Valentine’s Day offers lovers many ways to express their emotions and now it’s just around the corner. If you plan to spend the day with a special someone, here are some ideas you can organise on a day that’s set aside for love.
Settling into Bali’s green landscapes is no difficult task in Ubud. For an Ubud romantic stroll, Campuhan Ridge, also known as the “Hill of Romance,” allows an easy walk on a winding stone path amidst scenic grasslands, hilly and uneven at times, but offers gorgeous views of the river valley below. A lot of locals, especially teenage couples go this place pre-sunset – hence the romance attribute. One thing to keep in mind: Walk leisurely, this kind of thing shouldn’t be rushed.
This walk is best enjoyed early in the morning or around 3-4pm. If you go at around 5pm, there will be a lot of scooters as students return from school. Scooters are not allowed on the stone-path though, so it’s a safe walk. It’s not advisable to go after sunset as the path is not well lit.
Another way to enjoy nature in a romantic way in Ubud is by visiting Petulu, a village famed for its artists, dancers and carvers. The quiet atmosphere of this village offers a glimpse of traditional Bali within one of the most scenic settings on the island, where one can see the villagers as they skilfully make palm-leaf trays to lay their offerings. And what not many people know is that the village is also home to hundreds, if not thousands, of white herons.
There is a belief that these herons are reincarnations of thousands of Balinese who were slaughtered in a massacre during the Indonesian Communist Party regime in the 60s, when anti-communists witch hunters swept over the nation. According to the villagers, these ‘souls of the slaughtered’ appeared in the village exactly one week after an attempted communist coup led to failure on the 30th of September, 1965. No herons had been seen in the village before then.
Though the story of the herons is far from romantic, surely, Petulu will leave an unforgettable afternoon for you and your loved one; especially when a flock of the herons descend on the village to roost there. Standing on the rim of the rice fields with your head looking straight up observing the sky provides a magical vision – the blue sky above turns crimson with little white dots of the herons from a distant that will gradually grow bigger as they are approaching and flying low before finally hopping onto their nests. As the sun sets, the trees of Petulu colour shift into white as the herons nest there. However, you might need to quickly find cover for there can be copious amounts of droppings!
Not too far from Ubud, in the still and misty forest of Taro at nightfall, the elephants of the Elephant Safari Park have recently been taking couples on Bali’s first twilight elephant trek, Safari Under the Stars. A Specially designed night trail offers a different course than the park’s day-time elephant safari rides and makes for a completely new enchanted elephant experience. Enjoy a magical Elephant Talent Show at dusk before a night ride through the dimly lit forest and a four course dinner at the park’s Pachyderm Palm Grove by the lake. The Elephant Safari Park was officially opened by the Minister of Tourism in the year 2000 after three years of development. An official member of the World Zoo Association, the Park meets International Standards for animal care and is set in more than 2 hectares of exotic eco tourism landscaped botanical gardens, surrounded by national forest. Acclaimed as the World’s Best Elephant Park, facilities include a full Reception and Information Centre, a comprehensive Museum, with a large collection of elephant memorabilia and the only Mammoth Skeleton in South East Asia (phone +62 361 721 480).
Safari Under The Stars
In Tabanan, you can take a romantic ride that takes place during sunset time on the beach of Yeh Gangga. The horses of Bali Island Horse will take you on a ride through the surrounding villages, passing the rice fields and crossing creeks and rivers, passing beach temples before finally stopping at a bat cave for exceptional cliff top views. The horses at Bali Island Horse are fed naturally; they do not feed any processed feeds and they have been working together with one of Australia’s leading equine nutritionists to ensure the horses have a complete balanced diet. Bali Island Horse also practices acupuncture, red light therapy and massage that use only natural therapies for all the horses; and this is proving to be a very positive way of treating their equine partners. They also offer introductory natural horsemanship clinics that can focus on anything that you would like to learn more about: feeding, grooming, and horsemanship (phone +62 361 8469616).
Bali Island Horse
Away from the great outdoors, the enchanting atmosphere of the many spa establishments on the island also provides an escape for couples. A trip to the spa isn’t just for the ladies, especially with the wealth of romantic spa treatments available for couples to enjoy together – and that it’s becoming more common for couples to go to the spa together. For this month of romance, having a spa treatment as a couple means more than just rejuvenation and relaxation, for it also allows quality time together with your loved one – it’s a vacation within a vacation.
