From the jungles of Ubud to the ocean-splendour of Menjangan and even the glamour of Canggu, this seven-night itinerary takes you on the ultimate tour of Bali…
Holidaying in Bali isn’t quite like it used to be. Gone are the days when we’d spend an entire week perched up on the beach enjoying nothing more than the sun, sand and sea. These days, the paths have been conveniently trodden to all areas of Bali, paving the way for all sorts of unique island adventures. In fact, there’s now so much to see and so much to discover, knowing where to stay and what to explore is no easy feat…
Well, that’s why we love the “Best of Bali” package from Plataran Indonesia – a tailor-made itinerary from Indonesia’s homegrown hospitality group whose vision is to showcase the rich natural landscapes and diverse cultural heritage of this remarkable archipelago. And that it does.
On this epic seven-night adventure, you get to discover three of Bali’s most spectacular sights, all while staying at three of Bali’s most spectacular resorts. Like your very own Bali safari, this very special package offers the best of both worlds: off-the-beaten path adventures as well as six-star luxuries in award-winning resorts. Sounds like your kind of Bali holiday? Here’s what you can expect during this seven-night, eight-day itinerary…
Seven nights, three locations, endless adventures
Beginning in the leafy valleys of Ubud, your Best of Bali adventure begins with two nights experiencing the artistry and timeless spiritual heritage of Balinese culture at Plataran Ubud. Expect healing yoga, wellness encounters, a blissful spa treatment and breathtaking views overlooking Ubud’s iconic rice fields.
You’ll then make your way north to Plataran Menjangan for three safari-style nights in the West Bali National Park, home to one of the world’s best diving spots, rare endemic species and 382-hectares of all-natural forest. Then, to ease you back into civilisation, your final two nights will be spent enjoying the glitz and glamour of Bali’s most up-and-coming neighbourhood at Plataran Canggu, with irresistible dining, vibrant nightlife, trendy beach clubs and elegant boutiques just minutes away.
And one of the best things about this itinerary, is that in between each stay, you’ll stop off at countless sightseeing attractions and landmarks on your journeys to and from the resorts. You’ll get to visit hidden waterfalls, a vineyard in the highlands, Bali’s botanical gardens, majestic Hindu temples as well as a delicious lunch with staggering views. All of this, and that’s before we even mention what’s in store at Plataran’s sublime resorts…
Days 1-3: Plataran Ubud
A sprawling haven of tranquillity, Plataran Ubud is the first resort destination on the itinerary, and boy is it a goodie. Overlooking a stunning panorama of verdant rice paddy fields and a sacred temple more than 100 years old, it’s the perfect first taste of Bali’s true wonders.
Within this lush oasis, you’ll stay in a Deluxe Premier Room with views out towards the rice paddies, just footsteps from the resort’s infinity pools, restaurants and luxurious spa. It’s here where you’ll be treated to a 60-minute jet-lag ritual to rejuvenate you for the adventures to come. Expect all-natural ingredients, a deep massage and an overwhelming sense of calm and serenity…
Days 3-6: Plataran Menjangan
Unlike anywhere else on the island, Plataran Menjangan is nestled within the beautifully raw and untouched West Bali National Park – a 382-hectare forest home to 175 species of flora and 167 species of fauna. It’s the epicentre of ecotourism in Bali and a protected wildlife sanctuary, meaning you’ll be coming face-to-face with Bali’s breathtaking natural beauty. But you certainly won’t be sacrificing any home comforts…
While you are indeed at the beating heart of Mother Nature, a stay at Plataran Menjangan means you’re also blessed with Plataran’s award-winning hospitality and world-class wining and dining, not to mention a luxury One-Bedroom Forest Villa. You can spend your days meandering from the ocean club and spa to the great outdoors, where you’ll spot Plataran’s fleet of private phinisi sailing ships and yachts ready to explore Menjangan Island, framed by four surrounding mountains.
During your stay, you’ll also want to venture out on morning walks to explore lowland rainforest ecosystems and deserted beaches, or to snorkel vibrant coral reefs and kayak through thousand-year-old mangrove forests. And on Plataran Menjangan’s special Trail of Life program, you’ll also get to observe the critically-endangered Bali Starling while interacting with the surrounding community, all by taking part in reforestation activities, wildlife breeding programs, and cooking classes in the villager’s own homes.
With so many remarkable and out-of-the-ordinary experiences available, it’s no wonder then that Plataran Menjangan was named in the ‘World’s Top Small Stays’ category of TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards, and in the ‘Best of the Best Resorts’ category in TripAdvisor’s World’s Top Safari Stays. Yet all of this, and your adventure still isn’t over…
Days 6-8: Plataran Canggu
Last but certainly not least, your final two nights will be spent at Plataran Canggu, with its sought-after address in Bali’s most up-and-coming neighbourhood. During your stay, you’ll have your very own Private Pool Villa to call home, cocooned by tropical gardens, a rushing river and lush green paddy fields.
Step outside your island abode and you’re faced with a delightful piece of forgotten Bali and authentic Balinese village life. This is thanks to Plataran Canggu’s labyrinth-like landscapes; the legacy of the late renowned landscaper, Made Wijaya. The resort features a 250-year-old Joglo, traditional alang-alang roofed villas with antique carved doorways, and nods to Indonesia’s rich architectural heritage. And for a true taste of Bali life, you’ll also be treated to a Balinese cooking class, as well as access to one of Canggu’s hippest beach clubs.
Seven nights, three very different locations. Together, they add up to the very Best of Bali.
Plataran Ubud, Jl Raya Hanoman Pengosekan, Ubud, p. +62 361 978 340, e. [email protected]
Plataran Menjangan, West Bali National Park, Jl. Raya Seririt – Gilimanuk, Singaraja, p. +62 813 3804 4224, e. [email protected]
Plataran Canggu, Jl. Pengubugan, Banjar Silayukti, Canggu, p. +62 811 3882 280, e. [email protected]
This article is in proud partnership with Plataran Indonesia.