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When the pace of the Jakarta lifestyle starts to get you down, and you need a little holiday vacation in a more scenic, rural or adventurous setting ... check out some of these Great Escapes. Whether it's Surabaya hotel reservations or a vacation villa for your family in Bali, as expatriates living in Indonesia, we have the unique advantage of being within a few hours flight or drive from beautiful pristine beaches, towering volcanic mountains, great scuba diving/snorkeling, verdant rain forest, wildlife refugees and fascinating cultural experiences. Check out the resort properties and destinations below to help with your travel plans in Indonesia!

Take a long weekend, or use a portion of your annual holiday leave to see more of this fascinating country that we expats are temporarily calling home. Just imagine the air fares you'd be spending to get back to Indonesia again for holidays in the future! Many savvy tourism operators, recognizing the great pool of potential customers right here in-country, offer discounts to resident expatriates. Don't get stuck in the big city ... get out and see what Indonesian life is like in more laid back, traditional settings.

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Vacation at Alam Sari, Bali and experience Balinese culture in the nearby village of Keliki

Expat New Zealander, Aprile Denise, who has lived and worked in Indonesia for more than 30 years, operates Alam Sari Resort in the small Balinese village of Keliki located in the cool hills north of Ubud.

The aim of the hotel has been to create a boutique hotel with all the modern facilities which allows it’s guests to experience the natural aspects of the Balinese landscape, people and culture that the larger beach-based resorts cannot do. By maintaining close links with the local villagers, Alam Sari offers many opportunities for our guests to experience the real Bali while enjoying the hospitality and personal service that only a boutique hotel can offer. Relax and rejuvenate at Spa Alam Sari and enjoy the fitness facilities for to ensure yours is a relaxing and refreshing vacation. Newly opened at Alam Sari - beautiful Villa Teratai and Villa Ganesha is a three and two bedroom villas built in Balinese style and set in lush tropical gardens high above rice terraces with superb panoramic views from every room. Special rates for stays of 5 nights or more and a free village tour and shuttles to Ubud with every stay. Learn more about this great holiday destination! Facebook Trip Advisor Reviews

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The Watergarden Hotel and Spa in BaliVoted one of the ten most romantic hotels in Bali. The Watergarden features twelve elegant bungalows and one suite set amidst luxuriant tropical gardens and surrounded by lily ponds filled with Koi Carp. Only the murmur of flowing water, bird song and the splash of leaping fish disturb the tranquility when you sit on your very private verandah. Traditional Balinese styled bungalows with everything you need for your comfort and convenience. Located in the small village of Candi Dasa the hotel is a popular place for those wishing to avoid the chaos of Kuta and to explore the delights East Bali, all within easy reach are Ujung Water palace, Tirtagangga Water palace, Besakih Temple and Tenganan.

Our famous Restaurant is probably the best in Candidasa, renowned for its excellent cuisine, food festivals and special events, like Weddings, birthdays and Anniversaries. Our newly opened “Orchid Spa” has become as famous as our restaurant and very reasonably priced, compared to other nearby Spas. Although the staff's natural warmth and friendliness make it hard to leave the hotel. For info on nearby diving read Water World - one expat's experiences learning to dive in East Bali. To see some pictures of the Watergarden Hotel. Water World - one expat's experiences learning to dive in East Bali. Facebook Trip Advisor Reviews

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Bali Spirit Yoga Studio and Cafe - enjoy your Balinese holiday with relaxing yogaExplore Bali retreats, yoga teacher trainings and more with - your connection to holistic Bali. Bali is the world’s leading destination for yoga, cleansing and spiritual retreats and BaliSpirit is the biggest database of all wellness on the island. Discover spectacular SPAs, tropical resorts and holistic practitioners or plan your yoga retreat, deep healing and serious relaxation. You can also learn more about Balinese ceremonies, Bali events, creative classes and workshops, as well as Bali NGOs. There is no better resource for authentic experiences, cultural insights and information on wellness in Bali.

