Our First Honeymoon to Bali (May 19 – 24, 2014)

Badugul Bali - Armetra & Poppy Honeymoon

Love doesn’t make the world go round.
Love is what makes the ride worthwile..

Well, it’s been quite very loooong time since I wrote on my own website. I think, I stopped writing since I’ve got married (and then having baby as well). Little ‘bit busy (and little ‘bit lazy too) and perhaps also less motivation to write something. Beside, with very fast development of social media nowadays, it made personal blog story became little ‘bit redundance. However, hobby is still a hobby, it’s not something that I can loose entirely. And, after several long night tried to convince myself to write again, then here it is, I’m finalizing the last draft posting that I haven’t yet completed, before I went “hibernate for writing” in the last two years.

This event have already happened almost two years ago. After our wedding ceremony, few weeks later we went honeymoon to Bali. Bali is the most famous island for tourism destination in Indonesia. The main thing for honeymoon is that, we hope going for honeymoon can give us the memory that will last a lifetime, the kind of trip that definitely has to be special, beyond our own wildest dream. And at that time, I was thinking Bali would be the best place to do it. But, the honest truth is, any place to go for honeymoon will do, as long as I’ll go with my beloved wife. 🙂

In order to get a very joyful experience, we decided to take itinerary from one of the best independent agent from Bali, found by my wife through her friends. We took 6 Day & 5 Night Honeymoon Package. The package include all food, Breakfast at our Villa, Lunch at famous restaurant with signature dish, and also Romantic Dinner at various beach & restaurants. The package also include private transport (car) with dedicated Driver that also act as our guide (and also photographer for sure).

Since this is the honeymoon package, surely it have all romantic experience. Dinner at the beach? Check. Romantic sunset view? Check. Romantic Cruise? Check. Enjoying the view? Check. Snorkeling? Check, and so on. And surely, every morning, there is a driver that will pick us, and took us for touring around Bali. It’s really good experience to actually enjoying time without the unnecessary stress to find transport and the like.

Day 1 – Arrival, Check-In, and Romantic Dinner at Jimbaran Beach

On the first day, We arrived in Bali on the morning around 10.00 am, and they welcomed us with bouquet as well. No harass, no rush, just a friendly welcome that made our mind felt relax and set the holiday mood perfectly.

Armetra-Poppy-Arrival-in-Bali-kedatangan-kami-disambut-dengan-kalungan-bunga

From the airport, then we continue to check-in to our private villa. We chose a private Villa with private swimming pool inside of our room. The villa and room is quite, very comfortable, and of course having romantic atmosphere, where we can really enjoy our honeymoon time, far from any “noise”, no social media, Just be happy and enjoying the togetherness.

This is our room pick, Astana Kunti Villa – Honeymoon Suite:

Armetra-Poppy-honeymoon-Bali-astana-kunti-honeymoon-suite-villa

Then after check-in, we took a rest. well rested f, at night (near sunset time), the agent that we hired, took us to Jimbaran beach for our first Romantic Dinner and to enjoy the sunset view at the same time. The joyful experience, that made us feel like “King & Queen”. The restaurant staff welcomed us, and set-up the table and everything at the beach itself.

Romantic Dinner Jimbaran Beach Bali

After a lovely dinner, then we went back to our Villa room, well rested and to be ready for the next day tour.

Day 2 – Tanjung Benoa Snorkeling and Uluwatu Tour

The second day, this was the day for Watersport experience at the beach. So, after breakfast, we went to Tanjung Benoa beach. It’s almost one hour drive from our Villa to Tanjung Benoa, located in the southeast of the island and very close to Nusa Dua. This beach is famous for Watersport activities in Bali due to having a calm wave compare to other beach in Bali. There are various Waterpsort available here, such as Jet Ski, Parasailing, Seawalker and Flying Fish, etc. We took most all available activities, and since we’re local (Indonesian), the price is quite cheaper. The agent who provide Watersport activities at Tanjung Benoa will charge higher price for foreign people.

Our best moment, surely when we decide to take “Sea Walking” activities, and they have the staff that will take video for us during our adventure below the sea. Check out the video:

Pleased with this Watersport experience, we continue our journey to Uluwatu. I believe Uluwatu is a must see when visiting Bali. Without a doubt, what makes Uluwatu spectacular is the Temple where its cliff-top setting at the edge of a plateau 250 feet above the waves of the Indian Ocean. A small forest lies at the front and hundreds of monkeys dwell here. They are believed to guard the temple from bad influences. The serpentine pathway to the temple is fortified by concrete walls on the cliff side.

It takes about an hour to get from one end to another as there are several fenced points along the way to stop. The views from the bottom of the water surging up against rocks and the ocean horizon are remarkable. See below pic for our memory at Uluwatu:

Armetra-Poppy at Uluwatu Bali

Then, we continue our journey to Dreamland Beach (Pantai Padang-Padang) which just recently open, and then to Pandawa beach as well. We also visited GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) cultural park. After dinner along the road, we went back to our Villa. And for our surprise, the Villa’s management have set-up the romantic scene in our room, where swimming pool was covered with flower and small cake was prepared to congratulate us. The perfect scene that you really want to see at your room after long journey on the afternoon.

Romantic Honeymoon Room and Cake - Bali

Day 3 – Sunset Dinner Cruise

This was also one of the day that we eagerly waiting, we would go for Cruise and enjoying Sunset view and also dinner at the same time. I’ve never done this before in my entire life, you know. So, this was the first experience for us to enjoy the Sunset Dinner Cruise tour. However, before that, we also visited some locations like Tohpati and Celuk in order to see the traditional Batik of Bali and also the traditional craft for gold and silver, respectively.

Before depart to Cruise tour, we also visited Tirta Empul / Tampak Siring, a temple that famous for its holy spring water, where Balinese Hindus go to for ritual purification. Then we continue for Cruise, which departing from Benoa Harbor. Below the pic:

Bali Dinner Cruise - Benoa Harbour

Dinner Cruise Tour - Bali

After this wonderful Cruise, we went back to our Villa, and took rest having a very good dream. 🙂

Day 4 and Day 5 – Enjoying Private Time at Villa and Roaming Around

For Day 4 and Day 5, mostly just relax day, where more time spend in our Villa, and only for half day we went outside with Agent Tour Day 4 and Day 5 basically we roaming around Bali, visited Bedugul with Beratan Lake, also we went to Gigit Waterfalls, and Nusa Dua. We also visited Tanah Lot, since this is a must place to visit if you touring in Bali. We visited Tanah Lot on Day 5. Beside that, the gift for our family & friends also bought on Day 5.

Ulun Danu Temple - Bedugul Bali

Gitgit Waterfalls - Bali

Peaceful Lake in Bali

Tanah Lot Bali - Armetra & Poppy Honeymoon

Day 6 – The Closing Day

This was the check-out day. And since our flight would be late afternoon, the Villa allowed us for late check-out. In addition, they also gave us a 3 hour spa treatment this was a good gesture from their management, perhaps because we took almost one week package. These 6 Days honeymoon was truly sensational. There were no regret whatsoever, and we both happily enjoy our Trip of a Lifetime. And to make things perfect, after these all 6 Days, there are NO Hidden / additional fees, which is great. 🙂

Well, that’s the thing. It’s worth every penny. You see, although this have happened more than two years ago, I still remember this clearly. Hopefully, this was not the last time that we went Honeymoon. I sincerely hope, We can go for our second honeymoon someday, and hopefully to another different location which romantic & peaceful as well.

As the saying goes, “Take only memories, leave only footprints.” – Chief Seattle

Nusa Dua Bali - Enjoy Happiness

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