibrant Hindu culture, dramatic dances and colourful ceremonies, over 10,000 intricately carved temples, its arts and crafts, to its luxurious beach resorts, Bali has it all.

Bali’s infinite coastline boasts peaceful villages world-class surfing and diving and stylish hotels with unbroken ocean views. Inland, you can discover authentic Bali as well as white water rafting, bungee jumping and cycling for those in search of a more active escape.

Java

Home to half of Indonesia’s population, Java is the planet’s most densely populated island. Both geographically and financially the centre of the nation, Java is situated between Bali and Sumatra and is home to two distinctly different cities, Yogyakarta, famous for its monks, natural beauty, distinct heritage and calm ambience and Jakarta, the county’s bustling, chaotic capital.

Yogyakarta, together with its twin city Surakarta (Solo), is the cradle of civilization on Java. This city was the seat of power that produced the magnificent temples of Borobudur and Prambanan in the 8th and 9th century and the new powerful Mataram kingdom of the 16th and 17th century. Yogyakarta is known as Neverending Asia for its endless appeals. This city is one of the foremost cultural centres of Indonesia.

Capital of the Republic of Indonesia, Jakarta is a huge, sprawling metropolis, home to 9 million people. During the day the number increases with another 2 million as commuters making their way to work in the city, and flock out again in the evenings. Located on the northern coast of Java, the province of Jakarta has rapidly expanded through the years, absorbing many villages in the process.

A must see during time in Java is Borobudur, one of the world’s most striking temple complexes and magnificent Buddhist tributes, adorned with 504 carved stone statues of Buddha.

Closest to Bali, Eastern Java, is the most untouched area of Java, boasting some of Indonesia’s most fantastical scenery. Located some 4 hours drive from Surabaya, the capital of East Java, Mount Bromo is a part of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park that covers a massive area of 800 square km. While it may be small when measured against other volcanoes in Indonesia, Mt Bromo’s spectacular views and dramatic landscapes are simply breath-taking. The volcano an dit’s eerie surrounding landscape has particular significance for the Tengger people who believe that this was the site where a brave prince sacrificed his life for his family. The people here appease the Gods once a year during the annual Kasada festival where offerings of vegetables, chickens and money are thrown into the crater of the volcano.

Lombok

With divine beaches, the majestic Mt Rinjani and spectacular marine life to discover, the island of Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara has no shortage of attractions both in and out of the water. It’s little wonder then that Lombok is the most popular destination in West Nusa Tenggara. Challenge yourself with a trek up steep volcanic peaks. Hire a bike and cycle through lush evergreen rice paddies. Whichever way you choose to spend your time you won’t be disappointed with the spectacular natural beauty on offer here.

Explore outstanding beaches such as the famous Tangsi ‘Pink’ Beach in the south east, with pretty corals blushing the shore. Discover the amazing Senaru and Benang Kelambu Waterfalls to sooth the soul or get the adrenaline pumping at the Grupuk surf camp and brush up your wave riding skills at the splendid Selong Belanak Beach.

Join the locals of Sasak tribe and experience their daily life in the weaving village of Sade and Rambitan. You may learn a thing or two from the wonderful women with meticulous weaving skills producing fine quality textiles.

Where to stay

These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.

COMO Uma Ubud

COMO Uma Ubud immerses you in the culture of Bali while also providing luxury amenities, from food and spa to exquisite accommodation.

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Nihi Sumba

Nihi Sumba, formerly Nihiwatu, is a unique and intimate, luxury eco retreat, situated within 560 hectares and 2.5km of pristine beach on the little known and beautifully preserved Indonesian island of Sumba.

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Tiger Blue

Combining traditional design with modern comforts, Tiger Blue offers a unique opportunity to discover the crystal clear waters, pristine island landscapes and spectacular natural beauty of Eastern Indonesia.

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