You don’t need to have even traveled to Bali before to know that Bali is an ideal honeymoon location. It’s ranked as one of the most romantic places on earth and for good reasons. This picture perfect tropical island is synonymous with luxury, nature, romance, and happiness; all the ingredients needed to make it one of the number one honeymoon destinations for newlyweds.
Imagine walking hand in hand down some of the world’s most beautiful beaches while taking in some incredible sunsets that light up the sky over the Indian Ocean. Imagine going to luxury spas where you can indulge in any treatment and massage imaginable. Imagine enjoying a romantic dinner for two and feasting on fresh succulent food in one of Bali’s most exclusive restaurants. Imagine having your own private luxury villa in Bali for your honeymoon. Imagine all of this while experiencing unprecedented spirituality, joy, and culture.
While such things may seem like a distant dream, in Bali they can all be made reality. Bali, otherwise known as the Island of the Gods, is where love stories are made and continued.
So, what is it exactly about this picturesque Indonesian island that makes it the best honeymoon destination ever?
According to a recent survey reported in The Telegraph, watching the sun go down at the end of the day is one of the most romantic things to do with your partner. There’s something romantic and endearing about listening to the waves gently crashing on the shore, feeling the light evening Bali breeze on your face and watching the sun drift downwards towards the vast open ocean.
There’s no doubt about it that when you think of Bali, you automatically conjure up awe-inspiring images of the sun in all its glory, the sand and the sea. Bali’s sunsets are some of the best in the world, so why wouldn’t you want to watch the sunset paint the skyline a multitude of reds, pinks, purples and yellows?
Make sure you visit Nusa Penida Temple, which is nestled within the village of Ped. A popular Balinese Hindu pilgrimage destination, the temple’s sea backdrop of Kuntampi Harbour makes for a unique and very romantic evening activity in Bali. This will be one sunset to remember!
The sunset at Yeh Leh Beach is just as impressive. This boulder-scattered beach has no shortage of places to find the perfect evening spot to settle for an hour to admire the splendour of the skies.
Restaurants and Food
Food has long been associated with love, and dining in fine restaurants in Bali is easy. There’s a plethora of wonderful restaurants that will offer you a variety of dining experiences, ensuring you’ll get the best treatment and much needed privacy while on honeymoon.
Romantic restaurants in Bali are aplenty, but what are even more special are the tailor-made dining experiences for couples.
Organise an exclusive aphrodisiac picnic of fragant truffle parcels, chargrilled baby asparagus, oysters and other tantalising delights on a private moonlit Canggu beach surrounded by hazy red skies with romantic oil lanterns flickering in the background.
Head down to Nusa Dua where you can dine in your very own cave come private dining space on a secluded beach. Enjoy a magical dinner in a hidden cave away from the masses where you’ll be able to sit with your loved one at a romantic candle-lit table with the waves crashing in the background – you’ll even have your very own personal butler. Dine on prawns, caviar and other delectable fruits of the sea or savour the tastes of some of the very best prime cuts of barbecued meat.
If you’re looking for somewhere to impress and woo in Sanur, hire out your own private cabana which comes with your own chefs and waiting staff. Relish the solitude and escape the touristy craziness that can sometimes be Bali and immerse yourselves into a totally peaceful setting where you’ll be treated to a to-die for 6-course meal.
The Spas and Treatments
Bali’s not just about exotic beaches and great food, it’s the perfect place for multiple pampering sessions. Spas are ubiquitous in Bali. They’re everywhere! There’s nothing more romantic than having a spa treatment for two in one of Bali’s top spas.
If you and your partner want to experience some unadulterated relaxation therapy, the Balinese spas will make you both feel on top of the world. Uplift your mood and remove all the stress from your life, because at the end of the day, you’re in Bali to relish every moment and relax.
The Balinese are skilled healers and masseuses. They’ll pamper your bodies and soothe your souls. Relax side by side and let the Balinese massage therapists do their work while the soft echoes of relaxing background music adds to the ambiance. There’s a surfeit of luxury spas in Bali to choose from and it can be quite overwhelming, so here are our top Bali spa picks.
Jari Menari, located in the popular luxury villa area of Seminyak, offers some of the best therapeutic massages in Bali. You and your loved one will experience some top quality customised treatments such as their well-known four-hand massage. Its tranquil setting takes inspiration from the beautiful Japanese culture with the spa featuring flowing water and soft harmonious Eastern melodies. And, if you want to take a piece of Jari Menari home with you, enroll in one of their one-day massage workshops in Bali where you too can learn the acquired art of the masseuses’ ‘dancing fingers’.
Another spa favourite in Petitenget is Bodyworks. This 15-year-old spa has one of the best reputations, and its customer service is second to none. Its calming aqua blue décor makes for a magical place to really let go and unwind. If you’re looking for the best Bali massage, Bodyworks, which specializes in Shiatsu, Balinese and Thai massages, is not to be missed. You’ll also be able to get the full pampering experience with his and her body treatments that also includes manicures and pedicures. This is the perfect way to disperse excess energy and become at one.
Private Villas in Bali
Why stay in a 5-star hotel in Bali when you can rent your own luxury Balinese villa and enjoy 100% privacy?
Bali’s luxury villas are in abundance. Perfect for lovebirds who want to escape to a totally new world of romance, you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for whether you want your own private pool, spa or perhaps even your own maid and personal butler service; there’s something for every budget and taste.
