Sanak Retreat represents Bali at its absolute best. Set up by philanthropists and run by a local family, this retreat is socially sensitive, sustainable, and thoroughly stunning throughout. The villas are spacious and sheltered, giving guests a real sense of privacy. Verandas look out over the low-key gardens towards the rugged, wild landscape.
Spend your days trekking through the surrounding fields, picnicking by a waterfall, canoeing on the lake or simply chilling out at the resort with time by the pool or yoga at the pavilion. The restaurant uses veggies from the retreat’s very own organic garden, rice from the nearby farms, and other fresh ingredients from further afield in Bali. Guests can even have a private chef and waiter attend in their bungalow, if so desired. The freshwater pool is set into green lawns with a shallow platform area for kids, and the retreat’s spa offers a selection of traditional treatments to help you fully unwind.
Surrounded by fertile fields in Bali’s agricultural, central northern region, with a stunning mountain backdrop, this laid-back collection of secluded bungalows sits unobtrusively against the landscape.
Private dining on request
We love this place - it’s peaceful, unassuming and naturally gorgeous.
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Bali isn’t all about the beaches, and this resort in the island’s lush, mountainous interior is a wonderful example of its capacity for offering genuine serenity. If you’re looking for a side to Bali that’s away from the rush of Ubud and the beachside bustle of the coast, then this resort delivers.
The resort feels as relaxed and welcoming for families as it does for couples, with a shallow area in the pool for little ones and a games room and craft corner to keep kids of all ages busy. The spacious layout and privacy of each villa means you can easily find peace and quiet when you need it, too.
Relax by the pool, rejuvenate body and mind with yoga, and treat yourself to a blissful spa treatment or two. Trek or mountain bike through the surrounding landscape, picnic by a waterfall, and take cookery classes to learn the techniques behind the delicious dishes served in the restaurant.
Having been founded by committed philanthropists, Sanak has community involvement and sustainability at its heart. The resort trains and employs most of its staff from the local region, and supports local schools and cultural initiatives. 90% of the food is locally sourced. They operate a zero-plastic philosophy, have built a recycling station on the island and are part of a global initiative to turn unrecyclable plastics into ecobricks.
We won’t be taking you to each of Indonesia’s 17,500 diverse islands, but this trip will have you exploring four of Indonesia’s islands - Java, Kalimantan, Bali and Komodo. From cruising the jungle waterways of Kalimantan’s rainforest and spotting orangutans, to soaking in the culture in Java to a few days relaxing on Bali and Komodo island - this is a trip full of beautiful contrasts.