Simply Bali

Enjoy an in-depth introduction to one of Indonesia’s most popular destinations on our Simply Bali holiday. Wander through Ubud’s lively centre, lay back on idyllic beaches and head north to discover Bali’s local culture, combining key highlights with less-visited gems which show you a quieter side to this multifaceted and complex island.

At a glance
  • Soak up the alternative atmosphere in Ubud’s colourful markets
  • Watch a panoramic sunrise from Batur’s volcanic peak
  • Snorkel Bali’s most spectacular reefs
  • Trek rice fields and spice plantations
  • Immerse yourself in tranquility at Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery
  • Kick back on the island’s blissful southern beaches
Itinerary
Price & Hotels

Ubud - 4 nights

Renowned for its thriving artisan community, who sell their work in colourful fringes along the town’s bustling streets, Ubud is full of confidence in its alternative ambience; a place where generations of travellers have come to tune into Bali’s beauty. Its long history as a centre for healing means there are excellent spa facilities available on every level, offering plenty of options for relaxing body and mind. Connect with the town’s idiosyncratic culture, cycle out to verdant rice fields and ancient temples, climb an active volcano and taste the world on a plate in the town’s vibrant restaurants.

Day 1 - Arrive Denpasar, drive to Ubud

On arrival in Bali, you'll be met by your private guide, who will accompany you to your hotel in Ubud.

Welcome to Selective Asia! This level of personal service (such as private transfers, private tours etc) is what you can expect throughout your trip. A few services (eg boat cruises) will be shared, but we'll always make sure you're aware of these.

Day 2 - Cycling tour

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The start point for today’s cycling tour is the village of Kadewatan, to the north of Ubud. Alongside your local cycle guide, travel through the outskirts of Ubud on two wheels for a broad overview of the stunning countryside peppered with the micro-details of daily local life. Your guide will give you further insight into Balinese culture and lifestyle as you take a leisurely, predominantly downhill 3-hour cycle past rice fields and temple compounds, through local villages and bamboo forest. Finish your journey with a buffet lunch at a local restaurant, before enjoying the remainder of your day at leisure. Perhaps you'll reward yourself with a spa treatment after the morning’s ride!

Day 3 - Mas artisan village experience

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Spend your day at the artisan village of Mas, and get a true flavour of some uniquely Balinese local culture, lifestyle and traditions. Over the course of the day you’ll be blessed by a local priest, learn about ancient divination methods from an astrologer, and try your hand at wood-carving under the watchful eye of a local woodcarver. A hands-on cooking experience will provide a traditional Balinese lunch. On your way back to Ubud there will be the opportunity to visit the Agung Rai Museum of Art, which contains one of the best permanent collections of Balinese and Indonesian paintings.

Day 4 - Mt Batur sunrise trek

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You'll start out eye-wateringly early, at 2.30am - but we promise it's worth it! Your guide will escort you to the foot of the Mt Batur trail, and together you'll set off through the volcanic ash for a pre-dawn trek up this active volcano to watch sunrise from the peak. With plenty of opportunities to stop and rest on the ascent, you’ll emerge after about two hours at the top of the wind-swept crater. Make yourself comfortable, enjoy a picnic breakfast, and look across to the peaks of Mount Abang and Mount Agung as dawn breaks. Wander around the summit, enjoying the breathtaking views of Lake Batur, and observing the historic lava flows of former eruptions. Stop at an array of natural hot springs within the crater, where you can soak weary limbs whilst gazing out across Lake Batur’s rippling surface.

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Menjangan - 3 nights

Bali’s north-western tip is defined by the national park, which protects several diverse habitats including rainforest, savannah, flourishing reefs, and little Menjangan Island: a small, uninhabited land mass, off the north west coast, home to one of the best coral reefs in Bali. The larger marine area is revered by divers and snorkellers, with seven world-class dive sites just beneath the waves, and some of the best snorkelling in Indonesia. Meanwhile, hikers and nature lovers enjoy the well-managed trails on land, home to hundreds of species, including the endangered Bali Starling.

Day 5 - Jatiluwih trek, Ulun Danu, drive to Menjangan

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Depart for Bali’s north coast through the island’s scenic central region, pausing at the vibrant green steps of the UNESCO-listed Jatiluwih rice terraces. Enjoy a leisurely 1-hour trek through the fields, learning about traditional subak rice farming practices which have been diligently passed down for generations, and continue to Ulun Danu: a unique temple, with a distinctive tiered roof, that ‘floats’ on small islands over Bratan Lake. Rumoured to be the most photographed temple in Bali, this is one of the holiest Hindu sites on the island, so there is a high chance that a ceremony of some sort will be taking place. Stop at Bedugul village to explore the local market, with its eye-catching tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and flower stalls, before continuing on to Bali's northern coast where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

Day 6 - Menjangan Island snorkelling

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Hop aboard a boat for a short ride through warm, turquoise waters to Menjangan Island. Enjoy a morning of snorkelling over the magnificent coral gardens and dramatic reef walls, home to a vast array of marine life: everything from sea fans, pygmy seahorses and filigreed gorgonians, to schools of snapper and reef sharks. Transfer back to your resort in the early afternoon, where the remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Day 7 - At leisure

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Enjoy a day of R&R.

