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TRAVEL GUIDE: INDONESIA

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.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay

Wakatobi Dive Resort
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.

Banyan Tree Bintan


Amandari Resort & Spa

A 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.

A pool at Bagus Jati


The Ritz-Carlton, Bali Resort & Spa

SEAWATER SOOTHES THE SOUL
The 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.
Area of Uluwatu Temple in Bali

A massage at Como Shambhala Esagate at Begawan Giri
FEATURED SPA
Como Shambhala Esagate at Begawan Giri

A tropical hideaway amid forests and rice fields, mountain mists, landscaped grounds and water gardens.

MORE HOTELS AND SPAS
Hotel Tugu Bali

A lifelong love of authentic Indonesian culture has led Anbar Setjadibrata to construct some of the most culturally rich hotels in Bali.
Indonesia Hotels Search

The Best Spas in Bali

We have selected some of the most exclusive, luxurious spas in Bali.
Hotel Tugu Bali

Guides for other parts of the world

(Updated: 03/09/11 CT)

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