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Sustainable Luxury in Indonesia

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

14 Days

Prices Start from

$6,896pp (ex. flights)

Staying at Misool Eco Resort, Capella Ubud and Nirjhara, this itinerary showcases the best of sustainable luxury in Indonesia. Responsible travel is no longer the preserve of homestays and sleeping bags, hotels can be both stylish and beautiful while upholding strong ethics. Begin with the treehouse luxury of Nirjhara before exploring the reefs of Misool and finishing in the tented escape of Capella Ubud.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Misool Eco Resort, Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia 1

Slow Travel

Spend a week at Misool allowing time to fully immerse in the ethos of this Eco resort. Travel to paradise and make a difference.

Rolled grey towel with a yellow frangipani flower infront of it and four white stones to one side. 2

Wellness

The perfect opportunity for a digital detox with spa treatments using ancestral therapies and traditional cleansing rituals.

Bali Sunset, Indonesia 3

Bali Beach Vibes

Balance peaceful temples with surf breaks. Spirituality, culture and sea breezes – a typical Balinese cocktail.

Green sea turtle hatchling 4

Sustainable travel

Cycle through paddy fields by bamboo bike and work with rangers as they release turtle hatchlings.

Why we like it

Properties and experiences throughout Indonesia have a varying approach to sustainability, however, with this holiday idea we’ve shown how it can be done with style. Misool Foundation’s mission is to safeguard the most bio-diverse reefs via the empowerment of local communities while Capella’s focus is on slow travel and gentle impact. A stay at Nirjhara combines cutting edge design with sensitive materials and community engagement. All three properties complement each other, making for a holiday diverse in experience yet sharing a common theme to tread lightly and protect their fragile environments.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1

    Bali (Nirjhara)

  • Day 2

    Bali (Nirjhara)

  • Day 3

    Bali - Sorong - Misool

  • Days 4 - 9

    Misool

  • Day 10

    Misool - Sorong

  • Day 11

    Sorong - Bali - Ubud (Capella)

  • Days 12 - 13

    Ubud (Capella)

  • Day 14

    Ubud - Bali

Day 1

Bali (Nirjhara)

Day 2

Bali (Nirjhara)

Side view of cube shaped wooden treehouses surrounded by palm trees at Nirjhara.

Stay in a wooden treehouse amidst Balinese jungle and paddy fields.

Day 3

Bali - Sorong - Misool

Days 4 - 9

Misool

Misool Eco Resort, Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia

An island paradise, home to emerald waters, teeming with life, hidden villas and powder-white beaches.

Day 10

Misool - Sorong

Day 11

Sorong - Bali - Ubud (Capella)

Days 12 - 13

Ubud (Capella)

Capella Ubud, Private salt water pool and deck, Bali, Indonesia

Immerse yourself in the sounds and sights of the rainforest at this beautiful tented camp.

Day 14

Ubud - Bali

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

More details

Misool Eco Resort, Misool, Raja Ampat, Indonesia
Misool Eco Resort

Misool Eco Retreat

Misool is a world-class private island hideaway accessible only by boat. Stilted cottages and villas made from reclaimed hardwoods look out over either the lagoon or house reef. Misool offers exclusive adventure built upon an ethos of sustainability.

Snorkel and dive the world’s richest reefs amongst the marine reserve, work with the rangers for a day to protect turtle hatchlings and explore the nearby lagoons by stand up paddleboard. On land, visit the local village, spend a lazy day as a beach castaway, take a night-time star gazing cruise or try an Indonesian cookery class.

Misool coral divers
Misool Foundation

Misool Foundation

The primary goal of the Misool Foundation is to reinforce the belief that sustainable tourism and community-based conservation can work together. The Misool Marine Reserve is a 1,200-square-kilometre area patrolled by rangers who have been supported and trained via the foundation. This partnership has enabled the protection of some of the world’s most bio-diverse reefs and sustained a ‘no take zone’.

