Alila Seminyak and Yogyakarta and Borobudur
Discover Indonesia with Audley. Visit Yogyakarta, the cultural heart of Java before flying to Bali to stay at the beach resort, Alila Seminyak.
3 nights Yogyakarta, including breakfast and excursions; 7 nights Alila Seminyak including breakfast. Includes flights and transfers.
12 days from £2,260pp
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On the beach - 8 days
With sleek design, exceptional service and a convenient location that allows you to retreat and unwind or venture out and explore, this contemporary hotel offers great value for money and exceptional service right on one of Bali's finest beaches.
Thoughtfully designed to disperse its guests and maintain a sense of calm and tranquillity, the Alila Seminyak is a large modern hotel which blends contemporary minimalism with age old tradition. At its heart is an ancient temple where ceremonies are regularly held and guests can get a taste of Bali's spiritual customs. Around it, green roofs, landscaped terraces and garden corridors root the modern buildings in their environment while inside, open walled rooms blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The decor is pared back throughout, giving a distinct sense of calm. There's a choice of restaurants, five separate infinity pools allowing couples and families to enjoy their own spaces, and a beautiful spa known for its bespoke treatments. Daily yoga and meditation classes are on offer as is a great children's club allowing parents to enjoy some free time. And once you've had enough relaxation it's just a short walk to Seminyak's wide range of restaurants, galleries and shops.
Spacious, chic and stylishly minimalist, all 240 accommodation options have enormous floor-to-ceiling windows which bathe the rooms in light as well as sliding doors offering access to large private decks.
Before the beach - 4 days
Yogyakarta and Borobudur
The vibrant city of Yogyakarta is a must for any visit to Java. Visit the 18th-century Kraton (Yogyakarta’s palace), the hub of traditional life, tour the temples at Prambanan and enjoy a spectacular evening performance of an old Hindu poem of the Ramayana Ballet. You will also see the sun rise over the 8th-century temple of Borobudur, home to the world’s largest collection of Buddhist relief sculptures.
The Phoenix Hotel is a colonial landmark offering 144 stylish rooms and suites, each furnished in a modern style with traditional decorative elements. The hotel is a quiet retreat in the middle of the busy city and has a well-regarded restaurant and bar overlooking an elegant open courtyard.
240 rooms, 1 restaurant, 5 pools
This chic, modern resort offers a stylish setting with one of the longest stretches of beachfront of Seminyak’s resorts. The contemporary architecture of the resort sits amongst beautiful gardens with roofs and walls decorated with plants and landscaped gardens further enhance the setting. The open, minimalist style creates a relaxed atmosphere. Set amongst Seminyak’s galleries, boutiques and nightspots, the resort is also well placed for those who’d like to explore while spacious rooms with balconies that open fully into the room ensure a comfortable base.
Families are welcomed at the property with a complimentary kids’ club for 4-12 year olds as well as babysitting available for a charge.
The Alila has an enviable position on a long stretch of Seminyak’s volcanic sand beach. Few hotels in the area have such an expansive beachfront making the location hard to beat. It’s also conveniently located for the boutiques, galleries, cool cafes and nightspots of Seminyak, set within easy walking distance. In particular, noted beach dining and nightspots such as Potato Head Beach Club and Ku De Ta are within 10 minutes’ walk.
The beautiful setting of the Alila is hard to beat in Seminyak with such a long stretch of beautiful beach, stylish gardens and easy access to the attractions of Seminyak. With a cool, contemporary design, great sunsets and a relaxed ambience, it’s a great option for some beach relaxation time.
The 240 rooms and suites are chic and spacious with a minimalist, contemporary Asian décor. Each is comfortably equipped with all the amenities you would expect including air-conditioning, mini bar, television and tea/coffee facilities.
Alila Ocean Suite
These 72 sq m, open-plan suites are set within the main building. They offer a balcony or patio with ocean views and doors that open fully, wall to wall, opening it up into the room.
Deluxe Garden Suite
These spacious, open-plan suites are much larger than the rooms at 72 sq m. Set within the main building, they are just moments from the beachfront. They offer a balcony or patio overlooking the gardens and the doors to this are designed to open out fully, wall to wall, bringing a sense of space and openness to the room.
Deluxe Ocean Suite
Deluxe Ocean Suites are just steps from the beach with a balcony or patio overlooking the ocean. These 60 sq m, open-plan suites have a great view of the sunset and the door to the balcony/patio is designed to open fully, wall to wall so you can make the most of the view.
The Deluxe Rooms are located in a separate building a short distance from the main hotel and the oceanfront These rooms are 46 sq m with a balcony and there is a pool and pool bar dedicated to guests of this room type. Please note this room is shower only (no bath).
These good value, 46 sq m rooms are located in a separate building a short distance from the main hotel and the oceanfront, a location that gives easy access to the street and thus to explore Seminyak. Please note this room type does not have a balcony or patio and is shower only (no bath).
