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Beach bars, bikes & boats – Honeymooning in Bali

Our guest blogger Adele (aka Mrs Wiseman) is back today to share her incredible honeymoon in Indonesia (via Amsterdam and Dubai), and make us feel all the wanderlust! After all the DIY and wedding prep in the run up to the big day, these two deserved a break in the sun. And from a private infinity pool in the forest to surfing and snorkelling in search of turtles, boy did Bali deliver! If you’re dreaming up your own honeymoon plans at the moment, then prepare to be inspired. Over to Adele…

“I am two months in now as Mrs Wiseman and I can safely say I think I’ve remembered this life changing addition to my name maybe three or four times! I am sure it will start to stick soon or I will forever have the awkward stare from delivery drivers as I frantically grab back their machines that makes no one’s signatures look good, never mind a learner!

“The excitement of your first letter arriving through the post addressed to a ‘Mrs’ really is very cool. Not as cool as hearing your partner call you his ‘Wife’, now that is a surreal sound but one I can very much get used to hearing! I’ve not really made a dent in the name changing list (I don’t think ASOS and Instagram count) but with our lovely honeymoon out of the way that’s up next!

“I am so pleased we waited a while before going on honeymoon and I would definitely recommend it! I had far too much spare time on my hands once the big day was over and it’s a really good distraction getting stuck into making all sorts of travel plans. We knew a little forward planning was required for this one; we are usually ‘a week in Tenerife’ kind of people so a three-week trip dotting about, crossing all kinds of borders with constant currency and time changes to compete with was both daunting and extremely exciting.

“Amsterdam with some of the family to see Ed Sheeran (and a sly appearance from Mr Robbie Williams) was the perfect beginning to our trip. I have been to this city so many times now and I love it more with every visit!

“To break up the long journey to Bali a bit more we stopped in Dubai for a few days. Mark had never been before and it’s always a place I thought we would love. We didn’t really consider how hot it would be, reaching 40 degrees some days, but this just meant we had to spend more time at the pool bar. We spent our last day soaking up the sun at the swish beach club Gravity and watched the sunset together (well Mark was maybe more focused on the big screen watching the football!).

“After another 9-hour flight we finally landed in Bali and reached our first hotel in Seminyak. To try and see as much as we could of Bali we stayed 3 nights in each part. I loved the first night, walking about to find everything and taking it all in. It didn’t take us long to find the cutest little bars along the beachfront with beanbags on the sand, cocktails to die for and live music to top it off! Bali really has some hidden gems – every side street is crammed with quaint restaurants and trendy bars, it was hard to choose!

“We then hopped on a boat to Gilli Trawangan and this is by far my most favourite place I’ve ever visited. This dreamy little island is so quirky, with horse and carts instead of cars, wooden huts for hotels, BBQ on the beach for restaurants and what better way to take in the picturesque views than chilling out on the swings along the beach front.

“We hired bikes (with little baskets – the dream!) and cycled around the island taking in the breath-taking scenery. We ticked off surfing, paddle boarding and snorkelling in search for turtles. It truly was the most amazing three days staying in our idyllic little beach hut, I was sad to leave it behind (that and the espresso martinis at happy hour!).

“But there wasn’t long to dwell as we hopped back on the boat to our next destination, Ubud. Here we experienced a different but equally stunning side of Bali. We were literally in the midst of the forest, with our very own private infinity pool to take in all its wonders. I really had stepped into heaven, and as if we weren’t blown away enough the hotel staff covered our room in rose petals! The honeymoon card finally paid off!

“To continue the adventures, we embarked on a sunrise hike up Mount Batur – it was well worth the 3am alarm as we hiked up in torchlight through the clouds and tucked into breakfast whilst watching the sun wake up! It was an unforgettable view and we even embraced some sun-rise yoga!

“It was an epic three week trip and the journey home was a gloomy concept but the ever so faithful Suzanne Li stepped up and transformed those blues to sheer excitement as the moment finally came – the wedding photos were ready!!

“The anticipation was almost unbearable as we both agreed to wait until we were home from the airport to look through them. But it was perfect – pjs on, long-awaited cup of tea in hand and Rudie by our side again, and the smiles only got better as we went from photo to photo. Every one captured the laughs and love of the day; Mark and I could not be happier with them.

“Suzanne really did an outstanding job; she managed to picture so many unique and precious moments, ones that we can cherish forever. I really thought I would be a bit sad especially with the honeymoon now over but looking at our smiles in these photos, I know, our day was just the first step to a beautiful life together.”

We cannot wait to share more of Adele & Mark’s gorgeous wedding photos with you (watch this space)! Anyone else got Bali on their mind now? x

Adele and Mark were married at The Byre At Inchyra in Perthshire in a rustic, laid-back celebration that was a true reflection of the two of them – think flowers, foliage, fairy lights, plus a BBQ and plenty of beer.

Honeymoon photos by Adele, wedding photos by Suzanne Li.

Adele & Mark honeymooned in June/July 2018. You can find the latest travel advice for Indonesia here.