Bali's Seminyak certainly isn't lacking stylish beach clubs, but there's a new offering on its way that's set to raise the standard. The biggest project to date from the group behind the iconic Motel Mexicola and Bondi Beach's Bucket List, Tropicola will feature a beach club (obviously), plus a restaurant, rooftop bar and hotel. Pack your bags, people.
After six years of cruising from Fremantle and Adelaide, Cruise & Maritime Voyages' Astor will sail its final Australian season in March, 2019. A cherished home-away-from-home for more than 115,000 guests over the years, the ship is going in style with a special 'Extend your Escape' offer.
Seeing Bali's sights is something we'll never tire of, here at H4C. So when we heard about this new way to see it all, we had to share it with you. Luxury Ubud resort The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud has just launched romantic hot air balloon rides over some of the region's most scenic locations. Perfect for proposals, don't you think? *Wink wink*
Love Bali? Tick. Love food? Tick. Prepare to fall in love with this new escape. Just opened by Master Chef Will Meyrick (a.k.a. The Streetfood Chef), Canggu Cooking Retreat is perfect for couples wanting to mix relaxation with a fabulous cooking course. Sounds perfect to us!
Bali’s creative energy and carefree spirit has long attracted artists, musicians, writers and designers of the world, making this magical little island home to a super-cool crowd. The tropical destination's full-time and part-time expat residents number an estimated 200,000, in addition to about 800,000 migrants from other Indonesian islands.
Many describe themselves as digital nomads; many more work in the fields of tourism, export and real estate. Others have followed their hearts and passions, carving out enviable niches for themselves. And by introducing new creativity, talent and products to the Bali scene, or facilitating services and venues, they’ve given travellers more to experience than ever. Here, five of those creating a buzz in Bali share their insider secrets and local tips so that you can enjoy the best the Island of the Gods has to offer in 2018.
Bali offers a simmering pot of flavours and fun, all set amongst incredibly exotic surroundings. Headed to the Island of the Gods? We've rounded up the the hottest hangouts to experience the island’s famous food and social scene...
From Sri Lankan tea plantations to the wilds of Chile’s Patagonia, these seriously spectacular destinations are waiting for you to discover...
Destination tips are vital when travelling somewhere new and InterContinental Bali Resort’s unique brand concept ‘In the Know,’ helps travellers get the most out of their stay. The resort is proud to offer insider Bali destination tips, as well as guided day-trips incorporating therapeutic soaks in the hot springs of your choice.
Blessed with sun-kissed stretches of sand, bright blue waters and breathtaking sunsets, the beach locale of Sanur is every bit the Bali idyll. For a sensational Sanur honeymoon, add these cool experiences to your must-do list...
Chilling out at a stylish beach club with something refreshing and delicious is a bit of a must-do in Bali. Offering couples a new place to do just that, the ARTOTEL Beach Club has just opened in the coastal paradise of Sanur.
New to Bali? Want to check out its iconic foodie hotspots? These classic but eternally on-trend Bali institutions make for a deliciously decadent wine-and-dine experience.
If your dream Bali getaway involves visiting beautiful beaches, feasting on fresh seafood by the water and marvelling at majestic temples, Jimbaran (35 minutes south of Ngurah Rai International Airport) is an absolute must-visit.
Whatever style of honeymoon or romantic getaway you're after, you'll find it in Bali. If you're looking for an escape away from the crowds, filled with nothing but chilling out and going for relaxing walks on the beach, the island's Nusa Dua region is the place for you. If you're looking for exciting watersports, foodie adventures or a little retail therapy, there's plenty of that in Nusa Dua too. However you choose to spend your time in this picturesque destination, top it all off with a stay at one of these luxe resorts…
If you're looking to impress someone special this New Year's Eve, make your way to the luxurious InterContinental Bali Resort. Known for its glamorous accommodation and fantastic location, the resort is offering a candlelit dinner experience that neither of you will soon forget.
There’s a tempting bucket list of activities and adventures for nature lovers and thrill-seekers visiting Bali. Here, The Bali Bible rates some of the best experiences that combine the island’s incredible landscape with temples, tours and underwater adventures...
