It’s February – the month of love! It is the time to let your heart skip a beat (or two), fall head over heels and feel the love. February is your chance to raise the bar and curate experiences that would last a lifetime (or at least till the end of the year!).
Planning a romantic getaway
We’re sure that you’ve probably planned a lovely getaway with your partner to celebrate the month of love. Depending on your appetite for adventure, some of you would have booked a weekend of skiing in the beautiful Japanese powder hills, or skydiving. For some of us, we’d rather enjoy the high-life where the sun, sea and sand greet us along with a glass of ice-cold bubbles.
And where could you enjoy this luxury at affordable prices? Bali.
Bali has long been known as an exotic oasis boasting some of the world’s best surf beaches, rich culture, vibrant nightlife and lush green surroundings. The island is a little gem and attracts some 3.76 million* visitors a year, from couples to families to backpackers and even those who are looking to find peace and serenity (cue: Eat Pray Love). In fact, its nickname sums it best, “The Island of the Gods.”
So we’ve put together a quick guide to help you plan your cheeky (last minute) getaway to Bali, this February, aka the month of love. Thank us later!
So, we’ve booked the tickets. Any recommendations on where to stay?
It doesn’t matter if this is your first or 10th time coming down to Bali, choosing a place to stay can bring on a massive headache, way worse than a Bintang hangover. You are spoilt for choice: mountain view? They’ve got it. View of the the beautiful turquoise ocean each morning? They’ve got it. How about the view of the rice paddy fields? Yep, got that too.
Here are two of our favourite and decently priced 1-bedroom villas in Bali. These villas are spacious and are very private, ensuring that you enjoy a lovely time with your partner. The month of love is all about enjoying precious time together: lay by the pool sipping cocktails or take it to the living room to snuggle in and watch your favourite movie.
Approx. USD $232 per night
Berry Amour is a fashionable and artistic property that is the perfect setting for your very own celebration of love. The villas have uniquely love-themed features such as the private pools, Jacuzzi and strong interior designs that will tease your love mood: choose between Mystique moments, dabble in Desire or get lured into Temptation. The 24-hour butler service only means one thing: champagne while in the swimming pool, anyone?
Approx. USD $220 per night
Ziva a Boutique Villa screams satisfaction with indulgence. Roll out of your bed and straight into the pool, or spend some time on the sun loungers catching a tan while sipping an afternoon cocktail. The extremely private atmosphere makes it the perfect place for a sneaky getaway during the month of love.
That’s great! Accommodation sorted. Any wine & dine recommendations?
Bali is also a food and drink haven. Start of with a sundown drink at any of these rooftop bars, before heading to any one of these restaurants. Here is a list of unique, unusual and romantic restaurants where you can celebrate the month of love at very affordable prices!
Why not a floating dinner on a lake? Located on Lake Batur, Resto Apung offers you a chance to have dinner on a overwater gazebo. Enjoy views of Mount Batur rising over the water in the distance while taking a breath of the cool, fresh air.
The food is nothing to scoff at – enjoy local Indonesian cusine with fish fresh straight from the lake.
Find them: Desa Kedisan, Danau Batur, Kintamani
Call them: +62 366 51627
Visit them: Open for brunch and lunch
Dreamt of spending a romantic day at the zoo? This could be your dream come true.
Enjoy an extra thrilling meal, seeing as your table is right next to the lion’s den! The décor of the restaurant feels like it has taken a leaf from the TV series, “True Detective” – the furniture is made of reclaimed wood and the the chandeliers that hang from the ceilings look like they could have been deers antlers in their past life (Don’t feel bad, it must have been the ones that have fallen off).
Find them: Jl. Raya Singapadu Gianyar
Call them: + 62 361 294 357
Visit them: 9 am to 10 pm
Dine in seclusion while watching the famous Balinese sunset at Ma Joly. Choose between a lovely western or Indonesian meal along with margaritas with an Asian twist. If you don’t mind spending a little more, then ask for Romantic Tent dinner experience, where you can have a lovely dinner for two right next to the ocean.
Find them: Jl. Wana Segara
Call them: +62 361 753 780
Vist them: 7 am to 11 pm
Ah, we are stuffed! Any activities we can do while we are there?
Bali teems with so many activities that caters to different personalities. Here is our pick for you.
If you are an adrenaline junkie…
White water rafting
Check out local rafting tours in Ubud where you will enjoy a great experience amidst lush tropical forests.
Hit the beach and be playful! Bali is haven for surfers and ideal place to surf, regardless of your skills. You don’t need to buy an expensive surf board, simply check out the large selection of surf rental shops along the beach. So, jump into the water and ride those huge swells.
Horse riding adventure
Enjoy a serene horseback ride on the sand beach of Canggu where you can trot and canter with the sound of the waves in your ears and the sea spray on your face.
If you love the water…
Have you heard of the sea walker helmet? Hold each others hand and walk on the sea bed while observing the ocean like never before.
Stand Up Paddle Surfing
You don’t need killer waves to ride a stand up paddle board! The gentle wave breaks are ideal for newbies or expert alike. Either catch the waves or use it for fun paddling around on flat water. And, if the yogi in you wants to try some asanas, the paddle boards are big enough to be a mat.
If you want to relax and refresh…
Spa and treatments
Choose from the array of spa treatments and authentic Ayurveda centres almost everywhere in Bali. With prices as low as $4 for an hour, you can enjoy a massage almost every day!
So, who says that your romantic getaway has to be expensive? Hope this helped, and enjoy your stay in Bali.