Yogyakarta

  • 9 days family tour over Java and Bali

    Pack up the gang and head into Java's cultures on a family adventure as your sense of adventure doenst't disappear just because you have kids.... Even better, every child is adventurous. If you’ve been putting off a Javanese family holiday because of the language barrier or logistical worries, don't. With this tour you will discover the best of Java’s street markets, taste Malang's finest bakso, sip tea in the Bromo highlands and visit Indonesia's finest temples. Experience Java the right way: as a family. Java is brimming with unforgettable memories.  


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    Long & short itinerary - 9 days family tour Java & Bali

    Please, read the day by day itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full itinerary. This 9 days family tour is designed for a family with children between 4 and 12 years of age. Indonesians realy adore children and are natural caretakers. This is what makes your holiday more than just a holiday: a relaxing experience.

    Arrival in YogyakartaSymbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Family tour in Java with end in Bali Arrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest, take a swim, head to the spa, or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. Situated at the Malioboro boulevard. The hotel offers a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and BaliVisit the Borobudur and cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Day 2 of your Family tour Java and Bali Visit the Borobudur & cycle through the villages surrounding Indonesia's most famous temple

    Cycling YogyakartaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia. The temple was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossible apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue,visiting villages is next on your day-trip. The cycling trip will take you to rice fields, other kinds agricultural land, and farms. You will meet locals at work on the fields and at home, and get to know how they live. Many villagers have at home some extra incoming earning activity - home industry - to provide them with extra income. Feel free to give a helping hand and ask questions. If you prefer to go by horse cart, to see it all a little differently, come along!

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    Symbol day 3 - Family tour in East Java with drop in Bali, IndonesiaWater fun in Yogyakarta

    The lighthouse and the pirate ship greet you at the entrance to Jogja Bay Pirates Adventure Waterpark. Open from 09.00 to 18.00 to experience numerous spectacular slides, artificial waves, and a running river. There is also a swimming pool for the smallest with their own slides and other water fun. You can easily spend a whole day as there are also numerous locations with different kinds of food. The store in the pirate ship might even provide you with some souvenirs...

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    Day 4 - Family tour - start Yogyakarta and end in BaliBy train from Yogyakarta to Malang

    By train from Yogyakarta to MalangThe Executive train departs at 08.00 in the morning. Have some breakfast before you head to the train station. This ride is an experience. It shows you parts of Java you wouldn't see if you travel by car. The sceneries are beautiful and the kids have some space to stretch their legs, do some games and play with Javanese kids. At 15.30 you are picked up in Malang and by car you head in about 1 hour to Batu village.

     

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    Pohon Inn Hotel- This hotel is located at the entrance of the zoo named Jatim Park 2. The rooms have WiFi and ac, although not really necessary in this refreshing village in the hills. In the hotel one can find a restaurant with a plateau that twiddles slowly to observe some tigers and panthers. In the zoo one can find besides many many animals, a fun park with more than a few attractions and a fun swimming pool. The zoo is open from 09.30 till 17.30.

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Symbol day 5 - Family Tour - East JavaWhat would you and your family like to do today?

    Family tour Java and BaliToday the options are open. The possibilities are rafting, waterfalls, hot springs, swimming, several kinds of musea, fun parks and the zoo. Make your choice.

     

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    Hotel Pohon Inn

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    Symbol day 6 - Family tourBatu local life & Malang as the refreshing city with character

    A walk through the farmer's fields. If you like, you can give them a helping hand. Immerse yourself in Javanese village live. Your guide will help you to feel at ease and enjoy the surroundings and the villagers. Drink a cup of coffee with a newly met family... You will also visit the local tofu factory where soy beans are processed. An interesting process....
    In the afternoon you will drive to Malang where you will spend the night. The babysitter is available in case you would like to spend an evening together.

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    Hotel Pelangi - it is one of Malang's oldest hotel as it was built around 1915. It is located at Malang's heart, at the town square which was transformed into a nice public park. The hotel has a small but fine swimming pool and the colonial atmosphere is adding to the experience.

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Symbol day 7 - Family Tour by SmartineDiscover Malang, visit an orphanage and Hawai Waterpark

    Kampong Warna-Warni in Malang, East JavaTake it easy today. You can discover Malang, with or without a guide and with or withour your kids. Our babysitter has her experiences and very well knows how to entertain them. It is her nature to entertain kids, who immedeately will feel at ease and love to share time with her. You can also as family visit the orphanage Al Kaaf in Jabung. Hawai Waterpark which isn't that far from the city center is a favourable activity to start or end your day.

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    Hotel Pelangi

    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    Symbol day 8Bromo sunrise tour

    The Bromo sinrise tour starts at midnight. You will be picked up at your hotel by Jeep. Via Tumpang you drive in about 3 hours to Mt. Pananjakan from where you can see the sunrise, if weather conditions allow you to. If it is really dark, the skies are clear, and you aren't delayed, the Milkyway might be waiting for you. If not, you will have to wait for the sunrise.... The sunrise over this ancient landscape can be spectacular as colors come out and change your views. Mt. Semeru is every once in a while erupting to add some mistery to the scenery. After the sun has risen you will descend to the Sea of Sand which you will have to cross before you can climb Mt. Bromo. It is only a 45 minutes walk one way and not that heavy. Take your time at the top of an active volcano in an ancient lunarlike landscape.
    Once back at the Jeep you will be brought to the airport in Malang via de savanna which can be apple green during the raining season and desertlike during dry season. You will also visit a waterfall and a small temple called Jago. Your flight departs at 14.30. It is only a 1 hour flight to Denpasar in Bali. In Bali you are picked up and brought to your last destination of this trip.