An extended holiday in Bali sounds amazing, but we get that now must be a challenging time for those awaiting flights thanks to the recent eruption of Mt Agung. Making the situation a little less stressful, experts in Bali travel, The Bali Bible, have found some fantastic accommodation deals for travellers waiting to return home.
The cultural delights of Bali are many, but for some truly unique experiences, it pays to get off the beaten track. We turned to the co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their expert suggestions. Take the time to immerse yourself in the sacred sights or join a guided tour for a tailor-made travel experience...
Ask basically anyone visiting Bali what destinations are on their itinerary and Seminyak is pretty much guaranteed to be featured. With a laid-back atmosphere, an exciting dining scene, golden-sand beaches and world-class accommodation, it's no wonder this coastal gem has become a popular option for Bali first-timers, regulars and honeymooners alike. Here are six reasons to spend a post-wedding getaway here…
There are few islands in the world that do luxury like Bali. From swanky hotels and resorts to private villas and world-class settings, it’s truly the Island of the Gods. To uncover Bali's most OTT luxury experiences, we asked long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their favourite spots. Prepare for serious luxury overload...
If you're headed to Bali's Seminyak and are looking for an OTT dining experience to top off your trip, book yourselves a table at this new industrial-chic restaurant and bar. With a focus on wood-fire, curing, smoking and grilling, Salazón promises multi-sensory dining experiences that serious foodies will love.
From French gastronomy and modern Australian fare to Asian fusion and local delicacies, Bali offers a simmering pot of flavours – the perfect recipe for romantic dining. To help find the best foodie gems on the island, we asked long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their recommendations. Reserve yourselves a table for two at these fantastic spots...
With its unique mix of natural charm and modern sophistication, Bali is the ultimate people-pleaser. Whatever your travel style, you’ll find your paradise here. To help make the most of your time on the island, we recruited long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, to share their insider tips. New to the island? Here are the spots these experts say you have to tick off...
It's no secret that Bali is a honeymoon heaven, but choosing exactly which gorgeous spot to visit on the island can be a bit of a challenge. For romance, sumptuous accommodation and a chilled atmosphere, Ubud is hard to beat. Here are seven reasons to consider this gem of a destination for your honeymoon...
A cool drink at sunset, chilled tunes and a comfy lounge overlooking Bali's beaches – we're not sure if life can get any better. At Seminyak's new GROW UP rooftop bar, though, this is exactly what you'll find.
One of the world's most fascinating destinations is about to become a lot more accessible, with the opening of the first and only five star resort on Waecicu Beach, just off the coast of Komodo.
There’s no shortage of glam beach clubs in Bali, but a new one opening its doors tomorrow has got us super-excited. Taking its name from its clifftop position in Uluwatu on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Ulu Cliffhouse will open its doors to show off a 25-metre infinity pool, open-air restaurant and cliffside rock bar hanging over the waves below.
We asked a number of Bali residents – and some regular visitors to the island – to tell us about the sights that should take pride of place on any holidaymaker’s Instagram feed. The result? Fourteen very different answers that are a photogenic mix of the well-known and the obscure, the super-glam and the naturally beautiful. Some of them are off the beaten track and somewhat challenging to reach, but all are totally worth the effort – and not just for envy-inducing Insta pics!
Australians have an unwavering love affair with Bali. But there’s so much more to Indonesia beyond the Island of the Gods.
We're no strangers to Bali beach clubs, but this new offering is sure to raise the standard. Launching this August, Ulu Cliffhouse will feature breathtaking panoramic views over Uluwatu, plus a 25-metre infinity pool, onsite spa, boutique store, terraced restaurant and cliffside bar, all perched 35 metres above sea level.
A Melbourne couple has opened a new Bali resort, offering couples secluded stays in one of the destination's most romantic regions. Situated amongst the towering teak trees and rolling hills of Bali's south-western Bukit Peninsula, Melali is a luxurious property with tropical gardens, a private villa and two sunset suites.
Guests staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort in the recently renovated Singaraja Rooms, the Classic Duplex Suites and the Newly Renovated Duplex Suites can enjoy access to the newest lounge offering in Bali.
As if travellers needed another reason to visit Bali, Sydney’s Double Bay iconic bar and restaurant Mrs Sippy has launched a stylish pool club in Seminyak.
