TOP 5 VALEN­TINE’S SPA DES­TI­NA­TIONS

Tran­quil, serene, el­e­gant, and ex­otic, we present our edit for your next ro­man­tic ren­dezvous.

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1. BEST SPA DESTI­NA­TION

FOUR SEA­SONS LANGKAWI

For the pure love of na­ture, UNESCO-pro­tected labyrinthine man­groves, lush trop­i­cal veg­e­ta­tion, and a pris­tine beach­front of golden sands are among the fea­tures spe­cially cu­rated for your hol­i­day plea­sure. With pic­turesque views of the emer­ald sea from your unique Malay-de­signed pavil­ion and ev­ery mod­ern con­ve­nience at your fin­ger­tips, you will be for­given for not want­ing to ever leave this haven. Please do, though, if only to visit the re­sort’s renowned Geo Spa, which brings into syn­ergy the an­cient heal­ing en­er­gies of the is­land and be­spoke nat­u­ral treat­ments for ses­sions of ut­most pam­per­ing and re­lax­ation. In­spired by the el­e­ments of earth, wa­ter, light, and air, ev­ery sig­na­ture ex­pe­ri­ence aims to de­liver bal­ance to your core. For a spa treat­ment to deepen your com­pas­sion and sin­cer­ity, book the Jan­tung ‘Heart’ Rit­ual where your ther­a­pist coaxes your heart chakra with fo­cused treat­ments to re­store equi­lib­rium to your body and en­cour­age feel­ings of warmth, sin­cer­ity, and love. Trust the highly spe­cialised ther­a­pists, sen­sual lo­cal oils, and heal­ing tech­niques for a truly un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence in this quiet par­adise. With spir­its re­newed and bod­ies re­ju­ve­nated, the scene is set for both you and your sig­nif­i­cant other to re­con­nect and deepen your love for one another. Four Sea­sons Re­sort Langkawi, Jalan Tan­jung Rhu, Langkawi. Tel: 04-950 8888. www.foursea­sons.com/langkawi

2. BEST SEA­SIDE GET­AWAY

THE DATAI LANGKAWI Nes­tled at the north­west­ern tip of Langkawi is­land, this se­cluded re­treat of­fers a hide­away fit for the glam­orous cou­ple opt­ing for a reclu­sive weekend away. Me­an­der down the paths from your villa to ar­rive at a pri­vate bay and sandy beaches. With soft white sand at your feet, ca­ressed by the gen­tle sea breeze, this lo­ca­tion is noth­ing short of per­fec­tion. For a ro­man­tic sanc­tu­ary, check in to one of the spec­tac­u­lar beach vil­las fit­ted with racked tim­ber ceil­ings for op­ti­mal air­flow and a pri­vate pool when a beach swim still does not suf­fice. Seam­lessly in­te­grated into the lush sur­rounds of the vir­gin rain­for­est, The Spa at The Datai chal­lenges the cou­ple to take a re­prieve from all-con­sum­ing tech­no­log­i­cal gad­gets and suc­cumb to the al­lure of na­ture. Here, the Ra­muan Rit­ual be­gins with a co­conut milk foot soak and scrub of an ex­otic blend of ground rice, wild gin­ger, pan­dan leaf, and kaf­fir lime. This to­tal sen­so­rial ex­pe­ri­ence is then fol­lowed by a head mas­sage, ex­fo­li­at­ing body scrub, and full body mas­sage. The rit­ual con­cludes with a hibis­cus bath and co­conut milk rinse, while you take in the strik­ing scenery. The per­fect set­ting to cul­ti­vate some qual­ity time with your loved one, you may find your­selves want­ing to re­turn to this gem of a re­treat again and again. The Datai Langkawi, Pu­lau Langkawi, Kedah. Tel: 04-959 2500. www.datai­ho­tels.com

