I am not a big fan of this cheesy day, meaning St.Valentine’s. Somehow I felt the urge and inspiration to think of how to make your time in Bali more romantic.
Not planning on spending St.Valentines in Bali? Keep reading anyway, you might get inspired and find some great ideas on how to spend the special day with the love of your life. I hope after reading this article, will give you cool ideas to enhance your experience in Bali.
Road trip to Amed
If adventure is something you share in common, consider taking a little road trip for a romantic getaway, or just getaway in general.
Plan it for 2 days minimum.
The ultimate trip for me is to go to a small fishermen village in Amed, or any other villages nearby like Bunutan. Find a little family owned hotel on the beach and enjoy the quite time. There are plenty of activities other than surfing, such as diving and snorkeling. The scenic coast will be completely different from south of Bali. Don’t expect a lot of activities to choose from. Its mainly a place to unwind and relax from your normal days of hustling and bustling.
Take your time driving to Amed. There are plenty of things to see along the way. Along the coast of Candidasa (pronounced ‘cha-n-dee-dasa’), are endless fields of magnificent views of the holy Agung volcano. The windy roads, high cliffs, and little bays with fishermen outrigger boats parked on shore is truly serene.
Cost: car rental – 20$ per day; hotels – starting from 30$ per room.
Check for recommended hotels & guesthouses on the hotels page.
Lazy beach bum weekend at Gili islands
If you’re looking for chilling at the beach, doing nothing, and rest from driving, Gili islands is what you need.
3-4 days trip
First of all Gili islands looks like Bounty islands. With turquoise blue water, white sand beaches, and huts available for rent right on the beach. There are no cars, or scooters permitted on the island!
There are 3 islands in Gili: Gili Trawangan (aka Gili T), Gili Air and Gili Meno. They are small and will be able to walk around the island in a few hours hours. Gili T is the island where bars and diving schools are located. Gili Meno is the least populated out of the three islands. Gili Air is a mixture of the other two islands and also my favorite. There are plenty of public boats for island hopping.
Gili islands is about 2 hours by speed boat from Bali. Get your return ticket with open date and enjoy your time! Unless you’re going to Gili T, booking accommodation in advance is not needed. You can choose upon arrival.
Cost: return ticket for fast boat is around 60-70$ per person; cheap guesthouses start from 15-20$ per room.
Spa retreats in the middle of the rain forest
Bali offers many massage salons, fancy spa retreats, and authentic Ayurveda centers.
Good spa retreats might be pricey but it’s usually worth the money. They are located in unique breath taking locations like the middle of the rain forest, with magnificent views. The spas are beautifully decorated, great food, and well trained masseuse that your body will thank you for :)
If you are ready to splurge and reward yourself. Here are a few retreats that I highly recommend: Five Elements, Maya Spa Ubud, Michi retreat, Soulshine Bali.
If your budget is a little tight, there are plenty of affordable day packages. Check several salons on what they offer to find what’s best for your needs. To get the full experience of a spa treatment, head to Ubud and I suggest Taksu spa, or Botanica spa. These places usually require reservation in advance. Plus Ubud is a nice place to have a romantic dinner!
Have fun and keep exploring this amazing island with BaliBlogger :)
Some images taken from: Four Seasons Ubud & Ahimsa Five Elements websites.