Here at H4C, we like to think that we know our beaches. A well-travelled bunch, we've trotted the globe and found a few destinations that we'll happily rave about to anyone who will listen. Like, anyone.
For glittering waters, powdery sands and all the other beach clichés you can think of, take our advice and discover these coastal gems for yourselves.
When you picture a glamorous resort does your mind instantly conjure up images of sumptuous suites, plush furnishings, lounging on the beach and swimming in a larger-than-life pool? We don't blame you.
Hotel Komune Bali has opened 22 luxurious ocean view pool suites with panoramic views across Lombok strait to Nusa Lembongan, each offering a glorious sun deck and a refreshing private pool.
Make all your wedding day dreams come true at InterContinental Bali Resort with dedicated wedding planners on hand ready to do whatever it takes to make sure your wedding day is just how you imagined.
In case you haven't noticed, we're a little fond of luxury resorts here at H4C. One that stands out for all the right reasons, The St. Regis Bali Resort is an icon among icons, offering visitors the very best in… well, everything.
The St. Regis Bali Resort proves it is the pick of the bunch, winning in two categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Hotels.
Much-loved Bali resort Gangsa Private Villa will be known as Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa as of 1 April, 2017, further expanding the Kayumanis Group.
After a successful second year of seasonal operations to Bali, Qantas revealed that its popular Sydney – Denpasar service will move to a year-round schedule starting March 2017.
You've worked hard and finally escaped from it all on a romantic getaway – time to toast the occasion with a sundowner or two. Heading to a dreamy Asian destination? Whatever you're celebrating, pull up a bar stool or sunlounger at one of these stylish rooftop bars for a fabulous evening...
Couples are invited to celebrate their love for that special person with a two-night Karma Romance package from Karma Resorts.
A favourite with couples from around the world thanks to its stunning Bali properties, the Kayumanis Group has claimed two awards at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016, held at a gala dinner at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 9 November.
From on-trend eateries to to-die-for day spas and spectacular scenery, we've found Bali’s newest attractions.
Wyndham has opened its 100thhotel in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Tamansari Jivva Resort Bal.
Bisma Eight in Ubud is honoured to have won the top ranking as Bali’s Leading Resort in Ubud in the recent Bali Tourism Awards 2016-2017.
Special interest sailing trips around Bali has not only begun to trend, but will continue to rise steadily in popularity as more and more travellers venture beyond Bali in search of untouched islands and authentic Indonesian experiences.
It takes a special resort to thrive in the competitive Bali hospitality scene, and one resort that has left a lasting impression on many of its guests is Amadea Resort & Villas. Situated in trendy Seminyak, Amadea celebrates its fifth anniversary this month (June 2016). To celebrate, they are promising visitors new amazing experiences for 2016 with the announcement of a new sister property, Menjangan Dynasty Resort Beach Camp & Dive Centre, set to open in August later this year.
Couples looking for the ultimate Bali wedding will now be able to experience a new level of luxury with InterContinental Bali's latest wedding package. Known for its glamorous features and impeccable service, the resort's new Kamita Villa wedding package features a list of customisable benefits that make weddings completely stress-free and unforgettable.
Bali’s exclusive beach clubs range from secluded enclaves offering snorkelling, swimming, sun lounging, food and drinks, to sophisticated beachside bliss and beats that rival the Aegean party centres like Ibiza and Mykonos.
The cultural and natural delights of Bali are well documented and far too many to list here. But for some truly unique experiences it pays to hire a driver and get off the beaten track or to take the time to immerse yourself in the local sacred sights.
Renowned for its bright, culture-rich ceremonies, Bali is a haven for travellers wanting to explore some of the world’s longest-standing rituals. Spend only a few days on the island and you’ll be sure to see any number of festivities being celebrated by enthusiastic locals, be they a solemn religious affair or a lively and lavish occasion.
Foodies will find some of the world’s most dynamic dining destinations in Bali. From French gastronomy and modern Australian fare to Asian fusion and traditional Balinese delicacies, the island offers a simmering pot of flavours and foodie experiences for the ultimate romantic dining.
