Why honeymoon here?
Home to Bali’s most exclusive five-and-six star hotels and resorts, Nusa Dua is a destination for unadulterated indulgence and unrivalled luxury. With the soft Nusa Dua sands only footsteps away from world-class restaurants and ultra-deluxe honeymoon suites, this is a place for honeymooners who will accept nothing but the best.
A beacon of the culinary scene in Bali, Kayuputi (kayuputirestaurant.com; Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6; +62 361 8478 111) is the multi-award-winning speciality beachfront dining restaurant at the esteemed St. Regis Bali Resort. Serving up premium Asian-influenced haute cuisine amidst an unrivalled setting of beachfront luxury and some of the most romantic cabanas on the island, dinner at Kayuputi might just be the highlight of your Bali honeymoon.
Another oceanfront culinary jewel is the stunning Soleil (themulia.com/en/soleil; Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Kawasan Sawanga; +62 361 301 7777). Set within the larger-than-life The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, this esteemed restaurant reflects the laid-back romanticism of the Cote d’Azur and the Italian Riviera. There’s no better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than brunching the day away with your special someone at Soleil’s gourmet buffet, complete with free-flow wine and a sandy bay view to boot. With an innovative take on fresh, Mediterranean and Pan-Asian cuisine, Soleil’s executive chef is diligent about sourcing the highest quality produce, seafood and meat from Bali and beyond.
Celebrating the passionate flavours of Italy, Piasan at Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villas & Spa (kayumanis.com; BTDC Area Nusa Dua; 62-361 770 777) unites classic Italian cuisine with Bali’s freshest produce. Hearty meals, full-bodied wines and warm company capture the romantic essence of authentic Italian fare, whilst first-class service and the exquisite garden surroundings embody the Kayumanis’ flair for elegant romance. Try Executive Chef Denny’s Filetto alla Griglia con Asparagi e Funghi: a chargrilled beef fillet garnished with stems of asparagus and wrapped in an all-Italian prosciutto blanket. The fillet is cushioned by a decadent mushroom sauce, and by its side, a neat tomato parcel holds a bundle of roasted vegetables, as intricate and delicate as the radiant ambience.
His and Hers Spa Treatment
Exclusive to St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, the magically sensual Remède Spa (stregisbali.com; Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6; +62 361 8478 111) is considered by many to be one of the best spa experiences in the world. From champagne and truffles, to luxurious throws and fully customised treatments, the Remède Spa surpasses all expectations, helping you to escape to a sanctuary of pure indulgence and relaxation. The Honeymooner Spa Ritual is the perfect way to kick off your honeymoon and get your skin ready for the Bali sun, beginning with the signature foot bath to relax the feet and prepare the body for the Remède Customised Massage. Next comes a Remède Customised Body Scrub featuring delicious scents of jasmine and tuberose flowers, finishing with a luxurious flower petal bath accompanied by chocolate-dipped strawberries.
Born from a fairytale romance itself, the oceanfront Bali Jet Set Dive and Marine Sports (jetsetmarine.com; Jalan Setra Gandamayu, West Beach, Tanjung Benoa; +62 361 772 518) is Bali’s newest and most exclusive water sports centre on the island, owned and run by a husband and wife duo that met while they themselves were indulging in some water sports. Bali Jet Set prides itself on providing strictly private activities, so you and your loved one will have one-on-one five-star treatment from start to finish. All equipment is top quality, with the majority imported from the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. So whether you choose to kayak, waterski, scuba dive, wakeboard or try any other of the fun-filled activities, you can rest assured that you will be in the hands of seasoned, compassionate professionals.
Water babies may also want to experience the most romantic sailing trip on the island aboard the Waka Sailing (wakahotelsandresorts.com/waka-bali-sailing; +62 361 484085) luxurious catamaran. Sail away from Nusa Dua’s Benoa Harbour on a leisurely cruise to the enchanting NusaBay in Nusa Lembongan – a beautiful island located on the southeast of Bali. Cooled by a gentle sea breeze, coffee, tea and pastries are served on the indoor and outdoor seating areas, allowing you to travel in comfort and style. Enthusiastic fishermen are invited to join the crew in throwing lines off the back of the boat, or you can simply enjoy the view of the deep blue seas and secret sandy bays out yonder.
Back on dry land, Bali Camel Safaris (balicamelsafaris.com; +62 361 776 755) lets you explore Nusa Dua’s beach atop the back of a camel, complete with large comfy seats so you and your partner can snuggle up together and enjoy the ride. Opt for the Camel Ride and Seafood package, where you will bid farewell to your camel chum and be whisked away to the glistening bay of Jimbaran for a finale of famous fresh seafood on the powdery sands.
