The best honeymoon hotels in Bali for a romantic getaway

Tisland of the gods famously had its pop culture moment in the 2010 blockbuster Eat Pray Love, and while the mere mention of the film has become a Balinese cliché, there’s a reason why the “love” chapter was reserved for this particular Indonesian archipelago. From the spirituality of the island to its spectacular natural beauty, tropical climate and temperate waters, you really can’t beat Bali for romance.

Whether you’re sunbathing in Jimbaran Bay, exploring temples in Ubud, snorkeling the coral reef in Pemuteran or hiking Mount Batur at sunrise, there’s something to suit every type of honeymoon here. And the incense wafting from carefully placed Hindu blessings on each pavement leaves a lasting memory.

If you’re looking to hide away for a relaxing retreat, Bali’s five-star resorts are designed with honeymooners in mind. Almost every corner of this island, from stunning coastal views to lush jungle, boasts hotels with private pool villas and staff ready to pamper newlyweds with a lavish post-wedding escape.

With an economy heavily dependent on tourism, Bali’s post-Covid reopening is a welcome relief for the hospitality sector, and visitors are being welcomed with open arms – so you can consider the trip a positive venture. Remaining restrictions in Indonesia are minimal, with masks required in closed rooms (but not in hotels) and you do not need to take a Covid test if you are fully vaccinated (unless you show coronavirus symptoms and/or have a temperature above 37, 5 C ). British tourists can apply for a visa on arrival at a cost of IDR 500,000 (£28), valid for 30 days

The island is best visited in the dry season from April to October, and is busiest during the school holidays.

Best for restoration and wellness: Four Seasons, Jimbaran Bay

The couple’s treatment room at Four Seasons Jimbaran’s Healing Village

(Four Seasons)

A 15-minute drive from Denpasar International Airport, Jimbaran in the south of the island is the perfect first stop after a long flight. Primarily known as a fairly unexciting fishing village, its white beaches and turquoise sea views have drawn several five-star resorts to the area, making it an ideal place to unwind undisturbed.

To immerse yourself in romance and relaxation, look no further than the Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay. The 147-villa resort spans part of the coast, becoming a whole village in itself, with winding paths and colorful botanical gardens criss-crossed by buggies at guests’ disposal.

The hotel underwent a major renovation in 2019, so the resort feels immaculate. Each room here is a private villa, each with plunge pools, indoor and outdoor showers, bathtubs big enough for two and spacious four-poster beds. Outside your room – if you can tear yourself away – various activities are offered from cooking to anti-gravity yoga and sacred blessings. There are three swimming pools, one of which is particularly spectacular, at 57m, overlooking the beach and receiving the foam from the splash of waves at high tide for a dramatic lap session.

The hotel has three restaurants: informal Alu by the pool; exclusive Sundara offering signature cocktails and summer BBQ tapas dishes; and intimate Jala, whose traditional Balinese cuisine is an aromatic introduction to local cuisine. The breakfast buffet is the real star of the show, offering a cornucopia of dishes, from Indonesian classics, Gado Gado, for chia casseroles, omelettes and steaks. Dine with a view of the sea or have your breakfast as honeymooners do – floating in your private pool.

However, the real jewel of Jimbaran Bay is the spa. The massive 21,500 Healing Village is the result of an 18-month, multi-million dollar rebuild, completed just before the pandemic. Floating on koi-filled lily ponds, the tranquil hub offers unique treatments that combine the spirituality of traditional Balinese massage with cutting-edge light, sound, thermal and color therapies. Many of the 120-minute treatments are designed for couples and will rejuvenate you.

Rooms from: £540, room only; fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay

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Best for beachside indulgence: Six Sense, Uluwatu

A villa at Six Senses Uluwatu

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With resorts spanning 20 countries from Europe to Asia, Fiji and the Maldives, Six Senses knows how to do unadulterated indulgence. Its sustainable approach to hospitality, using local ingredients, refillable water bottles and recycled packaging for toiletries, is leading the sector.

Set on the Uluwatu cliffside on the south-west tip of the island, Six Senses Bali offers the same eco-conscious approach, with buildings carved out of the cliff’s limestone, herbs and vegetables for the restaurants grown on the property and spectacular sea views visible from every angle.

Comprising 28 hotel rooms and 69 private pool villas, the resort combines contemporary modernity with Indonesian details via perfectly manicured tropical plants. Infinity pools and water features bleed into the ocean views, and the resort’s own temple creates a tranquil setting that honors the island’s cultural beliefs.

