Indonesia is a nation of islands, and islands beget diversity. Compared to people who live on continents, islanders can’t move very far or often. And, when people’s movements are restricted, social blending is limited, and cultural traits quickly diverge.
Indonesia’s numbers are extraordinary: more than 300 languages throughout roughly 20,000 islands that sprawl over 3000 miles along the Equator! Embark on a very special journey and discover the intoxicating, ever-changing sights and sounds of Java, Bali, Sumatra, and other islands in between.
In various destinations around the world, we have highlighted examples of exceptional accommodations that set new standards for aesthetics and responsible tourism. These properties reflect our own company values by emphasizing community involvement and the preservation of cultural heritage, protection of natural resources, and sustainability, both in practice and design. They also combine outstanding comfort and service, natural beauty, and functionality. Where you stay along the way can greatly enhance any journey. Options abound, but these are some of our favorites.
Beautifully designed in the style of a traditional Balinese village, Amandari pays homage to local artisans with hand-carved stone walls, shrines, and walkways all of local origin. Each private thatched-roof suite looks out over rice terraces and coconut palms and harmoniously blends within the stunning wilderness of the Ayung Valley.
Dedicated to preserving the natural fauna and flora of its surroundings, Sol Beach House Benoa blends traditional Balinese architecture with a tropical garden paradise. The hotel prides itself with being connected to the local people and empowering the community such as sourcing food solely from local organic farms.
Built within a charming coffee plantation producing up to seven tons of coffee a year, the true magnificence of MesaStila is in its spectacular setting, traditional architecture, and emphasis on wellness. Although the focus is luxury, the hotel is dedicated to keeping the traditional, local, and wholesome experiences intact, which accentuate the magnificence of the environment, the people, the culture, and facilitate a healthy lifestyle, full of memorable experiences.