    Note: 1. bring some warm clothes as the temperatures are very low; between 0 and 10 °C. 2. there are several view points to see the sunrise. In case you wish to avoid some crowds (if you are visiting during high season) alternatives can be discussed if you wish.

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    Hotel Hard Rock Bali - Kuta, Bali. This hotel is defenitely an attraction for rockin' kids. It is an impressive three-hectare prime site right in the heart of Bali’s entertainment and shopping district. It comes with a swimming pool with slide, spa, meditation, sauna, fitness and climbing wall. It is only a 3 minutes walk to the beach.

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    Symbol day 9Enjoy your hotel and Kuta beach

    After an astoundingly night in an amazing hotel you have another morning to enjoy where you are. Suddenly a nine days holiday has come to an end... If you wish, you can extend your stay in the hotel.

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT


    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.

    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

  • BOROBUDUR & PRAMBANAN - 1 DAY

    The Borobudur & Prambanan in YogyakartaDESCRIPTION: You will be picked up in your hotel at any time you wish. Our advice is that that shouldn't be too late, as it is quite an undertaking to visit two genuinely fascinating temples. Which one you would like to see first is up to you. When it is time, you will have a local lunch in a restaurant.
    When time seems sufficient, you can also visit the Sultance's Palace, Kraton, and/or the Water Castle. You can do this in between the tempels or at the end of the tour.

    PRICE PER PERSON IN USD:

    2 travelers: 105
    3 or more travelers: 80

    Price includes: transport with driver and fuel, meals: 1x local lunch, 2x mineral water, guide at the Borobudur temple, guide at the Prambanan temple, parking fees
    Price does not include: travel insurance, optional tours, personal expenses, entrance fee Kraton, entrance fee Water Castle

  • Overland Java - Bali

    Two islands, many destinations. Java is the heart of the nation. Home to almost 150 million people it is the most populated island in the world.Though, it holds a formidable collection of charming landscapes, sparkling rice fields, active volcanoes, dizzling cities, magical archaeological sites and profound traditions in art, music and dance. While thoughts of Bali are those of paradise. Though Bali is more than a place; it's a feeling, a tropical state of mind. It is the essence of Bali that makes it so much more than just a sunny retreat.Experience one of the world's classic overland routes in your journey through time. 


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    Long and short itinerary - 12 days Java & Bali

    This classic tour is the best option if you would like to see the most impressive highlights that Indonesia has to offer. After 12 days you will defenitely be impressed.
    Take a look at the short itinerary. If you would like to read the itinerary in more detail, just click on the title and a full description will show.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Tour Live Local

    Symbol day 1 - Tour Live LocalArrive in Yogyakarta

    Your driver is waiting for you at the airport or at the train station. He will make your arrival smooth and guide you to your hotel in Yogyakarta. Your hotel is situated on the famous Malioboro boulevard; the famous 'shopping-for-souvenirs-street'. You can rest or get acquainted with Yogya.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro- a good start for your stay in Indonesia. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Visit the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaOne of the seven world wonders the Borobudur & the surprisingly scenic Dieng Plateau

    The Borobudur in Yogyakarta - JavaIn the morning you will visit the Borobudur temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Indonesia that was built in the 9th century. Overlooking impossibly apple green sawahs, swaying palms and surrounded by eye-catching volcanic peaks, this monumental Buddhist structure has survived Gunung Merapi’s eruptions and many earthquakes. The Borobudur remains as mysterious and as beautiful as it probably also was about 1200 years ago.
    One can find three monasteries in the neighborhood of the Borobudur. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer if you like.
    If your are ready to continue, the Dieng Plateau is next on your day-trip. This complex of Hindu temples was built in the 7th century. The five main temples form the Arjuna complex are clustered together on the central Dieng plain, which are connected to eachother by raised walkways. It are Shiva temples that have been named after the heroes of the wayang stories: Arjuna, Puntadewa, Srikandi, Sembadra and Semar. Locals offer, burn incense and meditate here.
    Then you continue to visit the Sikidang volcanic crater, one of several craters at the Dieng Plateau that are still active. Kawah Sikidang consists in steaming vents and anxiously bubbling mud ponds. Be careful as the trails are sometimes muddy and slippery. After Sikidang you will visit the Warna lake - Telaga Warna. The lake has turquoise and cobalt colours from the bubbling sulphur deposits around its shores. To find some privacy, follow the trail counterclockwise to the adjoining lake.
    When you feel ready, you will go back to your hotel in Yogyakarta.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Yogyakarta city tour & Pramabanan temple Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, Indonesia

    Symbol day 3 of the tour Live Local - East Java, IndonesiaYogyakarta city tour in the morning while the Prambanan temple is scheduled for the afternoon