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Munduk - 2 nights

Cocooned within the hills of north-central Bali, the rural mountain village of Munduk takes you beyond the glossy Bali of the brochures, to show you the routines of everyday life in the island’s lesser-visited north. Surrounded by rice paddies and tropical rainforest, this is an excellent base for trekking through traditional farming villages, and past plantations growing many fruits, vegetables, coffee, cloves and other spices that thrive in the area due to its cooler climate. Stand in the shadow of tiered temples, and at the foot of rushing waterfalls, as you discover Bali’s rawer side.

Day 8 - Drive to Munduk via Brahma Arama Vihara & Banjar Hot Springs

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Journey east along the coast, then head inland to Brahma Arama Vihara, Bali’s largest Buddhist monastery. This grand complex is spread across a hectare of hillside, with stunning views over the north coast, numerous meditation rooms, tranquil gardens and a mini replica of the temple of Borobudur. Its peaceful surroundings have made this significant Buddhist pilgrimage site a popular meditation retreat. Having relaxed your mind in the monastery’s tranquility, enjoy a therapeutic soak in the natural hot pools at Banjar Hot Springs, before continuing on to Munduk.

Day 9 - Plantation & waterfall walk

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Enjoy a morning walk into Munduk’s surrounding countryside, accompanied by a local guide. Wander through tropical rainforest and alongside rice fields, past traditional villages and plantations, to one of the area’s beautiful waterfalls where you can take a refreshing swim if you wish. Walk back to your hotel at your own pace, where the remainder of your day will be at leisure.

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South Coast Bali - 3 nights

Bali’s southern beaches are what the island’s reputation for R&R is founded upon: miles of golden sands backed by luxurious resorts to suit all tastes and budgets. Spend the last few days of your trip in Jimbaran or Sanur, well away from the hectic party towns, where you can continue enjoying a gentle pace and treat yourself to some high end pampering. Settle back on quiet beaches to daydream about the highlights of your trip, with nothing but sand, sun, sea, spas and seafood - and a few bobbing fishing boats - to break your concentration.

Day 10 - Drive to your south coast beach resort

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Drive to the south coast and on to your chosen beach resort. Time to kick off your shoes and sink your toes into the sand!

Days 11 & 12 - Enjoy a few days on the beach

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Your days will be at leisure to relax on the beach and make the most of the hotel's facilities.

Day 13 - Depart Denpasar

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Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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We only provide privately guided holidays - meaning that you will not be expected to share guides or transport for the duration of your visit. You can also start on any day you choose.

Please click on the hotel category buttons below to view hotel details. These are recommended properties only - we have many alternative options for you to choose from if you would prefer. You can mix hotel categories throughout your holiday.

Hotel class Price per person (based on total # travelling)
2 persons 3 - 4 5 - 6
First Class £1,434US$1,879 £1,347US$1,764 £1,214US$1,590

Atta Mesari Resort & Spa

If you’re looking to experience the best of Ubud’s laid back atmosphere, with a little extra class, the Atta Mesari Resort and Spa delivers… See more

Nusa Bay Menjangan

Situated on a secluded peninsula, a 20-minute boat ride from the mainland, the Nusa Bay Menjangan is a contemporary villa-style hotel where you can relax and unwind. The tropical forests and stunning coastline... See more

Puri Lumbung Cottages

High in the cool Munduk hills, overlooking a valley of dense jungle, the Puri Lumbung Cottages eco-resort showcases an alternative side to Bali, away from the heat and the crowds... See more

Sudamala Sanur Suites & Villas

A calming contemporary boutique resort a short walk from South Bali’s Sanur beach, the Sudamala is spacious and stylish, with a peaceful ambience... See more
Superior £1,640US$2,148 £1,569US$2,055 £1,446US$1,894

Wapa di Ume

A charming boutique resort with a distinct Balinese vibe, Wapa di Ume enjoys the best of both worlds when it comes to location: surrounded by the picturesque rice fields that the region is well known for, yet a five minute drive... See more

The Menjangan

Set within a superb 940 acre estate within the West Bali National Park, this is the place to discover Bali’s natural splendour from an undeniably luxurious vantage point... See more

Sanak Retreat

With its deceptively simple boutique wooden bungalows, and wonderful traditional rural setting, the Sanak represents Bali at its absolute best... See more

Pavilions Resort Bali

A short walk inland from white sandy Sanur beach, and discretely hidden amongst lush jungly undergrowth, the Pavilions is small and romantic, its boutique villas designed for intimate retreat... See more
Deluxe £2,161US$2,831 £2,082US$2,728 £1,963US$2,571

Kayon Resort

Standing against the richly forested hillsides of Ubud, the Kayon Resort is a sheltered, adult-only retreat... See more

Plataran Menjangan Resort

Surrounded by the unspoilt rainforest of West Bali National Park, and with views across the rugged coast, the Plataran Menjangan is a delightful boutique resort with a focus on sustainability... See more

Sanak Retreat

With its deceptively simple boutique wooden bungalows, and wonderful traditional rural setting, the Sanak represents Bali at its absolute best... See more

Belmond Jimbaran Puri

Set alongside Bali’s desirable Jimbaran Beach, the Belmond’s beautiful cottages and pool villas are scattered throughout a peaceful estate, and offer stylish seclusion... See more

Solo travellers are always welcome - please contact us for a tailored quote.

