Say Bali and paradise immediately pops into your head. This Indonesian island is a mecca for spirituality, with landscapes that will never leave you. From lush terraced rice fields to towering volcanoes to soft sands and challenging surf, you’ll feel like you’ve been to lots of countries in one in Bali.
The ultimate Bali honeymoon would see you jump from Ubud to Seminyak to Uluwatu, taking in the best of temples, forests, art, nightlife, rice fields, beaches, sports and shopping. Your Instagram will never look so good.
Where to Go in Bali
Start your Bali adventure in Ubud, the island’s spiritual centre. It’s a huge hub for artists, with museums, art galleries, cafes and dance studios on every corner. Surrounded by cool mountains and rice fields, this is where all this iconic images of lush, green Bali landscapes are from.
For a taste of the high life, Seminyak is the home of hip hotels, fashionable people, designer shops and renowned bars. For hard partying, you’ll need to go to Kuta, although it isn’t exactly a honeymoon vibe.
If the best surf and diving is what you’re after, you can’t do better than Bingin, luxe Keobokan or vibrant Canggu.
When to Go to Bali
Bali is a year-round warm destination but the best time to go is May to October during the dry season. The summer holidays will inevitably be more expensive so the end of April-May and September-October are the best time to get great weather and great value.
Bear in mind that even in the wet season, Bali’s pretty great – just be prepared for high humidity. You’ll benefit from much lower prices and much less crowding at all the main sites and beaches.
What to See in Bali
Catch a traditional Balinese dance show at the Ubud Palace or head down to the southernmost tip of the island to Uluwatu to watch a sunset show at the cliff-top temple Pura Luhur Uluwatu.
If what you really want is just to unwind after all the wedding stress, then Ubud’s wellness retreats are a must. Ancient Balinese wisdom, sunrise yoga and alternative therapies within a stunning natural setting are designed to heal, empower and have you back to your best before your return home. Even if you just pick up a few classes at somewhere like The Yoga Barn in Ubud, you’ll feel the benefit.
Where to Stay in Bali
COMO Shambhala Estate
This luxury holistic health resort in Bali is everything you’d expect. Set among lush jungle and golden beaches near the artist’s town of Ubud, COMO Shambhala has targeted wellness programmes and experiences that let you leave calm, rested and balanced.
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan
A dramatic suspension bridge floating above the treetops guides you into this haven, with the Ayung River tumbling underneath. Service is exceptional and experiences second-to-none: village walks, cycle tours, dance performances to rafting around a volcano. The Four Seasons is a perfect luxury honeymoon hotel.
Six Sense Uluwatu
This cliff-top hotel offers ocean views from every side. Set near one of Bali’s most sacred temples, health and wellness are a core focus of Six Senses, whether it’s relaxing in the spa or learning to surf on their beautiful beach – perfect for active couples seeking enlightenment.
The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud
This romantic and intimate resort set among Ubud’s rice fields has 20 individual villas, each full of original Balinese artwork for the collection of one of Indonesia’s most respected art collectors. Let The Chedi Club organise a hot air balloon to take you out to watch the sunrise over Mount Agung.
W Bali – Seminyak
Set on its own stretch of beach, W Hotel offers a sophisticated, hedonistic take on Bali. Chic restaurants, posh boutiques and decadent bars abound. You’ll never tire of things to do or spots to Instagram.
How to Get to Bali
The easiest way is to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (also known as Denpasar International Airport), which is 13 kilometres from Denpasar, the capital of Bali.
The flight from London takes just under 17 hours with one stopover, usually in Singapore or Dubai. Main carriers include British Airways, Singapore Airlines, Emirates and Qantas.
There’s also a bus from Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, but it takes 23 hours – probably not how you want to start your honeymoon.
Entry Requirements for Bali
You don’t need a visa to get into Bali if you’re there for less than 30 days. You will however need to be up on all your injections and a yellow fever vaccine certificate is required.