Written by Beverley Lennon
Edited by Candice Neoo
When it comes to romantic honeymoon destinations, Bali consistently ranks at the top of the list. The enchanting island combines natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and romantic adventures. It’s also relatively much cheaper than other popular honeymoon destinations like the Maldives, with a great variety of affordable luxury resorts on offer.
In this comprehensive Bali honeymoon guide, we will unveil the secrets of Bali, providing honeymooners with a roadmap to the most idyllic spots.
We also have incredible recommendations for the best places to stay in Bali for couples, including romantic honeymoon resorts and private pool villas. Prepare to be swept away by the island’s appeal as we present you with the ultimate guide to crafting your Bali honeymoon.
Best places to stay in Bali for couples
Whether you seek the vibrant energy of beachside towns like Seminyak and Uluwatu, the serene beauty of lush greenery in Ubud, or the cultural richness of traditional villages, Bali has it all. For couples on a 5-day/4-night trip, it is recommended to focus on one or two areas to ensure you enjoy your honeymoon without feeling rushed.
Romantic Honeymoon Resorts and Private Pool Villas in Ubud
1. Honeymoon and Instagram goals – Villa Cella Bella
This very special place in Ubud will leave you and your partner awe-struck. To start with, pretty much everything is included in your rates; from breakfast to butler, it’s hard to resist the allure of Villa Cella Bella.
Every element here has been designed with couples in mind – common areas feature exciting amenities such as an infinity pool, a sky hammock and a lover’s nest.
There are also incredible views to be enjoyed from the stay, Villa Cella Bella overlooks the lush jungle in a river valley where you can take in the sight and sounds of nearby waterfalls.
There are four different categories of suites to choose from. Honeymooners will particularly enjoy their Luxe Suite which features a large private balcony and private Sky Hammock offering incomparable 180 degrees views of the vast jungle, cascading waterfalls, and beyond.
2. Your exclusive nook in complete nature – Oniria
Perhaps you and your partner have been waiting for the day where you can escape, just the two of you. If you’re one to think that the more disconnected you are from civilization, the better your honeymoon is then Oniria is the place to be.
Oniria is a complete immersion in nature. Surrounded by jungles, rice fields and flowing rivers, this stay promises an experience unlike any other. Unsurprisingly, it also does mean that you might encounter some bugs and insects here too but fret not, the hosts do their best to minimise them indoors.
So you know, seclusion is guaranteed at Oniria. The villa features one bedroom with pool and hot tub all opening up to stunning views of nature.
3. Check into a dreamy cliffside bamboo villa – Avana Bamboo Villa
It’s hard to rival the privacy that comes with a stay at Avana Bamboo Villa, located 50- minute drive from Ubud. Perched at the top of a valley, this unique stay in Bali comprises three villa options, namely – The Dream Villa, The Treehouse Villa and The Curve Villa (which according to us is the best option for honeymooners).
The Curve Villa boasts views of Mount Agung Volcano to the left and the Indian Ocean to the right. Situated below the villa is a gorgeous, expansive rice terrace valley with the Ayung river flowing through it. All of Bali’s landscapes are summarised in this one open view from the Curve Villa. Of course, the real attraction is its glistening pool, balancing above the valley at the end of the highland.
Breakfast for two is complimentary during your stay at Curve Villa. The Avana Bamboo Villas boast an entire team to ensure you have the best experience. Drivers, butlers, night security, and tour guides are all available for you to live your dream Bali getaway. There is also a chef looking after the lunch and dinner menu, allowing you to relax all day, worry-free.
4. Cut off from civilisation – Tanah Gajah, a Resort by Hadiprana
Surrounded by lush rice fields and tropical gardens, Tanah Gajah offers a tranquil retreat where couples can immerse themselves in the serenity of nature. As one of Bali’s best 5-star luxury resorts, this hotel features a stunning collection of 7 exclusive suites and 13 private villas.
For ultimate relaxation, indulge in rejuvenating treatments at the resort’s spa, enveloped by the soothing sounds of nature.
After a hard day’s exploring nearby Ubud (which sits only 10 minute drive away), dive into their swimming pool with epic views of sacred Mount Agung in the distance.
