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
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.