According to Matthew Davies Stockton, Indonesia is one of the most relaxing travel destinations on the planet due to its picturesque white-sand beaches, verdant jungles, and blue seas. The sprawling archipelago is made of over 17,000 islands and is filled with spectacular geography that promises a blissful retreat so that you can just chill. Here are a few cities to visit in Indonesia for a relaxing trip:
1. Bali – The ‘Island of Gods’ attracts millions of tourists every year for a reason. It features a deeply spiritual culture and is a hot spot for honeymooners, yoga lovers, and digital nomads. Nights out in Potato Head Beach Club or Seminyak at La Plancha, Campuhan Ridge Walk in Ubud, and Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Beach would help you create fond memories. For panoramic seascape views, you can stay at ‘The Damai’ or take in the views of lush secret gardens or verdant rice fields by staying at the Mandapa, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve.
2. Lombok – Lombok is known as the sister island of Bali and boasts a more diverse landscape, mightier volcanoes, and larger beaches. You can surf or dive in the pristine waters or enjoy the unspoiled natural beauty of the famous Gili Islands. Try local food at Warung Dewi in Gili Trawangan, take a dip in Tiu Kelep waterfalls and Lombok’s Sendang Gile, and visit the Pura Lingsar Temple to make the most of your vacation. Visit the Medana Bay to enjoy spectacular views of Mount Agung.
3. Solo – Solo is the epicenter of Javanese culture and identity. The charming Kraton traditional markets and mall filled with their soulful charm attracts scholars and students alike. Be sure to experience a masked dance-drama at the Sriwedari Theatre, enjoy local street food specialties like Nasi Gudeg and Nasi Liwet, and visit the 18th-century Kraton Surakarta to truly experience the Javanese culture. To capture a breathtaking view of the Solo cityscape, you can stay at the Alila Solo which is the tallest rooftop bar in Solo.
4. Bandung – Bandung is a member of the UNESCO Creative City networks and the capital city of West Java province. You can expect to experience a diverse culture in the ‘Paris of Java’. Shop at Cihampelas Walk and Braga Street, visit the sulfurous white crater lake of Kawah Putih, and experience Lakeside Glamping at Situ Patengan to discover the beauty and traditions of the place.
5. Bunaken – Bunaken is a part of the Bunaken Manado Tua Marine National Park and boasts a marine diversity of over 3,000 species of fish, various types of critters and sea sponges, and 300 types of both hard and soft corals. It’s a diver’s paradise and is the top tourist destination in the North Sulawesi. Be sure to try the Manado porridge and feast on fresh seafood and grab some diving or snorkeling opportunities. The Bunaken Oasis Dive Resorts and Spa is a great place to stay to enjoy the view of the sea.
Matthew Davies Stockton suggests that you unplug from the world and leave work back at home to enjoy a truly relaxing vacation. Plan ahead of time to set a realistic budget and so that you can avoid any surprises.