Many Asian cultures believe that the number eight is a symbol of luck and wealth, and this February, The St. Regis Bali Resort celebrates its eighth anniversary. To honour the occasion, they're offering couples a special stay and dine package, aimed at discerning travellers.
In Bali, anything’s possible. Discover the little gems of this exotic island, stay in absolute luxury, and experience the best romantic holiday of your life. Happiness is only a short plane trip away…
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway.
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Bali is renowned for its spas and spa rituals and I must admit that I never miss a chance when on holiday to indulge in an authentic Balinese spa journey. Which is why it was such a surprise to venture into the Aqua Perla Spa at the hip beachfront hotel, Double-Six at Seminyak and experience something totally new and modern, light and white. This is a spa with a difference, starting with the architecture and interior design.
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway. Here's the fourth in our series of finding your Bali couple style: the travel purists.
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway. Here's the third in our series of finding your Bali couple style: all-in-one.
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We’re longtime fans of the Alila brand, so the news that the fifth Alila property has just opened in Bali is music to our ears.
InterContinental Bali Resort is set to showcase the aromatic spices of Indonesia at Jimbaran Gardens, inviting couples to taste flavours typical of delicious and authentic Indonesian cuisine.
Ubud is Bali's artistic heart and a tranquil hideaway amongst the serene rice paddy fields. Situated away from Bali’s bustling beach towns, it's the perfect honeymoon or holiday location for couples who enjoy a touch of spirituality and plenty of serenity on a romantic getaway.
These five gorgeous outdoor resort tubs and showers will make you want to go on holiday (or remodel your home).
The village of Sanur on Bali's east coast isn't as well known to Bali junkies as the trendy areas of Seminyak and Legian but that's a plus for any couple looking for a relaxed, chic destination away from crowded streets and beaches, yet only 30 minutes from the airport. Sanur offers a relaxed stay with its casual restaurants, bars and cafes, fabulous water sports and a unique Balinese charm. It's actually been a favourite for European travellers for decades so why should they have all the fun!
There are so many reasons why Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Asia, especially for Australian couples planning their dream honeymoon or romantic getaway. Bali is a tropical island with lots of beaches, excellent shopping, a captivating culture and wonderful food – the perfect combination for a couples' escape. But above all, a holiday or honeymoon in Bali is easy on the pocket and offers good value for money – you can book an incredibly luxurious hotel or villa, often for less than you would pay for comparable luxury in many parts of the world.
Here are our suggestions on where to shop, dine and stay in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu.
If you've been captivated by the allures of beautiful Bali and can't choose between the many fabulous locations within this island paradise, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran are a wonderful choice full of five star hotels with plenty to see and do. Jimbaran is just 20 kilometres south of Denpasar and Nusa Dua just 40. This luxury enclave is perfect for travellers looking for a relaxing resort destination.
Located right on beautiful Kuta beach on the southern shore of Lombok Island only a short flight or boat ride from Bali is the Novotel Lombok, a four-star property built in the traditional sasak style and a real escape for couples looking for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience.
One of our favourite things about travelling to Bali is being able to indulge in fresh and fragrant Indonesian food to our heart's content. If you're like us then you won't want to miss this year's Ubud Food Festival, showcasing the extraordinary diversity of the world's largest archipelagic nation.
The perfect date night is a relaxed, intimate dining experience with a tropical surrounding, and what better location for that than Cuca Restaurant, Bali? On May 10, Cuca is selectively partnering with award wining winemaker Astrolabe to offer a truly memorable dining encounter for its patrons, called 'Swig & Nibble.'
We make our escape out of the hedonism of Kuta, travelling by car through bustling towns and up, up into the foothills of Ubud to another time, another place entirely different from the modern life we leave at home – our chosen destination is a special place that has no need nor room for any kind of harsh daily grind.
They’re the ultimate symbol of a glamorous, luxury holiday: 'infinity edge' swimming pools that seem to merge with the sea and sky, or whatever else lies beyond. Bali is home to some of the world’s most incredible infinity pools – here are five of our favourites. Be sure to secure your sun lounger early and dive right in….
Romance means many things to different people and whilst it's probably safe to assume that a couples' romantic sojourn in Bali should include luxury accommodation, private pools and exotic spa treatments, the reality is that there are couples that are seeking a little more.
