Ubud is place that moves to its own rhythm, conjuring up images ripped straight out of Eat Pray Love. It’s a slice of Indonesia you feel you have an inkling about but our exclusive experiences on this Bali & Lombok itinerary unwrap its most enthralling secrets so you can peer deep into its spiritual soul.

You’ll bookend your Ubud itinerary with one of Bali’s wildest corners and some well-needed lounging on a holiday in Lombok and the Gili Islands. Begin in West Bali National Park in the island’s north-western corner, a remote corner home to around one hundred species of wildlife, including the iconic Bali starling. You’ll become a guardian for this fragile environment by shadowing a park ranger for the day and taking part in their patrols and appreciating the unique flora and fauna anew.

Next up is Ubud, a town that seems to exist in a dream-like state. You’ll stay at Capella Ubud, a jungle-tangled hotel that truly envelops you in Ubud’s lifestyle and lush surrounds. Enjoy some of Capella’s most unique cultural experiences to help you embody the Balinese way of life, from being purified at a prayer offering ceremony to conjuring up your own Indonesian dish at an expert-led cooking class. When you’re in Bali, you’re never far from a steaming volcano and you’ll leave the hotel while it’s still dark for an unforgettable hike through the lava fields of Mount Agung up to its crater. From its rim watch as the sun rises, casting its soft glow over the sacred volcanoes of Mount Abang and Mount Agung. A real life-affirming moment.

We’ll also make sure you explore Ubud’s wider charms, including the verdant Ubud Monkey Forest and a morning visit to the island-perched temple of Pura Tanah Lot to avoid the sunset crowds. You won’t miss out on Ubud’s most iconic features either; it’s a town renowned for its artistic flair and you’ll discover this first-hand by wandering two of its most acclaimed art museums before we pull out another SevenTravel exclusive – your chance to hone your painting and mask-making skills with a pair of Ubud’s most talented artists.

With your artistic ambitions achieved, it’s time to catch a boat bound for a laid-back luxury holiday in Lombok. Downtime among its blissful bays, beaches and inlets will sandwich a dreamy day trip around the paradisal Gili Islands for iridescent snorkelling, exploring by traditional horse and cart and a toes-in-the-sand lunch to soak up the archipelago’s tropical splendour.


Experience highlights

  • Become a park ranger for the day in West Bali National Park. Learn what it takes to protect its precious array of flora and fauna through hiking patrols and tales and tips told by the rangers you’ll be shadowing.
  • Exclusive experience: Visit Capella Ubud’s beji, a sacred spring footsteps from the revered Wos River. Dressed in traditional Balinese clothing, you’ll be part of a holy offering where a priest will guide you through the chanting and purify you with water from the spring.
  • Exclusive experience: Get a taste for Bali’s appetite with a private hands-on cooking class. Your private chef will share their secrets when it comes to organic gardening, the ingredients they use and their recipes. You’ll create a handful of authentic dishes before turning your hand to a cocktail-making class with Capella Ubud’s resident mixologist.
  • As the saying goes, the early bird catches… the sunrise from atop Mount Batur. Embark on a hike through the volcanic landscape under the cover of darkness to ascend to Mount Batur’s rim and witness one of the most memorable sunrises in your life.
  • Exclusive experience: Meet two of Ubud’s most acclaimed artists and be taken under their wing, first with a painting class from Made Rajig and then wooden mask making with Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan.
  • The rock-topping temple of Tanah Lot is a popular sunset spot but we’ll take you at sunrise so you can enjoy it without the crowds and admire its wave-sculpted beauty.
  • Enjoy an island-hopping cruise around the Gili Islands and snorkel reefs teeming with tropical fish, enjoy a ride in a cidomo along Gili Meno’s laneways and enjoy lunch on the flour-white sands of Gili Air.
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Experience highlights

Stay in one of the traditional joglo villas in Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa
Be encased by the thick jungle of West Bali National Park while at Plataran Menjangan
Shadow one of the national park's rangers for the day
They'll tell you more about West Bali National Park's unique flora and fauna
En route to Ubud, feel the misty spray of Banyumala waterfall
Spy the lakeside temple of Ulun Danu Bratan
Stay in Capella Ubud, encased within the verdant Keliki Valley
Your jungle tented villa pays homage to the spice trader adventurers of old
Be purified by a priest in a spiritual ceremony by a holy spring
Enjoy morning yoga on Capella Ubud's jungle deck
Cook up some of Bali's most authentic dishes under the guidance of a private chef
Follow that up with a cocktail-making class with Capella Ubud's resident mixologist
Hike through Mount Batur's lava fields in the early morning, with the sky still full of stars
Make it up to Mount Batur's crater rim for one of Bali's finest sunrise spots overlooking Mount Agung, and The Island of Lombok
Descend and soothe your muscles in a hot spring
Have a private tour of the Blanco Museum, the former studio of eccentric artist Don Antonio Blanco
Immerse yourself in a painting class led by artist Made Rajig
Master Balinese mask making with wood carver Ida Bagus Anom Suryawan
See Tanah Lot at sunrise, a dramatic rock-perched temple
Spy the multi-roofed pagodas of Taman Ayun temple
Walk among cheeky macaques and moss-carpeted temples in Ubud Monkey Forest
Soak up the burnt orange hues of Pura Taman Saraswati
Enjoy an authentic Balinese lunch in the centre of Pura Taman Saraswati's temple
Hide away at The Oberoi Lombok on the island's tranquil north-western coast
Slink back on the ivory-white sands of The Oberoi Lombok's private beach
Enjoy a full day cruise around the Gili Islands on a traditional Indonesian outrigger
Snorkel among pristine coral gardens off the shores of Gili Meno
Climb into a cidomo (horse cart) and hurtle around Gili Meno's quiet lanes
Visit a coconut farm, watching the harvest before sampling the fruits of the farmers' labour for yourself
Have lunch on one of Gili Air's white beaches
Savour the coastal panorama from atop Malimbu Hill

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    Where you’ll stay


    Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa, West Bali National Park

    Cradled by the pristine rainforest of unheralded West Bali National Park, Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa is an eco-resort that lives in tandem with nature. From the traditional joglo villas to the farm-to-fork cuisine and the tree planting programme, everything is geared towards leaving no footprint in this wild corner of Bali. And when you’re waking up to the chirps of endangered Bali starlings and watching deer trot past your dinner table, you’ll realise how special – and crucial – this place really is.


    Capella Ubud, Ubud

    Paying a glorious tribute to nineteenth-century European spice traders, hotel design guru Bill Bensley has turned the jungle camp experience on its head with Capella Ubud. Discreetly tucked within the lush greenery of Keliki Valley, each of the luxury tented retreats are named adventurous vocations (cartographer, carpenter and so on) and are suitably filled with vintage curios to match. From the moment you stumble upon Capella Ubud you feel you’re on your own expedition – the excitement only builds from there.


    The Oberoi Lombok, Lombok

    Kicking back on Lombok’s sleepy north-western coast, The Oberoi Lombok feels more like a private island retreat given the seclusion it exudes. This is island tropicana at its zenith: Balinese thatched villas jockey for space with palm trees whose perfect reflections shimmer in the resort’s three pools. But it’s the vanilla-tinged sands of Medana Bay that steal the show, a postcard-ready beach that is all yours to wallow in. This is where you can holiday like no-one’s watching – because there really isn’t.

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