Travel Challenge: An August break in Bali

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Every week we invite competing travel companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day trip to the Indonesian island of Bali in August. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All prices include flights departing from Heathrow and transfers.


£1,549: Ubud and Manggis

Includes Singapore Airlines flights via Singapore on 29 August. Three nights are spent at the Alila hotel in Ubud and seven nights at Alila Manggis. Daily breakfast and a 60-minute massage are included at both hotels, along with a snorkelling trip and one dinner in Manggis. "Alila's stunning infinity pool in Ubud is the perfect place to cool off after visiting the cultural sites," says Lucy Balding, of Trailfinders. "You'll then move to the tranquil eastern coast, which is a world away from the crowds found elsewhere on Bali". (0845 050 5892;

Travelzest's Faraway Holidays

£1,789: Nusa Dua

Includes Thai Airways flights via Bangkok on 26 August and accommodation with breakfast at the Nikko Bali Resort and Spa. "The five-star Nikko Bali Resort boasts an enviable location in Nusa Dua, with a private beach and stunning views of the Indian Ocean," says Nicole O'Connor, of Faraway Holidays (0800 171 2156;

W&O Travel

£2,449: Ubud, Nusa Dusa, Komodo and Lombok

Includes Malaysia Airlines flights via Kuala Lumpur on 16 August. Accommodation is split between Komaneka Monkey Forest in Ubud; one night on a boat during a two-day "Komodo Dragon Experience" guided tour; the Conrad Bali in Nusa Dua; and Qunci Villas in Lombok. "This trip of a lifetime takes in the bohemian atmosphere of Bali, including Nusa Dua and Ubud, before a guided wildlife tour with the Komodo Dragon Experience, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches of Lombok before returning home," says Oscar Lopera, of W&O Travel. (0845 277 3310;