Bali and Beyond

28 October 2015
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With over 15,000 islands to its name, Indonesia beckons visitors to its sun-soaked shores. From the renowned golden beaches of Bali to the more remote sands of the Gili Islands, it is a haven for sun seekers. Warm hospitality abounds with world-class restaurants at your fingertips, not to mention a host of indulgent spas where you can easily slip into a state of zen without lifting a finger. Whether you choose to relax at a beachfront resort or retreat to a mountain hideaway, you will experience an island paradise in Indonesia.

Bali

 Don't miss the Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud

Beautiful Bali has it all, from luxury seaside villas that won’t break the bank to banquets laden with fresh local flavours and vibrant street markets that ring out with hundreds of haggling hawkers. Despite its ongoing popularity, the island still maintains the perfect blend of excitement and tranquillity. Bali’s natural beauty extends past its famous beaches to lush terraced rice paddies and verdant tropical rainforests.

Spend your days admiring the island’s ancient temples, including the spectacular Tanah Lot temple that juts out over the sea. Visit Ubud’s famous Sacred Monkey Forest and get acquainted with the furry locals or be pampered at an authentic Balinese spa. Appreciate at least one of the island’s magical sunsets from the heights of a rooftop restaurant or scale the summit of Mount Batur for a captivating sunrise. Whether you choose to enjoy the energetic nature of Kuta, explore the temples of Ubud or retire to an artistic retreat in Seminyak, Bali is the perfect island oasis.


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Gili Islands

 Crystal clear water is the norm in Gili Trawangan

Just off the northwest coast of Lombok is the trio of pristine islands, known as the Gili Islands. Far more remote than Bali, the islands are becoming increasingly popular for those keen on experiencing a quieter side of Indonesia. Each island is blessed with glorious white sand beaches and brilliant blue waters. Smitten couples or honeymooners often retreat to the secluded shores of Gili Meno, while Gili Trawangan is the most developed of the three with a considerable selection of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife.

Nusa Lembongan

 How's the serenity at Mushroom Bay in Nusa Lembongan?

Get acquainted with laidback island life on Nusa Lembongan. Situated off the southeast coast of Bali, this small island is perfect for those who want to spend their days surfing, swimming, diving and snorkelling. The surrounding waters boast excellent clarity with an abundance of marine life and flourishing coral lurking just below the surface. The white sand beaches are far from crowded, only adding to the island’s outstanding natural beauty. Boasting mangrove forests, seaweed farms and vivid aqua waters, it’s no wonder nature enthusiasts are choosing to take time out on Lembongan.


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Jessica Holmes

A foodie at heart, I love to travel to the USA and explore their expansive culinary culture. You’ll typically find me satisfying my sweet tooth in an American candy store, sampling macarons in a quaint New York patisserie or stocking up on American baking supplies.