Whether a family holiday, business meeting or detox retreat is in order (Six Senses always focuses on health, and multi-day wellness programs are available to book), the resort has you covered – but for honeymooners, a luxurious beach idyll is the place’s strongest point.

It is a 10-minute drive from the center of town, where restaurants and bars are the main attraction, second only to the legendary Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of the six key temples in Bali, perched on the cliff top with unbeatable sunset views and traditional fires every evening. dancer.

Rooms feature sunny terraces, indoor/outdoor showers, bathtubs and state-of-the-art Japanese toilets with heated seats and bidets.

The hotel has two restaurants: Crudo, which has yet to reopen post-pandemic, offers Japanese and Latin American cuisine; and Rocka, which serves everything from European to American and Indonesian cuisine. This is where the à la carte breakfast is served, overlooking the terraced infinity pools and the Indian Ocean. Although, with private pools in all villas, a floating breakfast served on a heart-shaped woven tray is not to be missed.

The spa, surrounded by lily ponds, offers locally inspired treatments and a menu of signature therapies, as well as a gym and daily morning yoga. Leave feeling renewed, well fed and happily in love.

Rooms from: $506 (£406) based on two people sharing a Sky Suite, B&B; sixsenses.com/en/resorts/uluwatu-bali

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Best for unadulterated luxury: Four Seasons, Sayan

Four Seasons Sayan’s Magic Lotus Pond

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To find the spirituality, yoga and culture that the island is known for, look no further than Ubud. The city is Bali’s cultural heartbeat, and its expat population attests to its unique appeal.

Although the hotels in the city center are mostly hostels and guesthouses, just 10 minutes away by car (6 km), the Four Seasons resort in neighboring Sayan is an ideal honeymoon base.

Built into the valley overlooking the Ayung River, Four Seasons Sayan welcomes guests via a dramatic walkway that juts out into the sacred Ayung Valley, below which the rest of the resort unfolds.

The main building of the hotel is sleek and houses an elegant cocktail bar, one of two hotel restaurants, a gym and 18 suites. Surrounding the main building are 42 spacious villas – some overlooking the river and the hotel’s own rice terraces, and others, the jungle – each with private plunge pools, generous terraces and expansive marble bathrooms.

The main hotel’s Ayung Terrace serves upscale Indonesian cuisine, and the Riverside Café, which overlooks the two stacked infinity pools, offers Mediterranean cuisine. Breakfast, served in the former, is an à la carte menu with fruit, pastries, eggs and local classics.

You’ll be hard-pressed to tear yourself away from the hotel’s surroundings, with activities on offer including a two-hour picnic where chefs will accompany you on a short trek through private rice paddies before serving up a Balinese feast in a secluded location. in the jungle. Yoga, tours and rafting are also available, as is the legendary Sacred Nap, which sees guests gently rocked to sleep by former Buddhist nun Ibu Fera. It’s so good that even the Obamas gave it a shot.

After a day exploring the museums of Ubud, align your chakras with one of several transformative massages at the hotel’s Sacred River Spa.

Rooms from: £770, room only; fourseasons.com/sayan

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Best for an authentic Balinese retreat: Amandari, Ubud

One of the pools at Amandari

(Amandari)

Designed in the image of a traditional Balinese village, Amandari Ubud, with its stone walls, thatched rooms and jade green infinity pool, feels as close to an authentic local experience as a luxury hotel can get and an intimate and tranquil escape where you are left to your own devices.

The hotel, just outside the center of Ubud, reached by free shuttle any time of the day, is low-key but stunning. With just 30 rooms, it offers an intimate experience with little pretension, where the staff project a family feel (many have worked at the hotel for decades) and personal touches such as homemade cakes in the rooms and hand-painted carved birds made by a local artist left on pillows a lasting memory.

Freestanding suites are accessed via winding paths and are constructed in wood and marble with multi-sided windows from which the lush jungle views can be seen from every angle. Outdoor bathtubs, private pools big enough for lengths and huge living spaces are an ideal romantic retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. Fall asleep listening to the sounds of the jungle and wake up with the rooster.

The spa offers treatments and a small steam room and sauna, and the restaurant overlooking the pool and daily traditional Balinese gamelan music is the perfect tranquil place to end the night after a day visiting the famous Ubud Yoga Barn or braving the biting long-tailed macaques at Monkey Forest .

A visit to the hotel’s selected healer is a must. Made Lunas promises to tell your fortune, cure any ailments and give you an unforgettable story to take home; the real one Eat Pray Love experience. At the end of your stay, you will be sent packing with a homemade cake for the road.

Rooms from: $907.50 (£755), B&B, including airport transfers; aman.com/resorts/amandari

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