If you’re looking for scenic vacation spots where you and your significant other could spend your honeymoon, Asia is often a popular destination.
With the influx of tourists visiting yearly and magnificent natural landscapes plus crystal clear waters to boast of, it’s not a surprise why several of the most popular resorts are found in the East.
Not sure which one to book? With tons of choices on the internet (it was hard to narrow down our choices to eleven), we’ve gathered a list of some of the most luxurious and most visited resorts by couples. Those with quality amenities, picturesque views, scrumptious food, and top-notch services that all equal a romantic getaway the two of you won’t ever forget.
1) Amanpulo (Philippines)
An island resort on Pamalican Island in Palawan, this place is known for being quite expensive as it luxurious. Its name was derived from Aman which is Sanskrit for peace and pulo means island in Tagalog. When combined, “Amanpulo” means “peace island” – referring to the tranquility one can find in Pamalican. And when we’re talking about Aman hotels, you’re surely in for a treat.
Guests will be greeted in Manila, where they board a chartered plane and land on Amanpulo’s airstrip. The resort has expansive villas and 42 casitas, while visitors have their own buggy to get around the island. Quite like your own mini paradise, enjoy white sand beaches, clear blue waters, and a coral reef 300 meters away from the shore.
2) Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa (Philippines)
This 5-star hotel in Boracay is a multi-awarded luxurious 13-hectare premier island resort. Guests arrive at the resort’s exclusive welcome lounge in Caticlan and a gracious host will escort you to Shangri-La’s private speedboat. Once you arrive, you can relax at one of their beautifully designed rooms such as their Seaview Suite where you can indulge in the magnificent view.
Aside from swimming in the famous pristine waters of Boracay, you and your partner can also have fun with various watersports such as kayaking, parasailing, and deep diving. Create an intimate mood as you eat dinner while watching the sunset, sip cocktails on the beach, and lounge at the cabanas.
3) The Sarojin (Thailand)
Thailand is a favorite destination of honeymooners with tons of hotels and resorts to choose from in different parts of the country. You’re spoilt for choice and each one always has something exquisitely beautiful to offer. The Sarojin is no exception as it consistently tops lists of best places to honeymoon in Asia. It is a is an award winning 5-star luxury boutique resort that opened in 2005.
For couples looking for the ultimate romantic holiday, you can satiate both of your palates by dining on Thai and Italian cuisine beneath a giant lantern-lit Ficus tree. There are also other intimate dining experiences such as champagne suppers for two beside a waterfall or on a private island after enjoying a cruise.
4) Song Saa (Cambodia)
If you and your significant other are nature-lovers looking for a tropical vacation, then you’d definitely love Song Saa. A private island found in the unspoilt Koh Rong Archipelago, relish in their crystal clear waters, spacious wooden villas, spa sanctuaries, and a preserved coral reef. You can get here by taking a one-hour flight by chartered plane from Siem Reap or a 30-minute trip via speedboat from the city of Sihanoukville.
The all-villa island resort was built with local materials by the locals themselves. They have 27 villas set among the palm trees while some have an astounding view of the ocean. Those built over the sea all have private decks and plunge pools. Not to mention the food is great and after a long day, both of you can pamper yourselves at their spa.
5) Alila Villas Uluwatu (Indonesia)
Aside from Thailand, Bali is also another popular getaway for newlyweds. The Alila Villas in Uluwatu was designed by award-winning Singapore architectural firm WOHA and perfectly blends with its surrounding natural environment. An all-pool villa resort, it offers a stunning view that instantly takes your breath away.
Its Balinese-inspired design gives it a more zen-like feel where you can enjoy fine dining options as well as spa facilities. Since the area was conceptualized to be open, both of you can also chill out at the clifftop pool and bar. Couples can also sign up for the ‘Journeys by Alila’, a series of exclusive, customized activities so you can immerse yourselves in their culture with this meaningful guest experience. Click here to have a virtual tour of their amenities.
