When it comes to destination weddings, the location doesn’t get much dreamier than Bali. Which other place can offer a marriage of stunning backdrops, exotic décor, highly experienced event planners and spectacular destination-in-themselves villas? And all this without breaking the bank.
As you step off the plane and breathe in the ocean breeze, get ready to be enchanted by Bali. If you or a family member are celebrating an engagement, or are in the early stages of planning a wedding, we wouldn’t blame you for dreaming to say “I do” here on the island of the gods.
Just imagine –exchange vows on a clifftop looking over the shimmering sea, with the sound of the surf crashing below. Declare your love on the beach, sand between your toes, as waves lap the shore and the setting sun flames the sky. Or seek the seclusion of a rural oasis and celebrate your union on the rim of a mountain ravine, surrounded by rice terraces.
Imagine the details – delicately woven palm-frond decorations and penjor flags framing the ceremonial space; three-tiered temple parasols and tropical blooms; flaming bamboo torches and candles amidst a garden of colossal foliage; the hypnotic sound of Gamelan music; a lattice of party lights strung like pearls illuminating the darkening sky. And within that enchanting setting, imagine a paparazzi whirl of cameras recording those first moments together as husband and wife.
Visualising the romance of the occasion comes easy in this culturally rich landscape. After all, since Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall tied their knot in Bali nearly three decades ago, in an Elite Havens villa, no less.
Another compelling reason for a Bali wedding is stress… or rather the lack of it! You’re on island time, with skilled masseurs and beauty therapists on-call. The best event organisers can be hired and your group will be taken care of royally, as you celebrate with family and friends while seasoned event planners fine-tune the logistics and orchestrate florists and makeup artists, caterers and sommeliers, bartenders and bands, photographers and videographers.
The great news is that you get more bang for your buck in Bali; so you can save if you want or splurge. Happily, this applies both if you wish to stage a low-key wedding for close friends, or the most elaborate bells-and-whistles event for hundreds. If that’s not reason enough, think about the venue – perhaps a bride’s most important decision, after the dress of course. Here Bali comes up trumps, with a stellar cast of destination villa venues in jaw-dropping settings and an insane choice of accommodation for wedding guests. On the beach, perched on a cliff, hugging the mountainside; ultra-modern or traditional Bali-style; barefoot chic or full-blown luxury; a family villa or 50-bedroom multi-villa estate – there’s an elite haven just perfect for your dream wedding. We’ve curated a list of our Top 5 Wedding Villas in Bali. If these don’t get you dreaming, we don’t know what will.
5 Best Wedding Villas in Bali
Pandawa Cliff Estate
With its dramatic and romantic clifftop setting overlooking the Indian Ocean, wide lawns, large purpose-built decked garden areas and superb guest facilities, Pandawa Cliff Estate is a dream wedding and event venue for up to 200 guests. The estate is a collection of four luxurious villas with stunning ocean views. When all four villas are rented together, Pandawa offers a total of 21 double bedrooms, and can accommodate up to 42 adult guests, plus numerous extra beds for children. This rare ability makes it a great venue for wedding parties where you wish to have all the guests conveniently staying on-site.
Seseh Beach Villas
With two villas in the estate that can be hired together and combined, Seseh makes a prime venue for large weddings with up to 200 guests. Allow your wedding to spread out owing to the sheer spaciousness of both the villas and the grounds – with an abundance of outdoor areas for relaxation and rejuvenation. Coupled with the gorgeous setting of the pools and the manicured gardens overlooking the ocean, Seseh Beach Villas are an ideal venue for romantic weddings par excellence.
The Iman Villa
How about something completely different? Bali’s all about paddy views, is it not? Plan a paddy view wedding with 100 guests at The Iman Villa, a fabulous modern minimalist property with five individually designed ensuite bedrooms equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The combination of chic modern design aesthetics and a picturesque Balinese setting amongst lush rice fields, towering palm groves and leafy banana plantations, gives The Iman Villa an undeniable ‘wow’ factor.
Arnalaya Beach House
Close to The Iman Villa, Arnalaya Beach House is also in Canggu but right on the beach. A divine residence of contemporary design and fabulous living set, find your place within the five generous bedrooms of this stunning villa, spread over an acre of lush beachfront land on Bali’s chic sunset coast in hipster Canggu. The villa provides numerous event opportunities for up to 150 guests.
This list would be missing something if we didn’t mention Taman Ahimsa. It can be argued that there is no greater setting for a wedding than under the swaying coconut palms with the rolling green waves of the Indian Ocean as a backdrop. And Taman Ahimsa, with its expansive gardens abutting the beachfront that can host up to 100 guests, is the ideal location if you’re seeking a wedding with a spectacular natural backdrop of a black sand beach.
Elite Havens offers an extensive portfolio of heavenly villas to serve as your wedding venue. Whether you want a view overlooking the sea or in a secluded oasis cradled by green rice fields, each of our venues is set in a magical setting with luxurious rooms and manicured lawns fit for ceremonies with a small or large group. Contact our events team to get started on planning your dream wedding.