AN EXTRAORDINAry variety of geography, volcanic islands, beautiful beaches, cultural experiences

With more than 18,000 islands scattered across nearly eight million square kilometres of tropical ocean, Indonesia embodies an extraordinary variety of geography and hundreds of distinct island cultures. Sumatra, Java, Bali, Lombok, Sulawesi and Papua to name but a few – are all distinct island cultures and need to be approached in a very different way, with specialist advice on each.

As just one example, a road trip from Central Java to Bali is unforgettable: aptly nicknamed the ‘route of the volcanoes’ this intoxicating journey allows more adventurous travellers to experience unspoilt Indonesia, while still staying in extremely comfortable accommodation.

On Bali, a night at a Balinese Princess’s palace under the shadow of Agung volcano; a day with a personal shopper discovering the island’s most stylish sources of jewellery, fabrics and accessories (or a week sourcing fabulous furniture); a Hindu festival in a hideaway village – this is a side of Bali that few visitors see, confining themselves instead to the world-class resorts that dot its coastline and hill country.

Having travelled to Bali extensively and discovered how easy and rewarding it is to get off the beaten track, we encourage our clients to do so, too, and experience the real Bali with our cultural guide.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as a guide, we can arrange ten days in Indonesia (not including flights) from £2700 per person.


The creation of each individual itinerary starts with a client’s dream. In discussion we translate these initial desires and aspirations into our vision of the best achievable holiday. Our meticulous planning and love of our destinations ensure that we create once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We promise you precious and everlasting memories.

Under the Skin of Indonesia

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The archipelago of Indonesia is made up of literally thousands of islands and has hundreds of ethnic groups. Each island is completely distinct, so we have planned an itinerary which gives you a flavour of three which whilst very different link very easily with local flights over short distances. For those who want a bit…

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

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The first of the Aman hotels in Indonesia, Amandari is situated in the heart of Ubud, Bali's cultural centre. Designed in the style of a traditional Balinese village, temples and holy shrines are scattered around the grounds. The hotel looks out onto the sacred land of the Ayung Valley with vistas over lush rice paddies and the gentle, undulating folds of the hills extending into the distance.

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Amanusa, set on a limestone hillside amidst lush gardens, has been delighting its guests for more than 20 years and when we visited recently, we found it difficult to fault. Amanusa is located on Bali's southernmost peninsula, Nusa Dua, overlooking the Indian Ocean with the distant view of the volcano Gunung Agung providing a backdrop.

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Literally meaning 'peaceful hill', Amankila is perched on a cliff edge, with unrivalled views out over the Lombok Strait and distant glimpses of faraway islands on the horizon. For many years our favourite Aman in Bali, this gorgeous hotel is the 'grande dame' of Indonesia's current collection of five properties, but is still as special as the day it opened. Its layout draws inspiration from the nearby Karangasem palaces, with echoes of rice terraces evident in the glorious three-tiered pool.

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An exciting new addition to the Aman fleet in Indonesia comes in the form of Amandira, which started cruising the Indonesian archipelago in 2015. It can comfortably accommodate 6 guests and a further 4 guests in bunk beds, making it the perfect adventurous holiday for a large family or group of friends to take exclusively. What better way than this to explore the remote indigo waters of Raja Ampat and the Komodo National Park, without compensating on luxury?

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Alila Seminyak

Alila Seminyak, Bali

Due to open in October 2015, the Alila Seminyak, like all Alila Resorts, will be a heavenly retreat exuding understated elegance; a haven where time stands still and relaxation becomes the main focus. Part of the Alila Lifestyle Collection, the concept behind this brand new hotel is to create a blissful oasis in the heart of Bali’s sophisticated Seminyak in the South West of the island.

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Alila Purnama

Alila Purnama, Luxury Boat

Alila Purnama is one of our first choices when it comes to boating experiences in Indonesia. Built in the style of a traditional Phinisi ship it is sleek, ultra-modern, incredibly stylish and extremely luxurious. It is the best way to enjoy the untouched turquoise waters of the Indonesian islands, especially for those looking to sample some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world or visit local tribal islands for a more cultural experience.

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Amanjiwo, Java Island

Amanjiwo is a wonderful hotel to enjoy the incredible views over the rural heartland of Central Java, away from the bustling capital of Jakarta. Lush green rolling hills, jutting volcanoes and centuries-old Javanese monuments are just some of the sights visible from the hotel. The most outstanding feature of Amanjiwo is its position next to the breathtaking Borobudur temple, and we recommend that all our clients visit at sunrise to catch it at its most beautiful.

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Amanwana, Moyo Island

Amanwana, on Moyo Island is one of our favourite destinations. It is an island paradise; an isolated cluster of luxurious tents set out under a canopy of tropical trees. Guests wake to the sound of bird call, and can stroll out of their tent to the incredible sights and sounds of the jungle. The diving and snorkelling in the indigo waters is some of the best in Indonesia and is the only resort on the island of Moyo due to the wildlife reserve on the island.

