Active and Cultural Family Adventure
Smoking volcanoes, awe inspiring temples and beautiful coast and countryside
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- Private tours and guided volcano hikes
- Luxury accommodation throughout
- Meet and greet airport service
- Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
At a glance
This is an intrepid adventure with enough culture, beauty and outdoor fun to inspire the whole family. You’ll get to explore smoking volcanoes, lush rice paddies, beautiful coastline and ancient monuments while experiencing the incredible hospitality this part of the world is known for.
This trip is suited to families with teenage children and is packed with activites that everyone can enjoy. You’ll start in Munduk, exploring its waterfalls and plantations before heading to Menjangan via the Brahmavihara Arama monastery and Banjar hot springs.
Explore West Bali National Park on horseback and by foot, while also taking some time to relax at your luxury hotel, spending some quality time together as a family. It’s then onto Java, where you’ll spend the first few days exploring the magnificent Ijen volcano, whose vaporous clouds look especially dramatic at surise. Bromo volcano awaits next, and you’ll witness it in the late afternoon and at surise to avoid the crowds.
After a night in Malang, you’ll make your way to the incredible Amanjiwo property – the perfect place to finish. This is such a special place and here you can relax, explore your idyllic surroundings and witness the awe inspiring Borobudur temple complex.
Example Trip Itinerary
VIP meet and greet at Denpasar Airport
Private transfer to your hotel in Munduk
Accommodation in Munduk
- Nine villas and three suites
- Infinity pool
Munduk Moding Plantation is nestled in a working coffee plantation and surrounded by jungle. It consists of just nine villas and three suites that blend features of traditional Balinese architecture with more modern design. The resort, which was built by locals, was carefully designed to maximise privacy and minimise the impact on the environment. Munduk Moding Plantation also has a strict sustainability plan in place, with a waste management programme and several projects to support and uplift the local community. Enjoy a meal at MiMPi Restaurant (which takes its name from the Balinese word for ‘dream’), where the menu offers Balinese, Indonesian, Asian and fusion dishes, which use homegrown organic vegetables, fruits and spices from the garden. There’s also a spa where you can relax and unwind with a massage or beauty treatment. For a swim with one of the world’s best views, take a dip in the 18m infinity pool that looks out over the rolling hills, Bali’s central mountains and the Java Sea.
This village nestled in the mountains of Bali's northern coast is surrounded by lush forests, beautiful waterfalls and coffee and cocoa plantations. It's perfect for travellers who enjoy hiking and exploring nature. As you follow the many trails and tracks in the area, you're bound to happen upon small villages.
Today you will get to visit three waterfalls near your resort. The path down to the beautiful waterfalls is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as avocado, taro, banana and durian trees. Enjoy glimpses of the west coast of Bali, and stop along the way to chat with farmers. The first waterfall you will reach is Empelan. The next waterfall has a cave behind it in which hundreds of bats live. The final waterfall is Laangan, the perfect place for a dip in the mountain water. Munduk lies at an altitude of about 800 meters above sea level offering fresh cool mountain air.
The Buddhist monastery, Brahmavihara Arama, was built in the late 20th centure, and is located on a hill in Banjar Village overlooking Bali’s North Sea. After exploring the monastery, you will visit the sacred hot springs of Banjar, known as Air Panas. The springs are set in the midst of the jungle in a beautifully landscaped tropical garden. The sulphuric water flows from a natural volcanic source, giving a very pleasant temperature of around 37°C. Locals believe that it can heal people suffering from rheumatic diseases. There are three parts to the site, two of which are pools and another a water spout.
Accommodation in Menjangan
- 22 guestrooms
- Two restaurants and bar
- Swimming pool
- Resort transport
- Meeting room
This 382-hectare resort within the West Bali National Park boundaries puts you right in the midst of the park’s outstanding natural beauty, secluded locale and wildlife. Poles apart from daily life, birdsong awakens you here and days are spent relaxing on sands, kayaking and exploring the Park’s pristine forested grounds, where deer and monkeys are spotted. Besides an abundance of wildlife, the vast Menjangan Resort is also home to a variety of elegant, luxury accommodation. From the Monsoon Lodge’s rooms and suites to beachfront villas, to the impressive three bedroom private estate – you can pick the style to suit your Balinese experience. Whether you while away your time relaxing by the sea or getting active with horseback rides and dives amongst some of the island’s finest coral gardens, your stay here is sure to immerse you in nature. Keeping with this theme, the resort’s two dining spots both enjoy scenic settings. Bali Tower Restaurant soars high above the treetops, offering sweeping ocean views with Mediterranean and Indonesian cuisine, while the Pantai Restaurant is a lovely beach-side spot for seafood and barbecues.
