Find Your Perfect Honeymoon Destination: The Best Place to Stay in Bali for Couples

By Eva Johnstone

Planning a honeymoon or couple’s trip to Bali? If you’re asking yourself, “what is the best place to stay in Bali for couples or honeymooners?” or “what is the best resort in Bali for couples?” you’ve come to the right place. Using our local knowledge, we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic destinations on “The Island of the Gods” to fit every travel style. Whether you crave adventure or simply want to relax on a pristine beach, our guide will help you find the best place for you. 

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Seeking The “Real” Bali: Sidemen

A woman wearing a red dress and a man wearing white pants stand on the edge of an infinity pool with a mountain and huts in the background.

Sidemen is best for culture, privacy, nature, off-the-beaten-path and interesting accommodations.

Often referred to as “Bali’s best kept secret”, Sidemen is a place to experience Bali’s authentic culture and discover Bali as it used to be. Rivers rush through rice fields that span from the base of distant mountains to the sea. Mornings are slow and evenings are calm and filled with the sounds of prayer at the local temples.

Things To Do In Sidemen

Popular activities include trekking in the rice fields, exploring by scooter, river rafting and discovering secret waterfalls. Visitors can also hike Mount Batur or Mount Abang in the early morning and watch sunrise from the peak. Most people leave from Ubud or Seminyak when they hike Mount Batur, but Sidemen is much closer so you don’t have to wake up so early).

Virgin Beach, one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in Bali, is located 45 minutes away from Sidemen. While many people seek the postcard perfect white sand beaches of their Bali dreams, Virgin Beach is one of the only places where you can truly experience this.

However, for those who want to leave Bali with a deeper cultural understanding, Sidemen is the best place to learn. At Samanvaya Luxury Resort & Spa, we offer workshops in partnership with local artisans and immersive cultural experiences, including a guided visit to the night market (price: 150 IDR per hour), a silversmithing workshop (price: 600 IDR) and a Balinese cooking class (price: 500 IDR).

Places To Stay In Sidemen

These are our recommendations for the best romantic getaways in Sidemen, Bali:

The Best Place To Stay in Bali For Couples Seeking Beautiful Beaches: Uluwatu

A deck with a white umbrella overlooks Bingin Beach.

Uluwatu is best for surfing, beaches, restaurants and beach clubs.

Located on the stunning Bukit Peninsula, Uluwatu is a cliffside area that feels like the edge of the world. Although Uluwatu is the best place to stay in Bali for couples who surf, it also attracts couples looking for relaxation, boutique restaurants and cafes, beautiful beaches and bohemian-style accommodations.

Things To Do In Uluwatu

Couples can enjoy afternoons swimming at Bingin Beach in between hightide and low tide, relaxing on a rented daybed at Dreamland Beach or watching the surfers at Suluban Beach. Thomas Beach, Nyang Nyang Beach and Balangan Beach are also beautiful. Make sure to check for currents before entering the water as conditions can change rapidly.

At sunset, watch the famous Kecak fire and dance show at Uluwatu Temple or enjoy a cocktail at Ulu Cliffhouse, a chic clifftop beach club. Other popular beach clubs include El Kabron Bali, Oneeighty Dayclub and Sundays Beach Club. The beach clubs in Uluwatu offer more dramatic views and a more relaxed vibe than the ones near Seminyak Beach or Kuta Beach. 

Couples can also take surfing, kickboxing, yoga, Pilates and Latin dancing classes while in Uluwatu. 

Places To Stay In Uluwatu

We recommend these honeymoon accommodations if you’re looking for the best place to stay for couples in Bali (Uluwatu):

  • The Korowai Bali – Inspired by the Korowai tribe of South Papua, this beachfront resort offers a private beach next to Bingin Beach. The honeymoon suite has a private pool built into the cliffs and you can see wild monkeys in the trees – they’re a little naughty!
  • Anantara Uluwatu – This resort stands out with terraced architecture, Jacuzzi suites facing the ocean and views of the famous Impossible Beach waves.
  • Bulgari Resort Bali – One of the most exclusive honeymoon resorts in the world, Bulgari Resort is inspired by the famed Roman jewellery designer and offers panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Seeking Waterfalls: Munduk

Munduk is the best place to stay in Bali for couples who love waterfalls, mountains and green leaves.

