Known worldwide for its battle with Mother Nature, Indonesia is the world's largest archipelagic state which also has the largest Muslim-majority population. Although rich in natural resources and with a high level of biodiversity, the country continues to struggle with extreme poverty. Its beauty, however, attracts tourists to its many cultural and natural sights. Remove your shoes to enter the mosques and temples of its many religious groups or lounge by the pristine beaches of Bali. Use your right hand to sample a selection of Indonesian food, including sate kerang (shellfish kebabs), telor pindang (preserved eggs) and es teh manis (sweet iced tea). Don't just observe the local customs of Indonesia — practice them.
TOP HOTEL CULINARY SCHOOLS Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay
Learn about the finer points of Balinese, Indonesian and spa cuisine at this luxurious hotel cooking school, which features its own dedicated chef and gourmet-savvy kitchen.
TOP DIVING HOTELS Wakatobi Dive Resort
Located in a National Marine Park in the Wakatobi archipelago in the Banda Sea, this eco-friendly resort offers easy access to several dozen outlying sites with three boat dives a day. Miles of drop-offs, slopes, caverns, caves and seamounts will give you plenty to dream about as you lie in bed each night in your rustic, romantic bungalow.
NIRVANA FOR SUN WORSHIPPERS Banyan Tree Bintan If you're looking for romance and are ready to splurge, look no further than the Banyan Tree Bintan in Indonesia, a mere 60 minute catamaran ride from the bustle of Singapore.
PLAYGROUND FOR AMAN JUNKIES Amandari This
luxury resort was designed as a walled Balinese
village with only thirty private villas connected
by paved footpaths. Here you can relax and be healed.
A PIECE OF ETERNITY Bagus
Jati Indicated even in the
name—Bagus Jati is bahasa Indonesian for "doubly
good" or "very good"—this resort
was built with health and well-being in mind. Experience
the peace and beauty of this lush Balinese escape.
Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa It's hard to imagine a more romantic
and soothing location to indulge in your every
whim—especially now, thanks to the recent
renovation of Thalasso Spa.
72-HOUR VACATION Bali
Bali is a medley
of grace, beauty, and serendipity heralded by a
name that sounds and feels like honey. Discover
for yourself this subtle chemistry via its culture,
beautiful people and delicious foods.