Utopian. Diverse. Moving. A beach bucket-list with culture collateral.
Indonesia is a string of 17,000 islands, spanning a vast stretch between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific and shouldering the equator in parts. Asia’s paradise islands are renown for their ivory beaches patrolled by Komodo dragons, verdant, mountainous interiors where elephants roam between towering hardwoods, threatening volcanoes, eucalyptus, savannahs, and tranquil rice paddies punctuated by ancient temples. Best-known Bali’s warm welcome and palm-brushed beaches, glistening cascades, and spiritual approach continue to lure even the most world-weary travellers.
Step back in time and island hop on a traditional phinisi; gallop along volcanic sand beaches on graceful Indonesian horses to discover a secluded beach dinner prepared especially for you by a private chef; enjoy a traditional Kecak fire dance and ceremonial performance in an 11th century temple monument; surf the best breaks with a local surf pro; discover Bali’s diverse landscapes riding peacefully on a bicycle, or for the thrill of road, on ATV bikes; explore a national forest on the back of a lumbering elephant, then river raft down cascading rapids; dive into a cool, dark temple to understand more about Indonesia’s religious and cultural history; trek the forest with a guide, looking for orang-utans and tigers; explore the marine life on a mind-blowing dive; enjoy shopping, and the excellent restaurants and nightlife around Seminyak, Bali; watch the sunrise atop of Borobudur, Java; come face-to-face with a Komodo dragon; relax on the volcanic sands of Lombok and explore the pristine cultural utopia of Sumba.
Where to Stay
World-class tropical villas; private traditional phinisi sailing yachts; meditative temples.
When to Go
The best weather can be found between April and October. Don’t forgo Indonesia and Bali if you are planning a trip around Southeast Asia.