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Co-written by Tejo Santoso, Abigail Chang
Are you bringing your true love to Bali this Valentine’s?
You may have booked a romantic honeymoon villa, or planned the best dinner date for the night (that is also wallet-friendly at the same time), but how can this special day be void of the best places where you can spend those lovey dovey moments as a couple?
Before you tear your hair apart from all the research to find that perfect place to bring him/her to, we’ve found 26 romantic places for you – and we have it all.
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Your date will be charmed, and you’ll have the most romantic time ever for sure!
1. Bask in a Sea of Gold – Desa Belok
We heard about the amazing Marigold flower fields along the roadside between Bedugal and Kintamani and simply had to add this in.
Marigolds are significant in Balinese culture as its golden colour is associated with Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa, the Supreme Balinese God.
Photo via: Imdhendra
Commonly used for daily offerings in Bali – fresh Marigolds, rice and incense make the perfect set, seen in beautiful handmade offerings everywhere.
If you’re out for scenery that’s a little different, this sea of gold is bound to have you whipping out your cameras to capture the memories of your great (free) Bali adventure.
The Campuhan Ridge Walk is an unusually romantic short trek that will take you through rice fields, past quaint Indonesian huts and beautifully designed villas.
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It is best to get a head start early in the morning (preferably before the sun rises) to prevent the scorching sun from ruining this experience.
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Butterflies will accompany you on the leisurely 2-3km stroll, and you’ll be able to take a pit stop on your way back at Karsa Kafe. Make sure to stay sufficiently hydrated and drink up before you make your way back out.
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3. Wine and dine at romantic restaurants – Metis Bali, Angelita Patisserie, Swept Away, Samabe
3-a) Bring him/her to a magical 100-candle dinner special – Swept Away
A beautiful wooden deck by the riverside creates a relaxing and tranquil dining area at the heart of the Samaya Resort.
Feel your stresses melt away as the soothing babble of the river washes over you. The tall palms and lush vegetation will truly make it feel like you two are in a world of your own.
Swept Away comes alive in the evening with the 100-candle dinner service. The river transforms as 100 gently flickering candles are lit and create a truly special ambiance.
Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the decking and the comfortable lounge furniture. Swept Away serves a varied, ambitious and totally eclectic menu suitable for all tastes.
Sit back, unwind and let your worries get Swept Away.
3-b) A 360-degree view and a spectacular tea for two – Metis Bali
Consider having an afternoon tea date, if you’re the couple who prefers a low-key and luxurious date at a good old restaurant. Welcome to Metis…
Metis claims to be an entirely sensory experience – and we agree!
Perched up in the Lounge, enjoying the trendy atmosphere, 360-degree views, and dainty pastries ticks all the boxes for us.
That said, you may prefer Le Jardin for a spot of tea on the tranquil and lush terrace of this super cool restaurant.
The choices don’t stop at your dining location, as you’ll also need to pick the high tea package you prefer. The Melati or the Alamanada – don’t worry both are equally delicious!
3-c) Sweets for the sweet! – Angelita Patisserie
If your lady love is the type who adores classic French décor, pastel colours, or something that’s really sweet and romantic…
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Pastel colours and whimsical French furnishing go together to create the perfect romantically decorated place to duck in for a spot of afternoon tea (or coffee, if you insist).
The menu comprises all day breakfast, entrees, mains and of course afternoon tea sets. Get seated in those comfortable cushioned chairs and tuck in!
It truly is a romantic spot of lovers to nosh at, Angelita Patisserie makes a great escape if you’re getting just a little bored of Bali’s cafés.
3-d) Fine dining at its finest – secret cave dining – Samabe
Are you thinking of bringing your lover to a really special place for a well-deserved fine-dining date? It can’t get any more special than this – dining in a cave at a secluded private beach.
Hide from the world together with your loved one, and watch the sun set over the ocean from your secret cave hideaway – it’s an experience you’ll never forget.
