One of Thailand's most unique and stylish accommodation offerings, Koh Samui's The Library is about to add to its enticing list of reasons to stay. Opening in the next few months, the boutique hotel's special new The Editor and The Writer villas will make up The Library's Secret Chapters. Curious? We thought so.
Thailand is a haven for loved-up escapes thanks to (at least) five reasons, as revealed at the Thailand Travel Mart Plus this week. Sharing his insider knowledge with the world's media (including H4C's editors) at the event's opening, The Tourism Authority of Thailand Deputy Governor of the Marketing Communications Tanes put it down to five Ds: destinations, diverse choices, dream hideaways, delectable tastes and distinct hospitality. We can't say we disagree.
You don't have to be a fashion connoisseur to fall in love with this stylish new villa at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. Inspired by Jim Thompson, the American businessman who helped revitalise Thailand's silk industry in the '50s and '60s, the resort's new villa features the icon's fabrics throughout its design. And with a luxurious private pool and exotic gardens, this is one seriously glamorous hideaway.
Seeing Bali's sights is something we'll never tire of, here at H4C. So when we heard about this new way to see it all, we had to share it with you. Luxury Ubud resort The Chedi Club Tanah Gajah Ubud has just launched romantic hot air balloon rides over some of the region's most scenic locations. Perfect for proposals, don't you think? *Wink wink*
Hot on the travel radar right now, Japan and its glittering capital are perfect for honeymooners and romance-seekers. Spectacular dining, entertainment, scenery and shopping – Tokyo has it all. For a post-wedding getaway or loved-up escape in the city, cap everything off by booking a room at one of these incredible hotels.
One of the best parts of a romantic getaway is discovering a destination's foodie gems. Headed for Thailand's dreamy Koh Samui? Pull up a chair at one of these top spots for a sensational escape...
Love Bali? Tick. Love food? Tick. Prepare to fall in love with this new escape. Just opened by Master Chef Will Meyrick (a.k.a. The Streetfood Chef), Canggu Cooking Retreat is perfect for couples wanting to mix relaxation with a fabulous cooking course. Sounds perfect to us!
Bali’s creative energy and carefree spirit has long attracted artists, musicians, writers and designers of the world, making this magical little island home to a super-cool crowd. The tropical destination's full-time and part-time expat residents number an estimated 200,000, in addition to about 800,000 migrants from other Indonesian islands.
Many describe themselves as digital nomads; many more work in the fields of tourism, export and real estate. Others have followed their hearts and passions, carving out enviable niches for themselves. And by introducing new creativity, talent and products to the Bali scene, or facilitating services and venues, they’ve given travellers more to experience than ever. Here, five of those creating a buzz in Bali share their insider secrets and local tips so that you can enjoy the best the Island of the Gods has to offer in 2018.
Romance-seekers, book this amazing experience now. Known for their luxury small-boat cruises, Pandaw will take guests on an epic India river expedition along the Lower Ganges, commencing next year. Sailing from Kolkotta to Farraka (and vice versa), the seven-night adventure will travel through West Bengal's lush countryside and stop at plenty of incredible sights along the way.
Planning a Thailand getaway? Book yourselves a romantic dinner at this acclaimed restaurant. Known for its amazing Asian cuisine and stylish setting, Ginja Taste at JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa has received the gastronomic award in Thailand's Tatler Best Restaurants 2018.
Romance, adventure, dreamy accommodation and cultural wonders – it all comes together in India's majestic Rajasthan, making it a must-visit for couples. India-regular Natalie Bannister shares her top spots for an escape you'll never forget...
With golden sands and dazzling blue waters, Phuket and its offshore islands are blessed with unbelievably beautiful beaches. Want to discover them for yourselves? We've tracked down some fabulous options...
Bali offers a simmering pot of flavours and fun, all set amongst incredibly exotic surroundings. Headed to the Island of the Gods? We've rounded up the the hottest hangouts to experience the island’s famous food and social scene...
If you haven't already visited Singapore, now's the time to go. With plenty of cool festivals, new openings and luxury hotels to check out, the city is perfect for a thrilling escape. Curious? Here are a handful of spectacular things to do in Singapore this year…
From Sri Lankan tea plantations to the wilds of Chile’s Patagonia, these seriously spectacular destinations are waiting for you to discover...
The Maldives isn't exactly lacking when it comes to luxury private island resorts, but this new offering has set a new standard. Introducing the new Fairmont Maldives Sirru Fen Fushi from AccorHotels…
Thailand and destination weddings just go together. With tropical islands, breathtaking beaches and lush rainforest, the Asian destination is blessed with an almost endless amount of romantic settings. Thinking of saying "I do" here? We've rounded up all the information you need to know…
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Hot on the travel radar right now, Vietnam is definitely worth discovering – and soon. Allowing couples to sample the best of the nation's capital, luxury hotel Sherwood Suites is offering a special Soul of Saigon package. Featuring a range of spectacular experiences and visits to popular foodie icons, this fabulous package is perfect for new and regular visitors alike.
If you needed one more reason to visit Vietnam (other than its incredible Ha Long Bay, dazzling cities and tasty street food), we've found the perfect excuse. Ideal for those needing a little rejuvenation, Fusion Resort Cam Ranh on the nation's south-central coast is offering couples three exciting new packages. From a spa detox to a golf-filled getaway and a spa escape with unlimited Italian prosecco, these glamorous experiences are seriously tempting.
When people tell you that Japan is like nowhere else on the planet, they're not exaggerating. A place where ancient culture and space-age innovation collides, this unique destination has so many cool things to see. Here are a few to get you started...
The Office of the President of the Philippines has announced that Boracay island will be closed to tourists for a maximum of six months to facilitate the island's planned rehabilitation. Effective April 26, the closure will also see the five-star Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa shut its doors.
A quick escape to Singapore is even more tempting, with Scoot increasing direct flights between the Gold Coast and the dazzling city.
Want to be part of something amazing this year? From spiritual festivals to wine battles (yes, you read that right), these exciting events are sure to make 2018 a year to remember...
We're super-impressed by this hot travel deal from Webjet Exclusives. Taking in some really incredible destinations, their latest nine-day Vietnam tour package includes return airfares (with checked baggage), all internal airfares, daily breakfast, private transportation and accommodation… for just $999 per person twin share. Got your attention? Thought it might.
The Maldives is known for its overwater bars, but this has well and truly blown the rest, well, out of the water.
Possibly one of the world's most exclusive wateringholes, Anantara Kihavah's SKY features an overwater observatory (the first of its kind in the Maldives) and requires a private charter flight to get there. Yes, this is one seriously cool place to toast the sunset.
Sure, you could spend your next day chilling out. You could take a dip in the hotel's pool. Or you could become a skilled Japanese warrior for the day – you know, just for something different.
Destination tips are vital when travelling somewhere new and InterContinental Bali Resort’s unique brand concept ‘In the Know,’ helps travellers get the most out of their stay. The resort is proud to offer insider Bali destination tips, as well as guided day-trips incorporating therapeutic soaks in the hot springs of your choice.
Blessed with sun-kissed stretches of sand, bright blue waters and breathtaking sunsets, the beach locale of Sanur is every bit the Bali idyll. For a sensational Sanur honeymoon, add these cool experiences to your must-do list...
Here's a travel offer to get your holiday off to the right start. For a limited time only, Rail Plus is offering 50% off companion fares aboard the luxurious Belmond Eastern & Oriental for selected dates in March and April, and September and December 2018. Travelling through the dazzling cities of Singapore and Bangkok, the glamorous train will also pass charming villages, ancient temples and scenic rivers.
If you're a Queensland foodie that hasn't yet made the trip to Byron to visit Three Blue Ducks, life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for you. Crossing state borders, the famed Byron Bay eatery will open in the soon-to-be-launched W Brisbane this April.
It's no secret that Thailand is a cherished honeymoon hotspot. Thinking of visiting this fantastic destination but not sure exactly where to go? Take a peek at our guide to Thailand's top honeymoon spots...
The ultra-luxe Banyan Tree Lăng Cô is an all-pool villa resort set on the remote central coast of Vietnam, in the foothills of the Truong Son mountains and on the longest private beach in Lăng Cô. Designed like a Vietnamese village, a collection of enormous beach, lagoon and hillside villas are dotted along the beach or overlooking lush green grounds and a lagoon. All feature clay-tiled roofs and gorgeous open courtyards, inspired by the traditional homes in the nearby imperial city of Huế, and an expansive outdoor living area that includes your very own pool.
Even if you’ve never been aware of its name or location, you’re sure to have seen photos of Ha Long Bay. It’s a spectacular seascape of endless towering limestone pillars which rise from the emerald waters of the Gulf of Tonkin in northeast Vietnam. Sculpted by nature, the jungle-topped green monoliths have been worn down by 500 million years of wind and rain, creating mysterious caves, arches, hidden coves and grottoes.
Chilling out at a stylish beach club with something refreshing and delicious is a bit of a must-do in Bali. Offering couples a new place to do just that, the ARTOTEL Beach Club has just opened in the coastal paradise of Sanur.
Thailand's impressive list of dreamy resorts has expanded, following the opening of the new SALA Samui Chaweng Beach. Home to sumptuous suites and villas, plus a contemporary beachfront restaurant and bar, the stylish hideaway invites guests to unwind and enjoy the best of Koh Samui's beach lifestyle.
New to Bali? Want to check out its iconic foodie hotspots? These classic but eternally on-trend Bali institutions make for a deliciously decadent wine-and-dine experience.
On a three kilometre-long sandy beach in central Vietnam, overlooking a secluded bay and hugged by a jungle-covered mountain range, lies Angsana Lăng Cô.
The resort is home to 229 stylish suites and rooms (almost half of which have their own private plunge pool) and shares its sprawling 280ha space and incredible facilities – such as a private beach, award-winning spa, acclaimed restaurants, water sports centre, Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course and epic 300m freshwater swimming pool – with its nearby sister property, the renowned Banyan Tree Lăng Cô. Together, they create Vietnam’s first integrated resort, the Laguna Lăng Cô. The resort’s proximity to three exceptional UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the cherry on top of this cake.
Phuket has come a long way in a very short time. Historically an important regional trading post attracting merchants from Arabia, India and China, it became a centre of the global tin and rubber industries, before being discovered by travellers in the 1970s.
Today, now firmly on the global tourism map, it combines pristine stretches of sand with amazing culinary experiences and exciting attractions. Here’s how to make the most of Phuket in 48 hours.
With more than 1,000 jewel-like islands scattered across the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, it’s no wonder the Maldives routinely crops up on bucket lists. Many of the islands remain uninhabited, but those occupied often boast single-island luxury resorts where you can explore and enjoy your own private paradise.
TripAdvisor has released its Travellers' Choice Awards for Destinations on the Rise in 2018 and it seems that we're dreaming of escaping to some uniquely special places.
If your dream Bali getaway involves visiting beautiful beaches, feasting on fresh seafood by the water and marvelling at majestic temples, Jimbaran (35 minutes south of Ngurah Rai International Airport) is an absolute must-visit.
As the sun drops from view, a glimmer of golden light finds its way through the dense canopy of tropical forest, lighting the way for the deckhands returning to our houseboat, which is moored on the bank for the night. Ablutions completed, it’s time for the cook to prepare the evening meal of succulent prawns, blackened fish, rice and vegetables, all cooked in Kerala’s famous zesty spices.
It’s a beautiful world and your mission is to explore it all. Add these incredible sights to your 2018 travel diary...
The Thai island of Samui sets out its stall early – in fact, the moment you step off the plane. Unlike almost every major tourist airport in the world, where you either walk straight into an arctic-cooled airbridge, or get herded unceremoniously onto buses, in Koh Samui (‘koh’ means island), passengers are embraced by the warm tropical air, and invited to board the nearest trolley bus – quaint electric vehicles adorned with colourful flowers. The laid-back island feel continues at the open-air terminal building, which is more a series of connected wooden roofs. You casually saunter through baggage claim and immigration, and before you know it, you’re in a taxi and on your way to your hotel. Welcome to ‘fantasy island’.
