A honeymoon is a once in a lifetime experience, and you want every single detail to be perfect. And if you are in Asia, there should be no doubt that Bali and Phuket are in your list of places to go.
Wonderful beachfront resorts, sceneries to die for, and romantic experiences like no others are expecting you in both destinations, but how to choose? We hope those tips will help you!
1. Highlights of Bali and Phuket
Phuket: White sandy beaches, longtail-boats & luxurious resorts
Phuket, a rain-forested and mountainous island is home to the clearest waters you’ll probably behold in this lifetime. It’s popularity lies in the smooth option to switch between luxury and, with a hop skip and jump, local fare; meaning you can experience a lot of what Phuket has to offer in a short amount of time.
Bali: Volcanic sand beaches, Rice-fields & Welcoming Balinese culture
Bali, on the other hand, holds a treasure trove of tucked away culture amidst it’s white sandy beaches in the South, and black volcanic sand beaches on the East coast. Honeymooners encounter a multitude of individuals here travelling for a multitude of reasons, making it a fascinating blend of people and place. Couples, in particular, seem to gravitate towards Ubud, so it is worth a visit to see what makes this place a must do for lovers alike in Bali.
2. Choose the best season
You’ll find sunshine in abundance in Phuket from November till May. Whereas, Bali is the complete opposite and beckons tourists the rest of the year – meaning from May to October. Therefore deciding on a destination just became that much easier for you!
3. Where to stay?
In Phuket: Northern Beaches or Tip South
You could stay anywhere in these beautiful islands, and have a memorable time. But while you’re in Phuket, head to the north-west coast, or tip south near Rawai, where you will find dream-like romantic resorts. Our best recommendations would be Sri Panwa Resort, or Anantara Mai Khao.
In Bali: Ubud & its infinity pools, Nusa Dua, Uluwatu.
Couples choosing to celebrate their honeymoon in Bali would thoroughly enjoy Ubud. That’s because the selection of resorts are completed with infinity pools that overlook the magnificent jungles of Bali – trust us, it’s quite the sight! The luxurious Ubud Hanging Gardens or Uma by Como in Ubud is your perfect honeymooners jungle get-away.
Nusa Dua and Uluwatu are also well-known for their honeymoon sceneries, with resorts like Mulia Bal in Nusa Dua, or Semara Villas in Uluwatu.
In Phuket: Turquoise Water & Pristine Islands
There’s no arguing that both Bali and Phuket have their own magnificence when it comes to beauty. Phuket is Thailand’s most popular island that very proudly boasts its white sandy beaches, trickled with palm trees that sway to the rhythm of the sea breeze. If you pick Phuket as your honeymoon destination, you must visit Phi-Phi island, a 45-minute ferry ride away from it. Here are 8 more islands, just a speedboat away from Phuket.
In Bali: Majestic Temples, Ricefields & High Cliffs
Bali on the other hand, offers a glimpse into the Indonesian culture too. It’s beloved beaches are constantly attracting couples alike, but apart from the beaches, you’ll also get to marvel at cliffs and the abundant temples. If, as a couple, you’re looking to inject some culture into your relaxing honeymoon, then you might want to consider Bali. It is 5 times larger than Phuket, and each area offers different things to see and do. Don’t, however, forget to head to Uluwatu (referred to as The Bukit) – a large limestone peninsula boasting of a famous cliff-hanging temple.
5. Romantic Dining
In Phuket: By the beach
As long as you’re in Asia, bad food is very hard to come by (unless you’re not a fan of herbs and spices). Both destinations have great and affordable 5 star restaurants offering a gorgeous sea view. Food in Phuket – in comparison to Bali – uses a lot of spices such as lemongrass, chilli padi and coconut milk, and is famous for its seafood. We recommend Mom Tri’s Kitchen for a sumptuous romantic dinner with sea-view, at an affordable price. Resorts in Phuket are also experts in designing romantic tables so as to ensure your perfect night in an intimate location. Else check our list of best restaurants in Phuket.
In Bali, overlooking the jungle.
Bali too is famous for its chilli, but is best known for the tantalizing mixture of spices in your mouth. You’ll appreciate the fact that great Balinese food can be found everywhere from 5-star hotels and restaurants to isolated streets. No matter where you turn to, you’re definitely in for a treat. To really woo the person-of-the-hour, do try the Romantic Cave Dining on your very own private beach! Or here are some of the 18 best romantic dinners you can find in Bali.
6. Things to do & Romantic Activities
In Phuket: Cruises & Romantic Picnics
When you’re ready to venture out on the streets, one of the most popular activities that tourists opt for in Phuket are the cruises. And why not? The alluring turquoise sea, lit with the warm sun, and the vast horizon can hypnotize anyone. You have several opportunities to embark on one yourself depending on what you’d like to do. Alternatively, keep it simple and surprise her with a Romantic Beach Picnic – the perfect way to show someone how much they mean to you.
In Bali: Trek a volcano or Give a bath to an Elephant
If you pick Bali as your ultimate honeymoon destination, your list of activities are rather different than Phuket. Here you and your loved one can bond over a Bath and Breakfast with Elephants – pretty unique if you ask us – while the adventurous couple can trek Mount Batur and watch their glorious sunrise! But if that’s not your cup of tea, then pick a luxurious helicopter ride, overlooking Kuta beach, the volcanic crater of Mount Batur and much more. Simply manoeuvre around the website to find something that’s suitable for you.
7. Spa & Wellness Experiences
In Phuket: Experience traditional Thai Massages
One word that’s synonymous with Phuket and Bali are Spas. Be spoilt for choice as each place concocts an interesting blend of what they define as a great spa.For instance, this Steam Bath and Traditional Thai Massage in Kata, Phuket offers couples a unique blend of house-special essential oils, combined with fresh fruit, herbs and the finest base oils for body scrubs, tea bath soaks and aroma massage oils.
In Bali: Unique Tree-top massage in Ubud
In comparison to Phuket, Bali rises up to the benchmark with offerings like the Tree Top Massage in Ubud. The name is self-explanatory, where you feel like you’re perched atop a tree and therapists pamper you with mango smelling oils. If you are not a fan of heights (or at least the sensation of being high up), you should definitely try the Ayurvedic Shirodhara Spa Treatment and Yoga Package, at Prana Spa in Seminyak. This place offers you 75 minutes of yoga, 2 hours of holistic ayurvedic spa treatment, and a 2-course lunch meal. Quite a deal if you ask us. And this is perfect for couples to bond over some activities.
There you have it, our list of why Phuket and Bali are perfect destinations to celebrate the union of love. Hopefully, the comparisons have helped you in some way, thereby making it easier to pick your honeymoon destination.
Need more tips? Ask us!
P.s: What was your honeymoon destination and why did you pick it? Or if you’ve not been on one, what place would you recommend, and why?
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By Rachel Erasmus