Honeymoon in Bali: the complete guide

Alexis
Modified on January 22, 2024

Bali is a popular destination for a honeymoon. Here is what I recommend you to go and what to do as a newlywed in Bali.

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Why Choose Bali for Your Honeymoon?

There are numerous reasons to opt for Bali for your honeymoon. Here are, in my opinion, the most valid ones.

Bali is a Tropical Destination that Works All Year Round

Being located near the equator, Bali has a tropical climate with a dry season and a rainy season, making it a naturally versatile destination for a honeymoon.

Rains are significant from December to February, while the driest (and coolest) season starts in May and ends in late September.

It is, therefore, possible to visit Bali for a honeymoon without encountering too much rain for 9 months in the year, which is quite convenient, especially considering that most weddings in the Northern Hemisphere (including France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, etc.) often take place between June and September.

So, you have plenty of choices to plan your honeymoon in Bali just after your wedding or a little later.

Related: When to Go to Bali? My Opinion on the Best Months and Seasons.

There are Activities for Every Taste in Bali

Most visitors to Bali do not realize how there are truly multiple Balis coexisting within the island. It's simple; there are activities for almost everyone.

If you like the countryside, it's there; if you like to party, it's possible; if shopping is your thing, not a problem; if you're looking for water activities, there's no shortage... in short, few destinations concentrate as many activities in such a small place.

Many Places in Bali are Very Romantic

To say that all of Bali is romantic would be a bit hasty. Like everywhere, in Bali, there are places that are not very beautiful, places that are frankly ugly, and places that take your breath away.

But there are also and especially many truly romantic places, and it's not necessarily a cliché: even Indonesians from other islands often go to Bali for their honeymoon.

Hotels Perfect for Honeymoons are (Very) Numerous in Bali

One of the significant strengths of Bali for honeymoons lies clearly in its hotel offerings.

Romantic hotels with incredible views, private pool villas, unique accommodations like treehouses... there are truly romantic establishments of all types for all tastes.

Moreover, luxury hotels remain more affordable than many hotels in Western countries, with equivalent comfort and standards.

Hotel Teams are Accustomed to Honeymooners and Know How to Provide Romance

Bali's hotels host hundreds of honeymooning couples from all corners of the world. They are accustomed to providing a lot of romantic gestures to their guests.

Rose petals in your bathtub, towels folded in the shape of a heart, or even candlelit dinners are offered (and sometimes even by default!) in many Bali establishments.

I have even seen with my own eyes the staff of a hotel hand-placing hundreds (thousands?) of flowers for a more than spectacular marriage proposal. The lady said yes, in case you were wondering.

bali honeymoon couple

The Best Cities and Islands to Stay in Bali for Your Honeymoon

If you plan to have your honeymoon in Bali, here are some cities (and islands) that, in my opinion, are most suitable for a honeymoon.

Nusa Dua: Bali's Area with the Best Luxury Hotels for Newlyweds

villa nusa dua

Nusa Dua is undoubtedly the most well-known area for luxury honeymoons.

It is in this part of Bali that you will find the largest 5-star hotels, villas with a plunging view of the ocean, and the accompanying luxury restaurants.

It's a very resort-like, very intimate atmosphere, not necessarily the most authentic of Bali, but it's a beautiful place, with exceptional establishments and a very high level of service.

It's a very interesting Bali destination for couples who want to treat themselves, be in peace, and enjoy the most beautiful beaches in Bali.

Ubud: Bali's Cultural and Artistic Center

campuhan ridge ubud

Ubud is a popular destination for Bali visitors, but also an excellent destination for honeymooning couples.

There are numerous villas and hotels in Ubud and its region that allow you to enjoy a moment of sweetness and greenery, sometimes facing a rice terrace, in the valley of a rice terrace, or simply in the city center.

Ubud is also full of restaurants of all origins, sometimes with exceptional views and panoramas.

It is, therefore, a particularly romantic place suitable for newlyweds on their honeymoon, especially those who love cultural activities, natural landscapes... and good food!

Munduk: One of the Most Picturesque and Intimate Villages in Bali

If you're looking for an incredibly authentic destination for your honeymoon in Bali, Munduk must be on your itinerary.

More than just a tourist destination, Munduk is a traditional village in the center of Bali situated at an altitude, and it quite well represents the quintessential image of Balinese countryside that you have in mind.

Rice fields, waterfalls, volcanoes (extinct), and lakes – there is truly an incredible variety of landscapes around Munduk and more generally in the Bedugul region.

Moreover, hotels and accommodations in Munduk are often amidst nature and tranquility.

In short, if you envision your honeymoon in Bali as something calm and relaxing, Munduk is a must-visit.

Amed: A Quiet and Authentic Destination in North Bali Perfect for Honeymoons

Amed Bali

Amed is a village in North Bali primarily known for its diving spots.

But it's also, in my opinion, one of the best places in Bali for some romance, especially if you love nature and the sea.