Whatever style of honeymoon or romantic getaway you're after, you'll find it in Bali. If you're looking for an escape away from the crowds, filled with nothing but chilling out and going for relaxing walks on the beach, the island's Nusa Dua region is the place for you. If you're looking for exciting watersports, foodie adventures or a little retail therapy, there's plenty of that in Nusa Dua too. However you choose to spend your time in this picturesque destination, top it all off with a stay at one of these luxe resorts…
Need some travel goals? Check out these once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Chad Clark Travel Ventures specialises in high-end, bucket-list holidays and its inaugural Chad Clark Certified 25 list showcases the 25 most incredible experiences across the globe. Here are five we’re longing to try...
If you're looking to impress someone special this New Year's Eve, make your way to the luxurious InterContinental Bali Resort. Known for its glamorous accommodation and fantastic location, the resort is offering a candlelit dinner experience that neither of you will soon forget.
There’s a tempting bucket list of activities and adventures for nature lovers and thrill-seekers visiting Bali. Here, The Bali Bible rates some of the best experiences that combine the island’s incredible landscape with temples, tours and underwater adventures...
An extended holiday in Bali sounds amazing, but we get that now must be a challenging time for those awaiting flights thanks to the recent eruption of Mt Agung. Making the situation a little less stressful, experts in Bali travel, The Bali Bible, have found some fantastic accommodation deals for travellers waiting to return home.
The cultural delights of Bali are many, but for some truly unique experiences, it pays to get off the beaten track. We turned to the co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their expert suggestions. Take the time to immerse yourself in the sacred sights or join a guided tour for a tailor-made travel experience...
Ask basically anyone visiting Bali what destinations are on their itinerary and Seminyak is pretty much guaranteed to be featured. With a laid-back atmosphere, an exciting dining scene, golden-sand beaches and world-class accommodation, it's no wonder this coastal gem has become a popular option for Bali first-timers, regulars and honeymooners alike. Here are six reasons to spend a post-wedding getaway here…
Couples seeking a relaxed escape in Thailand at a luxe beachside resort should add Hua Hin to their itinerary, following the opening of the new AVANI Hua Hin Resort & Villas.
There are few islands in the world that do luxury like Bali. From swanky hotels and resorts to private villas and world-class settings, it’s truly the Island of the Gods. To uncover Bali's most OTT luxury experiences, we asked long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their favourite spots. Prepare for serious luxury overload...
If you're headed to Bali's Seminyak and are looking for an OTT dining experience to top off your trip, book yourselves a table at this new industrial-chic restaurant and bar. With a focus on wood-fire, curing, smoking and grilling, Salazón promises multi-sensory dining experiences that serious foodies will love.
Known for its unique expeditions and boutique experiences, Pandaw will take couples on an unforgettable journey to southeast Asia aboard its new Sabei vessel next year. Currently under construction, the 45-metre-long vessel will be a home-away-from-home for guests on a four-country journey through Laos, Thailand, Burma and China in November 2018.
From French gastronomy and modern Australian fare to Asian fusion and local delicacies, Bali offers a simmering pot of flavours – the perfect recipe for romantic dining. To help find the best foodie gems on the island, we asked long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, for their recommendations. Reserve yourselves a table for two at these fantastic spots...
Obvious statement of the day: Thailand is destination-wedding heaven. With straight-from-a-postcard scenery, fantastic accommodation and plenty of relaxed spots for welcome drinks, it's no wonder Australian couples are escaping to Thailand for their special day. Love the destination but not sure exactly where to say "I do"? Here are five of the best spots for weddings that Thailand has to offer…
With its unique mix of natural charm and modern sophistication, Bali is the ultimate people-pleaser. Whatever your travel style, you’ll find your paradise here. To help make the most of your time on the island, we recruited long-time Bali experts and co-founders of cool website The Bali Bible, Simon and Lani te Hennepe, to share their insider tips. New to the island? Here are the spots these experts say you have to tick off...
We get it – Bangkok has a bit of a reputation for being a stop-over destination or a first port of call before travelling to Thailand's beaches or jungles. In this exciting city, though, there's plenty to see and do on a thrilling getaway. Need a few ideas? Here are five fabulous experiences to inspire a trip to the nation's buzzing capital.
It's no secret that Bali is a honeymoon heaven, but choosing exactly which gorgeous spot to visit on the island can be a bit of a challenge. For romance, sumptuous accommodation and a chilled atmosphere, Ubud is hard to beat. Here are seven reasons to consider this gem of a destination for your honeymoon...
Whether you pronounce it as "pho" or "pha", one thing's certain: Vietnamese food has to be some of the freshest and most delicious on earth. Once an icon in the world of Vietnamese cuisine, Cafe L'Imperial (renamed Vietnam House) is reopening thanks to one of the world's most glamorous hotels, The Reverie Saigon.
A cool drink at sunset, chilled tunes and a comfy lounge overlooking Bali's beaches – we're not sure if life can get any better. At Seminyak's new GROW UP rooftop bar, though, this is exactly what you'll find.
One of the world's most fascinating destinations is about to become a lot more accessible, with the opening of the first and only five star resort on Waecicu Beach, just off the coast of Komodo.
There's a new place to experience exclusive luxury in Cambodia, following the opening of The Bale Phnom Penh.
A hard-to-beat destination for romantic escapes, Koh Samui’s breathtaking tropical charms and pristine natural beauty sets the backdrop for Thailand's newest luxury resort.
There’s no shortage of glam beach clubs in Bali, but a new one opening its doors tomorrow has got us super-excited. Taking its name from its clifftop position in Uluwatu on the south-western tip of the Bukit Peninsula, Ulu Cliffhouse will open its doors to show off a 25-metre infinity pool, open-air restaurant and cliffside rock bar hanging over the waves below.
The cultural, spiritual and commercial centre of Thailand, Bangkok – or Krungthep, as the locals call it – is a magnet for pleasure- seeking travellers who use it as a stopover en route to another country, or as the staging post for further travel within Thailand. Famous for its sky-high bars and incredible restaurants, luxury hotels and swish shopping malls, Bangkok is an exciting, sure-fire crowd-pleaser.
It didn’t take long for the magic of celebrity-fave wellness retreat, Kamalaya, to weave its charm. One night, in fact. I realised that for the first time in what felt like forever, there was no chatter – not around me, nor in my head. That elusive peace, which had been so hard to find in my busy everyday life at home, did still exist.
We asked a number of Bali residents – and some regular visitors to the island – to tell us about the sights that should take pride of place on any holidaymaker’s Instagram feed. The result? Fourteen very different answers that are a photogenic mix of the well-known and the obscure, the super-glam and the naturally beautiful. Some of them are off the beaten track and somewhat challenging to reach, but all are totally worth the effort – and not just for envy-inducing Insta pics!
Our tropical paradise checklist may have been a big ask: peace and quiet, abundant reef life (turtles top of the list), great seafood, barefoot dining on the beach, and a private über-luxe villa with its own pool and direct reef access. But then, we were celebrating our 18th anniversary (of the day we met), so we wanted to do it right. Milaidhoo, a new, small (50-villa) luxury resort in the stunning UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll in the Maldives, looked perfect.
Australians have an unwavering love affair with Bali. But there’s so much more to Indonesia beyond the Island of the Gods.
An intoxicating mix of colour, chaos and culture make this northern Indian state a must-visit. From its capital of Jaipur to the rural village of Chanoud, these are the destinations you need to include on your itinerary.
For the second time in 46 years, one of Singapore's most glamorous hotels, the Shangri-La Singapore, has received a new look.
Question: What do you get if you mix a luxury Thailand resort, a marine conservation group and 100 volunteer divers and snorkellers? Answer: One impressive conservation project.
We're no strangers to Bali beach clubs, but this new offering is sure to raise the standard. Launching this August, Ulu Cliffhouse will feature breathtaking panoramic views over Uluwatu, plus a 25-metre infinity pool, onsite spa, boutique store, terraced restaurant and cliffside bar, all perched 35 metres above sea level.
With a rich history that spans centuries, Macau is home to an intoxicating mix of Portuguese colonial heritage and Chinese culture. The food here echoes influences from India, Africa and Southeast Asia, incorporating spices that made their journey on the Portuguese trade routes across the world.
Since 1999, when the Portuguese handed Macao back to China, the country has grown into an exciting, world-class entertainment and dining hub, juxtaposed against centuries-old colonial architecture and local eateries that have been serving the same food for more than half a century. Take a tour of these don’t-miss dining spots.
Luxury Vietnam beach resort Centara Sandy Beach Resort Danang has reopened after major renovations and upgrades. Designed to offer secluded privacy on a private beach, the resort boasts an array of incredible features, such as proximity to two championship gold courses and the Hoi An World Heritage site.
To celebrate their 30th birthday, our friends at The Tongsai Bay are celebrating for an entire year and everyone is invited to the party.
Malaysia is a destination of endless possibilities, rich in hospitality, culture, food, history and natural heritage. It’s the perfect idyll for couples and honeymooners, from its picture-perfect beaches and sumptuous cuisine to amazing adventure and outdoor activities, not to mention some of the friendliest locals in Southeast Asia. Throw in a favourable exchange rate which makes it one of the best value-for-money destinations in Southeast Asia, and no one does affordable luxury better – leaving lots of spare change for celebratory Champagne. The perfect place for Cupid to take aim, here are our top romantic resorts in Malaysia.
Japan Airlines (JAL) is set to launch new direct flights from Melbourne to Narita, starting 2 September 2017.
A Melbourne couple has opened a new Bali resort, offering couples secluded stays in one of the destination's most romantic regions. Situated amongst the towering teak trees and rolling hills of Bali's south-western Bukit Peninsula, Melali is a luxurious property with tropical gardens, a private villa and two sunset suites.
It has to be said, the location of Fusion Resort Nha Trang (on a white, sandy stretch of beach on Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam) is nothing short of perfect.
If you've always wanted to visit China, now is the time to go. The country is celebrating the China - Australia Tourism Year 2017 and specialists in Chinese touring, Helen Wong, is inviting you to the party.
Guests staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort in the recently renovated Singaraja Rooms, the Classic Duplex Suites and the Newly Renovated Duplex Suites can enjoy access to the newest lounge offering in Bali.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has unveiled it’s newly-renovated Tower Wing, revealing a refreshed lobby, brand new rooms and suites, three novel restaurant concepts, and a revitalised club lounge.
Ask anyone what's the top spot for a destination wedding and chances are they'll say Thailand. And with a vast selection of beachside venues, a moderate climate all year round and equally warm hospitality, it's no wonder why. Best of all, Thailand offers something for every budget.
To take the stress out of the planning, we've put together a quick checklist to ensure you're on your way to having your dream Thailand wedding.
First-time visitors to Sabah (on the northern edge of the mystical island of Borneo) will be charmed by its capital city, seduced by its golden beaches and captivated by its wildlife.
As if travellers needed another reason to visit Bali, Sydney’s Double Bay iconic bar and restaurant Mrs Sippy has launched a stylish pool club in Seminyak.
Like many travellers, I first fell for Thailand on a gap year. Backpacking between Phuket, Koh Samui and Koh Phi-Phi, I was bewitched by the postcard-perfect beaches (we still sent postcards back then), delicious, fiery cuisine and friendly, laid-back vibes. Nostalgic memories have inspired my wife and me to return to the ‘Land of Smiles’ for another island-hopping adventure.
Japan might be famous for its too-pretty-for-words Cherry Blossom Festival, but it's about to become the place to go thanks to a floral festival of a different kind.
Up the accommodation ante on your next trip to The Lion City and stay at the legendary Raffles Singapore.
Synonymous with Singapore, and of course, the Singapore Sling, there is no other place in this beautiful city that generates such adoration and admiration by locals and visitors alike. And, for a good reason, as we can attest to following our short weekend break away.
