With over 17,000 islands to choose from in Indonesia, both big and small, choosing which ones to go to is difficult. Holly’s made it a little easier for you. Having been to a fair few of the islands, she has a good grasp on which ones she thinks are best. Here she has handpicked four of her favourite islands to visit in Indonesia…
Deciding on your honeymoon destination is one of the most exciting and diffcult choices to make during your wedding preparations. Expectations are high to craft the trip of a lifetime which suits you both perfectly. With this in mind, our specialists have put their heads together to handpick a selction of properties which are just perfect for celebrating your honeymoon.
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.
From boutique Bali retreats to an intimate paradise on Lombok, this 10 night Bali and Lombok itinerary is perfect for honeymooners and couples seeking a romantic Indonesian escape.
Bali is a much-loved beach destination and thanks to long swathes of sandy beach, seriously laid-back vibes and rugged coastlines, it is easy to see why. In Bali, no beach is the same, meaning that whatever your idea of paradise may be, there is bound to be a beach that ticks all the boxes for you. With each stretch of coastline offering something different, it is often difficult to know where to start when it comes to discovering Bali’s hidden coves, forgotten bays and sugar white beaches. To help, we’ve handpicked a few of our favourite Balinese beaches, choosing where’s best and for who.
Bali is loved by honeymooners and with its idyllic beaches, stunning boutique hotels and secluded settings, it is no surprise. We’ve shortlisted a handful of our favourite properties which are perfect for a post-nuptial celebration or simply a romantic retreat.
COMO Shambhala Estate
Best for: Spa, Culture History, Honeymoon
With a resident yoga teacher, Ayurvedic doctor and dietician, Como Shambhala Estate is an immersive holistic retreat dedicated to health and well-being and the perfect place to restore and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
If you need repair and restoration, Como Shambhala Estate is the ideal destination to help you refresh and recharge, taking a personalised approach to treatments, which include reflexology, ayurvedic medicine and iridology. After an initial consultation, guests can take advantage of individually-tailored health programmes and daily classes, although this is optional, so you can simply relax and use the activities and facilities as it suits you. Located on the outskirts of Ubud, the retreat enjoys a secluded location on a peaceful riverbank, amid Bali’s glistening green rice paddies and jungle.
The accommodation includes rooms, suites and villas. The rooms and suites sit within one of the freestanding Residences with communal pools, lounge areas and shaded pavilions. The one and two-bedroom suites have the option for private outdoor terraces and pools. The one, two and three-bedroom villas all enjoy private pools.
As you would expect, the food is all balanced nutritionally and there is a flexible approach to dining. So, whether you want an Ayurvedic meal, a romantic dinner for two on your terrace, or a family meal, it can all be catered for. There are also two restaurants, the traditionally-styled Kudus House and the contemporary-styled Glow, which both serve delicious healthy food.
Each guest (if required) is assigned a personal assistant on arrival to mentor them through their well-being programme, which can include massage therapy, stress management, Ayurvedic therapy and Oriental medicine. There is also a gym and a complimentary daily activities programme, which includes yoga, Pilates and meditation classes.
When to go
Bali enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round, with a distinct wet and a dry season. Bali’s dry season spans from April to September, with the wet season starting in October and generally lasting until March. Characterised by hot temperatures and clear skies, the dry season is considered to be the best time to visit Bali. In particular, months at the start or the end of the dry season benefit from fewer crowds and slightly cooler temperatures than often present during July and August. Bali’s wet season is characterised by bursts of tropical downpours interspersed with sunny spells, as opposed to constant torrential rain. Those visiting Bali during the wet season can benefit from reduced crowds at major sites, as well as cooler temperatures and less humidity in the central highlands.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Ancient East Coast Bali
Immerse yourself in ancient Balinese history and culture, taking in historic Klungkung Palace, the traditional village of Tenganan, Goa Lawah Temple and the beautiful rice paddy fields of Rendang.
Ayung White Water Rafting
Experience the thrill of white-water rafting on the Ayung River, with a two-hour adventure rushing past untamed rainforest, towering gorges and lush rice terraces, while your guide expertly directs you through torrents, tight turns and inclined rapids.
Sunset over Uluwatu and Kecak Dancing
Enjoy a sunset trip to Uluwatu Temple and see a traditional Balinese Kecak dance, before a beachside supper at Jimbaran Bay.
Local Encounters on the Blessing Trail
Spend the day with a Brahman family learning traditional wood-carving techniques, assisting in preparing a delightful lunch, receiving a purifying blessing, before having your stars read by a highly respected astrologer.
Romantic Sunset Cruise around Jimbaran Bay
Enjoy a two-hour private cruise on a speedboat exploring the impressive coastline of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula at the southern-most tip of the island, seeing the shores, temples and surfers from a different perspective as the sun sets over Jimbaran Bay.
Picturesque Central Bali
Spend the day exploring some of Bali’s most famous temples, including the Taman Ayun Temple complex and the iconic ‘floating’ Ulun Danu Temple, combined with a visit to the bustling Candi Kuning market and the UNESCO-recognised rice terraces at Jatiluwih.
Rural Balinese Cooking Class
Enjoy a cooking class that offers a fascinating introduction to the exotic ingredients of Balinese cuisine. After selecting your produce from the market, prepare a feast to be enjoyed at a dining table surrounded by beautiful rice fields.
Monkey Forest and Tanah Lot
Visit Mengwi and the beautiful temple complex at Taman Ayun, say hello to the macaque monkeys in Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, then head south to Bali’s most famous temple complex at Tanah Lot to enjoy the incredible sight of the sun setting on the horizon.
Ubud Art and Culture
Discover Bali’s cultural heartland with a tour of Ubud, visiting the Neka Art Museum which celebrates the art and culture of the island, browsing the artisan markets and shops and a chance to wander around Ubud Palace, the home of the royal family.
