Indonesia Holidays

This slow-paced island nation is an exotic blend of rich cultures and dramatic natural beauty.

Smouldering vistas, rich cultural diversity, beach-blessed coastlines and languorous charm – this nation of more than 17,000 islands offers countless adventures and unforgettable experiences. Every island here seduces with its own vision of paradise. From the beautiful beaches and emerald interior of Bali – the fabled ‘Island of the Gods’ – and the stunning volcanic landscapes of Lombok, to the exotic shorelines of Komodo – the land of dragons, this picture-perfect archipelago really does have it all.

Our most popular island in Indonesia is Bali, where stunning natural beauty, spirituality and a rich cultural heritage abound. The southern coast of the island is one of the most popular spots, peppered with sun-drenched beaches, gourmet eateries and luxe beachside resorts. Head inland towards the central region of Bali and you’ll discover dramatic volcanoes, rolling rice terraces and the artsy hub of Ubud – the cultural heart of the island. Alternatively, you could stay on the more sedate island of Lombok, often described as the quieter and more unspoilt Bali. Off the north-west coast of Lombok, the three tiny Gili islands each entice with their own distinct personalities.

Whether you’re looking for an unspoilt beach escape or a dramatic volcano trek, talk to us and we’ll help design your ultimate Indonesia holiday.

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  • Beaches for days

    White-sugar sands on Seminyak, big waves at Nusa Dua and black beaches on the east coast

  • Rolling hills

    Bali’s famous rice terraces are a blaze of bottle green calling out for cycling and hiking

  • Island hopping

    Bop by boat across indigo blue waters visiting Lombok and the paradisiacal Gili Islands

  • **Tonnes of Temples**

    Bali is home to thousands of ancient Hindu temples. Find them on floating lakes, jungle slopes and even under water.

Indonesia Regions

Our recommendations for the best places to visit in Indonesia

Bali Holidays

A spectacular blend of dramatic natural beauty and charming culture; discover an island paradise...

Lombok & Gili Islands Holidays

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Holidays in Indonesia

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  • Bali
  • 4 Star

Green-and-blue views and a treetop infinity pool. Sankara Suites and Villas is ravishingly rural yet only 10 minutes from artsy Ubud.

From £1,415 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 5 Star

A boutique retreat with appealing intimacy and a breathtaking pool hanging over the valley.

From £2,724 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 4 Star

Spacious villas each with a private pool, tucked away in tropical gardens in Seminyak’s fashionable heart.

From £1,800 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 5 Star

This sumptuous resort with impeccable service is one of Seminyak’s best and is perfect for couples.

From £2,300 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 5 Star

On the southern shores of Bali, grand but intimate The Royal Santrian is home to 20 ridiculously photogenic all-pool villas.

From £2,110 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 4 Star

The Lovina is in a plum position overlooking volcanic beach, Bali Sea and paddy fields and is a perfectly peaceful mix of sheltered coves and calm kayaking.

From £1,362 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 5 Star

This sleek beachfront hotel sits at the hip heart of stylish Seminyak.

From £1,797 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 4.5 Star

A stylish hilltop retreat, an award-winning pool and breathtaking rainforest and rice paddy views.

From £1,587 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 5 Star

A world-class wellness retreat offering cliff-hanging seclusion and crystal-clear ocean views.

From £3,115 p/p
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  • Bali
  • 4 Star

This charming hotel is typically Balinese, with warm hospitality and an exclusive adults-only club area.

From £1,334 p/p

Explore stunning cultures and raw natural beauty on an Indonesia tour with Kuoni

A Kuoni touring holiday is the perfect way to really get to know a destination. With each part handpicked to help you get the most out of the experience, we offer an escorted small group tour in Indonesia that gives a fascinating introduction to the beauty and highlights of Java. The tour takes in some of the island’s most famous sights, including the ancient Ijen crater and witnessing an iconic sunrise over Mount Bromo, before finishing the itinerary with an indulgent beach stay on the neighbouring island of Bali.

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Central Bali’s Highlights by Vintage VW Jeep

A vintage 1970s-style VW Jeep tour is one of the coolest ways to explore central Bali. Jump on board this classic icon and travel to your first stop: the 1000-year-old Batuan Temple, which is a village and ancestral temple that’s cared for by the residents of Batuan. Your driver will then continue through local villages to artsy Ubud – the cultural heart of Bali and a hub of traditional crafts and dance. Highlights here include impressive Puri Saren Agung Palace, the arts market and famous monkey forest, where playful brown macaques dart around the ancient trees and ornate statues. A scenic drive through rice fields and sleepy mountain villages then awaits to reach imposing Mount Batur. The view of the volcano, caldera and Lake Batur is breathtakingly beautiful, so make sure you’ve got your camera ready. Next up is a drive down into the crater to the lava fields, where you’ll have time to wander through the unique rock formations. Lunch-with-a-view will be served on the edge of the crater before your journey continues to the tranquil and lesser-visited temple of Pura Gunung Kawi Sebatu – a beautiful water temple built on a natural spring and surrounded by lotus ponds and thick forest. The final stop will be Tegallalang, where giant steps have been carved into the landscape to create lush rice terraces.