6) W Retreat and Spa (Maldives)
Its name may start with a single letter, but it could also perfectly mean the wonderful experience that you’re in for. W Retreat and Spa is one of the most beautiful and famous resorts in the Maldives. It often comes highly recommended and we’re not surprised why. A luxury private resort, it boasts of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and coral reefs.
This 5-star resort has a total of 58 beautifully-designed rooms and suites – each with its own plunge pool and sundeck. Choose to wine and dine from six gourmet eateries and lounge bars located just across the island. Plus, they have an underground nightclub located 15 steps below the island surface to top it all off. I guess the W also stands for “wow”.
7) Pangkor Laut (Malaysia)
Pangkor Laut Island is situated southwest of Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia and this elegant resort offers accommodation set high amidst the hills, surrounded by lush gardens or resting on stilts above the tropical waters around the island.
Each wooden villa has a king-sized bed, balcony, and an enormous bath with a splendid view of the sea. Couples can enjoy swimming in one of their onsite pools or take a romantic stroll in the rainforest. Indulge in culinary treats and dine on the shores of Emerald Bay or experience an intimate candlelit dinner at Fisherman’s Cove. Other activities also include a Pangkor Island excursion, cruising, and the ultimate spa experience.
8) Wildflower Hall (Himalayas)
Feeling adventurous? Then why not head to The Himalayas for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon retreat. The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts’ Wildflower Hall is situated at 8,250 feet above sea level and is unique among the luxury vacation spots in Shimla. It is also set in 23 acres of fragrant pine and cedar forest.
Here, you and your partner can enjoy the scenery with nature walks, go rafting, cycling, do yoga, or relax with an exclusive spa therapy. They also offer Oberoi Experiences that include activities such as “The Sanctuary Experience” and “Breakfast at the Wild Strawberry Trail”. Couples can also unwind in their open air whirlpool that has magnificent views across the Greater Himalayas, while the temperature-controlled indoor pool is lit and adorned by overhead crystal chandeliers.
9) Banyan Tree Lijiang (China)
Lijiang, “The Venice of the Orient”, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The Banyan Tree luxury resort fuses ethnicity with history to create a unique experience. Prepare to be transported into a timeless era when you stay in one of their oriental-inspired accommodations. The perfect location to rejuvenate and enjoy a zen-like experience, this is the retreat you need before you head back to “reality”.
Spoil yourselves with spectacular views of the mountain and surrounding foothills. You and your partner can also immerse yourselves in their rich culture by visiting other historical areas nearby. Only an hour’s drive from the resort, it would be foolish not to explore and appreciate the beauty of Lijiang such as the legendary Naxi Kingdom and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, which is considered a sacred sanctuary.
10) The Oberoi Amarvilas (India)
Located in Agra, this posh sanctuary is also a part of The Oberoi Hotels & Resorts and is only 600 metres from the iconic Taj Mahal which means that each of their rooms offers a majestic view of this ancient monument.
Elements of the resort’s design and layout are inspired by its Mughal splendor. If you opt for an accommodation with a balcony, you get to enjoy a romantic, candlelit dinner for two beside the silhouette of the Taj Mahal while being served by a dedicated personal butler. For a relaxing retreat, experience their couples’ therapy in a private spa suite. They also offer an exclusive roster of specially created Oberoi Experiences that both of you can choose from.
11) Six Senses Con Dao (Vietnam)
It’s hard not to be captivated by the beauty that this resort holds. Vietnam’s Con Dao is an absolutely exquisite location which has been protected for decades as a national and marine park. The first 5-star resort in the archipelago, its contemporary design reflects the essence of a traditional fishing village.
The private and secluded location of the Six Senses serves as an ideal escape where you can enjoy each other’s company and relish in the relaxing vibe of the resort. To keep you entertained, you can try out watersports, beach activities, hiking, and nature appreciation.
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