Monday, January 7, 2013

A luxuriously affordable honeymoon in Bali


A honeymoon just like the wedding is special and comes just once in a lifetime. Thus, one wants it to be perfect. Yet there are so many restrictions like the budget, the duration and the kind of place (hill-y or beaches or historical etc). For us the biggest constraints were the budget and the duration while planning our honeymoon. I had a certain few places in mind (read Turkey, Greece and Maldives) but they didn't quite seem to fit the bill.

My husband wasn't too choosy about the kind of place and left all the planning on me as I seemed more excited about it. The only thing I was sure about was that i did not want to go to any of the cliched places and it had to be a place that no one I knew had gone for their honeymoon. So i searched and searched and decided on Bali. Because, it fit our budget, duration and the "unique place" criteria

The other thing that was I knew was that I didn't want to go to a travel agent and get a fixed commercialized itinery. After all, it was my honeymoon, something personal. How can I let a stranger decide where to go and what sight seeing to do and where to stay. Also, these travel agents usually recommend very commercial places and hotels and I wanted to stay in small but luxurious boutique-y type of a place. So after reading and researching on Wikitravel and TripAdvisor this is how I planned my trip.

All the rates mentioned may have changed as I went for the trip in Dec 2011.


Travel

Airfare - INR 37,000 per ticket from Mumbai to Denpasar, Bali Malaysia Airlines ( no non stop flights available from Mumbai to Bali)Within Bali, we had hired a taxi to take us around. Lot of on the spot bargain deals available. No need for prior booking. Hotel provided airport transfers on paying extra charges

Visa

Indians are given visa on arrival on valid passports and payment of USD 50. Keep some spare dollars as they ask you to pay some charges on departure as well

Places Covered:

Ubud (for 3 days) : Calm, serene, green,non touristy. This is how I would describe Ubud the best. Also made famous by the movie Eat, Pray, Love






Seminyak (for 3 days): We chose Seminyak over Kuta as it belongs to the same bracket (known for shopping and nightlife) but is better, less crowded and more sophisticated

Accomodation:

As I mentioned earlier, I wanted something boutique-y which was luxurious in its own way and yet pocket friendly.

Ubud: We chose Allam Indah. All rooms are beautiful,huge, the decor has a Bali touch, nothing modern about it (no TV also). Since, the concept of the resort was to be secluded and close to nature it is not very centrally located. But they provide shuttle services to the main street and market which was very very convenient and helpful. Our room lily was affordably priced at $65+ tax per night

Image Courtesy:baliwww.com


Seminyak: Uma Sapna Villas. When in Bali. Skip normal hotel rooms and opt for a private villa with personal pool and garden and the works. What is surprising is that both are priced on par. Uma Sapna is very contemporarily designed, spacious, centrally located and moderately priced. We chose the smallest villa to suit our pockets and they were priced at $120 + taxes per nightBoth the options chosen by us are ranked very high by all the reviewers on Tripadvisor. Agoda also provides some good deals.

Image Courtesy: allseminyakvillas.com

Things to do:

For a quick snapshot you can check out my pinboard here

Ubud
  • Ubud market- Shop for silver jewellry, trinkets and handicrafts
  • Mt batur - active volcanic mountain a must. Also follow it up with lunch at restuarants facing it
  • Monkey Forest
  • Various temples
  • Rice terraces - will be found all across the interiors of Bali
  • Spices and coffee plantations
  • Also make time for a spa while u are there as Seminyak will be expensive


Mount Batur

Coffee tasting @ plantations


Seminyak 

More popular for its swish restaurants, nightlife and shopping:
  • Tanah Lot for sunset
  • Uluwatu temple
  • Seminyak square for shopping
  • Prana spa - Check out the morrocon themed decor. Has also won some awards
  • Jimbaran beach - for water sports and sunset dinner for sea food lovers
Tanah Lot Sunset

Restaurants
For us the availability of vegetarian food was a strict criteria while selecting the restaurant which wasn't so difficult as Bali has ample options for the same:
Ubud
  • Lotus cafe
  • Buddha bar
  • Little India
Pond inside Lotus cafe


Seminyak
  • Zula - nice mexican and medditaranean food
  • Queens Tandoor - Indian food

Bars

Rock Bar - Situated on a cliff, a part of Ayaana resort. Its a must visit. The resort itself is also very beautifully done. While we were at the resort we were also lucky enough to witness a Balinese wedding.

Image courtesy: tipsbaliholiday.blogspot.in/

Potato beach club - for it quirky window walls. A huge huge club. Every place in Bali is huge (the real estate must be very cheap there)

Image courtesy: lostateminor.com

Dining at Potato Beach Club

Also, ask your hotel help desk for the latest bars as new places keep springing up in Seminyak


Hope this information helps you while planning your honeymoon. If you have any queries you can leave them in my comments box and I shall try to answer them.


77 comments:

  1. Wow great post! Bali was never on my vacation-list but I'm having second thoughts now. Do you mind disclosing how long you were there and what was your budget like?

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  2. Sure Aruna!
    I stayed there for 6 nights.
    3 nights in Ubud and 3 nights in Seminyak.

