Often overlooked in favour of the backpacker hangouts of Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud, East Bali has happily held on to its element of mystery. Being dominated by the 'Mother Mountain', Mount Agung, probably has something to do with it, as do the fertile soils that flank them – creating some of the lushest, greenest scenes in Bali. But East Bali luxury holidays are more than just good views. Get in touch with tradition atop Mount Agung, which tops an impressive 10,330ft, at Besakih Temple – a conglomeration of 23 individual temples cascading down the mountainside – or inside the storied Bat Cave Temple,
which is said to be inhabited by Naga Basuki, a mythical dragon. If, however, you can’t resist a mountain, a hike up Mount Batur, a volcanic peak cradled by the deep blue Lake Batur, promises to be everything and more. But enough about Bali's peaks. For those inclined to pack hiking boots amid the bikinis and boardies, lush river valleys, emerald rice paddies and charming villages can be explored without the exertion of a volcano trek. The winding Sidemen road that snakes through river valleys is the perfect stomping ground for a scenic amble or leisurely cycle.

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