• Departing daily from South Bali, Seminyak or Central Ubud hotels
• Operates year round
• Private experience

Good to know
We recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper and long trousers as it can get cool in the mountains. A sarong will be provided to allow you to cover up for temple visits.

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Mount Batur Sunrise Trek

Watching the sun rise from the top of Bali’s Mount Batur is an unforgettable experience. A very early start awaits as we’ll need to start the climb around 4am to make sure we reach the summit in time for sunrise. Mount Batur is a 1717-metre-high active volcano to the north west of Mount Agung. The climb will take around two hours and we’ll reach the top just as the sun rises for a magical and peaceful moment high above the island. Tuck into a well-earnt breakfast and enjoy time to soak up the panoramic views over the volcanic landscape and mountain peaks and acknowledge your achievement. You’ll then head back down to base camp, where a soothing soak in hot springs will be waiting for you. This sunrise trek would be a fantastic adventure to add on to a honeymoon or beach holiday.

• Departing Monday, Thursday and Friday from South Bali, Seminyak, Ubud, Uluwatu and Candidasa hotels • Operates year round
• Group experience

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There are a number of things we recommend bringing for this trip: warm clothes, hiking shoes, long trousers, swimwear, camera and sun block. Your professional tour guide will provide a head lamp, walking sticks, gloves, hiking bag, rain coat and a small water bottle to make the climb much easier. This climb is classified as a medium level of difficulty, so a good level of fitness is required (as a guide, it’s suitable for those that enjoy hill walking).

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Western Bali’s Highlights by Vintage VW Jeep

Bali’s colourful VW 181 Safari Jeeps are a classic sight around the island. They also provide a seriously cool way to explore. Jump on board for an adventure around western Bali to see some of the island’s most famous temples and stunning diverse landscapes. Your tour begins with a trip to Bali’s most popular attraction: the ancient sea temple shrine of Pura Tanah Lot, which is perched on a rock formation offshore. A morning visit will hopefully mean you’ll have a more tranquil experience. You’ll then be driven through villages and rice fields up into the mountains to the rainforested slopes of Batukaru volcano, home to impressive Pura Luhur Batukaru, which you’ll explore on a guided tour. A drive through Bali’s most spectacular rice terraces around UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jatiluwih follows, before you arrive at Bedugul, located 1200 meters above sea level. We’ll stop at Beratan Lake to visit beautiful Ulun Danu Temple, which sits in the middle of the lake, and have a buffet lunch in the tropical gardens. On our route back, we’ll head to a colourful local market so you can experience the buzz of local life and then look around a traditional Balinese family compound, which has a distinctive design, for an insightful end to the day.

• Departing daily from South Bali, Seminyak and Central Ubud hotels
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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We recommend bringing a light jacket or jumper and long trousers as it can get cool in the mountains.

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Gili Islands in a Day

If you’re short on time but can’t bear to miss out on Indonesia’s most idyllic tiny islands, this stunning day trip will give you a taster of what Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are all about. Your first glimpse of these car-free islands, ringed with white sands and dotted with coconut palms, will be from the Malimbu Hill viewpoint on Lombok. You’ll then cross the sea by outrigger boat (be prepared to embrace your adventurous side and get a little wet!) to Gili Air. Here, you’ll have the choice to spend the day on a beautiful beach to swim, snorkel and sunbathe. Or, you can jump back on the outrigger to visit the two other Gilis: Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. Gili Trawangan – nicknamed ‘Gili T’ – is the most popular of the three islands, but it’s still super low-key, with most of the activity centred around diving. Rustic Gili Meno is the most secluded island, perfect for lazing on coral sands and snorkelling with turtles. As each island has its own character and landscape, this is the perfect island-hopping day.

