Luxury Indonesia Holidays

The Indonesian archipelago consists of a sprawling chain of tropical volcanic islands comprising one of the most diverse and exotic nations on Earth.

Miranda, Katie and Carrie are here to help give you the inside track.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • The archipelago is home to thousands of islands, many of them still relatively undiscovered, which makes it a great destination for those keen to get off the tourist trail on their luxury holidays
  • The vivid green rice terraces of Ubud are iconic, and the luminous volcanic lakes of Kelimutu equally beautiful
  • Komodo Island is home to the fearsome and endangered Komodo Dragons, which are indigenous to the country - you're unlikely to witness them at such close range anywhere else

Luxury Holidays to Indonesia: The Detail

With over 17,000 islands, Indonesia is easily the world's largest island chain. From the north-west tip of Sumatra to the south-eastern corner of Irian Jaya, the archipelago spans over 3,000 miles and islands as culturally diverse as Hindu Bali, Christian Sumba and Flores and myriad Muslim gems such as Lombok, Java.

Indonesia offers luxury holidayers stunning beaches, jungle, volcanoes, crystal waters, rich marine life, numerous cultural attractions, its own highly regarded cuisine and even dragons in the shape of Komodo's most famous residents.

Did you know

  • Indonesia is the world's largest archipelago, consisting of 17,000 islands
  • Many old Indonesians speak Dutch fluently due to the fact that the Dutch kept Indonesia colonised for almost 350 years
  • 75% of volcanoes in 'The Ring of Fire' are in Indonesia
  • There are over 300 ethnic groups in Indonesia with each having their own customs and traditions
  • It takes more than 12 hours to fly across Indonesia from North Sumatra to West Papua
  • The Durian fruit is known to be the 'King of the Fruits' in Indonesia

There's more. Indonesia is perfect honeymoon or romantic holiday territory, and especially in our summer as an alternative seriously worth considering in comparison to Europe. The neighbouring islands of Bali & Lombok in particular both offer superb luxury hotels, watersports galore and cultural highlights aplenty if you can drag yourself off that sunlounger.

Java, the capital island, is something of a 'deeper cut' that will fully reward any return visitors to Indonesia or first-timers with more time on their hands. If you want to understand what makes Indonesia tick, then Java is an essential part of any luxury holiday itinerary. Likewise, for a sense of the country in the raw, Komodo and Flores are spectacularly beautiful and an insight into authentic Indonesia, which might see you spend the night in a rustic guesthouse rather than a seven star luxury hotel but appreciate the experience all the more.

Finally, we couldn't talk about luxury holidays to Indonesia without mentioning the diving, which is some of the very best in the world. The Indonesian region of Raja Ampat is the centre of the almost mythical Coral Triangle - regarded by those in the know (including our dive division Original Diving) as the best diving destination in the world. Some accolade, and a region best explored from aboard a luxury yacht plying the waters between beautiful - and often completely deserted - islands.

Original Travel consultants have travelled widely throughout the islands visiting the latest immaculate hotels, diving from luxury liveaboards, surfing and sampling all the best spa treatments. All in the name of luxury holiday research, naturally. The team can recommend the place to take in a spot of buffalo racing (Jembrana in Bali) or the restaurant that serves the most delectable Nasi Goreng in Indonesia (we're keeping that one up our sleeves for the time being).

The bucket list beckons…


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Original Highlight

Flying foxes in Komodo

One night, aboard the houseboat that we sailed around the island of Flores in, we watched 30,000 bats awaken and fill the sky above us - a really dramatic moment.

Katie, Original Traveller

A note on price

A luxury Indonesia holiday combining beach and culture is really great value for money, and starts from £2000 per person for two weeks, including flights. Learn more about our pricing

Weather in January January February March April May June July August September October November December
  • Average Temp. — 30°C / 86°F
  • Rainfall — 39cm / 15.4 inches
  • Water Temp. — 28°C / 82°F
Language

Indonesian

Currency

Rupiah

Visa Requirements

required

Religion

Muslim, Islam

Food & Drink

The highly addictive Indonesian Satay (meat skewers cooked over coal)

What to pack

light weight clothing such as cotton is best for the hot and humid weather and don’t forget mosquito repellent!

