Narrowing down your perfect honeymoon isn’t easy - there are so many ideas to weigh up, even if you’re only looking at South-East Asia. Which makes Indonesia’s fantastic diversity nothing short of a dream come true - an archipelago of exotic islands, sweeping across biodiverse tropical seas and running the gamut from carefree beach paradise to steamy rainforest, home to some of Asia’s most famous wildlife.
On Java, witness some of South-East Asia’s most astonishing human creations, from Jakarta - Indonesia’s mind-boggling capital - to impressive ancient temples like Buddhist Borobudur and Hindu Prambanan. Java also offers majesty of a more primordial nature, in the active (and truly awe-inspiring) volcanic landscape of Bromo-Tengger National Park.
Wildlife lovers can visit Sumatra and Kalimantan to observe orang-utan in their natural habitat, and cruise to Komodo and Flores to encounter the considerably less charming Komodo Dragons, with excellent diving just offshore.
Bali, Lombok and the Gilis are perhaps the most classic honeymoon islands in Indonesia; Bali’s reputation for upbeat beach scene is justified, but the island offers much more, with quietly pristine coasts, gorgeous landscapes, a superb spa culture, and centuries-old cultural heritage waiting to be rediscovered. Lombok and the Gilis are all about understated idyll and laid-back play, with just enough luxury accommodation to keep honeymooners comfortable without being conspicuous.
Add the intriguing tribal cultures and colourful biodiversity of Papua and Sulawesi, superb diving out amongst the Maluku Islands, a balmy tropical climate, and fantastic cuisine throughout the region - and Indonesia looks hard to beat for its feast of once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon moments.
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You may want to sample all the region’s charms or emphasise a particular style of honeymoon with just a taste of the rest, so sit down and talk about your ideal honeymoon in Indonesia to get a feel for how much time you’d like to spend kicking back on a sandy shore versus dawn hikes up volcanic peaks, or indulging in luxurious spa pampering. If you plan to make your way along the archipelago, transfers will be a combination of boat trips and short flights - your honeymoon planner can advise on the best route. Indonesia has two seasons, wet and dry - find more details here.