Ubud is surrounded by most of the things that bring people to Bali: culture, comfort, nature and inspiration. You can find traditional dance performances, scenic rice fields, art and craft communities as well as ancient temples. This is the health and wellness mecca. It has long been known as a mystical place, rich in healing powers. Ubud has also become a raw food capital with more vegan/vegetarian/raw food restuarants per square metre than New York . The area of Ubud lies at an altitude of 200-300 metres above sea level and is surrounded by rice fields. It is noticeably cooler than other tourist destinations in Bali making it perfect for trekking. There is a variety of cheap accommodation, luxurious hotels and private villas to suit all pockets.
More than just a mere holiday spot, the Indonesian island of Bali offers an exquisite blend of fascinating culture and enticing Hindu Dharma tradition, with tantalizing and theatrical performances such as the famed music of the Gamelan or the exotic Kecak dance. Whatever may be said about the beauty and diversity of this pearl of an island can hardly do justice to what you find upon arrival. Bali is mostly covered with a lush rainforest, with majestic volcanoes towering over the landscape. So, if you’re up for some adventure, there’s room for hiking, off road trekking and more. Alternately, take a scooter ride down one the many paths crisscrossing the rice fields through the rolling hills to sample the local delicacy – a world-famed coffee bean known as Kopi Luwak.
Just a short boat ride away, Bali’s little sandy sister islands of Gillis and quiet Lombok are another choice for spending a couple of days sunning and snorkelling. West Lombok has a large Balinese Hindu minority that gives this part of Lombok a distinct flair. West Lombok is home to the Balinese era royal palace and several large Balinese Hindu temples. South and East Lombok are more traditional Sasak areas as reflected in the stone Sasak villages in South Lombok. North Lombok is home to Mount Rinjani, considered to be sacred by many inhabitants of both Lombok and Bali, and is where you will find vestiges of an animist culture in daily rituals and practices. Although Lombok is referred to as “Bali 20 years ago,” it is a culturally distinct and virtually undeveloped island that has numerous unique offerings for travellers.
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Barbara returns from her Bali exploration
One of our intrepid explorers Barbara has just returned from nearly a month in Bali! (Doesn’t it sound like a dream job!)
From infinity pools to Komodo dragons, there is something new to be seen around every corner.
But what should you definitely not miss? Find out here – http://luxurytravelinasia.com/best-bits-bali
Fleewinter is Guardian Award Winner!
We are very proud of the holidays and service we provide our customers, and were over-the-moon to win the best Short Break Tour Operator 2014 award from the Guardian & Observer Newspaper. We also only missed best overall small tour operator by 0.8%! Many thanks for everyone who voted for us.
Itineraries on Iphones!
Today we officially launch our new system whereby all our customers have the option to have their travel documents delivered to their phone or tablet using the Vamoos app. It includes interactive maps, real time weather forecast plus of course our famous destination guides. Currently available on iphone and ipad and soon to follow on other devices. If you are travelling this summer don’t forget to ask us
JUST 2 DAYS LEFT TO VOTE!!!
We’re looking for people to take two mins to vote for Fleewinter in this years Guardian Travel Awards! Just click on the following link – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp and under tour operator type in ‘fleewinter’ and rate our performance! You can pretty much ignore all other boxes and click submit at the end! Thank you so much!
Guardian Travel Awards 2014
This year we are in the running for the Guardian’s ‘Best Small Tour Operator’ Award and we would REALLY, REALLY, REALLY like to win! So provided you think we deserve it, we would be so grateful if you would take 2 minutes to fill out the following questionnaire – http://www.global-research.net/guta/start.asp
There are just three important boxes and the closing date is Friday 6th June:
1. Scroll down to the Tour Operator section and type Fleewinter into the ‘specify other’ box
2. Rate our performance
3. Then click through to the last page (ignoring the other questions if you wish).
Thank you all so very much!!
New website about to launch
Welcome to our new website. We are still transferring some of the sections but please let us know what you think of it as it has been the biggest change we have made since Fleewinter was establish more than 10 years ago