- Indulge in daily spa treatments at a retreat on Bali's North coast
- Cycle through picturesque traditional villages, ending at a waterfall and enjoying a picnic lunch in front of the falls
- Tour Ubud in a vintage VW convertible and visit a sacred temple complex
- Toast to married life on the beaches of Jimbaran Bay, before tucking into fresh seafood dishes
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After the stresses of wedding preparation and the exhaustion of the big day itself, the honeymoon is a chance for some well-earned R&R, and we can't think of anywhere more suited to this than Bali. Explore the 'island of the Gods', while staying at some truly luxurious hotels. This two-week trip isn’t just reserved for honeymoons, however, and it’s the perfect relaxing break for anyone in need of a digital detox.
With the excitement of your wedding over, it’s time for the relaxing part. Your luxury honeymoon begins today with an international flight to Bali. This is an indirect flight, so you’ll be transiting through a hub city in South East Asia or the Middle East. If you’d like to add another country to your itinerary, we can organise a city break en route to Bali.
JOURNEY TO TEMBOK
Once you’ve passed through customs in Bali, you’ll be met at the airport and privately transferred to the north coast. The drive will take approximately three hours, but upon arrival into the tranquil village of Tembok, all long haul travel stresses are bound to melt away. You’ll be treated to a welcome foot and shoulder massage to help soothe weary muscles and rejuvenate you for the start of your honeymoon. This evening, enjoy a romantic sunset cruise on a traditional Balinese boat (jukong) and gaze back at the majestic Mount Agung, as you float on the calm waves of the Bali Sea. If you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins on your evening cruise - what a way to kick off your romantic adventure.
Take it easy this morning with a lie in and a leisurely breakfast. Late morning, you may like to join a palm weaving or jamu making class – jamu is an entirely natural herbal remedy which also happens to be delicious! Laze by the pool, take a walk along the black sand beach and perhaps join the daily yoga class on the lawn. Later this afternoon, indulge in another luxurious spa treatment.
OUT AND ABOUT IN TEMBOK
After breakfast, embark on a 45-minute bicycle ride through picturesque villages, stopping at a local market to get a feel for daily Balinese life with a local guide. Continue your journey on foot towards Les Waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch at the falls, accompanied by the sounds of rushing water and the wildlife around you. We can also arrange diving or snorkelling at the USAT Liberty shipwreck or a Mount Batur sunrise hike for your final day in Tembok.
After dinner this evening, it's time for some stargazing with a difference. Armed with a speaker playing relaxing music (and a bit of balance), lie back on a floating platform and be gently nudged out to drift across the pool so you can gaze up at the stars.
HEAD TO MUNDUK
Leaving the coast behind, you will spend a few nights in Munduk, on Bali's mountainous spine. Once settled, explore the local village and embark on a trek through the rice fields to a coffee plantation, where you can learn about the traditional methods used to roast coffee. After this, your guide will take you onwards to a clove plantation, where clove oil, buds and leaves are processed. Stroll through the traditional villages of Banyuatis and Kayuputith on your way back.
TEMPLES AND (LAKE) TAMBLINGAN
After breakfast, you will be taken to a drop-off spot, where your guide will begin a jungle trek through to the mystical Lake Tamblingan, home to a local fishing village. Board a handcrafted canoe, which will take you to visit an ancient holy temple on the other side of the lake, before stopping by the majestic Munduk Waterfall on your return. Here, among the beautiful scenery, enjoy a picnic lunch before being taken back to your hotel.
Your final day in Munduk is all about relaxation. Our favourite hotels in Munduk have serene spas which use local ingredients in all products. Lie back and enjoy a traditional Balinese massage, or perhaps a seaweed facial. Yoga is also on offer, and of course there is a swimming pool to laze by and gaze out across the rice paddies and ocean beyond. Later today, take part in a traditional water blessing (Melukat) performed by the temple priest – an integral part of Balinese every day culture.
ON TO UBUD
Continue on to the cultural heart of Bali today: Ubud. Settle into your luxurious hotel, where you can enjoy daily yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates classes, as well as Ayurvedic Spa treatments. The rest of today is at leisure to relax and make full use of the spa. Indulge in authentic Balinese dishes for dinner, while toasting to married life with a cocktail (or two).
This morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in a vintage VW convertible and transferred to the Klungkung regency to visit Kerta Gosa: the Hall of Justice. Built by the highest Raja of Bali in the 18th century, the Kerta Gosa was the location of a famous battle between the Dutch and the Balinese. The Bale style structures house some of Bali’s most stunning artwork, including ceilings painted in the ‘Kamasan’ style, which offer spiritual lessons to those that gaze upon the colourful and intricate illustrations.
Afterwards, continue your journey uphill to visit Bali's most sacred temple complex, Besakih. Besakih consists of 23 individual temples, crafted upon the lower slopes of sacred Mount Agung. This is also one of the most popular worship sites for the Balinese and well worth taking time to explore. Following your visit to Besakih, relax in a local restaurant and enjoy lunch.
This afternoon, your journey will take you through lush vegetation and beautiful rice terraces around Selat to the water palace of Tirta Gangga. The palace was built in 1948 by the Raja of Karangasam and is a beautiful, tranquil spot where you can have a coffee break and walk around at your leisure before travelling on to visit the Bali Aga village of Tenganan. The Bali Aga people that live in Tenganan village still maintain their ancient traditions, such as special gamelan music and ritual dances, which are distinct from the arts performed on the rest of the island. The Bali Aga people are also the most revered weavers of Geringsing, a complicated double ikat cloth that is believed to ward off black magic.
It’s time for an even deeper dive into Balinese culture today, with a spiritual tour of Ubud. Balinese tradition dictates that the body is the temple of the soul, and between a river and the jungle, you'll join a traditional healer in his house. This secret and sacred setting is where you will learn the principles of purification to reconnect your chakra to nature and the present moment. At the water's edge, you'll rebalance your energy and witness purification rituals. A traditional megibung (communal dining) lunch will be served to round off the tour.
Return to the coast for a stay on the golden sands of Jimbaran Bay, one of Bali's most beautiful beaches. Spend the final two days of your honeymoon relaxing by the pool, indulging in spa treatments, and enjoying fresh seafood at the beachside restaurants, while watching the sunset with a cool beer and your toes in the sand.
Sadly it’s time to go home today and begin married life in the real world. This morning you will be met at the hotel by your private transfer driver and taken back to Ngurah Rai International Airport, in time for the first of your connecting flights home, which will take you via either Southeast Asia or the Middle East.
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