The spirituality, legends, art, rice fields, volcanoes, beaches and sunsets – few places capture the imagination quite like the Island of the Gods.
Don’t listen to anyone that suggests the Bali fantasy no longer exists. Overdevelopment has indeed marred many parts of the island but it doesn’t take long to find an enchanting spot of your own. The choice of accommodation is mind-boggling – wooden guesthouses, surf lodges, party pads, spa retreats, lavish five-star palaces – with standards high across the board.
Best for honeymooners: Four Seasons Sayan
Spliced into a deep V of a valley on the outskirts of Ubud, staring out at the Ayung River, tangled rainforest and tiers of lime-green rice fields, the Four Seasons Sayan woos from the moment of arrival. Villas tick all the romantic boxes – spa bathrooms, huge netted beds, private pools – while candlelit dinners can be arranged in the jungle or alongside the gurgling river. Warm up for consummating your nuptials with a two-hour long tantric bliss ceremony at the spa.