5. Plunge into a three-storey infinity pool! – The Kayon Jungle Resort (Adults only)
Bali’s lush jungles are hard to resist but if you want to experience them the best way possible, check yourselves into an adults-only hotel like The Kayon Jungle Resort.
Set against the backdrop of verdant greenery and cascading waterfalls, the resort seamlessly integrates with its surroundings, providing guests with an immersive jungle experience.
Accommodation at The Kayon Jungle Resort consists of well-appointed suites and villas (some with private pool), each meticulously designed to provide a serene sanctuary for those on honeymoon.
The resort’s signature restaurant, nestled by the riverside, offers a blend of international and Balinese cuisines, accompanied by breathtaking views. Couples will love a romantic dinner under the stars at the resort’s private dining gazebo or savour a refreshing cocktail at the bar while listening to the sounds of nature.
Romantic Honeymoon Resorts and Private Pool Villas in Seminyak
6. A quiet little haven amongst the busy streets of Seminyak – Ayona Villa
There’s nothing better than being able to step away from the crowds and into a little slice of tranquillity. Unfortunately, so often these escapes are so far away from the central areas, and while a detox can be nice, convenience is important!
Ayona Villa is in the heart of Seminyak, and roughly a 5-minute drive away from Batu Belig Beach, there’s an abundance of things to do around. Famous restaurants such as Da Maria are within walking distance, and you’ll find yourself loving how close it is to everything!
Convenience aside, the villa itself is absolutely adorable! With a partially outdoor bathtub for a little romantic canoodling, a refreshing swimming pool for when you need to cool off, and a cute swing for lovingly pushing each other on, Ayona Villa is fully equipped for the ultimate romantic experience!
7. Looking for both a private pool AND Jacuzzi?– Legian Kriyamaha Villa
If you’re that couple who enjoys a good dip in the pool, and soothing soak in the Jacuzzi… Well, Kriyamaha Villa is just what you’re looking for.
Apart from its gorgeous settings, there are romantic services awaiting.
From candlelit dinners, to flower baths in your private pool, in-villa lunches – and one of our personal favourites (you can hardly find this at affordable places by the way)… breakfast/lunch on water! A wonderful, and surprisingly romantic way to keep your bellies nicely satiated, as you relax the day away in the pool.
For those who love dressing up, you may even get all dolled up in the traditional Balinese couple costumes, for that winning honeymoon shot you’ll treasure forever.
Other than that, requests for romantic surprise set-ups are welcome too!
8. A hidden oasis away from the bustle of Seminyak – Cyrus Villa
It’s hard to believe a place like this exists in Bali. Cyrus Villa is a uniquely Moroccan-inspired stay, a small paradise within the paradise island itself.
This adult-only Bali private villa features one bedroom with a private pool and bathtub. It is located just 25 minutes from Bali International Airport and only 15 minutes from Seminyak Beach where you can enjoy some of the best sunset views on the island.
The stunning design and inspiring decor also run through the bedroom which is adorned with earthy tones and bohemian furnishings.
Don’t miss enjoying breakfast by your pool, before dipping in and setting off to explore nearby Seminyak!
9. A little cocoon that screams romance – Sini Vie
A collection of one-bedroom villas with private pool and jacuzzi, Sini Vie is hard to beat for a romantic getaway in Bali.
The theme here is romance and intimacy, and at an exceptional level! From flower bath, floating breakfast, romantic candlelit dinner to in-villa high tea, Sini Vie Villa goes above and beyond to please honeymooners in particular.
Bedrooms are airy and spacious, featuring contemporary facilities such as a smart TV which gives you access to Netflix, YouTube and Spotify for these romantic nights in!
10. 5-star hotel with a 5-star sunset view – Anantara Seminyak
Situated along the stunning coast of the island, Anantara Seminyak offers a picturesque setting with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, making it one of Bali’s best beach resorts. The stay features elegant and spacious suites that are tastefully designed with modern amenities and traditional Balinese touches. Honeymooners will particularly enjoy the Seminyak Ocean Suite where they can savour spectacular sunsets while soaking in their own private open-air jacuzzi, with a dedicated butler attending to their every need.
The resort offers a variety of dining options, including a beachfront restaurant serving delectable international cuisine and a rooftop lounge, MoonLite Kitchen and Bar which offers panoramic views of the ocean and vibrant Seminyak. From here, savour culinary delights while enjoying the soothing sounds of the waves crashing against the shore.
