Bali enchants all who visit it with its lush tropical countryside and jungles, beautiful beaches and turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the spirit of Bali is captured in the gentle resounding angklung music and the scent of frangipani wafting on the breeze. The romance of Bali and its fascinating culture makes it the perfect romantic honeymoon destination!
In Bali you can find temples galore, elegant traditional dances, delicious food, indulges yourself in luxury spas and treatments or even explore the verdant jungles and the sea on your own action-adventure. Bali ticks all the right boxes for a honeymoon destination that caters to all kinds of travellers and budgets from shoestring to luxury.
Discover what has drawn travellers to Bali since the 60s and experience the exotic beauty of this incredible island in Indonesia.
Look no further, in this ultimate Honeymoon Guide to Bali we will show you how to plan the perfect escape for newlyweds that will make you fall in love with the island almost as much as in your other half!
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Where to go in Bali on your honeymoon
The best places to visit in Bali during your honeymoon are Uluwatu, Ubud and Seminyak. These are full of natural splendour and stunning views as well as romantic hotels and restaurants.
Uluwatu is situated just 40 minutes from the airport in the Bukit Peninsula and is located along the shores of the tropical seas. Here you will find the incredible cliff-top temple of Uluwatu which looks over the expanse of the Ocean. There are many cliff-top resorts and luxury villas with incredible sea views where you can enjoy a romantic drink whilst watching the sunset.
It’s also the most popular spot for surfers due to the impressive waves which can be found at Sulaban Beach, Dreamland Beach, Bingin Beach and Balangan Beach. For other watersports or swimming, head to Pandawa Beach on the southernmost coastline where you can also find great restaurants and bars to keep you entertained between all the sunbathing and swimming.
Ubud is situated in the highlands of Bali, amidst the verdant green of the rice terraces that provide a spectacular backdrop to one of the most chilled out areas of the island. It’s perfect for culture lovers who want to shop and explore the museums, temples and see the traditional dancers of Bali and is THE place to pamper yourself and indulge in lavish spa experiences.
It is also home to the famed Monkey Forest which will provide you with plenty of entertainment. Watch out for those thieving monkeys!
Seminyak is located in the Southernmost point of Bali, just a short distance from the crazy nightlife of Kuta Beach. Here you will find some nightlife, less wild than the nearby Kuta but for those who don’t want to be too far away from the action, there are plenty of beach clubs, stunning beaches, beach bars and cafes to while away the hours. This is also a great place to scuba dive, so if you’ve always fancied exploring the beauty of the underwater world, this is a great place to start!
If you prefer activities above the surface, go on a sunset horse ride for a romantic experience with unforgettable views. For those who love to be pampered, there are also some excellent spas, yoga retreats and finally, for culture lovers, the temples including Tanah Lot are an unmissable and unforgettable attraction.
Important information on Bali for your honeymoon
80% of Bali’s economy comes from tourism, therefore English is widely spoken and popular with tourists, unspoilt isolated beaches may be hard to find as it is a popular destination. Though English is spoken everywhere it’s also a good idea to learn some basic phrases such as “selamat pagi” meaning “good morning” or “terima kasih” which is “thank you” in Bahasa. A little effort goes a long way and locals will appreciate the effort.
Visas are not required for nationals from 169 different countries if you intend to stay for 30 days or less. Your passport must have a validity of 6 months from the date of travel and you must have your return travel booked.
Before travelling to Bali, it is advisable to have a Hepatitis A vaccine and a Tetanus shot within the last 10 years. It’s also a great idea to get travel insurance before your trip for any situations that may occur during your travels.
ATM cash machines are widely available on the main island of Bali and the local currency is IDR, it’s always a good idea to carry some cash for transportation and street vendors and some restaurants and shops, as not all places will accept cash.
Transportation around Bali is relatively easy, there are plenty of taxis. To avoid being scammed you can always find a Bluebird tax and request that the meter is turned on before your journey. In most cases, haggling is a useful way to get a good price if you’re up for it. You can also rent a motorbike to get around but be aware that driving can be dangerous in Southeast Asia. Many hotels organise pickups so this is the best and least stressful way to orient yourself when you arrive.
