Location: Indonesia Duration: 14 nights Price: From £3,950 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, some meals, private transfers and taxes

On this idyllic holiday in Indonesia, see sunrise from the Borobudur temple and the Mount Bromo volcano, stay on a luxury houseboat in Tanjung Puting and see orangutans and monkeys on the riverbanks, and explore the colonial city of Malang and the craft markets of Ubud, immersing yourself in tropical landscapes, temples, villages and terraced rice paddies, before enjoying a blissful few days on beautiful beaches on the island of Lombok. This holiday is a showcase of Indonesia’s dazzling diversity.

Perfect for

Couples, honeymooners and families who want to see Indonesia’s most spectacular sights as well as explore the beautiful and wildlife-rich landscapes and wildlife around them.

In the know

Take a speedboat to the Gili Islands while you’re in Lombok (it takes a mere ten minutes), for some rewarding swimming, snorkelling and diving amongst spectacular coral reefs.

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BOROBUDUR – 3 nights

Start your holiday in Borobudur, at the lovely Villa Borobudur, which sits on the slopes of the Menoreh hills and offers spectacular views over the beautiful temple of Borobudur and the verdant landscapes of hills, rice paddies, villages and volcanoes such as Merapi. Borobudur dates from the 9th century and is the world’s largest Buddhist structure. Visit it at sunrise to experience it at its magical best – this is an absolute must! You can also head up Setumbu Hill to see the sun rise over the temple itself. Borobudur may be this area’s showpiece, but there is so much else to explore here too: hike through the green hills and rice fields to pretty waterfalls, and learn about local crafts such as pottery and batik making in nearby villages.

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Today, experience some accommodation with a difference as you head to Tanjung Puting for a stay on a private luxury houseboat on the Sekonyer River, the main river in Tanjung Puting National Park. Spend two nights on the boat as you explore the park, its tropical landscapes and its colourful wildlife - as well as enjoying comfortable accommodation, delicious food prepared by your chef and fabulous views onboard.

Onshore, go on treks into the heart of the forest to see orangutans at the famous Camp Leakey and observe them at feeding time. Back onboard, keep an eye out along the river and its surrounds for crocodiles and proboscis, macaque and silver langur monkeys, and watch a wide variety of birds swooping low over the water. At night, thousands of fireflies light up the riverbanks – an unforgettable sight.  

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MALANG – 3 nights

Back on dry land, your next stop is Malang, an attractive colonial city showcasing some grand architecture and some equally grand surrounds, including botanical gardens, apple and tea plantations, and the Buddhist-Hindu Singhasari temple, a relic from the medieval kingdom that once stood here. This is all set against a stunning mountain backdrop, including the Mount Bromo volcano – for an unforgettable experience, visit the volcano at sunrise and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you take in the incredible views.   The historic and beautiful Tugu Malang hotel reflects the region’s eclectic history, and is part hotel, part museum, its interiors decorated with numerous artworks and antiques. After a day’s exploring, relax with a drink and some live music in the bar.

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UBUD – 2 nights

Ubud offers an abundance of history and culture, from arts and crafts markets and colourful ceremonial processions to impressive temples and shrines, and the town is surrounded by terraced rice fields, dense forests, deep valleys and rising volcanoes. The secluded Samaya Ubud sits in the tropical Ayung Valley, overlooking the River Ayung, yet is just 15 minutes from the centre of the town. After exploring Ubud, it’s not long before you’re relaxing on your private sundeck or enjoying a refreshing dip in your private pool. Also on your doorstep is beautiful countryside, dotted with paddy fields, local villages and temples – see them and find out more about their history on a guided nature walk or cycle ride.

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LOMBOK – 4 nights

Your final destination is Lombok, which has some of the best beaches in Indonesia. Their perfect white sand is fringed by aquamarine waters, against a dramatic mountain and jungle backdrop that centres on Mount Rinjani, which dominates the skyline. Climb up the tree-lined slopes of this active volcano to visit the hot springs at the summit and enjoy panoramic island views. The Lombok Lodge sits on a hill overlooking the sea, and after a relaxing day on the beach, picnicking or swimming and snorkelling in the crystal clear sea, enjoy a scenic sunset cruise before taking in the views from your private deck, accompanied by a glass of champagne.

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