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elmccarraher

Areas to stay for week-long Honeymoon

by elmccarraher »

We're excited to have finally decided on our Honeymoon destination - Bali!  The culture is interesting to us and the area is so beautiful!  There will be lots to explore.

 

We'll definitely be staying in Ubud for 2 nights - we have 5 more nights to play with and would like to decide on two more locations.  For those that have traveled in Bali - what is your preference when it comes to Candidasa, Nusa Dua, or heading to Lombok for 2-3 nights?  Things of interest to us include: hikes (preferably volcano), good traditional food (my husband's a chef in fine dining industry and very curious to try food), massage, easy bicycling, snorkeling, animals, spirituality (such as meditation or temples), sailing for a day or night. 

 

We will be looking for mid to mid-high range accomodations - definitely something with a beautiful view and Balinese features in their decor.

Thanks so much and I look forward to your advice!

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Bluebell

RE: Areas to stay for week-long Honeymoon

by Bluebell »

Greetings!

Bali is a great destination!  The culture is fascinating, the people warm, the landscapes gorgeous, the vibe enchanting, and the food addictive.

We only stayed at Candidasa so can’t comment on Nusa Dua or Lombok.  Southeastern Bali is rather quiet and very laid-back.  Candidasa has a hillside temple worth exploring and simple home-style restaurants or warungs line the town center.  Definitely not the razzle dazzle of Seminyak.  The beach, at least at our hotel, was unimpressive as the shore is prone to erosion due to past reef damage by developers.  Unless you have your own vehicle, it’s worth getting a car & driver to take you on a day-trip to Tengannan village, Amlapura and Tirta Ganga.

You might also want to explore accommodation options at Mangiss, west of Candidasa, which has another stretch of beach.

If you’re keen on volcano hikes, about 2 hours north of Candidasa is Gunung Batur and Batur Lake.  You could stay either lakeside or at Penelokan village with great views of the volcano, caldera and lake.  We stayed at Lakeside Hotel, a bit atmospheric but otherwise good for one night.  Don’t stay in shabby Kintamani town, further up the road from Penelokan.  We found the locals a bit aggressive and greedy and the town was full of tour-bus day trippers and cheap trinket vendors.

We also enjoyed 2 days in Munduk, a village in the mountainous coffee-growing region south of Tambligan Lake.  The scenery is lush and forested and has good day hikes to waterfalls and scenic rice fields.  There are small family-owned hotels and B+Bs and we found the home-cooking to be just as good as in Ubud.  You couldn't be farther from the crazy Kuta beach scene here.

From Munduk it’s 2 hours to Ubud.  Your Ubud accommodation shouldn’t be too secluded (as in the many outlying rice fields or adjacent valleys) as you’ll definitely want to spend lots of time in town exploring great restaurants, cafes, museums, arts & crafts shops, spas, cultural performances, the Monkey Forest, etc.  You may decide to stay longer than 2 days!

But don't stretch yourselves trying to do too much in only one week.

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drobert360

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by drobert360 »

The primary attraction of Nusa Dua is beach related activities. My first visit to Bali (about 40 years ago) it had just a sparse number of hotels and virtually no local population (IMO, much hotter than other locations and much less rain made the area unattractive to the Balinese). Still the beach scene is the draw. Few Americans at that time mostly from Europe & Australia. High- end restaurants & shops are now the norm (prices to match).

Save an afternoon to visit Tanah Lot for sunset ... memorable. Touristy today but the photo opt of the sunset is stunning. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tanah_Lot    Under the right conditions you get a HUGE sun (see the 8th row down or so) ... http://tinyurl.com/my65fbk (unforgettable picture with the right atmospheric conditions).

The article (Top 10 Temples in Bali) is worth reviewing ...  http://goseasia.about.com/od/bali/tp/Must-See-Temples-In-Bali-Indonesia.htm 

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elmccarraher

RE: Areas to stay for week-long Honeymoon

by elmccarraher »

This is great information, thank you so much for your suggestions!  I have learned a lot from you both that I didn't know from online searches I had done.

Do you have any information on how to find a reputable driver?

Thanks again!

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Bluebell

RE: Areas to stay for week-long Honeymoon

by Bluebell »

Hi again!

When we booked our Candidasa hotel (Candi Beach Cottages), we requested airport pick-up.  If you’re arriving after a long flight, you’ll really appreciate this rather than walking out of the terminal and having to negotiate with a taxi driver.  We liked our driver and hired him for a daytrip and to take us (one-way) to Batur.  Hotels can easily arrange for drivers.  If you like the driver, hire him for as many days as you like.  Alternatively, ask your next hotel for a driver for the onward leg.  Drivers set rates depending upon distance/destination.  Make sure the SUV/car is in good condition with air-con.

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peter knight

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by peter knight »

If you like tranquility and peace I would suggest you stay at Sanur beach. I was there in the 90's and we stayed at the Gazebo Beach Hotel. It is right on the beach. It has cottages and honeymoon suites. The ocean is very calm due to a natural reef barrier a mile or so out. It is a reasonably priced property (about $50-75 per night). There are some high end hotels down the beach also. However, this place has a personal touch. You can visit all areas of Bali by car. http://www.baligazebo.com/. You can book it directly or through Agoda.com

Ubud is another great place. It is an artist's colony. Kuta Beach is loud , noisy and full of bars.

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worldlynomads

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by worldlynomads »

As previous posters have said, Munduk is a great area and you can try some of the Civet coffee there (Cat poo coffee)! Or if you were thinking of Lombok you could head to one of the Gilis islands? We went to both these places last year as part of our honeymoon and loved it! Gili Meno which I think has a couple of high quality small hotels on it. 

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drobert360

RE: Areas to stay for week-long Honeymoon

by drobert360 »

Sanur beach was one of the first resort areas and is not as high end as Jimbaran but a nice beach and much more tranquil than Kuta (which I don't recommend unless you are in to loud parties). Nusa Dua is the original high-end area of the island ... developed from dry sandy areas to attract affluent tourists.  Now there are several competing areas that are really high-end. If you are into beach you will do well in any of those spots.  In the past, the Balinese were not into beach going at all ... this might have changed as time has past. In the main we have really only seen tourists visiting the beaches they are not really that crowded (except for Kuta).

A week is not a long trip for Bali ... it is a long trip from most places in the world. I honeymooned in Bali (remarriage) a few years ago and the trip was very memorable for both of us ... really can't go wrong no matter where you pick. Enjoy your honeymoon trip and congratulations. We splurged for a few days in Jimbaran (loved the sunset meals in the outdoor restaurant on the cliffs).

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velocity

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by velocity »

I highly recommend Sanur. Lovely area, really friendly, not overrun with tourists. Congratulations!

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rachelcook735

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by rachelcook735 »

Hi,

First of all many congratulations. You have made  a wonderful choice by opting for Bali as your honeymoon destination. Ubud will be wonderful. Apart from that you should go in for Kuta or Nusa Dua. Both have great things to do and explore and good food to offer. There are good accomodation facilities which offer the best of romantic getaways. One of the best resorts in Nusa Dua is the Laguna Resort.   For Ubud I would recommend you The Ubud village resort and Spa. Both are some of the finest accomodations in the region and should fit in your budget. 

All the best :)

 

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