If ever a city felt as though it’s on the brink of massive transformation, it has to be Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Cranes dot the skyline and the construction of luxury apartments and shopping malls consumes
Alongside all this change sits the old-world charm for which Saigon, as it’s still called by many, is famous. It makes for an intoxicating blend and a great city break. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours.
Here at H4C, we like to think that we know our beaches. A well-travelled bunch, we've trotted the globe and found a few destinations that we'll happily rave about to anyone who will listen. Like, anyone.
For glittering waters, powdery sands and all the other beach clichés you can think of, take our advice and discover these coastal gems for yourselves.
When you picture a glamorous resort does your mind instantly conjure up images of sumptuous suites, plush furnishings, lounging on the beach and swimming in a larger-than-life pool? We don't blame you.
Hotel Komune Bali has opened 22 luxurious ocean view pool suites with panoramic views across Lombok strait to Nusa Lembongan, each offering a glorious sun deck and a refreshing private pool.
Japan is one of the hottest destinations for rail travellers from Australia and New Zealand, according to RailPlus.
Emirates are offering a new route to Cambodia with the launch of its latest service to the capital, Phnom Penh.
Whether you're seeking spiritual nirvana or just somewhere amazing to visit on your next romantic getaway, we've found seven Asian temples you need to see.
Hidden in tropical jungles and clinging to rocky cliffs, these sites will leave you seriously speechless.
Aiming to promote Thailand as a world-class wedding destination, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a number of exciting campaigns for 2017.
Make all your wedding day dreams come true at InterContinental Bali Resort with dedicated wedding planners on hand ready to do whatever it takes to make sure your wedding day is just how you imagined.
Thailand is a hotspot for honeymooners and couples looking to enjoy the best of life’s simple pleasures. Famous for its beautiful islands, uber-luxe resorts, and delicious food, there's more to Thailand than the tourism hotspots of Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai.
The Kingdom is huge, and with 77 provinces to explore, there’s plenty of untouched paradises and authentic experiences waiting for you to discover them. To whet your appetite, we look at five locations and experiences that are a little less touristy than some of Thailand’s more famous areas.
The first internationally branded five-star hotel in Ha Long Bay, Wyndham Legend Halong Bay sits on the coastline of Vietnam's Bai Chay with stunning views of the World Heritage-listed Ha Long Bay and Bai Chay Bridge.
The Wyndham Legend Halong Bay offers convenient access to Ha Long downtown and surrounding attractions, including the Quang Ninh Museum and Library, Halong Markets and Visit floating villages. A highlight of staying here, though, is the view from the colourful cable car leading to the one of the highest sun wheels in the world, and the ever-changing colours of the Bai Chay Bridge.
In case you haven't noticed, we're a little fond of luxury resorts here at H4C. One that stands out for all the right reasons, The St. Regis Bali Resort is an icon among icons, offering visitors the very best in… well, everything.
The St. Regis Bali Resort proves it is the pick of the bunch, winning in two categories in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for Hotels.
Much-loved Bali resort Gangsa Private Villa will be known as Kayumanis Sanur Private Villa & Spa as of 1 April, 2017, further expanding the Kayumanis Group.
Malaysia plans to attract 31.8 million visitors this year with the recent launch of tourism campaigns including 2017 Visit Pahang, Visit Perak and Visit Beautiful Terengganu.
After a successful second year of seasonal operations to Bali, Qantas revealed that its popular Sydney – Denpasar service will move to a year-round schedule starting March 2017.
Thinking about escaping the busyness of everyday and visiting somewhere new and exotic with the one you love? Whatever the occasion, celebrate it with a drink or two at Asia's top 10 rooftop bars, boasting unbelievable views, amazing drinks and good vibes. Cheers to that!
With so many accommodation offerings in Singapore, it is hard to know where to choose. From central city offerings to waterfront properties at Marina Bay, there is something for every style and budget.
Couples are invited to celebrate their love for that special person with a two-night Karma Romance package from Karma Resorts.
A favourite with couples from around the world thanks to its stunning Bali properties, the Kayumanis Group has claimed two awards at the World Boutique Hotel Awards 2016, held at a gala dinner at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London on 9 November.
From on-trend eateries to to-die-for day spas and spectacular scenery, we've found Bali’s newest attractions.
Thailand's Wellness Sanctuary and Holistic Spa resort, Kamalaya, is adding to a successful 2016 with two new awards.
From the well-known temples and ruins of Angkor to charming villages, secluded beaches, magical markets and enriching cities, it is hard not to fall in love with Cambodia.
Wyndham has opened its 100thhotel in South East Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Tamansari Jivva Resort Bal.
From the twenty-four king palms that lead up to the dazzling white entrance, to the marvellous mélange of classic and contemporary decor in its interiors, The Imperial hotel stands as a monument to architect, Edwin Lutyens’ grand vision of India’s new capital city, New Delhi.
Cambodia’s city of Siem Reap is a hotspot for couples wanting to explore the Angkor area, and the Le Meridien Angkor is the perfect hotel to base yourself for this.
The Royal Thai Government has announced the first 30 days of the mourning period for His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej have passed, so festive and entertainment activities will resume in Thailand on 14 November.
Travellers to Thailand can still enjoy the best the country has to offer, with many attractions and events open for business.
Holidays for Couples has a long relationship with Thailand, and many wonderful Thai friends and colleagues, and the entire team would like to convey their condolences to the people of Thailand, who are mourning the passing of their much-loved and respected King.
This November, couples looking for a unique reason to visit Cambodia can enjoy the Cambodian Water Festival or Bon Om Touk.
Why not win your way to Thailand on an “Amazing Dream Journey” which is inviting entries to win a free trip in Thailand based on their selected theme.
Qantas will launch a daily direct flight between Melbourne and Tokyo (Narita Airport) starting 16 December 2016 in response to a growing demand for Japan.
Hoi An on Vietnam’s central coast line lights up in colour once a month when locals and curious travellers join together to celebrate the lantern festival.
All-inclusive luxury in one of the most jaw-droppingly scenic areas of China.
Times are a changing in Ho Chi Minh City. Last year, the city welcomed the most luxurious hotel ever built in any Vietnamese city, while a metro system is due to open in 2017, in a bid to ease congestion from the ubiquitous motorbikes locals rely on to get around. There is a pulsating energy about the city, no doubt fuelled by the young population and rising middle-class. Hip cafes, rooftop bars, and designer stores all sit comfortably alongside street stalls, Vietnamese coffeehouses and markets that are part of any quintessential Vietnamese holiday.
Bisma Eight in Ubud is honoured to have won the top ranking as Bali’s Leading Resort in Ubud in the recent Bali Tourism Awards 2016-2017.
India’s expanding offering of extravagant properties, from palatial city hotels to magnificent mountain retreats, is quickly making it one of the world’s most popular luxury holiday destinations.
When the temperature drops and it gets harder to get up in the morning it's easy for the mind to drift to visions of sandy beaches, warm turquoise waters and exotic rainforests. If this sounds familiar, consider booking a honeymoon or winter getaway trip to Malaysia, with its summery weather and breathtaking island scenery.
Special interest sailing trips around Bali has not only begun to trend, but will continue to rise steadily in popularity as more and more travellers venture beyond Bali in search of untouched islands and authentic Indonesian experiences.
Deserted beaches, gin-clear waters teeming with sea-life, a welcoming population – they're all part of the beauty of visiting the Philippines. To help you plan your ultimate Philippine island or beach holiday, we've asked Jonas Lopez, a Filipino local, to introduce you to some of his country's best island and beach destinations for a romantic getaway, holiday or honeymoon.
An oasis of tropical Vietnamese luxury, Anantara Mui Ne Resort is inviting guests to indulge in a truly unique dining experience on the shores of its sandy beaches with its ‘Dining By Design’ concept.
China is an incredibly fascinating destination, full of rich culture and history with some truly awe-inspiring sights.
To help celebrate Anantara’s 15th anniversary this year, 15 lucky competition winners will experience their Anantara Dream Journey, simply by sharing their travel dreams.
It doesn’t have the rolling blue waves of Samui or the sophisticated Beach Clubs of Phuket. It’s not known as a hedonistic spa destination or the place to go for an adventurous elephant trek, although you can do both here. What Hua Hin does have is over 20, gorgeous five-star resort hotels lining the beachfront from Hua Hin to Cha-Am and a charming vibe that’s both traditional and trendy at the same time.
LUX* Resorts & Hotels unveils exciting developments for LUX* South Ari Atoll, and the thrilling experience that awaits guests, upon its re-opening on the 1st September 2016.
It seems everyone is going on a ski holiday in Japan these days, but if you're looking to get the same thrills without the crowds Club Med has something for you. The pioneers of all-inclusive holiday resorts, Club Med has announced its brand new ski resort at picturesque Beidahu in north-east China.
Ho Chi Minh City’s hottest hotel, The Reverie Saigon is offering a new “three-way” package for bookings starting June 1, 2016. Forget about Eat, Pray, Love - when you are a guest of The Reverie, Saigon you can stay, spa, shop in one of Vietnam’s most luxurious hotels.
It takes a special resort to thrive in the competitive Bali hospitality scene, and one resort that has left a lasting impression on many of its guests is Amadea Resort & Villas. Situated in trendy Seminyak, Amadea celebrates its fifth anniversary this month (June 2016). To celebrate, they are promising visitors new amazing experiences for 2016 with the announcement of a new sister property, Menjangan Dynasty Resort Beach Camp & Dive Centre, set to open in August later this year.
Offering couples a touch of luxury on Thailand’s heavenly island, Koh Samui, The Tongsai Bay has been awarded a prestigious TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on real travellers reviews. Boasting outstanding and heartfelt service, along with bespoke cottages (some with their own pools!) and breathtaking water views from many parts of its secluded bay location, it's easy to understand why The Tongsai Bay leaves guests feeling the way they do.
Couples looking for the ultimate Bali wedding will now be able to experience a new level of luxury with InterContinental Bali's latest wedding package. Known for its glamorous features and impeccable service, the resort's new Kamita Villa wedding package features a list of customisable benefits that make weddings completely stress-free and unforgettable.
Bali’s exclusive beach clubs range from secluded enclaves offering snorkelling, swimming, sun lounging, food and drinks, to sophisticated beachside bliss and beats that rival the Aegean party centres like Ibiza and Mykonos.
We have a soft spot in our hearts for Thailand, one we’ll nurture for as long as the sun shines on this golden paradise. We also have a soft spot for romance. (See: Our name. Our byline. Our everything.) So, naturally, we want to combine the two for one of the most romantic moments: your wedding.
Embrace that nagging wanderlust and jet overseas with your partner – and perhaps a few of your favourite people – to experience the undeniable romance of Thailand. If you’re not immediately sold, here are a few reasons why you should do it…
Guests of Malaysia Airlines business class are in for a higher level of comfort, with the flag carrier announcing the introduction of fully redesigned Business Class seats in their A330 planes.
Holidays for Couples recently stopped over in Singapore and discovered a gem of a hotel – Hotel Village Katong.
Taiwan sits on the edge of the Pacific “Rim of Fire” off the south coast of China. The constant tectonic movement has helped forge the dramatic mountainous ranges, luscious rainforests and crystal blue coastlines that Taiwan has to offer. While this may not be the first place you think of to holiday in Asia, it is a great place to visit for any couple looking for a culinary experience and an adventure across a country less travelled.
The cultural and natural delights of Bali are well documented and far too many to list here. But for some truly unique experiences it pays to hire a driver and get off the beaten track or to take the time to immerse yourself in the local sacred sights.
Belmond have just announced the very exciting news that they're partnering with Sydney chef and restauranteur Luke Mangan.
Renowned for its bright, culture-rich ceremonies, Bali is a haven for travellers wanting to explore some of the world’s longest-standing rituals. Spend only a few days on the island and you’ll be sure to see any number of festivities being celebrated by enthusiastic locals, be they a solemn religious affair or a lively and lavish occasion.
