Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

Staying in the best of Bali's rustic retreats, this off-the-beaten-track trip takes you to the island's natural and cultural highlights and gives you plenty of free time to explore them.
Ubud Mount Batukaru Bukit Sari Temple Monkey Forest Ulun Danu Temple Lake Bratan Munduk Bali Barat National Park GitGit Waterfalls
Price
£1375 excluding flights
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Duration
14 Days
Type
Tailor made
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Price includes private transfers, accommodation, tours and meals where indicated.
Prices vary according to accommodation & season.
Price per person based on 2 people sharing.
This trip can be arranged with flights, fully ATOL protected.
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Description of Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

This 14 night/15 day trip takes in the lesser known interior regions of Bali using some of the pioneering Eco Lodges on offer in the region. Starting in Bali’s cultural and artistic centre of Ubud, located on the slopes leading towards the cool central mountain region, you will have time to enjoy the laidback atmosphere. Ubud offers some fabulous dance and music shows and many of the outlying villages consist of artists’ workshops and galleries where original pieces can be bought. There are also a host of historical treasures here including the cave temples of Goa Gajah and the temple complex at Gunung Kawi, both of which are worth a visit.

After your time in Ubud, we head further north to the cool mountain slopes of the spectacular Mt Batakuru and the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, a true rural retreat and a haven for nature lovers. Here, you can enjoy a variety of activities including trekking to the summit of the now dormant volcano or through the paddy fields, bird watching, Balinese craft workshops or artistic pursuits like painting and photography. Relax here for a few days before continuing north to the Puri Lumbung Cottages with a stop en-route at the GitGit Waterfalls. Here you can explore the region and get involved with this unique tourism project which involves the majority of the local villagers. And then it’s onwards to the Bali Barat National Park and your Resort on Menjangan Island. The Park is home to the heavily endangered Bali Starling and an array of wonderful colourful reefs, a perfect end to your explorations of the Island of Bali.

Best time to go: December and January are the wettest months to travel to Indonesia with the UK Summer offering the best weather.

Itinerary

Day 1:Departure: Depart your home airport. (Flights can be arranged, please ask us for details)
Day 2:Arrive Bali: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to Ubud and the Sankara Resort & Spa. Overnight stay.
Day 3-4:Ubud: Days at leisure to relax and enjoy the retreat and explore the artist region of Ubud, a haven for all that is cultural in Bali. (B)
Day 5:Ubud - Mt Batukaru: This morning, you will be collected and driven to the foothills of Mt Batukaru and the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge. En-route, stop for a visit at the Bukit Sari Temple and Monkey Forest to see the local inhabitants. Be careful, these are curious fellows with an eye for a shiny object so keep your cameras and glasses well out of reach! (B)
Day 6-7:Mt Batukaru: Days at leisure to explore the region and enjoy the various activities on offer such as bird watching, mountain biking and spending time with the resident monkeys. (B)
Day 8:Mt Batukaru - Munduk: Today, drive from the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge north to the Puri Lumbung Cottages. En-route, visit the impressive Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Bratan. Built in the 17th Century, it can often be seen shrouded in mist which causes it to look like it is floating on the water. Overnight Puri Lumbung Cottages. (B)
Day 9:Munduk: Full day at leisure to enjoy the various activities on offer such as trekking, bicycle tours and yoga. (B)
Day 10:Munduk - Bali Barat National Park: Today enjoy a visit to the GitGit Waterfalls for a dip in the cool mountain waters before driving onwards to the northern city of Singaraja for a brief visit. Then head along the northern coast road to the Bali Barat National Park and the Menjangan Resort for your final 4 nights on the beach. (B)
Day 11-13:Bali Barat National Park: Days at leisure to relax and explore the National Park. There are various activities on offer such as bird watching, trekking & biking, horse back riding, kayaking, snorkelling & diving and other water sports. (B)
Day 14:Departure: Transfer back Denpasar airport for your return flight. (B)

Price information

£1375 excluding flights
Convert currency:
Price includes private transfers, accommodation, tours and meals where indicated.
Prices vary according to accommodation & season.
Price per person based on 2 people sharing.
This trip can be arranged with flights, fully ATOL protected.
Make enquiry

Departure information

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Holiday information

Tailor made tour:
We offer a complete tailor made service allowing you to decide when you go, where to stay and what to do, to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by our travel experts. We would be happy to telephone you to discuss your requirements and options. Our staff have intimate knowledge of this destination, so do please include your telephone number when you complete the enquiry form.
Our top tip:
Get involved with rural Balinese life as much as you can - the survival of their traditional ways of life rely on both our income and our interest.
Trip type:
Tailor made to your preferences.
Activity level:
Leisurely.
Accomm:
13 nights comfortable eco-lodges.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available with surcharge.
Meals:
8 breakfasts, 1 dinner. All food in the lodges is locally sourced.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, local guides and driver, listed tours and activities, some meals.
LGBTQIA+
Our partners behind this holiday promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travellers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
Dietary requirements:
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.

