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Known as Island of the Gods thanks to its extraordinary natural beauty, Bali is truly a heavenly place for a honeymoon.
You’ll find uncrowded beaches from sootiest black to sugar gold (though avoid Kuta); bright hillsides carved into perilously narrow cake tiers; forest wildernesses and volcanoes that pierce the clouds. Beautiful women carry mountains of fruit on their heads; whole families in ceremonial dress perch on a single moped.
To escape the crowds, and for exceptional snorkelling and diving, head to the wildly beautiful north. Puri Ganesha is our world favourite: a laid-back luxury hideaway with fab organic food. Or opt for The Damai, with its hypnotic views and pampering treatments.
Bali’s cultural heart lies in Ubud – think Balinese dancing and temple offerings set against a spectacular backdrop of river gorges, verdant forest and crater lakes. For a post-wedding wind-down, COMO Shambhala Estate is a first-class health retreat. If you’d prefer a boutique villa escape, The Purist is hard to beat. Nature lovers should head to Bambu Indah, set amongst rice paddies with breathtaking views from its antique Javanese houses.
If you want to party, stay in Seminyak with its hip nightlife, or enjoy fresh-fish restaurants and white-sand beaches at Jimbaran. Close to both and recently refurbed, ultra-hip The Bale is as good as it gets for luxury (not least a private infinity pool).
Honeymooning in Bali on a budget? Head to the dramatic southwest coast with its amazing surf break – Gajah Mina Beach Resort is a quiet idyll for lovers.
Wherever you go, we’ll give you honest advice on hotels and the very best rates – plus (at most hotels) an extra something to congratulate you on the happy occasion.
Bali is a great choice for a summer honeymoon – see the best times to visit Bali.