South East Asia is a fascinating part of the world. South of China and East of India, this evocative region is nothing short of a love potion concocted from swathes of lush rainforests, shimmering cities, colourful cuisine and blissfully spiritual sanctuaries. See our favourite ways to create unforgettable memories in South East Asia.
1. Forget your worries at a spa
Thailand is renowned for being one of the world’s best spa destinations. With age-old traditions in massage, wellness and relaxation therapies, spa lovers’ agendas shouldn’t be complete without a visit to a Thai retreat to unwind with your beloved. The world will look much rosier after a session of spoiling!
2. Watch the glittering lights of Bangkok
Perfect for a stop-over before heading onto your private Thai beach paradise, allowing time to stand still while you sip on an expertly crafted cocktail as one of the world’s busiest cities buzzes on is a true romantic treat. There are plenty of rooftop bars in Bangkok in which to soak up the evening ambience and savour the skyline, though nothing beats a boat ride from The Peninsula Bangkok down Chao Phraya River.
3. Diving in the moonlight
Vietnam has an amazing variety of underwater marine life to discover, perfect for couples who love nothing more than an ocean frolic. Bask in the romance of the moonlight with a night dive at Six Senses Con Dao, where you can watch the sunset from your boat before jumping into twilight waters to see the nocturnal creatures of the deep.
4. Hide away in a villa
If your romantic fantasy is to find a true refuge from the hustle and bustle of the world, the serenity of Vietnam will be your dream come true. Amanoi’s stunning range of pavilions and villas are beautifully immersed in their magnificent surroundings and draw on the elegant simplicity of Vietnamese architecture.
5. Blissful Salutations
The very air of Bali seems to be imbued with a sense of bliss. Embrace this unique energy with a yoga session to help you connect with the world and your loved one in Indonesia’s most soul-stirring location. You will be spoilt for choice at Four Seasons Resort Bali Jimbaran Bay with a diverse range of yoga sessions such as Night Fire Yoga (influenced by the fire element of the Manipura Chakra), AntiGravity Yoga and Restorative Hot Stone Yoga. You can also salute the sun as it rises and sets with Hatha Yoga sessions at dawn and dusk.
6. Have a romantic dinner in Ubud
Bali is a vision of beauty thanks to its breathtaking verdant-green slopes of rice paddies. Out under the Indonesian evening sky, make the most of the surrounding beauty with a candlelit dinner in an unforgettable setting. At Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, arrange an amorous surprise for your loved one with a six-course degustation meal along the banks of Ayung River or on the rice terrace.
7. Wander Angkor Wat
Built as an earthly representation of the home of the Hindu Gods, Angkor Wat in Cambodia has over three-thousand nymphs carved onto its walls, along with eight-hundred metres of intricate bas-reliefs depicting historical and Hindu tales. Stunning in scale and astonishing in its beauty, a stroll around these ancient walls is sure to bring you closer together.
8. Be blessed by a monk
Spirituality is at the centre of South East Asia’s culture. If you stay on the beautiful Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia, you can make a truly unforgettable moment by receiving a traditional blessing ceremony from local Buddhist monks at one of the enchanting locations around the resort. Whether you are on your honeymoon or celebrating a milestone anniversary, this is a unique way to celebrate your love.
9. Learn a new handicraft
Wander through South East Asia’s colourful market stalls, and stop to pick up a keepsake to remind you of your adventure when back at home. But for a souvenir as unique as you are, take a handicraft class and create your own. At Tanjong Jara Resort, weave your own ‘ketupat’ pouch from local palm leaves, and forever be reminded of your romantic time in Malaysia.
10. Rediscover nature
Head to Langkawi and be immersed in the ancient eco-system that thrives with verdant foliage. At The Datai, you will be placed on the doorstep of a 10-million-year-old rainforest, where you can join morning and evening nature walks to spot the fascinating wildlife within. The spa is set amid this natural wonderland, making for a spa experience like no other, allowing you to relax amid the sounds of the trickling creep and chirping birds, before sipping a cocktail as the sun sets over the beach.
11. Watch the sun set over the temples
Bagan, the ancient city in Burma (Myanmar),is one of the most breathtaking sights in South East Asia. Comprising over two-thousand monuments, the temple spires pierce the sky, making for a spectacular skyline display. Known for its stunning sunsets that turn the ochre-coloured stone onto dusty silhouettes, this is the perfect spot to watch the day draw to a close.
12. Take a luxury river cruise
Enjoy the romance of river travel with a cruise down the Irrawaddy River. The benefits of a luxury river cruise are many – sit back and allow the world to come to you, stopping to explore fascinating sites and culture while you only have to unpack once. With spacious rooms and luxurious viewing decks couples, a meander down the Irrawaddy River will allow you to see the sights on Yangon, Mandalay and Bagan, plus local farming villages and monasteries, in effortless style.
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