Romantic Honeymoon Resorts and Private Pool Villas in Uluwatu
11. Butler included! – EAZE Villas Uluwatu
Uluwatu is one to seduce travellers with the diversity of its landscapes – you can expect anything from miles of white-sandy beaches to lush rocky formations and dramatic clifftops.
For this reason and more, it is not surprising that some of Bali’s most stylish villas are located in the area. Enticed by the tranquillity of the surroundings, that’s exactly where you’ll find one of the region’s best-kept secrets – EAZE Villas.
Comprising just six private pool villas, the property strikes a harmonious balance between contemporary design, traditional elements and nature itself. All private pool villas are spaciously proportioned and designed to offer easy access to disabled guests.
The best bits? A private 24-hour butler is included in the nightly rate and you can request for an in-villa massage (yes, you read that right).
12. Experience luxury atop a cliff – Alila Villas Uluwatu
If there’s one thing we absolutely love doing while on vacation, it is spending time at the pool.
While we’ve always enjoyed big, bustling hotel pools, the infinity pool at Alila Villas Uluwatu left us speechless, it gave us a chance to float over the Indian Ocean. The pool itself hangs on top of a cliff and I can guarantee you that swimming here isn’t a casual affair – you’ll notice it in the highly addictive Instagram pictures.
Straddling the edge of a cliff was even more spectacular at sunset as the tides changed – I recommend you to first enjoy a few drinks at the Sunset Cabana Bar before you drop by the pool for a prolonged swim if you want to catch every colour change the sky has to offer.
What’s more, every villa category here also comes with a private pool too. I have to say that this is one of the most romantic stays we’ve experienced so far. The staff was exceptional too; there’s nothing they can’t solve and you can be sure that you’ll never go hungry throughout the day as breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner options are remarkable!
13. Ready for departure? – Airship Bali Villas
Step into the enchanting realm of Airship Bali Villas. Nestled amidst the verdant embrace of Bali’s tropical paradise, this extraordinary retreat beckons you to embark on a journey like no other.
The villas, resembling graceful airships floating among the clouds, defy gravity with their ethereal presence. One thing is for sure, this villa deserves a spot on top of our list of the most unique stays in Bali! Inside Airship Bali Villas, a world of wonder awaits.
The interiors are a symphony of elegance and opulence, where every detail has been thoughtfully curated to ignite your senses. Every villa is equipped with a private infinity pool, spacious terrace, and beautifully landscaped gardens, ensuring a private oasis for couples to unwind and rejuvenate.
But that’s not all. You can also request for an in-villa massage, followed by an intimate evening full of romance as the in-house chefs whip up a delectable dinner (and setup) for two by your pool.
14. Check into a luxurious sanctuary nestled on a clifftop – Renaissance Uluwatu
While many people think of Uluwatu as the place to go to find wooden shacks and surf camps, it’s also a place of great luxury.
Renaissance Bali Uluwatu Resort & Spa is the pioneer of luxurious experiences down south, sitting atop sprawling cliffs and above crashing waves, this incredible display of architecture is the ideal place to base yourself for exploring all the unique things to do around there. One thing is for sure – you can expect to be fully immersed in peace and quiet during your stay here.
The infinity pool is by far the most spectacular aspect of their resort, blame it on the views it has to offer. Truth be told, you could easily get lost in time just soaking your body and indulging in some boozy cocktails or poolside snacks. If that’s not relaxing enough for you, take a trip to their spa for some truly soothing treatments.
Coming to your resting abode, be ready for even better views. Get to choose between lush green gardens or splurge a little to feast on endless views of the blue horizon with a stay at their Deluxe Ocean Room! Besides lazing away the day, you can also sign up for a pottery or cooking class at Clay Craft – their art and craft inspired restaurant!
Now, if you manage to leave your cocoon, just head on down to Roosterfish Beach Club, their very own place which is located a short shuttle ride away! If luck is on your side, you could be in for a party of a lifetime, with live DJs and more.
Romantic Things to do for Couples
1. Take a cooking class for two – Green Kitchen Bali
Step into a culinary adventure that will tantalise your taste buds and ignite the flames of passion at a cooking class in Bali.
