Your sense of wellbeing is at the heart of this holiday. Travelling to the extraordinarily beautiful Indonesian archipelago, you will step, both physically and spiritually, away from the everyday. First, it’s to thriving Bali for one of the eco-wellness retreats the island does so well. Next, to Sumba, a lesser-visited and even more remote isle for a sumptuous, barefoot luxury escape.
After touching down in tropical Bali, it’s a 90-minute drive to Ubud, where your peaceful resort awaits. Famous for its galleries, workshops, dance performances and ceremonial processions, Ubud is known as the cultural capital of Bali. While its centre is vibrant and bustling, the town is surrounded by lush green paddy fields and bounteous countryside - and this is where the award-winning Fivelements makes its home.
OVERNIGHT FLIGHT // 5 NIGHTS AT FIVELEMENTS BALI
Simply embracing the tranquility of this location with some gentle walks, cycling and yoga will do anyone a world of good. However, for those looking for a more rejuvenating experience, Fivelements is an award-winning wellness retreat, blending the wisdom of traditional Balinese healing with innovative wellness concepts, from Ayurveda to holistic doctors.
As part of this holiday, we have included one of our clients’ all-time favourite ETG signature experiences, a private walking tour through the countryside with a local priest. Bali is the only predominantly Hindu island of Indonesia, and discovering the religion as you wander through rice fields and local villages feels illuminating and unforgettable. On another evening, we have arranged a traditional Balinese dinner with a local family, featuring home-grown ingredients, a wood-fired oven, and a delicious taste of authentic home cooking.
Everything about the property is geared towards your relaxation and wellbeing. Sitting peacefully on the banks of the Ayung River, amidst the chlorophyll-drenched countryside, the natural setting instantly inspires a more tranquil state of mind. The service is attentive and personalised. And, while additional wellness packages do come at an extra cost, the daily yoga program is complimentary, and the dining options are all nutritious plant-based meals specially created by world-class chefs.
After a short flight to Sumba, you will be met by your local guide and taken to the luxurious wonderland of Nihi Sumba for a six-night stay. Sumba Island lies just to the east of Bali, and yet surprisingly few people have heard of it. With its enchanting white-sand beaches, rolling grassy meadows and hillside villages, Sumba feels like a forgotten world waiting to be rediscovered. And Nihi, with its beachside location, hand-crafted villas and dreamy infinity pool, is the most incredible place to do it.
6 NIGHTS AT NIHI SUMBA
By booking with Experience Travel Group, you'll receive a complimentary half-day Spa Safari experience. After sunrise, take a 90-minute trek through picturesque rice fields to a small traditional Sumbanese village, before breakfast at a private dining area overlooking a secluded coastline. Afterwards, you may choose to enjoy a swim in the ocean or simply dive right into a selection of treatments, which range from body wraps and scrubs to massages and organic facials. The day is centred around you and tailored to indulge each one of your senses.
For some, the idea of sunset horseback riding along deserted beaches or surfing on private waters with a professional coach will be irresistible. For others, immersing in the local traditions of the nearby villages, releasing sea turtles into the ocean, deep-sea fishing for impressive catches or simply exploring the island by paddleboard, these will be the memories you cherish forever.
For many, the remoteness of Nihi Sumba is the basis of its appeal. However, a stay here is just as much about reconnecting with the world and the incredible experiences it offers, as it is a chance to escape. Your own needs, desires and passions are what help to shape your dream experience at Nihi: it is the perfect place to switch off and reconnect.
Unlike much of Southeast Asia, the UK summer is the perfect time for a holiday to Indonesia. Bali’s dry season runs from May to September, while Sumba’s is June to October.
In addition to your complimentary half-day spa safari at Nihi Sumba, you will receive another 90-minute spa treatment of your choosing at Fivelements. Plus, we have arranged a complimentary vegan cooking class in Ubud, where you’ll learn how to make a delicious Balinese meal of plant-based ingredients.
Revitalise is a culmination of 16 years’ work, research and client feedback. Our travel team take annual trips to each of our destinations, testing the experiences and inspecting the hotels (someone’s got to do it, right?). We are passionate travellers in our own lives, and we have all visited Asia with our friends, family or backpacks. Basically, we’ve done the legwork: we know travel. And that’s why these trips are nothing short of magical.
We understand that while you may be itching to travel again, committing to a trip right now feels daunting. That’s why we have introduced our COVID-19 promise. We promise that if you book a holiday with us, but for any reason cannot travel due to COVID-19, we will refund you the bulk of your money, up to the day of your departure. We hope that this will give our travellers a little peace of mind and help you enjoy the magic of travel anticipation once again.
An ETG experience cannot begin unless our travellers feel secure in every respect. Financially secure: we are fully ABTA and ATOL bonded. Fully supported: our friendly team is on hand to help 24/7 before, during and after your trip. Free from hassle: we will ensure your trip runs like clockwork. Plus, all our experiences are tried and tested by our discerning team, so you can rest assured every excursion you book with us is both worthwhile and ethically sound.
With ETG, the experience starts the moment you pick up the phone. We are committed to seamless service at every stage of your journey. Before you depart, your dedicated travel consultant will provide all the information and insider tips you need to get you prepared (and excited!). Your in-country experiences will be distinctive, tailored to you, and always reveal the fabric of the destination. And you will come home with memories to share - not just photos to show.