21 August 2014

5 magical honeymoons in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia boasts hundreds of resorts and beautiful islands, parks, jungles, forests and hills. These 5 destinations are not only unique in their location but also extraordinary in service, surroundings and design.

1. Hanging Gardens, Ubud


The world's most photographed pool

The world's most photographed pool is the perfect backdrop for those memorable honeymoon shots. And the best part? You don't have to pose by the shared hotel pool in front of everyone - although that is the famous split-level one - because each room has its own private pool. 
The temple at dusk
But the honeymoon seal is not just by the pool. The resort offers Romantic Temple Dinners on the ancient holy Dalem Segara  Temple. A private butler will serve a gourmet dinner followed by a paper lantern release. A local Balinese Priest will chant prayers to wash your soul at the sacred spring and to end the evening off, a foot reflexology massage at the riverside deck will ensure a peaceful sleep.

2. Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

Located on the Golden Triangle, the border between Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, the Four Seasons Tented Camp in Chiang Rai offers a unique way to experience nature and, in particular, the local elephant population through wild treks and activities.

Each of the 15 tents have outdoor verandas and overlook the vast jungle. Set cllose to the mighty Mekong River the resort is located in a very unique place at the confluence of some of the grandest cultures.

The resort is designed like the great tented safari lodges in Africa with perfect immersion into nature, plenty of activities and delicious cuisine. Opportunities for romantic dinners and sunrise elephant treks will be your best memories.

3. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia


Song Saa is a private resort on the paradisiac Koh Rong archipelago named "The Sweethearts" in Khmer language. Can you ask for anything else on your honeymoon? 

Koh Rong is seeing increased interest but is still one of Southeast Asia's best kept secrets. Dreamy beaches and azure waters free of the masses with villas on stilts that are the perfect Maldive style accommodation for this luxurious retreat, the first one in Cambodia. 

The resorts philosophy is perfect for a honeymoon and its origins further strengthen this feeling. The founders decided to build the resort after they came back from their honeymoon in the area so it comes as no surprise that the stunning surroundings so seamlessly blend into romantic dinners. 

4.  Sri Panwa, Phuket


Considered one of the world's best rooftop bars Sri Panwa's Baba Nest is one of the most romantic sunsets you will ever watch. Perched on a hilltop south of Phuket Sri panwa's private villas and infinity pool all have spectacular views. 

The resort is a popular destination for newly weds and has managed to maintain a balance between exclusivity and friendliness. Guests are regularly featured on their facebook page with "Thank you" photos that only reinforce the idea of the resort as a honeymoon destination. 

The resort has garnered several accolades and awards from publications the likes of Lonely Planet, CNN, Quintessentially or Tatler both for its rooftop bar as well as its Spa, two essential ingredients for the perfect honeymoon. If you did not celebrate your wedding there, the honeymoon is a good excuse.

5. Soneva Kiri Koh Kood, Thailand

Known for its treetop dinning pods the Soneva Kiri Koh Kood embodies the Group's barefoot luxury motto. Set on a remote island south of Bangkok and only accessible via a private plane it bills itself as "Thailand as it once was": Uncrowded, genuine and  tranquil. 

The resorts villas are one of the largest in the world and embrace local materials and sustainability. It's concept of barefoot luxury is just that: no shoes, no rush just total relaxation. Romantic moments can be had on the treetop or sharing an ice cream from the resort's Ice Cream parlour. 

Where did you spend your honeymoon? 
Have you been to any of these?

Note: All photos from the hotels websites

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