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Villa Wira BaliCome and make yourself at home in the beautiful Villa Wira, a celebration of Bali's unique culture and relaxed lifestyle, with artwork and interiors curated by interior designer Caroline Usher-Dumergue. This home was originally built as a private retirement home by its late Balinese owner. His passion for family and dining is evident in the spacious kitchen and dining space and cozy gathering areas, perfect for families or groups of friends. You can get a massage by the pool, find a private corner to read, enjoy TV and video in the multi purpose room, host a dinner party, and sip a glass of wine on the fourth floor while taking in the sea breezes and a 360 view of the ocean and rice paddies that are what make Bali so magical. The villa is walking distance from Berawa Beach and in near proximity to Canggu Club, Canggu Deli, Desa Seni and many restaurants and cafes. The villa is also a short distance away from the shops, restaurants, bars and lounges of Seminyak, Legian, and Kuta.

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Bali Je T’aimeBali Je T’aime villas rental agency was established in 2006 with a central office in the heart of Seminyak, Bali. At Bali Je T’aime, we believe our main responsibility is to provide our customers with exceptional service pursuing excellence in everything we do. This means offering the most suitable villa accommodation to create a memorable Bali holiday experience for all our customers. We have up to 500 carefully selected villas available in our database of villas, ranging from 1 bedroom up to 10 bedrooms with rates that starts from 70 € per night with locations mainly, but not limited to, the neighborhoods of Seminyak, Oberoi, Petitenget, Kerobokan, Umalas, Ubud, Canggu, Seseh, Sanur, Cemagi, Candidasa, Amed, Lovina, and even Gili–Lombok. Facebook page Twitter pages You Tube channel Google Plus Page

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Villa Beji IndahVilla Beji Indah is a boutique hotel with 10 guest suites within three villas. The villas are situated in the picturesque river valley village of Nyuhkuning close to the Ubud Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Set in incredibly beautiful gardens, the villa features three swimming pools: a 25 meter lap pool, an infinity plunge pool at the river’s edge, and the third within the honeymoon suite. The villa setting is perfect for weddings, yoga retreats, and family gatherings as it can comfortably hold 20 in-house guests. The complex can be rented in its entirety or by villa or individual suites.
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Atlantis-bali-diving.comOperating throughout Asia for nearly 10 years, Atlantis International is a PADI Five Star dive center which has been providing professional Bali scuba diving services in Bali since 1996. Atlantis offers daily diving tours and organized diving safaris for groups, to numerous dive sites around Bali: Tulamben, Nusa Penida/Lembogan, Amed, Padang Bay, etc. Atlantis instructors are a mix of expatriate and Indonesian PADI-trained instructors. Safety diving is a primary priority, as well as catering to divers who appreciate diving in small groups. Offering PADI Certifications and Training (from introduction to diving to Dive Master training), in different languages, including: English, French, Indonesian, Spanish and Chinese. We also offer Instructor Development Course Internships (in English, French and Spanish). Atlantis Bali Diving's office is based in Sanur, a convenient area within short distance to many tourist attractions in Denpasar and Ubud.
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Club Med - Bali and BintanWith its 2 resorts in Indonesia in Bali and Bintan (Riau Islands), Club Med is the ideal destination to escape with family. Club Med is a paradise for both parents and children, as our all-inclusive holiday concept cover unique children activities in our resorts. Parents could enjoy their relaxing holiday while the children are having fun with kids from around the world supervised by our professional Mini Club G.Os. Our children services cover from 4 months up to 17 years old divided by Baby Club, Petit Club, Mini Club and Passworld / Teens Club. To have a family bond during holidays, Mini Club is also organized a family event where parents and children could spend time together.

Premium All-Inclusive Club Med Package includes everything for you since the arrival. You can enjoy your hassle-free holidays and leave all ordinary behind. What Club Med provides for you are roundtrip transfer between airport and Club Med resort, stylish accommodation on twin sharing basis, daily international gourmet with drinks including alcoholics and non-alcoholics, open Bar & Snacking, extensive land and water sporting facilities with expert tuitions as well as Club Med signature evening entertainment by multicultural G.O. team. Facebook page


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West Java

Ocean Queen Adventure Resort Hotel The Ocean Queen Adventure Resort Hotel lies on the ruggedly beautiful and sparsely populated South coast of West Java, only 4 hours drive from Jakarta. Transfer to and from the resort can be arranged by us. The setting is idyllic, on a long private beach bounded by cliffs and the Indian Ocean, set in paddy fields and coconut trees. The lush foothills of the volcsano Gunung Halimun, the largest National Park in West Java, form the backdrop to the North. The sunsets are spectacular. The Ocean Queen has traditional but comfortable, and modern bungalows, self catering and fully serviced; rooms; a lounge; a restaurant; a pool plus kid's pool which are set in 2 hectares of tropical gardens. You can fill every day with activities. Explore the pristine coast by boat or motorbike. Surf, swim, and fish in the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Trek, hike and bird and animal watch in the primary forest of Mount Halimun. Whitewater raft the rivers cascading down from the mountain. Walk along the pristine coast, beaches, bays and headlands of southwest Java. Watch the marine turtles lay their eggs at Ujung Genteng. Visit the hot springs, bat cave, local markets and towns. Or relax by the pool, have a massage in your own cabana, sunbathe on the beach, admire the sunset, and BBQ a seafood dinner. Facebook page You Tube channel Trip Advisor Reviews