Pictures of the rooms
Activities, diving & excursions
There are five pools at the resort including an adults pool and a family pool. There is also a gym with yoga available weekly, a kids’ club for 4-12 year olds and bicycles available for hire. Nearby Canggu is an excellent spot for surfing and can be reached in 20 minutes’ walking along the beach or 10-15 minutes by taxi. There is also an ancient temple within the hotel grounds and ceremonies are still held there every month, which is a great experience if you’re there at that time.
The hotel does not offer a dive centre however there are several in the area and your leisure concierge will be happy to help you make arrangements to try some of Bali’s incredible dive sites.
Food & drink
The Alila’s restaurant enjoys ocean views from its setting between the bar and the main pool. Open all day with a choice of both indoor and outdoor seating, it has a relaxed bistro style setting and a range of dishes including Asian and Western favourites. There is also a beach bar, open all day but the perfect setting for a sunset drink. From Thursday to Sunday, the resort's musicians accompany the sunset with music.
The ten room spa offers a range of treatments drawing on ancient Asian techniques and Balinese massage traditions as well as signature treatments unique to Alila.
Yogyakarta and Borobudur
Location: Yogyakarta and Borobudur
The city, which is usually referred to as ‘Jogja’, is the most popular destination for those visiting Java and is a convenient base for exploring the surrounding area including the ancient relics of Borobudur and Prambanan. Jogja is known as the cultural capital of Java and as such has a multitude of worthwhile places to visit, most of which are conveniently found in the walled Kraton in the old town.
Lively streets and markets surround the majestic sultan’s palace, where attendants stand in customary dress and regular performances showcase traditional orchestras and shadow puppeteers. One of the most famous performances is the Ramayana ballet performed during the summer months with the Prambanan temple as a backdrop.
Old houses, museums and handicraft shops dot the city, demonstrating its reputation as the art capital of Indonesia with batik, woodcarvings, paintings and silverwork among the crafts on offer.
Close to Yogyakarta is the vast pyramidal structure of Borobudur, one of Southeast Asia’s greatest religious relics.
Built between AD 750 and 850, little is known about its early history before it fell into disuse and lay buried for centuries under layers of volcanic ash. It was only in the early 19th century that it was rediscovered and not until the 20th century that it was restored by the Dutch.
Hundreds of Buddha images stare impassively out over the plains, but even more enthralling are the startlingly detailed galleries and terraces that lead up to its central stupa, telling tales of ancient gods and immortalising long-resolved battles.
Accommodation: Phoenix Hotel
This colonial style hotel offers the facilities and comfort of a modern hotel while maintaining the traditions of the past. Many of the Deluxe rooms and the Executive suites offer private balconies overlooking the courtyard pool and are furnished in a modern style with local touches. The remainder of the 144 rooms are clean and functional.
The Paprika restaurant specialises in Asian fusion cooking while the 1918 terrace bar overlooks an open-air courtyard and the trendy Vino wine bar features nightly entertainment. The pool and restaurant are located in elegant shady courtyards and the whole hotel is so peaceful that it is difficult to believe you are in the middle of such a vibrant city. The small spa is ideal to come back to after a sunrise visit to Borobudur.
Day by day
Board your overnight flight to Indonesia.
On arrival at Yogyakarta you will be met by our representative and transferred by private vehicle to your hotel, a journey that will take about 40 minutes.
Settle into your hotel and if you have time you are at leisure to explore. This royal city is one of Asia's treasures, dotted with traditional handicraft workshops and museums.
The highlight of any visit to this area has to be historic Borobudur. Often compared to Angkor, it dates back to the 8th century but was only rediscovered in the early 19th century.
Your private guide and driver will transfer you by private vehicle in time to see sunrise at this awe-inspiring monument, the most magical time to visit. Afterwards explore a traditional village and see the local craftsmen before returning to your hotel.
Today your private guide and driver will collect your for a morning tour to see some of the cultural sights Yogyakarta is most famous for.
This afternoon your guide will take you east to the Hindu temple complex of Prambanan. Here you will get to see a traditional performance of the Ramayana Ballet performed among the temples.
Today you will be collected from your hotel for the private transfer back to the airport. A short flight of just under two hours brings you to Bali where our representative will meet you.
Your private vehicle transfer should bring you to the hotel by early afternoon leaving you time to settle into your hotel and explore Seminyak.
Today you are at leisure to do as you wish. There are five pools at the resort and the long stretch of Seminyak beach is perfect for a stroll. Alternatively hire a bike and explore or head out on foot to visit the boutiques, galleries and bars of Seminyak.
Nearby Canggu is a great spot for a bit of surfing and you can walk there in 20 minutes along the beach or hop in a taxi. Alternatively book a relaxing treatment in the beautiful spa.
Why not explore a little further afield today? Ulutwatu Temple, perched high on clifftops in the southwest corner of the island has panoramic ocean views while Pura Tanah Lot, north of Seminyak is perhaps one of Bali's most photographed temples.
If you'd like to continue exploring, the resort has a variety of interesting and unusual excursions including one visiting local temples and rice fields in a restored VW Kombi Van.
Days 10 - 11
You will be collected from your hotel for the private transfer back to the airport for your flight.
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