Make the most of the excellent weather in the region right now and head to one of these to-die-for dream holiday destinations to get your fix of surf, sun and sand. Lightfoot Travel recommends five tropical holiday destinations to squeeze into your schedule right now.
1. Hoi An, Vietnam
Why: The ancient trading port of Hoi An in Da Nang is the perfect pairing of relaxation and culture. It is ideal for beach lovers, history buffs, foodie fans and explorers alike to get the best out of their tropical holiday.
Stay: Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hoi An is located on the breathtaking Vietnamese coastline. It boasts 60 super-chic beachfront villas catering for large families to romantic couples. It’s close to Hoi An, where you can spend time meandering through narrow streets on foot or bike, or you can simply soak up the surroundings of this beautiful hotel. Three swimming pools, four tennis courts, a golf course and Cooking Academy will keep you occupied, and the La Sen Restaurant, Café Nam Hai and Beach Bar are excellent places to unwind.
2. Vanua Levu, Fiji
Why: This exquisite tropical holiday destination in the heart of the South Pacific is growing increasingly popular. With its little dirt tracks and untamed scenery, Vanua Levu (Big Island) is one of the tropics’ hottest secrets – until now.
Stay: Named after the famous conservationist and oceanographic explorer, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is an exceptional eco property. It offers up both luxury and learning and an authentic Fijian experience. It is set on a former coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu. This outstanding destination hosts a complimentary program of immersive activities for travellers of all ages, including connecting kids with local children and introducing them to Fijian culture, marine life and cuisine. From glass-bottom boat excursions and rock pool exploration to paddle boarding, there’s plenty to keep everyone entertained. Although you may prefer to languish on the private deck of your lavish bure overlooking Savusavu Bay!
3. Nusa Dua, Bali
Why: Achingly beautiful Bali never fails to impress, delight, soothe and deliver incomparable memories. It is a fantastic tropical holiday spot.
Stay: The majestic Amanusa is set on a hillside overlooking the Nusa Dua area of Bali’s southern tip. It is an awe-inspiring property boasting 37 thatched roof suites so sumptuous that you will never want to leave. Away from their sunken baths, four-poster beds and outdoor living spaces are the options of swimming, watersports, cycling and temple visits. The hotel is right on the beach. For pure decadence, we suggest sipping cocktails on the canopied day beds while surrounded by the scent of bougainvillaea.
4. Koh Samui, Thailand
Why: The heady combination of direct flights, seclusion, sophistication and sea air make for a quick tropical holiday romantic re-charger that’s stress-free to get to.
Stay: Six Senses Koh Samui is all rustic charm meets Thai-infused glamour located on the northernmost tip of the island. The 66 villas are set among 20 acres of natural vegetation. They all feature sun decks, outdoor showers and bathtubs – some with private swimming pools. Spend your days learning Tai Chi, mountain biking, or head out on a market trip. When evening comes, watch the sunset at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Dining on the Hill, before snuggling down to watch a film at the open-air cinema. Bliss.
5. The Maldives
Why: A tranquil haven of calm? Tick. The perfect place to relax? Tick. Crystal-clear waters and powdery white sand? Tick.
Stay: Stylish COMO Cocoa Island in the South Male atoll catapults you straight into tropical holiday mode with its 33 rooms, shallow lagoon, simple wooden walkways and barefoot chic. The resort arranges family adventures, customised cruises to neighbouring islands, private dinners at secluded hotspots, diving, yoga and snorkelling. Or you could just pamper yourself at the award-winning spa by COMO Shambhala. A deep-tissue massage that releases tension and removes toxins? Yes, please!
This article first appeared in the August/September 2017 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.