In case the stunning scenery isn't reason enough.
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Credit: Courtesy of Mrs Sippy

Choosing a honeymoon destination is a personal experience, but we'd be remiss if we didn't recommend Bali. If you're looking for a relaxing, beautiful backdrop for your post-nuptial retreat, it's hard to find somewhere more idyllic. This super-romantic Indonesian island has a hypnotic mystique that attracted travelers long before Eat Pray Love. Beyond its natural beauty-including verdant rice paddies and stunning mountains-we have three more reasons to visit right now.

Because new beach clubs are boosting the nightlife scene.

While Seminyak's longtime favorites, Ku De Ta and Potato Head Beach Club, are still pulling in the crowds, there's some competition. Mrs Sippy-an Aussie import-offers one of Bali's largest saltwater pools (complete with dive towers) and big-name DJ imports. And at Finns, in Canggu, the infinity pool and its swim-up bar are sandwiched between an ocean full of surfers and a two-story clubhouse topped with a traditional thatched alang alang roof. Families can be spotted there during the day, but come sunset, it's an ideal spot to sip on the chénola, a signature cocktail made with light rum, peach liqueur, passion fruit, and lemon juice.

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Credit: Tommaso Riva

Because its latest hotels are capitals of cool.

Entrepreneur George Gorrow and model Cisco Tshurtschenthaler have teamed up to create The Slow (from $135 per night), a 12-room (and growing) hotel in a surf neighborhood that's a stone's throw from Canggu's coast line. The expansive suites mix locally sourced stone floors with funky beach-themed art. Under a collection of hanging plants, the street-side restaurant serves seafood dishes like ceviche in tiger's milk. Farther down the coast in Seminyak, there's Katamama (from $610 per night), where guests enter via a cocktail lounge. No need to linger-a mixologist is sent to your room shortly after you arrive to prepare a welcome drink. Natural indigo textiles, sustainable wood furniture, and handwoven baskets give the property a tranquil air, and the daily cultural program includes activities like a Balinese blessing at the on-site temple.

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Credit: Courtesy of Grow Bali

Because its restaurants are celebrating local flavors.

For dazzlingly presented modernist cuisine made with indigenous ingredients, head to Locavore, in Ubud. The tasting-menu spot books up weeks in advance, so make sure to plan ahead. Kaum, which means "tribe," pays tribute to the 600-plus ethnic groups that live in the country. Here, floor-to-ceiling windows frame the sea, and dishes include gohu ikan (tuna marinated in coconut oil, lime juice, pomelo, and kenari nuts). And at the nearby L Hotel Seminyak, British chef Ryan Clift has opened Grow Bali, known for its just-caught seafood and produce from the Kintamani highlands.


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