From the smouldering peaks of Mount Bromo to the ancient temples of Borobodur, the pulsating capital of Jakarta to the lush fields of coffee plantations - Java is an island that unearths contrasts to be explored at a leisurely pace.

Almost two-thirds of Indonesia’s population lives on an island that is only 7% of the country’s total land mass – now you know why Jakarta is famous for its mind-numbingly slow traffic. Home to sky-scraping regional hotels and a night scene, the city is a good jumping-off point to Yogyakarta and beyond.

Watch the famous Ramayana ballet performed during the summer months in the royal city of Yogyakarta before hopping over to Borobodur – yet another ancient wonder that much remains unknown about – to marvel at the 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha status which were covered in volcanic ash for most of the centuries. In harmony with this calming environment, it is apt to refresh your body with spa and wellness at Losari Retreat or be pampered by Amanjiwo.

Your trip through the island would not be complete without scaling the impassive Mount Bromo and a trip to Kawah Ijen, a beautiful crater lake with sparkling turquoise waters. Contact a Travel Designer for a hassle-free Java jaunt – our services include a tailor-made itinerary, with flights, transfers, accommodation and guides all pre-arranged.

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