Whether you’re in the honeymoon period or you’re so comfortable with your other half that you sometimes share T-shirts (we’re not judging!), a couple’s holiday can be just the thing you need to really cement your bond. We asked the experts at Flight Centre to recommended six seductive, secluded sanctuaries to escape to for romantic getaways.
Holidays don’t get more intimate than a private island, and the Amanpulo resort, perched on pristine Pamalican Island, is the perfect place to unwind with the one you love. Float together in tropical turquoise seas, explore precious coral reefs and soak up the sun on the seemingly endless stretches of powder-white sand. Accommodation comes in the form of expansive villas, each with their own private pool, or cosy beachfront, hillside or even treetop casitas, all with direct beach access. Enjoy a mouth-watering meal created with ingredients grown in the resort’s own garden, then soak up a technicolour sunset from your private deck, for a truly rose-tinted outlook on life.
Nihi Sumba Island, Indonesia
Pull out the stops and treat your sweet to a stay at Nihi Sumba Island, voted the world’s best hotel by the readers of Travel & Leisure magazine two years in a row. Ideal for couples that love to adventure together, this spectacularly rugged island retreat offers hiking, waterfall jumping and horse-riding, not to mention fishing and paddle boarding. Of course, there’s plenty of time to unwind and enjoy each other’s company too – each villa and room features inviting canopy beds made with crisp white linens, handmade chocolates in the mini bar and some magical Indian Ocean views from your palatial private terrace.
Song Saa, Cambodia
If you and your special someone are as committed to conservation as you are to each other, the private island of Song Saa is just the place to spoil yourselves silly – without spoiling the planet. All 24 private pool villas are made from recycled and reclaimed timber, and feature shaded sundecks, indulgent outdoor showers and plush daybeds. But most appealing of all is Song Saa’s ethos. Created with environmental respect, ethical operation and social conscience at its core, this tiny private island also manages to deliver unforgettable experiences, unparalleled luxury and unprecedented serenity, creating once-in-a-lifetime getaways that are perfect for conscious couples.
Six Senses Laamu, Maldives
As the only resort in the Laamu Atoll, majestic seclusion is the order of the day at Six Senses Laamu. Bag yourself private beach access and stunning sea views with a beach villa, or opt for an overwater haven complete with its own sunken ocean-view glass bathtub. Dessert lovers should make a beeline for the ice-cream parlour, with over 40 flavours of the sweet stuff to try; don’t forget to leave room for divine truffles from the hotel’s chocolate studio too. Six Senses has a knack for organising once-in-a-lifetime experiences – whether it’s a private picnic on a deserted island, a glorious sunset dolphin cruise or a twilight diving session around the house reef you’re after, they’ll make it happen.
Soneva Kiri, Thailand
Accessed via private plane, the eco-chic hideaway of Soneva Kiri offers barefoot luxury at its best. Marrying environmentally conscious operation with stunning accommodation and impeccable service, this is a dream destination for lovers looking for complete privacy. The secluded villas –bay view, beachside or cliff-top – all come with private infinity pools, open-air bathrooms, spacious terraces and organic cotton bedding as standard. Enjoy a movie under the stars at the open-air Cinema Paradiso, dine on top of the world in the resort’s own private tree pod and stargaze in the on-site observatory. Alternatively, with your own private butler ready and waiting to cater to your every whim, you don’t have to venture further than your lounger.
Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Vietnam
Simmer up a storm together with a stay at Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai. Situated on a private, kilometre-long stretch of sand described by Forbes magazine as “one of the best beaches in the world”, this villa-only resort is a destination in its own right. Lavish one-bedroom villas come with their own tropical gardens, while the palatial pool villas ensure maximum privacy during your stay. With a professional-grade cooking academy on site, passionate couples who love to cook can learn more about the fiery flavours of Vietnam, working side-by-side to create delectable dishes to enjoy à deux.
Flight Centre offers itineraries to all these featured destinations, and countless other ideas for your next trip.
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This article first appeared in the City Guide 2018 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.