Munduk is best for privacy, adventure, off-the-beaten-path, nature and waterfalls.

Nestled in the misty mountains of Bali’s Northern Highlands, Munduk is an off-the-beaten-path destination for couples who love peace, cooler temperatures and waterfall exploration.

During rainy season, this part of Bali is extremely wet with high humidity so it is best to visit at the end of rainy season (May and June), when the landscape is vibrant green, or during dry season (June to October).

Things To Do In Munduk

Adventure-minded travelers will enjoy the 2 and a half hour drive from the airport to Munduk, which takes you past strawberry fields and Ulu Dana Beratan Temple. This Hindu temple is situated in the middle of a lake and is featured on the cover of many Bali travel guides. You can also stop at the famous Handara Gate and take a photo with the dense jungle in the background.

Activities include trekking to hidden waterfalls, visiting an iconic Bali swing, watching sunrise from your balcony, eating farm fresh dishes from local restaurants and taking in the calming atmosphere.

Our favorite waterfalls are Banyumala Waterfall (a series of waterfalls that cascade over rocks covered in vines and moss) and Air Terjun Munduk, which is located near the main road and dramatically plunges through the foliage.

Munduk is not the best place to stay in Bali for couples who live life in the fast lane, but that’s the beauty of it.

Places To Stay in Munduk

We recommend staying at these honeymoon accommodations:

  • Munduk Moding Plantation Nature Resort & Spa – This 5-star eco-resort features incomparable views and an infinity pool where the sky blends seamlessly into the reflective water.
  • The Clove House – Island in the Sky – This stunning home is a warm nest that combines Japanese architecture, modern minimalism and Feng Shui. You will feel completely at ease whether you soak in the bathtub as the sun fades or enjoy a cup of coffee on the expansive deck.
  • Munduk Cabins – Offering only 6 boutique cabins, a hot Jacuzzi, stunning mountain views, an inviting firepit, an outdoor swimming pool and luxurious amenities, this is the perfect honeymoon getaway in Munduk.

The Best Place To Stay in Bali For Couples Seeking Beach Clubs and Shopping: Seminyak

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Seminyak is best for shopping, beach clubs, restaurants, socializing and nightlife.

Known for its chic pools, trendy cafes, endless shopping, curated art galleries and active nightlife, Seminyak is a great destination for couples seeking excitement and a few nights on the town.

Things To Do In Seminyak

During the day you can relax at one of the many beach clubs with palm trees, outdoor pools, good music and a wide variety of food and drink options. Potato Head Beach Club and Mano Beach House are excellent places to spend a lazy day by the outdoor pools. If you travel about 25 minutes to Echo Beach, you can spend that afternoon at La Brisa, an eco-friendly beach club that looks like something inspired by the Swiss Family Robinson. 

Although Seminyak Beach is one of the busiest beaches in Bali, it is undeniably fun and the sunsets are breathtaking. As the sun begins to sink, take a seat on a beanbag, grab a Bintang or smoothie and watch the skies change colors. Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu Beach and Echo Beach are located a few kilometers down the coast from Seminyak Beach. You can even walk to Berawa Beach in about half an hour.

Seminyak is also a premiere destination for fine dining, Balinese fusion, international cuisine and café eats. Batik Restaurant Bar finds inspiration in the region’s famous fabric patterns and offers authentic Indonesian and South East Asian tastes filled with flavor. Kim Soo, Kilo Kitchen Bali and Chandi are also excellent dining options.

Seminyak is the best place to stay in Bali for couples who enjoy entertainment and a night out. Motel Mexicola is a vibrant restaurant with a social atmosphere that serves Mexican specialties and has very active nightly events. For a more relaxing experience, head to Zibiru Restaurant, a made-from-scratch Italian restaurant that offers live jazz every Saturday evening.

