Day 1: ARRIVAL IN BALI
Upon arrival at Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai Airport, our guide will meet you for your transfer to your hotel in Ubud. As today is an arrival day, no activities have been organised, and you are leisure for the rest of the day. Overnight at Hotel Bali Spirit, Superior/Emerald Room.
Ubud has been described as Bali’s cultural heartland. It houses a great proliferation of temples, museums and art galleries and its artistic heritage stems from when the small kingdom became a Dutch protectorate in 1900. In the 1930s western artists and intellectuals were invited here, providing an enormous stimulus to local art, and that tradition is now as strong as ever. Surrounded by lush jungle, rice paddies and temples it would be difficult not to be inspired. Works from Ubud’s artists have been displayed the world over making Ubud a showcase of Balinese culture.
Hotel Bali Spirit
A tranquil place to return to at day's end, where traditional Balinese architecture, rich in natural materials, is enhanced by the luxurious appointments and services expected of a fine hotel. Bali Spirit Hotel and Spa brings together the traditional healing arts and ritual life of Bali in a serene, intimate setting of total comfort and top quality design. The hotel is within close walking distance of Ubud - the island's cultural hub. Overlooking a whitewater river and off-the-beaten-path, Bali Spirit feels more like a private estate than a hotel. Natural springs flow into a large swimming pool. And the Bali Spirit Spa provides a complete program of body massages, beauty treatments, and healing tools from traditional Balinese healers & Western practices.
Day 2: UBUD
Today is a full free day and a wide range of optional excursions is possible for exploring Ubud and its surroundings. Trekking around Ubud’s rice fields and spa treatments are also available. Interesting dance performances in former palaces or temple ceremonies are worth a visit, too! Overnight at Hotel Bali Spirit as before. (B)
Day 3: UBUD SIGHTSEEING
Today is a full day of sightseeing in Ubud, on our Bali Artist, Historical Site and Cultural Excursion. This morning test your bargaining skills at Ubud art market prior then visit to one of famous art museums in Ubud which has an extensive collection of painting by Balinese, Indonesian and foreign artists in classic Balinese and contemporary style. Continue with the cultural tour with a visit to Wenara Wana Monkey forest with its friendly monkeys and sacred temple. Continue to Goa Gajah elephant cave and a Hindu meditation centre. Then it’s onto Tampak Siring to see the holy Spring Water Temple Tirta Empul. Next, visit to the monument of Gunung Kawi, also called the King’s grave. Many steps will lead you down to the monument, made in the 11th century to honour the royal family. Return to Hotel Bali Spirit for overnight. (B)
Day 4: UBUD RAFTING AND ELEPHANT SAFARI
You will have breakfast at your hotel. After this, enjoy exciting rafting with professional and experienced guides on Ayung River. Drive for 30 minutes to the starting point (near Ubud) then walk down through terraced path to the river. After an introductory talk you then enjoy exciting rafting for two hours until you reach Kedewatan where we stop for a shower and enjoy a buffet lunch. Next, drive to Taro to experience sitting high atop an elephant in a teak wood chair, through the cool jungle of Taro. Return to Hotel Bali Spirit for overnight. (B,L)
Day 5: UBUD – CANDIDASA
After breakfast this morning you leave the hotel and a picturesque trip will take you to Candidasa. The eastern part of Bali is very beautiful with quiet villages, friendly communities and unspoiled nature. On the way you will visit Kertha Gosa, the former court of justice. Then continue driving to the east. A side trip will be made to Goa Lawah (Bat Cave), a temple built in front of a cave inhabited by thousand of bats, then visit Tenganan Village to see the original, pre-Hindus Bali peoples. Transfer to your hotel in Candidasa. Overnight at Puri Bagus Candidasa, Deluxe Garden View Room. (B)
Located on the northeastern coast of Bali, is the small village of Candidasa. It was formerly known as Teluk Kehen (Kehen Bay), but since the tourism industry was introduced the name was changed to Candidasa. A tranquil coastal area nestled between the Lombok Strait to the east and mountains to the west, Candidasa is within close proximity to many historical landmarks of Bali including Bali's mother temple, Pura Besakih, Tenganan (the aboriginal people of Bali) as well as the ferry terminal to Lombok. Some of the best diving and snorkeling areas in Bali are also within the Candidasa area. As Candidasa has become more popular with day-trippers, the demand for accommodations and eatery places has grown to wide selection that ranges from star rated properties to simple homestays. All in all, Candidasa is a great place to go for a few days of relaxation.
Puri Bagus Candidasa
Puri Bagus Candidasa is place to relax and allow the spirit of the island to come to you. Stretch out on your terrace and enjoy the stunning view of tropical gardens or the Indian Ocean. Experience some fantastic activities such as snorkelling or diving in the breathtaking underwater world, exploring the culture and nature, indulge in an authentic Balinese massage, refine your body and mind through a yoga session, or learn to prepare some of their finest cuisine in a cooking class.
Day 6: CANDIDASA
This morning on your snorkelling trip you will enjoy seeing a spectacular sea garden which is rich with all kinds of sponges, sea plants, coral and fish. You will return to Candidasa in time for lunch and then have the afternoon free to spend at your leisure.
