Yoga, surfing, exploring, pampering, wellness—whatever your definition of bliss, you’ll find it in Bali. This Indonesian island abounds with beauty. And we’re not just talking about the sandy beaches, terraced rice fields, majestic peaks, and rainforests. Set within these enviable environments are properties so picturesque, it’s almost impossible to comprehend Mother Nature herself didn’t create them. And you better believe spellbinding settings are just the beginning...
Gasp-inducing panoramas, inspired design, unique amenities, and thoughtful service take wow factor to the next level. From oceanfront resorts to eco-lodges, these honeymoon havens will make you forget how long the journey to Bali actually takes. (But, seriously, it’s so worth it.)
Mindful living meets breathtaking backdrops, awe-inspiring accommodations, and wonder-filled adventure at Amankila, a romantic cliff-side sanctuary in the historic Karangasem Regency on the east coast of Bali. The layout and forms take a cue from the nearby Ujung Water Palace. Free-standing suites tout thatched roofs and generous terraces with daybeds for lounging. Elevated walkways link guest digs to the rest of the ridiculously gorgeous retreat. It’s centerpiece? The tri-level infinity pool that cascades down towards the palm-fringed shore.
Perched at the edge of the verdant Ayung River valley in the village of Payangan, Alila Ubud is a secluded hilltop hideout cradled by spectacular scenery. And, amazingly, it’s only 15 minutes from the island’s vibrant cultural heart. Couples can spend their days on the peaceful property—reveling in the pleasure of soothing spa rituals, enjoying organic cooking classes, and peeping Indonesian art at the on-site gallery—or take advantage of the complimentary shuttle to Ubud.
The Mulia is a true tropical paradise. Uninterrupted vistas of Nusa Dua Bay and sensational violet-hued sunsets are complemented by 111 expansive suites, an obliging staff, and impeccable attention to detail. The stylish beachfront hotel also impresses with its gourmet experiences and lavish amenities. Highlights include six mind-blowing pools, private cabanas, a state-of-the-art fitness center, and holistic spa—home to Asia Pacific’s first-ever ice room, a meditation area, and juice bar.
Banyan Tree Ungasan
Drawing inspiration from local culture and idyllic environs, Banyan Tree Ungasan has a deeply rooted sense of place. Proximity to the sacred Uluwatu Temple doesn’t hurt either. Natural materials—marble, stone, timber, and alang alang—and an easy-going vibe are hallmarks of the resort. Modern Balinese-style villas are tastefully appointed with artisan-crafted accents, jetted tubs, and outdoor showers. Traditional balés invite couples to unwind with a cocktail or Bintang.
COMO Uma Canggu
Up until recently, the majority of people couldn’t find Canggu on the map. But of late, a new wave of hip hangouts is luring travelers to this low-key community on Bali’s southern coast. COMO Uma Canggu channels a breezy seaside sensibility infused with sophisticated, contemporary comforts. A high point of the property is the beach club, which features a live DJ and fresh, wood-fired fare. And a partnership with Tropicsurf gives both pros and novices the opportunity to ride the legendary breaks.
Oberoi Hotels & Resorts
The Oberoi, Bali is paradigm of perfection, set apart by its lush gardens, golden sands, and refined yet relaxed ambience. Villas and lanais flaunt floor-to-ceiling windows, intricate wooden ceilings, sumptuous linens, high-speed WiFi, and a multimedia hub (ideal for honeymooners who can’t bear the thought of disconnecting). There are plenty of activities for couples to do together, whether it's Balinese dance lessons or elephant safaris. Plus, the fashionable boutiques and nightlife in Seminyak are just 35 minutes away.
AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI
Hovering atop craggy limestone cliffs overlooking the sparkling waters of Jimbaran Bay, AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI is Instagram gold. Sunset are particularly jaw-dropping. Although, from the moment you arrive, it’s abundantly clear that there’s no wrong time to snap a pic. And we’d be remiss not to mention the world-famous Spa On The Rocks, a haven of harmonizing therapies utilizing the rare elements like diamond dust, jade, sea quartz, and wild-harvested pearl.
Bulgari Resort Bali
Luxury at its finest, Bulgari Resort Bali is an irresistible blend of Balinese architecture and distinctive Italian design, enhanced with soul-stirring panoramas and exceptional hospitality. Think: VIP check-in, 24-hour butler service, and a dedicated leisure concierge who can coordinate bucket-list excursions like helicopter rides over steaming volcanoes and tours of the emerald-green rice paddies. Of course, a day trip means having to leave the splendor of your sea-view villa and private plunge pool. Hmmm...decisions, decisions.