HONEYMOON HEAVEN

Whether it’s a clifftop haven or a breath­tak­ing beach­front villa, these lux­ury Asian re­sorts prom­ise un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ences for those who want to en­sure their first hol­i­day as a newly mar­ried cou­ple kicks off in style.

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Whether it’s a clifftop haven or a breath­tak­ing beach­front villa, these lux­ury re­sorts

prom­ise un­for­get­table ro­man­tic ex­pe­ri­ences.

THE RES­I­DENCE BIN­TAN, RIAU AR­CHI­PEL­AGO, IN­DONE­SIA

A honeymoon at this lux­u­ri­ous re­sort prom­ises to be an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. De­signed and built to be in com­plete har­mony with its lush trop­i­cal sur­round­ings, The Res­i­dence Bin­tan is a haven of seren­ity, and quite a na­ture re­treat.

Its deluxe vil­las – some with their own ve­ran­das and pri­vate decks, as well as pri­vate in­fin­ity pools nes­tled amidst fo­liage – el­e­gantly com­bine the ru­ral charm of a tra­di­tional Asian vil­lage with a sense of mod­ern aes­thet­ics.

All are blessed with ex­clu­sive ac­cess to some of the re­gion’s most pris­tine beaches, and amaz­ing ocean views.

Your op­tions: loung­ing by the beach­front in­fin­ity pool and watch­ing the star­tlingly bright days fade into cool, golden evenings, or spic­ing up your honeymoon with some first-class fun, like snorkelling and div­ing off Pu­lau Ma­pur, one of the best spots for ex­plor­ing un­der­wa­ter wildlife that’s just 30 min­utes away from Bin­tan Is­land. There’s also trekking, kayak­ing, knee­board­ing, deep sea fish­ing, tra­di­tional batik or bird­house paint­ing, tie-dye classes, and even lo­cal man­grove tours.

Food­wise, the kitchen uses or­ganic herbs and veg­eta­bles from the re­sort’s own gar­dens, as well as fresh, lo­cal pro­duce in tra­di­tional In­done­sian dishes and Pan-Asian cui­sine.

Visit: www.cenizaro.com/theres­i­dence/ bin­tan.

De­signed and built to be in com­plete har­mony with its lush trop­i­cal sur­round­ings, The Res­i­dence Bin­tan is a haven of seren­ity.

AYANA KOMODO RE­SORT, WAECICU BEACH, LABUAN BAJO, FLORES, IN­DONE­SIA

If get­ting up close with Komodo dragons, the largest lizards in the world, is on your honeymoon/des­ti­na­tion wedding list, then you need to make a reser­va­tion at this lux­u­ri­ous new re­sort.

The first and only five-star re­sort in Labuan Bajo, Flores, it has 12 suites and 189 pre­mium guest rooms, each with re­mark­able un­in­ter­rupted ocean views.

The Ocean and Rooftop ter­races are made for in­ti­mate cel­e­bra­tions un­der the stars, and come with panoramic views of the hori­zon and sun­set. Or you could pledge your love aboard the AYANA’s own wooden 54m phin­isi or tra­di­tional In­done­sian two-masted sail­ing ship with nine state­rooms.

If you’re hon­ey­moon­ing, spend the day ro­manc­ing aboard the phin­isi as it cruises in calm wa­ters, and then end a per­fect day in par­adise at the world-class Flores spa. Other star at­trac­tions in­clude Flores’ mes­meris­ing aqua­ma­rine wa­ters, rugged hill­side land­scape, and vi­brant is­land cul­ture.

Visit www.ayana.com/labuan-bajo/ ayana-komodo.

AYANA RE­SORT AND SPA , BALI, JIMBAR AN, IN­DONE­SIA

En­joy fiery sun­sets from its iconic Rock Bar and sun-kissed sea views from this gor­geous clifftop re­sort with 90ha of trop­i­cal gar­dens fronting Jim­baran Bay.

From your ar­rival at the “float­ing” Villa Lobby, you can ex­pect max­i­mum pri­vacy for lazy days with no dis­tur­bances, and 24-hour ser­vice from in­ter­na­tion­ally-cer­ti­fied but­lers, com­ple­mented by the ex­clu­sive AYANA’s Lit­tle Lux­u­ries and ex­ten­sive on-site fa­cil­i­ties.