Couples staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort will now have the opportunity to experience a range of gourmet events hosted by the renowned Italian chef, Fabio Ciervo.
Bali, often pigeon-holed as a cheap and cheerful family destination, has a sophisticated food scene ripe for discovery.
The luxury hotels lining the golden sands of Nusa Dua's beachfront sport more stars than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nowhere else will you find a collection of luxe hotel brands such as St Regis, Westin, Conrad, Laguna – a Luxury Collection Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Grand Aston, Chedi Sakala, Royal Santrian, Nikko and Melia sitting side- by-side: stunning beachfront property after stunning beachfront property.
Nusa Dua on the southern tip of Bali is a rising star on the travel radar, with the opening of the new Centara Grand Villas Nusa Dua enhancing its reputation as a holiday hotspot.
On a daybed next to the beach lounge infinity pool, you and your sweetheart are encapsulated by sheer cream drapes, which when you peer through, you can see the black shimmering sands of the Pantai Purnama (Full Moon Beach), framed by swaying palms. You are staying at The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas, set to open in March 2015, meaning you could be some of the first guests to be treated to a honeymoon accommodation experience like no other in the tropical paradise of Bali.
Ever inducive to romance, couples holidaying in Bali will love taking time out for some rest and relaxation at 5 of Bali's top spas.
Already acclaimed as one of Bali’s most anticipated new resorts, The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas is proud to announce that it will opening for business in March 2015 and it sounds to us like the perfect place to stay on a romantic getaway.
Hidden away in Balinese rice fields is the luxurious and romantic Wapa di Ume, the perfect locale for a honeymoon or getaway for two. With its close proximity to Ubud with absolutely none of the hustle and bustle, we think this peaceful resort is just calling our names – and even more so now they've added a brand new, 15-room extension. Pack your bags and get the passport ready!
On an island seemingly created for romantic getaways, a resort that receives an accolade of 'The World's Most Romantic Venue' deserves a huge congratulation!
At the recent Star Awards, held in London in September 2014, InterContinental Bali Resort stood out from the crowd of other prestigious luxury venues world-wide to take this crowning award.
The Villas at AYANA Resort is a stunning cliff-top sanctuary perched above Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s sunset coast. Luxuriously designed, the 78 private pool villas each face towards the ocean and feature luxurious bed linens, Balinese artworks, separate living areas, and oversized marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs and L’Occitane amenities. The verdant tropical gardens feature a network of paths leading to colorful flower beds, quiet corners, koi ponds and garden statues, bridges and streams, and a jogging track to the private white-sand beach.
If getting married and honeymooning in exotic Bali isn't quite enough for you, have we got news for you. AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali's premier resort for a destination wedding, has launched SKY – an exciting new locale where loved-up couples can tie the knot. This unique location allows couples to say 'I do' as they seemingly float 35m above the Indian Ocean, with endless views melting into the horizon.
Have you ever wanted to get in touch with your inner 'Eat, Pray, Love' guru and embark upon a romantic spiritual journey somewhere around the globe?
There's no time like the present to get to it. Here are five of the best spiritual journeys for couples to take.
If you're planning to be in Bali on May 20 and you're looking for a special way to celebrate your love, this exclusive soiree at St. Regis Bali Resort should be at the top of your list.
The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna Bali are offering couples contemplating a destination wedding another reason to say "I do" in paradise.
Formerly a laid-back surfers' stop-off, today Bali has evolved into a mecca for every kind of a travelling couple. Yogis will find sanctuary in Ubud's tropical rainforest setting; challenge seekers can look into scaling the 3,142 metre strato-volcano Mount Agung on the island's highest point; couples who love to dive together can explore world-class sites below the waves, and culturally curious duos can get their fix at Manggis' spiritually significant temples. Bali is the perfect romantic holiday or honeymoon location for any couple, regardless of what makes them tick.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is set amid the lush jungle greenery in the Ayung River valley, creating an idyllic environment to soothe the soul. Couples after a luxurious honeymoon or romantic getaway in Bali, this is the destination for you.
