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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.