A Little Romance
Travel experts recommend these eight hotels for a romantic second honeymoon. It’s the season of love!
1 BERJAYA LANGKAWI RESORT, MALAYSIA Surrounded by a forest and located at Burau Bay, Berjaya Langkawi has wooden chalets on stilts, standing over land and water, spread over 28 hectares. It has a secluded beach where you can arrange for a candlelit dinner. During the day, go islandhopping and snorkelling, cycle to a waterfall or try batik painting. Price From RM572 ($222) a night for a Rain Forest Chalet. E-mail email@example.com; www.berjayahotel.com/langkawi/
2 THE REES HOTEL QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND With breathtaking views of the lake and mountains, The Rees Hotel Queenstown is ideal if you’re looking for a quiet refuge that’s still close to the town centre. It’s on the shores of Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand’s South Island. The hotel can organise a wide range of activities to keep you busy, from adventure experiences (think hot-air ballooning and rafting, among others) to relaxing outings (like lake cruising and fly fishing) and heritage tours (to places like the Chinese Settlement and the Central Otago Wine Trail). In the evening, sample local produce at the hotel’s award-winning fine-dining restaurant, then go stargazing with Hubby at the rooftop observatory. Price From NZ$295 ($305) a night for an Executive Lakeview Hotel Room with Spa Bath. E-mail reservations@ therees.co.nz; www.therees.co.nz 3T HE LUXE MANOR, KOWLOON, HONG KONG Escape into this surrealist-inspired boutique hotel in Kowloon. Its quirky and luxurious rooms are a perfect bolthole after all the shopping and dining around Hong Kong. At night, have a romantic dinner at the private dining room, Eden – its flower-lined walls will make you feel as if you’re in a beautiful garden. After dinner, stroll along the banks of Victoria Harbour, a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Price From HK$1,800 ($289) a night for a Premier Double room. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.theluxemanor.com
4 ASHFORD CASTLE, IRELAND Pretend, for a day or three, that you’re a princess in a mediaeval castle in the west of Ireland. Ashford – the country’s oldest castle – has carefully restored halls, soaring turrets and expansive grounds. Try your hand at a host of outdoor activities like archery, horseback riding, fishing or even falconry – the oldest established falconry school in Ireland is located here. Spend an afternoon relaxing at the spa and take a one-hour evening cruise around Lough Corrib – Ireland’s largest lake – before dining like royalty in the hotel’s elegant George V restaurant. Price From 195 euros ($330) a night for a Corrib room and breakfast for two. E-mail email@example.com; www.ashford.ie
A candlelit dinner at the beach of Berjaya Langkawi Resort. A Rain Forest Chalet Room. Langkawi's Burau Bay
Ashford is Ireland's oldest castle. The spa at Ashford Castle.
The Rees Hotel overlooks Lake Wakatipu.
Eden, the private
An Executive Lakeview Hotel Room with Spa Bath at Rees.
A Premier Double Room.