The Insiders Guide To Getting Married in Bali: Romantic Places & Venues

Where should you get married in Bali? What are the most romantic locations in Bali and where are the best spots to spend time with your guests? Find out the best places to party, dine and relax on the island in the run-up to your wedding.

Bali is a dream location for a wedding and this overseas paradise is the top choice for thousands of soon-to-be-newlyweds.

Bali’s breathtaking scenery and tropical climate create a dreamy, romantic atmosphere that draws couples from all around the globe. Besides serving as the perfect backdrop for your dream wedding, Bali also has plenty to see and do. The many options to party, relax, explore and pamper are sure to make your wedding unforgettable, both for you and your guests.

Ubud as a wedding destination

Ubud is a popular place to get married in Bali.
Ubud is a popular place to get married in Bali.

Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali, is located in the Gianyar Regency and is surrounded by lush, rolling rice fields. This spectacular greenery creates a relaxing atmosphere just perfect for your wedding and there are many more reasons to get married here.

Ubud is the perfect place to spend time before your wedding and the town has plenty for you to enjoy with family and friends. Ubud is also well-known for its wide range of spas, luxury villas, yoga classes and wellness retreats, so it’s perfect for relaxing in the run-up to your wedding.

Things to see and do in Ubud

Go whitewater rafting

Ubud has an impressive variety of group activities on offer, making it the perfect location to have a blast with family and friends. For a thrilling and memorable afternoon, brave the white water of the Ayung River with a rafting trip. These excursions through the rapids are tonnes of fun and are a great bonding experience for your wedding party.

Party at CP Lounge

A tapas restaurant by day, CP Lounge transforms into Ubud’s only nightclub after 11 pm. CP Lounge serves an extensive range of cocktails and is one of the few spots in Ubud for late-night partying. For pre (and post) wedding celebrations, this is the best place to drink and dance until the early hours.

 

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Take a cooking class

Learning how to make traditional Balinese cuisine is the perfect way to spend a morning in Ubud. The town has many classes to choose from and these are a fun way to boost your culinary skills together.

Go see a Kecak Dance performance

Ubud may be lacking in bars, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other evening activities to keep you and your guests entertained. The town is especially famous for its traditional Kecak dance performances. These are held every Monday at the temple in the nearby Junjungan Village and aren’t to be missed out on!

Night show dances are a lot of fun!
Night show dances are a lot of fun!
Take a yoga class

Ubud has more yoga schools and classes than anywhere else in Bali. Here you can find instruction in everything from vinyasa to hatha, all taught by yogis from around the world. This is the perfect way to clear your mind and spend quality time with your loved ones during your wedding trip to Ubud.

Where to eat in Ubud

Casa Luna

For evening entertainment, head to Casa Luna for the Casa Luna Jazz club. This is held every Thursday and Sunday when you can enjoy live Jazz performances while you dine. Casa Luna’s menu features a range of Balinese and Mediterranean dishes, all served in cosy, intimate surroundings and a relaxed, yet lively atmosphere.

 

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Moksa Plant-Based Cuisine

Ubud is a hub of health and wellness and has more healthy dining options than anywhere else in Bali. Moksa is one such restaurant and serves a range of fresh and vibrant plant-based dishes. The welcoming and friendly atmosphere make this a great place to dine as a group.

Fabulous Swept Away Restaurant
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Swept Away at the Samaya

For a romantic, one-on-one dinner, couples should check out Swept Away at the Samaya., This riverside restaurant has an intimately candlelit, outdoor dining area, perfect for a romantic evening together.

 

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Pros of getting married in Ubud

  • Lots of opportunities for group activities
  • Lush, vibrant scenery and peaceful atmosphere

Cons of getting married in Ubud

  • Not much nightlife

Canggu as a wedding destination

The laid-back surfer town of Canggu is ideal for hanging out with your guests during the run-up to your wedding. Canggu is all about relaxation and your days can be passed in idle bliss on the town’s miles of sandy beachfront or exploring the rice paddies on a motorbike. The variety of delicious Indonesian and Western food on offer is sure to keep everyone happy and there are several upmarket restaurants that offer a luxurious, fine-dining experience. Later you can check out the various bars and parties in town, for wedding celebrations you’ll never forget.