Foodies will find some of the world’s most dynamic dining destinations in Bali. From French gastronomy and modern Australian fare to Asian fusion and traditional Balinese delicacies, the island offers a simmering pot of flavours and foodie experiences for the ultimate romantic dining.
It's a great adventure to don a wetsuit and delve into the deep blue ocean – and it's a great experience to share with a loved one, too! Here are five top Asian diving destinations to head to if you're travelling in the region and are keen to take the plunge.
Thailand has so many beautiful locales perfect for a lovers' sojourn and Koh Samui definitely makes the list. It's a gorgeous island which has a lively market, restaurant and bar scene, as well as relaxing, exclusive and tranquil beachfront retreats.
To celebrate the Year of the Fire Monkey, Cathay Pacific has just released special fares from Australia to over 50 destinations in Asia, starting from just $692* return.
It seems every few months we hear that this gorgeous hotel has received another international accolade. The most recent awards for The Tongsai Bay are its recognition in three categories of the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards.
Many Asian cultures believe that the number eight is a symbol of luck and wealth, and this February, The St. Regis Bali Resort celebrates its eighth anniversary. To honour the occasion, they're offering couples a special stay and dine package, aimed at discerning travellers.
Hidden in an idyllic cove along Langkawi’s scenic beaches is the newest addition to the luxury St Regis family, St Regis Langkawi. Opening in April 2016, it’s got all the hallmarks of St Regis opulence – with a little bit of Malaysian splendour to make your romantic holiday experience one to truly remember.
In a country with more than 7,000 islands, there’s a little stretch of powdery white sand waiting for everyone in the Philippines. Somehow, many islands in the archipelago have mercifully remained clear of mainstream tourist paths, and even those that have been discovered still have a last-frontier feel about them.
In Bali, anything’s possible. Discover the little gems of this exotic island, stay in absolute luxury, and experience the best romantic holiday of your life. Happiness is only a short plane trip away…
Macau's Journey of Lights festival is set to shine brighter than ever this year with UNESCO World Heritage listed sites being transformed into scenes of spectacular night shows.
Those spellbinding views of Table Mountain. Our soul-stirring strolls and bike rides beside the Atlantic Ocean. That dreamy ferry ride to Robben Island. Those juicy seafood platters at the Victoria and Albert waterfront.
Surrounded by lush mountains and hot springs, Taipei is a bustling, modern city. While many think of China when they think Taiwan, the country is a very different travel experience to mainland China. Taiwan is unique thanks to its mix of cultural influences from other countries including Japan, America and, of course, China.
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway.
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One of the world’s greatest journeys has begun in China… The LUX* Hotel has just opened its second boutique hotel along the LUX* Tea Horse Road, creating a gateway for many couples to discover an ancient region of China.
Bali is renowned for its spas and spa rituals and I must admit that I never miss a chance when on holiday to indulge in an authentic Balinese spa journey. Which is why it was such a surprise to venture into the Aqua Perla Spa at the hip beachfront hotel, Double-Six at Seminyak and experience something totally new and modern, light and white. This is a spa with a difference, starting with the architecture and interior design.
When it comes to dream holidays, Thailand is one of those destinations that always seems to tick every box. Stunning scenery with pristine beaches? Tick. Glamorous resorts? Tick. Romance? Tick, tick, tick. It’s a true holiday paradise, boasting some of the most beautiful natural locations on the planet, and draws jetsetters and sun-seekers back time and time again.
Another of Thailand’s major drawcards is the fact that it’s home to some of the most incredible spa resorts in the world. When you consider that there’s an actual massage style named in honour of this country, and that its main religion, Buddhism, is all about mindfulness, it’s no wonder that Thailand is so renowned for its spa culture. People flock here in their thousands, in pursuit of pampering, luxury and relaxation –and a real and lasting sense of wellbeing.
You can get a complete health and wellness makeover, or indulge in special therapies at sanctuaries ranging from the romantic and eco-conscious to the outrageously luxurious. And it’s the perfect place for couples; with exquisite treatments – and treatment rooms – for two everywhere you turn. So whether you want to restore your meridians, balance your chakras and cleanse your aura… or just go off-grid, relax, and seriously soothe your soul, here are 10 of the best places to be pampered in the Land of Smiles.
Perfect for the couple craving the best of Africa, Beachcomber’s Bush & Beach holiday package has us swooning.
1. Koh Tao
Koh Tao (or Turtle Island) is one of the best islands for anyone who loves diving, or wants to learn to dive. All skill levels are catered for, and there’s also night diving, wreck diving and shark diving.
Less than 90 minutes by boat from Krabi, Koh Lanta (technically called Koh Lanta Yai) is the largest of 52 little islands in an archipelago blessed with nature reserves, gorgeous beaches, hiking trails and a scenic lighthouse.
For couples wanting to get away from the crowds, Koh Samui has a more laid-back atmosphere and is less developed than Phuket. It’s no longer a sleepy backwater, though, as Koh Samui has morphed into a stylish island destination with luxury resorts, spa treatments, cocktails and beaches.
Hong Kong is the New York of Asia: dynamic, exotic, and a barrage of noises, colours and unique experiences. Most of all, it’s fun. On a quest for somewhere exciting for our 13th wedding anniversary, this vibrant city ticked all our boxes.
To make sure the celebration was truly special, we took things to dizzying heights and checked into the “highest hotel in the world” – The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong. Occupying the top floors of the International Commerce Centre, directly above Kowloon station, this 312-room luxury hotel reaches 490 metres above sea level, and is an iconic part of the Kowloon skyline. An elevator that’s apparently the fastest in Asia gets you to the top in less than a minute.
A teardrop-shaped Andaman Sea island, Phuket is known as the "Pearl of the South". As Thailand’s most established beach destination, Phuket’s advantage is its huge selection of resorts, bars, restaurants, attractions and activities.
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway. Here's the fourth in our series of finding your Bali couple style: the travel purists.
Whether it's a chef reinventing traditional Chinese cuisine in a restaurant that takes bookings three months in advance, a hot young designer creating a buzz in what has become Asia's fashion hotbed, or simply a new walking tour that takes its guests into a maze of traditional streets, markets and tea shops, a stop-over in Hong Kong is never, ever boring. Rhonda Bannister shares insights from her latest quick visit.There is so much to do and see in Singapore and, with the opening of Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, couples now have yet another reason to visit this exciting city-state. Situated on Singapore’s favourite island, yet within easy reach of all that Singapore offers, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa is nestled amongst 27 cliff-top acres of tropical greenery, just above Tanjong Beach.
When The Ritz-Carlton opened in Macau this year, it heralded the start of a new era. As the group’s first all-suite property anywhere in the world, it is a huge vote of confidence for Macau. Situated at The Galaxy, an integrated leisure and entertainment precinct that’s a destination within a destination, guests have dozens of restaurants and bars, world-class shopping, movies, and an aquatic adventure park all at their doorstep. Less than two months from opening day, reviewers on TripAdvisor voted the hotel Macau’s best. Given that Macau offers a staggering number of luxury hotels, this is quite an achievement in such a short time.
Every day, Macau changes a little bit. It might be a new entertainment complex, a shopping mall or a five-star hotel opening, but the former Portuguese colony is moving ahead at a fast pace.
An amazing mix of sight, sound and smells, India is possibly the most romantic place on earth – once you leave the madding crowds of the cities. There’s romance to be found in the backwaters of Kerala and on the white sands of the lovely Havelock Island; on the bustling streets and gorgeous beaches of Goa and in the foothills of the Himalayas.
One does not simply go to Thailand and not try the street food – it's amazing: fresh and full of flavour and so well-renowned there's now an app to help you choose where to eat.
It's tough competition in the Maldives with luxury accommodation options aplenty, so it's a particularly special honour to be named the best Luxury Hotel Brand in the Maldives – congratulations to Coco Collection!
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort are offering couples an incredible price for a romantic getaway deal: six nights in a Deluxe Sea Room, flights, daily breakfast and dinner from $2189 per person.
Beneath one of Hanoi’s most prestigious hotels lies centuries of history begging to be uncovered – so uncover, they did.
Singapore is a much-loved getaway destination for couples seeking an Asian escape with all of the creature comforts and luxuries that come with a holiday in one of the world’s economic powerhouses. The city-state's unique cultural blend translates into culture and cuisine, and luxury-oriented entertainment options – a driving force behind tourism in Singapore. Here are five reasons couples should visit this South-Asian sensation.
No matter what your travel style, Bali has something for every couple. From lavish villas and yoga retreats to nature treks and perfect waves, you can find what you are looking for on this tropical island getaway. Here's the third in our series of finding your Bali couple style: all-in-one.
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Couple style: All-in-one
Your most memorable holiday: Kicking back at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean
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We can’t wait for the 1 November unveiling of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius, following an extensive six-month renovation.
The opening of The St. Regis Mumbai marks the debut of the century-old luxury hotel brand in India and South Asia.
We’re longtime fans of the Alila brand, so the news that the fifth Alila property has just opened in Bali is music to our ears.
While it is still the world-famous temples which bring most to Siem Reap, the town has evolved to offer an alluring mix of chic restaurants, bars, spas and boutique hotels. Here are ten things that you should not miss when visiting Siem Reap.
Kyoto’s unique blend of fascinating culture and natural beauty makes it a lover's paradise. Crammed with thousands of years of history, spread across babbling streams and gushing rivers, and encircled by towering mountains, Kyoto is almost too charming to be real. Almost.
You know Singapore. It’s big and bold — if not necessarily brash — defined by the shipping routes that have delivered enormous riches to the city-state. And for a long time its attractions were just as broadly rendered, imported facsimiles of other ideas, scaled up for extra impact.
Love Phuket but not the crowds? A new, über-luxe resort lets you stay in an enchanting, quiet rainforest retreat just 10 minutes’ drive from Patong’s party beach.
Exciting news for luxury lovers with a passion for Sri Lankan culture and tropical destinations – Anantara are set to bring their renowned brand of luxury to Sri Lanka for the first time.
The Kiroro, a luxury hotel in one of the world’s best skiing locations, has been snapped up by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide and is set to open in December.
If you're looking for a destination with the perfect blend of bustling city life and serene beauty, Bangkok is a must-visit on your next Thailand getaway. Full of hidden gems and popular attractions, the city has plenty to offer for every type of couple.
There’s nothing quite like the old-fashioned romance of staying on a traditional houseboat – and the Kashmiris have this down to an art form. They’ve been doing it for several generations now: capturing the essence of the 1930s Raj era when the colonial English made this type of holiday popular.
Just in time for Father's Day, Scoot are offering return flights to Singapore from $250, so get dad something he really wants – a holiday!
InterContinental Bali Resort is set to showcase the aromatic spices of Indonesia at Jimbaran Gardens, inviting couples to taste flavours typical of delicious and authentic Indonesian cuisine.
The Banyan Tree Phuket invites couples to celebrate their re-launch with a special offer after a period of renovation to its Deluxe Villas – now renamed Banyan Pool Villas – which are an ideal luxury accommodation option for a couples' getaway.
The luxury hotel chain Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts are set to open a new resort in Mauritius – Shangri-La's Touessrok Resort and Spa on November 1. Here are some stunning images to whet your appetite for a tropical romantic getaway!
Amari Phuket's new Ocean Wing offers unparalleled ocean views of Patong Bay, occupying one of Phuket's most incredible locations – perched amongst lush forest atop a hillside above the ocean.
Ubud is Bali's artistic heart and a tranquil hideaway amongst the serene rice paddy fields. Situated away from Bali’s bustling beach towns, it's the perfect honeymoon or holiday location for couples who enjoy a touch of spirituality and plenty of serenity on a romantic getaway.
Two more exclusive luxury pool villas, Turtle Villa and Gecco Villa, have just opened at Villa Sabai Jai, on the small island Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand.
