Vacation makers can engage themselves in nature on untouched beaches and misty mountains, or soak up Balinese arts, flea markets and the island’s hot nightlife. And where should a Bali-bound luxury holidaymaker stay? At the best-of-the-best Bali luxury hotels right here!
The Kayon Resort, Ubud
Think of a rainforest property in the hills outside Ubud, packed with jackfruit and coconut trees and made scented by the scent of frangipani. Now think that there are completely no kids to spoil the peace and quiet – and you’ll have an impression of what life is like at adults-only The Kayon Resort. Its atmospheric rooms and suites are constructed using local stone and bamboo and decorated with Balinese artworks. The most luxurious option is a River’s Edge Pool Villa, full of its own private infinity pool and a terrace for romantic al fresco meals.
If you like being active, join one of the resort’s free yoga classes, guided village tours or Balinese dance lessons. If you’d rather make the best of the opportunity to relax sans children, head to clifftop Serayu Spa for a side-by-side massage instead.
The open infinity pool wows with remarkable jungle views and a rustic sunbathing deck. In the afternoon, cocktails and canapés are served while Kepitu Restaurant is your go-to for healthy western and Asian cuisine all through the day. Unique dining experiences range from Balinese cultural dinners to five-course barbecues.
Samabe Bali Suites & Villas, Nusa Dua
Situated in southern Nusa Dua on a secluded white sand beach, Samabe Bali Suites & Villas gives couples the choice of an all-inclusive honeymoon. Packages consist of accommodation, all food and non-alcoholic beverages, a choice of activities and private butler service. All 81 suites and villas help set the stage for a dreamy stay, but Oceanfront Honeymoon Pool Suites are specifically designed with loved-up newlyweds in mind. You can imagine a decadent soaking tub and a balcony with a private pool and daybed.
Honeymooners can also select from a range of complimentary special touches – including a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival or a chocolate fondue for two. There are double bars and two restaurants: Head to Rempah-Rempah for Asian and Mediterranean fine dining, or to Crystal Blue for European-style steak and seafood.
Working up an appetite is easy, thanks to a long list of included activities varying from sailing and snorkeling to yoga and Balinese dance lessons. You’ll also get one signature activity per stay. A private, candlelit dinner in the resort’s beach cave is one of the most dreamy options. Spa treatments cost extra.
Zen Resort Bali, Seririt
At the other end of the spectrum is Zen Resort Bali, an oasis of calm on the island’s north coast. Encircled by nature, this all-inclusive wellness retreat is the ideal place to recover from wedding-related stress, and to start your new lives together from a place of mental and physical wellbeing. At the spa, Ayurvedic massage and body treatments are accompanied by reflexology and reiki sessions. Daily yoga, meditation, and pranayama classes help you to let go of any residual anxiety, while Zen Harmony Diving is a distinctive way of merging scuba diving and controlled breathing skills.
The resort is perfect for divers, with the teeming coral reefs of the Bali Sea accessible from shore or via a short boat ride. In between wellness programs, make sure to refuel on healthy cuisine at Maitri and Aruna restaurants. Only the finest organic ingredients are used, most of which are found locally. The resort has 26 traditional Balinese villas scattered throughout its gardens and around the infinity pool. Each one has a four-poster king bed, a romantic open-air bathroom and a stone balcony with a daybed and tranquil garden views.
Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort, Seminyak
Duos who want to add a bit of urban glamor into their Balinese honeymoon should think about staying at Anantara Seminyak Bali Resort. Situated directly on the shores of Seminyak Beach, it boasts one of the island’s coolest addresses, known for its upscale restaurants and bars. There are 59 suites to choose from, all of them well-defined by their chic contemporary design and luxurious open plan living and sleeping areas. The features are the private balcony, which comes with a Jacuzzi for romantic instants spent appreciating beautiful pool, garden or ocean views.
During the day, divide your time among the rooftop spa and the golden beach. The last is strewn with beanbags and divided from the major resort by the infinity pool – a top hang-out spot for those that like to see and be seen while working on their tan.
At Sunset on Seminyak restaurant, relish a beach club vibe and cocktails served right away to your daybed. Off-resort activities range from world-class surfing and shopping to dolphin safaris and scuba diving. In the late afternoon, sunset drinks and DJ beats set the ambience at rooftop Moonlite Kitchen and Bar.