Things to see and do in Canggu

Catch the sunset at Tanah Lot

Tanah Lot is a small rock formation off the Western Coast of Bali, around a 30-minute drive from Canggu. This offshore rock is home to Pura Tanah Lot, an ancient Hindu temple and one of Bali’s most heavily Instagrammed spots. The temple is completely inaccessible at high tide and the views at sunset are breathtakingly romantic.

Pura Tanah Lot is especially beautiful during the sunset
Pura Tanah Lot is especially beautiful during the sunset
Check out the live music at Deus Cafe

If you’re in Canggu on Sunday night, don’t miss out on Deus Ex Machina at Deus Cafe. Drink and dance to live music in the venue’s large, open backyard at Canggu’s biggest weekly live music event.

 

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Rent a luxury villa

For your wedding night accommodation, Canggu has the best in luxury villas. These stunning villas are secluded, peaceful and the perfect place to come home to after you’ve said ‘I do.’ For your guests, these are also the best place to relax in style during their trip to Canggu.

Hit the spa

Pamper yourself and your guest with a range of luxurious treatments from one of Canggu’s many gorgeous spas. From massage to manicures, you can find every type of beauty treatment in town, all professionally done and reasonably priced. Your whole wedding party will enjoy getting ready for your big day in comfort and style!

Take a surf class

Canggu is best known for surfing, where the medium swell is far more manageable than the monstrous waves around Uluwatu. Try out a surf class while you’re in town, for a fun group activity with your family and friends. Afterwards, you can collapse with a Bintang and warm up in the sun outside one of Canggu’s many beachside bars.

Canggu is a great place to try surfing
Canggu is a great place to try surfing

Where to eat in Canggu

Canggu Gourmet

Looking for a chilled-out, inexpensive place for lunch? Look no further than Canggu Gourmet, a small restaurant with an extensive menu of Western and Indonesian dishes. With chic, comfortable furnishings, airy outdoor seating and relaxed vibes, Canggu Gourmet is ideal for a romantic brunch.

 

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The Lawn

The Lawn has some of the best seafront views in Canggu and what better way to enjoy them than with a cocktail in your hand? This high-end restaurant is the best place in town to celebrate your upcoming wedding with your guests and offers a range of perfectly prepared dishes from an international menu.

La Laguna Bali.
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La Laguna Bali

La Laguna is an absolute must-see in Canggu. Inspired by its creators Spanish Gypsy heritage, this sprawling and stunning venue has a magical atmosphere. Come here for dinner while you’re in Canggu and sample their delicious range of fusion and European dishes.

 

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Pros of getting married in Canggu

  • Lots of spas, luxury villas and places to relax.
  • Live music events and exceptional restaurants.

Cons of getting married in Canggu

  • Not many opportunities for people who want to explore

Seminyak as a wedding destination

Many people visit Bali to experience the luxury lifestyle the island is famous for and Seminyak caters to them all. For soon-to-be-married couples wanting to kick back and relax in style during their time in Bali, it’s the perfect setting. With an abundance of boutique spas, luxury villas, fine-dining opportunities and high-end shops, Seminyak is the perfect place for pampering in the run-up to your wedding. Located just  20-30 minute drive from Kuta, this upmarket town is the best place to get romantic in style.

Seminyak is a popular location for a romantic getaway.
Seminyak is a popular location for a romantic getaway.

Things to see and do in Seminyak

Go horse riding on Seminyak Beach

For the ultimate romantic experience, take a horse ride together along the picturesque Seminyak Beach. Sunset is the best time to do this when the ocean and sky are a stunning kaleidoscope of colour.

Rent a luxury villa

What better place to enjoy time together before (and after) you get married than in your own luxury villa? Seminyak has more high-end accommodation than anywhere else in Bali, so it’s the perfect place to treat yourselves. For a true taste of paradise, relax and unwind in the classiest and most comfortable surroundings in Bali.

Take a trip to Pura Masceti

The Pura Masceti temple is a great place to soak up some local culture during your trip to Seminyak. Pura Masceti is an agricultural temple and local farmers come to pray for rain or successful crops. The temple is a typical example of traditional Balinese architecture and is well worth seeing while you’re in town. This is a fun and interesting activity for an afternoon in Seminyak and the perfect way to spend time with friends and family!

