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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The Nihiwatu Resort and Spa is nestled in dense tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, located on a two and half kilometre beach, offering total exclusivity to its guests.
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Immerse yourself in splendid isolation in the most unspoiled region of the Indonesian Archipelago. The Nihiwatu Resort and Spa is nestled in dense tropical forest, rice terraces and grasslands, located on a two and half kilometre beach, offering total exclusivity to its guests. Tucked in amongst the tropical flora and fauna are just six luxury bungalows and two villas that offer complete solitude and comfort, together with everything one needs.
At Nihiwatu your sanctuary is superbly fitted in contemporary Indonesian style using local materials, traditional art and thatched roofs, with air-conditioning and large sliding glass doors. The bungalows and villas, built by Indonesian craftsman, have balcony vistas stretching the full length of the beach, the sea and the headlands beyond. Nearby there are open living and dining rooms, a cliff-top bar and a communications centre for those who need to stay in touch with the outside world. The resort also offers spa and beauty treatments in their Jungle Spa.
Explore Audley's guide to eco-friendly holidays in Southeast Asia. View the charities we support, recommended eco-accommodation options, and selected eco-friendly itineraries.
Pantai Nihiwatu's existence is based on a famous local legend in which some of the original Marapu that descended to earth eventually settled on the beach at Nihiwatu.
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