    Employer at the Sultan's Palace - YogyakartaThere are a few cultural must-sees in Yogyakarta. The first one is the Sultan's Palace, also called Kraton, is the cultural and political hearth of Yogyakarta. In fact this is a walled city and home to about 25,000 people of whom 1,000 are employed by the Sultan. The area where the current Sultan still lives was built between 1755 and 1756. This is an examples of Javanese palace architecture. There are daily cultural performances in the kraton’s inner pavilion; starting around 9 or 10 am, varying from gamelan to Javanese poetry readings.
    The second must-see is the water castle - Taman Sari - which is another historical relic to be found just southwest of the kraton. It once served the sultan and his entourage. The water castle was built between 1758 and 1765, and lasted only for 100 years due to war and earthquakes. The bathing pools have been restored.
    Then the journey continues to the Prambanan temple, just outside Yogyakarta and listed in 1991 on the Unesco World Heritage List. The impressive Hindu temples of Prambanan are set in the plains and the best remaining examples of Java’s extended period of Hindu culture. The temples were built between the 8th and 10th century.
    Probably it is getting evening when you are heading back to your hotel. Enjoy your time.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    Free day in Yogyakarta Day 4 of your Live Local tour

    Day 4 of your Live Local tourFree day in Yogyakarta

    A massage for relaxationMake the most of your day off in the cultural and political hearth of Java.

     

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    Ibis Hotel Malioboro

    By executive train to Malang Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East Java

    Symbol day 5 - Live Local Tour - East JavaBy executive train to Malang

    Have an early breakfast at your hotel as your train departs at 07.30. You can take a becak to the train station which is nearby. The Malioboro Express will arrive after about 8 hours in Malang. You will be waited for at the train station and brought to your hotel.

     

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    Hotel Ibis Malang - Ibis Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    Malang, the refreshing city with characterSymbol day 6 - Live local tour

    Symbol day 6 - Live local tourMalang, the refreshing city with character

    Becak driver - easy mode of transport in East JavaA day of choices. You can discover the city on foot or by bike with a guide, you can take a guided cycling tour to Tumpang village, or cook your lunch during a cooking class in the kampong. Or, just have the day to yourself and discover on your own or just relax in your hotel.

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    Hotel Ibis Malang

    The breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by Smartine

    Symbol day 7 - Overland Tour by SmartineThe breathtaking volcanic Bromo region is your today's destination

    Farmer Bromo area - East JavaAt 01.00 in the morning you will be picked up. It is a three hours drive to Mt. Pananjakan, from which viewpoint you can first meat with the breathtaking volcanic Bromo region. The moonlike landscape in full glory is welcoming you when the sun is rising. Mt. Semeru - Java's highest peak - throws its shadows over the scene, while erupting every 20 minutes.
    If Bromo's condition allows you too, you can walk to the crater rim of this active volcano, after you crossed the black volcanic Sea of Sand. Mt. Bromo is flanked by Mt. Kursi (2581 m) and Mt. Batok (2440 m), both higher than Mt. Bromo (2392 m). All three volcanoes have emerged in an old crater which stretches 10 km across, surrounded by the towering cliffs of the crater's edge.
    Then, when you meet your driver again, he will bring you to hotel Cafe Lava where you can have your breakfast. After you revived a bit, your journey continues in the direction if Mt. Ijen. Your route guides you via the winding and hilly road over Mt. Arek-Arek before you reach Bondowoso.

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    Bondowoso - Ijen View Hotel.As your stay in Bondowoso is short, you might enjoy your rest, but a swimming pool is also available.

    The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake - house PemuteranSymbol day 8

    Symbol day 8The largest blue fire area in the world: Ijen crater lake

    Early morning departure! At around midnight you will depart to see the phenomenal blue fire at the Ijen crater lake. But, keep in mind that the possibility to see it is depending on local weather conditions. If local weather conditions don't allow you too, or if you do not wish to see the blue fire, you can leave later. Then discuss your departure time with your driver.
    After arriving in Paltuding it is a one and a half hours hike to the greatest acidic lake in the world. You will meet the heroic sulphur miners which have probably one of the heaviest tasks in the world. The miners carry baskets between 80 and 100 kg filled with vast sulphur up the crater rim and then down the mountain slopes to the sulphur weighing area behind the parking lot where you parked your car. 
    Once you are back at the car, your next destination is Pemuteran in Bali. You will take the ferry in Ketapang.

    Note: the blue fire tour is only for those in good physical condition as it is a serious undertaking which can only be seen when it is still dark.

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    Pemuteran (Bali) - Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto.Kubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome.

    Snorkeling neaar Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran - house UbudSymbol day 9

    Symbol day 9Snorkeling near Menjangan island & snooze at the beach getaway Pemuteran

    Fishes in the sea when snorkeling near Menjangan island, BaliMenjangan can be found within the protected area of West Bali National Park. Menjangan is famous for its calm and clear waters, while the bountiful sea life is just an aquarium but then 10 times better. Beautiful coral formations, clownfish-filled anemones, dazzling coral walls and drop-offs, and caves and nooks to hide in. You might even be lucky to see whale sharks, mantas and turtles. The water temperature is lovely with a 29 ºC, and the current is none to mild.
    After snorkeling you will be heading to Ubud, the cultural center of Bali. It also has good restaurants and cafes and many street shops filled with the work of local artists.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.As they call it "A peaceful retreat' in the hearth of Ubud. With only 19 rooms that are cocooned within a tropical garden.