Vila Botani Less than an hour from the Bogor toll road exit and less than two hours from South Jakarta, Vila Botani on Mt. Salak lies far from any kampong and is located right on the boundary of the Halimun-Salak National Park. Our 5.5 hectare (14 acre) property is ideal for a leisurely stroll, a hiking trek or mountain biking adventure in our 6000 ha “backyard” of park forest. Walk to two nearby waterfalls. View the city lights of Bogor and sunrise over Mt. Pangrango. At an altitude of 750 meters, temps waver between 19 and 27C. A paradise for nature lovers, Vila Botani offers cool breezes amid our flourishing arboretum of 2,000 trees (250 local species). Guests can chill out and relax away from the Jakarta bustle and listen to nature’s chorus of birds, frogs and insects amid the extraordinary tranquility of Vila Botani, while avoiding crowds and the Puncak traffic jams.

Our 4 forest lodges are suitable for small families or larger groups (sleeping from 4 up to 15 persons). Our meals feature organic veggies from our on-site farm. Ask us about budget corporate retreats with simple facilities and meals as well as outbound programs for business teams, for up to 50 persons. Vila Botani is reachable by car or public transport. The facility is pet-friendly, and welcomes guest's dogs. An expat American, Alex Korns, oversees this eco-resort. Learn more about our facilities and activities on our website, linked above.   Facebook


Central Java

MesaStila Spa Retreat & Coffee PlantationEnter the nostalgic 1920s world of a 22-hectares Dutch colonial coffee plantation in the forested highlands of Java with a memorable stay at MesaStila Resort & Spa. Surrounding the resort, eight volcanic mountains thrust above the luscious vegetation on the hills and the fragrant floral landscape plunges below each balcony of the 23 Javanese-style luxury villas. Five splendid bedrooms with butler service are featured in the classic Bella Vista Villa, each bedroom has a private garden, and one with a private pool. As you relax on the verandah of the MesaStila Club House in the 1928 original Dutch Mansion, a cup of the best organic MesaStila coffee in hand, you will see the old Javanese village and the coffee warehouse which has been converted into the Plantation Bar.

The Hammam Spa provides opportunities for creating a harmony between mind, body and nature. The rejuvenation treatments start with yoga at the traditional Javanese architecture  building named Sasana Yoga followed by relaxing signature Turkish treatment at the Hammam. The resort features two signature restaurants: the Java Red and Java Green offering International and Authentic Nusantara menus with gourmet delicacies and variety of salads from MesaStila's own organic garden. Nearby attractions include the spectacular Borobudur Temple, rides on a 1902 cog steam train “The Queen of the Mountains” through rice fields and mountainous landscape, Pawon and Mendut Buddhist Temples, and verdant Javanese rural scenes of country lifestyles. See special offers for expats! Facebook Twitter Trip Advisor Reviews

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Habitat at Hyarta - Yogyakarta residenceExperience legendary javanese traditions with a warm welcome from the people of Yogyakarta, with their kindness, modesty and smiles; a stay at [email protected] will give you lots of memorable experiences. [email protected] is a tranquil haven for your stay in Yogyakarta. Our elegant contemporary style villas feature touches of Yogyakarta cultural heritage, [email protected] offers lush green gardens and a peaceful ambience during your stay, in a sophisticated and relaxing atmosphere. Our friendly local staff will help you feel at home during your stay in Yogyakarta.

