Luxury Travel to Java
Home to over half of Indonesia‘s population as well as its sprawling capital, Jakarta, Java is a hugely diverse and fascinating place. Head away from the cities and you’ll discover a landscape of smouldering volcanoes, lush rice paddies and ethereal temples.
Java is Indonesia‘s fifth largest island and stretches 600 miles from east to west, with a string of volcanoes running along its central belt. We can help you explore the quieter, pristine parts of Java on private tours that help you fully appreciate the beauty of the island. Trek the Menoreh Hills or climb 3,000 feet to the summit of Mount Merapi; visit fragrant tea and coffee plantations; travel by horseback to the top of Mount Bromo for sunrise; and visit Kawah Ijen volcano with its pungent smells and mystical views across the eerie sulphuric crater lake.
When it comes to ancient marvels, Java truly excels. The 9th-century Buddhist monument of Borobudur is one of the most evocative sights in all of Asia. This incredible structure was built in three layers and surrounding the main stupa that sits proudly at the top, are 72 openwork stupas, each containing a statue of Buddha. When the early morning sky glows orange and purple, there are few more magical. Just to the west is the impressive 10th-century temple complex of Prambanan, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. With over 500 temples, it is an awe-inspiring sight.
For those that love the outdoors, Java provides the most epic backdrop. Cycle and hike through the rice fields, visit fragrant tea and coffee plantations, and horse ride through the lush rainforests. Our expert local guides will help you discover this majestic island, both its natural beauty and fascinating culture.
My time in Java was the highlight of my trip to Indonesia. Once you get out of its frenetic cities and into the surrounding countryside, you are immersed in a peaceful landscape of rolling hills and rural villages, punctuated by the occasional active volcano! Don’t miss a visit to the Buddhist temple of Borobudur at sunrise – an absolutely magical experience.
What to do
- You cannot miss the ancient splendour of the Borobudur Temple
- Go from rainforest, to volcanic craters, to grassy savannah and coral islands in Java’s national parks and nature reserves
- Explore the cultural hub of Yogyakarta
When to go
Between May and October to avoid the rainy season.
Itineraries including Java
Accommodation in Java
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AmanjiwoThe luxurious and decadent Amanjiwo hotel is quite simply mesmerising. Furthermore across the Kedu Plain, Amanjiwo looks out to Borobudur, the 9th century Buddhist sanctuary and UNESCO World Heritage site: the sole reason many come to Java. Taking this site as inspiration, the shape of Borobudur is very much reflected in the architecture and style of Amanjiwo with its 36 suites set in two graceful crescents around a central rotunda. The suites feature high ceilings with domed roofs, outdoor sunken stone baths within a high walled garden, marble floors and a raised four poster bed. Some of the spacious sun terraces come with their own private pool offering ultimate privacy. High limestone walls give shape to the walkways that link the suites to the main building, and that winds down to the forty-metre infinity pool. In spite of your privileged views, a private tour to Borobudur cannot be missed. Watching the shadows of the Buddha’s shift and the sky burn as the sun rises over Mount Merapi is truly a magical experience. We can arrange entry to the temple before dawn, avoiding the crowds, allowing plenty of time to reach the summit in relative peace.