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    Symbol day 10 - Overland Tour Java BaliDance, volcanoes & art

    Tegallalang rice fields near Ubud in Bali, IndonesiaDances are merged with stories and history. The "Barong and Kris Dance" is one of Bali's iconic dances. There are two main characters, namely Barong, which is a lion-like spirit that protects the land and its people, and Rangda, who is a demon queen. A kris is an asymmetrical dagger and deeply rooted into Indonesian culture. The Baron and Kris Dance shows many men waving the kris. The close ties to the mythological traditions of Bali makes this performance interesting.
    Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a Nature Reserve & Hindu temple complex. The Monkey Forest lies within the village of Padangtegal, which owns it. To the villagers the Monkey Forest is as an important spiritual, economic, educational, and conservation center. The Forest covers approximately 10 hectares and contains at least 115 different species of trees and is home to three Hindu temples, that were constructed around 1350. About 600 Balinese long-tailed monkeys live in the forest.
    You will also visit the central palace Puri Saren Agung. It was the home of the last "king" of Ubud, and now his descendants live in the palace. It was also Ubud's first hotel, opening its doors to paying visitors in the 1930s.
    Another artistic spot to visit is Batuan village, which one can find about 10 km south of Ubud. Batuan village is well-known for its style of painting that originated in the village in the 1930s. This style has emerged into a major Balinese artistic style, known as a Batuan painting. The village also contains art galleries and cooperative art societies. Every full moon the ancient Gambuh dance is performed.
    Sri Batu village is a village where one can see how several spices, coffee, cacao, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, and passion fruit are grown. Once can also sample Bali chocolate. Probably you are getting hungry somewhere along this trip. A stopover to have lunch with the volcano Kintamani and Batur Lake as your view, must be brilliant.
    Next. Gunung Kawi Sebatu is a Hindu water temple dedicated to Vishnu. The temple complex is built on a natural spring, which feed a series of ponds and pools. Then you still have Tegallalang and Gajah cave on the list for today. Tegallalang is the area north of Ubud and full with beautiful rice fields, those jaw-dropping ones. Take a hike. Goa Gajah - or elephant cave - is your last part of the day, if you still have some energy left. This temple takes you back to the 11th century, if you can imagine it without the parking area and the various souvenir shops and refreshments kiosks.

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    Ubud - Adi Cottage.

    Culture and beach Symbol - house Sanur

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    Barong in the 'Barong and Keris dance' in Bali - IndonesiaAfter breakfast, check all your belongings and get them in your bag. You are moving to another hotel for the last time during this trip.
    Your day will start with a visit to one of Bali's most beautiful temples. Taman Ayun is a remnent from the Royal Mengwi Dynasty and a landmark in the village of Mengwi. One can see glorious traditional architectural features throughout the temple's courtyards and enclosures Taman Ayun was built in 1634 and underwent a significant restoration in 1937.
    You will continue to Tanah Lot, which is a rock formation off the island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Tanah Lot. The temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast.
    To be able to join the afternoon sun and some rest, you can check in at your hotel in the beach village Sanur early afternoon. Enjoy the beach.

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    Sanur - Peneeda View - Beach Hotel. Sanur's beach stretches over 5 km. It is a white sandy beach with calm blue water, while a small path connects north and south of Sanur.

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    Symbol day 12Relaxed morning

    Enjoy a relaxed morning as the only thing you will have to do is to get ready for what you are up to next. We can transfer you to the airport in Denpasar.

     

     


    TAKE INTO ACCOUNT

    1. Avoid traveling during the periode 18 June - 2 July 2017 as 25 and 26 June 2017 is the end of Ramadan, the so called "Hari Raya". This is a public holiday and the event of the year. All people will get together in their home town and meet their families and relatives. This means that 95% of the Indonesians are traveling, and that shops, markets, schools, factories, realy everything is closed. As a result traffic conditions couldn't be worse, and prices for food and hotels are sky high.
    2. At night it is cold around Mt. Bromo. The tempratures can drop to around 5 ºC or even lower. Bring some warm clothes to feel comfortable.

     
     

     

  • Take a break

    Take a break is actually a holiday, a real holiday in which everything is as you want it to be. You want a day of laziness? No problem. You want a day full of excitement? No problem. Your guide is the key to the perfectly free holiday. Come along with your friends or just with your partner...
    One of Java's and Bali's best qualities, besides its fertile land, is the hospitality of the people. Sincere, friendly and lighthearted are only some of their best merits. This certainly will add to your feeling of having a break of almost everything.

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    Long & short itinerary - 12 days: Take a break

    This most relaxing experience will guide you via Yogyakarta, Malang, the active volcanoes Bromo and Ijen, to the turtle beach Sukamade and Bali's most beautiful snorkeling spot.
    You can read the itinerary below. If you click on a day, you can read the full description. You can choose in which class of hotel you prefer to stay: budget, standard and luxurious.

    Arrive in Yogyakarta Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and Bali

    Symbol day 1 - Take a Break in East Java and BaliArrive in Yogyakarta

    After your travels to Yogyakarta, what would be better than having the feeling of being in Indonesia? That will certainly be possible in Yogyakarta as the cultural heart of Java. Malioboro is a fine street to start your adventures. Along this street you will also meet other destinations that might attract your attention.

