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Indonesia - Ideal for romance and shared adventures

Indonesia for couples

Indonesia has everything you could wish for from a holiday with your partner, from romantic natural settings and delicious cuisine served in gorgeous local restaurants to some of the world's most beautiful resorts and invigorating activities to suit any type of couple. Choose from elephant rides to jungle ruins or yoga in the rice terraces of Bali, snorkelling over the archipelago's pristine reefs, going in search of big friendly apes in Borneo or hunting for komodo dragons in the east. Don't miss some of the world's most awe-inspiring religious sites and exquisitely-beautiful sea temples, or a chance to explore the rich and storied culture of dance, music, arts and crafts, which varies from one island to the next. The list of experiences you can share with your loved one in Indonesia is endless, but whatever you do you're guaranteed to have an incredible time.

From traditional beach villas and stylish luxury resorts to converted colonial mansions and idyllic yoga sanctuaries, there are some amazing accommodation options in Indonesia. In Bali, the exclusive enclave of Nusa Dua is home to a clutch of international luxury hotels, while tourists can find serene boutique retreats in the pretty inland town of Ubud.

Blissful beach escapes

As befitting a thousand-island nation, Indonesia has ample paradisiacal beaches. Plenty of them are overlooked by beautiful but unobtrusive resorts that melt into the tropical scenery and are ideal for couples who want to escape from it all and spend long lazy days between the sand, sea and lap of luxury. The island of Bali and its more low-key neighbour Lombok are Indonesia's premier beach destinations, while the secluded and lesser-explored Karimunjawa archipelago offers an idyllic backdrop for love and romance.

The deep spirituality of the peace-loving Balinese, with their penchant for floral dedications and frangipani necklaces, plus the island's stunning equatorial sunsets, makes the island ideal for nurturing love and romance. In fact, the island features in the book-turned-film Eat, Pray, Love as both the beginning and the end of Elizabeth Gilbert's journey to find wholeness and love. The luxurious enclave of Nusa Dua is perfect for a relaxing, relationship-rejuvenating holiday or an indulgent honeymoon.

Lombok is quieter and less developed than Bali with little to disturb the pristine jungle scenery that stretches to the perfect bleached sand shores. The pace of life is slow and there's little else to do than explore the island's natural beauty - its lush rainforested dormant volcanoes and vibrant tropical reefs - making it just perfect for couples seeking their own little slice of paradise.

Couples activities in Indonesia

Couples at home in the water should not miss a chance to discover Indonesia's incredible diversity of coral reefs and marine life. The waters around some of the islands are famous for offering some of the best diving in the world, with pristine rainbow reefs, a dizzying array of underwater life, peculiar endemic species and a high likelihood of seeing marine show-stoppers such as turtles and manta rays. The teeming pristine reefs of Pulau Bunaken off of north Sulawesi are rightly popular for diving and snorkelling, while the waters of Komodo National Park offer a chance to see groups of dolphins, rays and sharks. Among the many enriching experiences to be shared with your partner in Indonesia, wildlife encounters such as meeting and interacting with orangutans in the rainforests of Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo have to be top of the list. Seeing these incredibly human-like and docile apes in their natural habitat is an experience of a lifetime.

There are some fantastic and unusual activities you can share with your partner in Bali that you won't experience anywhere else in the world. Highly recommended is the dramatic and mesmerizing kecak dance, a mix of tribal chanting and a Hindu tale of love and loyalty played out at sunset in the grounds of Uluwatu temple, looking out over the Indian Ocean from a towering plateau. Coffee lovers should not miss a chance to visit one of Bali's luwak coffee plantations for a quirky tasting session and tour. This coffee is renowned as the best and most expensive blend in the world, made from beans that have been digested by the resident civet cats, said to have a taste for only the choicest beans.

On top of this, there are no shortage of sightseeing opportunities - sit and watch the sun rise with your partner over the majestic world wonder of Borobudur, the largest Buddhist monument in the world, or explore the myriad ancient Hindu temples of Prambanan in Java. Bali is dotted with temples of all different shapes and sizes that make for great excursions - the mystical water temples such as Tanah Lot on the coast or Pura Ulun Danu Bratan beside a mountain lake are well worth visiting.

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