bali's best kept secrets: a top 10 list of bali wedding venues
Bali, the Island of the Gods, is known for its breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches, lush green rice fields, and a vibrant culture that celebrates love and togetherness. It's no surprise that Bali has become a popular destination for couples seeking the perfect wedding venue. With so many stunning locations to choose from, it can be overwhelming to narrow down the options. That's why we've put together a list of the top 10 wedding venues in Bali, to help you find the perfect setting for your special day.
One of the reasons Bali is so special is its unique and vibrant culture. From the intricate traditional Balinese architecture to the colorful ceremonies and customs, Bali offers a wedding experience that is truly one-of-a-kind. Imagine walking down the aisle surrounded by exotic flowers, tropical greenery, and the sounds of gamelan music. Balinese weddings are known for their warm hospitality and the sense of community that is shared during the ceremony. It's a celebration of not just the couple, but of their families and friends as well.
Bali is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Imagine exchanging your vows with the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze in your hair. Bali's beaches offer a romantic and serene atmosphere, with stunning sunsets and clear blue waters. But Bali is more than just beaches. The island is also home to stunning cliff-top venues, hidden waterfalls, and lush tropical gardens, all providing a backdrop of natural beauty that is sure to make your wedding day unforgettable.
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I've used my experience of being a destination wedding photographer, to put together this list of the best wedding venues in Bali...
alila villas uluwatu
Looking for the ultimate destination wedding venue in Bali? Look no further than Alila Villas Uluwatu! This luxurious cliffside oasis is one of the most breathtaking and intimate wedding destinations on the island. From the moment you walk in, you'll be struck by the stunning architecture, standout design, and incredible views that infuse the soul of Bali into every aspect of the property.
At Alila Villas Uluwatu, weddings are more than just a celebration – they're a transformative experience. Our dedicated event specialists will take care of every detail to ensure your wedding planning experience is joyful from day one. With intimate wedding spaces, you can enjoy your special day surrounded by only your closest friends and family. From the signature Cliff Edge Cabana perched over the Indian Ocean to private cliffside villas with panoramic ocean views, Alila Villas Uluwatu has everything you need to create a truly unforgettable wedding experience.
But Alila Villas Uluwatu isn't just a beautiful wedding venue – it's steeped in Balinese culture and committed to sustainable practices. From local culinary traditions at The Warung to cutting-edge green initiatives throughout the resort, we honor and preserve the local environment in every facet of the Alila experience. So if you're looking for a destination wedding that's not only beautiful but also meaningful and authentic, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the perfect choice.
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the surga villa estate
If you're dreaming of a Bali wedding, look no further than The Surga Villa Estate! This venue is absolutely stunning, with 360-degree sunset views from its fully enclosed limestone cliff top gardens. It's the perfect spot to tie the knot, with beach access to Melasti Beach and all the amenities you could ever want.
Let's talk about the villa itself, because it's truly something special. With 13 master suites across two separate villas, plus chic living areas and entertainment spaces, this estate is the epitome of luxury. And with an onsite spa, gym, and tennis court, you and your guests will never be bored! Plus, there's even a BBQ area, so you can enjoy some delicious food while you take in the stunning views.
But let's get to the real reason you're here – the wedding! The Surga Villa Estate is the perfect venue for an unforgettable ceremony. Whether you choose the oceanfront observation deck or the sparkling blue infinity pool, your wedding will be a breathtaking affair with an unparalleled view of the Indian Ocean. And with world-class vendors, pre- and post-event entertainment, and plenty of activities for kids and adults alike, you'll have everything you need to make your big day absolutely perfect.
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the ritz-carlton bali
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is a magical wedding destination that will transport you to a world of luxury and enchantment. With its mesmerizing landscape and spiritual surroundings, this luxury beach resort is the perfect venue for fairytale experiences. If you're looking for a breathtaking place to exchange your vows, look no further than the hotel's stunning glass-lit beachfront chapel, set against the turquoise waters of Sawangan Beach. Each moment will be made to last a lifetime, with the twinkle of every toast and the presentation of each dish captured in stunning detail.
