Honeymoon in Thailand and Bali

Jul 20th, 2009, 11:00 AM
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We stayed at the Westin in Nusa Dua using Starwood points and were very disappointed. It's unbelievably sterile, as is all of Nusa Dua. I would look for some reasonable alternatives in either Seminyak or Sanur. The money will be well spent avoiding Nusa Dua. It's one of the rare times that spending money is way better than free.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 06:12 PM
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Instead of using your Starwood points in Bali, use them at Krabi at the new Sheraton there. It has gotten good reviews from a number of Fodorites.
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Jul 20th, 2009, 08:19 PM
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Re the Bali portion of your trip:
The period between Christmas and the first week of January is the busiest time in Bali so, yes, you will have to make firm reservations in advance. Expect to pay high season premiums as well. New Year's Eve can be fun in Bali or annoying -- depending on how you like to celebrate. Most of the resorts and restaurants have packaged parties that are very pricey. Some resorts even charge you for the event whether you want to attend or not.

I've been in Bali at the end of December many, many times. The rain is intermittent, at times quite heavy. Sometimes storms blow in and you get several grey days in a row. If sunshine is essential to your enjoyment, skip Bali at this time of year.

Nusa Dua has a nice long swimming beach, though it becomes very shallow and rocky when the tide goes out. The area was developed as a resort enclave and that's all that's there: resort, after resort. It's okay if you just want beach and sea, but you have to "commute" to everything else. The Westin is one of the older properties in Bali and is just okay. I wouldn't suggest it or the Meridien for a honeymoon.

I like the Seminyak area -- good beach (though the surf can be rough), excellent access to the best shops, clubs, restaurants. The top places like the Legian, Samaya and private villas will be expensive over the holidays, though. I'd suggest you try the Sofitel.

Komeneka resorts are well regarded. Good service and dedicated Bali aesthetic.

Northern Bali isn't especially isolated. It's especially good for snorkling and there are some nice resorts in the area, but it also isn't a "must see." With the time you have I'd choose one beach location and one resort in the Ubud area. You can radiate out from there.
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