Honeymoon Diary: Romantic Bali
Romantic beaches, Indian traditions, rich cultural history. Bali has it all. No wonder, the destination’s popularity is steadily increasing among the honeymooners! Chandni Mahajan and Maan Jalta, media professionals, who had a dreamy honeymoon in the island tell you all that you need to know if you are planning your honeymoon in Bali.
Tell us why did you guys pick Bali as your honeymoon destination?
We wanted a relaxing yet luxurious stay in a place away from all the chaos. Bali is one of the most exotic, tranquil, romantic places and hence an apt choice to get a perfect blend of some action and seclusion at the same time.
Flight and duration: Malaysian Airlines, around 9 hours
What all did your itinerary include?
We spent 6 nights and 7 days in Bali. Our itinerary was a mix of lot of things. It included a romantic cruise, visit to coffee plantation, spa at the hotel, visit to the beach, local markets, etc.
Hotel/resort where you stayed:
We stayed for 4 days at Grand Mirage Resort, which had an ocean view room. We spent another 2 days at Bhavana Private Villas, which had a private pool.
Visa formalities required for Bali: Free on arrival (for Indians)
Must-see places/things to do in Bali: One must visit the magnificent and spectacular sea temples – Tanah lot and Uluwatu. We loved the shopping experience at Krisna Market. Beaches like Padang Padang, Kuta and Pantai Pandawa are gorgeous. Your trip cannot be complete without a visit to Kuta market for nightlife / clubbing.
Avoidable places: None. But if you are on a short stay then avoid Kintamani volcano,coffee plantation and Tirta Empul Temple.
Bali is known to be a food heaven for non-vegetarians. What was your food experience like?
Our experience was not that great and we didn’t experiment much with food. We had good breakfast options at our hotel. Their food quality was good but not very suitable for Indians’ taste buds. Non-beef eaters should be careful as beef is served in almost all the food places in Bali.
Recommended dishes and restaurants: Queen’s. The restaurant has good Indian food.
Things one must pack for a trip to Bali:
Cotton clothes, insect repellant, sunscreen, sea sickness tablet, comfy footwear, some ready to eat food packets
Things to buy from Bali: Natural soaps and essences, coffee, souvenirs, paintings, gifts from Krisna and Ubud market .
Tips for couple planning their honeymoon to Bali:
- Pack light, breathable fabrics
- Instead of rupees, keep dollars with you and take services from authorized money changers only.
- Don’t hesitate to do a lot of bargaining but don’t forget to be polite
- For girls- Don’t pack too much stuff for beaches as you will be tempted to do shop from roadside shops
- Beware of monkeys- they are smart enough to snatch away your bag especially, if it has something to eat inside
Total cost of the trip: Rs. 1, 90,000 approx.