Not only can you experience exceptional diving or snorkeling here, but you also get the peace and authenticity of North Bali, with a breathtaking view of Bali's largest volcano: Mount Agung.

If you want a natural Bali honeymoon while staying by the sea, it's undoubtedly a good option.

Seminyak: The Upscale and Vibrant Honeymoon Destination

Seminyak is one of the most lively beach resorts in Bali. You can find everything here: restaurants, bars, nightclubs, as well as beach clubs. There are also many boutiques and a beautiful white sand beach that is surprisingly less crowded during the day.

The highlight in Seminyak for a honeymoon is to rent a villa and enjoy the beach or shopping during the day, then dine in restaurants and other beach clubs as night falls.

If you're a couple of night owls, food enthusiasts, or shopping lovers, this is clearly a city to include in your honeymoon.

Sanur: A Central and Calm Beach Resort Perfect for Couples

Live in Sanur Bali

Sanur is known to be the destination for retirees, and to a lesser extent, for families.

But it's also a great destination for a honeymoon, which is calm and especially convenient in relation to many points of interest: it is close to the airport, close to the South of the island, and it is one of the most common starting points for boats to the Nusas (Penida, Lembongan) and the Gilis.

The Sanur beach is also very beautiful, especially at sunrise, and there are many delicious restaurants serving cuisine from around the world on the waterfront and throughout the city.

Moreover, many of the most luxurious hotels are on the waterfront. If you can stay there, Sanur then takes on a very romantic look for your honeymoon!

Sidemen: A Quiet and Preserved Place Perfect for Intimate Honeymoons

Sidemen is one of those villages in the northwest of Bali where time seems to have stood still.

Far from being a major tourist destination, it's more of a place where those seeking tranquility and authenticity come to recharge amid the rice fields, with a view of Mount Agung in the background.

Sidemen is one of the most picturesque and romantic places in Bali, even if it's certainly not the most animated. I can only recommend it to those on their honeymoon if you're looking for calm and greenery.

Nusa Lembongan: A Charming Small Island off Bali's Coast

nusa lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is a small island attached to another small island (Nusa Ceningan) off Bali's coast. It's somewhat a miniature Bali with a breathtaking view of Bali itself.

Nusa Lembongan is one of the most suitable destinations for a honeymoon for several reasons:

  • There are no cars
  • The view is magnificent
  • There are many water activities to do in the surroundings
  • It's small and easily accessible from Bali

It's one of the islands I recommend the most for those looking to explore the islands around Bali for their honeymoon. Plan to spend at least 2 or 3 days there, and you won't be disappointed.

Nusa Penida: A Dramatic and Romantic Island off Bali's Coast

Nusa penida

Nusa Penida is the large neighboring island of Nusa Lembongan, and is the largest island in the Nusas archipelago around Bali. Unsurprisingly, it's also an excellent destination for a honeymoon in Bali.

The island has several faces depending on where you stay: dizzying cliffs you've probably seen on Instagram, flatter beaches, and the lush hills in the center of the island.

In short, it's a stunning island, a little Bali off the coast of Bali.

For me, it's the perfect island to stay in unique places like wooden cabins or eco-lodges and to feel at the end of the world.

The only drawback is that, in my opinion, you should plan at least 3 days to explore it, but if you're on a honeymoon, you have the time.

The Gili Islands: Remote Ambiance Ideal for Newlyweds

gilis as family

If for you, a honeymoon means absolute relaxation on small coral stones in the middle of nowhere, the Gili Islands are perfect for you.

Technically, they are not in Bali but in Lombok, but many boats depart from Bali, and travelers often include them in their Bali itinerary.

There are 3 Gili Islands:

  • Gili Trawangan: for newlyweds who love to party
  • Gili Air and Gili Meno: for quieter honeymoons

What to do on a honeymoon in Bali?

If you're afraid of getting bored during your honeymoon in Bali, don't worry; it's not likely to happen. Here are the most common activities you can do in Bali.

Pamper yourselves in your hotel or villa

It's no secret that one of the advantages of Bali is that you're in a tropical climate with a cost of living that remains below Western standards.

One of the significant advantages for a honeymoon is that you can stay in luxury hotels and villas at reasonably affordable prices that keep the total cost of the trip in check. Massages, outings, and restaurants also have lower budgets than in more developed countries.

So, Bali is a perfect destination to simply enjoy luxury and entertainment at an affordable price with your spouse. And that's exactly what many people seek during a honeymoon.

Discover Balinese culture: unique in the world (even in Asia)

Bali has a culture that is simply unique in the world, even in Asia!

The island is the only one in Indonesia that has remained Hindu when the rest of the archipelago became Muslim, with a smaller part becoming Christian.

Due to its cultural isolation and its distance from other Hindu religious authorities in India, Bali has truly developed a culture that is found nowhere else.

