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.
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.
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.
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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