No ordinary archipelago, this is the world’s biggest: with 17,500-plus islands sprawling between Asia and Australia. Many are uninhabited; some are legendary (think Java, Sumatra, Papua); and almost all are worth exploring.

"These are places made for adventure: where dramatic volcanoes tower over lush rainforest fringed by white sandy beaches, with coral reefs, jungles and wildlife galore."

Adventure looms large in this vast and steamy archipelago, where the best of Southeast Asia's heady scents, vivid colours, dramatic vistas and diverse cultures brew a potent mixture, leaving your senses spinning. Bali's religion is almost tangible and no matter where you venture you will see mini temples filled with gorgeous scents and vibrant flowers, as the peaceful and hospitable people pay their respects.

Bali's cultural heart lies in Ubud and is the place for antique markets, Balinese shows, architectural rice paddy fields and even a volcano! Java too has its own qualities, the colossal metropolis and cultural sites including the string of volcanoes (some docile, some not!) and the amazing Buddhist temple Borobudur. One visit is just never enough.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Jakarta

  • Time Difference

    GMT +6

  • Best Time to Visit

    May-Oct

  • Currency

    Indonesian Rupian

Indonesia

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Choose from the cream of Indonesia’s finest resorts

  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay JIMBARAN BAY, BALI

    Resting above the idyllic white sands of Jimbaran Beach, this gorgeous Four Seasons haven gives all other romantically-inclined resorts a serious run for their money.

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  • Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan UBUD, BALI

    A truly well-rounded resort in the island’s central highlands, nestling amongst the rice paddies of Bali’s stunning interior, this lovely property is perhaps the most prestigious address in culture-rich Ubud.

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  • Amandari UBUD, BALI

    Aman are world-renowned for super-stylish resorts which ooze modern luxury, and the hillside retreat of Amandari, overlooking emerald-green rice fields and the spectacular Ayung River Gorge, is no exception.

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  • Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve Ubud

    Set among rolling hills, in a district renowned for its arts and crafts, Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers luxury villas, unique wellness and dining experiences, and breathtaking architecture too.

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  • The Ritz-Carlton, Bali Nusa Dua

    With the Indian Ocean providing a mesmerising backdrop, The Ritz-Carlton, Bali welcomes guests in distinctive Balinese fashion – with warmth, spirituality and a cornucopia of fresh discoveries.

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  • The St. Regis Bali Resort NUSA DUA, BALI

    The St. Regis Resort Bali combines a magical mix of panoramic ocean and lush garden views, and reflects a true element of style in the culturally-rich environment of Bali.

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  • Soori Bali TABANAN, BALI

    Get back to nature, albeit with a staunchly-modern twist, in a unique setting where greener-than-green rice terraces meet rugged coastline and eerily-beautiful black-sand beaches.

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  • Amankila MANGGIS, BALI

    If super-cool accommodation with a smart Indonesian twist, cascading azure pools with exquisite sea views and divine spa treatments served up on peppered sands float your boat, then look no further.

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  • The Sanchaya Bintan Island

    An exclusive beachfront estate on beautiful Bintan, with all-day dining, a wonderful spa and a large Olympic size pool, The Sanchaya is, without doubt, the island’s most captivating place to stay.

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  • Amanjiwo JAVA

    With a name meaning ‘peaceful soul’, the exotic Amanjiwo offers guests the chance to relax and recharge in the midst of this beautiful island’s most spectacular landscape.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Meet Jungle Jim

    Meet Jungle Jim

    It’s not all beaches and reefs in Indonesia – the lush jungles of its larger islands have fascinating tribal cultures and stunning wildlife, not least the endangered Orangutans of Kalimantan and Sumatra.

  2. Enter the Dragon

    Enter the Dragon

    Komodo National Park may be a little more out of the way, but it’s well worth a visit – it’s home to the rare Komodo dragons, the globe’s biggest lizards and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site too.

  3. After Dark

    After Dark

    Whether you err on the side of fame or infamy, Bali’s nightlife is legendary, with almost every night a festival. Probably its most raucous corner is Kuta, where fun is very much on the menu.