Indonesia is one of the most stunning places on Earth. The country is a cluster of more than 200 islands. Beautiful sunsets have been photographed on the popular island of Bali, which also boasts the most religious celebrations per year, 187, making Bali one of the premier spiritual places to visit. Private islands abound in Indonesia and you don't need a movie star's salary to stay at one.
Agung Museum of Art in Ubud
Ubud is the artistic center of Indonesia. Located on the island of Bali, it is spiritually and visually stunning. Artist from all over Indonesia and the world congregate in Ubud to share their talent with the world. At night, visit one of the famous Wayan Kulit shadow puppet shows while eating a feast prepared by the locals. The symbolic prince of Bali frequently visits Ubud so you could be sharing your meals with royalty.
Indonesia is a beach lover's paradise. Surfers from the four corners of the world trek to Kuta Beach to find the perfect wave. But if you want true paradise in the water go to the eastern edge of Bali to Candidasa Beach. Learn to scuba dive or just relax in the water with a snorkel and mask to watch the colorful fish swim by. Visit the local Ikat Village and watch the detailed work that goes into making an Ikat rug.
Local dancers in Indonesia
Lombok is an island east of Bali and is the center of some of the most stunning private islands known as Gilis to the locals. Gili Trawangan is a short boat ride away. There are only 30 beach huts built on the island so it's virtually uninhabited. Lie topless on a private beach or learn to weave grass hats and string bracelets with the locals that inhabit the island. Go to a Kachak Dance at night and be entertained.
Susanna Lo is an established writer/director/producer who has won awards in The Berlin and Montreal film festivals and is a member of PEN International. She's written for Paramount on Star Trek: Voyager and Seven Days. Susanna is a dedicated world traveler living in several countries in Europe, Asia and North America.