Dedicated chefs and waiting staff will serve a stunning five-course set menu while you relax to the sound of the waves breaking on the shore.
Dinner includes specially created dishes such as a ‘Sweet Love Symphony’ – a combination of two secret recipes. Perfect for two lovers sharing this special evening.
4. I spy – Find the half-submerged house in the middle of a lake at Lake Batur
You’ll be amazed at the sight that greets you at Lake Batur (a crater lake) – a place you would not imagine can be found in Asia.
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The crater lake, situated on the active volcano Mount Batur, not only has clear, reflective waters that you can gaze at for ages, but it’s also home to one of the best views in Bali.
Can you find the tiny house in the lake?
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If not, soak in the beauty of nature’s greatest water springs.
Wade or swim through the clear blue waters, but if water activities aren’t your thing, find a comfortable grassy spot by the lake to marvel at the sight of Mount Batur together.
If you want to enjoy an extended view of Lake Batur, you can stay at one of the nearby villas.
Romantic dining is also available here at Resto Apung!
Resto Apung is located on the shore of Lake Batur but you can choose (who wouldn’t?) to eat on the gazebo – built on a platform that skims the lake’s surface, and connected to the restaurant by a walkway.
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The most striking aspect of dining here, is of course the unusual location – cool fresh air, the peaceful silence that cloaks the lake, Mount Batur rising over the world and the changing light over the water.
And the food is nothing to scoff at. You can feast on Indonesian cuisine – the fried chicken and goreng pisang are divine, and fish is served up fresh from the lake itself.
5. Treat yourselves to the most romantic retreat yet – Kamuela Seminyak, Ulu Segara, Nandini Bali
We all know there are many amazing accommodation options in Bali. For your Valentine’s consideration, we’ve picked out 3 incredible options.
For those who love a good private pool villa, Kamuela Villas Seminyak awaits.
For those who’d like a cliffside stay, Ulu Segara is where you might want to be.
For those looking for a rainforest retreat, Nandini Bali has just what you might need too!
They’re all equally romantic, and perfect for your Valentine’s getaway – so read on for more, and have fun!
5-a) Luxurious villa with a private pool, and a large indoor bathtub – Kamuela Villas Seminyak
If you’ve read our affordable romantic itinerary for couples, you’ll know all you need to know about Kamuela Villas Seminyak.
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Encouraging quality time together, Kamuela Villa’s luxurious, yet surprisingly affordable villas offers one of the best combinations of private amenities for couples we’ve ever seen.
The winning format of the villas will wow you with its exclusive extravagance – each villa comes with a private pool you can slip into right from your bed! (And of course, there are other private pool villas you may check out too!)
5-b) Honeymoon close to heaven – Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas
Looking for gorgeous cliffside stays? Look no further with Ulu Segara.
Dominated with earthy hued walls and glass panel doors and windows, direct ocean views from the best of Nusa Dua beaches – such as Geger Beach and Tanjung Benoa, are a divine sight to be seen every day.
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Ulu Segara is also often praised and sought after for its room cleanliness, amazing services and freedom of privacy, that can be hard to attained in other popular hotels during high season in Nusa Dua.
PS: Their popular choice for great value is 1-bedroom villa – with your own private clifftop pool and a beautiful cabana!
5-c) Swim on top of a green canyon – Nandini Bali
Want to experience 5-star luxury in a stunning rainforest retreat with your sweetheart, and without the crowd?
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Offering every home comfort and a slew of luxuries, including a rainforest spa –
via-pinx_potatoesNandini Bali is a Balinese village replica set on the side of a lush green hill in Ubud, and made up of just 18 thatched huts built with natural materials.
Spend your (amazingly romantic) days sitting in the incredible pool suspended 15 metres above the gorgeous green canyon, or relax with a massage amidst a chorus of jungle monkeys.
6. Picnic with a twist (or a slant) – Bukit Asah Bugbug
There’s nothing better than a picnic at the secret paradise known as Bukit Asah Bugbug, Karangasem.