A lovely new resort in the Maldives welcomed its first guests on 1 August. The Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is an all-villa property comprising 21 Beach Pool Villas, eight two-bedroom Pool Villas, 21 Ocean Pool Villas and an exquisite Presidential Villa.
These five gorgeous outdoor resort tubs and showers will make you want to go on holiday (or remodel your home).
The village of Sanur on Bali's east coast isn't as well known to Bali junkies as the trendy areas of Seminyak and Legian but that's a plus for any couple looking for a relaxed, chic destination away from crowded streets and beaches, yet only 30 minutes from the airport. Sanur offers a relaxed stay with its casual restaurants, bars and cafes, fabulous water sports and a unique Balinese charm. It's actually been a favourite for European travellers for decades so why should they have all the fun!
For the 27th year in a row, couples travelling in the gorgeous city of Macau can witness the Macau Tower bursting into a kaleidoscope of colours for the Macau International Fireworks Display Contest, sure to delight admirers who flock from around the globe for the exciting event.
One of the world's fastest growing niche travel trends – glamping – is taking off in Malaysia, combining camping with luxurious outdoor experiences.
There are so many reasons why Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Asia, especially for Australian couples planning their dream honeymoon or romantic getaway. Bali is a tropical island with lots of beaches, excellent shopping, a captivating culture and wonderful food – the perfect combination for a couples' escape. But above all, a holiday or honeymoon in Bali is easy on the pocket and offers good value for money – you can book an incredibly luxurious hotel or villa, often for less than you would pay for comparable luxury in many parts of the world.
Here are our suggestions on where to shop, dine and stay in Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Canggu.
Combine a relaxing holiday in Koh Samui with total reinvigoration on a three, seven or 10 day detox program at The Palms Retreat Samui.
It may have a long name, but the list of gorgeous facilities and extraordinary holiday experiences on offer at The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, is even longer.
Planning a visit to Singapore? Experience a Walk of Fame tour in the most historical and culturally significant celebrity and royal guest hotspot.
Already offering four incredible dining destinations, Per Aquum in the Maldives has released their newest food attraction, Nest, consisting of Asian inspired dishes from Thailand, China, Vietnam, Cambodia and more.
If you've been captivated by the allures of beautiful Bali and can't choose between the many fabulous locations within this island paradise, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran are a wonderful choice full of five star hotels with plenty to see and do. Jimbaran is just 20 kilometres south of Denpasar and Nusa Dua just 40. This luxury enclave is perfect for travellers looking for a relaxing resort destination.
Ah, Thailand. Couples from across the globe flock to this sublime destination for their honeymoon or a cheeky romantic getaway – and for good reason. Hedonists will be delighted with the accommodation options, beach lovers will rejoice in the powder white sand and glimmering waters and it's hard not to love the fresh food and inexpensive cocktails. Stunning landscapes, underwater worlds and adventures to be had, discover with one of these fabulous honeymoon packages why Thailand is a favourite of global travellers, holidaymakers and honeymooners.
The spice of international hotel chain Aman is its focus on embracing the local culture of each of its locations in the kitchen, alongside scrumptious international dishes. Aman's new restaurant in Tokyo, The Café by Aman, exemplifies this eclectic mix by offering guests dishes crafted from fresh local produce ranging from traditional Japanese to Mediterranean.
Perhaps the ultimate luxury honeymoon destination, the Maldives is the world’s most exotic archipelago and has become a synonym for paradise. More than 90 of the country’s 1,190-odd islands house private resorts – here are five of our favourites…
Three of Bangkok’s most famous landmarks have been voted among the top 10 in Asia by travellers on TripAdvisor.
Congratulations to one of our favourite Thai resorts, The Tongsai Bay, which has just been honoured with yet another well-deserved award.
Hat Chao Mai National Park, on the western coast of southern Thailand, is closed for four months and will re-open on 1 October.
Pattaya Floating Market has won the 2015 Best Tourist Attraction award in The Best of Thailand Rewards Voted by Chinese Tourists campaign. The votes were cast by Chinese tourists on the Chinese social media website weibo.com during May 2015.
Taking place all over the country from 15 June to 15 August 2015, this famous event is held by the Tourism Authority of Thailand in cooperation with shopping malls, airlines, hotels, tour companies, duty-free shops, luxury shops, golf clubs and spas.
The Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Festival of Ghosts – takes place from 26-28 June 2015 in Dan Sai, in the mountains of the Loei province of northeastern Thailand.
The annual MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index has just been released, and Bangkok is once again one of the world’s top two travel destinations, pipped to the post only by London.
If you're dreaming of a romanitc getaway or honeymoon in Thailand you will be delighted to know that you're accommodation options just got a whole lot sweeter with the rebranding of the Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort in Phuket.
There are 42 human skulls hanging from the rafters of a house on the outskirts of Sabah’s capital Kota Kinabalu. Taken during the 17th century by the famous head hunter Monsopiad, they are today treated with the greatest of respect in the small Kadazan-Dusun cultural village on the banks of the Sungai Moyog. These powerful spiritual talismans, as the locals believe them to be, are one of the most awesome – and to the Westerner, shocking – reminders of Borneo’s ancient tribal past.
If you're looking for accommodation in Thailand for your next romantic getaway or honeymoon, consider the gorgeous The Tongsai Bay in Koh Samui as 10 per cent of the proceeds of bookings made during 1st to 30th June 2015 will be donated to help the people of Nepal.
As my first trip overseas you could accuse me of looking at Phuket with rose coloured lenses, but the truth is that this Thai island paradise really is a magical place, just perfect for loved-up couples and honeymooners.
Located right on beautiful Kuta beach on the southern shore of Lombok Island only a short flight or boat ride from Bali is the Novotel Lombok, a four-star property built in the traditional sasak style and a real escape for couples looking for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience.
To celebrate the iconic cocktail's 100th birthday, a host of activities have been planned to commemorate the world's favourite pink drink.
At the center of Southeast Asia’s greatest concentration of UNESCO World Heritage sites, La Residence Hotel & Spa is rolling out a package that provides access to five sites and experiences over the course of a five-night stay.
For couples who want to experience the magic of India but don't know where to start, Byroads offers a fully escorted 15-day tour featuring all of the highlights including Agra, Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur.
The incredible, brand new Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort is now ready for bookings, opening its doors on August 1, 2015.
Fun pursuits for couples who want to get active while they explore Thailand...
Dollops of dreamy, creamy sand spooned over a shimmering jelly-blue sea; from the air the tiny islands of the Maldives are a mouthwatering sight. Closing in for landing over the swaying palm trees which help define this fabled and fabulous constellation always brings a shiver of anticipation (as do the seductive tendrils of overwater bungalows which have become de rigueur here). You are about to become a very, very spoiled castaway.
Plan your next Singapore fling in advance with these ‘stopover’ itinerary ideas...
One of our favourite things about travelling to Bali is being able to indulge in fresh and fragrant Indonesian food to our heart's content. If you're like us then you won't want to miss this year's Ubud Food Festival, showcasing the extraordinary diversity of the world's largest archipelagic nation.
We've said it before but I'll say it again. We love Macau – for so many reasons. Its historical charm, fusion of cultures (which translates deliciously in to the cuisine) and glitzy entertainment precincts are all reasons as to why it's high on our radar for romantic holiday destinations. But, did you know, the rest of the world loves Macau too? So much so that 10 years ago it was labelled a UNESCO World Heritage listed site.
More natural and less inhabited than the rest of Japan, the northern island of Hokkaido is an ideal place for adventure holidays, with a twist. Take Tomamu, a ski resort about an hour’s drive from Sapporo, whose main summertime attraction is an early morning gondola ride up to 1088 metres, to see a phenomenon called the unkai (“sea of cloud”).
Paying for the privilege of shovelling animal dung might seem like an odd holiday option, but when the dung in question belongs to a Giant Panda, it’s worth shelling out for.
Legendary UK Photographer Paul Reiffer will be staying at Per AQUUM's Maldives properties NIYAMA and Huvafen Fushi from April 17 to April 25, taking private bookings.
It doesn't get much sweeter than this. Return flights from Sydney to Manila for AUD199 with Cebu Pacific. Take advantage of this fabulous deal, save yourselves some money and have a blissful holiday for two!
Here at Holidays For Couples it's no secret that we love romantic accommodation in Thailand, especially resorts as luxurious as the Pimalai. However, what really has us sold is the fact that their hotels also have a strong focus on contributing to their local communities and environment.
Our second honeymoon on this tropical island is beginning with all the features we have imagined; a tranquil, romantic environment away from the fast pace of the modern world, where time is inconsequential.
Even by night the gods of El Nido seem incapable of taming their palette. Beneath a full moon the lagoon shallows still glow like pale jade. Come morning, you head out to explore this world of upstart isles that rise from the sea in mad limestone spires with wild jungle top-knots.
It’s a crowded, boisterous city of 20 million who work hard and like to party even harder! Shanghai is one of the world’s most exciting cities and has such a trendy, action-packed nightlife, you’ll find it hard to find the energy to get out of bed in the morning and keep going! If you only have a few days here it helps to know where the locals like to dine, shop and boogie the night away, so with a little help from a knowledgeable expat, here’s our top picks.
Located off Vietnam’s sultry southwest coast, Phu Quoc’s unspoiled and largely undeveloped setting makes for one of Southeast Asia’s most captivating and laid-back getaways.
Hue is arguably the cultural capital of Vietnam and it's well-known for having the best, most diverse cuisine due to the city's Imperial legacy. Now couples can indulge in the city's noble heritage when staying at La Residence Hotel and Spa and enjoying the gourmet adventure they've created known as The Hue Food Trail.
The perfect date night is a relaxed, intimate dining experience with a tropical surrounding, and what better location for that than Cuca Restaurant, Bali? On May 10, Cuca is selectively partnering with award wining winemaker Astrolabe to offer a truly memorable dining encounter for its patrons, called 'Swig & Nibble.'
This beautiful city is a veritable feast of stunning contrasts; a fusion of French and Asian influenced architecture intermingling in a graceful and harmonious symmetry, peaceful lakes and manicured parks abut noisy congested roads, wide tree-lined boulevards sit beside cluttered, narrow alleyways and everywhere you go, the incessant roar of motor bikes and blaring horns.
We make our escape out of the hedonism of Kuta, travelling by car through bustling towns and up, up into the foothills of Ubud to another time, another place entirely different from the modern life we leave at home – our chosen destination is a special place that has no need nor room for any kind of harsh daily grind.
Picture-postcard beaches, exciting mega cities, verdant rice fields, splendid nature and some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet: the Philippines is a holiday paradise. Culturally and spiritually it’s a world apart from most other countries in Southeast Asia, thanks in part to the legacy of 350 years of Spanish rule, and this eclectic mix of European and Asian influences makes for an intoxicating holiday experience.
If you were looking for a reason to escape to the mysterious city of skyscrapers otherwise known as Hong Kong, then search no further as Cebu Pacific Air is now offering travellers AUD599 seats on roundtrip flights from Sydney to Hong Kong via Manila until May 31, 2015.
Kuala Lumpur is well established as a hot spot for Australians – it’s close, it’s safe, it’s fun and there’s heaps to see and do – and there are some wonderful hotels in which to fall back and regroup after a hard day being a tourist.
They’re the ultimate symbol of a glamorous, luxury holiday: 'infinity edge' swimming pools that seem to merge with the sea and sky, or whatever else lies beyond. Bali is home to some of the world’s most incredible infinity pools – here are five of our favourites. Be sure to secure your sun lounger early and dive right in….
Romance means many things to different people and whilst it's probably safe to assume that a couples' romantic sojourn in Bali should include luxury accommodation, private pools and exotic spa treatments, the reality is that there are couples that are seeking a little more.
Well known for its reputation as 'Vegas of the East', Macau has now been recognised for having the largest number of world class five-star properties of any destination in the world.
Couples staying at the InterContinental Bali Resort will now have the opportunity to experience a range of gourmet events hosted by the renowned Italian chef, Fabio Ciervo.
