Southeast Asia’s most romantic destinations, best honeymoon resorts and must-see sights for every type of traveller.
The beautiful islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong are nestled side-by-side in the gorgeous blue waters of Cambodia’s Koh Rong archipelago. Together, they are known by the locals as ‘Song Saa’ (Khmer for ‘The Sweethearts’). Song Saa Private Island is the first luxury private island resort to open in Cambodia. There is just a small collection of waterside villas to select from (keeping in line with the property’s dedication to marine conservation), meaning that you’ll spend most of your time there in seclusion, enjoying exquisite views over the water from your bed. If you do manage to get out of bed, take your pick from the many free activities included with your stays, such as sunrise yoga, snorkeling, sea kayaking and island safari.
El Nido Resorts is a group of eco-resorts on four islands in northern Palawan, Philippines. Getting to the resorts involves an hour-long flight followed by a boat ride that could take you between 25 and 50 minutes. This works in your favour of course because the crowds simply don’t make it there. This leaves you and just a lucky few to explore the stunning crystal clear waters, caves, idyllic white sandy beaches and forests that surround each resort on the islands.
The Amanjiwo is luxury resort and seductive slice of heaven that can be found in the secluded heart of central Java. The resort’s raised level affords you some of the most hypnotically beautiful scenery in all of Southeast Asia. Take in the 360-degree view that will open your eyes to volcanoes, paddy fields, villages and one of the Buddhist world’s most important sites, the exquisite Borobudur Temple, to which private sunrise and sunset tours can be arranged. To fully enjoy the view, dip into the 40-metre infinity pool with your partner and watch the sunset over the lines of trees in the distance.
It would be impossible to pick a single destination within the Langkawi Archipelago for it’s all just so stunning. Whether you’re looking for a honeymoon resort or an all-inclusive resort within Southeast Asia, Langkawi has it all, from boutique hotels and secluded beaches to busy hubs and budget beach resorts. For your first romantic getaway in Langkawi, we recommend you start with the Vivanta by Taj – Rebak Island, the only resort on a private island where you can explore the beaches and coves by boat and indulge in luxurious pampering at its spa. While you’re here, treat your special other half to a private helicopter tour of the beautiful island and truly end your vacation on a high note.
Whilst most of Bali can certainly be referred to as romantic to one degree or another, the beautiful Tanah Lot takes this to an altogether new level. We don’t suggest that you visit the temples for romance, but rather you visit the Tabanan coastline and take a walk along the beach to watch as the sunset drenches the temples in an ethereal mélange of colour. An evening spent like this with a loved one is an evening which is impossible to forget.
The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is simply perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway in Thailand. The resort itself is hidden away within a set of perfectly manicured gardens, all just footsteps away from Karon Beach in central Phuket. The five-star resort is easy to reach, making it ideal for those who wish to simply arrive and de-stress without worrying about extra travel arrangements.
The La Résidence Phou Vao resort in Lao PDR offers a quintessential jungle retreat experience, combining the very best of Asian and European styles to create a wonderful fusion resort, in both aesthetics and culinary taste. The emphasis here is placed on relaxation and an overall feeling of tranquility, all brought fully to life by the lush jungle which seems to leak into all parts of the resort as though they seek to reclaim the land.
The Bagan Archaeological Zone occupies a staggering 26-square-mile area south of Mandalay, in central Myanmar. The entire area is lined with palms and tamarind and adorned with hundreds of exquisite temples that look mysterious and unendingly romantic under a hot orange sunset. We suggest you stay nearby and take regular walks, sign up for a hot air balloon ride and horse-drawn carriages through Bagan to see and experience the ancient temples. The area is still relatively unknown and only getting on its feet as a tourist zone, so for now at least, you can expect peaceful days and long lazy evenings.
Con Dao has been protected as both a national and marine park for several decades ensuring a breathtaking destination of immense natural beauty. The Six Senses Con Dao is a luxury resort that takes full advantage of this with its luxurious contemporary design that reflects the visual aesthetic of a traditional fishing village while remaining mindful of the local environment. The resort’s passion for supporting and protecting the environment has earned it recognition as one of the world’s top eco-lodges by National Geographic Traveler. Furthermore, the resort offers an incredible complement of rooms and services from ocean view duplex villas to double basins for couples, BOSE sound systems, and private pools.
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