Water should not be drunk from the tap, bottled water is available everywhere and many restaurants offer free refills. If you’re in a reputable bar, restaurant or hotel the ice there should be relatively safe. Brushing your teeth with tap water is fine, however, if you have a sensitive stomach, it’s safer to brush with bottled water.
Bali has incredible cuisine and also now due to tourism, restaurants cater to every diet, as well as vegetarian and vegan food. Don’t miss out on the experience of dining at a warung to taste some authentic Balinese flavours. You should not have issues with food poisoning during your stay, however, it’s recommended to bring some medication in case you get a bout of Bali belly. The best thing to do is also dine at places with an open kitchen or a high turnover of food, don’t be afraid to eat where the locals go! Tipping in restaurants is not expected but it’s very much appreciated. The average cost for a meal for two in Bali is around 9 euros making it an incredibly affordable destination to enjoy the different flavours on offer.
Finally, a word of warning. When you arrive at the airport in Indonesia you’ll see warnings that drug trafficking is punishable by death. Be aware when travelling around Bali that there are many people selling drugs, especially around Kuta beach. It’s best to avoid any drugs in Bali during your visit.
Where to stay in Bali on your honeymoon
Just minutes away from Padang Padang Beach, a famous spot for surfing in Bali, is the gorgeous resort of PinkCoco Bali. The rooms are chic with Asian style décor and balconies with a sitting area. If you book the rooftop suite you can enjoy views over the tropical seas.
Showers are open-air and rooms are equipped with all the amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Lounge around on the green leafy sun deck and enjoy the outdoor pool or the beach. Breakfast is included in the room with prices starting from 653 IDR per night.
For a touch of luxury, book yourself into the Villa Hari Indah, nestled within tropical jungle surrounds. This villa hotel is within easy walking distance of the beach and has an outdoor swimming pool in a lush garden. The rooms are relaxed and air-conditioned with open-air showers, upgraded rooms have lounges and terraces with a view.
The hotel has a restaurant on-site and there are plenty of activities on offer including snorkelling, windsurfing and golfing. Rooms start at only 1,307 IDR per night.
For ultimate luxury, stay at the Hanging Gardens, a five-pearl hotel situated above a gorge overlooking the jungle treetops. The pool has a breath-taking view over the edge of the gorge and the on-site restaurant offers private dining experiences.
A private villa is complete with its own private pool and incredible views of the surrounding countryside. There is also an indulgent spa to ensure that you all your senses are pampered. Rooms start from 12,107 IDR for those who want to go all out on their honeymoon.
This stunning hotel overlooks the Petanu River Valley and you can also see the volcano of Mount Batur in the distance. This secluded and exclusive hotel offers 25 villages with private pools, outdoor sitting areas and terraces, bathtubs and canopy beds with a private pool.
There is an outdoor restaurant where you can dine under the stars and an infinity swimming pool complete with a swim-up bar, spa and gym to provide you with a five-star experience on your honeymoon. Rooms start at 13,558 IDR per night.
If you’re looking for upscale luxury close to the vibrant nightlife of Seminyak and the beautiful neighbouring beaches, head to Katamama Suites, just next door to the famous Potato Head Beach Club. The rooms are contemporary and fashionable, some of which include sea-views, terraces, private pools and all the amenities for total comfort.
The hotel has an on-site restaurant and a chic bar which offers classes in mixology as an outdoor pool, a gym and easy access to some of the best beaches in Seminyak. Prices start at 4,669,883 IDR per night.
For luxury at a budget-friendly price, head to U Paasha Seminyak Bali. This contemporary and upscale hotel is a short distance by foot from Seminyak Beach and Petitenget Temple making it an excellent base for your explorations. The lively nightlife scene and beaches are all on your doorstep.
The rooms are modern and comfortable and if you want to splash out, the penthouse has a dining and living area included. The hotel has an open-air restaurant, gym, bars, rooftop pool and spectacular sea views. Best of all is the price starting from only 1,557,034 IDR per night.