    We pick you up at the airport or train station and bring you to your hotel.

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    BUDGETSTANDARDLUXURIOUS

    Dewi Home Stay/EDU Hostel

    The garden of Dewi Home Stay in Yogyakarta, JavaIn a small corridor, just a 3 minutes walk to the Malioboro boulevard; traditional hostel Dewi Home Stay with a lush garden. Or stay in the more modern and relatively new EDU Hostel with a roof top terrace and a cozy swimming pool.

    Ibis Malioboro

    Ibis Hotel at Jl. Malioboro in YogyakartaStart your stay in Indonesia well. You are close to the famous Malioboro boulevard to do some first exploration, or if you wish some relaxation in your hotel after your journey to get to Yogyakarta, there is a spa and an outdoor swimming pool.

    Hotel Santika

    Swimming pool of the Hotel Santika in Yogyakarta - Central JavaSantika Jogja is tastefully accentuated with classic Javanese artistry which shows the city’s rich cultural heritage. This property is steeped in old world charm, yet offers all the necessary facilities and conveniences that every modern traveler desires.

    Yogyakarta holiday Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East JavaYogyakarta holiday

    As it is your break, decide if you would like to do something. If the answer is yes, we will assist you with one of the tours mentioned under the heading Optional Tours. You can discuss with your guide, if you would like to do something that isn't on the list.

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and BaliHoliday still going strong!

    Calender symbol for day 3 - Take a Break tour in Java and Bali

    Holiday still going strong!

    Another day in Yogyakarta with many choices to make - if you wish. You can also just relax and do as you wish.....

    Symbol day 4 of a calender - Tour: Take a Break; East Java, IndonesiaBy Executive Train to Malang

    Symbol day 4 of a calender - Tour: Take a Break; East Java, Indonesia

    By Executive Train to Malang

    A train ride is quite something else compared to transport over the road. As the views from the road are blocked by ribbon development, the views from the train can be marvelous as you pass villages and almost ever green sparkling rice fields. The train departs at 8 o'clock in the morning and you will arrive around 4 o'clock in Malang. You will be picked up at the train station and brought to your hotel.
     

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    Kampong Tourist

    Hostel Kampong Tourist in MalangYour private bamboo gazebo on top of another hotel is waiting for you! A warm shower with a panorama. Spectacular city and mountain views, complete with a freshly served drink and WiFi, you couldn't feel more relaxed. The bar is open from 07.00 till 22.00.

    Ibis Styles Malang

    Hotel Ibis Styles Malang - East JavaIbis Styles Malang is situated on the main road between Malang and Surabaya which makes access to the city center both easy and adventurous. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and WiFi. A swimming pool is also available.

    The Shalimar - Boutique Hotel

    Hotel Shalimar - boutique hotel in MalangThe Shalimar Boutique Hotel is a glorious example of colonial architecture of the 1930s.
    The hotel consists of 44 rooms and offers its guests the comfort of the new millennium in the grandeur of the '30s, bringing together European modern flair and Indonesian culture.

    Malang, the refreshing city in the hills Calender day 5 - tour Java and Bali

    Calender day 5 - tour Java and Bali

    Malang, the refreshing city in the hills

    An outspoken European atmosphere, situated at an altitude of 444 meters sandwiched by mountains and volcanoes. That is Malang. The city was beloved by the Dutch in the colonial era, as it is today by tourists, both local and foreign. In modern Malang you still find a lot of Javanese, Dutch, and Chinese architecture. Malang is still one of a kind, with a wonderful personality and identity, turning the city into an attractive place to explore.

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Symbol calender day 6Optional tours: Tea plantation Wonosari, Sempu island, cooking class or a temple tour

    Malang and its surroundings have a lot to offer, that makes it more than just a transit to Mt. Bromo. South of Malang you will find unexplored white sandy beaches, while Batu offers modern outings such as the zoo, many kinds of museum and swimming pools. You can also dig further in Java's ancient history and visit temples. Or, a local cook will teach you the inside outs of traditional Javanese dishes in her house in the kampong... Please note that today is a free day in your program. You can choose one of the optional tours if you wish.

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Symbol for day 7 during a tourBotanical Garden Purwodadi - Madakaripura Waterfalls - Cemara Lawang village

    Walking through the ornamental entrance gates of the Botanical Garden a long avenue stretches away from you as far as the eye can see with Mt. Baung just visible in the far distance. Enormously tall Jacaranda and Golden Shower trees line the central path that divides the gardens into two halves. Just to mention some items: an area of palms, the amazing giant arum; one of the largest flowers in the world, two meters in height and 40 centimeters across, and five pretty ponds, a series of glasshouses features 525 species of orchids.
    The enchanting Madakaripura Waterfalls are of importance to the local Hindus, who are the ancestors of some famous kings of the kingdoms once reigning in Java. You will find these waterfalls at the end of a dazzling green valley.
    Then, when you are in time, one can see a beautiful sunset just from the ancient crater edge.... Situated at an altitude of 2300 m it can get cold in the evening. Average day temperatures are about 20 ºC.

    But, if you would like to do none of the above, or would like do an optional tour, we can drive you directly to Cemara Lawang village at any time that suits you.
     