With an abundance of culture, food and astounding architecture, Hong Kong makes for a honeymoon to remember. It is the perfect destination for outgoing couples, laden with skyscraper-top bars and dozens of gentrified buildings filled with top notch eateries and quirky boutiques. But it's not just the city-loving couples that this amazing city can cater for, Hong Kong is overflowing with natural heritage that is just waiting to be discovered!
Bali, often pigeon-holed as a cheap and cheerful family destination, has a sophisticated food scene ripe for discovery.
Surin and BangTao especially are abuzz with new clubs and lounges and fast earning the reputation as ‘Thailand’s new Ibiza’.
Couples thinking of a romantic getaway in China in 2015 can now take advantage of Helen Wong's fabulous new itinerary. The package is a golfer's dream: four days at Chinese golf resort.
Couples travelling to Macau in February will be delighted with plenty of festive fun and fanfare as the locals of the ever colourful Asian enclve herald the arrival of the Year of the Ram!
What is it about love that lifts us skywards? Song lyrics talk about love taking flight, a higher love and the wings of love. John Paul Young crooned that love is in the air and sometimes, it even leaves us up in the air! There is one place, however, where these aren’t merely romantic clichés. That’s Langkawi, a tropical island paradise that sends the heart rate soaring.
The luxury hotels lining the golden sands of Nusa Dua's beachfront sport more stars than the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nowhere else will you find a collection of luxe hotel brands such as St Regis, Westin, Conrad, Laguna – a Luxury Collection Hotel, Grand Hyatt, Grand Aston, Chedi Sakala, Royal Santrian, Nikko and Melia sitting side- by-side: stunning beachfront property after stunning beachfront property.
Couples in need of a romantic getaway - there couldn't be a better time to visit the Philppines! Cebu Pacific is offering $149 seats for the Sydney-Manila route so get packing!
South-East Asia’s most luxurious train, Eastern & Oriental Express is launching two brand new journeys this year giving couples even more travel options when on a romantic getaway in Asia.
The Tongsai Bay has long offered holidaying couples their own slice of island paradise in the relaxing locale of Koh Samui, Thailand. Set on 25 acres of exclusive, secluded land where the beach is just for Tongsai Bay guests, you're a world away from noisy neighbours and the nightlife of Chaweng. Better still, The Tongsai Bay have just revealed the grand opening of their 5 brand new, overwhelmingly opulent Pool Cottage Suites.
Nusa Dua on the southern tip of Bali is a rising star on the travel radar, with the opening of the new Centara Grand Villas Nusa Dua enhancing its reputation as a holiday hotspot.
On a daybed next to the beach lounge infinity pool, you and your sweetheart are encapsulated by sheer cream drapes, which when you peer through, you can see the black shimmering sands of the Pantai Purnama (Full Moon Beach), framed by swaying palms. You are staying at The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas, set to open in March 2015, meaning you could be some of the first guests to be treated to a honeymoon accommodation experience like no other in the tropical paradise of Bali.
Floating in the Pacific Ocean is the captivating island nation of the Philippines. This fascinating destination is home to an incredible amount of natural beauty, making it the perfect setting for a romantic getaway. The Philippines is actually made up of 7,107 islands - so you're sure to find the perfect one for you!
Macau, an administrative region of China, offers everything honeymooners could want and more. When it comes to luxury honeymoon accommodation in Asia, Macau has the top of the bunch, which of course is high on the list of priorities for newlyweds! To get to this idyllic destination, all you have to do is catch a high-speed ferry from Hong Kong and voila! You are in a veritable paradise.
Ever inducive to romance, couples holidaying in Bali will love taking time out for some rest and relaxation at 5 of Bali's top spas.
Little is more conducive to romance than a couples' spa retreat. To make the most of your romantic getaway in Malaysia, we've put together a guide to some of our favourite luxurious spas which will leave you relaxed, refreshed and more in love than ever.
Helen Wong of Helen Wong’s Tours is one of the pioneers of group travel to China. She has opened thousands of Australians’ eyes to the wonder and mystery of one of the world’s fastest emerging tourist destinations. Holidays for Couples caught up with Helen and asked her to share her vast knowledge of the country and its people, with a few handy hints for making the best of a visit to China thrown in!
Already acclaimed as one of Bali’s most anticipated new resorts, The Royal Purnama Art Suites & Villas is proud to announce that it will opening for business in March 2015 and it sounds to us like the perfect place to stay on a romantic getaway.
Thailand's newest Pullman Hotel has just given word that they are expanding Pullman Khao Lak Katiliya Resort & Villas. This equals great news for holidaymakers and honeymooners who now have the tough job of choosing between 223 breathtaking rooms and suites and 97 lavish villas for their next romantic getaway.
Hidden in the myth-filled hills of ‘Monkey Mountain’ in the heart of the Son Tra Peninsula nature reserve, the five-star The InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort is as much a work of art as it is a resort. Suitably, it has now been named by the World Travel Awards (WTA) as the world's leading Luxury Resort.
With it's dazzling mix of all things traditional and modern, Tokyo has plenty to offer honeymooners or couples in search of a unique getaway.
You'd have to be living under a rock to not know that Japan has quickly become one of the world's most popular places to go skiing. Home to spectacular ski resorts, dramatic mountain ranges and the occasional alpine spa, it's no wonder why the nation is such a hit with winter-loving couples.
Hot on the heels of announcing an AUD $550m multi-use resort in Australia, Dusit International has good news for holidaymakers, couples and honeymooners alike: further expansion plans in Vietnam as part of the Cam Ranh Flowers Resort.
Few things are more intimate or conducive to romance than a couple's spa treatment. We explore Thailand's top 5 spas which embrace their local culture and ancient techniques for a truly authentic restorative experience.
Couples will experience a bustling, sophisticated metropolis where East and West collide beautifully in vibrant Hong Kong.
Legend says a descending dragon created the majestic limestone rock formations known as karsts that rise from the emerald waters of Halong Bay, a 1,500 square-kilometre UNESCO World Heritage site in the Gulf of Bac Bo - worthy of any traveller’s bucketlist. Below are the top five ways to experience the inspiring Halong Bay.
Forget the bright lights of Patong and the dubious gentlemen's clubs, Phuket is reinventing its nightlife with hip new Beach Clubs popping up along the West Coast.
Blending contemporary cosmopolitan and hip beach lifestyle, the beach club culture is all about the sea, the sun, the sand, and the late night sounds... What's not to love?
Here we share with you the Top 5 Phuket Beach Clubs.
Hidden away in Balinese rice fields is the luxurious and romantic Wapa di Ume, the perfect locale for a honeymoon or getaway for two. With its close proximity to Ubud with absolutely none of the hustle and bustle, we think this peaceful resort is just calling our names – and even more so now they've added a brand new, 15-room extension. Pack your bags and get the passport ready!
On an island seemingly created for romantic getaways, a resort that receives an accolade of 'The World's Most Romantic Venue' deserves a huge congratulation!
At the recent Star Awards, held in London in September 2014, InterContinental Bali Resort stood out from the crowd of other prestigious luxury venues world-wide to take this crowning award.
Following on from our recent story about Bangkok, we now visit Chiang Mai – Thailand's 'Rose of North.'
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand, but the pace and atmosphere is a world away from country's largest city, Bangkok. Boasting a long history and a strong Thai culture, Chiang Mai is perfect for a couple wanting to experience the ideal combination of culture, adventure and luxury. The city itself is vibrant and charming, whilst the surrounding country-side is serene, relaxing and beautiful.
The Villas at AYANA Resort is a stunning cliff-top sanctuary perched above Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s sunset coast. Luxuriously designed, the 78 private pool villas each face towards the ocean and feature luxurious bed linens, Balinese artworks, separate living areas, and oversized marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs and L’Occitane amenities. The verdant tropical gardens feature a network of paths leading to colorful flower beds, quiet corners, koi ponds and garden statues, bridges and streams, and a jogging track to the private white-sand beach.
Dubbed a 'little slice of heaven' by the local Filipinos, Bohol is a fabulous destination for couples who enjoy communing with nature, exploring idyllic islands and encountering fascinating wildlife. We've searched this beautiful Philippine island for the top five activities that will take your breath away.
Dawn comes gently in Bohol, as colourful bancas converge in the tranquil waters off Balicasag Island, home to 11 species of dolphins and whales. A centuries-old watchtower stands atop this coral island, and now and then, a green sea turtle breaks the water's sparkling surface as if to take in its delightful surroundings.
There's nowhere in the world quite like the island of Phuket, Thailand, which is home to some of the world's most breathtaking beaches and other natural wonders galore. It's no wonder it attracts honeymooners and couples enjoying a romantic trip away.
Koh Samui has to be one of the most romantic islands in Asia, if not the world. And, there is nothing quite like an amazing dining experience to turbo-charge your holiday romance levels.
Introducing the latest opening at Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa - Ocean Pier, A 224-meter ocean pier that floats on the Gulf of Thailand. With views that go forever, this is a unique dining experience!
It's no secret! We love Thailand, and we love Koh Samui. To somewhat quench our thirst for a Thai getaway to this divine destination, we've rounded up a quick collection of Samui hotspots (in no particular order, mind you!). So if you're looking for a guide to Koh Samui gorgeous accommodation, check them out!
'So many beaches, so little time!' may be the cry of every traveller who's washed up on Boracay and wondered whether there's a holiday long enough to ever grow tired of its powdery shores, azure water and tropical vistas.
With so much to enjoy on the island, we round up the five essentials for couples looking to sample the best of Boracay.
A perfect day in Boracay begins and ends on the beach. Which beach, of course, is up to you.
The stuff of dreams, desktop wallpapers and travel awards, Boracay's four-kilometre White Beach is one of the purest, most sensational stretches of sand and sea anywhere on the globe. White Beach welcomes thousands of visitors yearly, and its legendary shores are packed with throngs of sandal-clad sun-seekers especially in the dry season.
The highly-anticipated Epicurean Market by Marina Bay Sands returns to Singapore from 12-14 September, 2014 with a fresh theme and participation by the integrated resort's stellar cast of celebrity chefs as well as the country's finest wine distributors and food suppliers.
Luxury is something we all crave at one time or another, and when better to indulge than on your honeymoon or romantic holiday for two? Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, on the shores of Chaweng Beach in Thailand's Koh Samui, is a gorgeous 4-star resort that's perfect for your next Thai getaway.
If getting married and honeymooning in exotic Bali isn't quite enough for you, have we got news for you. AYANA Resort and Spa, Bali's premier resort for a destination wedding, has launched SKY – an exciting new locale where loved-up couples can tie the knot. This unique location allows couples to say 'I do' as they seemingly float 35m above the Indian Ocean, with endless views melting into the horizon.
An African safari honeymoon or holiday for two is one of the world's ultimate romantic getaways and an experience you and your loved one will treasure forever.
Holidays for Couples asked Wildlife Safari, who have been operating gorgeous honeymoons in Africa for more than 40 years, for their recommendations when it comes to the best African experiences for honeymooners or couples planning a romantic getaway.
Here's some of what you can enjoy when you visit. Whether it's a relaxing beachside holiday or honeymoon unwinding in luxury accommodationuxury accommodation you're after, or something with a little more cultural exploration or outdoor adventures, there's something for you.
If you're planning to spend your honeymoon or romantic holiday in the Philippines, this news will put a smile on your face! Cebu Pacific Air, the largest Philippine airline carrier, has just announced non-stop flights from Sydney to Manila.
For the H4C team, curling up under the shimmering night sky is something out of a dream. We love the idea of spending a night or two with your sweetheart in utter luxury, blanketed by a sky full of stars!
It'll make your honeymoon or romantic getaway truly unique – so why not choose one of these sweet locations for your next escape? For couples eager to try this one out, check out our top 5 rooms under the sky. It's a little slice of romantic heaven.