Things to do in Bali while on your honeymoon
Things to do in Uluwatu on your honeymoon
Enjoy sunset views
Uluwatu enjoys a privileged position atop a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean and is blessed with some of the most amazing sunsets. There are several amazing places to enjoy a romantic sunset in Uluwatu, one of the most famous being Balangan Viewpoint on the cliff which overlooks Balangan Beach, here you can find lots of people sunbathing and enjoying the surf and is a prime location for wedding photographers as the sun begins to set over the horizon.
For great sunsets, you can also head to Sunset Point Uluwatu Bar, where you can sip on a sundowner whilst the reflection of the sun sets over the pool.
Hit the beach
There is a selection of excellent beaches in Uluwatu where you can swim, sunbathe and snorkel. If you’re looking for unspoilt beauty, head to the 1.5 kilometre-long Nyang-Nyang Beach which is difficult to get to but incredibly worth it if you’re looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy the pristine, unspoilt beauty of Balinese nature.
Another fantastic beach is hidden away from the tourist crowds, Thomas Beach is relatively unknown and is ideal for a beach day, there are also a handful of bars offering refreshments and places to rent paddle or surfboards. Another quiet beach can be found at Bingin Beach which has several restaurants and beach bars but is a world apart from the crowded beaches of Kuta.
Finally, if you want to visit the famous beach which featured in the movie “Eat, Pray, Love”, head over to Padang-Padang Beach, one of the more popular beaches in Uluwatu. Due to its fame there is an entrance fee of 10,000 IDR.
Visit the iconic Uluwatu Temple
Set atop a 70 metre-high cliff in Uluwatu is one of the most iconic temples in Bali, after Tanah Lot Temple. It is thought to be one of the six Balinese temples that form its spiritual pillars. It is also the backdrop to a spectacular dancer performance every sunset called the Kecak Fire Dance.
This unique performance is held nightly at the spectacular amphitheatre inside the temple with over 65 performers. The entrance for the entrance to the temple itself is 30,000 IDR. To see the performance you should book early as tickets get sold out quickly.
Ride the waves
Bali is home to some incredible surf, one of the most popular beaches for surfing lies just beneath the Uluwatu Temple. Another beach for surfing tops the must-visit list for every traveller: Suluban Beach. Here you will find a beach with a shipwreck that can be accessed by clambering through a hole in the rocks, the popular surfing point called Blue Point can be accessed through a cove.
Another amazing surf destination is Dreamland Beach which is ideal for less-experienced surfers and perfect for sunbathing, this popular beach is lined with restaurants and beach clubs and is often packed with crowds, so if you want some peace and quiet it’s best to give this beach a miss.
Take to the skies
Enjoy Uluwatu from a different perspective with a paragliding experience. Take in the incredible views from the skies of the Uluwatu Temple and rugged coastline and see Bali with a bird’s-eye view. Though you’re only in the air for a short time, it will be sure to provide you with some unforgettable memories and get your adrenaline pumping!
Indulge yourself at a spa
Bali has some of the most luxurious and indulgent spas in the world and you can enjoy a relaxing treatment at one of the many luxury resorts. Feel your worries melt away as you relax into an aromatic floral bath or feel your tensions and stresses ease under the expert hands of a masseuse at Anantara Spa.
If your budget doesn’t stretch as far as this luxe spa, there are plenty of budget massage parlours and spas nearby such as U Spa Bali, where you can enjoy a massage for a fraction of the cost but leave feeling like a million dollars.
Explore Pantai Tegal Wangi Cave
Visit one of the most popular sunset spots in Uluwatu and explore the small cave on the beach where you can get some spectacular sunset shots in low tide.
Party the night away at Single Fin’s
If you want some vibrant nightlife, head to Single Fin, a cliffside bar which has a chilled out surfer vibe and is situated overlooking a stunning beach. During the weekend, they host DJs to play live sets whilst you dance from sundown to sunrise.
Things to do in Ubud on your honeymoon
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of Ubud
Ubud is unique for its inconceivably beautiful landscapes, forged by the creation of rice terraces using an irrigation technique known as “subak”. The steppes of the rice terraces are a vibrant green and you can visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces on a tour by private car, they are located just on the outskirts of Ubud and it is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the incredible tradition of rice cultivation.
On this tour you will also visit the Campuhan Ridge Walk which will take you on a meandering journey through the lush hills of Ubud and a stunning valley, this the best way to explore the real Ubud and you will encounter traditional and less developed villages on the way to give you an insight into how the Balinese live and work.
