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Bali's Amorous Escapes

Archipelago Diaries | 9 February 2020

When the lounging on glittery sand and savouring cocktails at sunset have been ticked off the date list, perhaps its time to take the intimacy to the next level. Here we share some of the island’s unparalleled romantic escapes and stays that encourage you and your loved one to explore not only Bali, but also your own relationship.

Confined to quarters

Pitching up a touch of luxe deep in Ubud’s rainforests, Capella Ubud sets ups a tailor-made glamping experience for discerning couples who treasure history and architecture — and seclusion. Inspired by the early European settlers from the 1800s, Capella Ubud’s meticulous design was conceptualised by architect Bill Bensley, whose style exhibits his remarkable attention to detail. Each tent boasts a bespoke concept; adorned with handpicked valuable antique artefacts, books, paintings, drawings, and furniture to pay homage to the local craftsmanship and Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage as well as the Dutch Colony army. The refined camp is a hidden sanctuary that captures the expectations of travelling couples aspiring to enjoy Ubud’s untouched natural surroundings (not a single tree was cut down during construction!) in a stylish fashion.

Go the extra mile to spend time with your loved one in complete solace with Capella’s ‘Confined to Quarters’. Their signature experience is ideal for honeymoons, a romantic wedding anniversary, or a digital detox; and allows you to disconnect with the outside world to totally reconnect with your partner for a full 24-hours. You both will be pampered with private sessions of yoga, Balinese blessing rituals, massages, chakra balancing, an exquisite culinary feast, and more treats.

Capella Ubud

Jalan RY Dalem, Keliki
T: +62 361 209 1888
FB: @CapellaUbud
IG: @capellaubud
capellahotels.com/en/capella-ubud


No walls between us

Limiting guest numbers to only a handful, Sandat Glamping Tents gives couples the utmost privacy and solitude under their safari-style tents. Eco-conscious designs, blending seamlessly with the verdant natural surroundings, a stay in the bespoke Sandat allows you and your partner to fully immerse yourselves in the charms of Ubud’s great outdoors.

Whilst glamping may come across as rustic, rest-assured that these are elegant enclosures. Each tent is filled with plush sofas and beds, flowing white drapes that hang from the ceiling and gorgeous wood and nature-inspired furnishings that are ground warm and grounding. They are also equipped with a mini fridge, speakers, and WiFi connection. Despite the ultimate comforts of these tents, Sandat encourages you to get involved in their exclusive experiences to discover the true spirit of Bali from the cultural, spiritual and even recreational. A Romantic Dinner under the stars can be set up with a menu personally tailored to you and your partner. Allow this open, ‘wallless’ stay to be a metaphor for the love between you and your partner.

Sandat Glamping

Jalan Subak Sala, Ubud
T: +62 821 4408 1998
FB: @SandatGlampingTents
IG: @glampingsandat
glampingsandat.com


On the wild side

Offering the treat of watching wildlife roam right in front of your room, Mara River Safari Lodge brings you straight into the African savannah, where you and your loved one are encouraged to discover your wild sides!

Enveloped in a remote destination, each lodge features a private open air terrace where you can observe animals native to Africa - like zebras, rhino and wildebeest - graze together in nature. In unique safari-themed rooms, you and your partner will stay within the grounds of Bali Safari Marine Park in this bespoke resort, whilst enjoying your own privacy and access to panoramic views of the safari. Your room comes with a complimentary pass to the Safari Park - even better, they can arrange a special experience just for couples! Go on a private tour in a 4×4 Land Rover; or opt for Mara River’s tailored honeymoon experience package where you and your partner can explore every corner of the Safari and reconnect with nature. In addition, enjoy a full course of international cuisine at Tsavo Lion Restaurant, the first African-themed restaurant in Asia that allows guests to enjoy a close encounter with a majestic pride of lions.

