Couple by the pool at sunset

Our Favourite Romantic Resorts in Asia

1 February 2018

Whether you’re in the honeymoon period of a budding relationship or you’re so comfortable with your other half that you sometimes share their sweatpants (we’re not judging!), a couple’s getaway can be just the thing you need to really cement your bond… and remind you why you fell for your partner in the first place! If you’re looking to escape à deux, here are eight of the most seductive, secluded sanctuaries in which to relax, reconnect and rekindle those romantic feelings.  

 

Amanpulo sunset dining

Amanpulo, Philippines

Holidays don’t get more intimate than a private island, and the Amanpulo resort, perched on the pristine Pamalican Island, is the perfect place to indulge and 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 Technicolor sunset from your private deck, for a truly rose-tinted outlook on life.

 

Nihi Sumba Island

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 the magical Indian Ocean views from your palatial private terrace.

 

Four Seasons Sayan Bai

Four Seasons Resort Sayan at Bali, Indonesia

A lush and luxurious hideaway tucked away in the serene Ayung Valley jungle, Four Seasons Resort Sayan at Bali offers the chance for you and your love to explore a deeper connection in supreme comfort. The resort’s resident wellness mentor is a former Buddhist nun, and there is a regular programme of life-enhancing meditation, yoga and live talks to provoke thought and stimulate spirituality. With 18 spacious suites and 42 private villas to choose from, 18 acres of tropical garden and paddies to roam undisturbed, 1000 native bird species to wonder at and that trademark Four Seasons attention to detail to appreciate, this is a tranquil place for reflection, rest and relaxation.

 

Song Saa Private Island

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 Ninh Van Bay Water Villa

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Vietnam

Perched on a dramatic and secluded bay with sweeping views across the East Vietnam Sea, prepare to be swept off your feet by the spectacular Six Senses Ninh Van Bay. Each private pool villa has a whole host of seductively sumptuous finishing touches, such as plunge pools, handcrafted wooden bathtubs and in-villa mini wine cellars, all designed to make your stay as indulgent as possible. Meanwhile, the award-winning Six Senses Spa is a pampering haven of calm and relaxation that will leave you both loose-limbed, clear-headed and blissed-out as one.

 

Six Senses Laamu Maldives

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 forty 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 pods

Soneva Kiri, Thailand

Accessed via private plane, live the life of (barefoot) luxury with a stay at eco-chic hideawaySoneva Kiri. Marrying environmentally conscious operation with stunning accommodation and impeccable service, this is a dream destination for lovers looking for complete privacy. The secluded bay view, beachside or cliff-top villas 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 The Nam Hai

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.

Rachel Read & Kate Farr

Kate Farr and Rachel Read are freelance writers, editors and bloggers based in Hong Kong. In addition to writing for the likes of Flight Centre, Hong Kong Tatler, Jetstar Asia, Home Journal and Expat Living, the pair also founded their own lifestyle blogs; Kate writes about parenting and travel at Accidental Tai Tai, whilst Rachel blogs about beauty and food at Through The Looking Glass. Follow their adventures on Instagram (@accidental_tt and @rachttlg).