Visit Ubud’s temples
Ubud is home to several stunning temples dedicated to Hindu gods and goddesses, one of the most striking temples is the quaint Pura Taman Saraswati, with its tranquil pond overflowing with lotus blossoms and sculptures of the goddess of art and wisdom, Dewi Saraswati. There are also evening performances of traditional dances which will bring Bali’s mythology to life.
Another stunning temple is the Tirta Empul Water Temple in the village of Manukaya, where locals bathe in the sacred waters which were said to have been created by the God Indra to cure their ills and bathe in the blessed water. Past US president Barack Obama himself also paid a visit to this holy site which draws both worshipers and tourists alike.
Learn to cook Balinese cuisine
The best souvenir is one that you can share with friends and family and what better way to do so than by learning some traditional Balinese dishes which you can serve up to your family and bring the flavours of Bali to your own kitchen! Casa Luna Cooking School teaches you not only about the food of Bali but also about its religion, culture through its cuisine.
Learn about the ingredients that are sourced from local markets and transform them into delicious dishes that you can enjoy at the end of the class.
Explore the local markets
There are two famous markets in Ubud, one is the Ubud Market which was the setting for part of the film “Eat, Pray, Love” and is the perfect place, if a little crowded, to pick up a souvenir to bring home with you. The afternoon market is full of little stalls selling arts and crafts and draws in hundreds of tourists, it’s best to get there in the early afternoon if you want to avoid the crowds.
For a more authentic flavour, visit the Gianyar Night Market in the centre of Ubud. This market is full of small stalls and street vendors selling their delicious wares and snacks, here you can try the traditional and delicious dish of roasted suckling pig, there are plenty of delights to try and it is one of the best places to get a taste of real Balinese cuisine.
Pay a visit to the Elephant Cave
Goa Gajah means “Elephant Cave” in the local language and is one of the island’s top tourist attractions. Walking through the temple complex and descending a stairway you will find the entrance to a cave, situated in a courtyard built in the 11th century.
Upon entering the cave you will discover a shrine and some historic cave paintings, outside of the temple you can enjoy the beautiful tranquil atmosphere of the bathing pool and temple grounds and buildings. For more insight into this beautiful place go on a guided tour of the temple and cave.
Do a yoga class
Ubud is Bali’s yoga hub and is the best place to experience a yoga class in the peaceful ambience of nature. Whatever your ability you can find a class and studio to suit you and you can enjoy yoga in some of the most spectacular settings.
Head to the Yoga Barn to experience a yoga class and relax at the ayurvedic spa afterwards or learn with local Balinese yoga teachers at Chakra Yoga Shala for classes with a backdrop of the stunning rice fields and enjoy a healthy meal in their café.
Discover the local heron colony
If you love nature and wildlife, just outside of Ubud is a heron colony that flies in as the sun is setting to roost in Petulu village. The birds are seen as sacred in Bali and are said to the be the reincarnation of the dead, but this spectacle of nature is a beautiful sight when all the white herons are flying against the gorgeous colours of the Balinese sunset. Visit the heron colony and the monkey forest on the same tour to see some of Bali’s wild inhabitants.
Walk the grounds of the Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Ubud is called Puri Saren Agung and dates back to the 1800s, to this day it remains a royal residence and some members of the royal family still live here. The beautiful gardens are ideal for a peaceful stroll and you can see fine examples of Balinese architecture, at nightfall traditional dances are performed in the palace grounds and is the ideal way to take in some of the local culture.
Discover the museums of Ubud
Ubud has several museums to visit including history and art museums. Two museums that are unmissable for culture lovers are the Rudana Museum and The Blanco Renaissance Museum. The Rudana Museum is set amidst a backdrop of emerald green rice fields.
The museum displays traditional and modern Balinese art whilst the Blanco Renaissance Museum is a museum owned by Don Antonio Blanco, in what was once his home in Ubud. The museum has an impressive collection of artwork depicting traditional Balinese culture, costumes and dances. There is also an excellent on-site restaurant and cafeteria and beautiful gardens.