Mara River Safari Lodge

Bali Safari Marine Park
Jalan Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra No. KM.19,8, Gianyar
T: +62 361 4791800
FB: @MaraRiverLodge
IG: @marariversafarilodge
marariversafarilodge.com


Fifty shades of Bali

Forget ocean-view bedrooms and spas in the jungle, they’re just a distraction! Fuel the flames of love with your partner in Bali’s first ‘love themed’ villas. Berry Amour Romantic Villas in Seminyak offers 20 villas (complete with a Jacuzzi and private kitchen) with each room embodying its own character and mood, conjuring your wildest fantasies to life. They call it a pilgrimage site for lovers in pursuit of ‘redamancy’ (the act of loving in return) and those wanting a bit of excitement that goes beyond the conventional bonding time. You can choose themes from Desire, Mystique, Temptation (an ode to Fifty Shades of Grey) among other sensual settings. Berry Amour also caters to couples seeking a dreamier ambiance; their range of ‘romantic gimmick selection’ lets couples live their head-in-the-clouds love stories from crowning a flower headpiece to the bride upon arrival, a romantic bath ritual to ‘Jacuzzi wonder’ - we’ll let your imagination do the work.

To enliven the sparks of love this Valentine’s Day, Berry Amour is throwing a grand romantic gesture for all couples on the island. Berry Amour’s ‘Valentine Festival’ invites lovebirds to their cocktail and BBQ party, with a side of salsa dancing. The villa will transform into a floral sanctuary for a day with wonderful photo-ops to seize and commemorate a memorable Valentine’s in Bali.

Berry Amour Romantic Villas

Jalan Batu Belig, Kerobokan, Seminyak
T: +62 361 473 7405
FB: @berryamourvillas
IG: @berryamourvillas​​​​​​​
berryamourvillas.com


The Ultimate Blow Dry

If you’re after a some pampering on the island of the gods, then head to one of Seminyak’s most lauded salons, where your manicure comes with a martini and your blow dry comes with bubbles. Blow Bar Bali is a beauty salon that doubles as a social hangout and every patron is encouraged to ‘drink and dry’ - the first of its kind on the island.

Blow Bar also offers hair treatments imported straight from Italy to care for sensitive scalp, thinning hair, dry or greasy dandruff, and to bring life to damaged locks - you’ll then get pampered to a relaxing back and head massage. To top it all off, there is champagne by the bottle and signature cocktails on offer. You’ll love their ‘Beach Babe’ signature blow-style, a messy soft-wave look; or the quick ‘Refresh’, a 25-minute style ‘touch up’ if you’re not looking for drastic changes.

Blokes can enjoy a Bro Dry or trim with a beer or Scotch & Shave from the comfort of two barber chairs while watching a sports game, movie or enjoy a cigar in the outdoor courtyard with a cold beer.

Blow Bar Bali

Jalan Oberoi 61, Seminyak
FB: @blowbarbali
IG: @blowbarbali​​​​​​​
blowbarbali.com


Bamboo Blonde

This street-style magnet has built a fierce social presence on the island among local and international followers. With 13 stores spanning across Bali, Bamboo Blonde has been redefining the ‘island babe’ look in line with contemporary fashion since 2007. The clothes are breezy and colourful, whilst presenting a bold and playful take on ‘resort chic’. Flowing outerwear and dress shirts to wear over your bikini; sultry playsuits and two-piece sets for a sunny stroll through Seminyak; and for the sophisticated sundown soirees, the maxi dresses and jumpsuits are elegant head-turners. This Festive season, don’t miss out on Bamboo Blonde’s latest campaign, exuding European chic aesthetics with their signature tropical touch that give it that very Bali edge. Perfect for the island’s resort and beach club lifestyle. The latest season features ruffle skirts, puff sleeves, pastel silhouettes, paisley and floral patterns and more.

Bamboo Blonde

Jalan Kayu Ayu, Seminyak
T: +62 361 731864
FB: @BambooBlondeID
IG: @bambooblondeindo​​​​​​​
www.bambooblonde.com