If so, Bali can fulfil all of your holiday dreams - and more. With its dreamy combination of beach life, culture, shopping, dining and a touch of indulgence, it's the perfect place for romantic honeymoons and getaways for two.
Here are some ideas to inspire your own journey to Bali, which illustrate just why this island nation is so special.
Situated in the über fashionable precinct of Jalan Petitenget, Bali, Charlie is the new kid on the block and the one you want to be friends with. Having just been awarded the prestigious ‘Yak Best Bar of the Year’, Charlie is the new Bali bar and bistro to add to your itinerary.
Looking for a honeymoon spot that specialises in romantic getaways and honeymoons? Have you considered the intriguing and beguiling Indonesian island of Bali? Bali has always been a popular holiday destination for honeymooners and couples planning a wedding or romantic getaway and there's a reason why!
It's a place that offers it all, from parties and cosmopolitan dining to cultural experiences and some of Asia's best shopping. Add to this already heady mix some the most exclusive and indulgent luxury hotels, resorts and villas - which Bali has in spades! - and you just may have found honeymoon heaven.
Looking for Bali Honeymoon Packages? Check out this fantastic section where some of the most amazing couples' resorts and hotels offer incredible travel deals!
Bali has long been a destination that Australians flock to, considering its close proximity and lush natural environment.
It's a particularly perfect place for couples seeking luxury accommodation for their honeymoon, with an assortment of beautiful resorts to choose from.
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Why not start off your exquisite honeymoon in Seminyak? This is a town almost purpose-built to provide visitors with the ultimate in luxury accommodation, fine dining and bars.
While some areas of Bali are notorious for partying and hedonism, Seminyak on the other hand is known for its laid-back, sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for a pair of lovers.
Matthew Brace relives romantic moments on this island paradise ...
The magical island of Bali is deeply romantic at all times of the day but there’s a special warm glow at dusk when sandalwood, frangipani and romance are in the air. Villagers kneel in front of stone statues of their gods and lay offerings of flowers, small bits of food and incense sticks on the ground. The statues are often draped in black and white cloth which symbolises the coexistence of good and evil which the Balinese believe is essential for a balanced life.
We're loving this collection of 5 fabulous packages at Mantra, Peppers and BreakFree resorts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Bali.
1. RUN ON THE REEF - Port Douglas, Queensland
Getting sick of pounding the same pavement when you're out running? Take a weekend away and don't miss the Canegrowers Great Barrier Reed Marathon Festival on November 3rd. This spectacular marathon course is alongside the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
Where else would you want to be to run the big 40km?! There is also 5km, 10km and half marathon runs that you can complete if a full marathon just isn't for you. All of the courses have spectacular views of the coastline, including Four Mile Beach and the spectacular Port Douglas.
A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.
Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.
Hello Bali lovers! Seeing as this is one of the top locations for Australians to visit every year, and one of H4C's favourite for couples wanting a long holiday, or even a short break escape, we're happy to announce the new addition to the Mantra Group in Bali.
It is hard to imagine a more magical setting for a couple’s spa treatment. Maya Ubud enjoys one of the most serene locations in Bali, and the resort’s spa is strategically placed to offer guests a unique spa experience. Perched above the Petanu River and surrounded by emerald green jungle, the spa takes full advantage of mother nature - imagine the orchestra of sounds created from the combination of the swirling, tumbling river waters, the sweet trill of bird song, and, if you are lucky, the chatter of monkeys and the distant sound of Balinese gamelan music.
Located right on beautiful Kuta beach on the southern shore of Lombok Island only a short flight or boat ride from Bali is the Novotel Lombok Resort, a four-star property built in the traditional Sasak style and a real escape for couples looking for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience.
There’s a high speed catamaran that runs from the east coast of Bali to Lombok but the easiest way to get closest to the resort is with Garuda Indonesia who fly from Bali and Jakarta to Lombok with regular connections to Australia. The new international airport is just a short drive from the resort and transfers will be arranged for you. See novotellombok.com for more.
If you're in Bali or planning a trip to Bali soon we hear there's a new restaurant that needs checking out! Opened just a month ago, Cuca serves tapas, cocktails and desserts – our style of eating! – from three distinctive spaces: an interactive and exciting food bar where wooden chairs run along one impressive teak counter; a relaxed and intimate dining room, ideal for guests to enjoy the company of each other in a comfortable and air-conditioned environment, and a chilled out cocktail bar & garden lounge, gently touched by the ocean breeze and surrounded by the undisturbed beauty of nature.
