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Ubud – Kintamani – Jimbaran – Uluwatu – Seminyak
Ubud – Kintamani – Jimbaran – Uluwatu – Seminyak
Bali has a rich heritage of traditional arts, crafts and performing arts, intertwined with Balinese Hindu beliefs, which still thrives today. In the central heartlands, Ubud has been the island’s undisputed cultural and artistic capital for centuries. This ancient royal town encompasses and is surrounded by traditional craft villages, where artisans and vibrant artistic communities specialise in a niche craft. Balinese wood carving is considered some of the world’s best and Mas Village is home to outstanding woodcarvers, masters of unique and intricate style of wood carvings, sculptures and masks. Alongside a skilled artisan, learn some basic woodcarving skills together. Later on, a hands-on cooking class teaches you both the basics of traditional Balinese cuisine, knowledge that can be taken home and put into practice!
In Bali’s northeast highlands, within the Kintamani district, Mount Batur is considered one of the planet’s most dramatic live volcanoes and the island’s second most sacred volcano-mountain. Our first stop is Penelokan Village, elevated high on an ancient crater rim; a prime spot for spectacular volcano views and sampling the local Kintamani coffee. A five-hour or so trek takes you up the volcano crest, coinciding with reaching the summit at sunset time. At this ultimate romantic setting, soak-up the amazing views as the sun descends behind Mount Batur’s crater lake, while enjoying a bottle of champagne together.
This morning is spent at Abangan artisan village; backed by Mount Agung and surrounded by endless rice paddies, a truly idyllic spot. Hike through verdant rice paddies and accompanied by local farmers, learn how rice is cultivated and harvested. Enroute, make a stop at some local artisan’s workshops, where you can both try your hand at wood carving or painting. Our hike concludes at Gunung Kawi Sebatu, a beautiful and tranquil Hindu Water Temple. Here, receive together a traditional ‘Melukat’ water purification ceremony and blessing, administered by a Balinese Hindu Priest. The Balinese believe that the holy water in a Melukat ritual, combined with prayers, helps purify the body and soul, cleansing away past bad karma and negativity and preventing bad luck.
Outside Ubud, today fully immerse yourselves in natural beauty, deep amongst scenic rain forested river gorges. This, however, will all be enjoyed in the height of luxury, at a plush tented camp, providing an African safari-style, ‘glamping’ experience. Secluded in the jungle and accessed by a short hike, you’ll be indulged for a few hours in silk-paneled tented pavilions. Bali is one of the world’s leading spa and wellness destinations, so enjoy a deux a blissful 60-minute Balinese massage treatment, within a floating tent on the Ayung River. Afterwards, relaxed and rejuvenated, you are both served a sumptuous High Tea and entertained with a traditional Balinese dance performance.
Our full-day tour explores some of Bali’s most important sites. Outside Ubud, 17th century Mengwi Kingdom’s Royal Temple, Taman Ayun is one of the island’s most sacred and visually stunning temples, nestled in a park surrounded by waterways. In Bali’s north-central region, elevated above Lake Bratan, the highland town of Bedugal is noteworthy as a mountain retreat and top-class horticultural centre. Below, on Lake Bratan’s shores, Ulun Danu Water Temple is such an important religious sanctuary, it features on Indonesian bank notes. Surrounded by a picturesque lake, the 17th century temple emits a floating illusion. Tanah Lot is one of Bali’s most venerated Hindu sea temples, originating from the 16th century. Perched on a craggy wave-lashed rocky islet, watch the sun set together, sinking behind the temple’s iconic silhouette.
Late afternoon, head south to Bali’s southernmost coastline, for another of Bali’s revered and ancient Hindu sea temples, Uluwatu Temple. Built in the 11th century, this sprawling temple complex is majestically perched on Uluwatu’s rugged clifftops, 70m (230ft) above the Indian Ocean. Your visit coincides with a dramatic Kecak Fire Dance, a ritualistic dance-drama unique to Bali, performed at sunset on the temple’s cliff-edge stone amphitheatre. Later, enjoy a private dinner on the beach feasting on barbequed seafood, fresh from the sea.
Spend an idyllic day on and around the paradise island of Lembongan Island, one of a trio of ‘Nusa’ islands, a short distance yet world away from Bali’s bustling southern coastline. Take a 2hr cruise to beautiful and peaceful Nusa Lembongan, on board the Aristocat, a luxurious catamaran boat. Disembark at Hai Tide Beach Resort, in stunning Mushroom Bay. Together, enjoy the pristine white sand beach and crystal azure water, teeming with marine life. Water sports activities are available and a delicious barbeque lunch is served on the beach. During the cruise back to the mainland, you’ll both be treated to another romantic Bali sunset!
This paradise island offers countless places and activities to share, enjoy and create happy memories. Explore far-flung regions, indulge in a spa treatment or a romance-fuelled al fresco dinner. You could also simply enjoy your resort base, Jimbaran Village, on Bali’s south-west coastline. A traditional fishing community, Jimbaran rests in a 5km (3mi)-long crescent-shaped, golden sand bay, one of Bali’s finest stretches of beach. Although Jimbaran has increasingly become a popular resort destination, it still maintains its distinctly Balinese village ambiance. During your ‘alone time,’ enjoy a day of sun worshipping, paddle out in the bay on a kayak, or dine again at Jimbaran’s celebrated beachfront seafood restaurants.
Transfer to Denpasar International Airport for your onward flight.