- 12 rooms
- Observation deck
Experience the raw beauty of nature at Plataran Menjangan Resort and Spa, set in West Bali National Park. The eco-retreat features a collection of luxurious forest, ocean and mangrove Joglo villas. Each is elegantly decorated and comfortable, and some boast outdoor bathrooms. The resort’s main dining venue, The Octagon Ocean Club, with 360-degree views of the park and ocean, serves fresh seafood, Asian-inspired dishes and international comfort food. Treat yourself to Balinese and Indonesian meals made using fresh local ingredients at Wantilan Open Kitchen, or enjoy a romantic dinner with views of Menjangan Island and the Java mountains on Wantilan Deck. Located in the national park, there are plenty of outdoor activities that allow you to truly appreciate your surroundings. Go trekking through the jungle, kayak along a mangrove canal, go diving, or sunset cruise. To take the relaxation to the next level, spend a couple of tranquil hours at the Padma Spa, nestled in a mangrove and looking out over the ocean. There are a range of treatments available to balance the mind, body and soul.
Spend your time exploring the vibrant underwater world and lush interior of this national park.
Experience the beauty of the national park on horseback, taking in views of the jungle and beach. These faithful Australian horses know these woods inside out and you will be guided by the resort’s trained staff who tailor each trek to suite your riding ability.
Explore the jungle on foot, listen to your guide sharing their stories about this beautiful region. Find out which leaf to use for antiseptic and which one to grab for the perfect manicure. Discover some of the best views only reachable by foot, and discover the flora and fauna of the park. Chance upon a monitor lizard sunning himself on a warm rock or a family of monkeys in search of lunch, and keep quiet to discover the Menjangan, a unique species of deer.
Private transfer to your hotel near Ijen
Accommodation in Ijen
- 37 rooms
- Restaurant & bar
- Treatment rooms for massage
- Freshwater pool
Made up of just 37 rooms all with views across terraced rice paddies and a row of volcanoes, Ijen is an intimate hotel immersed in the dramatic topography of eastern Java. Set within four hectares of landscaped gardens, this resort is ideally located for visiting the Ijen Crater Lake and also benefits from with 360-degree panoramic views of volcanoes, rice fields, rainforest and even the ocean. Other attractions such as the region’s small rural villages, national parks and old colonial plantations, are close to hand also. The Glenmore restaurant serves a choice of European, Indonesian and East Javanese cuisine, and there is an intimate bar on the grounds. Cool off in the mountain spring swimming pool and perhaps opt for a traditional massage after mountain trekking.
- 19 rooms
- Art gallery
Located in the foothills of the Ijen Plateau and surrounded by mountains and plantations, is Jiwa Jawa Ijen. This beautiful lodge reflects East Javanese culture while offering guests the relax and enjoy this unique part of the world in comfort and style. 19 rooms are spacious and come with a touch of local design. Some feature balconies that look out over Mount Merapi, Mount Meranti and Mount Raung. Enjoy a taste of Indonesian culture at the Belong restaurant, taken from the Javanese word for clay pot cooking. Expect traditional dishes made from locally sourced ingredients alongside more international flavours. Jiwa Jawa also houses its own art gallery, which features a permanent photography exhibition and holds regular exhibitions showcasing everything from paintings to sculptures. You’re within easy reach of the Ijen crater, the biggest lake crater in Indonesia standing at 2,300m above sea level. It was formed around 300,000 years ago and the unique combination of yellow-tinted rocks and the blue of the mineral lake is truly spectacular.
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.
Marvel at the awesome beauty of Java’s Mount Ijen at its most atmopsheric time - sunrise. At approximately 2am, you will make your way through rural villages, coffee and clove plantations, and rainforest to Paltuding. From the park ranger's post, walk up the Ijen plateau and through the hilly landscape until you reach the crater edge. The stunning view is unveiled at 2,368m altitude. The reward of your effort is a breathtaking view and during clear weather, you may see the great turquoise sulfur lake. Mount Ijen is the most acid volcano in the world and the fumaroles are so hot that sulfur comes out as green vapor. The vapor is collected by a large pipe and when it condenses, it forms red rivulets of liquid sulfur that then freeze to create solid deposits, which are then collected - an incredibly hard job. After spending some time at the crater, you'll make your way back down.
