Sanchit and Shakshi, Bali, Penang, Phuket and Singapore
From urban thrills to unparalleled luxury, scenic beauty to sensational cuisine – Bali, Penang, Phuket and Singapore served up memorable experiences for honeymooners Shanchit and Shakshi.
Like most couples, Sanchit and Shakshi were looking to unwind from the hustle of the wedding, on their honeymoon. They parceled out their romantic escapade into three moods – an intimate idyll, a luxury cruise and the thrills of the city – and chose Bali, Penang, Phuket and Singapore to fill in the gaps.
“We’re both travel freaks. We initially wanted to go to Australia but that plan was foiled by the endless queues for the visas. Shakshi wanted a mix of it all – serene beaches, adventure, shopping, casinos and a variety of cuisines. It was a tough task to design an itinerary that incorporated it all. But since it was the first thing my wife asked of me, I got to it. With some intensive research, I planned a holiday that included Bali, Singapore and the Mariner of the Seas cruise (that took us around Thailand & Malaysia). Kaching! This trip had everything.”
“I wanted our first destination to be all privacy and intimacy. The villas at Uma Sapna Villa in Semniyak had private pools and we instantly felt in love with the place. Bali has some great beaches like Semniyak and Nusa Dua where we did some water sports. Crystal Bay, Angels Billabong, Broken Beach and Kelingking Beach offer breathtaking views. Omnia Bali and Finns Beach Club are great places to hangout. We went to the Tanha Lot Temple and also to Nusa Penida Island which boasts of some of the world’s most attractive sights. The gushing ocean below the high-rise cliffs and diving with the manta rays was adventurous too.
Our second leg of the journey was the cruise. On the Mariner of the Seas, we stayed in an Ocean View Balcony Room on the top floor. The cruise took us to Malaysia and Thailand. In Malaysia, we visited Penang City where we went to the Butterfly Park, Batik Factory and checked out the famous Penang shops. In Thailand, we visited Phuket and from there went all the way to James Bond Island in Phang Nga Bay via a 2 hour high speed boat on a narrow water way with mesmerizing high cliffs on both sides. A distinctive feature of this famous bay is the number of sheer limestone cliffs that jut out of the emerald-green water. The island with its signature rocky pinnacle was a major attraction as it was featured in the 1974 Bond movie ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’. We also loved the Fisherman’s Water Village which was a different experience altogether.
After the cruise, we checked into the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore with its wonderful infinity pool and breathtaking view of the city. Singapore was totally adventurous. Universal Studios, Sentosa Island, Gardens by the Bay, Clarke Quay, they were all enthralling. CE LA VI Skybar in Marina Bay Sands is one of the best clubs we have ever visited.”
Best meal of the trip
“Jim Thompson at Dempsey Hill in Singapore offers some of the best Thai food. For the first time in our life, we had Thai Basil Sangria Vodka infused with red chillies and lemongrass. It was amazing!”
Most romantic moment
“The candle light dinner, sipping wine and listening to a live guitar in Uma Sapna was one of our most romantic moments.”
Advice for other couples
“Carry lots of sunscreen, pack light, take a good camera and basic medicines.”
Hotels We Stayed At
Villa Uma Sapna, Bali
Mariner of the Seas
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore