Java is an exotic mix of old and new.
This unspoilt haven for surfers with a thriving local culture also happens to be home to the best hotel in the world.
It's a slow sail of creaking canvas and gentle swells, to beautiful places where I rediscover the joy of doing nothing.
Robust massages are just some of the treats at Bali sister properties, Alila Seminyak and Alila Manggis.
Choosing is a fun problem to have.
A new beach club at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort might just change the vibe of sedate tourist enclave Nusa Dua.
Sokasi morphs from riverside cooking school by day to candlelit chef's dinner table by night.
It's a smokey, heady scent that fills the Indonesian air; a combination of tropical fruits, grilled chicken, or smokey motorbikes as they roar down the street. While farmers in conical hats work their picturesque rice fields, women sashay through markets in batik sarongs. Outside the cities, gamelan music tinkers from ancient temples, and old forests hum with sounds from exotic critters.