The award-winning DaLa Spa invites couples to experience the magic of wellness through their comprehensive treatments that include romantic spa suites to take couple’s relaxation to the next level. The spa’s use of herbs and essential oils to balance, energise and rejuvenate, enhances the Balinese massage techniques used, bringing relief to the mind and body. For the ladies, DaLa Spa’s “Javanese Wedding Ritual” offers a traditional Indonesian beauty ritual that was once the privilege of royal brides in the ancient palaces of Central Java. For this, a DaLa Foot Ritual begins the indulgence and continues on to a tension-relieving Balinese Massage. The highlight is a Javanese Lulur Exfoliation, where a paste of turmeric, sandalwood and rice powder is slowly applied to the body. A hydrating Yogurt Body Polish is then applied followed by a luxurious Milk Bath infused with seven different flowers (DaLa Spa at Alaya Kuta, phone +62 361 755 380).
At AWAY Spa, ignite your passion with a blissful treatment thats meant only to be shared. AWAY’s Light My Fire is a dedicated couple’s treatment that includes a five-minute session of Tantric aimed at finding your inner bliss – this meditation balances the vibrant male and female energy that is present within all of us. The series continues with Body Bliss Tantric Massage to stimulate your life force energy through a relaxing treatment. Circular strokes along the spine and long, full handed strokes applied over the long bones will stimulate the nervous system while effectively releasing tension in the muscles. Using herbal oil blended and warm herbal poultice consisting of Himalayan crystal salt and rosemary, it stimulates the senses and imparts a blissful feeling. Rise as your kundalini rises. You will then be treated to a scrub and bubble bath before finally retiring with an aphrodisiac snack prepared by the W Chef (AWAY Spa at W Bali, phone +62 361 4738 106).
In Nusa Dua, The Remède Spa at The St. Regis Bali Resort is committed to creating an exceptional experience for each couple. The spa’s Luxury Champagne Treatment takes couples to a rejuvenating journey through a series of alluring rituals. The journey starts with a seductive Foot Ritual, where cool drops of precious Champagne are poured on the whole body in a refreshing gentle massage, followed by the Remède massage using a grape seed scrub and grape seed oil. The powerful antioxidant of the grapes will tone and fortify dry malnourished skin, fight free radicals, boost circulation and increase cell hydration to regenerate your skin. The massage ends with a detoxifying Champagne Body mask made of white clay mixed with champagne. Conclude your treatment with an intimate flower bath and gently emerge from this blissful relaxation with a glass of Champagne under a private gazebo (phone +62 361 847 8111).
The neighbouring Grand Hyatt Bali with the resort’s Kriya Spa celebrates authentic Balinese healing forms with treatments based on “wellness rituals” at the spa’s luxurious spa villas at Grand Hyatt Bali. It draws inspiration from traditional Balinese healing philosophies – Hindu, Jamu and Ayurveda, to promote positive health, delay aging and foster longevity with the use of natural herbs, roots and essences. In this month of love, treat yourself and your loved ones to a couples massage, designed to harmonise and renew bonds of togetherness. Indulge the senses in romantic luxury with a welcome ritual followed by a renewing Balinese massage to relax and restore harmony (+62 361 77 1234).
Moving to Gianyar, the home of Bali’s first healing Volcanic Sandpit, the Black Sand Spa offers blissful rejuvenation for couples through curative treatments celebrating the rich healing traditions of Bali. With a focus on world-renowned Balinese wellness and rejuvenation, the Black Sand Spa offers a full menu of indulgences, including the signature Royal Purnama treatments that take inspiration from the spa’s stunning coastal environs, paying tribute to the earthly elements, utilising wild crafted products from the island for body treatments and offering unique experiences such as the healing Volcanic Sandpit, as well as Black Volcanic Sand Body Polish, Warmed Bamboo Massage, and Earth Clay, and Petals Body Mask. Exclusively presenting spa therapy choices by UK skincare specialist Elemis, this luxury range combines therapeutic-grade essential oils and plant actives to treat the skin at the deepest level. Specific massage movements help to stimulate and oxygenate the skin whilst assisting to bring the mind, body and spirit into balance (Black Sand Spa at The Royal Purnama, phone +62 361 849 3706).