Reviews

10 Reviews of Tailor made holiday in Bali, Off the beaten track

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Reviewed on 16 Oct 2019 by

It was a once-in-a-lifetime trip to an island paradise. This trip has to be experienced! Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2018 by

The most memorable was the surf lesson. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2017 by

We are a family of five with three children aged 11-16, and all enjoyed our whole trip - huge variety of places and activities. The kids particularly enjoyed the beach and nice hotel at the end. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2017 by

The snorkelling at Menjangan Resort was absolutely fantastic. I have never seen so many different beautiful and unusual fish and corals. Ubud was fascinating and a real insight in to Bali culture. Finally Sarimbwana ecolodge was amazing, remote, peaceful and a real retreat from busy life. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2014 by

The people are so nice, always happy and the island is like nowhere else. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2014 by

Absolutely fantastic from start to finish. They put together the perfect package for our honeymoon. We can't thank them enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Oct 2013 by

Most memorable was sailing down the river in our private boat in kalamantan looking at the orangutans swinging through the jungle and staying on a remote island near komodo snarkling and watching the birds. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2013 by

It was a fantastic holiday, the organisation was faultless, the guide excellent - overall I am very pleased, especially because I hardly ever go on a package holiday of any kind. Thank you Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Sep 2013 by

We had a relaxing and pleasant time. Some really special moments. On the whole, Bali was much more commercialised than I'd expected in a lot of ways but we had a good honeymoon. The operator was extremely helpful and patient, making all of the possible travel options extremely clear. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2012 by

The fact that Bali could be so much - we were in four totally different environments - including weather - in 15 days and each was wonderful. The snorkelling off Menjangang Island was world class - never seen better Read full review

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet and people

This tour concentrates on the less visited regions of Bali and stays entirely in properties run using responsible principles. The first lodge is the Jiwa Damai Eco Lodge which is an organic garden and retreat centre located on the edge of Ubud. Here, the lodge is run along environmentally sound principles, which guests can get involved with, all working towards the end of creating a self-sustaining centre. The Lodge practices the integration of biological perma-culture with water preservation, waste recycling and the use of solar energy panels. The Lodge operates a sewage and composting facility to help produce a natural fertilizer which is used in the on-site organic gardens. This organic garden is also being used to encourage the growing of rare plant varieties. The Lodge has also introduced bee hives high in the trees of their organic garden as they are trying to produce organic Balinese honey as a source of income. These are traditional Balinese bee hives made from coconut shells wrapped with palm tree fibre.

The Lodge also works in conjunction with local farmers to produce the organic Bali Extra Virgin Coconut Oil from their on-site coconut trees. The staff and farmers aim to produce a high quality product where all by-products can be recycled effectively. This project is an important source of income for the local farmers and plant workers needed to process the oil. Some of the profits are used to sponsor the children of the poorest local families to receive an education and to support other local community projects. The Lodge is also involved in an 8 year project in 4 youth detention centres in Java and Bali training youths and staff.

From here you transfer for 3 nights in the Sarinbuana Eco Lodge located on the slopes of Mount Batukaru. As well as offering a good standard of accommodation, the Lodge is managed along an extensive list of responsible principles. Environmentally, the Lodge employs a sustainable water management system, including water saving measures, avoids the use of chemicals in the food production system and plants native trees annually. All cleaning products are made from natural products and all guests are asked to only bring natural cosmetic products with them to avoid upsetting the natural balance of their water source. Building materials and staff are locally sourced and buildings are built in keeping with the natural surroundings.

Socially, the Lodge only employs local staff who are paid a fair wage and tries to educate them in sustainable practices. They also financially support local communities such as the local children’s football team, the ‘Sarinbuana Bali Tigers’, by providing boots and uniforms and the staff encourage the guests to take part in the team’s training games so they can interact with the children. They also help support numerous community social projects, including the “Half a Cow” program. This program was set up by Friends of the National Parks (FNPF) and each time a newly born calf is sold the FNPF receives a portion of the funds. The Lodge management have also been authorised, in conjunction with the Begawan Foundation, to set up a Bali Starling breeding program on-site to try and encourage the breeding of these massively endangered endemic birds.

From here, you will drive further north towards the town of Singaraja and the Puri Lumbung Cottages. The Cottages are actually converted 80 year old Balinese ‘lumbungs’, or rice granaries, adapted into simple accommodation so maintaining the original buildings and avoiding the use of new building materials. The Cottages employ the local villagers from Munduk village who have attended the self-help development programme. This programme allows the local Munduk villagers access to discounted or free courses at the well known Nusa Dua Hotel and Tourism Training Institute on the condition that they first commit to working for the Puri Lumbung Cottages for a fixed period of time afterwards. This is an attempt to halt the mass exodus of villagers from the rural community and with it, the loss of traditional skills. The Puri Lumbung Cottages is attempting to support tourism but only as far as it benefits the village and its inhabitants.

Finally, you will head to the beach and the Bali Barat National Park and the Menjangan Resort. This Resort is committed to ensuring the sustainability of the region. Buildings are constructed with environmentally friendly materials and they commit to not physically developing more than 10% of the area. They plant only native trees and provide watering holes and salt licks for the animals in the park. Water is recycled and waste broken down within the Resort and the manure from the Resort horses is given to the local farmers for their gardens. There is also a dedicated beach cleaning team to collect the rubbish carried from the major surrounding cities – guests are welcome to join in!

Our ground agents only employ local guides and drivers to accompany our clients, which we feel is an important way of keeping money in the country but also in offering our clients a ‘real’ experience of Bali. All food in the lodges and hotels is sourced locally, helping the local rural communities wherever possible.

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