Sign yourselves up at Green Kitchen Bali and start by stepping into the lush embrace of a local organic farm, discovering the source of Bali’s culinary prowess: the freshest, most vibrant ingredients nurtured by the hands of dedicated farmers.
With your harvest in tow, you will venture to a traditional Balinese cooking class, under the expert guidance of skilled Balinese chefs.
During this cooking experience, you and your partner will enjoy immersing yourselves in the art of traditional cuisine, discovering the secrets behind mouthwatering dishes that have graced the tables of generations past. At the end of the class, sit down to savour the fruits of your labour.
2. Settle down for sunset and drinks at Bali’s best sunset beach bars
As the sun begins its descent, casting vibrant hues across the sky, Bali’s best beach bars provide front-row seats to nature’s magnificent spectacle. Set against the backdrop of the ocean, with the gentle sound of waves crashing in the distance, these bars offer an idyllic setting to witness the mesmerising sunset.
Sipping on a refreshing cocktail or a chilled glass of wine, you can unwind and soak in the magical atmosphere
Whether it’s the trendy Rock Bar at AYANA Resort and Spa in Jimbaran, the laid-back Ji Terrace By The Sea in Canggu, or the intimate vibes of Sunset Cabana Bar at Alila Villas Uluwatu, each of Bali’s sunset bars has its own unique charm.
3. Experience Bali’s finest spas
Get transported to a world of pure bliss as you indulge in some of Bali’s most incredible spa experiences where pampering rituals are designed to awaken the senses, melt away stress, and promote overall well-being.From secluded spa huts in the jungles of Ubud to oceanfront retreats, you’ll be spoilt for choice!
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Most of Bali’s spas offer a wide range of treatments ranging from Balinese massages to holistic therapies inspired by ancient healing traditions. Book yourselves in for a riverside massage at Maya Ubud Spa or experience the exclusive Cliff Edge Spa Cabana at Alila Villas Uluwatu where your treatment is made complete with endless views of the Indian Ocean.
For a fun experience, you could also go for a one-day Balinese massage workshop and delve into the ancient secrets of Balinese massage at Jamu Spa School. With expert guidance, you will discover and learn the intricate techniques of this age-old practice. After all, what can be more romantic than giving your partner a relaxing massage at home?
4. Go and explore Bali’s best hidden beaches
While the popular beaches like Canggu, Kuta and Seminyak attract a large number of visitors, there’s a hidden treasure trove of secluded and pristine beaches waiting to be discovered. Venture off the beaten path and you’ll be rewarded with the breathtaking beauty of Bali’s hidden beaches.
These secluded gems offer a tranquil escape from the crowds, with their powdery sands and turquoise waters.
Set off to the untouched shores of Ungasan and lay down your towel at Green Bowl Beach. If you have time, take a 4-hour drive (from South Bali) to West Bali and board a boat to Gili Putih, an isolated island that’s ever changing.
5. Spend the day at a jungle club
Bali’s beach clubs, while popular among tourists and locals alike, can often be crowded and bustling with activity, making them less than ideal for honeymooners seeking a peaceful and intimate setting.
Instead, couples might prefer to seek out more secluded and serene locations. Nestled amidst lush greenery and the serene beauty of Bali’s tropical rainforest, jungle clubs such as Cretya Ubud offer a secluded and romantic ambiance that is perfect for couples seeking privacy and tranquillity.
Surrounded by the sounds of nature and the enchanting beauty of Ubud’s jungle landscape, honeymooners can enjoy a more intimate and peaceful setting, away from the crowds and distractions of the beach club.
Cretya Ubud is a peaceful nature escape inspired by Tegalalang rice terrace. Here, enjoy the delights of a 3-layered swimming pool and daily DJ performance, with mouthwatering drinks and bites on the side.
6. Take a romantic escape to the Nusa islands
Comprising three main islands — Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan — this stunning cluster of landforms exudes a magical charm that is hard to resist.
Renowned for their breathtaking landscapes, the Nusa Islands boast dramatic cliffs, lush jungles, and pristine beaches that beckon adventurers and nature enthusiasts alike. While day trips to the Nusa Islands are possible, we suggest spending at least one to two nights in one of their romantic ocean view villas.
a. Nusa Penida
A short 30-minute boat ride from Bali, Nusa Penida is the largest of the three Nusa islands. The island is relatively undeveloped and you will find only a limited number of hotels here, meaning privacy is often a given. What sets it apart from its sister islands is the plethora of unspoiled natural attractions and untouched landscapes.
b. Nusa Lembongan
Just like the other Nusa Islands, Nusa Lembongan is accessible via a 30-minute boat ride from Bali. Here, you can enjoy the perfect combination of the old Indonesia and the comforts of modern hotels, resorts and villas.
