Bali Honeymoon

bali honeymoon

After the incredible, often stressful, build up to a wedding day, its time to relax and enjoy married life. A romantic honeymoon in Bali.

What are the benefits of a honeymoon in Bali?

Below we list just some of the top reasons why Bali is the perfect location for a honeymoon…

Time to relax

Planning a wedding can be incredibly stressful, time-consuming and draining. What better way to recharge after a wedding than in a tropical oasis like Bali. Each Mayaloka one-bedroom villa has its own private pool. You and your partner can enjoy basking in the sun in complete privacy. Spa treatments can also be booked through the villas. So whether you’d like a massage to soothe or invigorate, Bali is the perfect place to recharge your body and mind.

Focus on your spouse

After the hustle and bustle of a wedding, it can become easy to lose sight of why you are getting married. Which is, of course, because you love your partner. Your honeymoon is the perfect chance to focus on your relationship without interference from the outside world. A one-bedroom villa ensures you and your spouse can have complete privacy and can enjoy each other’s company in peace.

Indulge your senses

The culinary delights on offer in Bali are some of the best in the world. Seminyak is home to some of Bali’s best restaurants. From La Luciola to the latest new dining experiences like SHI SHI.

Sample delicious cuisines from the comfort of your 1 bedroom private pool villa. Mayaloka provides room service and can provide incredible food whenever you desire. With all your meals taken care of for you, you can truly relax whilst on your honeymoon and not have to lift a finger.

Bali honeymoon packages you’ll love

To learn more about the incredibly Bali honeymoon packages offered by Mayaloka Villas and to learn about how you can include romantic touches in your stay, contact us today. From organising candlelit dinners to providing a airport collection service, you can trust your honeymoon to us.

The most pictured places in Bali

As one of the world’s most naturally beautiful spots, it is no wonder that Bali attracts huge numbers of budding photographers and Instagram gurus every year. Thanks to its mix of breathtaking mountains, dream-like waterfalls, and perfect beaches, the island offers plenty of opportunities to experiment with photography and capture the laid-back spirit of its holiday-goers and inhabitants.

We’ve put together a brief list of some of the most pictured places in Bali. Make sure to put them on your itinerary if you’re a tourist looking to come back with a beautiful collection of holiday pictures.

1. Bali’s famous infinity pools

Bali boasts a number of stunning infinity pools that provide amazing backdrops for a little bit of summertime posing. So pull on your most fashionable bikini and relax by some of the island’s most luxurious tourist hotspots.

For a truly picturesque view, head to The Hanging Garden of Bali. This pool was voted one of the world’s best and features two different levels. Jungle Fish is another great option for fans of holiday photography as it is set amongst Ubud’s luscious jungles.

2. Waterfalls

Bali is famous for its spectacular waterfalls. Offering photography backdrops so beautiful you’d be forgiven for thinking they had been Photoshopped, waterfalls such as those in Git-Git, NungNung, Tengenungan, or Sekumpul should be high up on your holiday priorities list.

3. Ridge walks and rice paddies

Head to Ubud to enjoy a photogenic landscape featuring luscious green vistas and quaint paved paths. The Campuhan Ridge Walk is a particular favourite of Instagram stars thanks to its overwhelming beauty.

4. Monkey Forest in Ubud

If you head to Ubud, make sure to visit the Monkey Forest. As well as providing some great opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the island’s most majestic creatures, it is a great place to capture some truly original images.

5. Sunset swings

Nothing accompanies a sunset shot better than a swing (and, of course, they are great fun!). Head to the swing on Gili T for some Instagram-worthy shots or head to Ubud’s Bali Swing for an experience that allows you to almost float above the region’s breathtaking jungle.

6. Danau Buyan Selfie Park

What could be more convenient for keen photographers than a park set up purely for the sake of selfies? Head to Danau Buyan Selfie Park in North Bali with a selfie stick in tow to take some great shots of bamboo nests, swings and more.

Photo by Artem Beliaikin

Things to do on your Bali Honeymoon

Thanks to its luscious rice fields, coral reefs, and beaches, Bali has secured its status as one of the most beautiful islands in the world. As such, it represents the quintessential honeymoon destination for loved-up couples and offers plenty of opportunities for fun, relaxation, and exploration.

If you’re looking for inspiration for things to do on your Bali honeymoon, look no further. We’ve collated a comprehensive guide for newlyweds looking to make the most of their time on the island:

1. Watch the stunning sunset at Tanah Lot Temple

The Tanah Lot Temple is a breathtakingly beautiful Hindu temple that boasts an unusual offshore setting. It is best viewed during sunset hours, whilst waves crash against its base – the perfect scenario for romance!

