Discover Indonesia’s most beloved island on this week-long itinerary, combining the cultural riches and lush countryside of Ubud with the calm seas and sandy beaches of Bali’s southeast coast.
Romance in Indonesia
With its lush jungles, soaring volcanoes, spiritual temples and tropical beaches, Indonesia is without a doubt one of Asia’s most romantic destinations. We’ve handpicked our top 5 hotels across the Indonesian archipelago - from elegant private pool villas to remote and rustic outposts - that we think are just perfect for a honeymoon or romantic escape.
Uma Ubud, Bali
Tucked away amongst the lush, green jungle vegetation of central Bali is the Uma Ubud, part of the stylish COMO group. A chic hideaway of whitewashed walls, billowing bed canopies and subtle touches of traditional Balinese design, this romantic bolthole is a stunning spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Some of the rooms feature private pools or walled courtyard gardens, whilst others look out across the terraced hillsides. The main pool is a quiet haven after a day of exploring the galleries, shops, markets and artists residences of Ubud, and the food is sublime, offering traditional Indonesian fare alongside lighter, spa cuisine from their COMO Shambhala menu. Try your hand at recreating some Indonesian fare with a cooking class, relax in the spa or partake in some yoga in the open-air studio overlooking the Tjampuhan Valley.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali
Perched on a clifftop overlooking the Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu offers the ultimate in luxury seclusion. This collection of private pool villas are stylishly designed with minimalist flair, featuring open plan living and stark white interiors. Your private pool ends with a covered ‘bale’ just perfect for lazy afternoons enjoying a book or soaking up the sun, and your own private butler will ensure you want for nothing.
An ideal retreat for the beginning or end of any Indonesian itinerary, Alila Villas Uluwatu is all about subtlety and privacy, giving you the space to relax and enjoy the surroundings. With no beach to speak of, Uluwatu is all about the surf, so you can try your hand at this popular pastime on the beaches below. Alternatively, indulge at the spa or simply lay back on your lounger overlooking the coastline as the sun sinks low over the ocean – these are some of the most spectacular sunsets you’ll ever see.
Qunci Villas, Lombok
Located on Bali’s more laid back neighbour, Lombok, Qunci Villas offer up luxurious villas amongst tropical gardens set back from a stunning beach. Perfect as the beach destination at the end of your honeymoon itinerary, the peaceful pace of life on Lombok provides a welcome contrast to the buzz of Bali.
Qunci’s Villas are stylishly designed with private pools and ample space to lounge around and relax, with traditional pitched alang-alang roofs and serene décor. Admire the sunsets from the poolside, soak up the sun on the long, golden beach and take trips to the nearby Gili Islands for snorkelling or diving.
The Elysian, Bali
The name itself means ‘paradise’, so it will come as no surprise that your stay at The Elysian in Seminyak will be a blissed-out experience. Located in the heart of one of Bali’s most stylish neighbourhoods, the private, walled pool villas of The Elysian offer up contemporary style and private luxury.
Not on the beach itself, but tucked away from the hustle and bustle of town, you can relax by your own pool set amongst leafy gardens and if getting dressed for dinner seems like too much of a chore, allow your butler to bring a delicious BBQ feast straight to your sundeck.
For something a little different and totally out of this world, head east from Bali and totally off the beaten track to the island of Sumba. Here, miles away from the stresses and strains of everyday life, you’ll find Nihiwatu, a magical eco-retreat set on a stunning coastal cliff with views out over some of Indonesia’s most infamous surf breaks.
Unlike your typical romantic escape, the luxury of Nihiwatu comes with the unusual, the seclusion and the unimaginable beauty of the location. Private villas are all designed using local materials and borrowing influences from the Sumbanese culture, making them completely unique. Jet skiing, horse riding, yoga, fishing, diving, surfing and cultural experiences are all on offer here at Nihiwatu, but for the ultimate romantic experience, head to the beautiful spa, or enjoy a private dinner on the beach watching the sun go down.