Black Sand Spa
In Gianyar’s Ubud, Lembah Spa sits majestically overlooking the Petanu River Gorge. It is considered to be one of Bali’s most tranquil settings, the perfect location for the pursuit of health and well being. Treatments have been meticulously developed by combining Western knowledge and traditional, time-honoured Balinese wellness techniques handed down over centuries. In fact, the name Ubud, originates from the Balinese word “obat” which literally means “herb” or “medicine”. If this highland region is the centre of healing then Lembah is at its heart with unique traditions in health and healing that have given Ubud a reputation amongst spa practitioners worldwide. Bali has also been a crossroads for spa practices with a variety of techniques from Asia and Europe. Considered the finest Ubud spa, Lembah’s local therapists as an example have been professionally trained over the years by accredited Swiss therapists (phone +62 361 971 777).
The Spa at Padma Resort Ubud offers a special therapy for couples to release tensions in their muscles. Radiance, a purifying treatment from The Spa consists of a Herbal Scalp Massage, Body Scrub, and Body Wrap and completed with Milk Bath. This decadent combination of treatments is perfect for the celebration of love in a romantic luxury getaway. The ritual commences with the Herbal Scalp Massage to calm and relax the mind, followed by a frangipani and lemongrass body exfoliation to help shed dead skin cells. Professional therapist will then rub green tea clay body mask to remove toxins and promote radiance. A skin nourishing session with a milk bath completes the journey. You and your partner can then enjoy the sweet sound of the jungle while taking a dip in the award- winning heated infinity pool of Padma Resort Ubud (phone +62 361 301 1111).
Of course, nothing says romance like a delicious candlelit dinner, great wine, and quiet, slow music. If this is the month of love and togetherness, choose a place that will allow you and your partner to be yourselves and bond with each other.
A holiday to an exotic destination is always the perfect opportunity for couples to celebrate the spirit of love. At Alaya Ubud, a romantic dining experience is set up in the privacy of their Bale Lounge, where couples are treated to an evening of romance to reconnect on a personal level over a delicious five-course menu and a bottle of sparkling wine, enhanced by a thousand flickering candles, tropical flowers and soft music. Alternatively, you can book a romantic table for two at the resort’s celebrated restaurant, Manisan (phone +62 361 97 22 00).
The Ayung Resort Ubud is a magical, unforgettable and beautiful venue for a romantic dinner. If a private dining experience is what you are yearning for, then all you have to do is notify the butler and the resort will arrange a seductive dinner for you. Relax, share intimate moments, and dine under the swinging palms and star filled skies. The Ayung Resort Ubud is a unique and luxurious blend of natural surroundings, an eclectic art collection and traditional Balinese hospitality excellence all nestled in the lush tropical rain forest along the banks of the Ayung River – Bali’s most sacred and important waterway (+62 361 900 1333).
On the southwest coast of Bali, on a long silky stretch of sand facing the Indian Ocean, Hotel Tugu Bali, standing silent against the warm glow of the setting sun, is a poet’s dream comes true. It is where the wind whispers romantic tales of ancient kingdoms and eternal love stories. As the sunset goes down behind the Indian Ocean, enter another world of Tugu, a dreamlike atmosphere filled with candlelight and magical sounds. For a romantic evening with your lover, bring romance to another height – Tugu style. Book the 18th century antique bed, solo at the rooftop, illuminated by oil lanterns and a red dusky Canggu sky, where you will be tucked in for a little private gourmet picnic under the moonlight. The finale comes with two blindfolds accompanying your to-die-for desserts. Alternatively, you can choose your own secret romantic spot, wherever your heart desires – at the garden lawn, the Lotus Pond, the serene Barong Garden, magnificent Bale Agung and Tugu’s other exotic, romantic spots (+62 361 473 1701).
On the popular Kuta, no gesture is as simple, yet sweet and romantic, like a dinner date with your significant other at Big Fish Bar & Grill. This Valentine’s Day, the restaurant offers a five course set menu dinner for this special occasion to ensure that your heart – and tummy – will be filled with love. Chef Vittorio Negri has prepared a Five course set menu at IDR 750,000 net per couple including a glass of sparkling wine for each, or a five course set menu at IDR 1,000,000 net per couple including a bottle of sparkling wine (Big Fish Bar & Grill at The Stones, phone +62 361 300 5888).
