A Lit­tle Ro­mance

Travel ex­perts rec­om­mend th­ese eight ho­tels for a ro­man­tic sec­ond hon­ey­moon. It’s the sea­son of love!

Simply Her (Singapore) - - Life Made Easy Travel - BY TRIXIA CARUNG­CONG

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 langkawi.rsvn@ber­jaya­ho­tel.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 rsvn@thelux­e­manor.com; 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 reser­va­tions@ash­ford.ie; 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

din­ing room.

An Ex­ec­u­tive Lake­view Ho­tel Room with Spa Bath at Rees.

A Pre­mier Dou­ble Room.

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