The Original Travel team have travelled far and wide through the islands of Indonesia, visiting the most romantic hotels, surfing and sampling all the best spa treatments.

All in the name of research, naturally, and what we've concluded is that Bali and Lombok make excellent honeymoon hangouts.

No great revelation there, but these tropical, volcanic islands really do offer beautiful beaches and scenic landscapes of terraced hills, together with cultural attractions, and all kinds of water and land-based activities.

A Honeymoon in Bali is eternally popular (for good reason) - this predominantly Hindu island sits in the middle of the world's largest Muslim nation, and its coast is home to some of the beachfront hotels in the world.

Just 40 miles east of Bali and reached by a two-hour boat trip or a short flight is the island of Lombok. Again the accommodation and service is immaculate, and you can enjoy all kinds of watersports including excellent snorkelling and diving on the coral reefs of the nearby Gili Islands. While the beach-lovers relax on powdery sands, the adventurous Honeymooners can head inland, trekking to Sasak villages, waterfalls and even tackling the inimitable Mount Rinjani on an overnight camping adventure.

Now while Bali and Lombok are a perfect Honeymoon pairing, the Indonesian archipelago offers up plenty of other delights to take a Honeymoon from memorable to mind-blowing.

Take Java. Indonesia's most populous island could seem overwhelming at first but move away from the cities and you'll find endless views of verdant rice paddies, charming villages and some truly luxurious hotels ranging from charming Joglo houses with private plunge pools in the heart of the Javanese countryside, to island escapes where the guests are joined by nesting sea turtles on the coral beaches.

The Komodo Islands archipelago is blessed with simply incredible beaches ranging from volcanic black to pure white to soft pink, vibrant coral reefs, first class scuba diving and the infamous Komodo Dragons, found nowhere else on earth. Kick off your shoes and hole up in a rustic beach resort, or take things up a level with a luxurious boat charter.

For the off-the-beaten-track beach lover, there is no hotter Honeymoon hangout than Nihiwatu on the island of Sumba. The islands only 5* hotel offers spoiling private pool villas, delicious Indonesian cuisine, a perfect sand beach and even its very own wave for the surf fans among you.

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Where to go

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Indonesia

The Indonesian archipelago consists of a sprawling chain of tropical volcanic islands comprising one of the most diverse and exotic nations on Earth.

Where to stay

Nihiwatu

Nihiwatu

In 2016 luxury hotel Nihiwatu (on Sumba Island) was declared the number one hotel in the world by Travel + Leisure Magazine. With a mile long beach exclusive to hotel guests, a private surf break, and a sustainable tourism project that sees a portion of the resorts profits repatriated into the local community we can easily see why.

Oberoi Lombok

Oberoi Lombok

All rooms feature a private shaded terrace with garden or ocean views, sunken marble garden baths and butler service, while some also have private swimming pools.

Como Shambhala Estate

Como Shambhala Estate

Guests can join various ‘wellness’ programmes that typically last between three and seven days, or simply enjoy a bespoke health retreat at their own pace.

Alila Villas Uluwatu

Alila Villas Uluwatu

The eco-friendly design of the luxury Alila Villas Uluwatu certainly does not compromise on style

Amankila

Amankila

Choose from ocean suites, garden suites or pool suites with private pools; all are elevated to take advantage of the spectacular views of the sea and surrounding hills.

Alexa

Alexa

The fad for phinisi liveaboard boats in the waters off Indonesia’s islands shows no signs of running out of steam (or sail), and the arrival of the Alexa only ups the ante higher.

Kura Kura

Kura Kura

The Kura Kura Resort occupies its own 22 hectare island, dotted with swaying palms and set amid tropical gardens, crisscrossed with sandy paths. A retreat far removed from the bustle of Java, often the only sound heard will be the calls of the exotic birds that call the island home.

Amanjiwo

Amanjiwo

Located in the heart of rural Java, the mood at Amanjiwo certainly takes after its name – meaning ‘peaceful soul’.

Tugu Lombok

Tugu Lombok

With postcard-perfect white sandy beach, gorgeous blue waters and tropical foliage – Tugu Lombok ticks all the boxes for a luxury Indonesian getaway.

Jeeva Beloam

Jeeva Beloam

The younger sister to one of our favourite boutique beach hotels, Jeeva Klui, the Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp offers guests a somewhat off-grid castaway experience on a stunning sandy beach on Lombok’s South East coast.

Plataran Borobudur

Plataran Borobudur

Overlooking the rolling Menoreh hills, and the ancient Buddhist Stupa Borobudur, Plataran Borobudur is an eco-conscious, boutique resort nestled in the hills of Tanjungan Village.

Jeeva Klui Resort

Jeeva Klui Resort

Located on the gorgeous Klui Beach in Senggigi, Jeeva Klui Resort is a charming retreat which lures you in with its framing natural beauty.

The whole time no-one was anything but happy

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