The base can be reached during low tide, although visitors are not permitted into the temple grounds. The excellent panoramic views, however, make it all worthwhile.

2. Share the beautiful views at Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple is one of six temples in Bali thought to be a spiritual pillar. Situated on a breathtaking cliff bank, the temple exemplifies spectacular Balinese architecture and includes a number of ancient sculptures.

The view offered at Uluwatu is enhanced during sunset hours, making it a great place to spend a few hours of your honeymoon. Before you head off, however, make sure that you abide by the temple’s dress code by covering your shoulders and knees. Visitors should also be wary that the temple’s resident monkeys have a penchant for pickpocketing unsuspecting tourists!

3. Explore Tegallalang rice terraces in Ubud

The rice terraces in Ubud are breathtakingly beautiful, offering the perfect backdrop for your honeymoon photos. The area also offers a few cafes and stalls for tourists to enjoy some refreshments after a long walk.

4. A couple’s spa treatment

What better way to unwind after a hard day of exploring than with a couple’s spa treatment? Sit back and enjoy some pampering with some of Bali’s best spa services. At Mayaloka Villas, we can arrange a spa day for you and your other half to rejuvenate during the holiday of a lifetime.

5. Candlelit dinner in your private villa

No honeymoon would be complete without a candlelit dinner, and Mayaloka Villas is committed to offering customers a romantic private dining experience like no other. Indeed, we encourage visitors to bask in Bali’s warm climate while enjoying a delicious meal and carefully selected wines.

A guide to Seminyak for first timers

Seminyak, north of Kuta, is a must for those who enjoy the nicer things in life and crave luxury for their Bali getaway. If you haven’t been, here’s a guide to Seminyak for first timers.

Dining

“The Yak”, as it’s affectionately known, is crowded with world-class restaurants, cafes, clubs and cocktail bars. Nearby Petitenget has been dubbed Eat Street 2.0 and is slightly more eclectic, but it still showcases some of the island’s best hotels, beach clubs and restaurants.

Nightlife

The nightlife in Seminyak is, without doubt, the best in Bali, and with many venues attracting international DJs and performers year-round, it’s all about glitz and glamour by the sea when the sun goes down.

Shopping

Whatever it is you’re shopping for, Seminyak has it. Think everything from cool accessories to swimwear to designer dresses, and of course don’t forget about everything that’s on offer for the favourite man in your life.

Art

After Ubud, Seminyak is the next best place to find contemporary art, sculptures and paintings. As well as showcasing some of the best avant-garde work in Bali, you’ll also find some unique pieces to take home with you.

Beaches

Your days in Seminyak are meant to be relaxing and spent lazing around beachside, but if you want to escape the crowds, head to the nearby Petitenget Beach which derives its name from the nearby temple. Although the sand is grey, the beach is great for both walks and yoga.

Accommodation

After shopping all day and partying at night, Seminyak is the perfect place to relax and indulge in your own private Seminyak villa at the end of the day. Whether you’re travelling as a couple or as a family, the MayaLoka Villas are the ideal sumptuous escape. Offering everything you would expect of luxurious accommodation including your own private pool, the villas will exceed your expectations.

Want more tips about what to see and do during your stay in Seminyak? The friendly staff at MayaLoka Villas will be more than happy to assist.

Your Bali babymoon at Mayaloka Villas

Planning a wedding means planning a honeymoon. But what if your next big life event doesn’t involve champagne and a white dress? What if it’s all about 2am feeds and clothes covered in mashed banana?

If you have a baby on the way, you’re probably acutely aware that you need to breathe and regroup before your life changes forever – and there’s no better way to do so than with a romantic getaway before bub arrives, for example through a ‘babymoon’ in Bali!

As Bali’s most elegant resort province, Seminyak is the perfect place to relax, indulge and reconnect as a couple before your family grows – without breaking the bank. Here, you can soak up the silence of secluded spots like the gorgeous Petitenget Beach, dine in one of the area’s vibrant restaurants, or simply take advantage of one of many pampering experiences on offer at Mayaloka Villas.

Start the day with a delicious selection of fresh seasonal fruit, then spend a carefree day floating in your private pool. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, tour Bali’s most unmissable sights, such as the breath-taking Ubud hot springs and waterfalls, stunning Tanah Lot Temple, or snorkelling in Blue Lagoon.