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This slanted hillside overlooks the ocean, giving you the perfect setting for a picnic with an interesting twist (or a slant)!
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Yet another great romantic spot for lovers, this picnic spot is perfect for catching the sunrise – and panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, its coral reefs and small islands.
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7. Find hidden beauty with the beauty by your side – Chill out at unknown beaches
As an island, Bali is naturally known for its beach life and activities. But with the influx of tourists, mainstream beaches such as the Kuta beach are already overflowing with people.
So if you’re after a bit of peace and quiet (note: intimate time with your partner without a noisy crowd), it’s time to head on to Bali’s various hidden beaches that, thankfully, have yet to gain the notice of many.
If you’re fond of shell collecting at beaches, Gunung Payung is one hidden beach in Nusa Dua that will cater to your needs.
The Amed beach, on the other hand, is perfect for those who want something different – due to volcanic deposits painting the grains of sand a sooty black. (It’s something like the infamous black sand beach in Iceland too!)
And if you’re looking for something even more out of this world, head to Green Bowl beach, where you can find hundreds of bats sleeping in the many beachside caves.
8. Serenity and Scenery – Tamblingan Lake
Near the town of Singaraja lie Tamblingan (and Buyan) Lake.
Kept largely untouched, Tamblingan Lake, which means spiritual medicine, is a great place to visit if you’re looking for a place of serenity and stunningly scenic views.
Photo via Apel Photography
Apart from that, it’s also a pretty popular place for pre-wedding photography. While you might not be here to get your photos taken, romance does await at Tamblingan Lake.
Breathe in the fresh cold air, and trek through the rain forest full of flora and fauna, there’s much to be seen and done.
If you wish, you may even rent boats for fishing, or simply to row around the magnificent lake.
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As you walk around the area, you will also find many seating areas for you to relax and have a hearty chat with your love.
With wooden tables and benches scattered around the area, it’s definitely a great place for a nice stroll or a mini picnic where you can gaze at the sky, spot shapes in the clouds, and let your imagination wander.
But be wary of the monkeys though. They may poke their noses into your food and end up as the third wheel during your date (and may not be as friendly as you wish)!
9. Do good on Valentine’s and become a turtle mom/dad! – Adopt a turtle family
Fancy being a Dad or Mom to a baby turtle?
Head down to the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre in Pulau Serangan, where it’s possible for you to “adopt” a baby turtle before setting it free back into the sea.
Not only is it a pretty romantic thing to do with your partner, it also helps to save the lives of the baby turtles, who may become territorial as they grow up and end up attacking each other.
Photo via arinanustajeva, nickorastan
The hatchlings are also easy prey for crabs, seagulls and humans, of course, especially during their first journey from the beach to the open sea.
Watching these newborn creatures return to their natural habitat for the first time can be very inspiring yet emotional at the same time.
And coupled with the sunset in the horizon, it will be an unforgettably special experience for you and your loved one.
This initiative aims to combat plummeting turtle numbers, and is now an extremely popular activity amongst tourists.
Turtle adoption is also available at the Gili Meno Turtle Sanctuary, on the neighbouring island of Gili Meno, so if your first turtle-freeing experience was memorable for you, why not do it again?
10. Embark on a Chocolate Tour – Pod Chocolate Factory
Exchanging chocolate is a traditional way to express love, but want to do something more unique? Make chocolate together!
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You can do just that at the Pod Chocolate Factory.
Here, this delicious ancient and perpetual symbol of romance can be enjoyed in a different way.
The tour will bring you and your loved one round to harvesting, roasting and crushing cacao, as well as making different-shaped chocolate bars, while tasting raw and roasted cacao beans and Pod’s chocolate variants.
PS: Have you ever wondered how it would feel to hug a bear? Wonder no more, since you’ll be able to hug Pod’s very own bear! (We hear it’s pretty popular too! :p)
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11. Food for the heart: Be the chef! – Payuk Bali Cooking Class
As they say, food is the way to a man’s (or woman’s) heart. So why not learn to cook Balinese food together?
