If there’s one consistent wedding theme that sticks around year after year, it’s couples wanting to host a wedding that really feels like it reflects who they are. Enter: The destination wedding — a chance to share an epic adventure with family and friends. Something everyone can look back on for years to come. It’s one more way to make your wedding feel more like *you*. For Aussies, a destination wedding in Bali is accessible, a chance to have an adventure without being too far away.
A treasure trove of natural beauty that’s captured the hearts of visitors, Bali is also rich in island tradition and culture — something couples often include in their own ceremonies. If you’re keen to explore the island’s natural side, Bali’s iconic rice fields, expansive lakes, and glorious waterfalls create a stunning backdrop. Not sure when to get married? Check out our local travel and weather in Bali guide to help you select a wedding date.
Here are just a few of Bali’s most popular destination wedding venues.
Atop dramatic, ocean-facing cliffs, Anantara Uluwatu provides *pinch me; I’m dreaming* scenery for couples booking in for their wedding. The resort’s glass-panelled Dewa Dewi chapel allows 360-degree panoramas of the crystal-clear water, delivering a truly sun-kissed vibe. Afterwards, opt for one of the resort’s open-air venues for your reception, with the expansive Garden Lawn and the 360 restaurant being popular with soon-to-be newlyweds!
The resort also offers excursions to some of Bali’s most popular areas, including the majestic Ubud rice fields and even to the island’s still active volcano, Mount Batur. So whether you’re relaxing in a poolside suite or enjoying the island’s many landmarks, there’s plenty for you and your guests to do in these parts.
With a focus on wellness and revitalisation, Cross Bali Breakers is a secluded hideaway where couples can retreat into their own private world. If you’re looking for an intimate and tranquil place to marry, how about the magnificent on-site wedding chapel?
Surrounded by lush palms, you can enjoy the many wellness facilities on offer or simply relax in the comfort of your poolside suite. Whatever you choose, Cross Bali Breakers is one for couples wanting to chill before and after their wedding day.VIEW CROSS BALI BREAKERS
If you’re seeking the island’s cultural heart, you won’t regret choosing Tanadewa Resort for your destination wedding stay. The resort, tucked inside the leafy Ubud jungle, blends Balinese architecture with indulgent suites and villas — perfect for couples looking to add once-in-a-lifetime memories to their wedding trip.
Nearby, you’ll find serenity and excitement in the world-famous Tegalalang Rice Fields and Ubud’s popular Monkey Forest, with Bali’s center of crafts and dance, Ubud, just a 10-minute drive away.VIEW TANADEWA
Amber Lombok Beach Resort
While not on the main island of Bali, Amber Lombok Beach Resort, located on the neighbouring island of Lombok, deserves a spot on this list for its dreamy location along the island’s glorious south shore. Lombok’s pristine beaches and unspoiled landscapes offer an idyllic setting for sun-drenched wedding ceremonies, with the hotel offering delectable catering.
The resort also chooses to honour the island by leaving a minimal carbon footprint, all while offering glorious treats, like their help-yourself-style edible garden.
One of the more family-friendly entries on our list, the Avani Seminyak offers plenty for youngsters to do, while the adults prepare for the big day. The resort is just a stone’s throw from the glorious sands of Seminyak Beach, where you can enjoy everything from water sports to exotic day cruises to nearby islands.
Just minutes down the road, you’ll find Seminyak’s many boutiques and cafes — ideal for a pre- or post-wedding brunch and shopping trip. Though the venue is smaller than most, its quality shines through with self-contained luxury villas and warm, attentive staff ready to make your wedding stay comfortable and memorable.
The Mulia Bali
Sitting beside the secluded shores of Nusa Dua, The Mulia Bali is a favourite of island visitors for its world-class hospitality and prime beachfront location. Its expansive property is essentially a three-in-one deal, featuring exclusive villas, a luxury ocean-facing resort, and a dedicated dining and activities resort all in one place. As a wedding venue, you’ll have the choice of several locations, including a floating glass Eternity Chapel or the roomy, elegant Grand Ballroom for indoor celebrations.
Throw in poolside accommodation, striking views from every room, and a team dedicated to detail-oriented wedding day perfection — and you’ve got one heck of a destination wedding venue.