A 2-week itinerary from Seminyak to Lombok
Bali beguiles, captivates and calms. Cascading rice fields, mountainous backdrops and serene temples tempt you in – and the beaches are the icing on top. There’s so much to see, you won’t want to stay still for long. So our experienced Travel Advisors have put together an inspiring island itinerary, complete with destination tips and the best boutique hotels in Bali.
AT A GLANCE
• A two-week independent itinerary for Bali based on flying into Denpasar Airport and out from Lombok airport
• Find balance and tranquillity at the beachfront resorts and jungle escapes that make up our specially-selected SLH boutique hotels
• Highlights include the tropical rice terraces of Ubud and dramatic coastal vistas of Seminyak and the southern shores
THE START OF SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: SEMINYAK
Half an hour’s drive from Ngurah Rai Airport, stylish Seminyak awaits. Discover the true meaning of island living in this pocket of luxury on the island’s southern shore. Known for its sleek nightlife and long stretch of coastline scattered with world-class resorts, Seminyak feels in a world of its own.
By day, fuel up at a beachside cafe, then grab a board and catch some waves – if you’re a beginner, Santai Surf School can show you the basics. Though it will be tempting to spend the day lounging on the beach, venturing further afield certainly won’t disappoint. Brimming with Balinese restaurants, modern art galleries and locally-run designer boutiques, Seminyak strikes the perfect balance between tradition and luxury. When night begins to fall, make your way back to the beach (if you haven’t already) and watch the Indian ocean swallow the sun from under softly-lit ceremonial parasols.
Experience service as it should be at L Hotel Seminyak. Set in peaceful surrounds with a focus on nature, this stylish hideaway replenishes mind, body and soul – you’ll even have your very own private butler. Or to bathe in beachfront bliss, check in at The Seminyak Beach Resort and Spa, where you can enjoy uninterrupted ocean views and temple-like gardens. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.
NEXT UP: UBUD
From beach breaking to spiritual awakening – your next stop is somewhere you can truly unwind. Just over an hour’s drive from Seminyak, Ubud is a village of temples and awe-inspiring scenery that piqued the interest of travellers after featuring in Eat, Pray, Love. Watch traditional dance performances at open-air venue Pura Dalem. Wade through the Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana jungle, home of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. But for the ultimate Bali photo op, Ubud’s rice fields beckon, in lush green lines that thread across the landscape.
UNPACK YOUR SUITCASE
Perched high among the mountain foothills, Viceroy Bali patiently waits to take your breath away. From your thatched villa, watch the morning mist ebb through the jungle and across the Petanu River gorge beneath you. Connect with nature at the spectacular spa, and feel your worries melt away as the hours melt into days. Suggested stay 3-4 nights.
THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES: TEMBOK
On the island’s north-eastern coast sits the sleepy fishing village of Tembok, or Tejakula. Truly off-the-beaten-track (and even off some tourist maps), Tembok is the perfect place to experience Balinese culture. Trek up to Yeh Mempeh waterfall, or perfect your downward-facing dog with beach yoga classes. And make Spa Village Resort Tembok Bali your base, taking time to focus on total-body rejuvenation. Suggested stay 3-4 nights.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST: LOMBOK
Bali’s neighbouring island has drawn less attention than its neighbour – although word is spreading. An island of peaceful beaches, azure oceans and tropical vistas, it’s a must-visit for keen surfers and beach dwellers alike. Just an hour and a half ferry trip from Bali, Lombok is ideal for day trips and longer stays. For a final dose of island bliss before your flight home, settle in at 7 Secrets Resort and Wellness Retreat. Suggested stay 2-3 nights.
There isn’t a designated car hire centre at Bali’s airport, but independent companies offer a meet-and-greet service on arrival. The local transport of choice is definitely a motorbike, but the Balinese roads are not for the faint-hearted. Ask our Voice Reservation Team for details about transfers or transport provided by individual hotels.
BOOK YOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS
To book the hotels on this independent itinerary, get in touch with our Voice Reservation Team on 0800 0482 314 (UK) & 1-877-234-7033 (US). You can find a full list of our dedicated toll-free numbers here. We’re ready and waiting to plan luxury adventures 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whenever inspiration strikes, just get in touch.