Shop til you drop at five amazing shopping festivals around the world – the perfect addition to any romantic holiday or honeymoon! Most of us can't go past a good bargain, and around the world there are plenty of places you can go to find great items at a steal on your next couples' holiday abroad.
Tatler calls this luxury restaurant one of the best in Thailand, and it's no wonder. Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket's award-winning Italian restaurant is adored by locals and tourists alike for its unrivalled service, extensive wine list, and – naturally – authentic Italian cuisine.
I love to travel. For nearly two decades now, I've been fortunate enough to check into some of the world's most divine hotels and resorts, many of them on behalf of this magazine. But there was one gaping hole on my travel bucket list – a legendary hotel that, I'd been told, has defined luxury travel since it first opened its doors in 1928.
Have you ever wanted to get in touch with your inner 'Eat, Pray, Love' guru and embark upon a romantic spiritual journey somewhere around the globe?
There's no time like the present to get to it. Here are five of the best spiritual journeys for couples to take.
Natalie Bannister reveals one of Thailand's lesser known island escapes, and says that Koh Phangan is perfect for couples looking for a chilled-out honeymoon or romantic holiday.
The locals have a saying on Koh Phangan and you'll hear it thrown around in conversations everyday – 'Sabaii Sabaii', which roughly translates as 'happy' or 'enjoying life'. That could well be the most ﬁtting motto for this idyllic island getaway in the Gulf of Thailand, a very special haven of relaxation and barefoot romance.
One of our favourite getaways, Tongsai Bay on Thailand's Koh Samui, has just launched the newly upgraded The McGuigan Cottage (141sqm).
Boasting hypnotic views of Tongsai Bay itself, this cottage is the closest to the beach. Outdoor living is a big focus for Tongsai Bay, and on The McGuigan Cottage's terrace, in addition to the resort's signature "bath with a view," Tongsai Bay have now installed a private plunge pool (3.5 x 6 meters). For something completely different, a gazebo is also on the verandah, perfect for guests who would like to try sleeping under the stars with just the sounds of the ocean to lull them to sleep.
If you're planning to be in Bali on May 20 and you're looking for a special way to celebrate your love, this exclusive soiree at St. Regis Bali Resort should be at the top of your list.
We know that there is little else as rejuvenating for the mind, body and soul than a luxurious spa treatment, but with the plethora of spas popping up all over the globe it can be a challenge choosing which one to visit.
Hidden away on the secluded Pai Plong Bay coastline, Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi is a romantic destination that can't be missed. Surrounded by a national park featuring Krabi's famous limestone formations, the resort is the perfect combination of natural beauty and modern opulence, ideal for couples wanting a luxurious way to celebrate their honeymoon or romantic getaway in Krabi.
Tanya Joslin discovers Hanoi should not be overlooked by couples planning a Vietnam holiday or honeymoon.
What surprised me the most about Hanoi is just how beautiful it is. A city of treelined boulevards, lakes and ancient architectural gems that remain modern-day reminders of Vietnam's fascinating history. Hanoi experienced the tragedies of many wars including the Chinese, the French, and of course the Vietnam (American) war – and all left their mark on lovely Hanoi.
The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna Bali are offering couples contemplating a destination wedding another reason to say "I do" in paradise.
Named for a former British general, Havelock Island (at just over 100 square kilometers) is the largest island in Ritchie's Archipelago and one of the few places that the administration of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands union territory of India has encouraged tourism, with a strong emphasis on eco-conscious travel. For couples who love island locales that are largely untouched by modern tourism, this is the romantic destination for you.
Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, blue waters and white sand beaches, Okinawa is to Japan what the Mediterranean is to Europe – a laid-back destination where nationals swap the cultural rigours of the mainland for sand, surfing and sun.
The average visitor to Koh Samui fritters away the hours lounging at their resort pool or on the beach, eating mangoes and stinky-but-sumptuous durian, enjoying back to back muscle-melting massages, and generally doing as little as possible. And you'd be hard put to find a better spot to do it. Thailand's third-largest island is consistently voted one of the world's best spa destinations and Samui's top-tier resorts rank among the hardest-to-leave in Southeast Asia.
Boracay often steals the limelight when it comes to Philippine beaches, but the Palawan archipelago, comprising 1,780 islands in the western Philippines, is equally spectacular for its exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and its swathes of unspoilt sand, of course!). Coron is a fantastic base for an adventure, especially for underwater explorers seeking to dive amid the Japanese shipwrecks of the 1940s, ranked among the best dive sites in the world. Couples looking for a romantic island honeymoon or holiday just for two, you don't want to miss this.
After discovering twin islands Koh Ouen and Koh Bong 25 minutes off the coast of Sihanoukville, known locally as Song Saa – Khmer for 'The Sweethearts' – then honeymooners, Rory and Melita Hunter decided to devote their married lives to safeguarding this undiscovered virgin paradise.
Phu Quoc, a largely undeveloped 567-square-kilometre island and former penal colony off Vietnam’s southwest coast, is one of Southeast Asia’s most laid back and little-known escapes. More than half the island is national park and the island is known for its bountiful fishing grounds, black pepper trees, high-quality nuoc mam (fish sauce), used extensively in Vietnamese cuisine and deserted beaches.
Just off the northwestern peninsula of Malaysia where the Indian Ocean narrows to meet the Straits of Malacca, this sleepy archipelago of 99 islands (104 at low tide) was re-imagined as an eco-conscious tropical getaway in the mid-1980s and continues to trade on its natural charms. On June 1, 2007, UNESCO declared the entire island of Langkawi a World Geopark, and each of the three distinct areas make for a spellbinding hike.
Formerly a laid-back surfers' stop-off, today Bali has evolved into a mecca for every kind of a travelling couple. Yogis will find sanctuary in Ubud's tropical rainforest setting; challenge seekers can look into scaling the 3,142 metre strato-volcano Mount Agung on the island's highest point; couples who love to dive together can explore world-class sites below the waves, and culturally curious duos can get their fix at Manggis' spiritually significant temples. Bali is the perfect romantic holiday or honeymoon location for any couple, regardless of what makes them tick.
Palawan is one of those places that rarely fail to leave an impression. Sometimes referred to as "the Philippine frontier", Palawan's islands offer travellers a wealth of opportunities to commune with nature.
Read on to find our top 5 things to see and do...
There are only a handful of places that can go toe-to-toe with Cebu when it comes to mangoes. The rolling slopes of the island's interior are studded with green mango trees, their peerless, silky fruit ripening under the tropical sun.
A source of great regional pride, Cebu's mangoes are characteristic of the islands they spring from: unpretentious, unrefined and bursting with vibrant pleasures.
The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is set amid the lush jungle greenery in the Ayung River valley, creating an idyllic environment to soothe the soul. Couples after a luxurious honeymoon or romantic getaway in Bali, this is the destination for you.
Welcome to Kenya! Picture lush green plains starkly contrasted with the desert, exotic animals prowling the land, and luxurious accommodation - the perfect setting for an African honeymoon.
Although there are many, we've gathered 3 fabulous reasons below on why a honeymoon in Kenya might be just what you're looking for.
If you're in desperate need to reconnect with yourself and become at one with nature, the romantic Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary & Holistic Spa based in the dreamy island of Koh Samui, Thailand promises to reinvigorate. The resort has just won its second award from the World Spa & Wellness Awards, further cementing its high standard within the industry. Couples travelling to Koh Samui for a honeymoon or romantic getaway, take note!
Fusing old and new to create 'a modern day luxury ryokan' the freshly-opened Ritz-Carlton Kyoto is set on the banks of the scenic Kamogawa River and is watched over by the famed Higashiyama mountains.
Within walking distance of many of the city's 17 World Heritage sites, the hotel is imbued with a sense of zen- like Japanese style, from the traditional Meiji-era house and courtyard which is part of the design to the Imabari robes and local artwork you'll find in your room. For a truly traditional experience try the serene Japanese- style 'Tatami' suites or ask about the outdoor gardens modelled after tsukimidai 'moon viewing' decks (available with some suites).
Teeming with food, bars, shopping, wildlife, day-spas and swanky hotels, Singapore has all the vices covered. The diamond shaped compact metropolis may be deemed unadventurous for the intrepid traveller but is ideal for sojourning lovers. It's safe to walk around any time of the day or night, the food is sanitary and you can practically eat off the immaculate streets. Who wants to worry about a disgruntled tummy or your safety in the wee hours when other attractions beckon both far and by your side?
If so, Bali can fulfil all of your holiday dreams - and more. With its dreamy combination of beach life, culture, shopping, dining and a touch of indulgence, it's the perfect place for romantic honeymoons and getaways for two.
Here are some ideas to inspire your own journey to Bali, which illustrate just why this island nation is so special.
Koh Samui is one of those incredibly special destinations that just has romance written all over it.
From its beautiful white-sand beaches and warm turquoise water to its gorgeous jungles, gardens and luxury accommodation, the island really has it all.
Whether you're on a honeymoon or a romantic trip just for the sake of it, it's certain Koh Samui will make your holiday hopes and dreams come true. Even better, a journey here doesn't have to break the bank or take a whole lot of travel time - it's only an 80 minute flight from Bangkok, yet it feels like it's a whole world away.
Cruises have their fair share of lazing around in the sun, tasty meals, and blue seas as far as the eye can see. What you might forget are the stops along the way. Experiences of a lifetime are just waiting for you to join in. We've picked our top five small ship romantic cruises, ideal for couples that want to experience all of the above on a romantic getaway or honeymoon...
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Situated in the über fashionable precinct of Jalan Petitenget, Bali, Charlie is the new kid on the block and the one you want to be friends with. Having just been awarded the prestigious ‘Yak Best Bar of the Year’, Charlie is the new Bali bar and bistro to add to your itinerary.
Vietnam is a smorgasbord of wondrous sights and romantic experiences, and is the perfect destination for couples planning a romantic but immersive honeymoon or holiday for two.
Helen Wong's Tours, who has been the Asian Specialist for 27 years, has just released their latest 68-page brochure for 2014/15 with 12 exciting itineraries for group tours, five for premium group tours and a series of private journeys for independent travellers which cover Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar as well as Vietnam. No matter what your destination dreams are, Helen Wong's Tours will have a journey to suit any couple on a romantic honeymoon or getaway.
John Gardner's guide to Saigon's coffee culture.
As general manager of a famously historic hotel, I meet numerous guests grappling with the Vietnam they read about and the Vietnam outside our lobby doors. After rowing sampans in the Delta, snacking on spring rolls and ticking off the landmark attractions, they ask, "Is there is anywhere to go to see the 'real' Saigon?"
My advice to dedicated culture-seekers is to explore Vietnam through the doors of its coffee houses. Vietnam is a coffee powerhouse and its cafes are often conceptual, intriguing spaces offering a window onto the city's best views, art and architecture and occasionally, into its colourful past.
Whether you are into beats, breaks, ballads or Beethoven, 2014 has a music festival for you.
Here are five to get you in tune.
Rooftop bars offer their own brand of romance. There's nothing quite like sitting atop a tall building, looking out over a city or special landscape and sipping on your favourite drink with your loved one next to you. All while watching the sunset or bright city lights, as your favourite song is playing in the background. Sounds nice doesn't it?
Rooftop bars can indeed offer sensational, romantic experiences and if you're in one of the following areas, you should absolutely experience these places with your partner.
Crystal Cruises recently announced that from April 2014, they are addding a 'five-night Extended Land Program' to Tibet on their regular romantic Asia cruise. Honeymooners and holidayers after a unique getaway idea, this one's for you!
Looking for a honeymoon spot that specialises in romantic getaways and honeymoons? Have you considered the intriguing and beguiling Indonesian island of Bali? Bali has always been a popular holiday destination for honeymooners and couples planning a wedding or romantic getaway and there's a reason why!
It's a place that offers it all, from parties and cosmopolitan dining to cultural experiences and some of Asia's best shopping. Add to this already heady mix some the most exclusive and indulgent luxury hotels, resorts and villas - which Bali has in spades! - and you just may have found honeymoon heaven.