Spend a ro­man­tic day in the sun at Kubu Beach Club with it’s pow­dery white sand, wooden huts, al­fresco bars, deck chairs and chill Kuta Beach vibe. Then for a truly unique sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence, book cou­ple treat­ments at Ther­mes Ma­rine Bali Spa that will leave you to­tally re­ju­ve­nated for a trip down to the bustling beach­front stretch of restau­rants and sou­venir shops.

Visit www.ayana.com.

Pledge your love and end a per­fect day in par­adise aboard a 54m tra­di­tional In­done­sian two-masted

sail­ing ship off Flores Is­land.

AMANWANA, MOYO IS­LAND, IN­DONE­SIA

Here’s your chance to step away from the crowds and im­merse your­selves in the un­touched beauty of a wildlife lover’s par­adise where you are likely to see macaques and rusa deer right out­side your win­dow.

Amanwana is the only lux­ury re­sort – and a tented one at that – on the pris­tine na­ture and ma­rine re­serve is­land of Moyo. For a taste of the glamp life, there are 20 eco-friendly sa­fari tents, but that’s as far as you’ll get when it comes to rough­ing it. Each swish tent has air-con­di­tion­ing, hard­wood floors, daybeds, en­suite bath­rooms, and mos­quito net­ting over king-sized beds.

From the re­sort, you can hike through hilly trop­i­cal forests, which are also home to the is­land’s pro­tected deer and wild boar, and en­joy strik­ing views of the turquoise Flores

Sea, a prime spot for beach-bask­ing, div­ing and snorkelling. In fact, some of In­done­sia’s best snorkelling spots are just 10 min­utes away.

Visit www.aman.com/re­sorts/amanwana.

BAWAH RE­SERVE, RIAU IS­LANDS, IN­DONE­SIA

This all-in­clu­sive pri­vate is­land re­sort, 300km north of Sin­ga­pore, ac­com­mo­dates a max­i­mum of 70 guests at one time, and al­lows cou­ples to im­merse them­selves in the ecosys­tem, while roam­ing the prop­erty “bare­foot”.

Lo­cated on the Anam­bas Ar­chi­pel­ago, Bawah Re­serve com­prises six pri­vate is­lands, three crys­tal-clear blue la­goons and 13 white sand beaches. To get there, you’ll be es­corted by the re­sort’s travel but­ler to Batam In­ter­na­tional Air­port, from which you’ll hop onto a sea plane.

The re­sort has 35 stand-alone suites (beach, over­wa­ter and gar­den), all adorned with can­vas and bam­boo in­te­ri­ors. And, un­less you’re fo­cused on re­lax­ing, there’s never a bor­ing mo­ment here.

At US$1,780 per night for two, you’ll en­joy un­lim­ited spa treat­ments, be­spoke all-day din­ing (in­clud­ing a pic­nic to one of Bawah Re­serve’s five other is­lands), as well as ac­cess to snorkelling, kayak­ing, trekking, be­spoke ex­cur­sions, and much more.

Visit www.bawahis­land.com.

Six is­lands, three la­goons and 13 beaches, clear turquoise wa­ters, stun­ning coral reefs... Un­less you’re fo­cused on re­lax­ing, there’s never a bor­ing mo­ment here.

THE MULIA , NUSA DUA , BALI

Lo­cated along the dra­matic Nusa Dua coast­line is a mega-re­sort set on 30ha of trop­i­cal beauty. The Mulia and Mulia Re­sort & Vil­las, Conde NastTrav­eler USA’s top beach re­sort in the world in 2014, is ac­tu­ally three dif­fer­ent re­sorts in one. To­gether, they have a to­tal of 111 beach­front and la­goon suites, mag­nif­i­cent mul­ti­tiered pools, nine restau­rants and bars, a grand ball­room, two stun­ning chapels, and a per­gola to suit var­i­ous wedding themes.

The Mulia, a more ex­clu­sive all-suite wing on the beach is where you’re likely to rub shoul­ders with celebrities. Its most re­cent guests in­clude Kate Bos­worth, Ash­ley Gra­ham, and Cara Delev­ingne.