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Tugu Hotel

Tugu Hotel, Lombok

What we love about Tugu Lombok is its individuality – filled with beautiful one-off antiques and artwork giving it a quirky and unique style. The hotel is steeped in local history and the staff are interested and eager to share their knowledge with guests. We have known the general manager for years and know how dedicated the staff are to creating a special experience for their guests, which is exactly why we can highly recommend this hotel to our clients.

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Nihiwatu, Sumba Island

Nihiwatu’s wild and remote location combined with stunning villas and laid-back approach makes it a firm favourite of ours. The unspoilt tribal island of Sumba is unbelievably charming and the ideal place to escape the crowds and enjoy Indonesia at its best. The resort has been a mecca for surfers for years and it offers so much more than the usual beach holiday. Stay in luxury whilst immersing yourself into the island’s magnificently preserved ancient culture.

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The Sanchaya

The Sanchaya

Newly opened The Sanchaya is situated on the tropical island of Bintan. Only a short distance away from Singapore and close enough to reach Indonesia this is the perfect private island escape. Facing crystal clear waters full of dolphin and turtles and white sand beaches and surrounded by rainforest this idyllic getaway is perfect for after a business trip or for people wanting to break up a long haul flight.

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For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.


Exploring Borobudur

Even though built 1,200 years ago, the sheer scale of Borobudur is spectacular. It still looms impressively out of the rice paddies which make up the landscape around it. It is all the more special having survived being buried by volcanic ash and being blown up by terrorists in 1991.

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Driving across East Java

The least densely populated and most scenically beautiful part of Java - you drive across a rolling landscape dotted with smoking volcanoes. It is well worth climbing Mount Bromo or the lesser climbed and more inaccessible Mount Ijen which is still ‘mined’ by hand for its sulphur.

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Seminyak- Bali

Seminyak is an up-market district of Kuta in Southern Bali that oozes laidback sophistication and bohemian chic. Famed beach hangouts Potato Head and Ku De Ta have put Seminyak on the map and transformed the area with its high-end designer boutiques, art galleries, luxury spas, trendy nightspots, fine-dining and chic cafes into one of the Bali’s hottest destinations.

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Sailing around Indonesia

One of the most amazing journeys you could possibly take, charter one of our many luxury boats which can sleep from 2-10 people. Venturing onto undiscovered islands, catching a glimpse of the komodo dragons, hiking up volcanoes, diving/snorkelling amongst pristine marine environments all without another tourist in sight.

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Get Under the Skin of Ubud, Bali

Surrounded by a lush landscape of hills and rice paddies, Ubud has always been home to many of Bali’s best artists and artisans. It now has a thriving restaurant/cafe scene and good shops, so offers a real alternative to the bigger beach resorts which hug the coast. It also has some of Bali’s best small hotels in the stunning countryside just outside the town.

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As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.


Uluwatu Temple And Fire Dance

The highlight of Francesca Rigby's trip to Bali was a visit to Uluwatu Temple in the South of the island, where she saw a spectacular performance of the Balinese fire dance known as the Ramayana Monkey Chant.

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Catching the Surf at Nihiwatu

Surfing doesn't come naturally to everyone, and if you have never attempted it before it can be a terrifying experience. With the help of her personal instructor, Jenny Wilkinson clambered on her board, and embraced the waves off the Indonesian coast.

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Sailing Around Indonesia

The Silolonia is Indonesia's most luxurious classic schooner. Joana Mollet privately charted this luxury boat for an experience she will never forget, from snorkelling with a group of manta, to sailing past deserted islands and stopping off for private picnics.

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A Magical Adventure To Indonesia

A voyage of senses, the smells, sounds, textures, color and tastes are things that Barbara Harrison will never forget. From a private beach BBQ to exploring Ubud this trip was everything she wanted and more.

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Amandari - Pool Music Pavilion

A Romantic Holiday in Indonesia

Planning a memorable and romantic proposal can be quite daunting, but not for our client Luca Di Mauro who came to c+l for help with finding a very special setting to get down on one knee.

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We know Indonesia better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit

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Best time to go

Given the spread of the country and each island’s very particular micro-climate, there is always somewhere which works weather-wise. However April to October is the best season to visit Bali, Lombok and Java which is where most visitors want to go. Further West the season gets shorter, further East the season gets longer.

Whilst the outer islands have few hotels and lodges of note, there are increasingly sophisticated small yachts available for those who want to dive and explore further afield. Indonesia combines well with many other destinations in South East Asia but most of our clients tend to stay within the country for two or even three weeks, given the variety of landscape and the choice of hotels.

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