Places To Stay In Seminyak

These are our recommendations for the best places to stay for couples in Seminyak. There is a range of accommodations, from expensive hotels across from Seminyak Beach to lovely boutique resorts near the cafes.

  • Kamil Villas – Located in the heart of Seminyak, these one-bedroom private villas are a great option for honeymooners who want to stay where the action is.
  • Avani Seminyak Bali Resort – This tropical resort is the perfect honeymoon hideaway that’s located only minutes from the main areas in Seminyak.
  • The Legian Seminyak, Bali – Situated directly across from Seminyak Beach, this 5-star resort combines traditional and contemporary Indonesian design with dedicated service, private pool villas and ocean view suites.

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Seeking Something Different: Kintamani

Kintamani is best for adventure, off-the-beaten-path, volcanoes , affordable and interesting accommodations.

Although most first-time visitors come to Kintamani only as a day trip to hike Mount Batur, this otherworldly, volcanic destination has so much more to offer. It is the best place to stay in Bali for couples who have previously visited this beautiful island and want to experience something new.

Located about 2 hours from the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Kintamani is perched on the Western side of the Batur caldera. You will find incredible views of the volcano, stark black and reddish brown soil, lush valleys filled with farmlands and a glistening lake.

Things To Do In Kintamani

Honeymooners can enjoy a wide range of exciting activities such as sunrise hikes up Mount Batur and neighboring Mount Abang, taking a jeep tour of the lava fields around the volcano, riding ATVs, glamping and soaking in the areas renown hot springs.

There are several hot springs in Kintamani that are included in packaged tours. However, these are often gaudy and feel more like an amusement park that a relaxing, nature destination. We recommend visiting Batur Natural Hot Spring, a humble hot spring complex that has a variety of hot and cool outdoor pools overlooking the lake.

Keep in mind that most of the accommodations in Kintamani are less luxurious than the resorts of Southern Bali or more popular honeymoon destinations. The experience of visiting this region is worth it for the adventure, but one night is a long enough stay.

Places To Stay in Kintamani

  • Batur View Homestay – This simple homestay offers clean rooms with hot showers and breathtaking views of Mount Batur from your private balcony.
  • Tirta Vilagna Suites & Spa – Tucked away in the pine forests surrounding the caldera’s edge, this boutique retreat has 22 joglos (traditional Javanese houses), a Japanese-style onsen with views of the forest and is the most comfortable in the area.
  • Sunrise Hill Camp – Located in the valley next to Mount Batur, this is the first glamping resort in Indonesia with natural hot springs. It is very popular with domestic tourists so make sure you book well in advance.

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Seeking Luxury: Nusa Dua

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Nusa Dua is best for luxury, restaurants, beaches, seafood and romance.

For many years, Nusa Dua was the only luxury honeymoon destination in Bali and is still one of the best places for couples seeking 5-star resorts and stunning beaches.

Nusa Dua is the best place to stay in Bali for couples with the following criteria: 

  • They want to spend a lot of time at the resort and use the facilities.
  • They like to be comfortable and have easy access to luxury amenities.
  • They don’t want to travel too far from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
  • They have a medium to large budget.
  • They are traveling with children. 

Things To Do In Nusa Dua

One of the reasons Nusa Dua is such a famous honeymoon destination is due to its large, sandy beaches with minimal wave action. We recommend visiting Geger Beach, which is covered in yellow sand and relatively undiscovered by visitors. However, Nusa Dua Beach is the best for sunbathing and one of the only white sand beaches in the area.

In addition to relaxing on the beaches, couples can enjoy a wide range of watersports and romantic activities. Some options include private, candlelit dinners on the beach, high tea at a coastal restaurant, jet skiing, cycling along the footpath, kayaking, visiting temples and fine dining.

For couples craving seafood grilled on the beach, Jimbaran Beach is only 20 minutes away from Nusa Dua. You can pick from a variety of fresh seafood that the chef will immediately cook on the grill. Menu items include clams, mahi mahi, snapper, shrimp and squid served with sambals (a kind of spicy salsa or slaw) and sautéed vegetables.

