The southeast Asian country of Indonesia is the world’s largest island nation and the fourth most populous country on Earth. Comprised of over 17,000 tropical islands, Indonesia also boasts some of the greatest expanses of rainforest in the world, as well as countless tropical beaches and the world’s largest number of active volcanoes. There is a surfeit of things to see and do with a hotel in Indonesia, from UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the 9th century Borobudur Buddhist Temple in Java to the Komodo National Park (think prehistoric looking goat-eating lizards). Once you pay a visit to idyllic Indonesia, you’ll never want to leave.
Jakarta — Located on the island of Java, Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia and one of the largest cities in the world. This gargantuan metropolis is home to a staggering 10 million people and its blend of nationalities is evident from Jakarta’s cuisine, culture and architecture. Book a hotel in Jakarta and you’ll find the remarkable Wisma 46, Indonesia’s highest building.
Bali — A slice of paradise on Earth, the island of Bali is home to some 20,000 religious temples, many of which are located in the Ubud Monkey Forest, a sanctuary filled with wild macaques. Promising stunning tropical beaches, surfing, meditation retreats and colourful Hindu festivals, booking a hotel in Bali really is every traveller’s dream.
Lombok — Situated east of Bali, the island of Lombok is known primarily for its beaches, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving, as well as its turtle hatchery, so you know booking a beachside hotel here is going to be a-OK. The island is dominated by the active volcano Mount Rinjani, which still erupts on occasion. You might want to keep one eye open, just in case!
Balikpapan — Situated on the island of Borneo, the port city of Balikpapan is popular with those looking to explore the natural splendour of Borneo’s unscathed rainforests. Book a hotel here and discover the island’s unique biodiversity with a trip to Balikpapan’s crocodile breeding ground, orangutan park or sun bear conservation centre.
Taking a trip to Jakarta? Then be sure to book a private city tour, covering all the city’s ancient sites from the 700-year-old Sunda Kelapa Harbour to the modern architectural marvels that dominate the city skyline. Alternatively, get back to nature with a private full-day island highlights tour of Bali. Offering an exploration of Bali’s ancient temples, this trek journeys through the island’s traditional rice paddy fields to the highest peaks, all backdropped by awe-inspiring active volcanic landscapes.
There are so many things to do in Indonesia, you’ll never be bored. Explore the exquisite natural waterfalls of Lombok island with a private inland waterfalls full-day tour. You’ll enter the tropical rainforest and visit the pounding waters of the Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel waterfalls. Nearby, you’ll also witness the traditional tribal practices of the locals, passed down through generations. However, in this sweltering climate, you may just want to kick back on the beach with a book, sampling Indonesia’s delectable cuisine and taking the occasional dip in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. In Bali, the choice is all yours.