Fly Jetstar to Bali, via Sydney. Even thought this means a quick layover in Sydney, the next leg is on Jetstar’s Dreamliner – which is fabulous. Check Jetsar.com for offers with fares to Bali starting from less than $600 return per person during sales.
Staying there: Alila Resorts
Alila Villas Uluwatu – internet rate US$800-plus ($1090) per night for one bedroom pool villa. Alila Seminyak – internet rate US$335plus a night for Deluxe Ocean Suite. The villas are pretty pricey but spectacular and there were quite a few Kiwis staying there when I went.
Rates start at about $80 a night. See penestanan.com.
There are scores of villas with private pools. It’s so competitive that it’s hard to go wrong. See airbnb.com.