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