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Honeymoon in Bali

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Hi!

We will be honeymooning in Indonesia in October. We decided today and booked the eco friendly hideout for two nights (booked on Air BNB). We fly into Denspar on Tuesday and we don't check into the hideout until October 12. any suggestions on where to stay when we fly in initially? Also, we will be checking out of the hideout on Friday and would like a villa with a private pool and for about 3 nights and our last 4 nights at a location that is just different than anywhere we could experience in the US. please help us. Lastly, I had someone say the weather is nice in October and then another stated its constantly raining. I looked it up and didn't say anything about terrible rain could someone clarify? Any Suggestions and ideas are welcome.

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    Is this the Airbnb villa you've reserved?
    https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5904771

    If yes, then you will definitely have an experience that is different from anywhere in the US! It will certainly be private, but also rugged and remote. I would be wary of the no-aircon factor, especially for sleeping. Usually the staff at private villas will do the shopping and cooking for you. This place sounds like a do-it-yourselfer, so you should stop at a grocery store on your way in.

    Also, be sure you're comfortable with getting around on a motorbike. They're very common in Bali, but also dangerous for inexperienced riders. Be sure that you are covered by medical evacuation insurance.

    In addition to Selat, you'll want to spend a few days in Ubud and at of the beach resorts. The countryside around Ubud will have a lot of similarities with the countryside around Selat, but you'll also have access to the arts, crafts and culture surrounding the town of Ubud.

    For beach areas, you might look at Amed which is on the east coast near Selat and Canggu/Batu Bolong which is on the westcoast about an hour from the airport. In Amed you can snorkle. In Canggu you can surf. The liveliest area for restaurants and nightlife plus a good beach is Seminyak/Petitenget, but if you're looking for something more remote you may want to go further north.

    Bali gets rain all year, even during the dry season. The rain forest is by definition wetter than the more arid beach areas. October is the transitional month between the dry and wet seasons, so there's a possibility that you may get some rain, though I wouldn't expect heavy storms. Last year, Bali experienced drought conditions and October was completely dry.

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    Virtually any place you stay on Bali will be "different than anywhere we could experience in the US." The possible partial exception would be a hotel in Nusa Dua, which is a sterile tourist enclave.

    I am more cautious about your Air BnB rental than marmot is. I wouldn't rent any place that didn't have AC, and I wouldn't rent a place that isn't staffed... mostly because of the transport issue. The leading cause of death in SE Asia both among visitors and locals is motorbike accidents. Even if you are skilled riders, you'll be in an entirely unfamiliar place where there are few road signs and different rules of the road.

    When you fly in initially, I'd opt for a hotel near/at a beach. Frankly, with the time you have, I'd choose two or an absolute maximum of three places to stay. With the schedule you've laid out, you will waste time (half to most of a day for each move) moving from one accommodation to another rather than settling in and enjoying Bali. Bali is a small island, and it is certainly possible to explore the whole island from one location, though two locations make sense.

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