Honeymoon escapes have never been so extravagant than at The St. Regis Bali Resort (stregisbali.com; Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua; +62 361 8478 111). From the moment you are picked up from the airport in a stylish Mercedes-Benz stocked with chocolates and cold water, the world-class St. Regis experience offers unparalleled bespoke hospitality from start to finish.
Boasting what is perhaps the most advanced butler service in Asia, the St. Regis Butler Service at the St. Regis Bali Resort is of the highest calibre, headed by chief butler Carlos Constanzo, widely recognised as one of the world’s most sought after personal attendants. With clients that range from prominent Hollywood A-listers to international heads of state, you can rest assured that your honeymoon will be perfectly polished and fine tuned, right down to the last detail.
Revel in the absolute privacy and seductive indoor – outdoor living at one of the alluring St. Regis villas. The beachfront Strand Villa overlooks the endless ocean, with a private path to white sand perfection via exotic tropical plants. Carefree living continues outside in a glorious split-level private garden and pool area, an inviting Bale Bengong (an Indonesian style gazebo), and a table for romantic dining. Throughout these spacious hideaways, the beauty is as much in the details of prominently displayed Balinese art as it is in the hand-embroidered throw pillows and wooden shutters that gently filter the warm Bali sunshine. With its open and airy layout, complete with high ceilings and mahogany wooden floors, you really can have that grand honeymoon you have always dreamed of.
A few sandy footsteps further along Nusa Dua’s bay, you will find the panoramic manicured gardens of Grand Nikko Bali (grandnikkobali.com; Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan, Nusa Dua; +62 361 773 377). Perched on a 40-metre high cliff afforded by the resort’s unique topographical location, Grand Nikko Bali has recently rebranded and redefined their luxurious accommodations, introducing a cluster of stunning secluded villas.
The one-bedroom Ocean Pool Villas are incredibly peaceful, each with their own lush garden and private infinity swimming pool looking out to the ocean beyond. A semi-open gazebo is the ultimate expression of outdoor elegance, with a living area and spacious terrace beckoning with loungers and day-beds, designed for just the two of you. Inside, the main bedroom features a king size bed with fluffy slippers and robes thoughtfully placed on either side. A spacious walk-in closet and powder room leads to a luxurious bathroom with his and hers sinks, as well as a beautifully made chandelier suspended above a free-standing egg-shaped bathtub. The spacious shower booth encourages you to lather up together, with two rain showers and two additional ultra-powered heads.
Whenever you choose, your personal and professional butler can transport you to the main area of the hotel via a stylish golf buggy, and he will be there to pick you up again once you’ve finished indulging in the suave amenities and delicious restaurants. Aptly named The Shore, Grand Nikko’s Mediterranean and seafood restaurant wows with its beachfront views while the Japanese Benkay restaurant provides dinner and a show, with its lustrous teppanyaki counter and acrobatic chefs.
Over to the other side of Nusa Dua’s bay, in the tourist enclave of Tanjung Benoa, Conrad Bali (conradhotels3.hilton.com; Jalan Pratama 168, Tanjung Benoa; +62 361 778788) invites you to experience “The Luxury of Being Yourself” at their sensual getaway resort.
Exclusively set apart from the rest of the hotel in a secluded wing of Conrad Bali, the romantic Conrad Suites are nestled amongst lush tropical gardens, each exquisitely designed to create a sense of space and romantic atmosphere. The Presidential King Suite is the ultimate in contemporary luxury; your own personal sanctuary with 180 degrees of panoramic views across the Indian Ocean, complete with a stunning terrace to soak up the intoxicating view.
The Suite also enjoys its own separate dining room with private bar, 47-inch plasma TV and DVD player, while the spacious bathroom tempts with a rain shower and bathtub big enough for the two of you. Wake each morning to a complimentary breakfast and as the day leisurely passes by, feast on afternoon tea and evening cocktails, with Conrad Bali’s compliments.
Dinnertime proposes a number of romantic options, whether it be at the signature beachfront Eight Degrees South Mediterranean restaurant or the contemporary Japanese delights at RIN. Couples can also indulge in a private candle-lit beach bale dinner, in one of the most intimate and tranquil spots on the island. The select menu of premium seafood and wines creates a memorable honeymoon experience you will treasure forever.