Nusa Dua is not the best place to stay in Bali for couples on a budget or people who feel confined at big resorts. 

Places To Stay in Nusa Dua

Many flagship resorts with expansive grounds and high-end facilities are located on or near Nusa Dua Beach, including Hilton Bali Resort, The Ritz-Carlton Bali, The St. Regis Bali Resort, The Westin Resort Nusa Dua and Grand Hyatt Bali. However, there are other options in Nusa Dua:

  • The Royal Santrian – This serene, beachfront resort combines the elegance of traditional Balinese design with complete comfort and attention to detail.
  • Ulu Segara Luxury Suites & Villas – Offering stunning views of the ocean in a quiet location, this luxury resort offers honeymoon packages and ocean suites as well as private pool villas.
  • The Apurva Kempinski Bali – An architectural masterpiece, this Nusa Dua resort describes its aesthetic as the “embodiment of Indonesian elegance”. It features sprawling tropical gardens, infinity pools, terraced private villas and an underwater restaurant

The Best Place To Stay in Bali For Couples Seeking Wellness Offerings: Ubud

Ubud is best for culture, nature, shopping, wellness, waterfalls and restaurants.

Situated about an hour from the airport, Ubud is a place to enjoy nature with all of the amenities to keep you ultra comfortable. Ubud gained fame as the “Eat, Pray, Love” destination and has a thriving wellness scene. Wellness offerings include yoga classes, herbal saunas, numerous spas, vegan and vegetarian restaurants, meditation centers and other types of retreats. 

Things To Do In Ubud

Visiting a spa should be at the top of your Ubud bucket list. If you want to soak in a decadent flower bath, we recommend choosing the award-winning Kaveri Spa at the Udaya. However, if you are looking for a more affordable option, book an appointment well in advance at Karsa Spa (price: 240 IDR for a traditional Balinese massage and 150 IDR for a flower or herbal bath). 

Ubud is also an excellent jumping off point for day trips, including visiting Raya Tegallalang (Tegallalang Road) for shopping, exploring the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, bathing at the sacred Tirta Empul water temple, cycling in the rice fields outside of Petulu and visiting the Bali swings. 

Other popular activities include mountain biking, river rafting, café hopping, ATV tours, ziplining, private candlelit dinners, shopping in the downtown area, hiking the Campuhan Ridge Walk and visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest. 

Couples can also relax at a shady jungle pool club, while listening to the sounds of nature and enjoying a variety of delicious dishes. Jungle Fish Bali, a private pool club overlooking a verdant jungle, offers hanging daybeds, sun loungers and gazebos. 

Places To Stay In Ubud

There is a wide variety of accommodations available in Ubud, ranging from quaint guesthouses to the most exclusive resorts. These are our recommendations:

  • Viceroy Bali – Hidden in Ubud’s lush jungle with expansive views of a dramatic ravine known as “The Valley of the Kings”, this tropical sanctuary is authentically Balinese and ultra luxurious. It is also home to Apéritif Restaurant, one of the premiere dining establishments in Bali.
  • Chapung Sebali Resort – Combining traditional Balinese and contemporary Scandinavian designs, this boutique resort is a place of comfort and refined, eclectic tastes. Guests can also experience Jungle Fish Bali and Upper Deck Restaurant, an eatery that offers high-quality international and Balinese cuisine. 
  • Cahaya Treehouse – Floating in the treetops, this modern treehouse was handcrafted by local artisans and features views of the rice fields, a plunge pool on the terrace and air conditioning. 

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Seeking Adventure: Nusa Penida

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Nusa Penida is best for adventure, privacy, diving, nature and beaches.

Just a 45-minute boat ride from Sanur Beach, Nusa Penida is a relatively undeveloped island off the coast of Bali with endless possibilities for adventure. Without a doubt Nusa Penida is the best place to stay in Bali for couples who like to alternate between days jampacked with exploration and days relaxing by the beach or pool. 

