Agent Review: Indonesia
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Indonesia with Trails of Indochina and The Aman Resorts. My experience with both the hotels and the tour operator were beyond my expectations!
Upon arrival at the Jogyakarta airport, Trails of Indochina had prearranged our visa with express service. We were in and out very quickly. It is well worth the $100 fee. We were met by our tour guide and driver and transferred to the Amanjiwo Resort. Upon arrival at the hotel we were greeted by the staff throwing rose petals . Amanjiwo is an amazing property over looking Borobudur, which you must see at sunrise. The hotel is very impressive from the entrance to each of the wonderful rooms.
The service and food were also outstanding. My room had a wonderful outdoor patio overlooking the rice fields.
The Indonesian people are warm and friendly and go beyond expectations for their guests. There are wonderful historical and cultural sights that are a must see. A visit to the Sultan Palace, built in the grand and elegant Javanese architectural style, the charming Water Castle, Tamansari and Prambanan, and ancient Hindu temple are well worth the time.
Next, we flew to Bali and stayed at Amanusa, located near Legian and Seminyak beaches. This fashionable part of Bali is home to some of the best boutique shops and restaurants. The hotel is comprised of individual villas which are spacious, beautiful and set overlooking the golf course. Each villa has it own private patio many with pools. We were greeted by two children who had hand made floral souvenirs for us. Although not on the beach, it is a short jeep ride down where you can enjoy breakfast on the beach.
Visit Uluwatu temple, built in the 11th century and located on a steep cliff with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean. Uluwatu is one of the most spectacular temples on Bali and home to Macac monkeys, who are both playful and protective of their young.
There is white water rafting on the Ayung river, a fun adventure for those with a reasonable level of fitness and a sense of adventure. The river traverses some stunning scenery, and while there are some rapids, it is also suitable for beginners.
The quaint town of Ubud, famous for its artistic community and its many beautiful Hindu temples where it is possible to witness traditional dance performances is well worth the visit. We stayed at Amandari resort.
Trails of Indochina provided us with a Classic High Tea. We enjoyed an experience like no other – high tea and a picnic in a luxurious tent in a secluded spot amidst the tranquil beauty of Ubud’s countryside. Walking through the village, rice field, cemetery, Dalem temple and past the river to reach the magnificent tented camp and home of an Australian designer. Following our tea, to add to this wonderful, relaxing day, we had a back and foot massage.
Amandkila is my favorite of the four Amans. It is a beautiful and scenic property overlooking the Indian Ocean with beautiful views. As all the Aman rooms are large and spacious, this one is no different. However, it is the only one on a black sand beach. The only drawback of this property is the distance to the villas from the lobby. There are many flights of stairs and I do not recommend this property for people who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs.
They offer many activities including East Bali Cycling, which takes you into the village and you can see them working and playing. They also have an afternoon cruise, snorkeling tours and spa treatments.
Overall, a wonderful way to see this part of the world!
By Karen Lewis