Payuk Bali Cooking class is one of the classes you can try, located in Laplapan Village Ubud in the city of Gianyar.
After grocery shopping in the traditional market, you can embark on a rice field tour to see how rice is planted and harvested.
Following that, Chef Ketut, who learnt cooking from his mother and has gained much experience from his cooking stints in several hotels – will bring you to a house compound, to teach you to whip up several Balinese appetizers and main dishes, as well as to prepare food for traditional ceremonies.
You can even experience the exotic way of hand spice grinding with stone cooking mortar and pestle called “ngulek”!
12. Have a couple soak in a beach ‘Jacuzzi’ – Tegal Wangi Beach
Another wonder of nature that should not be missed – make your way to Tegal Wangi Beach.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by this gorgeous escape. Ever wanted to soak in your private tub with an amazing view of the ocean? Tegal Wangi Beach gives you exactly that (and for free too!)
With little holes on the shore filled with seawater fresh from the ocean – you can be sure to have a comfortable soak in your beachy ‘jacuzzi’.
Photo via angeleviliat, fidanabila
A romantic place to have a lovely date at; make sure to take lots of photos to commemorate the time spent with your loved one.
PS: Did you know that sand is a natural exfoliant? Take the romance up a notch and give each other a natural spa treat – scrub each other smooth with the sand from the beach while you’re having a soak!
13. Explore exotic islands – Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan and Penida
Clear blue seas and a fresh white sandy beach will greet you at Nusa islands, Bali’s hidden exotic islands.
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A little interesting spot in Lembongan worth a visit would be the Gala Gala Caves, where you can see the labyrinth houses underground that includes a bedroom, kitchen, dining room and even a bathroom.
There are also many marvelous natural attractions Bali – and Angel’s Billabong is one of Nusa Penida’s secret getaways in the form of a marvelous natural infinity pool.
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With its emerald hues and crystalline waters, Angel’s Billabong is the epitome of stunning. And apparently, the green floors of this particular infinity pool are so comfortable to walk on (not slippery) – it actually feels carpeted.
Imagine that! You’ll get to lounge around this natural lagoon/infinity pool, and romance your partner with its incredible views, while having it all to yourselves!
Also read: The complete guide to the Nusa Islands
14. Get a day pass to a luxurious resort and enjoy the day here – InterContinental Bali Resort
Many luxury resorts offer day passes for non-residents, giving you access to the pool, and often other amenities as well.
The stunning Main Pool at 35m long never gets too crowded, surrounded by a garden-fringed terrace lined with plenty of sun beds, and of course the ever-handy Pool Bar at the water’s edge.
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There’s also the secluded Balinese Bath Pool with its sculpted stone walls and water spouts, a traditional Balinese inspired Fountain Pool and two supervised kids’ Fun Pools.
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If you do make your way down to InterContinental Bali Resort, treat yourselves to great food at the in-house restaurants – from the award-winning KO Japanese Restaurant, to Italian fine-dining at Bella Cucina, and fresh seafood off the extensive menu at Jimbaran Gardens.
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Naturally, hit up Sunset Beach Bar & Grill for pitchers of sangria, cocktails and beer; and while you’re there, don’t miss out on The Gelato Counter’s chillingly good gelato.
Tip: The staff recommend calling up ahead of time, but walk-ins are usually accepted. Guest passes can be purchased from the leisure concierge in the lobby.
15. One for the adventurous couple – Abandoned Planes in Kuta and Pandawa
Have you heard about the abandoned planes in Kuta and Pandawa? Apparently, journeying to find these planes seems to be a popular thing to do in Bali now!
One of the most unique things you could possibly do while out on a date in Bali, these abandoned planes make for a really great adventure!
From an old Boeing 737 strangely set in the middle of residential houses in Kuta to another one in South Kuta near Pandawa beach – these abandoned planes make for truly fascinating photos.