Those who visit Nusa Penida only as a day trip miss out on the incredible sunrises and getting to truly see the natural beauty of this wild island.

Things To Do in Nusa Penida

While it is possible to hire a driver to shuttle you around Nusa Penida, renting a motorbike to see the sites is an amazing experience. Climb treehouses overlooking the ocean, swim in a natural pool formed by a waterfall cascading into the sea, dive with manta rays and hike to secret beaches.

Other must-do activities include watching the sunrise at Thousand Islands Viewpoint, viewing the iconic rock formations at Kelingking Beach, having a lazy lunch at Secret Penida, experiencing the aquamarine waters of Diamond Beach and relaxing on the white sand beaches of Crystal Bay.

Places To Stay In Nusa Penida

These are the best places to stay in Nusa Penida Bali for couples:

  • Autentik Nusa Penida – Nestled in a grove of palm trees with views of the ocean below, this adults-only, boutique glamping resort offers 8 luxury safari tents.
  • Adiwana Warnakali Resort Nusa Penida – Perched on the cliffs overlooking Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan, this elegant dive resort provides PADI certifications and scuba diving safaris.
  • The Mesare Eco Resort – This rustic resort is located on a hill in the island’s interior and has 14 cottages with impressive views.  

The Best Place To Stay In Bali For Couples Who Love The Slow Life: Amed

Amed is best for diving, seafood, affordable and romantic.

Located along a 14-kilometer stretch of Bali’s east coast, Amed is a place for slow living with a deep connection to the ocean. This slower pace of life lets you connect with your partner without distractions or a packed itinerary. Simply get a massage, walk on the beach, sit back with a coconut and relax in the shade.

Black sand beaches glistening in the sun and a coastline shadowed by magnificent Mount Agung give the area a surreal beauty that you cannot find anywhere else in Bali.

Things To Do In Amed

Jimbaran Beach is not the only place with incredible seafood. Amed is home to many traditional fishing villages where fishermen go to sea every morning and reel in mackerel, barracuda, mahi mahi, giant trevally and tuna. Head to a local warung (restaurant) in the afternoon or evening to get a delicious, affordable meal. 

Popular activities include snorkeling, scuba diving, free-diving and swimming. Lipah Beach, Jemeluk Bay and around the Japanese shipwreck are excellent snorkeling spots, while Amed Beach is best for swimming. However, divers should head to Tulamben, where both beginner and advanced divers can experience the Liberty shipwreck.

At sunset, you can hire a fisherman to take you out to sea in his tiny jukong (a traditional Balinese fishing boat), allowing you to watch the sunset behind Mount Agung and turn the landscape into silhouettes.

Amed is not the best place to stay in Bali for couples who love nightlife as most of the restaurants close early and there are few late night spots. 

Places To Stay In Amed

While you won’t find many ultra-luxury resorts, there are plenty of stunning accommodations:

  • Santai Hotel – This intimate, beachfront hotel offers thatched-roof joglos directly on the beach. Guests can enjoy the pool nestled in the garden, shaded by palms and filled with the aroma of frangipani flowers.
  • Blue Moon Villas – Perched on the cliffs with views of Mount Agung and the ocean, this Mediterranean-style resort has 4 outdoor pools and you can watch the fishing jukong from your terrace.
  • Aquaterrace Amed – Offering 180-degree ocean views, this small resort has whitewashed walls and blue details reminiscent of Santorini, Greece. 

Let’s Wrap It Up

There’s a reason Bali is one of the premier honeymoon and couple’s destinations in the world and we invite you to experience “The Island of the Gods” for yourself. We hope you have enjoyed “The Best Place to Stay in Bali for Couples” and have learned something new. 

Whether you choose to explore untouched Sidemen, soak up the sun in Uluwatu or hike through the misty mountains of Munduk, we know you will leave Bali with a sense of awe.

We look forward to welcoming you to Bali and we hope you will stay with us at Samanvaya. For more information about our accommodations, dining and wellness services, please do not hesitate to reach out. 

Sampai jumpa (until we meet)!

All prices are 000 and are in Indonesian Rupiah (IDR).