• Departing daily from Senggigi
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Lombok Beach Hopping

Head out on a laid-back day to play castaway on Lombok’s most unique beaches: a pink-sand beach and a secret island that only appears at low tide. Your day will begin with a visit to Indonesia’s second largest fish market. At Tanjung Luar – where most of the traders are women – you’ll buy fresh fish ready for your barbecue lunch. We’ll then hop on a boat to Sand Island: a tiny white-sand speck which, at hide tide, is completely submerged apart from its Indonesian marker flag. The next boat stop will be Maringkek, where you can step ashore and wander around the fishing village, before we continue to Pink Beach, which gets its name from the pink-hued sand. The nearby islands of Pantai Semangkuk and Gili Petelu offer the chance for snorkelling, while later in the afternoon, there’s time to relax on peaceful white sands at Pantai Sebui before your beach barbecue lunch and return boat trip.

• Departing daily from Senggigi
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Lombok Rice Terrace Trek

There’s no better way to get back to nature on Lombok than by donning your trainers and heading for the rice terraces. You’ll begin by getting a taste of local life with a visit to a traditional market in Narmada, before driving on to Sedau for the start of your two-hour soft trek through the beautiful rice terraces. This is a leisurely trek and along the way your guide will tell you about the different tropical plants that you spot. At the end of the hike, a rest and lunch-with-a-view awaits in Suranadi. You’ll also visit Gunung Sari to explore the temple of Pura Agung Gunung Sari, which makes an impression with its three pagoda-like places of worship. Heading north, we’ll cross the Pusuk Pass where you’ll see cheeky monkeys wandering around and causing mischief. The last stop is Malimbu to take in some of Lombok's best sandy beaches.

• Departing daily from Senggigi, Lombok
• Operates year round
• Private experience

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Get to know Indonesia and those important practicalities when planning your perfect holiday.

Capital
TIME DIFFERENCE

GMT +7 hours

CURRENCY

Indonesian Rupiah

FLYING TIME TO DESTINATION

16¼ hours (not including stopover time)

RELIGION

Muslim (minority Christianity and Hinduism)

LANGUAGE

Indonesian

Where is Indonesia?
Indonesia is the largest country in the world to be made up entirely of islands – 17,000 in total. The archipelago sits in the southern hemisphere of Southeast Asia and is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and the Pacific. Java and Borneo are two of the largest islands, and, east of Java, Bali and Lombok – much smaller – make up part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Just off Lombok’s coast, are the three tiny Gili Islands, fringed by white sands and coconut palms.

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Bali
Our most popular destination in Indonesia is Bali, a tropical island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. For its small size, Bali offers more than its fair share of attractions – from visits to temples and quaint local villages, to cycling around rice terraces and lounging on picture-perfect golden sands.

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Idyllic islands
With their dazzling white sands and emerald interiors, Lombok and the Gili Islands offer a more sedate atmosphere to popular Bali. Lombok lies to the east and is perfect if you’re looking for untouched beaches and excellent outdoor activities – the southern coastline is a surfer’s paradise, while the dominating Mount Rinjani is a magnet for walkers. Off the north-west coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are exotic hideaways of white sands and bohemian-chic charm. Gili Trawangan is the most cosmopolitan, with great nightlife and luxury beachside resorts, while Gili Air is the most authentic of the islands, with a stunning coral reef and great local character. The smallest island is Gili Meno, the ultimate honeymoon haven with its gorgeous cluster of palm-fringed

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Multi-centres
To make the most of a Bali holiday, we recommend twinning a relaxing beach stay with a few nights in artsy Ubud, the cultural capital of the island. Pairing Bali with Lombok and the Gilis also makes for an excellent island-hopping beach holiday. Local airlines have several flights each day between Bali and Lombok, and it’s also easy to travel between the islands by boat. To get to the secluded Gilis you’ll need to hop on a boat from Bali or Lombok.

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Diving & snorkelling
Indonesia’s warm waters lie within the Coral Triangle, one of the richest underwater bio-diversities on the planet. There’s exceptional coral and reef fish diversity that range from clownfish and mola mola to reef sharks and manta rays. Bali, Lombok and the Gilis are some of the best islands in Indonesia to go snorkelling and diving. Off the north-west coast of Bali, Menjangan Island is famed for its dramatic underwater caverns and stunning corals, while the shallow reefs around Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno are great for snorkelling with sea turtles and colourful reef fish.

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Food & drink
Reflecting the contrasting cultures and landscapes within the archipelago, Indonesian cuisine can be quite varied and diverse. Many regions enjoy different specialities, and you might also notice hints of Chinese, Indian and European influences in the local food, depending on where you are. Throughout Indonesia, one thing you’ll find everywhere is rice, a staple to most traditional meals. You’ll also enjoy lots of tropical fruits and vegetables in the Indonesian diet, thanks to the islands’ rich, fertile soils and warm, humid climates. On a visit to Indonesia, popular local dishes to try include Nasi Goreng, a flavoursome fried rice dish, and Gado Gado, a tasty Indonesian-style salad. 

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