Flight from London

14:15 hrs

Time Difference

GMT +7 hrs


Top picks for Indonesia

Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge

Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge

Sumatra

Perched above the banks of the Bohorok River, the Bukit Lawang Eco Lodge is our lodge of choice for adventurous travellers exploring the lush rainforest of the Gunung Leuser National Park.

Where to stay

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Seminyak & Southern Bali

The eco-friendly design of the luxury Alila Villas Uluwatu certainly does not compromise on style

Where to stay

Flores & Komodo

Flores & Komodo

Indonesia

Bali and Lombok nab most of the tourist trade in Indonesia, but as more and more travellers appreciate this truly beautiful destination, they are exploring further afield. Java was the first wider foray and now, hard on Javanese heels, come the twin island gems of Flores and Komodo.

Where to go

Sailing in Indonesia

Explore Indonesia by Luxury Yacht

Indonesia

Indonesia is an increasingly popular destination, with attention turning beyond Bali to the fascinating islands of Java and Lombok and further afield still to Sumba and Komodo. But there’s more - much much more - to see in this beguiling destination, including Raja Ampat in the very bullseye of the Coral Triangle, the so-called 'epicentre of marine biodiversity'.

What to do

Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat

Indonesia

Raja Ampat just happens to sit right in the heart of the Coral Triangle, which is the area of the highest marine biodiversity on earth. Isolated, tropical and vibrant, this group of islands is a must do for the nature enthusiasts and water babies among us.

Where to go

Alexa

Alexa

Indonesia

The fad for phinisi liveaboard boats in the waters off Indonesia’s islands shows no signs of running out of steam (or sail), and the arrival of the Alexa only ups the ante higher.

Where to stay

Alila Manggis

Alila Manggis

East Bali

Alila Manggis is a beachfront resort on the unspoilt east coast of Bali that basks in the shadow of the sacred Mount Agung – a pretty good position if you ask us.

Where to stay

Kalimantan

Kalimantan

Indonesia

Thinking about the island of Borneo conjures up images of dense tropical rainforest, teeming with wildlife, and inhabited by a variety of indigenous communities, and this really is one place that lives up to the hype.

Where to go

Bali

Bali

Indonesia

The tropical idyll of Bali offers superb watersports, landscapes, hotels and culture for a varied luxury holiday.

Where to go

Amandari

Amandari

Ubud & Central Bali

Set high above the Ayung River Gorge, Amandari overlooks working rice paddy fields, and designed to look like a Balinese village, it is clear to see how the hotel embraces local traditions.

Where to stay

Si Datu Bua

Si Datu Bua

Indonesia

Silolona's little sister boat is every bit as impressive and luxurious as our favourite yacht, and the perfect vessel from which to experience some of the most unspoilt islands on earth and best diving spots.

Where to stay

Java

Java

Indonesia

If you want to discover what makes Indonesia tick, then this, the capital island, should feature on any itinerary.

Where to go

Sumatra

Sumatra

Indonesia

Straddling the equator, Sumatra is the world’s fifth largest island, and a perfect example of nature in her rawest form, with grumbling volcanoes, lush tropical rainforest, and deep canyons sitting side by side.

Where to go

Amankila

Amankila

East Bali

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

Where to stay

Tiger Blue

Tiger Blue

Indonesia

Tiger Blue liveaboard is an immaculate and newly built 100ft traditional phinisi sailing boat, and as a new build, she is one of the faster boats under power, an important consideration when you visit destinations like Raja Ampat where the distances from north to south are not inconsiderable. As well as Raja Ampat,Tiger Blue operates in the Banda Islands and Komodo/Flores and is available for both private charter and set-date departures throughout the year.

Where to stay

Lombok

Lombok

Indonesia

Bali's little known neighbour Lombok is fast becoming the savvy beach dwellers choice for a laid back beach break in the Indonesian archipelago, and is blessed with powder sand beaches, vibrant reefs and tropical forest.

Where to go

SeaTrek Cruises

SeaTrek Cruises

Flores & Komodo

Set sail around the Indonesian archipelago aboard either the Ombak Putih or the Katharina. The billowing sails of these traditional Phinisi boats powers an adventure to some of the more inaccessible - and beautiful - places in Indonesia.

Where to stay

Silolona

Silolona

Indonesia

If you want the ultimate in luxury yachts then look no further than Silolona. Sailing the seven seas (or any sea, for that matter) really doesn’t get much better.

Where to stay

We certainly wouldn't hesitate to recommend you all to friends

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