Palm fringed beaches, clear azure seas, fascinating culture, amazing wildlife, and tropical landscapes are just some of the reasons why luxury holidays to Indonesia hit the spot. As the world's largest archipelago with 17,000 islands, Indonesia spans the equator between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. No matter which of Indonesia's islands you choose, a unique holiday experience is just waiting to be discovered.
Java is home to the country's capital Jakarta and an abundance of temples, dramatic landscapes, and the famous Krakatau volcano. The romantic island of Bali is the perfect place to chill-out on the beach, enjoy shopping and dine on local culinary treats. Uncover endangered rhinoceros, tigers and orang-utan, and jaw-dropping scenery on Sumatra. Great beaches and world class diving await on the island of Sulawesi. The island of Kalimantan is a mass of jungle and home to the orang-utan.
Indonesia enjoys a tropical climate, so expect hot and humid weather year-round. The dry season runs from June to September, typhoon season hits from September through to December, followed with the monsoon season from December through to March. As a general rule, the best time to visit is between April and October.
What you get up to on Indonesia holidays depends on where you stay. In the capital Jakarta, you can marvel at the Istiqual Mosque and have fun at the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah. On Bali, there's the Tan Lot Temple, the Monkey Forest Sanctuary, the Elephant Safari Park and shopping at the Ubud Art Market. On Sumatra, trek through jungles in search of orang-utans in their natural habitat and visit stunning Lake Toba. On Sulawesi, experience sea-life at the Bunaken Marine Parks, the flora and fauna at Bantimarung Nature Reserve and the unique 'Land of Heavenly Kings' at Torajaland.
Indonesian cuisine is world renowned for being hot and spicy. Rice is the centrepiece of every meal, accompanied by meat, vegetables or seafood cooked in aromatic spices like lemon grass, cardamom, saffron, ginger and tamarind. Gado-Gado, vegetables cooked in a peanut sauce, is a favourite on Java, while in Bali tuck into Babi Guling (suckling pig) or sample Redang (buffalo coconut curry) in Sumatra. Jasmine and green teas, traditional coffee, and tropical fruit juices quench your thirst.
You're sure to find a night out to suit your taste across the Indonesia islands. Jakarta has the liveliest night-time scene with its plentiful bars, nightclubs and live music. The beach-side towns of Kuta and Sunur on Bali also offer a buzzing night-life. Dancing is an art form in Indonesia, depicting ancient legends and stories, and many of the larger hotels put on weekly shows to entertain guests. Don’t miss the famous moonlight festivals and Indonesian puppet shows too.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.