Get a relaxing couples’ treatment

Seminyak is bursting with high-end boutique spas, so chances are you’ll enjoy a lot of pampering during your time here. Book a couples’ massage, for a relaxing and intimate afternoon that’ll leave you smelling and feeling lovely before your wedding.

Opt for a couple's spa in Seminyak!
Opt for a couple’s spa in Seminyak!
Party at Ku De Ta

Your wedding deserves to be celebrated in style, Ku De Ta is the best spot to drink and dance the night away. This large beachfront bar serves a wide range of speciality cocktails and has an onsite DJ to keep the party going all night.

 

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Where to eat in Seminyak

Chandi

This chic restaurant has warm, stylish decor that creates the perfect setting for a romantic meal for two. Their range of Asian and Indonesian dishes are all outstanding and both the atmosphere and service is relaxed and friendly.

 

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Breeze at the Samaya

This spectacular beachside restaurant is the perfect place in Seminyak for a romantic sunset dinner or a group meal. Samaya are well known for their delicious seafood and their menu features a range of both Asian and European dishes.

You can find delicious seafood at Breeze at the Samaya.
You can find delicious seafood at Breeze at the Samaya.
Zibiru Restaurant

Couples craving Italian cuisine should make their way to Zibiru, where you can enjoy delicious traditional dishes. The artwork at Zibiru is the work of local artists and guests can admire stunning, original pieces while they dine.

 

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Pros of getting married in Seminyak

  • Luxurious options for dining and accommodation.
  • Lots of spas for pampering before your wedding.
  • Lots of beautiful wedding venues.

Cons of getting married in Seminyak

  • Can be crowded during high season

Top wedding venues in Bali

Kalimaya Villa, Seminyak

For a classy and intimate wedding in Bali, check out the luxury villas around Seminyak. These can make sensational venues for your vows and wedding party afterwar. Kalimaya Villa has lush, green outdoor areas, a large pool and several cosy seating areas-perfect for your big day!

Cliff-edge Cabana at Alila, Uluwatu

The jaw-dropping architectural design of the Cliff-edge Cabana is sure to blow you and your guests away. The sparse, cage-like structure appears to defy physics and the building hangs off the edge of towering cliffs. The resultant views of the surrounding ocean and rugged coastline are breathtaking, creating a stunning backdrop for your wedding photos!

 

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The AYANA Resort and Spa, Jimbaran

The AYANA Resort and Spa has everything you and your guests could possibly need in the days surrounding your wedding. Spas, restaurants, golf courses, swimming pools, bars – everything you need to drink, relax and enjoy the run-up to your vows. On your big day, the stunning clifftop views from AYANA will create the perfect backdrop for your dream moment.

 

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Romantic experiences in Bali

Go for the most romantic meal of your life at The View

Where? Ubud

With some of the most spectacular views in Ubud, The View is a restaurant you can’t afford to miss out on! Their incredible vista of the lush, verdant valley is the ultimate backdrop for a romantic meal with your lover. Dine in the most uniquely beautiful surroundings overlooking the Ayung River and if you really want to take things up a gear, book The View’s Birdnest dinner. You and your partner can enjoy an exquisite meal high up among the trees, with the jungle at your feet and a canopy of stars overhead.

Brave the Wanagiri swing viewpoint overlooking Twin Lake

Where? Near Munduk

The spectacular Twin Lakes are located high up in Bali’s mountainous central region, just a short drive from Munduk Village. The view of these enormous, glassy lakes is best enjoyed from above and there’s no better place for this than the swing viewpoint. The  Wanagiri swing is suspended from the trees high above the lake and the scenery from this vantage point is sensational.

Visit the swing viewpoint over the Twin Takes for breathtaking scenery.
Visit the swing viewpoint over the Twin Takes for breathtaking scenery.

Take a magical sunset cruise

Where? Benoa Harbour, Kuta

Dinner at sunset’s romantic enough, but what if that dinner was on a luxury Catamaran in the incomparable Benoa Bay? Celebrate your marriage in style and book yourself and your loved one onto one of Bali’s incredible sunset dinner cruises. With onboard entertainment, immaculate service and breathtaking views, this is a magical evening experience you’ll never forget!