From easternmost Candidasa you easily explore this unspoilt part of Bali. A trip can be made to the nearby water palace of Tirtangganga, the Puri Agung Palace in Amlapura. The hikes you can make here along the small paths in the rice fields provide many photo opportunities. The greetings from children working in the fields are heartwarming. If you like to explore the underwater world and this morning’s excursion has given you a taste for more, there is excellent diving and snorkeling nearby. Return to Puri Bagus Candidasa for overnight. (B)
Day 7: CANDIDASA - LOMBOK
In the morning after breakfast you depart for the harbour of Padangbai, where your fast boat is waiting for the oversea trip to Lombok, lasting around 1.5 hours. The trip will offer you stunning views of Bali’s volcanoes, as well as views of Mt Rinjani on Lombok. On arrival at the harbour, you will be transferred to your hotel in the Mangsit area. Overnight at the Qunci Pool Villas, Ocean View Room. (B)
Bali is predominantly Hindu, and has undulating and fertile scenery. Lombok, on the other hand, is wild and volcanic. The people are predominantly Muslims, the scenery dramatic and in some places barren. The central focal point of the island is Mt Rinjani, a volcano that was thought to be extinct until it suddenly erupted in 1994.
Qunci Pool Villas
Lombok’s hippest hotel enterprise now occupies two (almost) neighbouring beachfront plots. Take a beautifully appointed luxury resort on a perfect beach, pare it down to the essentials, and you have the Qunci concept: comfort, chic and value. This is the most popular address on Lombok: the hotels exude contemporary élan while maintaining excellent levels of comfort and service, and value for money. Rooms are sleek and modern, with impressive attention to detail and modern artistic flourishes; the gardens are gorgeous (with a 30m pool and vistas of Bali).
The English-speaking staff really do speak English, and they will work wonders for you with smiles as warm as the tropical sun. Pool villas are generously sized and the 30-metre pool, running parallel to the beach, makes a romantic setting for dinner.
Days 8 & 9: LOMBOK
You have 2 full free days to explore this exotic island or just relax on the beach. Two nights as before at Qunci Pool Villas. (2B)
Day 10: LOMBOK - SEMINYAK
After breakfast at your hotel, we pick you up from the hotel and transfer you to the harbour to catch the fast boat to Bali. On arrival at the harbour, we will transfer you to your hotel in Seminyak, where the rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at Royal Seminyak Hotel, Superior Room. (B)
Located at the northern end of Legian, Seminyak is Bali’s most stylish and cosmopolitan beach resort. It combines a little urban chic with a vibrant European style atmosphere and attracts affluent package tourists and a constant flow of trendy clubbers. This is where you will find Bali’s largest expat community and amenities cater to their needs with classy boutique shopping and a host of continental delis, French patisseries and even English tea rooms.
Despite its street cred and sophisticated atmosphere, Seminyak has a relaxed pace of life making it ideal for a family beach holiday. It is virtually free of street hawkers and even the youthful surfing scene is more self consciously laid back and less commercialised. The beach is wide and attractive and rarely overcrowded. It makes for the perfect spot for sunbathing and watersports. The adjacent road is closed to traffic and you can enjoy early evening sundowners right on the sand.
Royal Seminyak Hotel
Beautifully located on the exclusive Legian Beach in Bali, the resort covers 4.5 hectares of beachfront property amidst luxurious and unique landscaping. Formerly, the Sofitel Seminyak Bali, the hotel offers high standards of service, combined harmoniously with charming and gracious natural surroundings. Rooms overlook the lush tropical gardens, with balconies that offer sweeping views to the ocean beyond.
Day 11: SEMINYAK
Today is a full free day to relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings. Overnight as before at Royal Seminyak Hotel. (B)
Day 12: SEMINYAK – ULUWATU TEMPLE – BBQ DINNER
Today you have a free morning to explore the Seminyak area as you wish, or just relax at your hotel. Seminyak has a wide range of excellent restaurants and shops for your souvenirs. In the afternoon, we will pick you up to visit the impressive temple of Uluwatu built on a rock with a straight drop of 250 feet situated at Bukit Pecatu. Later, enjoy a Kecak Dance performance while the sun goes down. After this you will be driven to Jimbaran to enjoy your BBQ dinner at one of the nice cafés on the beach. Return to Royal Seminyak Hotel for the night. (B,D)
Day 13: SEMINYAK – SUNSET CRUISE
In the morning you have an opportunity to further explore the Seminyak area on your own, or relax with a cool drink and a good book. This afternoon, you will be picked up and taken to enjoy your sunset dinner cruise, the perfect end to your romantic honeymoon. Return to the Royal Seminyak Hotel for your final night. (B,D)
Day 14: DEPARTURE
Today your trip comes to an end, and our driver will meet you and transfer you to the airport to connect with your onward flight arrangements. (B)
Prices will depend on date of travel, inclusions and exclusions – supplements apply to certain peak season periods. Please contact us for details: email@example.com or 01728 888030
Our tailor made adventure holidays will truly inspire and delight the senses and will live in your memory for ever.more info
Join us on one of our worldwide adventures coming up over the next few months - all guaranteed to depart, all at 20% off.more info