Alongside the management of the reefs, the Misool Foundation has built schools to provide early primary education to local children, providing materials and paying teachers’ salaries. These children are attending school and becoming better prepared for further education.

Capella Ubud, Private salt water pool and deck, Bali, Indonesia
Capella Ubud, Ubud, Indonesia

Capella Upud

A quirky blend of a traditional camp feel and cutting-edge modernity, Capella Ubud offers views of rainforest, rice terraces, rivers and valleys. No trees were felled in its construction, so nature is abundant and reinforces the immersed feel of the camp.

Time spent at Capella Ubud can be split between temple visits, cycling through paddy fields or venturing further afield. Or, if you’re feeling less energetic, head to Auriga (the rainforest spa), sample chocolate tasting, or try your hand at Keliki traditional painting.

Paddy Fields, Indonesia
Ubud, Indonesia

Capella and SolarBuddy

Capella Ubud – alongside their other roles in supporting the local community – have partnered with the charity SolarBuddy to work towards ending energy poverty. They have pledged ongoing support with the aim of meeting the seventh UN Sustainable Development Goal: providing affordable and clean energy.

As part of International Youth Day, Capella Ubud delivered 100 solar lights to schools in Sumaba, Indonesia. This is an area where education can prove challenging with over 50% of students having no access to electricity at home.

How does this holiday make a positive impact?

The Misool Marine Reserve covers 1,220 square kilometres and protects some of the richest coral reefs in the region. Though its establishment, damage to the reefs from fishing has been dramatically reduced. Beyond this, the reserve also works to protect vulnerable species, such as turtles. Rangers ensure their nesting sites are undisturbed and gather at-risk hatchlings for re-release.

Capella Ubud has partnered with SolarBuddy to work together towards ending energy poverty. By providing solar-powered lighting to local communities, this partnership helps provide light sources that aren’t reliant on expensive fuel or the unreliable electricity grid.

Misool sits within some of the most heavily fished waters in the world. In 2005, a powerful partnership between the resort and local communities was established, leading to the creation of the Misool Marine Reserve. Every stay here helps fund the management and protection of this 1,220-square-kilometre protected area. It comprises two no-take zones – the first in the region – which provide a precious sanctuary for fish and other marine species.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Nirjhara £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Boutique

Contemporary architecture using locally sourced recycled wood and natural stone, Nirjhara fosters a truly sustainable yet stunningly stylish stay. A haven of peace balanced by the relaxing sound of Nirjhara’s waterfall and up and coming Kendung. With only 25 villas and suites, filled with locally crafted furniture and a few moments from Bali’s sacred Tanah Lot temple, Nirjhara encapsulates the essence of this spiritual island.

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Capella Ubud £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Tented Camps

Capturing the spirit of an 1890’s European settlers camp, Capella Ubud is made up of 22 extravagantly individual tented suites and lodges, each with its own private salt-water pool. Conjuring up an atmosphere of adventure and seclusion the rooms offer views of the rainforest, rice terraces, river and valleys.

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Misool Eco Resort £££££

  • Indonesia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Misool is a world-class private island hideaway accessible only by boat. With stilted cottages and villas made from reclaimed hardwoods, featuring Balinese style bathrooms and views of either the lagoon or house reef, Misool offers exclusive adventure whilst redefining sustainable tourism. The core belief is to protect and conserve. Misool is back to nature at its most stunning best.

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When to travel

Indonesia in January

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in February

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in March

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in April

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in May

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in June

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in July

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in August

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in September

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in October

April to October is the dry season for most of the country. Wildlife is at its peak, and long sunny days make for perfect beach weather. Travel outside of July and August to secure the best accommodation, or be prepared to book well in advance.

Indonesia in November

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

Indonesia in December

November to March is the rainy season in most of Indonesia, apart from northern Sumatra, Maluka and Papua, which have fantastic diving conditions. It is a quieter time of year, with the ability to travel with spontaneity. January and February are the wettest months.

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