(Closed) Honeymoon help! Bali or ???

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We went to Bali for all of July in 2010.  I agree with what you’ve heard that the beaches aren’t that great, but the mountain region is really special.  I thought the nicest beaches were on the Bukit Peninsula (Dream, Bingin, Uluwatu).  The beaches there were pretty crowded, and sort of hard to access though.  We stayed at the Temple Lodge in Bukit, which I highly recommend.  Gili Trawangen is about a 2 hour boat ride from Bali – its a little tourist island which is really nice for the beach and snorkeling.  We stayed at Alam Gili there and it was a perfect!  If you go to Bali, you have to go to Ubud.  I would recommend splurging in Ubud on the Four Seasons or something fancy. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

My Fiance and I are getting married next July and waiting until October to go on our honeymoon.. The ticket difference is absolutely rediculous.. as in.. save 1000$ a person! Also, all of the crouds are there in the summer (their winter). We will be staying for the first leg of our trip in Ubud and the second in Nsa Dua. If you are looking for more suggestions, what about India, or Sri Lanka, or the Maldives

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Have you thought about Fiji? We were originally looking at the French Polynesian Islands as well, but also saw it would have been 15k plus easily after meals, etc. Fiji was much more affordable and does have some really nice beaches, depending on what island/resort you head to.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

What about Mauritius? It’s actually the best time to visit there during their winter (our summer) so August would be perfect! 

I haven’t been but we’re going there for our Honeymoon next year since that is where FI’s family is from. I’ve only looked into the flights and they are about 2k with taxes each. Otherwise the island is fairly inexpensive unless you choose to stay at an upscale resort. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Okay, so this is what I had narrowed down my search to Royal Davui, Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Tokoriki Island, Namale & Qamea. We ultimately chose Qamea for it’s intimate setting and all it had to offer and plus all of the wonderful reviews. Here are some comments I had received from a travel agent regarding my choices.

 

All of the properties on your list are by far the very best and most luxurious destinations in Fiji.  All of the properties have gourmet food, very calm and beautiful waters, with the beauty that can only be found in Fiji.  Not to mention the people in Fiji who are just so wonderful.  It is not uncommon to be in tears on the day you leave.  Let me give you a brief overview of the properties you have selected.
 
The Royal Davui on the Outer Islands of the Coral Coast.  It is a 5 star property and very exclusive, adults only property.
 
Likuliku Lagoon Resort – another 5 star property in the Mamanuca Islands It is the only over water resort in Fiji.  Much easier to get to than some of the other resorts..gorgeous bright blue water
 
Tokoriki Island Resort is a 4 star property that is more of a boutique property.  It is very small and popular with honeymooners.  Each villa is free standing.
 
Namale & Qamea are resorts that are located on the Northern Fiji Island.  Namale is a small luxury dive and spa resort …hugs staff and only 45 guests.  Lots of combined ocean and land based activities, near a rain forest.  Qamea is a secluded intimate resort..only 17 bures on the beach.Lot’s of ocean and land based activites, including getting dropped off on a private beach for a private lunch just for two! Or a hike up to see some waterfalls.
 
Good Luck, and I hope this helps!! And let me know if you have any questions! I did a lot of research 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I was just in Bali in May. If you want quiet and relaxing, I’d stay in Nusa Dua as its an enclave of resorts and you don’t really leave your resort. I stayed at the Laguna (Starwood property) and it was nice there. We left the resort and went to Bali Collection every night for dinner because it was cheaper. There isn’t much of a nightlife so it’s perfect if you just want to chill. If you want an area thats a little more central, go to Seminyak. Ton of great restaurants and bars. Stayed At a place called Semara which has small rooms but an amazing spa. I’d highly reco going to the spa, think it was about $60 for a facial and a massage and the place was immaculate. You can hire drivers to take you into the country, definitely check out Ubud. I should also add that I took this trip with a girlfriend and all we wanted to do was relax. 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I just came back from our honeymoon in Bali last week! My husband and I stayed in Candi Dasa for a week and another week in Seminyak. Candi Dasa is less touristy and is great for scuba diving/snorkeling, if you’re into that. Bali isn’t really known for great beaches. Padang Bai has a couple of nice beaches. It’s called Blue Lagoon, Bias Tugal, and White Sand Beach, but the current can be strong. We didn’t really go to the beaches because we dove for 5 consecutive days.

We went to Legian Beach and Kuta Beach on the West coast of Bali. There weren’t that many people on Legian Beach because the waves were just too crazy to swim in. Most of the tourists and locals ventured to Kuta because of the surfing lessons. 

We rented a villa both in Candi Dasa and Seminyak. We stayed at the Bayshore Villas in Candidasa right next to the beach, but again, the beach was unsuitable for swimming. We stayed at The Kunja in Seminyak and it was absolutely gorgeous!!!! We rented a scooter and explored the area. 

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