Why Honeymoon Here?
Boasting the island’s largest collection of private luxury villas within a labyrinth of foodie hotspots, fashionable boutiques and five-star spas, Seminyak is a perfect honeymoon destination to wine, dine and indulge with your loved one. Teetering along the Southern coast, beachfront bars and restaurants provide front row seats to that all-important Bali sunset.
With such an idyllic beachfront location, it is no surprise that some of Seminyak’s most romantic restaurants can be found atop the powdery sands. At La Lucciola (Jalan Petitenget, Badung; +62 361 730 838), you can enjoy the fantastic coastal view without having to sacrifice your stilettos because the restaurant has a stylish deck suspended above the sand, surrounded by manicured gardens studded with decorative burning torches to ignite the evening’s ambience. Toast to new beginnings as the sun sets beneath the ocean’s horizon and indulge on Italian and Mediterranean favourites late into the night.
Or for that romantic resort atmosphere, retreat to the quintessentially chic grounds of The Samaya, where the al fresco ambience at the BREEZE restaurant (seminyak.thesamayabali.com/dining; Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak Beach; +62 361 731 149) will inspire you to dine beneath the stars every evening. Serving fresh and exotic international and local dishes dictated by the local harvest, the culinary team at BREEZE focuses strongly on quality produce and authentic flavours, wrapped up in a breathtaking setting. Resembling something from a fairytale, their “Island Romantic Candle Light Dinner” presents contemporary cuisine served on a romantic candlelit ‘island’ in the middle of the Samaya’s glowing pool, complete with a soundtrack of the ocean and sweeping beachfront views.
His and Hers Spa Treatment
Seminyak is renowned for hosting some of the best spa retreats on the island, but for a truly romantic honeymoon spa package, treat yourselves to the Scheherazade Dream Signature Ritual at The Private Spa Wellness Centre (privatespawellnesscenter.com; Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak; +62 361 731648). The two of you will be whisked away on a journey of deep and healthful pampering – cleansing, reenergising, revitalising and replenishing in the calm of their wellness hideaway. Inspired by art movements and the sensuality of silk, the ritual includes a foot cleanse, body scrub and wrap, milk bath and a sensuous massage, completed with an organic lunch, fruits and refreshments for you to indulge the day away.
You’ve dined on the beach together and strolled hand-in-hand along the soft sands, but for a truly unforgettable beachfront experience to share with your loved one, saddle up and canter on horseback toward the setting sun along the black sand beaches of Canggu, just ten minutes from buzzing Seminyak. With Bali Island Horse (www.baliislandhorse.com; Jalan Kunti, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia; +62 361 731407) your trusty stallion will take you beside the crashing surf, crossing creeks and rivers and passing temples before stopping at a bat cave for some exceptional cliff top views.
Or for couples looking to connect spiritually, sign up to Beachfront Yoga at The Samaya (seminyak.thesamayabali.com; Jalan Laksmana, Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia; +62 361 731 149) where you can find balance in mind, body and spirit beside the glistening Indian ocean. Each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday morning, The Samaya unrolls their yoga mats to turn the beachfront sun deck into a wonderful yoga studio. Explore your body’s movements and deepen your bond through giggles, movement and massage.
Taking advantage of that essential beachfront location, The Oberoi (oberoihotels.com/oberoi_bali; Jalan Kayu Aya, Seminyak Beach, Seminyak; +62 361 730361) is a Balinese haven filled with serenity, hospitality and tropical beauty. Encompassing all that is peaceful and mystical about Bali, the wonderfully secluded cluster of luxury Balinese-style villas are spread across 15 acres of tropical gardens beside Seminyak’s dazzling beach.
Relax in a truly fabulous setting of thatched roofs, unique garden bathrooms and private pools with heavenly views of the ocean. The Royal Villa is the ultimate indulgence, with its expansive 400 square meters of grandeur and unobstructed views of the Indian Ocean. Laze the days away beside your private swimming pool dotted with sunbeds and Balinese umbrellas, or retire to the bedroom where a Balinese-style king size four-poster bed awaits with decorative flowers.
Time your honeymoon correctly and you can enjoy the romantic Full Moon celebration, where the spirituality of this extraordinary Hindu island works its magic at the Oberoi’s temple. Dressed in a sarong and a sash, you and your partner will experience a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony conducted by a Pemangku (Hindu Priest) with fruit and flower offerings and recitals in the ancient Sanskrit language. The ceremony concludes with the priest blessing you and your loved one with prosperity, happiness, health and a harmonious life.
Wrap up your romantic getaway at The Oberoi with a moonlit alfresco dinner on the beach, complete with Balinese decorations created from bamboo and palm fronds. The exotic dinner is accompanied by fine world wines and a serenade from the Rindik musicians, interrupted only by the sound of soft crashing waves and sweet nothings.
Another great option for that beachfront address is the Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa (bali.anantara.com; Jalan Abimanyu (Dhyana Pura), Seminyak; +62 361 737 773), redefining honeymoon luxury with one of the most extravagant abodes on the island. The signature Penthouse Suite enjoys 270 degrees of panoramic views across the island and out to sea, viewable from the private, rooftop pool. The Penthouse makes no compromises, boasting oversized 2.5 metre Serta beds with 520 thread count linens, ocean view en-suite bathrooms fitted with rain showers and terrazzo tubs for two, as well as a private library and 120 square metre outdoor lounge area with barbecue facilities and a hydro tub.
The Penthouse also comes equipped with exclusive added luxuries, to make your honeymoon as smooth and indulgent as possible and it starts the second you arrive at the airport. Begin with VIP customs clearance and return airport transfer by luxury van and arrive at Anantara to a chilled bottle of French Champagne. Be waited on by your own 24 hour personal butler, ready to serve your every need, and share memorable meals prepared in the fully equipped kitchen and pantry, refreshed daily with Anantara’s compliments. Each day begins with a daily breakfast at the Penthouse or Wild Orchid Restaurant, followed by a daily spa treatment. In the evening, you can enjoy cocktails and canapés as part of the Anantara Penthouse “Sunset Experience”, the perfect way to end each special day.
For something a little less beachfront yet located in the centre of all things uber-cool, the James Bond-style C151 Smart Villas (seminyak.c151.net; Jalan Laksmana No. 151, Seminyak, Bali 80361 Indonesia; +62-361-739151) are kitted out with top of the line gadgets and amenities such as remote-controlled curtains and lighting, allowing Bond girls and their special agents to enjoy an exclusive and intimate setting of twenty-first century romance.
Just steps away from sandy beaches and located directly in the heart and soul of vibrant Seminyak, C151 Smart Villas rubs shoulders with the throng of fashion boutiques, sophisticated nightlife entertainment and fine dining restaurants, where the beautiful people of Bali take pleasure in the chilled and laid back environment of the famed sunset shores.
However, you will only experience the benefits of this central location if you can pull yourselves away from the gizmo-stocked villas. The One Bedroom Villa Premium is a luxuriously appointed en-suite bedroom with an extensive array of facilities and entertainment, from the 42’’ Plasma TV and DVD player to the bathroom’s latest iSpa Jacuzzi complete with overhead TV.
In true Bond style, the villa also boasts an Entertainment Room with home theatre surround sound system, a finger print reading personal safety box, a study desk and library, a double automatic massage and therapy bed and a fully equipped kitchen, complete with ice maker for those ‘shaken not stirred’ martinis. Your iPod can be connected to the music system that is piped and pumped into every room, outside, and even underwater in your 12 meter private swimming pool. Welcome to the future of chic honeymooning.