Yes Travel: A multi-centre honeymoon

EmmaBy Emma  •  10 Jan 2018 at 6:00am  •  Places, World Travel
Emma

by Emma

You might have noticed that when my Mr Yes and I travel, we like to squeeze in as many places as possible. So it will come as little surprise that we opted for the multi-centre honeymoon.

We had two and a half weeks to play with, and figured that gave us an opportunity to go slightly further afield than we usually would. The time of year –August – meant that some of our wishlist weren’t the most appealing options, I mean, we’re not necessarily sun seekers, but we wanted to soak up some sun on our trip of a lifetime, and we couldn’t be sure a winter-bound Australia and New Zealand could offer that.

As we began to narrow the list down, we found the Indonesia was our safest bet on the weather front, and also somewhere that was pretty high on our travel list. So we set to work on researching how we could best make the most of our time.

I will do separate posts on things to do and places to eat in our chosen destinations, but here’s a rundown of the trip and the fabulous places we stayed.

Destination  

With Indonesia on the mind, there was simply one place that we had to head. Bali. We knew family and friends had honeymooned there before, and we had heard such great things about it. So, with the relatively likely promise of sunshine, we were sold.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

We had a few options for a stopover – Dubai, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and we opted for the latter as it also ranked highly on our travel wishlist.

And finally, we knew we wanted to make the most of our time in Indonesia and lap-up another island. Lombok came highly recommend from several tour operators that we spoke to, and with a bit of research we could see it had all of the authentic charm that we were looking for.

This left us with an itinerary that looked a bit like this:

  • 3 nights in Singapore
  • 3 nights in Ubud, Bali {think beautiful jungle surroundings and rice paddy fields}
  • 6 nights in Lombok
  • 4 nights in Seminyak, Bali {think beaches, beach bars and cool shopping haunts}

A few words of advice: in Bali we wanted to mix up our experience, and you will usually be advised to opt for a mix of jungle and beach experiences. When it comes to the beach recommendations though, you will hear a lot of contradictory advice.

We were warned off Seminyak by a few people, but any alternatives we were offered seemed to have the same issue {some areas of Bali are considered the Magaluf of Indonesia, as Australians often hop over for a beach party getaway}.

This wasn’t our experience of Seminyak at all, it was livelier than some of our other Indonesian destinations, but provided the perfect contrast that we needed in our holiday. There are some amazing bars and beach clubs – but those we visited definitely had a classy, rather than a trashy, vibe.

Seminyak beach itself wasn’t quite my cup of tea {with elements of the Magaluf vibe definitely creeping in} so we could definitely see what might have triggered some of the words of warning. We were slightly further along on Petitenget Beach, and it was perfectly idyllic with a long stretch of beach branching off to hotels and bars where you can quench your thirst after a stroll.

My advice would be – do your research, balance out the advice you get from those that have been there, and work out what suits your own holiday preferences.

The other thing to note if you are planning an Indonesian honeymoon – or holiday – is that including Lombok on the itinerary will mean that you need to take malaria tablets. These did wreak slight havoc with us, but certainly didn’t ruin any part of our trip. And Lombok was my favourite destinations that we visited, so it was 100% worth it for us. But if dodgy tummies and sun sensitivity would ruin your trip {Mr Yes came out in a red rash with too much sun exposure, a side effect of the tablets}, consider taking Lombok off the itinerary.

All in all, I would say our itinerary was a holiday for those that want to adventure and explore. We don’t like spending too long on sun loungers, so we need to be somewhere that we can easily explore our surroundings – and all of our destinations offered us that. You could of course spend a Bali break by the pool, but you would be missing so much of its beauty.

That said, we did opt for the kind of accommodation that did ALMOST make us never want to leave the hotel haven…

 {Pics are mainly sourced from each hotel’s own social media, because frankly we were too busy enjoying the facilities to be good bloggers. That is until you get to our grinning mugs at the end}.

