IndonesiaJava, Bali, Lombok

 
Indonesian Islands in Style Java, Bali, Lombok 14D/13N

 

Immerse yourself in culture, art, wellness and spiritualism on this 14-day luxury Indonesian adventure. Experience a tranquil retreat ringed by smoking volcanoes in Central Java; cliff-top temples, sacred ceremonies and sunset dances in exotic Bali; and a culinary experience fit for a king on laid-back Lombok.

 

Day 1: Arrival in Yogyakarta – Magelang

On arrival at Yogyakarta Airport, you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to the MesaStila, a luxury retreat in a calming and powerful environment encircled by eight magnificent volcanoes and set within fifty-five acres of lush garden, coffee plantation and tropical jungle. Depending on your arrival there may be time to join in some of the activities such as yoga, stretching, power walking, circuit training, Javanese cultural activities, or the traditional martial art of Pencak Silat.

Overnight at MesaStila

 

Day 2: Magelang (De-Stress & Indulgence)

Enjoy a healthy breakfast that incorporates Jamu, a traditional Indonesian medicine that uses leaves, flowers and roots to restore health. The morning is free to relax, take part in some of the activities, or to join the daily coffee plantation tour.

In the afternoon unwind with a 50-minute traditional Javanese massage that promises to revitalise, release muscle tension and initiate detoxification. The therapist will concentrate on neglected areas, leaving you feeling warm and restored.

Overnight at MesaStila

 

Day 3: Magelang (De-Stress & Indulgence)

Start the day with an optional yoga class followed by another healthy and delicious breakfast. Then retire to the retreat’s Turkish hammam and experience the steam room, a full body exfoliation, head massage, and a deep cleanse with the signature soap made from olive oil and eucalyptus. Afterwards, if feeling energetic, join an activity such as Aqua-fit or the Jungle Gym, or alternatively learn some traditional cultural arts such as Javanese dance, gamelan or batik.

Later in the day try out a traditional Taoist treatment called Chi Nei Tsang, originally developed by monks to promote the health and wellbeing of the internal organs. The ancient Taoists believed that the secret to good health was to make sure that the “Chi” flows in a balanced way throughout the body. Chi Nei Tsang is an essential treatment for detox and weight-loss as it releases tension and stress, and can also help to alleviate digestive problems.

Overnight at MesaStila.

 

Day 4: Magelang – Borobodur – Magelang

Wake at dawn and make your way to Borobudur to watch the mist rising over this stunning 9th century temple complex. Constructed in six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, the temple has been decorated with 1,460 stone relief panels and 504 life-size Buddha statues. From the top gallery witness views that have changed little over the centuries, embracing the Kedu Plain, looming Mount Sumbing, the twin volcanic mountains of Merbabu and Merapi, and the Menoreh Hills.

Continue to the former capital city, Yogyakarta. This royal capital contains a functioning palace or kraton, which like the Vatican, is a city within a city. The heart of the palace remains the home of the sultan and his immediate family. Visit the Sultan Palace; the nearby Taman Sari Water Castle, once a royal park and bathing pond; and the silver and batik home industries in Kota Gede. After lunch continue to the Prambanan Temple, a beautiful Hindu temple with a bas-relief depicting the famous Ramayana story. In the evening return to the temples for a farewell dinner accompanied by a performance of the Ramayana Ballet with the silhouette of the temples in the background.

Overnight at MesaStila.

 

Day 5: Magelang – Yogyakarta Airport – Bali

Start the day as you like – with a yoga class or just a healthy breakfast followed by more optional activities. Then indulge in a Plantation Massage, a relaxing and gentle oil massage that was given to plantation workers who toiled for long days during the coffee processing season. After a final tasty lunch, check out and transfer back to the airport for your onward flight to Denpasar where you will be greeted by the tour guide and taken to your hotel.

Overnight at The Samaya Seminyak.