These prices are shown in GBPUSD.
Selective Asia is a UK-registered company, but our client-base spans the globe, so we bank in both GBP and USD and can therefore provide a fixed price in either currency.
We also have payment facilities in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the EU, and can typically offer better-than-bank exchange rates on the date of payment in these currencies (against a booking priced in GBP).

Itinerary additions

  • Indonesia is known around the world for its white sands, with a startlingly large choice of stunning beaches and luxurious resorts scattered across 17,000 islands and so choosing the right one can be an overwhelming task. While this holiday includes a suggestion of resorts you are by no means restricted to this and we are always happy to help you discover your perfect stretch of paradise.
  • Extend your time in Ubud to include one of the many half or full day activities. Options range from: gentle cycling excursions through rice fields to zip line adventures and white water rafting. Alternatively, if this all sounds too exhausting then there is no better place to unwind with a multitude of pampering options on your doorstep - Royal Red Wine Massage anyone?
At Selective Asia we specialise in creating unique, tailor-made experiences. The holiday itineraries provided on this website are intended to help you visualise what is achievable in your destinations of choice, over a given period of time and at an intended budget.
Whilst many clients are happy with of our recommended itineraries in the current form (and at the price quoted), there are those that wish to personalise their holiday in some way, whether it be a change of hotel, an additional destination or even start from scratch. This is when our tailor-made specialists come into their own; with many years of experience both living and working in the region they are ideally equipped to advise on alternatives and to facilitate any necessary changes.

The important stuff

Please note: During high season periods (such as July - September and Christmas) hotels often levy a surcharge, and these are not included in the above prices. Your consultant will be happy to advise you of these.

Inclusive:

  • English speaking, local guide
  • All accommodation listed
  • Land transportation by private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Any domestic flights listed (unless marked otherwise)
  • All admission fees at attractions, temples and activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals listed
  • International flight reconfirmation.

Exclusive:

  • Flights to/from Asia. We are an ATOL bonded operator and can arrange flights for all our clients, regardless of whether you are departing from the UK or from almost any other worldwide destination.
  • Entry visas
  • International airport departure taxes
  • Any meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Drinks, other than water on activity days
  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, drinks, tip...)
  • Travel insurance
  • All other services not listed in 'inclusive'

Please note

All prices are correct at the time of publishing. They are liable to change and can only be confirmed upon submitting an enquiry.

 

Extras

Flights

We will arrange all internal flights used within our holiday itineraries. We can also arrange discounted flights from all UK airports to Asia and we are a fully bonded ATOL operator. If you would like a quote for your international flights then please complete the required section on the enquiry form.

Visa

You will require a visa to enter Indonesia but this is obtained on arrival. Your consultant will be happy to advise you on visa requirements.

Passport

Please ensure that you have a valid passport with at least 6 months validity remaining after your return date. You will also need at least one blank page for each of the countries you are visiting.

Insurance

You will require a comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalisation, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. We offer our customers a specially discounted insurance policy, ideally suited to the needs that a trip such as this creates. Tick the insurance box in the enquiry form and we will send you a quote to suit your needs.

Vaccinations and Malaria Prevention

You will undoubtedly require vaccinations for your visit to Asia. Please consult your doctor or a vaccination clinic for the most up-to-date advice. They will also be able to advise you of the most suitable anti-malarial medication if required. It is important that you do this well in advance of your departure date.

Booking Procedure

Only once you are completely happy with any holiday itinerary we create for you will we ask for a payment. In order that we can secure availability for your booking we would typically require a deposit of 20%.

Travelling Responsibly

We care about the places and the communities that you will travel through. It is important to us that we travel as responsibly as possible throughout Asia and that we are giving something back to the regions and the people that make these journeys so special. Full details on our approach to responsible travel can be found on a dedicated section of this website.

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Martin – Indonesia tailor-made specialist

'Simply Bali introduces you to the highlights of the island whilst ensuring you you get plenty of beach time. After all this is a holiday!'

MartinIndonesia tailor-made specialist

Speak to Martin on 01273 670 001

Make it yours!

Call us on 01273 670 001

Get in touch

Our tailor-made service costs you no extra

This itinerary is designed to work straight off the peg, but we'll happily tailor it until it's a perfect fit for you, to ensure we’re making the absolute best of your time and funds. All you need to do is ask...

Your own private guides & drivers

You'll typically have your own private guides & drivers throughout your trip. When you will be sharing a service (eg a boat cruise) with others, we'll always let you know.