3. BEST GET­AWAY FOR TWO

AVILLION PORT DICK­SON Now that far-flung lo­cales have be­come more and more ac­ces­si­ble, we tend to over­look the places near­est to us. Only an hour’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur, Avillion Port Dick­son is a great place for va­ca­tion­ers who want a quick weekend get­away. A large part of the re­sort is made up of spa­cious wa­ter chalets that hover above the sea in seem­ingly ran­dom ar­range­ments. The quaint and cosy style mim­ics the tra­di­tional Per­anakan and Malay fish­ing vil­lages that cer­tainly pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion. The deca­dent Hon­ey­moon In­dul­gence Pack­age is a beau­ti­ful two-night stay at this sea­side re­sort, which in­cludes a ro­man­tic can­dlelit din­ner on the bal­cony of your chalet and a cou­ple’s spa treat­ment which is Per­anakan-in­spired and uses a mix of re­lax­ing Swedish-Ba­li­nese tech­niques at the aVi Spa, housed in a mod­ern two­s­torey pavil­ion that ex­tends far out into the sea. With a colour scheme of white, cream, and duck-egg blue, the spa looks con­tem­po­rary but still cosy and warm. Af­ter treat­ment, en­joy hot gin­ger tea on the out­door bal­cony of your spa­cious cou­ple’s treat­ment room, which is par­tic­u­larly beau­ti­ful if you sched­uled your ses­sion to end when it’s close to sun­set. A won­der­ful treat whether you’re cel­e­brat­ing new love or rekin­dling an old flame. Avillion Port Dick­son, Port Dick­son, Negeri Sembilan. Tel: 06-647 5740. www.avil­lion­port­dick­son.com

4 BEST HON­EY­MOON HIDE­OUT

SPA VIL­LAGE RE­SORT TEM­BOK, BALI

Black vol­canic sand and the rolling Bali Sea sets the scene of this ex­otic haven in the north­east­ern coast of the Is­land of the Gods. Strate­gi­cally tucked away from the touristy sights of Kuta and Seminyak, Spa Vil­lage Re­sort Tem­bok, Bali is ideal for a ro­man­tic ren­dezvous for two. From the ar­chi­tec­ture of the re­sort to the be­spoke spa treat­ments, ev­ery nu­ance of this breath­tak­ing re­sort has been in­fused with rich Ba­li­nese cul­ture. Ev­ery spa treat­ment comes with the pre­lude of a feet cleanse in black sand to sig­nify a cleansing of self and neg­a­tiv­ity from the earth. For a truly pri­vate es­cape, opt for ei­ther the Baruna or Sa­mu­dra Villa. De­signed with a pri­vate en­try­way and plunge pool with un­ob­structed views of the ocean, you can cel­e­brate newly wed­ded bliss in ab­so­lute seclu­sion. Spa Vil­lage Re­sort Tem­bok, Bali, Jalan Sin­garaja-Am­la­pura, 100 Desa Tem­bok Te­jakula Bule­leng, Tian­yar, Bali, In­done­sia. Tel: 03-2719 8122. www.spavil­lagere­sort.com/tem­bok­bali

5 BEST NAT­U­RAL WELL­NESS RE­TREAT

SPA VIL­LAGE PANGKOR LAUT

Imag­ine sway­ing in a ham­mock to the lul­laby of gen­tle lap­ping waves, look­ing up to the hyp­notic rhythm of swing­ing palm trees, and breath­ing in pris­tine fresh air. This world-class re­treat can be found at a pri­vately owned is­land, just off the west coast of the Straits of Malacca. A great es­cape in all re­spects, think mag­nif­i­cent na­ture with a gor­geous beach, un­beat­able spa ex­pe­ri­ences, amaz­ing food, and even greater hos­pi­tal­ity. For a ro­man­tic treat, book the Spa Villa, which is a pri­vate bungalow on stilts over the sea. When the sun is scorch­ing, it’s the per­fect time for an in­dul­gent spa ses­sion. The Ul­ti­mate Spa Ex­pe­ri­ence for two al­lows you to prop­erly re­lax in the seclu­sion of the lux­u­ri­ous and pri­vate Belian Spa Pavil­ion. Trust the skilled ther­a­pists to knead, pamper, and soothe your body and soul. The full Pangkor Laut ex­pe­ri­ence will leave you re­freshed and re­ju­ve­nated, ready to take on the world to­gether. Pangkor Laut Re­sort, Lu­mut, Perak. Tel: 03-2783 1000. www.spavil­lage.com/pangko­r­laut

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