Bali Honeymoon Guide for Adventurous Newlyweds + Couples | @brittsbellavita Travel Blogger + Photographer
Come to Ubud if you are looking for adventure, tranquility, and amazing hospitality. We stayed in Ubud for 8 days for our honeymoon and it was the BEST time ever.
We contemplated a few different places for our honeymoon - Mexico, Caribbean, and some far out places like the Maldives. We knew that we would be taking a good amount of time off for our honeymoon (we took 3 weeks total!), and wanted to make the best out of our time. We ruled out Mexico and the Caribbean because we knew that we could easily make a week long trip out of those destinations in the future. The Maldives looked appealing but the time, cost and lack of activities ruled it out for us.
I've ALWAYS wanted to go to Bali, but had no idea where to start and didn't know much about it other than it's a great place to eat clean, do yoga and find peace haha! After some research, the main places that people visit in Bali is Canggu, Kuta, Ubud, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua and Seminyak. All of which have direct access to the ocean, except for Ubud which is perched up in the jungle of central Bali.
For us, Ubud felt like it would be the most romantic and peaceful but also close to lots of activities for us to get out and explore. We went in December so technically it was the rainy season and if we were at the beach it may not have been as enjoyable than being in the rainforest. The second part of our honeymoon, we went to Thailand, which was "Summer" and we would be exploring the beaches there so we decided to go ALL IN with Ubud. At first I was thinking, would I regret not doing 4 days in Ubud and 4 days by the beach, but after it all I am so happy we stayed the entire time in Ubud! :) Okay now time to get into the nitty gritty details.
You will most likely fly into the main airport in Kuta and will need to get transportation to Ubud- which is about 1-1.5 hours from the airport depending on where you are staying. When we booked our hotel through Agoda we had the option to purchase a private car shuttle to our airport, it was only like an extra $16.50 so it was a great deal considering our hotel was 90 minutes away! The company that brought us to our hotel was HolidayTaxis.com.Trust me you DO NOT want to rent a car or motorbike, especially if you have never been to Asia. I was so shocked and overwhelmed by the traffic and amount of people on the road. The taxi company gave us their WhatsApp number in case we wanted to use them for getting around Ubud as well. Which we did (twice!) and I will get into that later!
Hotel - Komaneka at Tanggayuda
We booked our hotel through Agoda and booked the "Premier Valley Pool Villa." I was a little nervous using a third party to book the hotel but it all worked out great! OMG when we arrived to our hotel, I pretty much died and went to HEAVEN!!!! We were greeted with some welcome tea and cookies mmmm! My husband hates tea but he became obsessed with the tea here in Bali for some insane reason! I think it's because they use fresh lemongrass and ginger and not tea leaves. Okay time to scroll for some MAJOR Bali hotel vibes.
Arrived to a bath filled with petals. The bathtub looks out to the pool and jungle and the first thing that we did after a long flight was get in this tub!
Our room looked out into the jungle and in the distance you can see the famous volcano Mt. Batur! We would only be able to see the volcano in the mornings when it was extra clear and no cloud coverage. I loved being able to wake up in the morning and check to see if she was showing her beauty for us! :)
The breakfast at Komaneka was freaking delicious every single day. You received a new Juice choice every morning, a carb option (bread/croissants), bran option (oatmeal/cereal), and a main meal.
...and this is your view at breakfast. Talk about DREAMY!
Or you can arrange to have your breakfast in your room, which we did when we had to get up early some mornings.
For lunch you can kick your shoes off and enjoy ground level seating if you want!
We spent so much time hanging out in our private pool. They have two gorgeous pools on the property. The one pictured above which is the main pool and looks out into the jungle and then another pool which has a view of the rice paddies in the distance.
Rose petals on the bed to make it extra romantic! They knew we were on our honeymoon and went above and beyond to make our stay special.
After a day of hiking we enjoyed a Spa day at the hotel. We got full body massages, and then utilized their steam room and enjoyed a cup of tea in the jacuzzi.
We really loved this Komaneka location because it was about 20 minutes from downtown but you were up in your own relaxing jungle sanctuary. They have a shuttle that brings you to different locations downtown for when you want to get off the property, which we utilized almost every day.
Activities Near Downtown Ubud
Okay so downtown Ubud is super dope! I really didn't know what to expect from the downtown but it has SO many cute restaurants, shopping, temples and lots of must do activities that are right in town.
Stroll through the famous market and find all the souvenirs to take home! There are so many little hidden alleyways and shops to wander through. I bought myself a coconut and had fun seeing all the different colors and trinkets they were selling.
Monkey Forest Sanctuary
The monkey forest is close to downtown so you can easily walk here and experience the monkey life. It's a huge property with walking paths and the monkeys just roam wherever they want! I personally was a little nervous coming here because I've seen videos of monkeys stealing belongings and touching people but if you keep to yourself and don't taunt the animals you will be totally fine.
Look how cute this family is!
Campuhan Ridge Walk
I think this was one of my favorite activities in Bali! :) We accessed the Campuhan Ridge Walk from downtown. This link will take you to the road to access to start the hike. We did this in the afternoon which was very hot, so I would suggest sunscreen and a hat to keep you protected! The start of the hike from this entrance has a temple and you can walk down to the "Pont de Campuhan" which is an iconic bridge into town and over the river.
The hike is very luscious and has a 360 view of the gorgeous jungle.
