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Beautiful Bali

Jane's verdict:

Bali offers both a spiritual and hedonistic honeymoon. You can’t help falling in love with a place where there’s a temple or rice paddy at every turn, where cutting edge architecture rises from lush river valleys and honeymooners are treated like royalty. You’ll be safe in the hands of the i-escape team - they have sought out the best hideaways to suit every taste and budget.

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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.

  • Good value
  • Great for summer
  • Stylish hotels

You’ll find plenty of uncrowded beaches, from the sootiest volcanic black sand to the brightest golden shoreline (though avoid Kuta); bright hillsides carved into perilously narrow cake tiers; forest wildernesses and four volcanoes that pierce the clouds. Beautiful women carry mountains of fruit on their heads; whole families in ceremonial dress perch on a single moped. Bali is an idyll unto itself.

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. You can also opt for The Damai, with its hypnotic views and pampering treatments.

For nature lovers, visit this stunningly beautiful remote retreat in Bali Barat National Park to discover a wildlife wonderland. Or if it’s tranquility you desire, these serene suites and villas on a remote coffee estate offer a true taste of rural Bali.

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 glitzy 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).

Looking for privacy? We adore this luxurious hideaway on car-free Gili Air island just off the coast of Bali. It’s an architectural gem, with 10 enchanting villas and a beautiful spa to match.

If you’re 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.

Check out our recommended hotels, our guide to Bali and the latest special offers.

Bali is a great choice for a summer honeymoon – see the best times to visit Bali.

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