October 3, 2023


Design Plan Love

A Actual Couple’s Information to a Honeymoon in Bali

A couple of days after their attractive out of doors marriage ceremony overlooking the Columbia River Gorge in Washington, Micaela (née Dea) and Curtis Clauson traveled to Indonesia for a calming and adventurous honeymoon on the island of Bali.

When selecting the place to honeymoon, Micaela and Curtis searched the globe for a vacation spot that gives a “comfortable medium” of journey and leisure, in addition to a location neither of them had been so they might expertise one thing new collectively. “We determined Bali was simply that!” affirms Micaela. With 12 days to discover, the pair broke up their honeymoon itinerary into two foremost areas – the verdant Gianyar Regency, which incorporates Sukawati and Ubud, in addition to the unique Nusa Dua resort space farther south.

Vacation spot: Nusa Dua, Bali

For the latter a part of their journey, Micaela and Curtis stayed at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali. “We might completely advocate it! They’ve essentially the most unbelievable seaside, the service was immaculate, and the meals was nice,” describes Micaela. Because the seaside is reserved for company of close by accommodations, the couple was thrilled with the privateness and appreciated that there have been no exterior distributors attempting to promote merchandise, no obnoxious beachgoers or loud music, and no problem discovering a cabana or seaside chair at any time of day. “Excellent white sand, clear aquamarine water… it was incredible! The most effective seaside we’ve ever been to in our whole lives,” she provides.

Although they initially had a number of actions deliberate, Micaela and Curtis beloved the property a lot they determined to stay onsite. Because the Nusa Dua space is a safe gated group boasting luxurious seaside resorts, non-public seashores, outlets, museums, and eating places, the honeymooners had lots to do over the course of their four-night keep. From sunbathing on the sand and having fun with beachside food-and-drink service, to {golfing} 18 holes collectively on the award-winning Bali National Golf Club, they’d the time of their lives. “We didn’t need to depart!” exclaims Curtis.

Deluxe Executive Suite at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
Beachfront Spa Gazebo at The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
Photographs courtesy of The Luxurious Assortment


Seeing the Water Blow. “Our lodge was strolling distance to this pure rock formation that shoots water 100 ft into the air from the ocean. It was mesmerizing!”

Hitting the hyperlinks. “We love golf and determined we needed to play at Bali National Golf Club. They even picked us up from our lodge and dropped us again off.”

Stress-free on the sand. “We had 4 full days of excursions deliberate, however we beloved The Laguna’s non-public seaside a lot, we canceled the remainder of our actions.”

Honeymooners Holding Hands in Bali
Photograph by Bali Picture Images

Vacation spot: Sukawati & Ubud, Gianyar Regency, Bali

Whereas their Nusa Dua keep targeted on leisure, Micaela and Curtis’ time within the Gianyar Regency offered the chance to relish in Bali’s tradition. Although they loved websites and eating places in Ubud, their most popular lodging was slightly below half-hour away at The Royal Purnama in Sukawati. “We love this boutique lodge! It was genuine, stunning, and secluded,” remembers Micaela, noting that it was far sufficient away from main vacationer areas, whereas nonetheless close by well-liked sights. 

Selecting to rent a non-public driver, the newlyweds had been in a position to profit from every day. From looking for gold and silver items in Celuk Village, to observing a monk ceremony at Besakih Temple – referred to as Bali’s “Mom Temple” – and visiting gorgeous royal water palaces together with Tirta Gangga, they checked a variety of must-sees off their Bali bucket checklist.

As for added scorching spots, the couple recommends honeymooners trek to Tegenungan Waterfall, suggesting they go early within the day because it’s probably the most well-liked waterfalls and will get crowded. Different “very touristy” locations they agree are value experiencing embody the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud – “Safe your entire belongings because the monkeys prefer to take your issues!” Micaela urges – in addition to the Bali Swing, which options swing websites overlooking the rice fields that make for nice images and reminiscences.

Since Ubud is thought for his or her spas, Micaela and Curtis made certain to e book conventional Balinese massages and continued their wellness journey with Curtis’ favourite exercise of the journey: a yoga class at one in every of Indonesia’s hottest retreat facilities, The Yoga Barn. Additionally they visited Gunung Kawi, their favourite temple in Bali, and shared their most-cherished dinner date at Room 4 Dessert by Chef Will Goldfarb of Chef’s Table. “We had a 24-course meal, and it was a fully unbelievable expertise!” confirms Micaela.

Pool & Cabanas at The Royal Purnama in Bali
Photograph courtesy of The Royal Purnama

Groom on the Bali Swing on Bali Honeymoon
Photograph courtesy of Micaela and Curtis Clauson


Seeing Gunung Kawi. “This stunning historical temple carved in rock is surrounded by stunning rice terraces. It was our favourite temple that we visited!”

Taking part in with monkeys. “Ubud is thought for his or her monkey sanctuary, so we in fact needed to go! One of many monkeys even tried to climb up Curtis’ leg – it was hilarious.”

Eating at Room 4 Dessert. “I used to be extremely anticipating it after watching Chef Will Goldfarb on Netflix’s Chef’s Table. It was an unforgettable expertise!”

Honeymooners in Nest at the Bali Swing in Bali
Photograph courtesy of Micaela and Curtis Clauson

Micaela and Curtis would completely journey to Bali once more; nonetheless, they agree {that a} 12-night return journey would look barely completely different since they’ve already been to most of the island’s temples and vacationer sights. “We might keep on the west coast in Jimbaran the primary 4 nights, return to The Royal Purnama on the east coast for 4 nights, after which end the final 4 nights within the south in Nusa Dua,” Micaela reveals of a dream itinerary that may permit them to dine at new eating places, unwind on world-class seashores, and take a look at new actions. “Attending to see the opposite aspect of the world is wonderful!” she smiles, anticipating their future travels to the island.

Bali Journey Ideas from Micaela & Curtis:

“Deliver activated charcoal – simply in case you expertise ‘Bali Stomach’ or meals poisoning.”

“Rent a non-public driver! For round $50 per day, they may choose you up and take you to do no matter you need, give recommendation and proposals, and assist translate.”

“Needless to say Bali is near the equator, so there may be an equal quantity of daylight and nighttime – 12 hours for every.”

“Deliver hand sanitizer and bathroom paper when leaving your lodge or resort. Numerous the temples and vacationer websites don’t have any obtainable.”

“Ask locals for recommendation! We had been comfortable to study {that a} faraway seaside written up in lots of journey blogs wasn’t a lot completely different from the nearer seaside. This saved us a lot time, so we may calm down for your complete day!”

This story was initially printed as a Journey Diaries function within the Summer time 2022 situation of Inside Weddings journal. To order a duplicate of the Summer 2022 issue, go to our library of Inside Weddings back issues obtainable for buy.