    Budget was INR 1,50,000 between the two of us. Half of it was spent on airfare

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    1. How did you manage your car hiring rentals ?
      Elaborate more on food expenses as well...
      How safe is Bali for Newlyweds to stay on their own in Bali ?

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  3. Hey those numbers look great. Thanks again :)

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  4. Great post...I totally agree about not wanting travel agents to plan the trip and obviously, no tour!!! For my honeymoon, hubby had left all the planning to me so we had a 15 day honeymoon in Australia. Want to go to Bali but now, with 2 kids, all our holidays are very kiddie centric .

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    1. Hey Dollie, you can still goto Bali.. the kids will love the beach and the white sands and you and husband can have some quiet time while they play around.

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  5. Hi there,
    Your post is great with really nice pix.
    Am planning my Bali family trip in Feb! I have made a check-list of all the places u mentioned above.
    Am just wondering howmuch would it cost for shopping in Bali? As you are into shopping, if you could give me an estimate in USD that would really helpful. I have heard its really cheap! But how much is Cheap? I am going to stay there for 4nights and 5 days.

    Thinking to take around 1200usd !! Is it enough?
    Lil bit of shopping/Rides/Spas/Food not going for any tours!!
    Do u think thats enough for myself?
    Thanks

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  6. Hey!

    Thank you for visiting my blog and Hope the Bali post was helpful to you. 1200 USD (not including your accomodation) just for yourself for 4 nights should be more than enough.
    The best of the spas will be around 80-100 USD. Street shopping for souvenirs will be under 10 USD and boutique shopping will be around 50 USD, branded clothes may be a little more expensive than that. Food depends on the place but again you can go to the best of the restaurants spend just around 30-40$ per person or even lesser

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  7. WOW..this is a grt post..need to start brainwashing my husband for our nxt holiday..! ;)

    Aditi
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    www.sosaree.blogspot.in

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  8. Hey...this post is really grt :)
    My husband had left me to collect details of Bali for our honeymoon..and i found it really useful..
    Thanks for the post :)

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  9. It is so beautiful!! Lovely place for romance...!

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  10. I too went to Bali for my honeymoon and it was a blissful 7 days I still cherish! Love your post.

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  11. This is a great post and very helpful! I have a question. Are you happy with the decision to stay in 2 different places? Did you find it annoying to have to pack and move hotels/villas in the middle of the week? We are thinking of doing the same thing: staying at a beachy area for 4 nights, then staying in Ubud for the rest of the week, but I'm wondering if we will feel like it's a hassle. I do want to visit Ubud, so I'm debating whether or not to stay there for a few nights or just take day trips there.

    We will also be traveling to other places in Indonesia before and after the week to do family stuff.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

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    1. hey!

      thanks for reading my blog..I would love to help..

      We were in Bali only for 6 nights.. and moving from Ubud to Seminyak was not troublesome at all.. the two places are just an or two away..and we took a taxi service.. you should certainly visit both the places..and day trips will not do justice to any of these places.. infact will turn out to be even more hectic

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  12. HI,
    What time of year did you go? We are thinking of going in Dec/Jan but worry the weather won't be very good. Thanks!

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    1. Hi!
      We were there in early dec and the rains did not hamper our schedules much. It would rain for like 15 mins thtoughout thr day. But i believe the rainfall is much heVier at the end of dec/jan

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  13. Hi Rajvi.

    Great Post..Thanks for posting it.
    I am getting married in November end this year. After reading your post, I am quite keen to plan my honeymoon in Bali.

    As you said, even I want to plan this trip myself without any travel agents in between.

    Could you please share your experience, on how you got your bookings done and how you managed the travel in Bali?

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    1. planning a trip on your own is always fun! If you are planning a dec hineymoon. then you should start planning now. I researched hotels and read about their reviews on trip advisor. Post which I checked the rates with the hotels and on sites like agoda.com

      As for the travel within bali, we met a very nice driver who had an innova type car and booked him for a couple of days for our internal travel and sightseeing. you may look this info up on tripadvisor as well.

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  14. Great post!!! Indeed very useful thanks a lot.

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  15. Hello Rajvi,

    Firstly, thank you for the informative post. I am planning to visit Bali with my wife in May 2014 for 5/6 Nights from Kolkata, India. My Budget is around 1 lac INR inclusive of airfare. Would it be possible in my budget. It would be great If you could shed some light. Thank you in advance.

    Regards
    Subhasis

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  16. Hello Rajvi,

    Rekindling an old post but WOW it just spoke to us word by word. We are planning our honeymoon in Aug and decided on Bali and wanted a more intimate experience as you had mentioned. We have 6 days and have decided 4 days in Ubud and might do Seminyak for the remaining.

    Any recommendations or advice for a romantic evening including restaurants than what you have mentioned?

    Thanks,
    Faraz

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    1. Hey Faraz,

      Congratulations on your wedding and hope you have a great time in Bali!

      As for reccomendations - I had been there in 2011. I am guessing a lot of new places must have come up now. Do not miss the Rock Bar. Apart from that Seminyak is full of posh, romantic places.. there is Ku de Ta..

      Go to Jimbaran/Nusa Dua beach shacks for a nice seafood dinner facing the sea..

      In comparison Ubud is very earthy and hence it may not have these posh places.. but has lovely small cafes.. i have also read about Mosaic you may want to find out..

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