Romance never dies at the beach, and this is one of the biggest pulling factors of Bali – the Bali beaches. Get away from the packed touristy beaches of Kuta and venture a little further, where you’ll find seclusion and peace. And the best thing about the Bali beaches is the variety; every one has its own charm.
Sanur Beach stretches for a few kilometres. With stretches of golden sand and a small coral reef, this shell speckled beach boasts crystal clear waters, which makes it perfect for swimming and other water activities such as snorkeling. The quaint cobbled promenade shaded with lush green vegetation and towering palms makes for a nice leisurely romantic stroll. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants along the beachfront, so you can most definitely make a day of it.
Balangan Beach in Uluwatu is a heaven away from home. As you navigate your way to this isolated beach, you’ll be treated to some spectacular rural scenery along the way from grazing cattle to small local villages. The beach itself is small, and it’s perfect for lovers who’re in search of a secret hideaway. The vast beach is a perfect golden blanket to walk upon and the feeling of the lapping waves at your feet is indescribable.
Bias Tugal Beach, which has also been nicknamed by locals as Little Beach, is one of Bali’s best-kept secrets. Deserted and hidden close to Padang Bai, you’ll really be able to appreciate natural beauty and privacy after accessing the beach via a 500m trek across a stony path. Once there, you’ll be left speechless. Sprawling white sands, crystal blue waters and gently swaying coconut trees will greet you on arrival. This is one place where you and your partner will be able to soak up the sun and the blissful sounds of silence.
Bali’s Surrounding Islands
There’s no doubt that Bali is the perfect honeymoon destination. There are very few places in the world that can offer you so much serenity and solitude; it’s bewitching. While there are plenty of things to see and do for newlyweds in Bali, the nearby islands, which are only a stones throw away, also make for a great day out for romantics.
Moyo Island is a wonderful escape. Get away for a day or two and break up your Indonesian/Bali holiday by escaping to this tiny world-class island that’s well known for its effortless beauty, chicness and peace. There’s something amazing about exploring unspoiled nature with the one you love, and this is exactly what you can do here, because although it’s small, it’s most certainly big enough for the two of you.
Nusa Lembongan is just as beautiful as Bali, but here life’s much slower. It’s the perfect place to go island hopping off Bali. The picture perfect beaches and the aquamarine waters create a heavenly scene and we guarantee this is an island near Bali worth visiting.
Nusa Ceningan, which is known as the forgotten land, is easily accessible from Nusa Lembongan via a long and somewhat rickety suspension bridge, but that all adds to the rustic charm. This hidden gem is magical. The Blue Lagoon and the craggy cliffs is a picture of raw beauty and will surely take your breath away.
Sometimes you just need a break from the hustle and bustle of Bali and you’ll be able to really escape when you explore the rugged lands of Nusa Penida. Boasting rugged beauty, this island is still relatively untouched and underdeveloped compared to a number of other Indonesian islands, making even more appealing
If you’re looking for contrast, escape to Surabaya for the day where you’ll be able to experience a taste of China in the island’s awesome China Town. Scattered with mosques and monuments, you’ll be able to sample some unprecedented gourmet dishes that will surely titillate the taste buds of anyone. It’s an explosion of varying cultures.
Lombok Island is a favourite haunt for visitors, especially newlyweds, in Bali. Lombok Island’s natural beauty, white sands and gorgeous underwater scenery are not only fascinating, but also romantic.
There’s no shortage of things to do in Bali on honeymoon. No matter what your preferences are as a couple, you’ll surely find a number of activities that you and your partner can do together whether it’s snorkeling, going on an elephant safari or a mountain hike.
If you’re not afraid of having an early start and you don’t mind a bit of hiking, you can hike to the peak of Mt. Batur, where you’ll be treated to the most stunning sunrise you’ll ever witness in your life. There are plenty of private routes that will steer you away from the crowds and lead you to some of the hidden secret spots – ask a local for advice and avoid organised tours. You haven’t visited Bali properly if you don’t visit the island’s sacred volcano that was supposedly created by the Gods as a gift to the people.
If you’re on honeymoon, you might want to avoid all the traffic and crowds where possible, which is why Bali helicopter flights are popular amongst lovebirds. See some of Bali’s more popular sights such as Uluwatu and Tanah Lot from a whole new perspective. The views are unbeatable, and this is one Bali activity for romantics not to miss.
They say food is the essence of love, so if you don’t have a problem getting your hands dirty and cooking together, why not book a private cooking class in Bali? Balinese food is delicious, and although the food appears simple, it’s far from it – it has many intricacies that you can explore together. Pick your own vegetables, tailor your meal to your tastes, and bond together over your work.
If you don’t fancy tours and traveling in cars in Bali, hire some bicycles and explore a different side of Bali by going off the beaten track. Ubud is just one of the many places in Bali where you’ll be able to enjoy some breathtaking views while cycling. Verdant rice terraces, towering peaks and clear fast flowing rivers are just a few of nature’s gifts you’ll see on your travels.
Another great activity in Bali for couples is the elephant safari. Be a regal couple for the day and ride up high together on top of these majestic animals. You’ll ride in a teakwood chair for two through the cool Balinese jungles, which will surely make for a memorable adventure.
It’s fair to say that Bali is an island of contrasts with many exciting and beautiful things to offer. But one thing’s for sure: Bali is the ideal honeymoon location.