Bali holidays, rice terraces & beaches

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Amble between Bali’s rice paddies, take a traditional cooking class and laze on tiny castaway islands. This itinerary is a brilliant mix of ancient culture, gorgeous scenery and pure relaxation, giving you a flash of the real Bali before ending up on the dreamy beaches of the Gili Islands. Sleep in a beautiful palace, explore the sleepy, authentic east coast and set course for the white sands of the Gilis, where strictly no cars and no worries are allowed.
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Environment

Throughout this itinerary we’ve selected small-scale, authentic accommodation with plenty of local charm. By using small-scale hotels and guest-houses we reduce the impact on the environment compared with larger properties.

We’re particularly proud of our accommodation near the village of Munduk, which operates as an eco-hotel. Not only do they strive to reduce their own impact on the local environment, but they are also involved in conservation projects in the Munduk area and involve the local villagers as much as possible.

Meanwhile, in our offices in sunny Brighton we’re also trying to do our bit. We work hard to consciously recycle as much waste as possible. We’ve even managed to implement a system to ensure our food waste is composted instead of ending up in landfill.

Our local partners in Indonesia are also on board with the need to recycle. They donate used paper to local people who make a living by collecting waste items.

Community

As well as operating as an eco-hotel, our accommodation in Munduk involves the people of Munduk village as much as possible. This is done not only through employment of the local villages in the guesthouse but also by engaging them in activities which help to preserve the local area. They also encourage and support the villagers to maintain their cultural heritage through dance, music and crafts.

During this itinerary, you'll also visit the local cottage industries of Ubud. One of these is a local coffee plantation where you'll learn about the art of coffee production. The plantation provides employment for the local community and you can buy coffee directly from the plantation's shop.

In Candidasa you'll discover the taste of traditional Indonesian cuisine during a cookery class. The class is run by the local people and all the ingredients are grown in the local area, including tasty organic veggies.

In Indonesia we support a local project and give you the chance to make a small donation when you book with us. We are really proud to support a school fund for girls in east Bali set up by a Dutch couple in Seraya. With the help of their guests, Els and Hans have set up the fund to provide secondary school scholarships for young girls from underprivileged families. On Bali, young boys are encouraged to continue their education after primary school but there’s often not enough money to send girls to school. Els and Hans are involved in the education of local girls and work together with the teachers to determine which girls are eligible for a scholarship.

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1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole holiday was fantastic, I really liked the Hindu temples at Prambanan, the carving are so well preserved and its just beautiful, make sure you have enough time to look at the smaller temples as well. This is even better than Borobudur and 2 hours is not really enough.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Dont miss mount Bromo, the sunrise is spectacular and while we were waiting there was fantastic lightning storm around some more distance mountains. But it does get very cold and you normally get there 1.5 hours before sunrise, however, for around £1.50 you can hire a good quality and clean padded long coat with a hood which kept me so warm. When you get out of your jeep and walk to the look out there are several people hiring them . This is well worth doing as you wont want to pack heavy duty warm clothes just for this. If you are going to Komodo in June - Aug its the mating season, we saw four juvenile dragons but it would be best to get a speedboat there and be there for around 06:30 when they are more active, this would mean missing out the enjoyable traditional much slower boat where you get a very tasty lunch and snorkelling. It just depends what you really want to do.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, all the guides were local and the guide at Baluran national park was doing really great work on teaching local children about ecology and wildlife preservation. He was so interesting to meet.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a wonderful holiday, all the hotels were lovely and we were so well looked after.

Read the operator's response here:

Hi Jonna,

Thanks very much for your lovely review! I am so pleased you both had a great time, it sounds like you really captured the essence of beautiful Indonesia and your itinerary was fantastic for seeing some of the best highlights too.

You have given some super helpful tips for future customers, thank you very much! I am pleased you enjoyed the guides at Baluran, we are really happy to be working with them too.

Thanks again for your lovely feedback and we hope to be able to plan something for you again soon.

Best wishes,

Chloe

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