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    Home Stay

    Home Stay Bromo area - East JavaAs Mt. Bromo is a tourist destination, basic home stays are available but at a certain price. Don't expect to much of the price-quality balance, as it is certainly out of proportion. Depending on the availability, we will make arrangements.

    Cafe Lava Hotel

    Hotel Cafe Lava - Cemara Lawang village, East JavaCafe Lava sits right at the edge of the ancient caldera and therefore guarantees some beautiful views just nearby. The hotel has a WiFi spot in case you need connection.

    Jiwa Jawa Bromo

    Hotel Jiwa Jawa - luxurious hotel near Mt. BromoThe warmly decorated rooms have flat-screens, and tea and coffeemakers, and some have a balcony with mountain views. There’s no air-conditioning as it is not necessary. Room service is offered.

    Sunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and Bali

    Day 8 - tour Take a Break in Java and BaliSunrise Mt. Bromo - next destination is  Mt. Ijen

    Early morning today... you have something on your program!? An exciting sunrise over an outer space landscape that is incomparable with other stunning parts of the world. You can either see the sunrise from the famous viewpoint at Mt. Pananjakan or from any other spot, such as King Kong Hill or Mt. Seruni. The choice depends on the mode of transport you prefer; either walking or by Jeep.
    After the sun has risen and you feel warm again, you will descend to the black Sea of Sand which you will have to cross to reach the crater rim of the active volcano Bromo. Walking up the carter, you already get an impression of the tremendous lunar-like surroundings in which you are standing.
    Once back at the Jeep, you will be heading back to your hotel to have breakfast as you might feel hungry. After you have packed your bags, your journey continuous in the direction of Mt. Ijen.
     

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    Catimor Homestay

    Catimor Home Stay at the Ijen Plateau - Sempol village Catimor Home Stay is near Ijen crater lake and situated at the Ijen Plateau next doors a coffee factory. A swimming pool will refresh your mind after a long day.

    Ijen View Bondowoso

    ijen view hotel bondowosoLocated in the not-that-alive-city named Bondowoso, the hotel offers a swimming pool, a spa and a children play ground. This relatively small hotel has only 55 rooms. Bondowoso isn't a booming city, but a good pass through on your way to the Ijen crater lake.

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen

    Jiwa Jawa Ijen in Banyuwangi city - East Java"Where the beauty of nature and the charm of culture come harmoniously together", according to the Jawa Resort Ijen. Proper waste management, no tree cutting policy and carbon footprints minimalisation are their commitment to preserve the environment.

    Ijen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and Bali

    Day 9 of the Take a Break Tour in East Java and BaliIjen Blue Fire, Ijen carter lake and the famous miners

    Ijen Blue Fire is the largest blue flame area in the world. This blue glow which is unusual for a volcano isn't lava, as often thought. The glow is the light from the combustion of sulphuric gases. The gases emerge from cracks in the volcano at high pressure and temperature. When they come in contact with the air, they ignite, sending flames up to 5 meters high. Interested? Then you will have to wake up early. Please note that this tour only suits those in a healthy and good condition.
    If you don't feel like waking up early, it will be less early before you depart but not that late as the advice is to descend before noon. Besides you still have to travel to Sukamade as well. The Ijen crater lake in its colorful glory is something words can't describe. It contrasts beautifully with its surroundings. Take your time to memorize your views before descending to Paltuding. Meet the sulphur miners, make some small talk, offer them a cigarette, buy some souvenirs and feel at home.
    Once back at the parking area, you can visit the sulphur weighing station where the miners get paid. You will find it just behind the parking area.
    After a small coffee break with a local snack, you will continue to Sukamade. In Jajag you will change cars to a four wheel drive Trooper or Jeep. You will pass extensive plantations, drive along the coast and Merah and Hijau islands before arriving in Sukamade turtle beach in Meru Betiri National Park. As there is only one option to spend the night, namely the Ranger's Lodge, you won't have a choice. Around 7 in the evening a ranger will pick you up and guide you to the beach to meet with egg-laying turtles. The possibility that you will meet the turtles is not 100%, but something close. Watching these giant creatures emerge from the surf and struggle-up the beach to lay their eggs on a moonlit night is an incomparable experience.

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    Sukamade Ranger's Lodge

    sukamade lodgeThe Sukamade Ranger's Lodge is only place to stay at Sukamade itself. A big wide terrace, and the 12 rooms are clean with cold water and Indonesian-style bathrooms. Electricity runs from 18:00 until 22:00 after which it is kerosene lamps only.

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    Symbol calender day 10Release baby turtles and get to the beach in Bali

    Sukamade beach is a natural, quiet, beautiful place and part of the 50,000 hectare Meru Betiri National Park. The eggs are taken by the rangers to protect them from predators, both human and other animals. These are incubated in the safety of the park hatchery and the youngsters are released to the ocean on the very beach from where the eggs were laid. The stability of the turtle population has been helped by a careful system of tagging and monitoring, as well as the use of the special hatcheries. You will release the baby turtles early morning.
    After you are set and done, you will be driven to Ketapang harbour to take the ferry to Bali. In Gilimanuk you will be picked up and head strait to Pemuteran in the province of West Bali.

