Of all the Indonesian islands, Bali is the most popular for tourism, and with good reason. Instant culture from the moment you disembark at the temple inspired airport. Incredible scenic contrasts, proud traditions seem to blend almost seamlessly with modern tourism requirements. The most amazing and genuine smiles. Stunning hotels.
In our view, Bali Indonesia is one of the most romantic islands in the world. Add instant culture & an almost spiritual atmosphere. Despite increased tourism, once away from the busier resorts you still have a wonderful sense of tradition. There are no direct flights from the UK to Bali, so you travel via the main gateways of Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Hong Kong. Flying time to a gateway city would be typically 12 hours, then a further 3 hour flight.
Lombok is a neighbouring island to Bali. Equally scenic, with maybe even better beaches, Lombok is a much quieter, less developed alternative.
Aman resorts were probably the first truly luxurious resorts in the region, and still the most innovative, with a subtle quality that allows the essence of the destination to shine through. Elegantly simple, totally stylish.
Bali Pavilions charming little boutique hideaway with just 24 individual villas, located in the village of Sanur, 30 minutes from the airport. The hotel is within a private garden estate, set back from the beach and the road.
A delightful boutique hotel, in a totally Balinese style. Spacious highly individual villas and attentive smiling service, it appeals to those who value personality over extensive facilities.
The Bali Spa Village is located on the quiet north east coast, 4 hours scenic drive from the airport. As the name implies, a spa focused retreat, perfectly capturing the spirit and the essence of this magical island.
Belmond Jimbaran Puri Resort has a simple charm and elegance that really grows on you, a testament to the high service levels, the attractive and spacious cottage style accommodation and of course the beach location, arguably the best for swimming on the island. The airport is 25 minutes drive away as is the lively resort of Kuta, maybe bit longer with traffic. The area of Jimbaran has seen increased development in the past year, as has most of southern Bali, so there are now numerous restaurant options close by.
Como Shambhala Estate is probably the most spectacularly appointed of all of our hotels in Ubud, and that is saying something! Located high over the sacred Ayung River, overlooking dense jungle hillsides and rice fields. 15 minutes drive outside of the village centre, 70 minutes from the airport.
It is essentially a wellness retreat, with the main feature being holistic treatments and suggestions.
The Conrad Resort and Spa is a popular deluxe hotel. Although large it has an intimate style with impressive facilities that will appeal to all the family. Located at Benoa, adjacent to the Nusa Dua resort area on the south east corner of the island, 25 minutes from the airport.
Damai Lovina has a traditional design theme, wonderfully authentic with pleasing contemporary comforts. It is located on a hill top overlooking the north west coast, with the small town of Lovina about 25 minutes away. The airport, in the south of the island, is a 4 hour scenic drive through the rural heart of Bali.
The Hotel Tugu Lombok is a highly individual, fabulously quirky boutique hotel. You can literally live the destination by just walking around the resort, looking at the unique and original antiques that have been lovingly collected by the owner. Located on a fine stretch of beach in the north west corner of the island, 2 hours from the airport.
We think it is wonderful, incredibly atmospheric (even spooky in places, with wide-eyed idols looking down at you), and totally unique.
The Jeeva Klui Resort is a delightful boutique hotel, local in design with thatched roofs and stone from Lombok. Reassuringly contemporary in the comfort, yet totally in keeping with the relaxed island style. Located on the west coast, just north of Senggigi, 90 minutes from the airport.