Ubud's Ridges, Villages and Valleys
Enjoy a peaceful trek through the river valley of Tukad Wos, with fine views of the volcanic Mount Agung, passing small villages, temples and rice fields, heading north along the famous Campuhan Ridge one of the finest trekking routes in Ubud.
Central Bali by Bike and Foot
Enjoy a day of exploring the countryside around Ubud by bike and foot, seeing the incredible rice terraces of Tegalalang, visiting an artisan market, enjoying an exotic lunch and trekking through the green gasses of Campuhan Ridge.
Kintamani Besakih Tour
Experience the diverse landscapes, traditional arts, crafts and temple culture of the island, including a visit to the 1,000-year old, Besakih Temple, known as the Mother Temple of Bali.
Tabanan Street Food Cooking Class
Enjoy an early morning bike ride through rice terraces and villages, to the market where you will purchase fresh local ingredients, before learning five traditional Balinese recipes under the guidance of the top chef at the luxurious Puri Taman Sari.
John Hardy Workshop Tour
Take a tour of the John Hardy Jewellery Factory, learning how the jewellery is made and with the opportunity for an exclusive shopping experience, all housed in a building made from local natural products, including bamboo, adobe and thatch.
Bedugul and Tanah Lot Tour
Discover the spiritual heart of Bali with a visit to the iconic 17th century Ulun Danu Temple on Lake Beratan and see the macaque monkeys on a forest walk, before ending the day watching the sunset against the dramatic backdrop of Tanah Lot Temple.
Denpasar Street Food Tour
Spend the day on a street food tour with one of Bali’s top chefs who will guide you around the local Denpasar warungs and market, where you will taste a range of Balinese, Indonesian and Arabian dishes, while exploring the heritage area of the city.
Traditional Bali and Natural Wonders
Live like a local for the day and spend time learning from the Balinese people about village life, traditional farming and house-building techniques, before visiting Kehan Temple and Kintamani to enjoy the views of Mount Batur.
Sunrise over Mount Batur
Enjoy watching the sunrise over breakfast from the summit of Mount Batur, followed by a soothing dip in the Toya Bungkah Hot Springs.
Kintamani Volcano Cycling
After a light breakfast, explore the Balinese countryside by mountain bike, cycling from Kintamani overlooking Mount Batur, through scenic countryside and small villages to the artist’s colony at Ubud for a delicious lunch.
Bali Street Food Experience
Discover the culinary delights of Bali on a guided tour where you will learn how to prepare and cook a local dish in a traditional Balinese house, visit a local warung and the Gianyar Night Market, before enjoying an authentic dining experience.
Royal High Tea
What could be better than enjoying a relaxing footbath and full body massage on the banks of the Ayung River in Mambal, before taking afternoon High Tea, enjoying the stunning views across the lush river valley.
Rainforest Trekking and Canoeing Lake Tamblingan
Enjoy a day exploring Bali’s central highlands and three caldera lakes, Beratan, Buyan and Tamblingan. See the iconic ‘floating’ Ulun Danu Temple, trek through rainforest to the shores of Lake Tamblingan and travel in a traditional dugout canoe.
Munduk Highland Adventure
Enjoy an exciting off-road drive around mountainous Munduk and Lake Tamblingan, paddle in a dugout canoe, take a short forest walk, visit a coffee plantation and end on a delicious lunch with views of the Munduk highlands and Seririt beach.
Exotic Bali by Classic Volkswagen Jeep
Spend the day discovering the temples, natural beauty, traditional artisan villages and amazing rice terraces at Tegalalang, in a classic VW off-road army jeep.
Batur's Youngest Crater and Volcano Cooking
Take an afternoon stroll with a difference across a volcanic lava landscape and up to the rim of one of Mount Batur’s youngest craters, where you can enjoy panoramic views and a spot of afternoon tea, cooked by the heat and pressure of the volcano.
Kintamani and Monkey Forest Tour
Experience a day watching a traditional Barong dance, learning about Balinese arts and crafts, visiting amazing rock-carvings at Gunung Kawi Temple and Goa Gajah and watching the macaque monkeys in Ubud Monkey Forest.
Ancient Ubud and Rice Field Tour
Explore the temples and art markets around Ubud, including trips to the 9th century Elephant Cave, once a sanctuary for Buddhist monks, a chance to see the world’s largest kettle drum, as well as the amazing rice terrace near the village of Tegalalang.
Exchange for Change
Don’t miss this chance to make a small difference to the lives of local Balinese women, by spending half a day teaching some basic computer skills, or giving an English lesson, while hearing their individual stories.
Spirit of Belimbing
Enjoy a gentle seven-kilometre trek through coffee plantations and across rice-paddy terraces, before cooling off in the sacred Benben Waterfall. After lunch back at your hotel, attend a Balinese temple ceremony in one of Belimbing‘s ancient temples.
Land Cruise Adventure
Using customised Land Rovers, head off-road through classic Balinese scenery around Gunung Batukaru, Bali’s second highest mountain, visiting the rice terraces of Jatiluwih, the Hindu temple of Batukaru and lunch at a bamboo forest restaurant.
Jatiluwih Rice Paddy Cycling
Cycle through the UNESCO-recognised seemingly endless emerald green rice-paddy fields at Jatiluwih, offering superb views in all directions, before ending with a sumptuous lunch overlooking the stunning scenery.
Charms of North Bali
Enjoy a full day exploring the wondrous natural scenery, cultural delights and spiritual life of northern Bali.
Bali Photography Expedition
After an early morning start, learn, develop and improve your photographic skills to capture images of the early morning sunrise, ancient temples, markets and rural Balinese life, all with the help of a professional photographer.