Make it an adventure as you stroll along and have peek at the planes!
PS: Unfortunately, the areas is currently cordoned off, so you won’t be able to explore the inner chambers of the plane like they used to.
16. Watch the dolphin lovers play – Lovina Dolphin-watching
This is one we definitely couldn’t leave off our romantic list of things to do in Bali, especially on such a special day.
What could be more romantic on Valentine’s Day than being out at sea and chancing upon two dolphin lovers leaping and splashing in the ocean?
Photo via jrschrijver, ravibawasha
You can experience the beauty of these creatures out in the open in their natural environment, even as they interact with you in their own little ways.
17. Snap couple photos in Balinese royal wedding costumes – Bali Star Tour
Want to display a unique couple photo at home?
Why not take a Royal Balinese wedding costume photo?
Everything from the make-up, choosing costumes, to photo-taking session is guided by professional staff and photographers.
You will get your photos in a back-up CD, and when you get home, simply bring your CD to a digital printing shop to print a 2m x 1m photo or larger to be displayed in your living room.
You’ll be sweetly reminded of your romantic date in Bali, even in years to come!
18. Eat what you fish – Warung d’Dangin
Do both you and your guy/ girl love to fish (or eat them)? If you’re a fan of prawning or crabbing, let’s bring it back to basics once again – how about fishing?
And instead of cooking your catch, there’ll be professional chefs on hand to whip your catch into delicious meals!
Photo via Riin Siiceuue DepaNik
You can dine at Warung d’Dangin fish pond and the Balinese style “lesehan” restaurant, which is lodged in the Balinese city of Badung.
“Lesehan” means eating while sitting on the floor with a low dining table. So it’s a place you and your partner can relax, fish together, and (of course) eat the very fish you caught after the professional chefs make delicious meals of the fish
Perfect combination of fishing and romance – if you love the hobby and adventure!
Once you step into this beautiful garden, you’ll be amazed by the scenery – a myriad of flowers and beautiful huts where you can sit and chat the entire day.
Photo by treasuresfromtheroad.com
A great place to bond with your other half! The grass is always greener on the other side, and it’s true at Botanical Garden, so take time to slow down and enjoy your precious couple time while you can.
If you and your other half love adventure, you’ll find your playground at the Bali Treetop Adventure Park located within the Garden.
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With 6 main circuits to navigate through, involving moving from tree to tree, you’ll get to experience Tarzan Swings, jumps, a variety of bridges and even a Flying Fox Zip line of up to 160 metres!
If you’re up for a greater challenge, compete in the Adrenaline Black Circuit.
20. Meditate in serenity – Sekumpul Waterfall
There are only so few waterfalls within Asia, so what better way than to watch the beautiful falling water with your loved one?
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One of Bali’s special waterfalls, Sekumpul Waterfalls is not just one waterfall but a combination of many.
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You’ll enjoy heartfelt moments, and can perhaps even take a dip in the water.
21. Wish upon a wishing tree – Giant Banyan Tree
No, it’s not a hotel we’re talking about, it’s the actual giant Banyan Tree in the village of Gesing, in northern Bali.
And best of all, it’s said to be a wishing tree – this is one place you’ll definitely be able to bring your sweetheart to.
“Honey, let’s go to the wishing tree in Bali!”
Believed to be 700 years old, and at 85-metres tall (!!!), this incredible tree has a maze of roots for you to walk through and explore.
The more adventurous couple might even want to climb up the twining roots around the trunk of the giant tree.
Some food for thought – the Balinese believe spirits live in banyan trees, and according to legend, locals used to hide in the tree from the Dutch during the occupation.
22. Safari with a difference – Bali Marine and Safari Park
Going to a safari is one of the best (and evergreen) date ideas around. Trust us, we’ve very much enjoyed adventurous dates at the safari too!
