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Hi Bees! I know many bees have been to or go to Bali frequently. I’m planning my honeymoon for December and I’m looking for suggestions for accomadations. Any and all help would be greatly apprceciated. Thanks!
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@rand04: Hi, I love Bali and I’m sure you will as well!
Try the W-resort or the four seasons, both of them are lovely 🙂
Post # 4
Hey we went honeymooning for 3 weeks in August and thought Bali was awesome.
Here is a board I started before I went with some advice from other Bees:
I will break my tips down by location below.
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Only stay 1 or 2 nights in Legian/Seminyak maybe when you first fly in from the airport or are leaving- although the food, bars/lounges and shopping are great, it is a pretty crowded little city. You can find some good surfing near the beach on Legian/Kuta! Kuta is probably the most touristy party place, Legian is a bit quieter, and Seminyak is more high end/trendy with lots of places to eat but more expensive.
We stayed at the Magani – http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g608487-d3319080-Reviews-The_Magani_Hotel_and_Spa-Legian_Bali.html pretty generic but nice hotel with a fairly good price, nice pool, about 5 min walk from the beach. Very friendly staff. Nice and quiet place to retreat to by the pool. We would recommend it. However not the best location for us as we had to take a cab into Seminyak every night for the restaurants we wanted to visit – this took anywhere from 10 min to 25 min depending on traffic – but usually only cost $2-3!! So it was ok.
We also stayed at The Breezes on one of the last parts of our trip, after taking some salt water showers and lots of travelling and planes/boat rides, so we were just wanting to relax. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g469404-d614962-Reviews-The_Breezes_Bali_Resort_Spa-Seminyak_Bali.html Its in a great location in Seminyak and is basically a resort type atmosphere – large buffet breakfast included, games in the pool/at the bar, etc. It was good to not have to think about anything, and they did a large honeymoon towel display in our room with tons of flowers which was nice!
There was an amazing villa in Seminyak that another Bee recommended on the board I posted above but it was too expensive for us – we spent our expensive honeymoon stay money in Ubud instead, but this place looks AMAZING if you can afford it!
Another option is to look for a private villa with a pool etc via lots of websites online, or even Airbnb!
Food – More casual – Try a beach resto with live music/bean bag chairs on the beach at night like La Plancha http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d2233925-Reviews-La_Plancha-Seminyak_Bali.html
More upscale but worth it – Potatoe Heads – amazing lounge/restaurant – def recommend and really great food and crazy delicious cocktails http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d2005895-Reviews-Potato_Head_Beach_Club-Seminyak_Bali.html Nice for sunset and fun for dancing! its huge!
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@rand04: Anything operated by the luxury chain Alila, very boutique and private. I stayed at Alila Manggis and loved it!
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Board I started:
Ubud is completely cool and different, away from the beaches and surfing, in the mountains surronded by rice paddies – can be very touristy in spots but so serene in others! We thought it was pretty magical, although we came to enjoy the beaches and surf, it was definately one of our favorites places! Must sees are Monkey Forest, maybe try a cooking class, or do some yoga!
We stayed at http://www.kupubarongubud.com/ and it was HUGE splurge for us – but its only your honeymoon once! We got the full honeymoon package in a Riverside Villa but I am sure you could stay at any of the rooms here without the private pool/butler/etc and spend WAY less but still have an amazing experience. THe food was amazing (especially the private dnner on the infinity pool, and the private breakfast in the birdcage!), staff friendly, the spa to die for, fre yoga, afternoon tea, dance lessons, it was all great. Its a little outside of Ubud so I do recommend a scooter, although they have a shuttle which will take you into town as well.
I highly recommend a scooter in ubud so you can see the sights. we went to monkey forest of course – buy some bananas and they will be all over you! DO NOT WEAR ANYTHING that the monkeys can take because they will (sunglasses, big necklace, hold tight to your purse and camera) we took a day trip on our scooter and visited tampak siring where they make crazy cow skull carvings, visited a temple with holy waters http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g297701-d379268-Reviews-Istana_Tampak_Siring-Ubud_Bali.html, went to this gorgeous waterfall and managed to somehow get underneath it without dying http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g297701-d2643063-Reviews-Tegenungan_Waterfall-Ubud_Bali.html visited an eco- coffee plantation which sold kopi- luwak (most epensive coffee in world – pooped out by luwaks!) this was really cool, and included several coffee tastings at the end, on the way to mt. batur volcano. on the way we also stopped at Rice Terraces of Tegalalang – they were beautiful and you could walk throughout them. http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g608497-d1092697-Reviews-Rice_Terraces_of_Tegalalang_and_Ubud-Tegalalang_Bali.html
casual: ribs at naughty nuris
Experience: eat at sari organic in the middle of the rice fields http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g294226-d3609409-Reviews-Sari_Organic-Bali.html
Twilight dinner at Kupu Kupu Barong (be sure to book the early booking so you can actually watch the sun set!)