 

Day 6: Bali (Seminyak)

Spend the day relaxing by your private pool or browse the shops and boutiques of Seminyak. In the afternoon visit the Pura Luhur Uluwatu Temple, perched 250 feet above the rolling waves on the southwestern tip of the peninsula, where sheer cliffs drop precipitously into the clear blue water. The temple is dedicated to the spirits of the sea and is home to a congregation of lively monkeys. During sunset watch an enchanting Kecak dance in the temple grounds before returning to the resort.

Overnight at The Samaya Seminyak

 

Day 7:  Bali (Seminyak)

Today, indulge yourself in a two-hour ‘Ritual of Royalty’ spa treatment. Designed specifically for couples, this romantic spa treatment includes a flower petals foot ritual, body exfoliation, Balinese massage, milk bath and a tea ceremony. The remainder of the day is yours to be spent as you please.

Overnight at The Samaya Seminyak.

 

Day 8: Seminyak – Ubud (Bali)

Spend the day exploring Bali. Travel along the back roads and through the small villages of Pejaten to see the traditional tile home industry. Drive up to Tegal Linggah village to the ancient and sacred temple of Batukaru, situated among the tropical rain forest on the slope of Mount Batukaru. Enjoy an authentic Balinese lunch with views of the vivid green, terraced rice fields of Jatiluwih stepped along an entire mountain side. Now a UNESCO Cultural Landscape, these fields have adopted the centuries-old Subak irrigation system, a method that has been passed down from generation to generation. Continue to Ubud and check-in at the hotel.

Overnight at The Samaya Ubud

 

Day 9: Ubud (Bali)

After an early breakfast, take part in the daily offerings at a Balinese Compound. Meet a Brahman priest who can read the royal language of Sanskrit, and who will explain how every compound in Bali is built following ancient guidelines delivered in Sanskrit. See the old court of justice at Klungkung and discover the Gunung Kawi Temple hidden in the jungle. Stop to photograph the Cekingan rice terraces crafted into the mountains, and if lucky witness a purification ceremony in Sebatu. Finally, admire the great views of the caldera of Mount Batur at the Puncak Penulisan Temple.

Overnight at The Samaya Ubud

 

Day 10: Ubud (Bali)

Today you get the unique opportunity to have a private consultation with Pak Ketut Liyer, a famous Balinese medicine man, who features in Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, Eat Pray Love. Traditional healers play an important part in Bali’s culture by treating physical and mental illness, removing spells and channelling information from the ancestors. Afterwards take a guided tour of Ubud and visit the famous Monkey Forest, home to three beautiful temples and hundreds of mischievous macaques. Bargain at the market stalls, visit one of Ubud’s main museums, take a look around the Royal Palace, and get an insight into traditional Balinese arts in the many craft workshops. In the evening enjoy dinner in the hotel’s Swept Away Restaurant overlooking the river.

Overnight at The Samaya Ubud

 

Day 11: Ubud – Bali(Airport) – Lombok

Drive to Mas and visit the traditional Balinese compound of a Brahman priest and his family and receive an introduction into local rituals and ceremonies. After a home cooked lunch with the family, visit the famous Tanah Lot Temple, perched on the top of a rock surrounded by the waves of the Indian Ocean. Continue to the airport for the flight to Lombok where you will be met by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Tugu Lombok

 

Day 12: Lombok

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the beach, watch the surfers, book a relaxing spa treatment, or try your hand at one of the hotel’s famous cooking classes.

Overnight at Hotel Tugu Lombok

 

Day 13: Lombok

After another day of relaxing, spend the evening feasting in the style of the ancient kings. The Royal Tugudom dining experience tells the story of the grand dining ceremonies of the royal expeditions of King Hayam Wuruk of the Majapahit Kingdom. Staff dressed in the costumes of the villagers, soldiers and dancers will serve a meal of delicious local dishes.

Overnight at Hotel Tugu Lombok

 

Day 14: Lombok –Departures

Depending on the flight time enjoy your last few hours at this beautiful resort before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.