Nusa Lembongan offers beautiful white-sand beaches and gin-clear lagoons waiting to be explored. There’s also plenty of restaurants, cool cafes, and beach clubs spread around the island.
c. Nusa Ceningan
Nusa Ceningan is the smallest of the three Nusa Islands. It sits right in between the bigger islands of Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Seaweed farming is a major activity on the island of Nusa Ceningan, and many of its locals depend on this business for survival.
It’s also an island for the daredevils, with multiple cliff jumping points.
Read our full guide for more information about the Nusa Islands (including how to get there).
Romantic Restaurants in Bali
1. Experience dining under water at The Koral Restaurant (Nusa Dua)
Prepare to be transported to an enchanting underwater realm as you embark on a dining adventure within the mesmerising aquarium setting of Koral Restaurant at The Apurva Kempinski Bali.
Situated in the heart of Nusa Dua, this unique themed restaurant allows you to dine amidst a captivating display of marine life. Immerse yourself in the underwater world as vibrant schools of fish gracefully swim by, and exotic sea creatures create a captivating backdrop for your meal.
2. Surprise your special one with lunch above the river at Bambu Indah (Ubud)
Elevate your lunch experience to new heights at Bambu Indah in Ubud where you can indulge in a culinary delight while being serenaded by the gentle sounds of the river. Perched above the flowing waters, this idyllic setting offers a peaceful escape in the heart of nature.
As you settle into your Riverpod, you’ll be captivated by the breathtaking views of lush greenery and the rhythmic movement of the river below. The menu at Bambu Indah is a celebration of local flavours and organic ingredients, with each dish thoughtfully crafted to tantalise your tastebuds.
3. Go dining at an underground restaurant at The Cave by Chef Ryan Clift (Uluwatu)
Tucked away in a hidden enclave, this exclusive dining experience unveils itself as a subterranean sanctuary, where guests descend into an enchanting underground cavern. The dimly lit space exudes an air of mystery and romance, setting the stage for an extraordinary culinary journey with your special one.
Inside, Chef Ryan Clift’s visionary creations are inspired by the intersection of nature and avant-garde techniques. He graces the plates with stunning precision and artistic finesse.
Each dish is a carefully choreographed symphony of flavours, textures, and aromas that captivate the senses – prepare to awaken every one of your senses. From the delicate sashimi to the intricate molecular gastronomy techniques, The Cave pushes the boundaries of traditional dining, redefining the concept of a meal into an awe-inspiring performance.
4. Make it special with a delicate fine dining experience at Apéritif Restaurant (Ubud)
Set amidst the lush landscapes of Ubud, Apéritif Restaurant stands as a culinary gem that celebrates the art of fine dining and sensory indulgence. It sits within a charming colonial-style mansion and exudes elegance and sophistication, enchanting guests from the moment they step through the doors.
Apéritif is a haven for discerning palates, offering a gastronomic voyage that allows you to explore the world through an eclectic fine dining degustation menu.
The menu, curated by acclaimed Chef Nic Vanderbeeken,showcases a harmonious blend of locally sourced ingredients and innovative culinary techniques, resulting in dishes that are as visually stunning as they are delectable. Each course is a masterpiece, crafted with passion and attention to detail, designed to tantalise taste buds and ignite the imagination.
End the night on a sweet note with a trip to their 1930’s-inspired bar – the vintage atmosphere, combined with the exotic flavours of the cocktails will leave you feeling like you’ve been transported back to the Jazz Age. For an intimate dinner with your loved one, there is also the possibility to arrange a special romantic candlelit table.
5. Elevate your honeymoon with a clifftop dining experience at One Eighty° (Uluwatu)
Perched atop a dramatic cliffside in Uluwatu, One Eighty° offers a dining experience that is nothing short of awe-inspiring. With breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this clifftop restaurant combines exceptional cuisine with an unrivalled setting.
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