Top 5 Most Romantic Hotels In Asia Pacific
While we can't travel just now, we can still dream. So, if lockdown has left you needing an extra special treat, here is where to spend that much-longed-for vacay.
From secluded luxury villas close to the city to intimate private-island hotels; spectacular ocean views to stylishly cutting-edge interiors, we’ve got you covered for the most dreamy Valentine’s Day options around the Asia-Pacific.
Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have hand-picked their 5 most idyllic getaways for couples in some of APAC’s most jaw-dropping locations.
Six Senses Yao Noi
To stay in one of Six Senses Yao Noi’s private-pool villas is to awaken your inner child. These luxury tree dwellings are perched spectacularly on a cliffside overlooking Phang Nga Bay’s fantastical limestone pinnacles; are built using local teak topped with palm-leaf roofs; and are decked out in stylish bright linens and simple mango-wood accessories. And if your imagination wasn’t fired enough, the infinity pool is likely to give you a sensation similar to that of dropping off the edge of the universe (you won’t, though).
In the heart of Rajasthan you’ll find the fort-like Samode Palace boutique hotel, a 300-year-old maharaja’s mansion with mirror-tiled halls and mural-line walls that’s almost like the set of a Disney movie, if it wasn’t so authentically regal. Marble swimming pools, antique-filled suites, old-world accents and lavish fabrics: this walled desert wonderland is the stuff of legend. Refined Rajasthani, Asian and European dishes, courtesy of chef Raheev Sharma, are served with a side of pomp and ceremony in the Dining Room.
The only thing going troppo at Halcyon House in Queensland is the beachy decor, an artful muddle of Mediterranean pool chic, breezy Cali cool and Long Island nauticalia. This former faded surf motel has communal areas as ravishing as its rooms: the pool, for example – framed in teak, fringed by palms and lined with blue-and-white candy-stripe day beds — or the art-lined restaurant, where a Noma-trained chef works his culinary magic.
Hidden away on one of Indonesia’s most unexplored islands, Nihiwatu hotel is a luxury resort offering adventure experiences in untouched nature. Almost entirely preserved from urban development, Sumba’s extraordinary landscape is the setting for truly romantic escapes: surf the world-famous breaks; explore the bush on horseback; work on community projects; or simply while away your day by your dreamy private pool. Even better: the hotel’s spa pavilions look out over the beach and the crashing waves.
Robinson Crusoe fantasies become reality at boutique hotel Soneva Fushi, whose eco-chic villas dot the powder-white beaches of a private island in the Maldives. Responsibility and sustainability are at the core of the resort’s philosophy, so cast off your shoes and your worries: with a superb spa, mesmerising house reef and ask-for-anything butler service, you won’t need either in this laid-back playground of desert-island indulgence.
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