The villas are located at Jalan Palagan Tentara Pelajar, the most exclusive area in Yogyakarta, only 8 km from the famed Malioboro Street and the iconic Tugu Yogyakarta. Each villa has three spacious bedrooms with three bathrooms that come with an intimate dining room, comfortable living room, and a kitchen equipped with a refrigerator and kitchenware. While staying at the villa, guests can also enjoy Free WiFi, International TV channels, breakfast, the [email protected] Club House, traditional joglo lounge, fitness center, and swimming pool. [email protected] villas are available for short or long-term lease. We Live and breathe the very blessed life of Yogyakarta.  Facebook page Instagram icon Trip Advisor Reviews



Rumah Boedi BorobudurRumah Boedi Borobudur is a place where we can get the feeling of serenity, comfort, tranquility of mind, body, heart, and soul in the form of nuances of the Javanese Royal Kingdom life from the past. At Rumah Boedi Borobudur you feel the sensation of living in a harmony with a very pure nature. The resort utilizes a private residence style like a lost ancient destination of the Mataram Kingdom. You can feel the resurrected kingdom in the middle of a tropical rainforest just 1,5 km from the Borobudur Temple. We will indulge our guests with the atmosphere of the verdant tropical forest, the lush appearance of tropical flora and fauna that surrounds Rumah Boedi Borobudur. Cultivate your Mind, Empower your Body, Nurture your Soul, Experience True Javanese Culture, Embrace Natural Surroundings, and Enjoy Sincere Hospitality at Rumah Boedi Borobudur. Facebook page Instagram icon Twitter pages You Tube channel Trip Advisor

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Cruises and Sailing Adventures across the Archipelago

Seven Seas Sailing AdventuresGo Beyond Your Comfort Zone ... Without Surrendering Comfort! No longer is a journey to the hidden gems of Indonesia's Far East a journey of certain hardship. The Seven Seas Dive and Adventure Cruises takes you there with all the style and comfort you would expect. Sumptuous buffets and a fine selection of wines, air-conditioned cabins and dining room, warm showers, a stereo and DVD will all ensure you feel at home albeit in the most exotic of locations. Diving is the main activity, but while anchored at a secluded bay, passengers can take a slow paddle on a kayak or jump aboard the speed boat to explore the beach. Children can play in the waves on a boogie board. Venture onshore to experience some of the local culture and perhaps purchase a beautiful tapestry. Or indulge in a Spa Treatment or Massage offered by our friendly Balinese staff. Seven Seas is all about safety, exquisite reefs, untouched nature, and comfort. Before starting their own family, the owners were vivid scuba-divers and sport-fishers, and they loved traveling to witness the remote nature beauty of Indonesia. Now they have kids, they simply continue to do just the same and take their kids with them. Throughout the year, for special group charters or just to step on with your individual family, Seven Seas organize family adventure cruises in eastern Indonesia. Read more about Sailing the Seven Seas of the Indonesian Archipelago. Facebook page

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Kalimantan Tour DestinationsJoin WOW Borneo on a relaxing Jungle River Cruise, on board the Rahai'i Pangun, from Palangkaraya in Central Kalimantan. See orangutans, hornbills, proboscis monkeys, traditional villages and livelihoods. Sit back, relax and enjoy the forested river banks and river life. Only a short hop from the hustle and bustle of Jakarta or Surabaya, you are transferred directly from the airport to the comfortable boat. Settle into your stylish cabins (there are 6 in total) with western bathrooms, and then go up on the viewing deck as the boat sets off on its journey along the meandering rivers. This is raw Borneo, where the rivers remain the main highways through this vast and mostly empty province. Our Jungle River Cruises are the first and only in Central Kalimantan, and provide a unique way to live on board and explore the Borneo Jungle and riverside villages inaccessible by road in relaxed comfort.The on board chef provides a selection of delicious local and Thai delicacies throughout the cruise. Our on board guide accompanies the boat to give you an insight into this little visited but fascinating region and the communities who live here. We are working with local communities to bring Ecotourism to this part of Central Kalimantan as a way of protecting the environment and creating alternative livelihoods. Our land tours include journeys to remote longhouses, to Tanjung Puting National Park to see this famous orangutan rehabilitation site, to Banjarmasin, overland travelling from Bali to Kali, and round Kalimantan orangutan explorations, finishing with some diving at magical Nabucco Island. BlogFacebook page Trip Advisor Reviews September/October Dry Season 2016 special -15% discount on any bookings for September and October

Remember that you can always escape to Indonesia on a plane by finding a cheap flight.

Many of these sponsors offer special rates for ITAS/ITAP holders,
so mention you saw their listing on the Living in Indonesia website, and see if they offer a discount!

Looking for help in booking these vacations?
... read the article on Choosing a Travel Agent!


Last updated January 25, 2017

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