Amansara – Siem Reap, Cambodia
If the sand and sea is just not the kind of romantic getaway you and your Valentine are looking for, the minimalist Amansara—formerly the royal retreat of King Sihanouk—may tick all the boxes. Located in the French Quarter of Siem Reap, on the threshold of Angkor Wat and the overgrown ruins of the Khmer Empire, the UNESCO World Heritage sites are just minutes away.
The retro-chic resort itself is reflective of Cambodian culture, finished in pale terrazzo and timber with sandstone reliefs referencing the ruins of the Angkor temples. 24 open-plan suites dot the property, each with a manicured garden courtyard and 12 boasting a private plunge pool. Dining at Amansara is a simple but meticulous affair, with seasonal menus prepared with organic produce sourced locally. For a unique culinary experience, request a picnic breakfast on the water, or an intimate dinner for two in one of the temples.
Tatler Tip: Amansara offers countless ways to explore the heritage of Cambodia, whether it is by bicycle, lake boat, tuk-tuk, or even helicopter. If you have time to spare, the Floating Villages on the lake of Tonle Sap is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon, sipping on cocktails aboard the lake boat as you discover Cambodia’s wild life.
Banyan Tree Samui – Koh Samui, Thailand
There’s plenty to do for couples escaping to the white powdery beaches of Banyan Tree Samui. The all-pool villa resort—each boasting a private, infinity plunge pool—nestled in a quiet and isolated bay of Lamai Beach overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, is the perfect place to get away with your loved one.
Savour a private dinner prepared just for you under starry skies and next to azure waters, and take the culinary experience home by signing up for cooking classes together under the guidance of Banyan Tree chefs. Also not to be missed is the renowned Banyan Tree Spa.
Tatler Tip: Guests in the Spa Sanctuary Pool Villas can indulge in unlimited spa treatments in the comfort of their open-air space amidst the atmospheric tropics.
Hanging Gardens of Bali – Bali, Indonesia
More than just a getaway, the Hanging Gardens of Bali is an experience to remember. Sitting in the heart of the lush rainforest near the Payangan village north of Ubud, the resort is a picture of tropical paradise with flourishing gardens of bamboo, cocoa, coffea and flame trees, as well as vibrant orchids. The otherworldly retreat is especially known for its twin-tiered cascading pool suspended over the jungle, allowing guests to float above the treetops and soak their stress away.
Couples can nurture their romance through the sensory journeys curated by the resort. For a spiritual dining experience, dine at the holy Dalem Segara Temple, where your personal chef will prepare a private dinner. You will also receive a traditional Balinese blessing by the Mangku, who will perform a purification ritual. If you prefer to stay in, a Javanese feast can be prepared in the comfort of your villa, served atop a traditional Balinese boat floating in your infinity pool.
Tatler Tip: For a unparalleled spa experience opt for the Spa Collection’s signature treatments at the River Bale, along the rushing waters of Ayung River. Couples’ treatments come in the 90-minute Just Married or 150-minute Sweet Nothing packages.
Layana Resort And Spa—Koh Lanta Yai, Thailand
Whisk your other half away on an intimate island retreat at Layana Resort And Spa. An adults-only resort, Layana only welcomes guests over the age of 18, so you won’t have to worry about noisy children—whether they’re yours or not. Nestled on the island of Koh Lanta Yai just south of Krabi, enjoy the privacy of idyllic Phra Ae Beach as you relax on comfy sun loungers.
Linger Longer Spa, an award-winning wellness sanctuary, boasts an extensive spa menu of Eastern and Western treatments—but for a romantic touch to your getaway, opt for Romancing Layana, a four-hour couples’ treatment. In the evening, opt for the Sundowner Cruise, which takes you from the beach through pristine mangrove forests where you can take in the beautiful sunset over refreshments and wine. For adventurous couples, sign yourself up for a snorkelling island excursion to the Four Islands, Koh Rok, or Kho Phi Phi.
Tatler Tip: Due to the tropical climate of Krabi, the best months to visit are from December to March, when it is dry. From November to April, transportation from Krabi Airport includes a 20-minute ride along the coast by Layana’s private speedboats.
Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa – Boracay, Philippines
If you and your other half seek the island beauty that Boracay’s white sandy shores and azure-blue waters has to offer, Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, located in an eco-reserve away from swarming tourists and party-goers, is the romantic getaway for you.
The resort boasts a range of rooms, suites and villas, some offering breathtaking views of the island property. All suites are ocean-facing with an outdoor jacuzzi, while villas feature a private pool, whirlpool and pergola for al fresco dining. The onsite marine sanctuary is a few metres into the sea from the beachfront, where couples can interact with an abundance of corals and other wildlife. Sea sports are also available, from catamaran sailing and kite surfing to water-skiing and open water diving.
Tatler Tip: With a minimum stay of two nights, Shangri-La’s Romantic Getaway package entitles you to daily buffet, a romantic dinner for two at tree-top restaurant Rima, a one-and-a-half hour Philippine Hilot Massage for two at CHI, The Spa
Six Senses Ninh Van Bay – Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam
A quiet retreat to the pristine Ninh Van Bay is the perfect opportunity to create treasured memories with your loved one against the picturesque setting of awe-inspiring rock formations, vibrant reefs, magnificent mountains and crystal clear waters. Six Senses Ninh Van Bay is an all-villa, eco-friendly resort with its own private bay. Designed in a rustic fashion, the villas—each boasting a private plunge pool—do not intrude on its environment, but rather complement its tropical surroundings.
Couples will find plenty of memorable experiences, whether it’s exciting water sports—Nha Trang Bay is a diving hotspot for its variety of corals—a hike to the top of Heo mountain or a trek through the countryside and plush green paddy fields. Dining at the resort offers a selection of restaurants and bars serving East-West fusion cuisine, with locally sourced produce and fresh seafood. For an intimate dinner, opt to dine in the Wine Cave, a hillside rock cavern that will set the mood for romance.
Tatler Tip: Six Senses Ninh Van Bay offers a Romance Package for a minimum booking of three nights, which includes daily breakfast buffet, a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, a Six Senses Spa Signature Couples Journey and a romantic couples’ massage, as well as a four-course dinner in the Wine Cellar
Sri Panwa – Phuket, Thailand
If privacy is what you’re looking for, Sri Panwa offers a refuge from the hustle and bustle in its luxurious collection of suites and villas. Stretching across 40 acres of lush greenery and with panoramic views overlooking the Andaman Ocean.
The resort’s signature pool suites and villas come with a private infinity swimming pool and Jacuzzi to soak your stress away. For a full sensory experience, book yourselves an appointment at Cool Spa Phuket, which was recently awarded the winner of Creative Spa Design by the Thai Spa Association. Set within the dense rainforest, the spa features four treatments rooms—each with a jacuzzi and waterfall—a private salon, a floating yoga deck, and various nature-inspired facilities to get you in the mood for a romantic getaway.