Especially perfect for the easily bored couple, since there are plenty of things to see and do – Bali Safari & Marine Park boasts a mind-blowing array of over 60 species of animals from small to tall and cute to just plain weird.
Is piranha feeding too dull for you? Surely you aren’t bored of elephants already? Have you already eaten dinner with tigers? Well, how about a night safari?
Once darkness descends, you will begin with a guided walk around the park. It might look quiet, but this is when most of the animals really come to life.
Watch the komodo dragons roam below you, or visit the bat cave to experience the flurry of nighttime activity.
After meeting the owls and lemur in the Bali theatre, it’s time for the highlight of the night – the safari! You will be perfectly safe in a cage as you spend 20 minutes journeying through the African Savannah.
Top off the evening with a traditional Balinese fire-dancing show, and a delicious BBQ in the N’kuchiro Bar & Grill.
PS: Read our fun-filled experience at Mara Safari Lodge here!
23. Be a mahout for a Day: Bali Zoo
This is one for those who are looking for something as unforgettable and unique a date can possibly get.
Have you ever looked at an elephant and imagined yourself with one of those gentle giants as your friend and pet?
At the Bali Zoo, you can actually come close to fulfilling your fantasy – make some precious memories with an elephant friend of your own!
The zoo’s Mahout (person who cares for an elephant) for a Day programme offers visitors the chance to learn how to command, care and play with their resident elephants.
Other than a whole day’s time to feed, bathe and go for swims with your giant friend, you’ll also get to interact with other zoo animals such as the lions, crocodiles and pythons.
So if you’re out to make everlasting memories together, this is the place to do it – an elephant never forgets.
24. Nothing says romance like a heavenly view – Uluwatu Sea Temple Sunset
Perched high atop a 70-metre cliff, with sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the Uluwatu Temple is one of Bali’s best sea temples you can’t miss during your trip.
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And if you’re looking for something romantic to do, this should definitely be on your list too.
It’s one of the six key Balinese temples that help to ward off evil, but that’s not its winning point as a prime tourist destination.
Every day during sunset, people gather at the temple for a breathtaking view of the orange ocean reflecting the setting sun.
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Along with the Tanah Lot Temple, the Uluwatu Temple is one of the best places to be at during sunset. And at that time, don’t forget to catch the Kecak dance performance at the temple.
Stunning views aren’t the only thing you’ll get out of a visit here, you’ll get to catch one of Bali’s most popular traditional dances, the spectacular Kecak dance!
Fire and dance are used to present riveting stories to the audience, and sometime, the performer is in so deep a trance that he can even kick hot charcoal without scalding his feet!
25. Wander among tradition and nature – Taman Ayun Temple
Located in Mengwi Village, Taman Ayun Temple houses a beautiful fish pond and many mini pagodas, the best of Balinese traditional architecture.
This UNESCO certified World Heritage site is the biggest temple in Bali.
You can spend the afternoon exploring and enjoying a romantic stroll around the temple garden.
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At this tranquil sanctuary, you will be bound to find a quiet spot where you can settle and relax with your date, and even snap a few romantic shots for your couple photo collection!
26. Take a ride down the cliff and have a romantic night stroll – Karma Beach
Karma’s a beach? Karma Beach is actually hidden paradise, and can only be accessed by a funicular ride down a cliff.
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Sound exciting yet? Take a few shots of this experience before you reach the clear white sandy grounds.
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The beachfront is perfect for night strolls with your other half after a Mediterranean- inspired dinner.
If it’s a Monday you’re spending here, you can enjoy a free movie!
In the mountains near Bedugul is a temple dedicated to the goddess of the lakes and rivers.
Located by the river, the picturesque lake proves to be an ideal location to soak your feet in the water and bask in the tranquility, as frogs and crickets sing you a lovely tune.
If you want to escape the blazing summer, here’s the best place for you.
It’s freezing cold due to it’s ideal location of 1200 metres above sea level. But does it matter? You just want to snuggle with your loved one and enjoy the view!