Indonesia is a true kaleidoscope of cultures and offers a rich mosaic of options to suit every conceivable preference or taste. Whatever
your clients’ special interests may be, at Top Indonesia Holidays we have a long list of suggestions up our sleeve so just about everyone
will be able to pass the time doing what they like best.
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Spa and Wellness
It is safe to say that over the past decade Bali has turned into one of the spa capitals of the world. Spa practitioners deliver a wide range of treatments that encourage the renewal of body and mind and these services are perfectly aligned with the unique culture and traditions of the island. The fundamental concept of Balinese Hindu philosophy is “Tri Hita Karana” (three sources of happiness) and provides the outline of a way of life whereby one strives to reach harmonious relationships with God, with fellow man and with nature. Tri Hita Karana brings together the realms of the spiritual, the human world and the natural environment and embodies a holistic approach towards physical and spiritual well-being.
Every spa in Bali has its own signature treatments but most will include traditional treatments that have been popular through the ages, such as Balinese massage, foot baths, body scrubs or masks and flower baths. There is a rich local tradition using fresh herbs and local spices. There are Spas on rock cliffs, in the rain forests, along beach fronts, and inside many luxurious hotels and resorts.
Let us know your personal taste and we will do our best to direct you towards a Spa that will perfectly match your expectations.
Gourmet travel and cooking classes
Bali's culinary landscape offers visiting gourmets the widest possible variety of choice from glamorous ‘fine dining’ restaurants harboring Michelin level ambitions to fashionable globetrotter cafes with Wi-Fi access, all the way to funky roadside warungs; the epitome of the latter is the cluster that you find on the beach in Jimbaran Bay specializing in barbequed seafood. Every week new places open and become the-buzz-of-the-town for awhile. Some have staying power and manage to establish a reputation; others fade away again and disappear or reopen under some other concept. In this ever-changing scenery there is also a top category of restaurants that have become permanent landmarks and appear on a list-of-the-best in many publications. If you would like specific dining suggestions do let us know. We will be pleased to adjust the itinerary accordingly.
There is an equally varied choice for those who wish to familiarize themselves with the secrets of Asian/Indonesian/Balinese cuisine. They range from one day recreational classes that concentrate on the art of discovering the freshest Balinese ingredients, start at the local market and run from breakfast to an extended lunch, all the way to series of advanced professional training courses that include restaurant menu and concept development. There are cooking schools attached to casual restaurants or to elite resorts, both on the coast and inland. We can help you in finding the classes with the right level of engagement in the right spot.
Yoga and meditation
Bali was already one of the leading destinations for yoga and spiritual retreats well before the book came out and the movie was released. Yet “Eat, Pray and Love” certainly highlighted this very special feature in the character of Bali. Apart from purely indigenous teachers there are scores of foreign experts who were attracted to the unique culture and traditions of the island and established retreats specialized in a variety of different techniques all over the island. They range from full-scale yoga ashrams that offer all ancient practices and known disciplines to more informal retreats that combine yoga and meditation with purely physical exercise pursuits such as hiking and swimming; there are also retreats that leave out yoga but offer expert guidance toward personal and professional development in a fusion of Balinese spirituality with Western philosophy; it is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the available choices but Top Indonesia Holidays is there to help you find the special retreat that suits you best.
Cycling and Hiking
To experience the serene tranquility of the Bali countryside and discover the stunning beauty of its nature to the fullest it is really necessary to step out of the car and proceed on your own power. Without the noise of engine and air-conditioners you suddenly do hear the birdsong and smell the scents of the real world and everything is much more beautiful. However if you do not know the terrain it obviously is best to have a guide who knows the routes and is familiar with the trails. There are a number of companies on the island that specialize both in cycling and hiking; we have worked with most of them so we know all of their strengths and some of their weaknesses. Some are better in certain areas; some are better on foot than on wheels or vice versa. Let Top Indonesia design and make the arrangements for an itinerary that combines the best of both and puts the emphasis on what you like best.
The two rivers on the island that were found most suitable for white water rafting were the Ayung River that streams down from Mount Batur and the Telaga Waja that flows through the foothills of Mount Agung. Both rivers are class II to III but may occasionally grow to class IV in the wet season from November to March. Yet rafting down these rivers is always a safe, fun and a breathtaking experience to be enjoyed by the whole family and anyone between 5 and 65 can go. Before the departure you receive an in-depth safety and equipment briefing by experienced guides. The licensed companies we work with all meet the most stringent safety and service standards. The scenery from jungle to rice fields is breathtaking and the water is warm!