There is a lot of folklore and traditions to discover, temples of course, but also processions and dishes that you won't soon forget!

If you've never been to Asia, a honeymoon in Bali can be an excellent introduction, both comfortable, fun, and enriching, to the continent. If you've already been to Asia, you're still likely to be surprised at how Bali is an outlier!

Engage in water activities like surfing or diving during your honeymoon

Bali is a paradise for some water sports, especially surfing and diving.

Surfing is more on the West and South coast of Bali, while diving is more on the East and North coast of the island.

If you're a couple of surfers or divers, a honeymoon in Bali is a great excuse to indulge in your passion.

And if only one of you is a surfer or diver, the other is rarely disappointed by staying on an island like Bali!

Not to be overlooked: Indonesia in general is also a superb destination for cruises and boat rentals, especially sailboats. Some of these sailing cruises to the East of the archipelago (Flores, Komodo...) are extremely romantic!

Climb volcanoes and hike in the Balinese hinterland

The center of Bali is relatively mountainous and offers interesting hiking trails, including ascents of very popular volcanoes.

If you're an active couple, I can only recommend venturing onto the volcanoes (with a guide, of course!) or organizing treks in the jungle or rice fields, all of which are an excellent way to discover Bali's soul and the beauty that has shaped its reputation.

Discover Indonesian gastronomy

In an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, you can imagine that culinary traditions are exceptional and vary greatly from one place to another.

Even Indonesians are surprised during their travels in the archipelago to constantly discover dishes whose existence they were unaware of.

Let it be said, you'll never have time to taste everything during your honeymoon in Bali, but you can already get acquainted with some classics.

And if you don't like Indonesian food too much, don't worry, in Bali, there are restaurants from all over Asia, and even the world.

To delve deeper into the subject: the complete guide to Indonesian food

How much does a honeymoon in Bali cost?

It's always challenging to give a very precise budget for the cost of a honeymoon in Bali. It depends on your expectations, the standard of the hotels and accommodations where you will stay, but also on the activities you can do.

Counting everything (flights from Europe, insurance, hotels, food...), I think the majority of people can organize their honeymoon in Bali on the following budgets:

  • Between 800 and 3,000 euros per person for a 10-day honeymoon
  • Between 850 and 4,000 euros per person for a 15-day honeymoon
  • Between 900 and 5,000 euros per person for a 21-day honeymoon

The bottom of the scale is really survival, the top is more on the luxurious side. Most honeymoons will fall in the middle of the range.

Beyond these ranges, you are clearly in the lap of luxury.

To see the details of these estimates, I invite you to read carefully this article on the price of a trip to Bali.

Some tips to prepare your honeymoon in Bali

Before booking your plane tickets or shouting to your new husband/wife that you have finally found the destination for your honeymoon, here are some additional tips that I recommend for your honeymoon in Bali.

Plan at least 2 weeks on-site in Bali excluding transportation for your honeymoon

If you really plan to see a little bit of Bali during your honeymoon, plan at least two weeks on-site, excluding travel time there and back. If you are leaving from Europe, this often means you have to take a total of 3 weeks of vacation.

Transportation is long and challenging, especially if you are not used to jet lag, and unfortunately, it is the hardest to endure when you arrive in Bali (traveling east) rather than when you leave (traveling west). So, take it into account.

If you only have 2 weeks in total, for me, it's not worth going to Bali because you will spend a lot of time in transit compared to the total time of your honeymoon.

On the subject:

Don't try to see all of Bali at once: plan at least 3 days in each place

I sometimes see honeymoon itineraries that are more torture than a honeymoon.

Bali is larger than you think, not everything is nearby or necessarily easy to access. It is tempting to want to see everything or explore all regions during a honeymoon in Bali, but believe me, it's not worth it!

Take your time and choose in advance the destinations you want to visit, but spend some time there, at least 2-3 days, so you don't spend all your time in the car. If you go to the smaller islands off Bali (Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Gilis), this advice is even more valid!

The earlier you book, the cheaper flights and accommodations are

If you know in advance that your honeymoon destination is Bali, I can only recommend booking your flights as soon as possible.

Bali is a tourist destination, and the prices of tickets do not tend to be cheaper (at all) a few weeks before departure!

The same goes for hotels, villas, and other accommodations. Most honeymooners in Bali want to make a statement and stay in beautiful establishments, which are also often the most in demand! If you have fallen in love with a hotel, villa, or bungalow for your honeymoon, you are undoubtedly not alone.

Conclusion

If you are wondering if Bali is a good destination for your honeymoon, the answer is probably yes for a large part of the people.

Bali is an excellent gateway to Asia for those who want to take advantage of their honeymoon to travel. Almost all activities are possible in Bali, accommodations offer unwavering romance, and there is a unique culture and cuisine to discover.

It is also a destination where luxury is at a relatively reasonable price, which is rather convenient when you want to make a statement. You are (normally) supposed to have only one honeymoon in your life, after all!

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