Bathe in the pools of Tegenungan Waterfall
A short 25-minute drive from Ubud will take you through the lush forest and canyons leading to Tegunungan Waterfall. If you’re looking for an adventure this is the perfect plan, a local guide will show you through the jungle paths to reach a hidden waterfall where you can bathe in the cool waters of the pool below the rushing torrents.
This trip is not for the faint of heart and can be combined with another waterfall called Tibumana Tukad Cepung on a full-day tour. Explore the wilder side of Bali and fall in love with the pristine nature of its hidden gems.
See traditional Legong Dance
One of the most famous attractions of Ubud for travellers is the traditional Legong dance which has been a cultural tradition since the 12th century. Originating from Eastern Java, the dance is known as “the dance of the virgins” since it was customarily performed by young girls.
The performance tells the tale of a kidnapped maiden and her rescue and the hypnotic beats and sensual hand movements capture the essence of Bali’s fascinating culture and history. You can see this dance at various temples and sites such as the town centre of Ubud, Peliatan Village, Pura Dalem Puri and also Puri Saren.
Indulge yourself at a spa
Relax and feel all your tensions melt away at one of Ubud’s many sumptuous spas. Visit Lembah Spa to feel truly pampered and you can purchase a package to enjoy a cooling swim in the swimming pool and have lunch or dinner at this luxurious hotel and relax with the lush green views of Petanu Valley which you can see from the relaxation deck of the spa.
If you want to experience the flower bath that is all over Instagram, head to Kaveri Spa which offers massages for couples followed by a bath filled with scented Balinese flowers which will feel incredibly indulgent and sensual and leave your skin soft and fragrant.
Things to do in Seminyak on your honeymoon
Spend the day and night at a beach club
If you’re in the mood for lazing around on sun loungers and sipping cocktails whilst taking in the views of the Ocean, head to one of Seminyak’s exclusive beach clubs such as Potato Head Beach Club. The club has an infinity pool, restaurants and cabana to rent and plenty of cocktails to enjoy until the sun goes down. After sunset DJs play sets and you can dance the night away until the early hours of the morning.
Blow some bubbles
Get under the surface of the tropical sea and learn to dive or have a one-day diving experience with a qualified instructor. Seminyak is a great starting point for several diving spots where you can see turtles, colourful reef fish, seahorses and much, much more. Explore the underwater world with Adventure Scuba Diving Bali.
Go horse riding on the beach
If you’ve ever dreamed of riding a horse into the sunset on a beach, wind whipping through your hair then this is the perfect place to make your dream come true. Go on an hour-long ride with an experienced guide and make unforgettable memories to the backdrop of a Balinese sunset.
Enjoy tranquil Seminyak Beach
Seminyak Beach is a world away from crowded Kuta beach and you can still enjoy riding a few waves here, though it is better for more novice surfers. The golden sand is ideal for sunbathing but there are also sun loungers to rent, there are also plenty of stalls selling refreshments to cool you down but you can also cool off in the turquoise sea, as it’s an ideal place to go swimming.
A short stroll away is Double Six Beach which is an even quieter part of Seminyak Beach, here you can enjoy beautiful white sand beaches. This spot is famous for its spectacular sunsets, so make sure not to miss Seminyak Beach during your stay!
Visit the temples
Seminyak has two main temples, the sea temple of Pura Petitenget and the agricultural temple of Pura Masceti. Pura Petitenget is not as famous as Tanah Lot but is a spectacular temple that straddles a clifftop with views over the sea; Pura Masceti temple, on the other hand is used by farmers to this day to pray for rain and abundant crops.
Find your inner peace
Enjoy some indulgence by having a spa treatment at Bodyworks, one of the most established spas with over 20 years of experience and an array of beauty and relaxation treatments. Alternatively, if you want to experience a healing and cleansing experience, head to Seminyak Yoga Shala to take some yoga classes, Tai Chi Classes and enjoy some clean eating at the raw food café. Day passes are available.
Dance the night away at Ku De Ta
If you want a taste of the nightlife, head to Ku De Ta, one of Seminyak’s party hotspots. This beachfront club offers great cocktails, sun loungers to take in the spectacular sunsets and also resident DJs to create a great ambience which will be sure to get you dancing.
