Imagine saying your vows to the most important person in your life with nothing but the sun setting into the Indian Ocean as the backdrop. Let’s be honest—there are a number of venues in Asia that can offer this spectacular panorama, but none of them come close to the experience that Ayana Resort and Spa Bali can offer.
The spectacular property, which sits on a 100acre land on a cliff in Jimbaran, is Bali’s only integrated resort, and it features 15 unique wedding venues that can cater to the different needs of individual couples.
Planning an intimate affair with only your closest family and friends? Why not tie the knot at the outdoors Asmara Gazebo, which can seat up to 50 guests? Even if it’s just the two of you, you can wed with the waves crashing in the distance at the inimitable, world-famous Rock Bar. Or if you’re willing to go all out and have your entire network celebrate your big day with you, there is always Champa Garden, where you can comfortably host 3,000 guests.
Ayana Resort and Spa is also one of the only hotels in Bali that has 40 employees in its wedding team; this means that they’re able to focus their attention wholly on your wedding. When we speak to director of weddings Ira Suryatini, she emphasises the fact the team is trained to make every couple feel comfortable and ensure that their every request is met.
In fact, no request is too big for this resort—your wish is truly their command, as no other property in Bali is large enough to accommodate requests of any shapes and sizes. The venues serve as blank canvases that the couple, and their wedding planners, can transform into the fairytale wedding of their dreams.
But with 15 venues available, which one should you pick? Here are our five top choices.
1.Tresna Wedding Chapel
The recently renovated chapel secular chapel is the jewel in Ayana’s crown—the arched doorway opens to a floor-to-ceiling glass window that affords a scenic panorama of the Indian Ocean. Since it is surrounded by a pond, the water seems to be stretching out into the sea, making it a spectacular venue to say your vows.
2. Champa Gardens
The largest venue in Ayana Resort and Spa measures 20,000sqm, and is the ideal backdrop for a big fat wedding. A trail of white frangipani trees leads the guests to the Karan Grover-designed venue, which can host 3,000 standing guests.
3. Sky Wedding Venue
If you’d prefer an outdoor venue that seems to dip its toe into the ocean 35m below it, Sky should be your first choice. The aisle extends beyond the cliff, creating a magical experience. While the aisle itself can only host 80 seats, the surrounding lawn can accommodate 1,000 guests.
4. Kubu Beach Club
Ayana might be best known for its Rock Bar, but its best kept secret is the Kubu Beach Club, which is only open to hotel guests. Designed in the manner of Bali beach clubs in the 1960s, Kubu is available for that barefoot, casual chic wedding that every bohemian girl has dreamt of.
5. Ayana Villa
The piece de resistance of the Villas at Ayana Resort Bali is arguably its three-bedroom villa, which is also available as a wedding venue. The lawn of the villa can accommodate 200 to 500 guests (depending on whether it’s a sit-down dinner or standing cocktails), and it comes complete with a wooden deck that perches on the cliff, again affording a 180-degree panorama of the azure sea and beyond.