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It Wasn't A Dream: It Was Bali

Words by John Roark

“We were married in Bali.”

You’ll see it every time you say it. The eyebrow raise. The jaw drop. Nonverbal cues that unmistakably exclaim, “Wow.”

Bali is many things: epic and exotic, modest and enchanting, tranquil and vibrant. The “Island of the Gods” has become one of the world’s most prized destinations. A feast for all the senses, to go is to be embraced and transformed by beauty, tradition and charm.

Luxury. Decadence. Escape.

Like exquisitely enticing lotus blossoms, the five-star AYANA Resort & Spa and RIMBA Jimbaran Bali await your discovery. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens overlooking Jimbaran Bay and the Indian Ocean, these adjacent resorts incorporate everything you’ve dreamed of for your day, with decadent touches you’ve never imagined.

From the Sanskrit word meaning “a place of refuge for the gods,” AYANA welcomes, ready to indulge. Choose a secluded cliff-edge or oceanside villa, spacious and exquisitely appointed in the tradition of Indonesian palaces. Your private pool and 24-hour on-call butler will make you feel like royalty.

Named for the Indonesian word for “forest,” RIMBA is sleek and organic. The award-winning sustainable design incorporates rich materials that are repurposed and hand-forged. Choose upper-floor accommodations with forest and ocean views or go ground level with direct pool access.

Your Balinese Wedding

AYANA’s expert wedding planners are poised to help create your perfect day. Eight exquisite on-site wedding venues accommodate every taste; virtually any wish can be granted. Ancient pavilions and filigreed gazebos, fragrant gardens and sparkling glass chapels offer seclusion and privacy for a handful of friends or a guest list numbering in the hundreds. Each venue is designed for maximum privacy, meaning your day belongs to you.

Create a magical, romantic trifecta – wedding, reception and honeymoon – at the opulent AYANA Villa. This two-story, three-bedroom presidential villa is the stuff of legendary romances. Exchange sunset vows in the gazebo at cliff’s edge, followed by a custom indoor or poolside reception. At evening’s end, retire to the most decadent bridal suite you’ll ever encounter. At sunrise, ring your own personal, dedicated butler for breakfast.

DON’T MISS:

AYANA’s new multi-purpose event venue, SKY. Soaring 115 feet above the ocean, SKY’s cliff-top cantilevered deck provides a 180-degree view of prismatic sunsets – and wedding photos that will inspire prose.

Rock the rocks with a night-before-celebration or after-party at AYANA’s iconic open-air Rock Bar. Built into volcanic cliffs 45-feet above crashing waves, the view is nothing short of spectacular. Chase a Balinese sunset with a glittering canopy of stars. You’ll be dazzled by one of Forbes magazine’s “World's Best Bars With Views.” Guests of AYANA and RIMBA receive VIP access.

With a backdrop of fragrant breezes and swaying palm trees, Bali beckons. In this Eden-like paradise, even the gentle rain is beautiful. Discover this destination of a lifetime.

Photos (in order of appearance): RIMBA Jimbaran (1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th) & Ayana Resort & Spa (3rd).

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Spring/Summer 2015 issue. You can order a copy here.

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