50 of the most romantic places to stay: Asia
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35. Nihi Sumba Island
Topping lists of the world’s best hotels, this cast-away resort on the island of Sumba exudes exclusivity. A must for couples is heading even further off the beaten track on the NihiOka Spa Safari to relish a day of unlimited spa treatments. Make the experience last by booking a night in Uma Izzie, NihiOka’s villa overlooking the sea.
36. Amiana Resort
This escape of 113 rooms and villas stretches along a private white-sand beach in Nha Trang. Start with a destination dining experience for two on a private beach or jetty. Try a local experience at Spa Amiana, the only place you can bathe in Nha Trang’s nutrientrich mud in luxe privacy with ocean views and your loved one.
In its new life under Four Seasons, this idyllic beach escape invites romanceseekers to linger in spectacular villas, nourish body and soul at The Heart of the Earth Spa and hone your skills at the Cooking Academy. End a day of discovery with a private candlelit barbecue on the beach.
Surround yourselves in Thai elegance at InterContinental’s enclave of 79 rooms, suites and villas, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand and its many emerald isles. Admire the seascape from the lofty heights of the Baan Thai Spa by HARNN, where you can linger over a couple’s massage.
We challenge you to leave your villa at this mythology-inspired retreat. Each of the four types of accommodation reflects the way of life of four different ancient tribes. Our pick for loved-up couples is a Bird’s Nest Pool Villa, a 185-square-metre wooden eyrie perched in the treetops. Admire the view from your stone bath and swim a few languid laps in your private pool.
41. Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle
Commune with elephants and one other at this remote safari-style retreat. Walk beside a gentle giant for a sunrise breakfast and join in the pachyderms’ morning bathing ritual. Soak up the natural beauty from a wooden hot tub, or relax into the hammered copper bathtub.
42. Como Uma Paro & Punakha
Combine spectacular scenery, cultural adventures and active exploration with two of COMO’s most scenic resorts. The One-Bedroom Villas offer a blend of seclusion and space, with a private room for spa treatments at Paro and a flowerframed terrace at Punakha. Indulgence in the COMO Shambhala spas is essential.
43. Taj Lake Palace
This marble palace resting above Lake Pichola has frequently been named one of the world’s most romantic hotels. The opulent decor, complete with lily pond centrepiece and tropical courtyards, takes you back to the days of the Raj. Drift along the lake for a couple’s treatment and soak aboard the Jiva Spa Boat.
44. Ceylon Tea Trails
The mist-shrouded hills of Sri Lanka’s tea country is the perfect setting for colonial-style seclusion. Five historic bungalows with four to six rooms each evoke the elegance of a bygone era, with heritage furnishings designed for a leisurely life of afternoon teas, strolls in the English rose gardens and croquet on the lawn.
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