A Decent Proposal

 A Decent Proposal

Since you can’t exactly go wrong popping the question assisted by sunset, beach and sublime cuisine Bali provides the perfect romantic playground for a marriage proposal. However, if you want to really impress, these six unique and fabulous venues will help conjure up the ultimate positive outcome. And conveniently enough, they all double up as wedding venues!

Text: Katie Truman

Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan
An elegantly decorated table a deux, surrounded by lotus ponds, seemingly suspended mid-air high amongst the treetops with the sacred Ayung River coursing through Ubud’s rain-forested gorge below. What could be more quintessentially Balinese? Post 5.30pm, this idyllic stage, aptly named the ‘Lily Pond,’ on the uppermost floor of the prestigious resort is all set for romance. Totally open to the elements (no good daytime, unless you both want to end-up a sticky heap), Four Season’s provide serene open-air dining under starry skies aglow with floor candles, cooled by riverside breezes and accompanied by a natural sound system of rainforest frogs, geckos, cicadas and cascading water. Naturally, you‘ll wish to be all alone at Lily Pond – there’s space for five other dining tables – so a small extra fee can guarantee exclusivity and privacy. Sayan, Ubud, Gianyar, www.fourseasons.com/sayan. Tel: +62 361 977 577

Ma Joly At The Sandi Phala
A Bedouin-style tent and the serenity of Tuban Beach is your toes-in-the-sand option for pretention-free romance. Spaced well apart from beachfront Ma Joly Restaurant, this dining spot pretty much gives you and your intended beach exclusivity. Be seated for sunset, after which the intimate beach tent is beautifully illuminated with flickering torch lights and candles. Billowing white cotton canopy it may look, but refinement still abounds with a starched white tablecloth, golden plates and a white rose centrepiece, plus Ma Joly’s candle-lit dinner menu – seven courses of exceptional French cuisine allowing enough time to steady the nerves. There is a personal bell to summon your waiter, plus a hidden video camera, allowing momentous moments to be recorded for posterity. It’s hardly rocket science that this is a well-oiled proposal launch-pad. Jalan Wana Segara, Tuban, www.ma-joly.com. Tel: +62 361 753 780

hu’u bar & grill
Among hu’u’s huge garden, you’ll find a solitary cushioned pod for two known as ‘Lurve Cocoon’ – quite apt for elegantly savvy yet playfully fun hu’u. Decadently peppered with plump silk cushions and semi-open with organza silk walls, ‘Lurve Cocoon’ is edged by manicured lawns and allows plenty of space for private moments. In this romantic setting lit-up like a fairy grotto, kick start the proceedings with a signature Lychee Martini. One of greater Seminyak’s finest restaurant-bar experiences (celebrating their ten-year anniversary this year), you’re in good hands with Executive Chef Philip Mimbimi’s innovative, yet simplistically fresh, global dishes. Note, as you’ll be feasting while reclining back on cushions, pre-arrange a customized menu or opt for naughty nibbles from the Small Bites Menu, served by seriously slick waiting staff. Jalan Petitenget, Seminyak, www.huubali.com. Tel: +62 361 4736 573

The Chedi Club
Set just outside the village of Ubud, up on the refreshing slopes far away from the popular Kuta/Seminyak party zone guests can relax and feel the love for the big occasion. Looking out over the rice fields of The Chedi Club, a super romantic pavilion accommodates one couple in complete solitude with elegant and refined service and divine dining pleasure. No desire or opulence is spared to create the greatest platform over the rice paddies for romance on the island of love. Executive Chef Dean Nor and staff are there to serve your every wish. Choose from four menus or tell the chef what to prepare just to make your evening even more special. Pop the question before dessert, after entrée or while enjoying a glass of champagne; it’s totally up to you. Jalan Raya Goa Gajah Goa Gajah. www.ghmhotels.com. Tel: +62 361 975685

Metis Bali
Glitzy ambience, expansive open-air formal dining and magnifique French Mediterranean haute cuisine in Petitenget has made Métis one of Bali’s hottest dining spots for celebs, gastronomes and hopeless romantics. A recent addition is The Bale, a traditional Balinese gazebo linked to the main restaurant-lounge by a pathway surrounded by lily and lotus ponds and rice fields, that is magically aglow come night time. The Bale has a ‘Romantic Dinner Package’ including a four-course dinner exclusively created by the Executive Chef, a bottle of champagne, private butler service and a suitably ornate table setting, and their service is both impeccable yet flexible, thoughtfully accommodating high-end private events down to the minutest detail: “We always try to keep the glass full for the future groom, making sure however he doesn’t get too drunk.” Quite! Jalan Petitenget #6, Petitenget, Kerobokan. www.metisbali.com. Tel: +62 361 4737 888

Alila Villas Uluwatu
You may be giddy from nerves or nervous with romance, but at Alila Villas Uluwatu resort on the Bukit’s southern most cliffs, you may end-up feeling a bit strange from vertigo. Alila’s cliff-edge Sunset Cabana, hangs 85m up over Uluwatu’s crashing surf breaks, providing one of Bali’s most staggering vistas. The open-air venue is strikingly designed with timbered floors, wooden latticework walls and understated plush cream sofas, which balances the rugged savannah landscape. Located in the main resort area, it’s justifiably popular as a wedding venue, but the nine smaller cabanas along Alila’s cliff-hanging grounds offer more intimacy. These are all complimentary for resident guests but outside guests can enjoy the same privileges, providing they order F+B options; hardly a hardship as culinary treats include contemporary Western warung-style archipelago fare or the chef’s signature menu. Jalan Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Pecatu. www.alilahotels.com. Tel: +62 361 848 2166

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