Accommodation

I’m going to be honest from the off. We went for complete luxury on this trip, so some of the hotels were a little more plush than we might usually opt for. But they were so worth it, because they were all simply out of this world…

Singapore

In Singapore we stayed at the Park Royal on Pickering. It was really well located for us to explore the city from {which we did entirely by foot, so it’s pretty central}. But most of all, it was beautiful! The building itself is adorned with swathes of greenery, the rooms are light and airy with everything you need, and there is an amazing infinity pool.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

And the breakfast buffet was incredible. There was practically something on offer from every corner of the world, but our favourites were the delicious pastries and pancakes, tasty fruit and a freshly made omlette.

 Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

Ubud, Bali

When we headed for the jungle, we hung our hat at the beautiful Uma Ubud. There were a few options that we considered in Ubud, but what we liked best about the Uma was that it was close enough to walk into Ubud. As with most hotels, they offer a free shuttle bus as well, but we wanted the option to set our own agenda – and as it turned out we didn’t use the bus once, so it was worth being that little bit closer. {Though, it does still take 30 minutes or so to stroll into the centre, but we like to explore on foot so that we can see as much of our surroundings as possible}.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

The Uma Ubud is the absolute epitome of tranquility. We had a terrace room that overlooked the beautiful gardens. The bathroom was almost the same size as the bedroom, and had a partially outdoor shower, which is an amazing experience. The staff absolutely cannot do enough for you – they helped us book additional trips and transport whenever we needed it.

I don’t want to sound like I am all about the food {I totally am}, but the breakfast here was absolutely our favourite of the whole trip – all fresh and totally delicious. There were delicious yoghurts and cereals in jars, daily specials or pancakes, waffles, and eggs done whichever way you could possible desire them. My mouth is watering simply at the thought of it all!

Lombok

Lombok was our longest stay in one single place, and we loved our hotel there. The Quinci Villas sits on the beach front, has three pools and three restaurants for you to chose between, and has the most incredible spa facilities with the best value treatments that we experienced on the trip. {I had an amazing body wrap followed by the most incredible bath of my life…. I don’t normally like baths, but throw in a bit of ginger and some flowers, and apparently I am all over it}.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

They also host special events throughout the week, we loved the beach BBQ – and also treated ourselves to a private dinner in their beach hut one evening. In fact even though we were there six nights – their special events meant we technically didn’t once eat in the same restaurant from the same menu {we snuck in an offsite restaurant too, which I will tell you more about in a later post}.

We found that we needed more transport assistance to get around Lombok, as it is a bit more remote, but we will managed to explore most of the island while we were there – so Senggigi is a great base.

Seminyak, Bali

We finished the trip in the utter lap of luxury. The Samaya in Seminyak comes complete with luxury pool villas, so naturally we had to nab one for our last stop. Our villa had a sitting room, where we could be served daily afternoon tea, a huge bedroom, a dressing room with his and hers sinks, a dressing table, Jacuzzi bath and indoor and outdoor shower – and all of this snaked around our own private pool.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

It was the most beautiful place I have ever stayed. I have to be honest, we probably didn’t quite spend enough time in the hotel to fully appreciate our room to the max, but I do not regret us splashing out on it for one second.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

You could also wander straight from the hotel onto the beach, or wander into town for an array of restaurants, shops and bars. It was perfectly located for whatever you might chose for your entertainment.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

Just a little final note on booking in general, though I hasten to add that this isn’t a sponsored post; we booked our honeymoon through Turquoise. We could possibly have got it cheaper by putting together the package ourselves, but we wanted expert advice to help us make it the perfect trip – particularly as we were going for a multi-centre honymoon. We also had a wedding to plan, so we weren’t exactly time-rich. We did our research and Turquoise came up with the best price {particularly when they tweaked and price matched our itinerary based on an option we had seen from another operator}, and the package of hotels that we loved the most.

We also booked several trips through them, using their honeymoon wishlist option – and some of them really made our trip. They also sent us the cutest keepsake when we returned, a mini heart shaped wooden map of Indonesia.

I’d definitely recommend putting them on your list if you are making honeymoon enquiries.

Planning a multi-centre honeymoon, travelling Bali, Singapore and Lombok, advice on honeymoon booking and accommodation, via Year of the Yes

So, that’s your lot for today – we have so much more to share with you, but I will be back very soon with more about what we got up to and where we dined..

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Emma loves sunshine and flip flops, prosecco, chocolatey treats, things that sparkle, trips to the beach, reading and blogging.

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