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    Day 11 of tour Take a Break by Smartine Indonesia TravelSnorkeling in one of the most beautiful spots of Bali

    Just off the northwest coast of Bali lies the little island Menjangan surrounded by hectares of marvelous coral reef. The island is situated in West Bali National Park. The diverse eco biology is its main attraction. Many visitors rate snorkeling in this area as the best snorkeling spot in Bali. Awesome to get a day out in this marine park.

     

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    Molas Homestay

    A room in Molas Home Stay in Pemuteran - West BaliThis tiny homestay with just 3 rooms is run by a family. The rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom.

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto

    Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto in Pemuteran - West Bali provinceKubuku means 'little home', complete with spa, meditation and yoga.... welcome. Kubuku Ecolodge & Resto is a small hotel with only 14 rooms. They all are situated among the mango, banana, lemon, papaya, and guava trees with either mountain and garden views.

    Kinaara Resort & Spa

    Kinaara Resort & Spa in Pemuteran, West BaliThe 20 rooms have a unique wooden construction, with a seating area, safe, fan, electric cattle, hairdryer, and an en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower. On outdoor pool and free WiFi in the public areas are also for your convenience.

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Day 12 - Take a break tourTime to say goodbye

    Your trip has come to an end... after check out time we will drop you off anywhere on Bali.

     

  • VIP Ride - Secret Retreats in Java & Bali

    Outstanding tour - unveiling the essence of Java & Bali -Celebrate the environment - Relaxation - Brilliant retreats

    One of Java's and Bali's best qualities, besides its fertile land, is the hospitality of the people. Sincere, friendly and lighthearted are only some of their best merits.

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    Long and short itinerary - 9 days: VIP ride

    This VIP ride offers you the best possible hotels along your route through Java and Bali that compete worldwide to win their awards. This tour which shows you Java's and also Indonesia's best spots, offers time to spend in your exquisite hotel.
    If you click on the title of the day, you can read a full description. If you have any questions, you can use the form in the right column.

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    Symbol day 1 - VIP Ride East Java & BaliArrive in Yogyakarta

    After your travels to Yogyakarta, what would be better than spending the rest of your day in the 2016 Winner of the World Luxury Hotel Awards? You will have an jaw-dropping view at the Borobudur, the famous and active volcano Merapi and many more green mountains and hills...

    You will spend a few days in Borobudur's neighborhood, which is a supremely beautiful landscape of impossibly green rice fields and traditional villages, all overlooked by aspiring volcanic peaks.

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    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa- Set on the hills of Tanjungan village in Magelang and surrounded by lush teak forests. Plataran Borobudur exclusive boutique resort offers an outstanding view at the achingly beautiful Borobudur, Mt. Merapi, and the Menoreh Hill. The resort is home to traditional and modern luxurious villas with private pools, Padma Spa with its concept of detoxification, a large main swimming pool, a variety of restaurants serving casual and fine dining international and Indonesian cuisines, horse stable and a Yoga center.
    - 2016 Winner World Luxury Hotel Awards - Certificate of Excellence 2016, TripAdvisor -

    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa near the Borobudur - Java



    Visit the Borobudur and the Prambanan temples Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java

    Day 2 of your tour to Mt. Bromo and Batu in East Java Borobudur & Prambanan

    Reference 592; the Borobudur Temple Compounds on the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the largest Buddhist monuments in the world.

    The Borobudur Temple Compounds was built in the 8th and 9th centuries AD. The temple is an outstanding monument of the Sailendra Dynasty that ruled Java for around five centuries until the 10th century. The Borobudur temple complex is Indonesia’s most important center for Buddhism, and there are now three monasteries in the surrounding district. You are welcome to join the monks at prayer time.

    The reasons behind the desertion of this magnificent piece of work is still a mystery. Some scholars believe that famine caused by an eruption of Mt. Merapi forced the inhabitants of Central Java to leave their lands behind. When area was rediscovered, the glorious Borobudur was buried by the ashes from Mt. Merapi. Then, the Borobudur complex was unearthed by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, in 1814. He had heard that the hill was believed to be the site of an ancient monument called budur.

    Borobudur temple in Java

    Weak developmental regulations around the complex are a threat to the extraordinary relationship between the main monument and its wider setting and can affect the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. But tourism also exerts considerable pressure on the property. The eruption of Mt. Merapi is another potential threat because of its deposit acidic ash as happened in 2010.

    Reference 642; the Prambanan Temple Compounds are also on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The largest temple compound in Indonesia dedicated to Shiva.

    Prambanan is the masterpiece of the Hindu culture built in the 10th century. The slim building soaring up to 47 meters makes its beautiful architecture incomparable. The Prambanan is a complex of 240 temples, built during the heyday of the Sailendra Dynasty. Following this creative burst, the Prambanan Plain was abandoned when the Hindu-Javanese kings moved to East Java.

    Prambanan Temple Compound, 17 km East of Yogyakarta - Java

     

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    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

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    Symbol day 3 - VIP RideCelebrate your stay

    As you have a room with a private pool, the splendid views over the Borobudur and the hills, set in a lush exorbitant green environment with all Javanese odors, you have a whole day to celebrate your stay and capture the essence of Yogyakarta and its dynasties.

