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Where to stay and play in Indonesia

With a multitude of flight options and some great fare deals available, Indonesia is an attractive holiday destination from Hong Kong. It helps that it’s home to some of the most beautiful places on the planet! Here’s a roundup of some resorts and experiences to follow up on when you’re planning your trip.

Visiting Southeast Sulawesi

If exploring under the sea is your thing, Wakatobi Resort in Southeast Sulawesi is among the planet’s premier diving destinations. And a stunning spot for snorkelling, too – with some of the finest coral you’ll find. Stay here and you’ll have access to a private marine preserve, which is home to thriving reefs and an incredible array of animal life.


Back on shore, Wakatobi’s private villas and bungalows are tucked into a beachside palm grove, where there is five-star service and gourmet dining to enjoy – all with what you might call a toes-in-the-sand charm. You can reach the resort via a direct charter flight from Bali.

Special offer: Aside from offering diving packages, Wakatobi is currently offering a 10-night Unlimited Snorkelling package from US$4,997 per person, including flights from Bali, all chef-prepared meals and snacks, activities, three guided boat snorkels, plus discounts and bonuses. There’s a Light Snorkelling package too, covering a seven-night stay.

For more details, call +62 361 759669, email or visit

Visiting Telunas Private Island

Couples visiting Telunas Private Island, which is accessible by boat from Singapore, will appreciate the resort’s brand new adult-only Ridge Villas. Each villa offers a fabulous view of the sea and a private plunge pool, with a spacious master bedroom, an open-air living room, and an oversized ensuite bathroom with an indoor/outdoor shower. Note that there are only five Ridge Villas, so they fill up fast!

This is a family-friendly destination too, and the fifteen overwater villas include a kids’ loft and allow you to fish right from your deck. There’s a school break right around the corner, so this could be the ideal spot for your next family trip.


Telunas Resorts continues to strive to impact Indonesia for a better tomorrow by digging wells in local communities, protecting endangered sea turtles and the environment, repairing and painting schools, and replacing roofs for local islanders. Guests can get involved by helping to release baby turtles, planting mangrove trees or visiting a local school. Whether you want to spend an hour or an entire day, you can join in the effort to preserve the area’s culture and environment during your Telunas stay.

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Sailing a phinisi (traditional masted ship)

One memorable way to explore some of Indonesia’s hidden gems is on a phinisi, or traditional masted sailing ship. The team at Scott Dunn has access to the best of these boats, not to mention the best crews, for exploring the pristine beauty of this huge archipelago. On board Ombak Putih and Katherina, for instance, you can sail to mountainous islands with forested coastlines, idyllic white-sand beaches and stunning marine life.

Scott Dunn’s 10-day “Papua’s Whale Sharks and Birds of Paradise” and “Jewels of Raja Ampat” itineraries include everything from seeking out birds of paradise with their incredible plumage, cruising through a maze of karst islets. And, if you get really lucky, having the chance to snorkel with whale sharks. It’s a great way to relish the magic of an area that has been described as the “Last Paradise on Earth”.

Scott Dunn

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Visiting Borobudur

The Expat Living team has been lucky enough to visit Villa Borobudur Resort. And we can tell you now that it has a location to be envied! It’s positioned on the hillside of the Menoreh mountains in Central Java, overlooking a vast valley of lush vegetation and the renowned Merapi volcano. It’s also just 3km from the world’s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur.

The seven uniquely designed villas on site all come with personal staff and private swimming pools, and an emphasis on privacy, while the colourful and flavourful food reflects authentic Indonesian culinary traditions.

Villa Borobudur

Guests can expect around-the-clock personal service. And a full range of activities and services that explore Javanese nature, culture and arts. There are sunset yoga classes to take part in or sunrise meditation sessions in the temples surrounding the resort. Or, you can hike the region’s volcanoes, experience a memorable road-trip or cycling session, and even discover Javanese spirituality. Tailored programmes and offers are available too. So, if you have a particular holiday wish list you want to satisfy, do ask about it.

+62 851 0052 5520 |

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