1. Dinner at CasCades in Ubud
Australian owned and managed, this amazing restaurant is part of a seven star resort where outside guests are welcome to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located just five minutes drive from the Central Ubud Market area, CasCades has won an array of awards from the travel industries most notable judges. The restaurant is perched high on a cliff overlooking an incredible tropical gauge known as the Valley of the Kings. The managing family has European heritage hence the menu caters for both European and Asian fare. The wine menu is extensive and the food is to die for, this is a romantic fine dining experience you must try!
2. Secret Beach Walk to La Laguna
Not many tourists to Seminyak and Batu Belig will know about this pleasant romantic stroll along the beach. As you arrive at the Batu Belig Beach car park turn right and walk north along the sand for apx 300 meters and you will see a green timber bridge, take the bridge over the inlet and you arrive at La Laguna Beach Club. A quirky new kid on the block, here you will find a vibrant menu, great cocktails all set within a tropical Spanish setting. Owned by the same group as La Favela in Oberoi and La Plancha on Seminyak Beach, this place has truly unique charm in a fairy tale setting.
3. La Plancha for sunset
A trip to Seminyak just wouldn’t be the same without a visit to the hip café on the sand at La Plancha. This is the beach café that pioneered the colorful beanbags and traditional parasol scene of the Seminyak Beach strip that is now so popular. Situated on the beach between Dhyanapura Street and the 66 Hotel, the name is derived from traditional Spanish cooking “La Plancha” which translates to simple, fresh and non pretentious and perfectly represents this casual and relaxed spot to watch a romantic Balinese sunset with your partner.
4. Dinner at The Plantation Grill
If you’re looking for a little glitz and glamour in a fine dining venue then you can’t go past the Plantation Grill at 66 Hotel by Robert Marchetti. A luxe experience, with shades of Grace Kelly and Humphrey Bogart, you may feel like you’re in a scene from Casablanca where marble finishes, soaring ceilings and massive glass windows provide sublime ocean views. Fine meats from around the world and organic seafood cooked over grills and wood-fired ovens are the specialties here. The Sling Bar at the top of the spiral staircase is an intimate space for partners to enjoy some stunning cocktails.
5. Menjangan Island Snorkeling
If you’re looking for an outdoor activity with a little romance on the side then snorkeling at Menjangan Island is a ‘must do’. The island is just a short 10 minute boat trip from the mainland and is part of the Menjangan National Marine Park. Here you will find some of the best coral reefs in Indonesia amidst clean turquoise waters providing great visibility. It’s no surprise then that this dive location ranks 3rd on Discovery Channel’s list of The World’s 10 Best Spots for Snorkeling. Expect to see some amazing varieties of tropical fish including Nemo, Marlin, Dory, Star fish and Yellow Tang just to name a few.
6. Lunch or Dinner at Mimpi Resort
Even If you don’t decide to go snorkeling at Menjangan Island, you must visit the Mimpi Resort where you can enjoy a romantic lunch or candlelit dinner at the floating restaurant and part of the Bali Barat National Park. The waters here are influenced by ancient hot springs, still active today. There is a fantastic infinity pool overlooking the mangroves and custom built natural stone Jacuzzis offer a warm and invigorating experience with natural health benefits. Limestone pathways wind through lush tropical gardens, the area is lowly populated and all of which is open to the public.
7. Romantic Evening Cruise
There are a number of both private and commercial boat operators providing romantic evening sunset cruises, maybe on one of the larger boats operated by Bali Hai Cruises where you are serenaded by musicians while sipping on a glass of fine champagne or one of the smaller more private operators. Maybe you have a special request for the numbers on board, catering or decor preferences can all be tailored to your liking. For honeymooners who want to enjoy a truly memorable evening with the element of romance high on the agenda, this unique activity is sure to be a hit.
8. Rock Bar Bali
Head past the seafood restaurants of Jimberan Bay and into the foothills of the Bukit Peninsula to the Ayana Resort and you will find the “Wow “factor that is the Rock Bar. The resort is perched atop cliffs, home of Jimbaran’s sunset coastline where you will alight an inclinator that brings you down to the bar delicately nestled on rocky outcrops and right on top of the crashing waves. Now, one of the world’s most iconic cocktail and entertainment venues, the Rock Bar provides a captivating sunset vibe and romantic night time allure for newlyweds.
9. Romantic Couples Spa
Why not indulge and heighten your senses together by pampering yourselves with a couple’s spa, maybe overlooking the Indian Ocean as cool sea breezes whisk across your skin or in tropical gauge in the mountainous region of traditional Ubud. If you’re in the Seminyak area, maybe try the Amala Spa where they provide a special ‘couples’ spa treatment that will take you to Nirvana and back again. There are so many outstanding spa centers in Bali you are spoilt for choice but the best thing is that you don’t have to stay at a resort to enjoy the facilities, most are open to the public.
10. Take A Scenic Bali Helicopter Tour
You may well have been to Bali on more than one occasion but chances are you haven’t seen Bali from your own private helicopter. The excitement alone of going for a joy flight in a helicopter for the first time will be an amazing experience to share with your loved one. Air Bali is a foreign owned and operated helicopter charter company located on the toll road as you head to Sanur from Kuta. Visit an ancient temple, maybe the beautiful Lake Kintamani or what about a secluded beach where you’re the only ones as far as the eye can see. This romantic activity is sure to get the blood flowing and ignite the passion!