Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world, and its islands are among the most alluring of Southeast Asia. For couples planning on having a memorable honeymoon, Indonesia offers a variety of activities, such as pristine beaches with multicolored corals, formidable temples, and volcanic mountains, making it attractive to many types of couples.
If a honeymoon in Indonesia is part of your wedding dreams, here you’ll find a list of 9 hotels for an unforgettable stay.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Amanjiwo
The Aman group offers charming hotels around the world, but Amanjiwo is one of the most unique hotels you’ll find. In the cultural heart of Indonesia, in the central part of Java island – the country’s main island – this luxury hotel is surrounded by volcanic scenery and rustic beauty. The hotel features stunning architecture that carefully echoes that of its main neighbor – the Borobudur temple – both in the materials used and in the shape of its pavilions, reflecting the temple stupas in the distance.
The hotel also features a 40-meter long infinity pool and rooms with views of Borobudur temple, which is so close that can be accessed on foot or by bike from the hotel (and can also be seen directly from some rooms). Important to note that of the 36 suites available, 15 of them have a private pool. In addition, because of its elevated position on a hill, Amanjiwo offers sublime views of the rice fields, the densely wooded valley, and – on a clear day – the gigantic volcanic mountains nearby.
Amanjiwo is approximately 80 minutes from Yogyakarta International Airport and promises to make any honeymoon an extraordinary experience.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Nihi Sumba
A destination still off the radar for many, Sumba is an island in Indonesia that deserves attention: unique culture, empty beaches, and rounded mountains are all part of the stunning scenery you will find here. When you arrive on the island, retreat to Nihi Sumba, an extraordinary hotel with pool villas combining rustic wood décor with local fabrics, and with a lot of pampering as shown in its dazzling pools, soaking tubs, and outdoor showers. The hotel’s spa is hidden away and is accessible via a short walk with views considered to be, at the very least, splendid.
Getting to Nihi is not actually that complicated: it is possible to fly from Bali to Tambolaka airport (the flight is approximately 50 minutes long) and then road transport to the hotel. If you are in or connecting through Jakarta, there is the option of going to Tambolaka airport with a connection in Kupang. And if you want to make the honeymoon even more special, you can book the hotel’s helicopter to pick you up in Bali. Whichever transportation option you choose, at Nihi Sumba the secluded and stunning location will be a dream for honeymooners.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Ayana Bali
With one of the most unique pools in the world, the Ayana group is one of the coolest hotels in Bali, and offers 3 accommodation options at a single location – Rimba, great for families, Ayana, for those who want a bit more luxury, and Villas, which are perfect for couples who want more exclusivity.
For honeymoon lovebirds, Ayana Villas are the most recommended since they all come with private pools, and here is where Bali’s most beautiful pool is.
Additionally, staying in any of the Ayana Group options, honeymooners won’t have to worry about leaving, as the hotel itself is already a destination: Kubu Beach is the private and exclusive beach for guests, Rocka Bar is one of the best sunset spots on the island (guests have priority access), and the hotel’s 12 pools and 19 restaurants will delight and dazzle the days in Indonesia’s most famous destination.
Best of all, Ayana is close to Bali Airport (less than 30 minutes away).
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Kura Kura Resort
If you prefer a remote yet not-so-trendy spot with paradisiacal beaches as background, then Kura Kura Resort is your place. Secluded, idyllic, and with a boutique hotel structure, this hotel will not disappoint on your honeymoon. Activities include relaxation, snorkeling, scuba diving, and boating.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Bawah Reserve
Bawah is a private island that is part of the Anambas archipelago in Indonesia, but is very close to Singapore (300 kilometers away or an 80-minute flight), making it possible to combine the two countries in one trip. The route to the Bawah Reserve is through a resort seaplane from Batam Airport, which lands in a clear water lagoon near the rooms where you’ll quickly realize the connection between luxury and sustainability that is part of the resort’s philosophy. Speaking of accommodations, here you can find overwater bungalows and suites facing the hotel’s calm lagoon.
At Bawah Reserve, the sea is the main star, and water activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, stand-up paddle, and kayaking are the main attractions to enjoy, as well as experience the cuisine in one of the 3 restaurants available. The forests, lagoons, 13 beaches, and 35 villas made of natural materials set the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable honeymoon in Indonesia.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Pulocinta
It is wrong to think that overwater bungalows only exist in the Maldives. In Indonesia, honeymooners can also have their own overwater bungalow when staying at Pulocinta, a hotel on the island of Sulawesi – a secluded yet off-the-beaten-path place that is slowly becoming more prominent for its lovely waters.