Of course, since you’ll soon be helping a little one learn about the world, you might want to take in some local knowledge, too. Seminyak has much to offer culture vultures – roam the magnificent Nyaman Art Gallery, meet macaque monkeys and enjoy traditional dances like the Ramayana ballet or Kecak dance at Uluwatu Temple, or spend the day shopping at The Flea Market.

At the end of each day, simply find a spot on the beach to enjoy one of Bali’s famous sunsets, before heading back to your villa for mouth-watering mocktails and a long soak in your over-sized bath.

The secret to an unforgettable babymoon is enjoying the experiences you might find tricky to capture after baby arrives – making Bali is the ideal place to have yours! In Seminyak, only you set the pace of the day, making you feel special – from the moment your breakfast is delivered to you, poolside, to the moment you farewell the golden beaches and friendly locals.

No one knows what parenthood will bring, but one thing’s for sure – you’ll never regret a Bali babymoon! In fact, we’re sure you’ll be back, leaving an extra little pair of footprints in the soft sand.

Best cultural activities in Seminyak, Bali

With so many activities and experiences on offer in Seminyak, Bali it can be hard to choose what to prioritise during your visit. For those looking to experience authentic Balinese culture, below we outline some amazing cultural locations and activities that are not to be missed.

1. Nyaman Gallery

The Nyaman Gallery is not your average, uptight gallery. At this spot, you’ll find sculptures, wearable art, glasswork and street art, among paintings and photographs. Showcasing the best international and local artists, visitors are encouraged to interact with the art and some pieces are even available for purchase. For art lovers, this gallery is the perfect way to spend an afternoon in Seminyak.

2. Pura Petitenget

From contemporary art to an ancient temple, Pura Petitenget is a peaceful retreat located in bustling Seminyak. The Pura Petitenget is a Hindu temple and one of the six famous sea temples in Bali. Individuals continue to worship at the temple today as they believe Pura Petitenget protects them from the sea. Although it is relatively small compared to other temples in Bali, this temple is a must-see for anyone staying in the Seminyak area.

3. Theatre Art Gallery

A hidden gem in the Seminyak area, Theatre Art Gallery celebrates traditional Balinese culture and theatre. The gallery specialises in restoring and performing with traditional wayang puppets, also known as shadow puppets. The gallery also performs with modern puppets, perfectly blending modern and traditional art forms. Spend an evening here and immerse yourself in traditional Balinese theatre.

4. Pura Masceti

Unlike the sea temple Pura Petitenget, Pura Masceti is an agricultural temple and is used by farmers or landowners who pray and give offerings to the temple in the hope their land will be prosperous and free of infestation or that they will be forgiven for selling their land to property developers. Check to see if any local ceremonies are taking place during your visit, as these ceremonies can be great celebrations that are not to be missed.

To truly enjoy your trip to Seminyak, Bali, it is important you have exceptional accommodation to rest in after enjoying the range of cultural experiences on offer. Mayaloka Villas are perfectly located, offering a peaceful retreat from the bustle of Seminyak and a free shuttle service so you can arrive at any of the locations mentioned above effortlessly. For more information on our stunning villas, do not hesitate to contact us today.

Where to find the Best Coffee in Bali

Espresso 🙂 by eiljot licensed under Creative Commons 4.0

It’s a well-known fact that of the many tourists visiting Bali at any given time in the year, a large percentage will be Australian (the flight is as short as 3 hours from Perth to Bali’s Denpasar airport). It’s also a well-known fact that Australians love their coffee – and GOOD quality coffee at that. So, it may come as no surprise that Bali’s coffee industry is growing at an exponential rate. New coffee shops are constantly opening their doors to caffeine-hungry travels, expats and locals alike. So, when you’ve confirmed your Mayaloka Villas accommodation, packed your bags and you’re ready to get that cafe/restaurant itinerary going, add these places to your must-do list for a fantastic coffee hit in the beautiful haven that is Bali.

UBUD

Gangga Coffee: This speciality coffee spot is a short 5-minute drive outside of Ubud’s town centre. It’s a great spot if you’re looking for somewhere a little quieter to relax and enjoy some great coffee while you read, do some work, or chat with the friendly staff!

Website: www.ganggacoffee.com

Anomali Coffee: A great spot to have breakfast and drink coffee, Anomali serves premium coffee beans sourced from many parts of Indonesia. Located on Jalan Raya Ubud, this is a top pick for your daily brew!

Website: www.anomalicoffee.com

Seniman Coffee: At Seniman, coffee is taken very seriously. They mostly offer hand-brewed filter coffee and offer workshops, too.

