If you’re looking for an exotic destination for that all-important, post-wedding wind-down, Indonesia is worth serious consideration.
Bali, Lombok and the Gilis offer the ultimate Paradise beach experience and world-class boutique hotels, which you can use as a base for trips to deserted islets and stretches of coastline that remain spectacularly wild. Bali is also a must for serious spa aficionados. Treatments have evolved into an art form on the island and if your partner is not yet an enthusiast, they will be after a session of Balinese massage followed by a clifftop picnic or sunset view over the temple at Tanah Lot.
The flip side of Indonesia’s turquoise water are the deep greens of the jungle, and we know some fabulous hideaways where you and a loved one can enjoy the rainforest in high style. Gaze over miles of pristine tree canopy from the balcony of your own private villa, or savour the nocturnal cacophony of insects and monkey calls on a klotok cruise up the Sekonyer River, when you’ll see orangutans and gibbons moving through the branches. Or how about a stay on the shores of a dreamy volcanic lake in the uplands of northern Sumatra, cycling through wood and thatch villages to wild swimming spots and waterfalls miles from anywhere?
Indonesia also offers superb value for money, ensuring those little extras that can make a honeymoon feel really special – such as the odd spa treatment, or secluded pool villa rather than a standard hotel room – are more easily affordable.