Ubud, Bali & Singapore
Travel 01 Feb 2018 - 30 Nov 2019
Book by 31 Jan 2019
Saving £305 per person
- 3 nts Payogan Villa Resort & Spa, Ubud - Breakfast
- 7 nts Tanjung Benoa, Bali & Beyond - Breakfast
- 3 nts Mandarin Orchard, Singapore - Room only
- Singapore City Tour
- Mandarin Orchard: FREE room upgrade to Superior Deluxe room for stays from 01 Apr 19
- Payogan Villa Resort: FREE upgrade to a One Bedroom Valley View Pool Villa for stays between 1 April - 31 July and 1 September - 30 November 19
- Flights to Bali via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and £170 of prepayable taxes.
- This holiday is ATOL protected 2713
On the dramatic Sayan ridge high above the Oos River valley within 15 hectares of verdant hillside.
Superbly situated in the bustling Orchard Road area, the city's premier shopping and entertainment disctrict, the hotel exudes contemporary elegance and traditional Oriental splendour.
Flights to Bali via Singapore with Singapore Airlines, accommodation throughout, return private transfers and £170 of prepayable taxes.
Regional Departures: Regional supplements are available from Manchester from £0, Belfast from £166, Newcastle from £166, Edinburgh from £166, Glasgow from £166. Other regional airports may be available, please ask for details.
Get to know the 'real Bali' by heading inland to Ubud. Set amid cool mountains and spectacular terraced rice paddies this seductive town is Bali's cultural hub and spiritual capital. The flourishing arts and crafts scene dates back to the 1930 when eminent European painters, writers and musicians were drawn here and, with engaging panoramas of vibrant rice fields, ancient temples, verdant forests and river gorges, it's easy to see why.
Located in the cool mountains and set on the dramatic Ayung River, this traditional country town is just one hour's drive north of the airport and Bali's southern resorts but the pace of life couldn't be more different. Visitors are lured from all around the world to its ceremonial processions and festivals, art galleries, craft workshops, enchanting dance performances, luxurious spas, divine restaurants and incredible scenery.
The Ubud area essentially encompasses several outlying villages, each with their own distinctive character and fame for a particular area of the arts, but in tourist terms, Ubud generally refers to the central town area, which is easily explored on foot. Take time to stroll around the numerous galleries, museums, workshops or craft markets around Jalan Raya Ubud and Monkey Forest Road.
Temple festivals and ceremonies are almost daily occurrences so you may well chance upon one, but for those not lucky enough to view an authentic ceremony, traditional Balinese dances are performed nightly at nearby Bona village.
The sacred Monkey Forest nature reserve and temple complex is another popular visitor attraction. While the lush towering forest features an inspiring Hindu temple, as the name suggests it is also home to hundreds of cheeky long-tailed macaques who, locals believe, protect the area from evil spirits. Ubud is also highly regarded as a centre of well-being with spas, yoga and meditation all on offer, or should you feel creative why not visit a Balinese cooking class.
Dining out in Ubud is a real pleasure too, thanks to the town's superb dining scene. There is no shortage of choice with over 300 restaurants, varying from fine dining venues to local delicacies at bustling market stalls. Monkey Forest Road and Ubud High Street is viturally wall to wall eateries with elegant open-air restaurants and European-style cafes.
We highly recommend spending a few nights in Bali's cultural heart for an authentic taste of the islands' traditions.
Part of the sprawling Indonesian archipelago, these paradise islands invite you to share their magic and while they may be well-known for their stunning beaches, there is so much more than swaying palms. Bali's mountains, rice terraces and temples of the northern hills hold a charm all of their own; Lombok offers a Bali of yesteryear with its idyllic beauty and gentler pace; while Java complements perfectly with cultural and spellbinding wonders.
Bali is a name which evokes thoughts of romance, tradition, sunshine, palm trees and blue, blue ocean… and all of this is true. Although the Bali of today is perhaps more twenty first century than those words might at first imply, just a short way from the beach resorts, you'll find a Bali which will match those dreams and more.
The rich assortment of beautiful beaches in Bali include the relaxed charm of Sanur where the beach slopes gently into the crystal waters; the golden sands of the more exclusive Nusa Dua; the rolling waves of Kuta and the darker sands of Seminyak, which is also renowned as Bali's spa capital. An hour inland is the area of Ubud, the island's cultural and artistic heart, where spectacular rice terraces overlook river valleys and intricately carved temples are hidden away in the lush hill country. Perhaps one of the most enduring images of Bali is sunset over the stunning temple of Tanah Lot set on a tiny island in the ocean off the coast.
Delightfully unspoilt, Lombok is separated from neighbouring Bali by the Lombok Strait, although it's a world away. The landscape is of seemingly endless paddy fields, most dotted by palm trees and backed by Mount Rinjani. Just off the north west of Lombok lie the fabled Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air - three exquisite droplets of white sands surrounded by coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Java, Indonesia's fifth largest island and the most populous, is home to the capital of the country, Jakarta. However, at the centre of the island is Yogyakarta, which lays claim to being the cultural and spiritual capital of the island. Just 90 minutes from the centre, you'll find one of the largest Buddhist temples in the world, Borobudur. Constructed in the 8th century, it contains over 500 Buddha statues and is thought to be one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world. Watching the sun rise over Mount Bromo is the highlight of any visit to Java.
Let's not forget dragons…. Komodo dragons that is! Rinca Island is part of Indonesia's Komodo National Park and one of very few places to spot Komodo dragons in the wild.
When it comes to shopping the markets are hard to beat, particularly for batik cloth, ikat fabrics, woodcarvings, woven baskets, paintings and silverwork. If you wish to try some authentic Indonesian food visit one of the many warungs (street stalls) or Rumah Makans (small restaurants); specialities include Nasi Goring (spiced fried rice), Babi guling (roast suckling pig) and Ayam goring (fried chicken). Within Bali and Lombok the tourist areas also feature plenty of international dining options.
If you're ready for a tropical escape in these incredible islands, let Premier Holidays create the perfect holiday for you…
Rich in heritage with a multitude of cultures and nationalities, the vibrant city of Singapore offers a refined taste of Asia and is just waiting to be explored. There are a multitude of things to see and do, with options available to suit every nature lover, culture vulture or food fanatic. There's not only an abundance of top attractions within the city's main areas - from Sentosa, the Night Safari and fascinating museums to Chinatown and Little India; but also hundreds of hidden gems to discover off the beaten track. Known for being a city in a garden, Singapore also boasts a lot of green space, from the Botanic Gardens (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Singapore Zoo, Gardens by the Bay and Jurong Bird Park to preserved rainforests, nature reserves, parks and hiking trails. For an alternative nature experience, take a bumboat back in time to off-shore island Pulau Ubin, one of the two remaining kampongs (rural village) in Singapore.
For those seeking retail therapy a Singapore holiday won't disappoint. Orchard Road is the prime shopping district, a mile long street filled with high street names, high-end luxury labels and everything in between. Alternatively, browse the shops of Chinatown and Little India, visit the historical Arab Quarter - particularly Haji Lane, or try out the city's numerous shopping malls and fascinating markets. With an excellent public transport network of buses, taxis and efficient MRT underground system, you'll have no problem navigating around the city – although it's also very easy to get around on foot.
Singapore is one of Asia's best foodie destinations and every taste and budget is catered for, from unpretentious and affordable local street fare to culinary gems created by Michelin-starred chefs. An ideal gateway to Asia's varied destinations, a Singapore holiday offers an opulent taste of the Far East.