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Kevin Cherkas, who has an enviable career developed in some of the world's best restaurants such as Michelin three-star Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastian, Michelin three-star El Bulli in Roses and Michelin two-star La Broche in Madrid. He also left his mark in New York City during his 2 year tenure with Daniel Boulud at the highly regarded Michelin three-star Daniel.
And where is this new beauty I hear you ask? Cuca is located just in front of Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa.
Reservations may be made by calling +62 361 708066. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 12pm to 12am.
If you like the idea of a romantic holiday that lets you disconnect from the world while reconnecting to each other, point your chakras towards these five amazing luxury spa and wellness retreats where a surprising level of romantic connection can be found. They're the perfect indulgence while on your getaway for two.
Bali is one of the hottest honeymoon destinations in the world, what with that perfect mix of stunning accommodation options, fantastic shopping, world class dining, hip bars, idyllic beaches and a seriously sublime spa and wellness culture. But with the recent opening of The Mulia Resort & Villas in Nusa Dua, the theory of a luxury honeymoon in Bali just elevated to a whole different level!
The Mulia combines the very best of this island in one amazing property, and has been designed with that elusive six-star style in mind. It really is unlike anything else you will experience in Bali - a sprawling estate set on over 30 hectares of prime beachside land with three different and distinct experiences to choose from.
Mulia Resort is at the heart of it and boasts spacious and chic suites with easy access to the huge beachside pool and the many on-site restaurants and bars, while up on the hill the beautiful Mulia Villas offer an ideal escape for couples wanting a little more seclusion, complete with your own plunge pool, personal butler and access to the private club lounge and breakfast dining space (with stunning views to match!).
Hands up, who needs some time out? We're joining you on that one … how about a healthy retreat with space to breathe and relax whilst also tuning in to your body and mind? Oh, and did we mention it would be in beautiful Bali?
We're getting some major bliss vibes off of the Sharing Bali destination retreat, a life-enriching and holistic holiday, offering you the opportunity to discover authentic Balinese village life and a wellness program that incorporates fitness, nutrition, that essential ‘time-out’ and plenty of activities which explore the environment.
Bali has been through some ups and downs over the years, but this beautiful island has bounced back to become one of the most sought after - and sophisticated - island escapes in Asia. Discover Bali's varied areas, from the trendy beachside hamlets where shopping and nightlife rule, to the peaceful heart of the hills and the roads less travelled.
I'm the kind of traveller who loves it all. Give me a beach shack and a hammock under a coconut palm and I am just as happy as when I am blessed with a beautiful private villa or five star resort. Maybe that's why I love Bali so much. I always know I can arrive here with a near empty suitcase (but a plan to fill it, fast!) and I'll have every kind of holiday experience to choose from.
On your next holiday to Bali, don’t just hang around the pool or beach, hire a car with a driver and head to the hills to discover the real Island of the Gods. Here is three recommended day-trips to get you started …
1. The Lakes District
The Angseri hot springs is one of Bali’s natural wonderlands and you can include a visit here on a day trip that takes in the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple at Bedugul on Lake Bratan, one of three lakes located in this lush mountainous area around 50 kilometres from Denpasar.This photogenic temple, one of the most iconic images of Bali was built in 1633 and dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake. Spend a while walking around the serene gardens where you’ll find some beautifully carved Buddhist stupas, or hire a canoe for a paddle on the lake.
Whether you’re an avid fan of yoga and meditation and wellness, a die hard surfer, a devotee of spa and wellness indulgence, or just a couple who is looking to reconnect with each other and get healthy in the mind and body in a beautifully romantic place, this one is for you! Salt, one of Bali’s most exclusive luxury yoga, surf and spa retreats, is now offering 3- and 7-day luxury surf and yoga retreats that let you escape the routine, get in touch with you and your sweetheart again, recharge and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. All the while set in stunning five-star villa surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens and pool. It’s perfect for couples wanting a totally unique, romantic and immersive experience to share together.