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HUNTED: { Honeymoon Destination – Bali }

HUNTED: { Honeymoon Destination – Bali }

Choice of honeymoon destination is one of those few areas of wedding planning responsibility that is often handed to the groom. So whether you’re a groom searching for inspiration, or a bride who knows better than to leave it all in his hands, my Honeymoons category features destination ideas to get the planning juices flowing.

One of the favourite destinations of my marrying peers currently is the Indonesian island of Bali. I’m guessing the combination of great weather, outstanding pampering and tropical exoticness lures them in. I’ve been too : it’s a fabulous destination.

Wedding Honeymoon Ideas Tropical Spas BaliWhere is it? – Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and nestles just below the equator. Geographically its some 1,000 km to the North-East of Australia, or a slightly more eye-watering 12,500 km to the South-East of London.

How long’s the journey?From London Heathrow you’ll have to make a stop on the way. Kuala Lumpur / Singapore are popular stop-over choices. All-in, some 16 hours in the air is about right.

When to go? – Bali is hot (20-33 degrees celsius) all year round. From Dec-Mar you can get monsoon-like rain, whereas Jun-Sept is driest.

What can we do? –  Bali is small, with a total population of 3 million, but packs a lot into a little space. If you are active, there is diving, white water rafting and other watersports plus temples to visit and mountains to climb. If you are culturally minded you can take cooking classes, watch traditional dance shows and visit marine parks.  If you like doing nothing there are no shortage of upmarket spas, beautiful beaches and restaurants, as well as markets where haggling is positively encouraged. If you are a party animal, even on your honeymoon, there are masses of bars and clubs where you can tuck into some potent cocktails and shake what your mama gave ya. In short, then, Bali is a tropical everyman destination. It would be entirely possible to go the whole hog and hold your wedding there too.

Where should we stay? – Many honeymooners make Bali a multi-stay destination so they can tour the island. Ubud is one hot-spot. 35km North-East of Denpasar airport and 2-300 metres above sea level it feels a little more off of the tourist path in comparison to the beach towns. That doesn’t mean loss of luxury though. GHM Hotel The Chedi Club is exceptionally highly rated;  as is the Komaneka. When it comes to beach resorts, Nusa Dua is divisive. You either love its 5* hotel luxuriousness or you find it sterile and contrived. Either way, if you’re looking for a top hotel try The Bale. You may find you don’t even leave your complex.

What should we budget? Flights alone from Heathrow – Bali Denpasar will set you back near £800 economy (stopover each way included). So unless you want to rough it in huts once you arrive, budget £4,000+.

Summary Bali contains a lot in a little space. Combined with a climate at its best during the peak wedding season its popularity for honeymoons is understandable.

Have you been to Bali? Is there some gem I’ve missed here?

Please feel welcome to add your comments below

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