(Ubud, South Bali)
From the Airport in Bali you will be transfered in a private vehicle to the Balinese cultural center of Ubud. You will enjoy an excursion which immerses you in the artistic and natural sides of Ubud. Visit various sights of the island with a private vehicle and guide before heading down to Nusa Dua one of Bali's most beautiful and luxurious beaches. The spectacular St. Regis hotel will serve as you base for the rest of your trip.
Fastrack through immigration/customs and avoid the lines. This package includes pick up before immigration counter by escort, assistance through VOA (Visa on arrival) and immigration, greeted by personal guide and traditional dress girls handing out flower garland to each guest.Upon departure guest will be assisted on check-in, going through immigration and escorted to the lounge.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver.
The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan in Bali enjoys a strategic location with easy access to the art galleries and major tourist attraction in the city. Beneath a lotus pool floating above treetops and Bali's sacred Ayung River, discover a few dozen enormous suites and private villas nestled in the jungle. Spa magic with the secrets of the East. The Four Seasons offers eclectic dining at its in-house Ayung Terrace with breathtaking views at the valley's edge and a variety of mouth watering dishes. "Conde Nast Traveler" has rated the Four Seasons Sayan Bali as the #1 resort in Asia, and "Time" magazine also rated the Lulur spa treatment as the best in 2004.
Today's excursion will lead you to the rural heartland of Bali which presents an altered landscape and a different history. Your first stop is Pura Taman Ayun, founded by the King of Mengwi in the 17th century. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and pavilions and is surrounded by a wide moat. The next one will be Lake Bratan, where a crater lies serenely in the midst of an elongated valley, formed centuries ago. A small temple called Pura Ulun Danu Bratan to honor Dewi Danau, goddess of the lake, can be seen on the lake promontory. Stroll along Candi Kuning market, where local fruits, vegetable and flowers are sold. After lunch, the trip continues through breathtaking valleys of rice paddies near Jatiluwih to visit Pura Luhur Batukau temple, in dense jungle near the peak of Gunung Batukau, Bali’s second highest mountain. The ancient temple complex has a number of separate sanctuaries joined by damp mountain paths, bubbling springs and a large rectangular lake with a shrine in its midst.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Witness this theatrical experience. The "Cak" or "Kecak" dance is the well-known “monkey dance” which is originally derived from a sacred sanghyang dance, it has subsequently been added to and adapted, incorporating scenes from the story of Ramayana. The Kecak dance is an amazing cacophony of interlocking sounds – 100 men, representing the Ramayana’s monkey army sit in concentric circles and chant. Their arms are thrown up to the skies, fingers outstretched, but the sounds and gestures have no meaning other than to drive out evil.
Take an excursion which shows you the must sees of West Bali starting at Pura Taman Ayun, founded by the King of Mengwi in the 17th century. It has three ascending levels of spacious courtyards containing rows of shrines and pavilions and is surrounded by a wide moat. Continue to Alas Kedaton, the holy monkey forest with its tall nutmeg trees. Your last stop will be Tanah Lot temple, one of the holiest temples in Bali which is built atop a huge rock and surrounded by the sea. Enjoy the wonderful sunset where the golden red sky frames the temple roof and the waves crash into the rocks below.
You will be picked up by private vehicle with an English speaking guide from Ubud and transferred to your South Bali hotel.
In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.
At the St. Regis Bali Resort one can experience tranquility and barefoot elegance on the soft, sandy beaches of Nusa Dua, the Garden of Bali. Swim through the calm blue lagoon and savour the feeling of a lavishly appointed private residence. This St. Regis address is like no other. From seductive treatments in the spacious Remède Spa to exquisite dining within reach of azure waters, experience remarkably personalized, bespoke service on 9 hectares of lush, private land, all adjacent to the magnificent Bali Golf & Country Club. Revel in the spacious luxury of 121 suites and villas, each beautifully appointed with handcrafted Balinese art, inviting balconies and large marble bathrooms. Fragrant gardens and private pools surround magnificent villas and residences.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Bali’s vibrant culture attracts thousands of visitors each year yet few people have tasted authentic Balinese cuisine. Join a shared Balinese cooking school class and discover the secrets of the Balinese kitchen. You will be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and taken to the cooking school, where you will then go to the local fish and vegetables market to acquire ingredients for today's dish. Breakfast will be served at the school prior to the cooking class, and lunch will be enjoyed once prepared!
A sunset outing to the southwestern tip of Bali for a visit of the Uluwatu Temple, which is perched precipitously atop sheer cliffs that drop straight into the pounding surf 250 feet above the sea. This is one of the grandest and oldest temples in Bali, built in 11th century. Watch the spectacular sunset overlooking the Indian Ocean and enjoy the mystic atmosphere before you are driven to Jimbaran Beach for an extensive BBQ Seafood Dinner on the beach.
VISA/PASSPORTThe Indonesian government requires visitors to have a passport valid for at least six months following the date of arrival. Indonesian authorities regularly deny entry to all foreign nationals who arrive with less than six months’ validity on their passports. American and Canadian citizens are required to have a visa to enter Indonesia. Visa processing generally takes 7 working days for a Tourist Visa along with a visa processing fee of approximately $55. A 30 days visa can also be applied upon arrival at Jakarta International Airport. This visa costs approximately $25. Tourist passport holders may apply for a non-extendable visitor Visa-on-Arrival at airports.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Indonesia for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is required. Medical facilities are not widespread and poor quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/indonesia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Jakarta (Java). Government: Republic. Declared independence from The Netherlands in 1945. Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language. Altogether, there are an estimated 583 languages and dialects spoken in the archipelago. The older generation still speaks Dutch as a second language and English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Religion: There is a Muslim majority of approximately 90%, with Christian, Hindu (mainly in Bali) and Buddhist minorities. Time: GMT + 7 (West) in Sumatra, Java and Western Borneo; GMT + 8 (Central) in Sulawesi, Lesser Sunda Islands, Bali and Eastern Borneo; GMT + 9 (East) in Papua and Maluku. Electricity: 220/250 volts AC, 50Hz but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Plugs used are European-style with two circular metal pins. Telephone: Country code +62 (followed by 22 for Bandung, 361 for Bali, 21 for Jakarta, 61 for Medan and 31 for Surabaya). Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage may be limited to main towns and cities. Internet: There are Internet cafes in all major cities and tourist destinations.
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