White-sand beaches, crystal-clear water, and warm, welcoming locals are a perfect trifecta when it comes to an unforgettable honeymoon, and Bali is just the place to find all three. From the United States, the journey to the tiny Indonesian island is a long one, but thanks to Bali’s breathtaking setting and endless enchantments, visions of airport lounges will evaporate the second you set foot on its soil.
Though small, the island’s myriad resorts offer something for everyone, from local cuisine to luxurious spas. To help you narrow down the field, we’ve rounded up three Bali resorts where you’ll find the ultimate in relaxation and a well-rounded taste of this tiny island paradise. Our advice? Spend a couple of weeks in Bali and give each one a try.
AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI
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On Bali’s southern peninsula, AYANA Resort and Spa features traditional Asian architecture, complete with thatched roofs and water-spouting sculptures. Its accommodations include rooms and suites in its main building, plus a series of villas that overlook the ocean from private lawns. Take a dip at Kubu Beach or in the jaw-dropping Ocean Beach Pool before having sunset cocktails at Rock Bar, have a romantic massage at Spa on the Rocks, or try your hand at Indonesian cooking with an interactive cooking class with a resort chef.
RIMBA Jimbaran Bali by AYANA
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On the same property as AYANA Resort, RIMBA Jimbaran Bali is more contemporary in style, but with unexpected, luxe touches throughout (think sleek wood and glass, black-and-gold tile, and modern, abstract in-room art). RIMBA is surrounded by lush vegetation and is home to its own rooftop spa, where honeymooners can get everything from traditional Indonesian treatments to classic facials and massages. When an active appetite comes calling, don’t miss dim sum at Ah Yat Abolone Seafood Restaurant, or cocktails and dinner at UNIQUE Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, the perfect spot to catch a stunning sunset. The best part? A complimentary shuttle takes guests of AYANA and RIMBA back and forth between the two so they can enjoy what each has to offer.
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An hour’s drive north takes honeymooners to Ubud, Bali’s cultural and artistic capital. Viceroy Bali (shown at top) is tucked away in the Valley of the Kings, still within easy reach of central Ubud’s shops, cafes, and sites, but seemingly in a word of its own. It’ll be difficult to pry yourself away from your own private plunge pool and bale (the covered seating area shown above), but when you do, you won’t want to miss the decadent but fresh French-inspired food at CasCades restaurant or a hypnotizing facial at Lembah Spa. If curiosity gets the best of you, head into town to shop for teak furniture, beautiful batik textiles, and plenty more souvenirs to help you remember your honeymoon in this dreamy piece of paradise.