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East Coast Bali: We didn’t spend much time here at all to be honest. I have heard Sanur is beautiful but it is a bit of an overpriced tourist beach town. We didn’t stay there though, or really anywhere else, so I don’t have much to recommend except this place:
We stayed at Kommune Beach Club on the East coast which was really cool with black sand but kind of out of the way. Not a must see but really cool if you love surfing and want something fun but not very cultural. Food was great here. I do highly recommend it but might skip if you are on limited time http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g3591831-d3525079-Reviews-Komune_Resort_Keramas_Beach_Bali-Keramas_Bali.html
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I would stay away from Nusa Lombongan – although some people love it – I found it to be too touristy and crowded and not many great places to eat. Pretty expensive. They have some amazing surfing though, a boat takes you out to a break and you surf for 2 hours, the wave only breaks in one spot so you surf it, then paddle back up the side of the wave without getting nailed in the face by it every time it crashes like you do withsome beach breaks! also they had amazing scuba diving here if you are into that – they have some crazy huge manta rays, turtles, sharks, lots to see!!! I would only go for a day trip or 1 night though. We stayed in beach huts for only $35/night, which I hear are much cheaper in low season (we went in high season). The owner of the beach huts is this restaurant, and they were also the best food we had on this island (try the rice in a pineapple!) http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g1137831-d4722485-Reviews-Ulu_Thai_Food-Nusa_Lembongan_Bali.html
If you have time to go to the Gili Islands – they are so quaint! Really recommend Gili Air for peace and serenity – no motorized vehicles on the whole island! There are only horse drawn carts and bicycles! Loved this after all the noisy scooters. Take a fast boat for $50 or $60 rather than a hour public ferry, even though it only costs like $5 instead – your time is worth it!!! Here we stayed at a more upscale place called http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g664667-d3319935-Reviews-The_Beach_Club_Gili_Air-Gili_Air_Gili_Islands_Lombok_West_Nusa_Tenggara.html the beach outside is so awesome, they do open air movie nights, and the owners are Australian and super nice. The private bungalows are cute with AC and hot showers. Try the Beef Randang and of course the Nasi Goreng! Apparently there is great scuba diving and snorkeling off this island too but I had an ear infection so couldnt go.
We also stayed at little bungalows on the very far end of the beach, (forget the name but if you just go all the way to the end you will find them!) super quiet, salt water showers, and near a little restaurant that BBQs fresh caught fish and we had breakfast right on the beach with coffee and delicous banana pancakes for only $2 each! My husband got a local fisherman to take him out fishing on his boat and went spearfishing with him too.
We didn’t go to Gili Trawangan to party as we were on honeymoon and we were going to check it out for one night as we thought it might be fun but with my ear infection we decided to just stay on the peaceful Gili island instead.
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If you have time to visit Lombok it is a pretty cool, quiet little place – you could fly into/out of their airport quickly and more cheaply than getting a boat there! It is not as touristy as Bali. It is muslim so women wearing full head gear etc. But some of the most beautiful beaches with amazing surfing we have ever seen. We stayed at Kuta, Lombok. Again, you 100% need a scooter, reaad my review here https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/1113371?locale=en
EAT – really really highly recommend Ashtari amazing organic food, good place to chill out with board games etc, amazing veiws of Juta beach waves, and also they do morning yoga at 630am to the sunrise on their patio, one of the highlights of this place! http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Restaurant_Review-g2155769-d1071792-Reviews-Ashtari-Kuta_Lombok_West_Nusa_Tenggara.html
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I haven’t been there but I have heard good things about the Conrad Bali (it’s a Hilton property). Pictures look AMAZING.
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one of the best is saved for last – ULUWATU!!!!! It is awesome. Quiet and gorgeous but happening. STAY HERE, it has amazing prices and is private and beautiful: http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review-g303953-d1379535-Reviews-Puri_Uluwatu_Villas-Uluwatu_Bali.html
Steve the owner is from California and will take care of you!!! Stay in the honeymoon villa. He will rent you a scooter for $5/day, there is a private path to uluwatu beach, which is an amazing cool beach with cliffs and caves. Gorgeous architecture in this place and breakfast included. Yoga in area. Cool temple with dance performances and monkeys located 5 mins away. Steve or his staff will BBQ up any fresh fish from Jimbaran Bay fish market (20 mins awaY) or better yet go to Jimbaren for a romantic sunset dinner on the beach (we didn’t get to do this but heard it was amazing). Try to stay here on a Sunday night – there is a SUPER FUN dance party at Single Fin for locals/tourists and Steve sometimes books a bottle service table – it is busy so get there early! http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Attraction_Review-g303953-d3308201-Reviews-Single_Fin-Uluwatu_Bali.html
Padang Padang beach is a 5 min scooter away, which is a busier beach but lots of sun, you walk down through a little crevice in the cliffs, and the surf is great for beginners. After you are done surfing in the morning, check out the waves on the cliff at the Single Fin restaurant above, order a pizza and watch the surfers! Steve can have a private masseuse come to your room or they can massage you on the beach for cheap. We really thought this was a perfect place to end our honeymoon – not super expensive or luxury but great experience.
Hope that helps! If you want to see any pictures I have LOTS! just pm me:)
Post # 13
@llgraham: Thank you so much for all of your tips! I really appreciate you taking the time.