If you like to watch and study birds you know that is necessary to be familiar with the terrain. Bali is a great place for bird watching and we can bring you together with some very experienced local experts to either go on one of the legendary Bali Bird Walks in the area around Ubud or to explore the West Bali National Park. Alternatively we can arrange a meeting with the people who successfully saved the Bali Starling from extinction or take you on a visit to the sanctuary on Nusa Penida where they were successfully reintroduced into the wild. And finally there is the Bali Bird Park… a wonderful natural sanctuary with more than 2000 tropical plants and trees that provides a safe haven to almost 1000 birds of 250 different species. At the Bali Bird Park one literally finds hundreds of the world's rarest and most beautiful birds. The park incorporates a breeding, research and veterinary facility and has been hugely successful in the captive reproduction of exotic birds. With its advanced nursery and fully trained staff, Bali Bird Park is a caring home for birds and not to be missed.
For centuries local Balinese fishermen have worked the waters around the island and although like everywhere else in the world fish stocks are not as abundant as they used to be, in the waters off Bali it is still possible year round to go for an exciting day game fishing. The best areas are around Nusa Penida and the southwestern coast. Depending on the season, in these waters one finds Spanish Mackerel (Tengiri), Trevally, Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, Barracuda, Wahoo, and Sailfish. At Top Indonesia we can hook you up with professionals in the harbour of Benoa who know to handle their boat smartly, have excellent rods, reels and lures, and know where the fish are.
The four golf courses on Bali are all very different from each other and the island offers good golfing weather year-round, so golf addicts won’t be able to come up with any valid excuses to avoid the island. In fact golfers from all around the world who have played here came to the conclusion that Bali is one of the best places in Asia to spend a golf holiday. Three of the courses are in a beach resort location. The Bali Golf and Country Club and the New Kuta Golf are both on the southern Bukit Badung peninsula. The Nirwana Bali Golf Club is adjacent to -and overlooking- the iconic Tanah Lot Temple that stands on a rock in the Indian Ocean. Asian Golf Monthly and Golf Digest voted Nirwana as the No 1 course in Indonesia and Bali. The fourth course, Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club, is at a much higher altitude in the center of the island amid lush green mountain slopes and rainforest.
We would be delighted to design a wonderful holiday around these four locations.
Farming and food production were the foundations on which all civilizations were built. It took mankind several thousand years to develop the cereals and vegetables that we eat today. This was a long process of continuous trial and error by countless generations and on the island of Bali the combination of fertile volcanic soils and abundant water led to methods of wet rice cultivation with extremely high and stable yields. Agriculture became a much more efficient activity than it was elsewhere on the planet because farmers found that it was to their advantage to cooperate closely with their neighbors and the Balinese are deservedly well-known for their efficient collective use of irrigation water. The rural landscape of Bali is richly structured and besides wet rice there is a wealth of crop plants and livestock breeds. Besides rice, the Balinese grow tea, tobacco, cacao, groundnuts, cassava, indigo, maize, onions, coffee and vegetables; they also cultivate soybeans, chili peppers and tropical fruits. Farmers are the stewards of the environment and the agro biodiversity of Bali is an inseparable part of the cultural heritage. At Top Indonesia Holidays we have contacts with several farming communities that welcome visitors. If you want to experience what the life of local farmers is like and are willing to accept simple accommodation, you will be able to find out for yourself how much deep knowledge and ancient wisdom resides in these rural fields.
Voluntourism is a people-to-people experience that gives joy to both the visitor and the visited and even on Bali it is perfectly possible to combine vacation travel with volunteer work. Economically speaking the Bali tourism boom of the past thirty years has mainly benefited the inhabitants of the southern part of Bali and there is a huge income gap between the southern regencies and those of the rest of the island. Economic progress has largely bypassed the West, North and East and there are large numbers of disadvantaged families living in rural areas.
At Top Indonesia we have the ambition to stimulate voluntourism and prove that our industry can be a force for good so we have made contact with several NGO’s that endeavor to alleviate deficiencies of schools, hospitals or orphanages. If you have special skills and would you like to make yourself useful during your holiday, do let us know. We may be able to find that spot that happens to be in dire need of your special expertise.