Fragrant frangipani trees, long stretches of rural rice paddies and tropical beaches all rooted in ancient spiritual ceremony make Bali, Indonesia a top destination for honeymooning couples. Sleepy coastal towns, artistic enclaves, countryside volcanoes and vibrant Indonesian temples appeal to different types of travelers. Whether preferred activities include beachside massages, scouring outdoor marketplaces for unusual tropical fruits, hitting one of Bali’s glimmering nightclubs, or dozing by the pool, honeymooners will find plenty to do in Indonesia. Staying at a Bali resort provides access to private beaches, spa services and local knowledge of where to eat, drink and be married.
Bali’s Kuta may be known for its energetic nightclubs and throngs of “beautiful people,” but honeymooning couples escape from the tropical hubbub at the AlamKulKul Boutique Resort. Designed to resemble a Balinese village, the eco-friendly resort features tropical flower gardens, artisan-carved woodwork and two swimming pools. Guests take classes in Balinese cooking, wood carving, fruit carving and the traditional art technique of arranging flower petals on water. At the spa, book treatments include kemiri nut scrubs, aloe lavender masks and papaya body wraps. Honeymoon packages feature a special cake, dinner for two with wine and couples massage.
Indonesia’s Benoa Peninsula features miles of private beaches, making intimate relaxation spots for couples. Aston Bali Resort & Spa honeymoon packages feature in-room breakfasts, flower petal room decorations, honeymoon cake, private dinner on the beach and Balinese massages at the on-site spa. Active couples water ski, parasail, bike ride along the area’s quiet tropical roads, or take dance lessons from resort staff instructors. Cool off with a cocktail from the poolside bar afterward.
Fans of the New York Times bestseller “Eat Pray Love” recognize Ubud as the tropical artists’ retreat and spiritual sanctuary described in the Elizabeth Gilbert memoir. The Kamandalu Resort & Spa appeals to spiritually minded honeymoon couples; its name comes from a Sanskrit word related to finding inner peace and purification. Guests picnic in rice paddies, consult with spiritual healers and go whitewater rafting. Afternoon naps in breezy four-poster beds or drowsing by the swimming pool complete the restful picture.
Elegant Siminyak offers pastoral calm at Bali’s Amala Resort. Wooded areas, bamboo stands and quiet lagoons appeal to nature-loving honeymooners who’ll also appreciate the resort’s eco-friendly efforts: mineral water filtration systems, solar panels and locally sourced marble building materials. Open-air daybeds scattered throughout the resort make for peaceful reading or snuggling. Honeymoon packages include herbal steam showers, candlelit dinners, flower bouquets and chocolate. Guests pay extra for a private pool or kitchenette suite.
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