If you walk far enough, you will get into a small little village, that has a few cafes and galleries.
We bought some art to take home with us! This was the ONLY souvenir we bought and we are so happy we could support a local artist. The prices are 70% cheaper than you would find in town. He was able to roll up the paintings so we could easily pack in our suitcase.
You might notice Lotus Cafe as you walk around town, but what you might not see from the outside is the gorgeous temple that resides on the property. Lotus Cafe was an awesome place to dine out for lunch and enjoy some great views and authentic Indonesian food. We sat at the tables by the pond where you sit criss cross apple sauce on the ground :) What I love about Ubud is there are so many ancient temples everywhere and you can enjoy their beauty as you walk around or dine out.
Waterfalls - Tibumana Waterfall and Pengibul Waterfall
To access some of the more remote waterfalls you will need a driver. This is where we utilized our driver who brought us from the airport to our hotel. He had told us to text his WhatsApp number and they would set up a driver/translator for us if we needed. The first time we used them they did set us up with a full day of tourist activities which was nice to see a lot around Ubud and to have a translator, but we wanted to go off course and visit some waterfalls that the tourists don't go to. They had to negotiate a little bit with their boss to get permission to go where we wanted but ultimately we paid $60 to have a driver for the day (no translator). They did nix some of the waterfalls we wanted to go to because of distance but we agreed upon Tibumana and the Pengibul Waterfall just so happened to be super close which was an added bonus!
The hike to the Tibumana Waterfall is not bad at all maybe about 15 minutes but there is some steep stairs on your way back up.
Such a lovely place to swim and enjoy the falls. I would advise getting up early to avoid other tourists.
When you pay your entrance fee it also includes access to the Pengibul Waterfall which is essentially a super fun swimming hole! We spent more time at these falls swimming and hanging out with the locals. Tibumana was prettier but definitely more crowded with tourists waiting to take their Instagram shot.
You can climb around the falls or have fun swimming around in the pools.
I love swimming around the pools on TOP of the waterfall too!
We very much enjoyed the Paon Bali Cooking class and it was such a fun and unique activity! We love cooking at home so it was cool to learn the cultural dishes of Indonesia. We did this class on Christmas Day which made us feel at home while we were away for the holiday. We got to meet some cool new people and had some laughs while we were at it. The class even provides transportation to and from your hotel so that made it even more seamless for us to enjoy!
Coffee/Tea Farm Tour + Rice Fields + Waterfall + Temple + Balinese Dance Show
Okay, so you might be thinking, wow that sounds like a lot in one day! Which it was, but it was definitely a fun packed day and put together by our driver and translator, which we didn't seem to have TOO much control over what we were doing but we went with it and we saw a lot so it didn't disappoint. If anyone has gotten this far into reading this blog and has questions about our transportation tour guide, go follow me on Instagram at @brittsbellavita and message me and I will give you his contact info. We paid $50 total for the driver and translator!
Coffee and Tea Farm
So if you don't know my husband and I, we LOVE coffee, like more than your average person. I used to work in the coffee industry so we are super into the industry and learning about where it comes from. We did an awesome coffee tour in Costa Rica and ever since then I've been itching to experience another coffee region. Lucky for us, Indonesia is known for their delicious coffee because of their microclimate and volcano activity. Ever heard of Java? Well that coffee slang term, is also a region in Indonesia where coffee is cultivated. We even tried the infamous "Luwak Coffee" which is POOP coffee haha! The Luwak animals also known as Civets, eat the coffee berries and digest them. They are known to choose the best berries to eat, which makes for the most expensive and lucrative coffee in the world.
Everything we tried was FREAKING delicious! Our favorite was AVOCADO coffee....say WHAAAT! Yes, they dry out avocado skins to make a powder and combine it with coffee. Needless to say, we did buy some so we could enjoy during our stay in Bali and our travels in Thailand.
This is me in my natural habitat. Hand roasting the coffee beans like the locals do!
For the life of me, I can't seem to find which temple they took us to, so I will update ASAP. The temple provided us sarongs to wear in respect to their culture. Our translator showed us around and gave us lots of insight to how Balinese people worship the temples and how each of them are different. We were good just going to one temple for our trip since we enjoy more of the outdoor and active sightseeing.
Our tour guide took us to a Balinese dance performance, which was cool and novelty. I wouldn't 100% recommend it as a honeymooning couple but is geared more towards families. I'm glad that we were able to experience it but not something I would seek out again.
This is a very popular waterfall with tons of micro-activities on site. The famous Bali Swings, lots of photo opportunities with wicker shaped sculptures, and they even have access to a bar/restaurant on top of the waterfall (pay extra for that). It was a short and steep hike to see the falls but definitely a gorgeous area to explore. It was also very busy and touristy!
Rice Fields Tegallalang
The last stop on our day tour was the infamous Rice fields! We did experience a little bit of rain and we were quite tired by this time so we only stayed for about 30 minutes exploring some of the different pathways. I would love to come back here one day and explore more of the town and fields.
That pretty much sums up our honeymoon in Bali. We did LOTS of relaxing but also got lots of adventure and culture in as well. In my opinion, if you have the time to honeymoon in Ubud, stay at least 1 week to really see everything and enjoy yourself. When we go back, I want to explore Mt.Batur, an active volcano which I hear is an awesome experience, but you have to get up super early haha!
I appreciate any comments or questions! :)