5 ideas for an Indonesia multi-centre holiday
If you love a holiday that’s full of variety, there is no better place than Indonesia. You can combine partying in Seminyak's lively beach clubs with temple-hopping in spiritual Ubud, explore Lombok's volcanic landscapes and pink-sand beaches or live out a castaway fantasy on the bohemian Gili Islands. We've got all the ingredients to tailor an unforgettable multi-centre – handpicked hotels, first-hand insight and exclusive experiences to make your holiday even more special. Here are a few suggested itineraries.
Best for the wow factor: Uluwatu & Ubud
If you want to experience Bali as you've seen it on Instagram, pair up two of the island's most iconic resorts. Start at Alila Villas Uluwatu, an architectural gem perched on the edge of the Uluwatu cliffs, home to gravity-defying cabanas and an infinity pool that looks straight out of a magazine photo shoot. The villas are equally as stunning, each with a private pool, butler service and an ocean view cabana calling out for sunset cocktails. As well as incredible dining – think lobster brunches and upscale Indonesian fare – there's a focus on wellness, with aerial yoga sessions and nurturing treatments in the lemongrass-scented spa.
Next, swap ocean vistas for valley views with a few nights at Viceroy Bali. This world-class haven, exclusive to Kuoni in the UK, tops the wishlist of many visitors to Bali, thanks to its breathtaking suites and villas clinging to the edge of a forest-cloaked ravine. Although entirely different from Alila Villas Uluwatu's modern style, the traditional design is equally as impressive, with towering, thatched cone roofs and infinity-edged pools overlooking the jungle. Book a table in the 1920s-inspired fine dining restaurant, where you can taste your way through a seven-course degustation menu paired with signature wines.
Best for seclusion: Lovina, Gili Meno & Lombok
This island-hopping itinerary takes you to a trio of peaceful hideouts in more off-the-beaten-track corners. Begin on the black-sand beaches of Lovina on the north coast, known for its laidback vibe, colourful reefs and the pods of dolphins that frolic off the shore. Tucked between mountains and the sea, The Lovina Bali is a great spot to unwind and you’ll receive a complimentary room upgrade on arrival as a VIP Kuoni guest.
We’ll then whisk you to the pocket paradise of Gili Meno, the smallest of the Gili Islands. We’ve picked out the delightfully rustic Mahamaya, an eco-friendly bolthole with just 18 beach-chic rooms. Spend your days’ snorkelling in search of turtles before cooling off with a cocktail at the beachfront tiki bar – we love the coconut daiquiris, best enjoyed during happy hour at sundown.
For the last leg, hop over to Lombok. Check into Sudamala Suites & Villas Senggigi, which has views over Bali’s volcanoes and a spa where you can unspool with a signature seashell massage. We can take you on a Lombok Beach Hopping trip to see Lombok’s unique beaches, including pretty Pink Beach and a secret sand island that only appears at low tide.
Best for lively vibes: Singapore, Seminyak & Gili Trawangan
If you'd prefer a more happening holiday, we can create a multi-centre that includes a stay in one of Asia's kingpin cities and two vibrant locales in Indonesia. We recommend Singapore for your first stop, renowned for its space-age architecture, excellent street food and shopping. At Oasia Hotel Downtown Singapore, you can end your urban adventures on a refreshing note with an icy G&T in the craft gin bar or a dip in one of the two rooftop pools.
Following a short flight to Bali, head to Seminyak, where you'll find sun-kissed surfers riding the waves, trendy restaurants and see-and-be-seen beach clubs. One of the most famous is Potato Head Beach Club, fringing the beach next to Alila Seminyak, our top choice if you want to be close to the action. This sleek beach hotel has super stylish rooms and is perfectly placed for watching one of Seminyak's legendary sunsets.
Round off your island explorations in the Gili Islands. Gili Trawangan (or 'Gili T' for short) attracts those looking for world-class snorkelling by day and moonlit beach parties by night. We recommend Pondok Santi Estate, a boutique resort hidden away from the crowds on a coconut plantation yet just a short stroll from the buzzing main street.
Best for spa seekers: Ubud & Tembok
Away from the party scene, there’s a more tranquil side to Bali. Find serenity in the soul-stirring temples, gaze at captivating scenery (seeing the sunrise from the top of Mount Batur is a golden moment) or zen out with spa treatments and daily yoga in a restful retreat. At Spa Village Resort Tembok, Bali, the philosophy is all about wellbeing, so much so that a daily 50-minute spa treatment is included in your stay. Don’t miss a night of stargazing on the floating platform in the pool, taking in the dark sky views while listening to a meditation soundtrack.
Next, travel inland to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. This arty town is surrounded by natural beauty, with enchanting temples, waterfalls and lush greenery on its doorstep. It’s a mecca for romantics, spiritualists and spa seekers who come to hide away in pool villas cocooned in the paddy fields and jungle. At Ubud Village Resort & Spa, opt for an Exclusive Kuoni Spa Garden Pool Villa, and you can indulge in more pampering with a daily one-hour spa treatment included as an added perk.
Best for private pool villas: Ubud & Tanjung Benoa
One of Bali’s fortes is the pinch-me pool villas, which are the epitome of indoor/outdoor living and often come at a fraction of the cost of other exotic holiday hotspots. So whether you’re looking for space to stretch out with family and friends or a beautiful bolthole for two, our experts will match you to the right resort.
Experience two of our favourites on this twin-centre villa escape. Start at The Samaya Ubud, a riverside oasis in Ubud with just 19 contemporary villas. All are gorgeous, with earthy tones, butler service and gardens with a huge lap pool, but we especially love the Hillview Villas, which have mesmerising views over the paddy fields.
For your grand finale, this could be a case of saving the best for last. The Royal Santrian, Luxury Beach Villas nuzzles up against the golden shores of Tanjung Benoa and is exclusive to Kuoni guests in the UK. The whopping 300m2 villas have all the five-star luxury touches you’d expect from a ‘royal’ resort, with a private pool, gazebo, day bed and a spa-inspired bathroom. If you need some persuasion to leave your sanctuary, the aromas of Japanese cuisine from the Allspice restaurant might draw you out or shake things up in the Martini Bar, which has over 100 martini recipes on the menu.
This feature was published on 29th July 2022. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of print. Feature by Heather Flanagan.