The tropical island of Bali is known for its sun-kissed beaches, pristine waters and rustic charm, making it a favourite Singapore holiday destination. So it’s not a surprise that many might want to take things up a notch by tying the knot on the island. After all, there’s nothing more romantic than exchanging vows with your beloved against the backdrop of gorgeous mountains and scenery, to the tune of waves gently crashing against the shore.
To cater to couples looking for the ultimate in romantic wedding destinations, luxury group Aman Resorts, which boasts three sprawling properties in Bali, is offering a series of memorable wedding experiences to be enjoyed on their private beaches in Ubud, Manggis and Nusa Dua.
This hillside resort is surrounded by bushes of frangipani and bougainvillea, and boasts a beautiful three-tired pool. It offers various wedding venues such as a coconut grove and Beach Club, which comes with its own private volcanic sand beach. The 33-suite property’s dedicated staff can even help arrange for an extra romantic setting, be it through scattering petals or placing floating candles in the pool.
Couples get the VIP treatment with a personal chef and waiter, and have their own beach bale to relax in. For those seeking a more intimate celebration, Amankila also offers its Indrakila Suite, which has a private pool and terrace for ceremonies. There, guests can enjoy the resort’s signature ‘Royals in Love’ treatment, which is based on pre-marriage pampering and purifying rituals from Central Java palaces.
Amankila, Manggis, Bali, Indonesia, +62 363 41333, www.aman.com/resorts/amankila
Amanusa, Nusa Dua
Perched on a hillside with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, this tranquil resort has a variety of wedding venues. One spot is its courtyard and lawn, which is located across its swimming pool and is framed by frangipani trees. It is covered by stone walls on three sides, so couples can be assured of privacy (and no wedding crashers). The courtyard leads to Amanusa’s Italian restaurant, which can be booked for the reception.
Another stellar venue is the resort’s Beach Club, which is just a short drive away. It can accommodate up to 150 guests, and can even host entertainment options such as fireworks, a traditional Barong Ket lion dance or Jejog musical performance. The best part is that the resort can help with logistics including floral arrangements, event photographers and makeup stylists, so the happy couple can bask in the festivities without any worries.
Amanusa, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 772 333, www.aman.com/resorts/amanusa
Set amidst lush greenery and rice terraces, this 30-suite resort is a refuge away from the madding crowd. It is equipped with a luxurious swimming pool with unobstructed views of the horizon, as well as its own temple. For wedding ceremonies, a local priest can be brought in to perform a Balinese cultural blessing, which comprises a Hindu prayer about hope and determination — qualities that are, of course, essential to a blissful marriage.
The romance doesn’t end there. The resort also offers a couple spa session, where guests can recharge together with a full-body exfoliation, body wrap and a head massage in the Aman Spa. If you and your partner are the adventurous type, go for the Ayung Valley Hike, a leisurely morning trek that leads through rice terraces, orchards and forests of the Ayung River Gorge, before ending with a sumptuous picnic breakfast.
Amandari, Kedewatan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 975 333, www.aman.com/resorts/amandari