At The Ritz-Carlton, Bali, the sky is truly the limit when it comes to creating the wedding of your dreams. Whether you're looking for an intimate villa garden wedding or a toes-in-the-sand ceremony with hundreds of guests, the resort offers elegant venues and comprehensive planning and catering services to ensure your special day is nothing short of perfect. And once the ceremony is over, you and your beloved can indulge in romantic couple's spa treatments or a gourmet meal crafted by the resort's renowned chefs.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bali is more than just a wedding venue – it's a five-star luxury resort that offers unparalleled comfort and relaxation. With hotel villas featuring private pools and personal butler service, as well as a traditional luxury spa inspired by the beauty of Nusa Dua, you'll feel like royalty during your stay. And with the resort's commitment to honoring Bali's unique culture, reflected in its design, spa menus, and engaging activities like the Soul Purification Ritual, you'll leave feeling rejuvenated and connected to the local community.
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rumah luwih bali
Get ready to be transported to the colonial era of Indonesia with a stay at Rumah Luwih, Bali, a luxury beachfront hotel. Built by famous architect Hadiprana, this colonial-style mansion has been transformed into a stunning resort that combines the impeccable service of a five-star hotel with the warm intimacy of home. From taking walks on the beach to indulging in delicious home-cooked meals, guests will feel pampered and relaxed during their stay.
But it’s not just a luxurious vacation retreat; Rumah Luwih is also the perfect place to celebrate your special day. With a beautiful wedding chapel overlooking the ocean and framed by the mountains of Bali, your wedding ceremony will be a breathtaking affair. The dedicated staff will ensure that your wedding is flawlessly executed, leaving you with cherished memories that will last a lifetime.
Choose from a variety of beautiful locations for your reception, including the elegant ballrooms or the stunning Luwih Gardens, surrounded by lush foliage and exotic tropical flowers. Whether you are planning an intimate ceremony with close family and friends or a grand affair for up to 850 people, Rumah Luwih has got you covered. So go ahead, make your wedding day unforgettable at Rumah Luwih, where Balinese hospitality and luxury meet.
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bulgari resort bali
For couples seeking a wedding venue that exudes luxury and sophistication, the Bulgari Resort Bali is a destination that cannot be missed. Situated in an exclusive location that boasts breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, this resort is a combination of traditional Balinese designs and Italian style that makes for an unforgettable experience.
Whether you want to exchange your vows in the unique setting of the Water Pond, or opt for the Bulgari Mansion with its exquisite views, the resort has several venues to choose from. La Terrazza, with its picturesque outdoor setting, is another great option, where guests can enjoy Indonesian and Italian menus, creating a memorable occasion.
The resort offers guests an array of activities, including excursions to nearby islands and visits to local markets with a personal shopper. The leisure concierge takes care of every detail, so couples can relax and enjoy their special day. The Bulgari Chapel, the first of its kind in the world, boasts hand-crafted floor-to-ceiling glass paneling and is the perfect setting for an elegant ceremony. Whatever venue is chosen, a Bulgari Wedding Planner ensures that each detail is coordinated, from the arrangement of flowers to the music played during the exchange of vows, creating a seamless and unforgettable experience.
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bisma eight ubud
Bisma Eight Ubud is the perfect wedding destination for couples looking for an intimate, luxury, and locally-inspired experience. Surrounded by lush greenery, Bisma Eight offers boutique suites and villas that celebrate the artisan heritage of Bali. Its 38 spacious suites and 12 villas feature bespoke furnishings, rich textiles, and warm wood tones that transition harmoniously with the natural world outside. The villas feature private pools, while the suites highlight the vibrant greenery of the surrounding nature. The hotel's green rooftop, picturesque Ubud forests, and volcanoes provide a sought-after destination for an unforgettable wedding experience.
Bisma Eight Ubud offers two unique wedding venues - the Garden Rooftop and the Forest Pool. The stunning lush garden rooftop boasts breathtaking views of Ubud rice fields and some of Bali's glorious sunsets, creating a magical setting for intimate celebrations and wedding receptions of up to 80 seated guests in romantic long tables set up. The Forest Pool, on the other hand, can accommodate up to 100 guests for a wedding ceremony with 40 seated guests.
The award-winning rooftop restaurant, Copper, has thoughtfully designed a 4-course menu for a wedding reception that can be tailored to meet the specific requests of the couple. Bisma Eight's team will take care of every detail to ensure a seamless and unforgettable wedding day.