Kaliklatak plantation, which was originally owned by Dutch company, started out growing coffee, rubber and cocoa but has since expanded to include pepper, cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, coconut and various types of fruits. At the highest point, at about 850 metres above sea level, you can see views of the city of Banyuwangi, the Bali Strait, Blambangan Peninsula, and the island of Bali.
Train from Banyuwangi to Probolingo
Private transfer to your hotel near Bromo
Accommodation in Bromo
- 9 Cabins
- Cable television
- Hot showers
- Small café
- Mountain bikes for hire
At 2,000 metres above sea level Jiwa Jawa is often set in cloud. Built in a wooden chalet style this is a modest yet charming retreat which blends into its landscape amidst the Pobolinggo mountains of eastern Java seamlessly. With just nine cabins, this is the perfect accommodation for those that love the outdoors and wish to explore the number of small local villages, go mountain biking, horse riding, and tour the nearby volcanoes. There is also one further, larger cabin to suit families. Jiwa Jawa has a small café offering delicious coffee from the nearby plantations as well as Indonesia and European food. The café is set within a small gallery space showcasing photography from across the region and diners occasionally entertained by a local light jazz band.
Visit Bromo crater late afternoon to avoid the crowds. You'll go by pony to the starting point of stairs then make your way up to the crater itself. Afterwards, you'll drive to Penanjakan Hill to watch the sun set.
Leave before dawn for the drive and hour long hike to Argo Wulan, a special spot where there are no other people. We need to walk for an hour to get this point. From this hidden spot, take in the stunning sunrise view of Bromo and Semeru Mountain before returning to your hotel for breakfast.
Coban Pelangi is located near the village of Gubug Kelakah. The waterfall flows 30m from the cliffs which are surrounded by lush greenery.
Accommodation in Malang
- 49 rooms
- Bike rental
- Swimming pool
- Daily High Tea with traditional delicacies
- Apsara Spa with a welcome relaxation foot and shoulder massage
- Melati Restaurant with live music in the evenings
- Ban Lam wine shop and bar
- The Silk Road - Private dining rooms
Filled with fascinating antiques, adding not only to this hotel’s locale in the heart of Malang Old Town but acting as a piece of cultural history itself; Tugu Malang gives you a comfortable and full experience here in eastern Java. The 49 rooms at the hotel are furnished in a colonial style with a strong nod to east Javanese heritage. The Melati restaurant is famed its recipes based on Indonesian home cooking as well as a vast steak menu with Dutch and French influences. Afternoon tea is served daily in the Tugu Tea House and the Roti Tugu bakery offers fresh organic produce which is popular with hotel guests and local residents alike. All guests to the Tugu Malang are welcomed to the hotel with a relaxation foot and shoulder massage; a welcome treat before setting off to explore the pretty colonial streets of Malang.
Enjoy a fascinating tour of the ‘Paris of East Java’, with a guided tour around the cultural heart of Malang. With a history stretching back over a thousand years, the city is a rich amalgam of Javanese temples, Dutch colonial architecture and modern progress, all set against the stunning backdrop of volcanic peaks and the lush contrast of the beautiful Indonesian countryside
Private transfer to Surabaya airport
Flight from Juanda to Adisutjipto
Private transfer to your hotel in Yogyakarta
Accommodation in Yogyakarta
- 36 rooms
- Air conditioning
- Infinity pool
- Bar & restaurant
- Tennis Court
- Art gallery
Sitting within a natural amphitheatre in central rural Java, the Menoreh Hills rising gently behind it and four volcanoes flanking either side (Sumbing and Sundoro to the west, Merbabu and Merapi to the east), the 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.
Meet your professional volcano climber at the hotel lobby and together you will make your way to Selo Village, located on the slopes of Merapi Mountain, for the start of your hike. At around midnight, after a safety briefing at base camp, you will start hiking to the peak - a trek which takes approximately 5-6 hours. You should reach the peak for sunrise where you will have the chance to take pictures of Merapi Mountain with other mountains, including Sindoro, Sumbing and Merbabu, in the background. As you enjoy the view, food will be prepared and after tucking into your freshly cooked breakfast, you will begin the descent.
The Borobudur Temple is an outstanding dynastic monument of the Syailendra Dynasty that ruled Java for around five centuries until the 10th century. You'll visit at a particularly magical time, enjoying watching the sun slowly setting and a mighty volcano emerge from the shadows. Total silence befalls the ancient monument, and you turn on your torch to take in the intricate relief carvings along the walls. The experience starts at 5pm, when it closes for public visiting. You will have until 6.30pm to enjoy the temple before it closes completely.
Private transfer to Adisutjipto International Airport
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