Also in Kuta, Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort invites you to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one. The resort’s Bene Italian Kitchen presents a special 4-course Italian fare with special highlights starting with seared pigeon breast with caramelized walnuts and beetroot compote, a special degustation of ravioli with porcini mushrooms and truffle on pumpkin velouté; moving onto mains such as grilled beef tenderloin, potato fan and strawberry coulis in black truffle sauce or pan-seared cod with carrot purée, asparagus tempura, marinated artichokes and black olive tapenade. Indulge in sweet endings with the specially crafted Cioccolato del l’amore which is a combination of craquelin profiteroles and a chocolate dome served with salted caramel and butterscotch sauce. Couples will also be serenaded with live acoustic music to set the mood for the evening. Not only that, couples will be presented a special treat of two complimentary movie tickets to be redeemed at Beachwalk Mall. This romantic promotion is only valid for bookings on the 14th February for only IDR650,000++ per couple (phone +62 361 846 5555).
This Valentine, The ANVAYA Beach Resort Bali in Kuta also invites you to choose your own romantic venue for a sensual evening; whether it is to let the Indian Ocean breeze and sparkling sands be the setting for your dinner by the beach with only IDR 2,750,000++ per couple, inclusive of four-course set menu, one bottle of wine, free flow of soft beverages and magical setup by the private butler, or let the acoustic band accompany the remarkable moment with an exquisite sea view as the backdrop at Sands Restaurant which available at only IDR 499,000++ per person including four-course set menu, one glass of wine and free flow of soft beverages. Be captivated by the ambience of the Bali Aga style and Balinese contemporary architecture at Kunyit Restaurant for an elegant Megibung dinner with your loved one. The Megibung with Love is available at IDR 599,000++ per couple inclusive of Megibung Package, two glasses of wine and free flow soft beverages (phone +62 361 75 999 1).
In Seminyak, a time of love, romance, and all things sentimental combine to celebrate Saint Valentine’s Day at The Legian Bali. Indulge in an intriguing 6 course Discovery menu, complete with bubbles as you are serenaded to the tender tunes of a live pianist and violin accompaniment to further set the mood at the resort’s The Restaurant – IDR 1,580,000++ per couple (food only), or IDR 2,900,000++ per couple with wine pairing (phone +62 361 730 622).
In Nusa Dua, step into a romantic night in Bali by enjoying a unforgettable dinner where alluring music, tropical garden and a personal waiter is at the ready just for the both of you at Awarta Nusa Dua Luxury Villas & Spa (Indonesian Menu and Western Menu, each at USD 200++ per couple). For the iconic al fresco dining experience, dinner under our married frangipani tree arch is a favourite amongst diners. Should you seek further privacy, book a luxurious private villa and have the romantic dinner come to you. Select from the menu or tell them your personal preference to prepare a tailored menu for you. Surrounded by heartwarming flower petals and candles, a bottle of house wine will be provided to compliment your night and make this Balinese romance moment yours forever.
Enhance your ultimate Balinese romance at Awarta by watching the charming Oleg Tambulilingan dance during your dinner amidst an exotic garden. The Oleg Tambulilingan is a Balinese dance created in 1952, also known as the ‘dance of love’; it is a very sensual performance of a male and female. It is a love story told through simple smooth swaying movements which mimic the mating dance of two bumblebees that are attracted to each other as they collect sweet nectar in a garden (phone +62 361 773 300).
Within walking distance from Awarta, Nusa Dua Beach Hotel & Spa is hosting an intimate Valentine’s Day dinner on February 14th. Impress your Valentine with a love-themed menu prepared by the resort’s award-winning culinary team. Celebrate the evening filled with romantic tunes and a rose for your lady at the resort’s Tamarind Kitchen & Lounge (five-course set menu at IDR 1,500,000++ per couple) or on the beach (six-course set menu at IDR 2,000,000 per couple). The resort’s royal Balinese atmosphere will surely enhance the romantic mood on the evening (phone +62 361771 210).
On Mengiat Beach, home of Ayodya Resort Bali, an intimate dinner for two on the beach promises to take your romance to a whole new level. As the sun sets, the beach transforms into a romantic atmosphere that will elevate you and your significant other to the mood of love. Indulge yourselves on Valentine’s Day with an exclusive romantic dinner, offered in two different variations, as well as a vegan option. ‘Sweet Moment’ starts from IDR 2,300,000net per couple and includes a glass of sparkling wine, and ‘Love in Paradise’ starts from IDR 3,900,000net per couple and includes a bottle of champagne (phone +62 361 771102).