Reasons to Visit
Heading up Krakatau is like trekking over Mars and as the guides tell you once you get half way: "No further or our boots melt". The basic nature of camping out on the island is outshone by the fact you will probably be the only people staying overnight and will be sleeping just metres from the ocean in the shadow of a volcano. A beautiful coral reef around one side of the island offers excellent snorkelling and the views over to the peak of the smoking Anak Krakatau are superb.
The most obvious choice for a beach destination in Indonesia would be the island of Bali. Places like Seminyak, Sanur and Jimbiran are idyllic retreats.
Indonesia is scattered with many temples and ancient monuments. Perhaps the most famous is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, considered to be one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics. Hundreds of Buddha images stare impassively out over the plains and the detailed galleries and terraces that lead up to its central stupa tell tales of ancient gods and battles.
There is never really a 'bad' time to go to Indonesia and the weather is good during the British summer months unlike many other Southeast Asian destinations. Even during the wet season, the rain won't dampen the enjoyment of your holiday as it falls in short downpours and it means that the scenery around you will be lush and colourful.
Indonesia is home to some incredible wildlife and the national parks in Kalimantan and Sumatra are some of the best places to see it. Trek through jungles, rivers and waterfalls on foot or by elephant to discover the wonders of nature from the orang-utan to the world's largest flower.
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With Audley, where you stay is very much part of the experience. Wherever possible we try to track down characterful accommodation. We regularly inspect the accommodation we use, updating our knowledge on existing properties and researching new alternatives
Here we feature some of our most interesting properties, although we recommend and use many others to suit all budgets and tastes.
Opulent, secluded and exuding in class this resorts offers quality found in few other places and is one of our favourites in Southeast Asia.
This property is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious in Indonesia. It has world class accommodation with fine dining and discreet service.
As far as beaches go, Jimbaran Bay is arguably one of the best on the island and the quality of the hotel matches this.
This colonial style hotel managed by the Accor group offers the facilities and comfort of a modern hotel while maintaining the traditions of the past. It has a pool and spa, while the restaurant specialises in Asian fusion cooking.
Tanjung Puting National Park
Rimba Lodge is set right on the edge of the gently flowing Sekonyer river beside Tanjung Puting National Park. The 32 rooms all have fans and mosquito drapes as well as western toilets and showers.
This is a new favourite of ours - highly recommended for honeymooners and couples wanting to escape the crowds.
This hotel is located ten minutes outside Ubud amongst lush rice paddy fields, in some of the most picturesque grounds of any hotel in Bali. It oozes style whilst remaining small and intimate and is superb value for money.
Located on the pristine white sand beach of Sire, on the northwest coast of Lombok, Tugu Lombok is one of the very best hotels on the island. In typical Tugu style this property is totally individual in design reflecting the forgotten history of Lombok and Indonesia.
Ubud Hanging Gardens is surrounded by ancient trees and situated in gravity-defying terraced gardens, this unique haven nestles on a dramatic hillside overlooking the Ayung river gorge.
This small boutique property is great value and a fantastic setting for couples. A hotel in tune with the creative atmosphere of Ubud.
The Waka Di Ume is located just outside of Ubud and is away from the hustle and bustle of the market town. Facilities include a temple-like pool, relaxing spa and restaurant overlooking the paddy fields.
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