Website: www.senimancoffee.com

Revive Bali: Soon to be turned into a roastery, Revive Ubud opened in 2017. The atmosphere is second to none – there are often locals playing music, singing and chatting to each other. This is a popular spot for expats or those wanting to venture away from the bustling main streets in Ubud.

Website: www.instagram.com/revivebali

SEMINYAK

Revolver: It’s hard to find a cooler coffee joint in Seminyak or Bali for that matter. Revolver is located down an alleyway. Once you open the door, a large, dark bar area is revealed. They also have merchandise (t-shirts, mugs) on display for you to purchase.

Website: www.revolverespresso.com

Baby Revolver: This is Revolver’s baby sister, situated on Jalan Petitenget. If you think you’ve been to a tiny cafe, think again. Baby Revolver has room for about 6 people, but it is adorable and the baristas are always lovely. If you’re a Bonsoy fan, these guys have you covered.

Website: www.revolverespresso.com/new-page-1/

Expat Roasters: The café is tiny but really sophisticated and sleek. When you order a flat white, the barista will pour the latte art right in front of your eyes!

Website: www.instagram.com/expatroasters

CANGGU

Hungry Bird: The owner of Hungry Bird, a Javanese barista, is extremely knowledgeable on coffee and selects beans from all over Indonesia to roast in-house.

Website: www.facebook.com/hungrybirdcoffee

Cafe Vèda: This espresso bar became popular as soon as it opened. If you need a coffee hit late at night, this is the place to go! Cafe Vèda is open from dawn to (literal) dusk.

Website: www.instagram.com/cafe_vida_bali

Mayaloka Villas guests will discover it’s worthwhile temporarily leaving their villa for these Balinese coffee hotspots!

Action Packed Adventures in Bali

Bali is often known for its highly popular and busy beach getaway spots and its wonderful cultural sight-seeing opportunities. However, if you are looking to do more on your trip to Bali then you must check out these thrilling activities situated away from the hustle and bustle of popular tourist destinations. Many experience tour companies offer hotel pick-up and drop-off for Mayaloka Villa guests for a seamless tourist experience.

Off-road quad bike adventuring

There is nothing better than getting away from the city hot spots and heading off-road to enjoy Bali’s countryside up close and personal. Spend hours following a guide through tight rainforest trails and muddy jungle tracks, and admiring the aesthetic tiered rice paddies and luscious bamboo plantations. This half-day experience will allow you to see parts of Bali you would otherwise bypass on the way to other tourist attraction sites. Quad biking is suitable for those of 12 years of age and above and does not require any previous experience.

Whitewater rafting

Not only are Bali’s beaches exquisite, but so too is Bali’s Ayung River which ebbs and flows between beautiful views of rice fields and rainforests. Spend hours spotting wildlife, admiring the scenery, and negotiating the exciting and challenging rapids. Whitewater rafting is a great team building activity, and with suitability for 7 years of age plus, it makes for an excellent family or friendship group activity.

Stand up paddleboarding

If you’ve always dreamed of surfing but never quite believed you were capable, try your luck at stand up paddleboarding. It’s a physical challenge suitable for all ages and acts as a great stepping stone to one day reaching those surfing goals. Within hours you’ll be standing up and admiring a scenic view of the coastline as you paddle along. Calm waters and small waves will make for both a challenging and enjoyable experience.

Snorkelling

If you’ve got a spare day on your itinerary, opt for a full day tour of the best snorkelling spots around Bali. Blue Lagoon is an essential stop for snorkelers. It features a small 60 metre stretch of white sand and blue waters, which are home to squids and octopi, reef sharks and rays, and many more beautiful native marine creatures. A couple of kilometres south you’ll find Bias Tugel, a 130-metre beach strip hidden between small hilly capes. A less frequented beach, Bias Tugel is a serene location with idyllic calm blue waters.

All About Bali’s Iconic Kecak Dance

If you don’t know much about the traditional Balinese Kecak Dance, you’re certainly in for a treat.

It’s most certainly an artful sight and sound to behold on the dramatic and beautiful island, and it’s something you must simply do during your stay at Mayaloka Villas Seminyak.

What’s that I’m hearing?

If you’re listening to the Kecak Dance rather than watching it, you’ll know exactly what the name is all about. But dozens of people yelling, chanting and singing “Ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak” repeatedly to no musical accompaniment whatsoever doesn’t quite sum it up.

However, you will have definitely arrived at the spine-tingling Kecak Dance, a perfect nod to the rich and traditional Balinese culture.