Romantic places to eat on your honeymoon in Bali
Enjoy dining under the stars under a bamboo canopy or “birdcage” in the jungle treetops, overlooking the Ayung River whilst you taste some incredible gourmet Indonesian and French-fusion cuisine. The floor is scattered with petals and the discreet and intimate setting is ideal for newlyweds. Enjoy the views and fine-dining in an unforgettable experience.
For a truly unique experience book a dinner at a temple nestled in the lush tropical jungle. You will be guided on a torch-lit path over a bridge to the magical setting of a Balinese temple by the Ayung River Valley, a priest shall perform a blessing ceremony and you are given traditional sarongs, a reflexology foot massage and offered appetizers whilst your dinner is prepared.
You can enjoy traditional Indonesian cuisine in a four-course dinner whilst enjoy unspoilt views of the Ayung River Valley. This intimate experience is among one of the romantic in Bali.
Enjoy a meal amidst verdant rice fields and surrounded by tranquil ponds, bursting with the vibrant colours of lilies and lotuses, serenaded by the gentle chirping of frogs and surrounded by candles on a private pavilion. The restaurant serves French cuisine in the most picturesque of surroundings and will ensure a night of magic and romance.
Be swept away with the romantic atmosphere of a hundred candles glimmering around your dinner table, or private love table, by the banks of the Ayung River. The gentle rushing of the river and the starlit sky are sure to make this a night to remember. Enjoy a delicious 6-course menu and the attention of a private waiter and experience one of the most romantic dinners of your life.
Tours to do in Bali on your honeymoon
Bali Instagram Tour
If you love photography, this tour with an experienced guide is the ideal activity for you! Visit some of Bali’s most stunning sacred temples, pristine beaches and lush green rice terraces to take some incredible Instagram-worthy photos. You can enjoy the jungle swing, the iconic “Gates of Heaven” and even get a shot posing under a waterfall. This tour lasts around 9 hours and transportation is included. Don’t miss out and get the most unforgettable shots of your trip to Bali.
Balinese food tour
Explore Bali’s rich cuisine on this food tour. With an expert guide, you can experience authentic Balinese flavours and try dishes, explore the marketplaces, taste a variety of exotic fruits and enjoy dishes such as Pisang Goreng, Batagor, Baba Guling and much more! This three-hour tour is an ideal introduction to Balinese food culture and cuisine and pickups, private transport and guide are included.
Day trips from Bali on your honeymoon
Climb a volcano
Enjoy the incredible views from the summit of Mount Batur with this early morning hike. Waking up at the crack of dawn and ascending 5,600 feet to the top of this active volcano you can enjoy a breakfast and soak in the hot springs at the summit. This private sunrise tour is great for adrenaline junkies who want to explore Bali’s natural landscape, don’t forget to bring your toughest and sturdiest hiking boots!
Discover the best of Ubud
This full-day tour will show you the very best of Ubud, you will explore the monkey forest, take Instagram-worthy photos from the jungle swing with the forest just below your feet, walk along the rice terraces in Tegalalang and to the north of Ubud and visit the temple complex and Tegunungan Waterfall. You can see everything there is to offer in this stunning area of Bali and enjoy the comfort of transport with a private, air-conditioned car. This tour is ideal for those who are short on time.
Recommended tours in Bali
- Bali Full-Day Traditional Village Sightseeing Trip with Lunch
- Bali Quad Bike Adventure
- Best of Ubud Tour with Tanah Lot Temple
- Private Day Trip: Highlights of Ubud & Mount Batur Volcano
- Mount Batur Volcano – Sunrise Trekking Tour with Breakfast
- Balinese Cooking Class in Seminyak
- Bali Instagram Tour: The Most Scenic Spots
- All Top Attractions in Ubud
- Best of Bali Waterfalls: Tibumana, Tukad Cepung and Tegenungan
- Bali Romantic Tent Dinner on the Beach
- The Edge Bali Spa & Romantic Dinner at Uluwatu Cliff Bar
- Bali Vacation, Honeymoon and Romantic Photography Session
- Matasidhi Sacred Love Blessing
- Romantic Riverside Picnic Lunch Experience at Hanging Gardens of Bali