Bali is easily one of the most romantic travel destinations in the world.
Travel data shows that even in 2024, the Island of the Gods is still seducing honeymoon couples as frequently as ever, and there is one area in particular that has all the newlyweds feeling dreamy.
Gianyar Regency, best known to tourists as being home to the arts and culture capital of Ubud, is also Bali’s number one honeymoon destination.
In 2024, Bali was named by TripAdvisor as the number one honeymoon destination in the world. Bali beat iconic honeymoon definitions like the Maldives, Mauritius, and Zanzibar to the top place.
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The TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards saw Bali feature heavily across the board. Nusa Penida’s Kelingking Beach was placed in the world’s top 25 beaches, and Padma Resort Ubud and Adiwana Suweta Hotel proudly featured in the world’s top 25 hotels, too.
The Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Tjok Bagus Pemayun, said that the majority of international honeymoon couples who visit Bali choose to stay in Ubud and the surrounding retreats.
He noted, “The majority are in Ubud, apart from some in Candidasa, including Tulamben, and some in West Bali.”
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What is evident is that honeymoon couples are seeking destinations that can offer incredible views, tranquility, and exclusivity.
The resorts that surround Ubud, the far west of the island, and the far east offer this in abundance.
Pemayun says that one particular cultural moment is still bringing in the romantically inclined tourists to the island. He said, “especially with Julia Robert’s film Eat Pray Love. If you are a couple and want to strengthen your partner’s love, come to Bali.”
In fact, Robert’s return to Bali in the 2022 release of Ticket to Paradise also told the story of not one but two couples finding love on the Island of the Gods.
Though, to be totally transparent, much of the film was actually shot in Australia during the pandemic, despite being set in Nusa Penida.
Pemayun said that Bali will remain a trusted destination for wedding parties and honeymooners for many years to come. He praised the hospitality industry’s dedication to providing world-class service to tourists.
For honeymoon couples planning their honeymoon escape in Bali, there are so many incredible resorts and destinations to choose from.
The beauty of Bali is that there is so much to explore. Over the course of a two-week honeymoon, newlyweds could easily stay in all three of the island’s top honeymoon destinations: Ubud, West Bali, and Candidasa.
This three-part adventure would see couples connect with Bali in a deep and nourishing way and see parts of the island the average holidaymaker could easily overlook, making for a truly unique and memorable post-nuptial retreat.
Naturally, in Ubud, honeymoon couples should add TripAdvisor’s award-winning Padma Resort Ubud and Adiwana Suweta Hotel to their bucket list.
The Padma Resort couples are always blown away by the expansive infinity pool that overlooks the dense tropical jungle.
At Adiwana Suweta, couples are afforded the most VIP experience and can rest up knowing their own private butler service is available at the click of a button. The breakfast-in-bed experience is not to be missed either.
Over in the east of Bali, Candidasa in Karangasem Regency offers couples the chance to wake up with unrivaled views of the island’s sacred mountains and secret beaches.
Candidasa Beach is one of Bali’s best-kept secrets and is the destination of choice for honeymoon couples seeking a quiet and blissful coastal escape.
Top honeymoon resorts include Sagara Candidasa and Nirwana Beach & Resort.
For a final few days off the beaten path in Bali, a perfect way to end a honeymoon is to scamper off to the west.
The most well-known resorts include Sumberkima Hill Retreat, and in 2024, Mimpi Resort Menjangan, with its thatched roofs and valance views, and Menjangan Dynasty Resort Bech Glamping and Dive Center is the ideal spot for nature lovers and adventure seekers.
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