Touted as one of Southeast Asia’s most romantic locations, Bali is often a top pick for destination weddings. But, with eight regencies and more than 2,000 square miles of island paradise, picking a specific locale can result in some major decision fatigue.
If you’re considering a destination ceremony on this popular Indonesian island, below are some of our favorite spots to tie the knot:
Sacred temples, limestone cliffs, and surf-worthy waves are just a sneak peek of what makes Uluwatu and the surrounding Bukit Peninsula so appealing. In addition to its surfing scene, luxury spas and yoga retreats are also popular on this part of the island. If you’re hoping for a unique venue with ocean views or a dramatic, cliffside ceremony, Uluwatu is the spot.
Known by most as Bali’s central hub, Ubud is one of the best places to delve into Bali’s history, culture, and culinary scene. In addition to monasteries, shrines, and the iconic monkey forest, Ubud is surrounded by mountainous countryside and lush jungle that set the scene for an unforgettable wedding ceremony. The Ulun Ubud Resort and The Kayon Jungle Resort are a couple of dreamy options.
For a blend of high-end resorts, a thriving culinary scene, and lively beach clubs, Seminyak is a well-rounded pick. Located on the southwest end of Bali, Seminyak’s beaches also happen to be some of the best on the island. While you can still find mid-range hotels and villas within a few blocks of the beach, Seminyak is best for those prepared to splurge a bit on lodging (and fine dining), particularly if you’re planning an oceanside celebration.
Popular amongst both young backpackers and luxury travelers, Canggu is a great blend of Bali’s many worlds. Because of its semi-rural setting and more modest, black sand beaches, Canggu best suits smaller celebrations at one of the area’s luxury villa resorts. Just make sure to check out the local art scene and trendy cafes while you’re in town.
Just south of Kuta and the airport, Jimbaran is most known for the Kedonganan Fish Market and beaches lined with seafood restaurants. The laid-back atmosphere and calm waters make it a great spot for spa retreats and other wellness-oriented getaways. There are also several resorts in the area, including Ayana Resort and Spa and The Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay.
For all the amenities you could possibly need in a single location, there’s no place better than Nusa Dua. Sprawling, white sand beaches and a slew of high-end resorts—including the Grand Hyatt Bali and The Laguna—make planning an all-inclusive event that much simpler. Luxurious pools and nearby watersports also make it particularly family-friendly.
Located on the island’s east coast, Sanur and Candidasa are much more relaxed than some of Bali’s more popular locales. In addition to the quiet, coastal villages and scenic oceanfront cottages, the eastern side of Bali is a great kickoff spot for many cultural experiences and outdoor activities, including snorkeling and diving. Whether it be a beach resort or quaint bungalow retreat, there are also plenty of scenic spots to say “I do.”
About 40 minutes off the coast of Bali by speedboat, Nusa Penida is a rugged island with a bird sanctuary, hundreds of coral species, and numerous Instagram-worthy beaches. Diving is the island’s most popular attraction, boasting opportunities to swim with sharks, manta rays, and more, thus making it the ideal spot for an adventurous elopement. Note that it gets a bit warmer than many other areas in Bali, so plan for the heat accordingly.
Choosing a destination to celebrate your union is uniquely personal, so it’s important to find the place that means the most to you. Whether you’re drawn to the tropical forests, sprawling beaches, rich culture, or vibrant food scene, Bali has a lot to offer.