Getting to Pulocinta is not easy, but the adventure gives it an even more special taste – you need to take a flight to Gorontalo Airport, which is accessible from Jakarta or other Asian destinations with a connection in Manado; from the airport, you have to take the hotel shuttle for 2 hours, accompanied by a 25-minute boat ride. With all this distance, a stay at Pulocinta promises a deep connection between couples staying there.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Misool
One of Indonesia’s most beautiful and remote destinations, Raja Ampat has not yet been unraveled by tourists, perhaps due to the difficulty of access and hotel offer. Still! Because Misool is here to make everything even more extraordinary: the long commute to get there is offset by the beauty and exclusivity of the place that has become a perfect destination for those who want to dive and experience the charms of Indonesian marine life.
The closest airport to Misool is Sorong, Papua, and when you get there you can take the resort speedboat which will arrive at the accommodation after 4 hours at sea. The resort offers 7, 9, and 12-night packages that are great for those who want to enjoy their days diving and enjoying Indonesia’s vast and multicolored marine life. Misool’s bungalows are charming and make the perfect background for your days in paradise.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Amanwana
Another Aman hotel, Amanwana is in Moyo, a destination that lies east of Bali and Lombok and is known for its untapped nature, with its rounded mountains, colossal waterfalls, and crystal clear sea with divine corals that make snorkeling, diving, and other water activities extremely enjoyable, as well as relaxation on its pristine beaches.
Amanwana is one of Indonesia’s most exclusive hotels and you can stay in one of the 20 luxury tents that are perfectly secluded for privacy and that give the place an “Asian safari” style. By staying at Amanwana, lovebirds can enjoy famous Indonesian spa treatments, such as Balinese Boreh and Javanese Lulur, in their dreamy spa.
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Honeymoon in Indonesia – Menjangan Dynasty
But if you don’t want to miss Bali and yet want to explore a part of the island not yet explored by the masses, head north to Menjangan. This destination is mostly known for scuba divers, as this is where Bali’s most notable corals are located.
One of the hotel options I recommend is Menjangan Dynasty. This hotel is the perfect glamping (luxury camping) destination in Indonesia and features comfortable tents overlooking the sea and a private plunge pool in some of them. One of the hotel’s highlights is the main infinity pool offering 180-degree uninterrupted views of northern Bali.
This paradise, called Menjangan, is easily accessible from other parts of Bali as it is approximately 4 hours away from Ubud and Canggu. By spending a few days of your honeymoon here, you will surely find a calm blue sea without lots of people.
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Tips for planning your honeymoon in Indonesia:
- Visa: for current information about Indonesia’s visa, currency, and other travel updates, please visit my post on What to Know for Visiting Indonesia.
- The best time to visit Bali is from April to October.
- Always carry some cash with you, as some places do not accept credit cards.
- In Canggu, you can get Grab and Go-Jek (apps that work like Uber). In Ubud and Uluwatu, the apps don’t work (because of local disputes), so you’ll have two options: rent a motorcycle, or negotiate with taxi drivers to take you to the places you want to go. There is also the option of booking a car with a driver at the hotel, but it can end up being the most expensive option if you don’t plan to travel a lot.
- Travel Insurance: I recommend purchasing travel insurance for every international trip, and the same applies to Bali. My recommended and used travel insurance resource is SquareMouth, a platform for searching for the best option amongst travel insurance companies. It allows travelers to instantly purchase a travel insurance policy from every major provider in the US and it also makes clear each policy’s COVID-related coverage.
Best tours in Bali
- Sunrise Mount Batur Hike with Breakfast: have an early start to your day on this tour to watch the sunrise from above the clouds at Mount Batur’s summit.
- Monkey Forest, Rice Terrace & Tanah Lot Private Tour: this is one of the best tours to take in Ubud because you’ll see the Tegallalang Rice Terrace, visit the Sacred Monkey Forest, learn about Luwak coffee, and catch the sunset at Tanah Lot Temple.
- Best of Nusa Penida Tour by Fast Boat: on this full-day tour from Bali you’ll go to the heavenly Nusa Penida to see some of the main attractions of the island – the gorgeous Kelingking Beach and Broken Beach.
- Instagram Highlights Tour: visit the most Instagrammable places in Bali near Ubud. It includes Lempuyang Temple, Tegallalang, and Tirta Gangga.
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