Actually, it’s more dramatic art than merely dance. But it’s unmistakably Balinese, and one of the best ways to take in the beautiful traditions of the island paradise.

A dramatic sunset performance

The best setting for the Kecak Dance is overlooking the sea from a cliff-top vantage point at sunset. The dance follows the script of the dying light, starting at dusk and concluding under only the light cast by twinkling bamboo torches.

The stage itself is entirely human, made up of dozens of cross-legged people sitting in concentric circles wearing Balinese sarongs.

Some actually refer to it as the ‘monkey dance’, because the “Ke-cak ke-cak ke-cak” chanting represents a spectacular choir of monkeys. Together, they tell a story about a Prince, his wife and brother wandering into the woods, where a giant (Rahwana) kidnaps and imprisons the wife (Shinta).

The Prince (Rama) sets about rescuing her, engaging the assistance of Sugriwa, a Monkey King. Without spoiling the epic plot, the story concludes with an epic and fiery battle between two fearsome sides.

Catch a performance near Mayaloka Villas

The origin of the Kecak dance is Sanghyang, an ancient Balinese ritual that we might recognise as an exorcism to ward off evil spirits. But today, it can be seen all over the fantastic island of Bali as an unforgettable spectacle, including performances held not far from the beautiful Mayaloka Villas in Seminyak.

Not sure how to book a seat at a local Kecak Dance performance? Our friendly staff at Mayaloka Villas will be more than happy to help!

5 of the Best Waterfalls in Bali

Heaven is on earth – and it’s discovered by exploring Bali’s incredible waterfalls.

Yes, the island paradise is better known for cocktails at sunset, diverse markets, stunning temples and beautiful white sands. But the waterfalls are secret treasures that you simply can’t miss.

So if you like heading off the beaten track in search of a hidden waterfall location beyond your wildest dreams, then read on. We’ve found five Bali waterfalls you’ll never forget …

1. Gitgit Waterfall – Singaraja

Gitgit is the perfect place to start, as you can arrive by car, scooter or bus and it’s impossible to miss the twin falls. In fact, the scene of the 35m Gitgit waterfall is one of Bali’s iconic tourist locations, with shops nearby but still resplendent in lush greenery and a high chance of spotting a monkey or two. But if you believe in local legends and you’re newly married, here’s a warning: don’t take a dip under the waterfall or you risk cursing your relationship!

Photo credit via Flickr: Kecek

2. Tegenungan Waterfall – Ubud

You might normally look for waterfalls in the highlands, but that’s not where you’ll find Tegenungan. In fact, if you’re visiting Ubud, you’re almost there already – and on your trip to the waterfall, you also get to take in a beautiful temple. The natural springs are the perfect place for a dip, and those with an eye for a snap will love the way the beautiful afternoon light is filtered through the heavy, crisp and clean water as it falls.

Photo credit via Flickr: Gus Aik

3. Sekumpul Waterfall – Singaraja

The first two waterfalls are easy to find, but trust us – Sekumpul really is the most beautiful. To get up close and personal, you’ll have to put your adventurer’s hat on as you negotiate the crossing of a river and over 100 slippery steps. But it’s well worth the trek, as you won’t find just one waterfall – there are actually seven! Each one reaches higher and higher into the trees, with the biggest boasting a whopping 80m fall.

Photo credit via Flickr: Putu Ariawan

4. Nungnung Waterfall – Petang

Now you’re really heading for the clouds, as you reach Nungnung Waterfall, a dizzying 900m above sea level. It’s a remote, quieter spot, where even though you can take a car, you need to be prepared for a long descent of over 500 steps. As you approach, start to follow your ears in search of the source of the thunderous waterfall sound – it’s home to one of the very best Bali waterfalls. Don’t forget your camera!

Photo credit via Flickr: Viktor Zacek

5. Jembong Waterfall – Sukasada

Given the proximity to Gitgit, nearby Jembong Waterfall can often be forgotten even by the locals – but not by us! Jembong is just as stunning but it’s even less spoiled or attended, contributing to the legend about spiritual healings that take place here by the day. The trek to the waterfall is uniquely lined by cacao trees, and the water flow is gentle, calm and peaceful, making the water pool below the perfect place for an easy dip.

Photo credit via Flickr: Galeri Ari Kurniawan

For whatever reason, you visit Bali next, make sure to add the island’s many incredible waterfalls to the Bali bucket list. From easy, spectacular finds to hidden treasures that will satisfy the most adventurous nature junkie, Bali’s best waterfalls are breathtaking, diverse, spectacular and peaceful.