The Mulia Spa is one of the largest and most mod­ern in Asia, and worth splash­ing out on. It of­fers the best Ba­li­nese, Asian and Western tech­niques, and 20 rooms, in­clud­ing a sig­na­ture Well­ness Suite with a Fin­nish sauna and steam room. It is also the first in the Asia-Pa­cific re­gion to have an Ice Room to com­ple­ment the spa’s hot-cold ther­apy, where cou­ples al­ter­nate be­tween steamy and icy en­vi­ron­ments, and ul­ti­mately feel in­vig­o­rated.

Visit www.themu­lia.com/mulia-bali.

THE EDGE , ULUWATU, BALI

The Edge – an ex­clu­sive villa re­sort perched 80m high on a cliff and fac­ing the im­mense, azure blue In­dian Ocean in Uluwatu – is in a class of its own.

Tai­wanese ac­tress Vi­vian Hsu booked all eight vil­las for the 80 guests at her wedding, and we can see why. Each villa has its own pri­vate pool, lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing ar­eas, and ab­so­lute pri­vacy from the out­side world. Also, there is noth­ing quite like loung­ing on a spa­cious day bed with a panoramic view of the ocean and clear skies.

Com­bined with gen­tle breezes and the sound of trick­ling wa­ter from an in­fin­ity pool, as well as three restau­rants, and a lux­u­ri­ous spa, this is surely what heaven in the trop­ics must be like.

The in­te­ri­ors of the vil­las are just as stun­ning. The spa­cious rooms have glass walls and sleek, mod­ern fur­nish­ings in neu­tral hues. All havens of lux­ury, think but­tery-soft leather so­fas, invit­ingly wide, feather-soft beds, jacuzzi bath­tubs, in­fin­ity pools and out­door bales per­fect for look­ing at the stars.

Yet an­other out­stand­ing fea­ture is the re­sort’s ex­cep­tional 24-hour but­ler ser­vice to in­dulge ev­ery re­quest promptly and ef­fi­ciently.

Visit www.mesa­ho­tel­san­dresorts.com/theedge.

Cel­e­brate your love at this ex­clu­sive and in­ti­mate re­sort sur­rounded by mil­lion-dol­lar views of the In­dian Ocean.

JW MARRIOTT PHU QUOC EMERALD BAY RE­SORT & SPA , VIETNAM

Known for its pic­ture-per­fect white beaches and fuch­sia sun­sets, Phu Quoc is a se­cluded is­land trove off the south coast of Vietnam – and the per­fect set­ting for the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Ho­tel & Spa that is all whim­si­cal beauty, in­ti­mate lux­ury and in­spired creativ­ity with colour and In­sta-wor­thy in­te­ri­ors.

The unique, larger-than-life de­sign was con­cep­tu­alised by cel­e­brated ar­chi­tect Bill Bens­ley, who was in­spired by noted French nat­u­ral­ist Jean-Bap­tiste La­marck’s fic­tional nar­ra­tive of a fan­ci­ful acad­emy of learn­ing called La­marck Univer­sity.

The wings in this win­ner of the World’s

Best New Re­sort ti­tle in the 2017 World Travel Awards Asia & Aus­trala­sia are named af­ter aca­demic de­part­ments – from bi­ol­ogy, zo­ol­ogy, and ar­chi­tec­ture to the fine arts.

Most spa­ces are filled with vin­tage para­pher­na­lia and dec­o­ra­tive fur­nish­ings sourced from across Europe, in­clud­ing the 234 rooms and suites that have a mix of Eu­ro­pean and Asian el­e­ments, like the Turquoise Room (be­low) fea­tur­ing Viet­namese lantern-shaped fix­tures and a four-poster bed.

The re­sort’s Alice in Won­der­land-in­spired Chanterelle Spa was also named the World’s Best New Re­sort Spa at World Spa Awards last year.

Visit www.marriott.com/ho­tels/travel/pqcjw-jw-marriott-phu-quoc-emerald-bay-re­sor­tand-spa

In­dulge in five-star lux­ury at this award-win­ning ocean­front re­sort that’s all in­ti­mate lux­ury and in­spired creativ­ity with colour and In­sta-wor­thy in­te­ri­ors.

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