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four seasons resort bali at jimbaran bay
Nestled on Bali's southwest coast in the charming village of Jimbaran, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay offers a breathtaking location for those seeking an idyllic beachfront wedding. With its authentic Balinese village-inspired villas, tropical gardens, and oceanfront views, this luxurious resort truly captures the essence of the island's stunning landscapes and culture.
Exchange vows on the beach with the sand between your toes or walk on water across an overwater aisle at one of the resort's two breathtaking infinity pools. The Imperial Villa offers complete privacy for those seeking an intimate ceremony, while the lush botanical gardens and elevated hill overlooking the Indian Ocean provide other stunning options for an unforgettable day.
The resort's expert planners are on hand to ensure that every detail is taken care of and that your wedding day runs flawlessly. With a range of stunning venues to choose from and the magic of Bali's gentle nature and energy, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay is a truly unique and special place to start your journey as a married couple.
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ayana resort bali
AYANA Resort Bali is a luxury destination that offers an escape into Balinese culture and stunning tropical views. Its newly renovated rooms are decorated with traditional wood carvings and deep-toned materials. This exclusive resort provides an idyllic backdrop for romantic celebrations and offers a range of venues, each with a unique ambiance.
Champa Garden is one of Bali's grandest outdoor reception venues and can cater to 1500-plus guests in complete seclusion. SKY is a unique venue floating 35 meters above the Indian Ocean, featuring breathtaking cliff-top ocean views and complete privacy. AYANA Villa offers complete privacy with 180-degree ocean views, perfect for a romantic sit-down dinner or standing event.
KISIK Pier is the only private pier in Bali available for hotel wedding receptions, offering a truly unique experience surrounded by shimmering seas. Asmara Gazebo boasts a 350-year-old ceremonial pavilion featured in the palaces of central Java, while Kubu Beach offers a luxurious beach-chic atmosphere, complete with white sands and turquoise waters. Each venue offers the perfect setting to create a truly unforgettable wedding celebration.
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Perched on the hillside beneath the sacred Mount Agung, Amankila is a retreat that promises serene seclusion and breathtaking views. The resort's dramatic clifftop and beachside location offers spectacular settings to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime union, with panoramic views over the Lombok Strait. Couples can exchange vows on the black sand beach, before walking an aisle strewn with flowers by local Balinese children to the reception in a coconut grove. Traditional music sets the scene at parties and receptions, and ancient dances entertain and delight.
Amankila's open-sided restaurant, located next to the main bar, is well-suited for hosting large celebrations, seating up to 150 guests. Against the serene backdrop of the Lombok Strait, guests can enjoy exquisite Indonesian cuisine made with produce sourced from the resort's own organic farm and garden. The Terrace, situated below the restaurant, offers panoramic views and is perfect for smaller seated dinners as well as cocktail receptions. The Coconut Grove is ideal for larger events, seating up to 250 guests with a naturally beautiful canvas for guests to create a uniquely personal gathering.
Amankila's event spaces offer a true Balinese experience. With the sound of a traditional gamelan orchestra, the resort welcomes guests with an unforgettable vision of a pool full of floating candles with tuberoses and frangipani scenting the air.
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Andaz Bali is a unique and beautiful wedding venue that offers a modern Balinese village experience with fascinating old and new features. With its beachfront location, the resort is built around existing mature landscape, providing a lush and inviting ambiance. The Rooms, Suites, and Villas are designed with spacious balconies and private courtyards, offering guests privacy and tranquility while providing luxury amenities to make them feel at home.
Shankha Spa, Sanur’s biggest wellness complex, is the perfect place to relax and rejuvenate. Guests can enjoy pampering treatments inspired by ancient Balinese techniques in a serene and peaceful environment. Andaz Bali has three swimming pools, each with its own ambiance and charm. The ocean-facing Liang pool is action-packed and fun, while the Santhi pool is a hidden sanctuary for those who seek total relaxation. And with the resort’s multiple dining options, there is something for everyone, from intimate beachfront dining to family-style feasts.
For couples looking for a personalized and exclusive wedding experience, Andaz Bali offers 236 sq m of event space that is ideal for intimate celebrations, exclusive launches, and executive retreats. The resort's professional planner and culinary team will help create a memorable wedding day. From an alfresco garden ceremony to a beach wedding, the team at Andaz Bali will ensure that every detail is taken care of, so couples can enjoy the ultimate exclusivity on their special day.
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