There’s a luxe option in the region for every newlywed
Hanging Gardens of Bali
Book a stay in one of the resort’s 44 private villas, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest. Hide away in their inviting rooms, which marry traditional Balinese flavor with a contemporary aesthetic, or take a dip in the highly Instagrammable, two-tiered infinity pool. Romantic activities abound, too, from pampering spa treatments to gourmet picnics by the river, where lovebirds can relive their first dates.
How much: From US$485 per night.
Desa Buahan, Payangan, Bali, Indonesia, +62 361 982 800; hanginggardensofbali.com
Gaya Island Resort, Sabah
Escape with your other half to Gaya Island Resort, where the elegant hillside and ocean villas make for the perfect romantic sanctuary. Relax on the island’s pristine beach, explore its protected mangroves or get your adrenaline pumping with activities like kayaking and ziplining.
While the resort is pretty much off the beaten track, it’s easy enough to get there. Simply grab a cab to the Jesselton Point ferry terminal, before taking a 15-minute speedboat ride to the resort. Both land and water transfers can be arranged with the staff.
How much: From US$147 per night.
Malohom Bay, Pulau Gaya, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, +60 18 939 1100; gayaislandresort.com
Paradise Luxury, Halong Bay
If all that wedding prepping has left you and your other half feeling burnt out, then the peace and quiet of Halong Bay will make for a good antidote. Book a stay on Paradise Luxury, a modern cruise ship with 68 cabins and suites. Drink in the fresh ocean breeze, emerald-green waters and soothing sunset hues of the bay as you dine on the sundeck, before retreating indoors for pampering massages and mani-pedi treatments.
How much: Packages start from US$536 per couple per night.
Tuan Chau Island, Halong, Quang Ninh, Vietnam, +84 983 160 299; www.paradisevietnam.com
The Naka, Phuket
Stellar villas, a private beach and uninterrupted hillside views are surely ingredients for the ideal honeymoon. Accessible only via an isolated mountain road, this award-winning resort promises plenty of solitude and quality time for you and your other half. If top-notch facilities – like an Olympic-sized pool – are insufficient to occupy you for the length of your stay, then head out for a taste of the city’s bustling nightlife, which is just 15 minutes away by car.
How much: From US$252 per night.
1/18, 1/20 Moo 6 Kamala, Kathu, Phuket, Thailand, +66 76 337 999; thenakaphuket.com
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Boracay
This picturesque resort looks like a scene straight out of a postcard – think rustic, thatched-roof villas that overlook clear aquamarine waters fringed by immaculate white sand. Each villa boasts a private pool, a whirlpool and a pergola for al fresco dining. In the unlikely event that you tire of the plush interiors, there are plenty of aquatic activities to try, such as scuba diving, snorkeling and waterskiing.
How much: From US$338 per night.
Brgy Yapak, Boracay Island, Philippines, +63 36 288 4988; shangri-la.com/boracay/boracayresort
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore
If you’d rather soak up neon lights, then spend your honeymoon at Marina Bay Sands instead. The integrated resort houses a hotel, a mall, a museum, two theaters, seven restaurants, a skating rink and a casino, so you’ll hardly run out of entertainment options. This five-star architectural wonder is located in the heart of Singapore, so you’ll get to feast your eyes on the ultra-modern skyline from its rooftop infinity pool.
How much: From US$348 per night.
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore, +65 6688 8888; marinabaysands.com
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