If an east coast escape is more your style, you have to see Nusa Dua or Sanur.
Pitched at the luxury traveller, Nusa Dua is an upscale enclave of mostly five-star and beyond hotels and resorts on a lovely stretch of quiet, clean beach in the south of the island.
At Nusa Dua, honeymooners and couples won't want for anything. It's known as particularly all-inclusive — so all the sand, sun and relaxation you need is right here waiting for you. Just take your pick of luxury resorts and unpack your swankiest swimsuit.
Fine dining, five-star pampering, sight seeing or a day on the golf course… your holiday options are abundant at Nusa Dua.
Further north, experience 'the Bali of old' at Sanur. A quieter part of the island, yet just 20-30 minutes from the international airport, Sanur was one of Bali's first holiday playgrounds in the 60s, known to draw royalty and celebrities. In fact, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall married in a traditional Hindu Balinese ceremony at Sanur back in 1990.
Although it's often overshadowed by the glamour of Seminyak or the spirituality of Ubud, this under-the-radar status is perhaps Sanur’s trump card.
Boasting a lovely beachside promenade, and a beach with brilliant white sand and clear waters, Sanur is where you will witness one of the most beautiful sunrises in Bali. There are a few luxury hotels here, some restaurants and cafes in the main street, and market stalls both there and at the beach.
For a less hectic pace on your Bali holiday or honeymoon, Sanur could be the perfect destination. Plus you can enjoy day trips to the nearby black-sand beaches and up to Candi Dasa.
Nusa Dua & Sanur: Need to Know
DO dine at fabulous Japanese restaurant Kuu at Maya Sanur resort — inspired by Kyoto's traditional eateries.
DON’T get too comfortable at Nusa Dua. Sure, it's hard to leave the luxe surrounds, but you have a whole incredible island to explore!
COUPLES WILL LOVE booking a driver for the day and heading from Nusa Dua or Sanur up to Candi Dasa. Depending on traffic and where you are leaving from, it could take anywhere from one to two hours. Be sure to add a side trip (around 4.5 km from Candi Dasa) to the ‘hidden beach’ Pasir Putih Beach, or ‘White Sand Beach.'