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Banyak orang bulan madu di Bali (Many people honeymoon in Bali). It’s definitely one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world. It makes sense to me – Bali adalah indah, eksotik, dan romantis (Bali is beautiful, exotic, and romantic). As a mater of fact, I had my honeymoon there, too! Here are a few reasons why Bali is a great honeymoon spot.
Hotels are great and all, but renting your own private villa is way better. This is super easy and even quite affordable in Bali. With plenty of time to plan, you can find amazing places for rent that are even cheaper than a 3-star hotel! Just look at the beautiful villa we found in Ubud for our honeymoon. This traditional joglo house only cost about $55 a night, and it has its own little kolam renang (swimming pool). Tucked away in the sawah (rice fields) outside of the super touristy middle of town, it was the perfect escape.
Bali memiliki banyak spa (Bali has many spas). You can’t swing a cat without hitting one in the tourist centers of the island. Of course, some are better than others. Be sure to do a bit of research before booking your spa treatment. You don’t want to end up sore from a lousy massage on your honeymoon! Be sure to ask if the spa has any special deals for couples or honeymooners. We managed to score an awesome package from Bali Botanica Day Spa in Ubud that came with a couples massage, a floral bath, a manicure, and a wine tasting and snack plate from a great restaurant.
There’s no shortage of options when it comes to having a romantic candlelit dinner in Bali. Whether it’s on the beach, amongst the rice paddies, or in your villa, it’s easy to get a table set up with some bunga-bunga (flowers), lilin (candles) and sebotol sampanye (a bottle of champagne) – romantis sekali (very romantic)! For our honeymoon in Ubud, we had amazing dinners at both Lotus Cafe and Bridges.
Massages and fancy dinners are wonderful, but you’ve got to do something truly Balinese while on your honeymoon there. Be sure to take in a performance of some musik dan tarian Bali (Balinese music and dance) at least once. There are shows every night in Ubud, and they’re not too hard to find in the beach towns down south, either. If you want to go all out, head down to Uluwatu for matahari terbenam (sunset) and the amazing kecak performance.
What better way to spark a flame on your Bali honeymoon than to check out some seni erotis (erotic art)? At the Blanco Museum, you can view the sensual paintings of Antonio Blanco, who was fascinated by the female form. After exploring the museum, you can relax on their terrace with a glass of wine and take in the beautiful views of Ubud.
I’m not talking about climbing all the way up one of Bali’s volcanoes – although you could certainly do that, too. In Ubud, you can stroll along the Campuhan Ridge Walk. Away from the sounds of motorbike horns and guys constantly asking “You need transport?!”, this is a very peaceful place to escape with your kekasih (sweetheart). If you walk for long enough, you’ll reach Karsa Kafe, where you can enjoy a beer or a coconut in your own little hut overlooking the rice terraces.
Do you know what the best part about a Bali honeymoon is? It doesn’t have to break the bank! The biggest cost for most people will be the flight, which can definitely be a big one if you’re coming from the US or Canada. That being said, once you’re on the ground you really don’t have to spend a ton. As you can see, you’ve got a lot to look forward to if you do decide to honeymoon in Bali!