The nation of Bali is renowned as being extremely peaceful and welcoming to tourists, making it one of the most attractive destinations for honeymooners seeking an escape from modern life. If you like lush landscapes and being surrounded by exotic wildlife, Bali is the place for you.
Travelling to Bali is fairly simple, and much the same as heading to many countries outside Europe. On arrival at the airport you will have to acquire a 30-day visa which is made clear when you land. Ideally make sure your passport has at least 6 months left before expiry as well to avoid any issues at customs.
It can get hot, on average up to 33ºC, so make sure you drink plenty of water! Rainy season lasts from November to April, though the island rarely suffers with monsoons, so whenever you choose to go you will be graced with generally undisrupted weather.
Uluwatu Temple – Pura Luhur
One of the nine directional temples of Bali and considered to protect Bali against evil, a trip to this beautiful religious site is a must-add to your list of things to do. You must wear a sarong when visiting the temple, but they are available to hire if you forget. There also lots of monkeys that roam around the grounds. However cute they may seem, beware! They generally keep away but are attracted to belongings they can grab hold of, so keep your sunglasses and cameras tucked away.
If you fancy another temple, the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is another beautiful one to visit. It’s reflected in the water so you can snap some gorgeous pictures!
Treat yourself one afternoon to a local massage treatment or a trip to a luxurious spa. There are many yoga retreats around Bali and these holistic experiences are some of the most effective on earth for banishing toxins, muscular aches and chronic pains. They’ve become an integral part of the Balinese culture – well, if they insist!
There are plenty of places on the island where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the town and take a walk through the rice paddy fields, and a visit to Ubud is perfect for this. The tree lanterns bring a magical glow to the streets at night, and there are a number of markets, quirky shops and classy lounge-style cafes where you can mingle with the friendly locals. Be sure to sample some of the authentic cuisine when you visit.
If you head 20 minutes north of Ubud, you’ll find the village of Pakudui in Tellalagang where you can pick up some wonderful carvings and sculptures from the local carpentry workshops. It also has some of the most dramatic landscapes in the region.
The 1700 metre volcano of Batur is worth the trip to Bali alone. You can book an organised hike that will get you to the summit just as the sun starts to rise, or you can see the sight from the sky in a helicopter ride.
If you’re a seasoned hiker and are up for a challenge, a visit to Mount Rinjani and the National Park could be for you. Gunung Rinjani is Indonesia’s second highest, and still very much active, volcano and requires some planning and a guide or two to reach the summit. The spectacular views, however, will be worth the climb.
Rock Bar Ayana
Arguably the best bar in Bali thanks to the incredible views of the sea crashing onto the rocks and beautiful sunsets.
Your trip would not be complete without taking in the legendary Bali sunset. The sun turns into a huge red fireball as it nudges the horizon. For one of the best views, take a walk or go horse-riding over to the secluded Yeh Gangga beach, or switch on your romantic side by booking a horse-drawn bendi ride in Canggu.