Jamahal Private Resort & Spa, Jimbaran
Situated a few blocks from Jimbaran Beach on Bali’s stylish south coast, Jamahal Private Resort & Spa is a boutique retreat for couples who want to get away from the rest of the world and just focus on each other for a while. There are just 13 private villas, set in the midst of a beautiful tropical garden full of a lagoon pool and cascading waterfall. Each one is a dreamy sanctuary, but Pool Suite Villas stand out for their four-poster beds, open-air bathrooms and private plunge pools; while the Master Pool Villa has its own large pool and garden.
Every day, new organic meals are served in the privacy of your villa or in the cozy lounge. Make sure to try the chef’s true nasi goreng and beef radang. At the spa, a host of self-indulgent treatments await – including a traditional Balinese honeymoon purification ritual.
When you want a shift of scene, hop on the shuttle to Jamahal Beach Club, where day beds and a swimming pool lie just steps from the water. The VIP Kiss package consist of a three-course romantic candlelit dinner and a 90-mintue spa treatment for two.
Plataran Canggu Resort & Spa, Kerobokan
Plataran Canggu Resort & Spa’s romantic setting summarizes the best of Bali: tropical gardens, verdant paddy fields and some of the south coast’s most picturesque beaches within a few minutes’ drive. Elegant Indonesian architecture adds to the atmosphere. Honeymoon-oriented facilities of the One-Bedroom Garden Villa include a canopied king bed, a natural stone bathtub and a private terrace furnished with a daybed. If you have a little extra room in the financial plan, consider updating to a villa with a private pool.
The resort offers a long list of thrilling experiences, from sunrise hikes up a local mountain to sunset tours of coastal Tanah Lot temple. In in the middle of cooking and yoga classes, make time for a visit to the couples’ suite at Padma Spa, or for a meal at Teras Canggu. This open-air restaurant concentrates in reinvented Balinese classics, comprising local specialties such as lobster bakso.
Book the reasonably priced Romantic Getaway package and in addition to three nights’ accommodation, you’ll be given to a romantic room set-up, a private dinner for two, and a couples spa treatment.
Amankila resort perches atop a lushly forested hill on Bali’s remote east coast and commands spectacular views of the Lombok Strait from almost every angle. With frangipani-lined walkways and design details borrowed from a nearby water palace, this is paradise, Balinese style. Reconnect with your new spouse next to the three-tier infinity pool, or make your way to the private beach to try your hand at surfing, scuba diving, or kayaking. Two traditional Balinese outriggers are available for romantic snorkeling and sunrise cruises, while guided tours of the region’s royal palaces and temples can be arranged.
Book the Amankila Romance package to experience a private morning cruise, a satay picnic in the hills at sunset and an hour-long pair massage at the spa. The resort restaurant uses regional ingredients and traditional recipes to make mouth-watering Indonesian cuisine; which you can also savor during a personal, candlelit dinner on the beach or by the pool.
There are 34 stilted, open-plan suites to select from, all with canopied king beds, a decadent soaking tub, a private terrace, and high sea views. Many also have their own private pools.
Viceroy Bali, Ubud
Viceroy Bali is a family-owned and operated five-star resort set in the midst of the serene jungle peaks and valleys of Ubud. With near-perfect reviews on TripAdvisor and an importance on romance, relaxation, and rejuvenation, it is an ideal place to spend your honeymoon. Select from a series of traditional Balinese villas, with hand-carved timber doors, thatched grass ceilings, and private swimming pools. The Deluxe Terrace Villa is perhaps the most romantic. Its breath taking infinity pool is covered by a Balinese balé – the perfect spot for reading, relaxing or dining in private.
All rooms include an a la carte breakfast. After that, spend your days cycling through the local villages and rice paddies, performing yoga or learning how to cook the local cuisine. The resort even offers memorable helicopter tours. If you’d rather relax, the valley-view infinity pool and spa await. In the evening, head to Apéritif Restaurant & Bar for 1920s glamor and a European degustation menu or opt for romantic Balinese meals on the CasCades Restaurant terrace. Viceroy Bali’s Romance Package comprises (amongst other things) an eight-course couples’ degustation dinner and a two-hour couples’ spa treatment.