    If you would like to spend some time outside the boundaries of the hotel, you can be taken on a city tour in Yogyakarta.
    Optional you can play at the Borobudur International Golf & Country Club or at the Merapi Golf Club. Both have fascinating views over the fierce volcano Mt. Merapi.

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    Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa

    Meet the glorious Mt. Bromo Symbol day 4 - secret retreats tour in Java & Bali

    Symbol day 4 - secret retreats tour in Java & BaliMeet the glorious Mt. Bromo

    A morning flight will bring you in just a little longer than an hour to Surabaya, where your driver is waiting for you. From Surabaya it is a 3 to 4 hours drive to your hotel Jiwa Jawa

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    Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo - "Soul of Java" and 'home of the adventurers', Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo exists to match the natural beauty with soulful service. Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo rests on the towering cliffs of the crater’s edge at an breathtaking altitude of 2000 m. Dine under the stars while mother nature gives away a serenade. The surrounding volcanic soil produces fresh organic ingredients for the hotel's restaurant and are the foundation of the dining experience. The management of Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo works together with the local organization 'Sahabat Bromo', to promote the livelihood of the local Tengger community.

    Jiwa Jawa Resort Bromo - Hotel near Mt. Bromo, East Java

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    Symbol day 5 of your travel through Java and BaliSunrise or Bromo panorama experience

    The magnificence of Mt. Bromo is underestimated by a few travelers only. If you are an early bird, or a fan of sunrises you, the tour will you first bring to one of the many viewpoints. You will just have to stare to the east as the sun slowly rises. The brilliant sea of color that will grow each minute, will also change as quick as the wind. Keep your eyes focused...
    Once the sun has risen and warmed you a bit, your journey continues to the lunar-like landscape in which Mt. Bromo resides. The winding road will bring you to the black Sea of Sand north of the active volcano. But, get to the savanna first, which is an incredible contrast to the Sea of Sand around the front. Then just head back to Mt. Bromo when all the other visitors left to have breakfast. Standing on an active volcano in a landscape nowhere else around the world to be found, while imagining your smallness compared to the roar of a volcano... might make you think.

    If you aren't an early bird, you can opt for the Bromo Panorama Experience. You won't meet the sun the minute it peeps out on the horizon, but just a few hours later. Around 7 is a good moment to firstly depart to Mt. Bromo. Although Mt. Bromo isn't the highest peak within the caldera, it certainly portrays a-once-in-a-life-time-views.
    Last part of your Panorama Experience is Mt. Pananjakan. The crowd will be gone by now, enabling you to experience Mt. Bromo and the era in which it sits in some quietness and peace.

    After packing and checking out you will be heading to the airport in Surabaya to take a flight to Denpasar in Bali, a one hour flight only. In one and a half hours drive you will be arriving at The Hanging Garden in Ubud.

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    Hanging Gardens of Bali - The world's first seven stars boutique hotel. Overlooking the Ayung river and the ancient Dalem Segara temple, Hanging Gardens of Bali was built on the edge of a stunning valley, encircled by rain forest. The 44 private villas combine contemporary and Balinese decor, have an open-air dining area and a private swimming pool. Their spa experience is inviting as it "combines natural, local ingredients and ancient techniques to create beauty therapies and treatments that soothe the mind, rejuvenate the body and energize the soul".
    - Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards 2016 - Luxury Resort of the Year 2016 - Best Luxury Boutique Hotel of Indonesia 2016 -

    Hotel Hanging Gardens Of Bali in Ubud

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    Symbol day 6 - Tour VIP RideBrilliantly picturesque

    Make the most of your stay in the hotel...

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    Visit Bali's highlights: choose the destinations of your interestsSymbol 7th day of your tour

    Symbol 7th day of your tourVisit Bali highlights: choose the destinations of your interests

    Depending on your interests, we can assemble your day. To get inspired and to summurize Bali's well-known fibes: Tegallalang rice fields, yoga, Agung Rai Museum of Art, Monkey Forest, Pura Gunung Kawi, cycling, Don Antonio Blanco museum, river rafting and tubing, Satria coffee plantation, Tanah Lot temple, theater, surfing, medicine man, rafting, silver craft, Campuhan Ridge walk, Kintamani volcano...
    Not reading what you are looking for? Just ask......

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    Hanging Gardens of Bali

    A day at the beach... Symbol day 8 - VIP Ride Bali

    Symbol day 8 - VIP Ride BaliA day at the beach...

    Bali wouldn't be Bali if you didn't spend time at the beach.....

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    Hotel Tugu Bali in Canggu - Tugu Bali is an exotic out of the box experience. Featuring a sizeable antique collection on the property that includes Balinese, Javanese and Asian artifacts. The air-conditioned suites at Hotel Tugu have Asian decor and wooden furnishings. Live Balinese dance and musical performances by local musicians held weekly in the evenings add to the traditional atmosphere. The hotel is located on Echo Beach, along the coast just north of Seminyak. Nestled within private gardens, the hotel features an outdoor pool overlooking panoramic sunset views and 5 themed in-house restaurants. This last relax resort with courteous staff, wonderful hot tub and holistic massages at its spa is your last hide-out. It is just a 45 minutes drive to the airport and about 12 km to central Seminyak and Tanah Lot.

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    As time never ever has stopped ticking away... We will drop you at the airport in Denpasar.