In Indonesia the vibrant spice and mining industries, combined with the sheer beauty of the Indonesian archipelago, has attracted hundreds of ethnic groups to make their mark here over the centuries. Arabic, Chinese, Malay and European influences are evident in everything from its ornate temples to the cuisine. Its strong sense of spirituality is afforded by a range of religions including Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism.
Indonesia’s tropical climate and location, between continental plates, has resulted in a varied landscape of beautiful beaches, endless reefs nestled below mountains and volcanoes with rainforests alongside. This all lends itself to a tailor-made holiday tour, both to enjoy the varied landscapes and the luxury resorts and hotels on offer.
Bali, one of the smallest islands and has long been thought of as a holiday destination for the luxury traveller. It has a remarkable landscape centring on the volcanic Gunung Batur, a fabulous place from which to view the sunset or surrounding countryside.
For a serene escape choose the less developed Lombok. The island’s stunning beaches and reefs offer diving, snorkelling as well as excellent surf spots.
The island of Moyo is the starting point for a Komodo Dragon experience aboard a private boat and Java is home to the Borobudur Temple, the largest monument in the Southern Hemisphere.
Wherever one goes in this archipelago it is clear to see why it has attracted so many settlers and visitors over the years.