Looking for Bali Honeymoon Packages? Check out this fantastic section where some of the most amazing couples' resorts and hotels offer incredible travel deals!
As a holiday destination the Philippines has so much to offer travellers, - not only the high energy capital of Manila, but the dreamy islands which are perfect for a laid back, luxurious holiday. With a flight time of roughly eight hours, you’ll arrive without the jet lag, and the resorts in our top five list are no more than a couple of hours from Manila.
Read on to view our top five …
Bali has long been a destination that Australians flock to, considering its close proximity and lush natural environment.
It's a particularly perfect place for couples seeking luxury accommodation for their honeymoon, with an assortment of beautiful resorts to choose from.
Luxury honeymoon accommodation Asia
Why not start off your exquisite honeymoon in Seminyak? This is a town almost purpose-built to provide visitors with the ultimate in luxury accommodation, fine dining and bars.
While some areas of Bali are notorious for partying and hedonism, Seminyak on the other hand is known for its laid-back, sophisticated atmosphere, perfect for a pair of lovers.
Matthew Brace relives romantic moments on this island paradise ...
The magical island of Bali is deeply romantic at all times of the day but there’s a special warm glow at dusk when sandalwood, frangipani and romance are in the air. Villagers kneel in front of stone statues of their gods and lay offerings of flowers, small bits of food and incense sticks on the ground. The statues are often draped in black and white cloth which symbolises the coexistence of good and evil which the Balinese believe is essential for a balanced life.
After a fabulous 'facelift', The Grand Dame of the east, The Peninsula Hong Kong, has reaffirmed its place as one of the world's best luxury hotels. While the 300 guest rooms have been updated – think chic and subtle cream, walnut and caramel tones – it is the cutting edge in-room technology which will really excite couples on a romantic getaway or honeymoon.
Following the completion of an extensive renovation and upgrade, Centara Hotels & Resorts is excited to announce the rebranding of its Khao Lak Seaview Resort & Spa to Centara Seaview Resort Khao Lak.
The resort is less than an hour's drive from Phuket International Airport and provides a wonderful location for a romantic holiday … or even a family vacation (with a great kids club of course being available!)
There's something incredibly enchanting about strolling up to a restaurant barefoot, ideally after a short walk along the beach from your luxury ocean-front bungalow. It's the picture of romance: eating fresh seafood at a candle-lit table on the beach, while the waves crash directly in front of you and your hair blows in the wind.
While there are a wide array of such spots on islands all over the world, there are a couple of places that are worth a special mention.
Most couples dream of spending their honeymoon or anniversary in a dreamy bungalow, overlooking waters of such aquamarine clarity that sea life can be spotted from the hammock on your porch.
Luckily, these iconic, thatch roof-style bungalows exist in some of the most beautiful islands in the world. In both the Maldives and Tahiti, you can put your snorkel gear on and jump right off your porch.
Though many of these spots are a bit of a splurge, they're absolutely perfect for couples planning a celebratory holiday, and staying in one of these luxury villas will be an unforgettable experience.
We're loving this collection of 5 fabulous packages at Mantra, Peppers and BreakFree resorts in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Bali.
1. RUN ON THE REEF - Port Douglas, Queensland
Getting sick of pounding the same pavement when you're out running? Take a weekend away and don't miss the Canegrowers Great Barrier Reed Marathon Festival on November 3rd. This spectacular marathon course is alongside the stunning Great Barrier Reef.
Where else would you want to be to run the big 40km?! There is also 5km, 10km and half marathon runs that you can complete if a full marathon just isn't for you. All of the courses have spectacular views of the coastline, including Four Mile Beach and the spectacular Port Douglas.
Consider celebrating 20 years with the love of your life by visiting one of the most ancient civilisations. With a recorded history of nearly 5,000 years, China's home to a rich cultural heritage and astounding geography.
Here are a couple of these destinations to feature on your anniversary itinerary:
Great Wall of China
The Peninsula Hotels are all about providing their guests with romantic experiences – culture, excitement, adventure, art, entertainment, history and more. They do this through the Peninsula Academy, their way of offering tailored programmes for adults and children alike - in typical Peninsula style.
We recently stumbled across the Peninsula Academy's plans for guests staying in The Peninsula Manila. Manila is a jewel of the Philippines, a city ready to be experienced. For couples with an eye for the perfect getaway for two or honeymoon in the Phillipines, check out these activities you can get up to at The Peninsula Manila.
Did you know that China now offers a visa-free period of 72 hours (3 days) if you're travelling to another country. This means that China is now on our HOT list of places to take a lengthy stopover.
With China's billionaire boom we have seen the country become more luxurious than ever. A luxury stopover? A new concept perhaps, but definitely worth your while. Whether your stopover is before your main holiday or after, there's no reason not to turn it into a mini romantic getaway.
Watching the countryside fly by while snuggled next to your honey on the train makes for a perfect romantic getaway. Enjoy all the amenities modern trains offer: private carriages, comfortable beds and individual bathrooms.
While your budget informs the level of luxury you choose, make sure that comfort comes first. You'll be spending a lot of time in close quarters with your loved one, and you want every moment to be bliss. All three of the following trains offer a range of itineraries, so couples can easily choose a trip that perfectly meets their needs.
Enjoy a fine romance on an island made for two; there are literally hundreds to choose from at this fabled Indian Ocean getaway.
If you must get shipwrecked, you might as well do it in style. So discovered Australian surfer Tony Hinde who was washed up on a heavenly North Malé Atoll shore in 1973, enroute to Africa, and never went home. He fell under the spell of both the local breaks and lifestyle, married a Maldivian woman, Zulfa, and set up a surf school.WhileTony was helping visitors master the shallow coral reefs, the buzz started building about the near-mythical appeal of the destination he had ‘discovered’.
A classic tented camp with 11 luxurious tents and a Honeymoon Suite, Kempinski’s new outpost in the Olare Orok Conservancy on the bank of the Ntiakitiak River is a great place to experience the African wilderness in style.
The spacious tents are grandly furnished, with four-poster beds, classic colonial timber desks, comfy sofas and Oriental rugs.
Indoor bathrooms have slate floors, vanities with two sinks, separate toilets, solar-heated water, bathtubs and showers.
Dawn breaks as the hot air balloon drifts above the straw-coloured plains. The vast savannah of the Maasai Mara is spread out beneath us. Slender-necked giraffes nibble on tree branches and herds of elephants forage in the grass.
The whoosh of gas burners startles a hippo and the hulking animal runs nimbly into the coffee-coloured river.
We drift slowly downwards, cruising above thousands of wildebeests that scatter and run in every direction. It’s the stage in the nature cycle that the Maasai Mara National Reserve is famous for, the annual migration. Each year more than two million wildebeest cross the border on an annual journey from Tanzania’s Serengeti to graze in Kenya’s Maasai Mara.
A diverse collection of islands, jungles, cities and hinterlands, Asia boasts an almost endless list of incredible destinations, so picking exactly where to visit can be a bit of a challenge.
Whether you're dreaming of a honeymoon on the beach, in a glamorous city or somewhere remote and rugged, we've handpicked 10 destinations for the perfect post-wedding getaway.
The Cape Panwa Hotel has recently had a bit of a revamp. The results of their 'soft-renovation' mean couples have another option to add to their list of luxury holiday destinations.
Hello Bali lovers! Seeing as this is one of the top locations for Australians to visit every year, and one of H4C's favourite for couples wanting a long holiday, or even a short break escape, we're happy to announce the new addition to the Mantra Group in Bali.
We're big fans of holidaying decadently and differently, and we love the latest additions to The Peninsula Beijing's Academy tours. If you're on a romantic holiday or honeymoon in China, we definitely recommend checking these tours out.
It is hard to imagine a more magical setting for a couple’s spa treatment. Maya Ubud enjoys one of the most serene locations in Bali, and the resort’s spa is strategically placed to offer guests a unique spa experience. Perched above the Petanu River and surrounded by emerald green jungle, the spa takes full advantage of mother nature - imagine the orchestra of sounds created from the combination of the swirling, tumbling river waters, the sweet trill of bird song, and, if you are lucky, the chatter of monkeys and the distant sound of Balinese gamelan music.
Located right on beautiful Kuta beach on the southern shore of Lombok Island only a short flight or boat ride from Bali is the Novotel Lombok Resort, a four-star property built in the traditional Sasak style and a real escape for couples looking for a relaxed, toes-in-the-sand experience.
There’s a high speed catamaran that runs from the east coast of Bali to Lombok but the easiest way to get closest to the resort is with Garuda Indonesia who fly from Bali and Jakarta to Lombok with regular connections to Australia. The new international airport is just a short drive from the resort and transfers will be arranged for you. See novotellombok.com for more.
Located just 60 km or an hour’s Turbo Jetfoil ride away from Hong Kong, Macau has long been the favourite recreational haunt of expats living in romantic Hong Kong as it offers a slower-paced respite from the frenetic streets of that vertical megacity. It’s also a popular destination for travellers visiting Hong Kong or China (it is located around 150 km from the popular tourist city of Guangzhou) because of its Portugese heritage which is still so much a part of the lifestyle here. Opened just a few months ago in a great position on the Napa waterfront and close to many of Macau’s unique attractions, the Mandarin Oriental Macau offers guests an exceptionally romantic and exclusive home away from home.
If you're in Bali or planning a trip to Bali soon we hear there's a new restaurant that needs checking out! Opened just a month ago, Cuca serves tapas, cocktails and desserts – our style of eating! – from three distinctive spaces: an interactive and exciting food bar where wooden chairs run along one impressive teak counter; a relaxed and intimate dining room, ideal for guests to enjoy the company of each other in a comfortable and air-conditioned environment, and a chilled out cocktail bar & garden lounge, gently touched by the ocean breeze and surrounded by the undisturbed beauty of nature.
The restaurant is helmed by Chef Kevin Cherkas, who has an enviable career developed in some of the world's best restaurants such as Michelin three-star Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastian, Michelin three-star El Bulli in Roses and Michelin two-star La Broche in Madrid. He also left his mark in New York City during his 2 year tenure with Daniel Boulud at the highly regarded Michelin three-star Daniel.
And where is this new beauty I hear you ask? Cuca is located just in front of Kayumanis Jimbaran Private Estate and Spa.
Reservations may be made by calling +62 361 708066. The restaurant is open seven days a week from 12pm to 12am.
At Borneo’s northern tip the fascinating Malaysian state of offers a personal introduction to some of the world’s most intriguing wildlife, spectacular rainforest and memorable eco-luxe experiences.
Passengers flying from Singapore via the low cost airline Scoot now have a chance to ‘style up’ and buy a little bit of extra comfort and special service with the newly launched ScootinStyle*^.
Available for purchase for SGD 39 at Scoot’s check-in counters in Changi Airport’s Terminal 2, or when you book your flights on flyscoot.com, ScootinStyle means that you’ll be able to relax for up to 4 hours prior to your flight at the exclusive 24 hour SATS Premier Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport, where you can enjoy yummy food and beverages*, shower facilities, comfy massage chairs and business facilities. You’ll also enjoy express service when you check in, and be amongst the first to board the aircraft with ScootAboard.
Who among us is taking a sunny trip to Malaysia this September? We sure hope you're going to take advantage of these sporting and cultural events on offer:
-On the Water with the Sarawak Regatta
-The angling event where only Marline and Sailfish count
-Take to the skies in the Kokol International Paragliding Race 2013
-1Malaysia Lantern Tourism Festival 2013
-Tennis fever at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur
-Labuan Arts Festival
If you like the idea of a romantic holiday that lets you disconnect from the world while reconnecting to each other, point your chakras towards these five amazing luxury spa and wellness retreats where a surprising level of romantic connection can be found. They're the perfect indulgence while on your getaway for two.
Bali is one of the hottest honeymoon destinations in the world, what with that perfect mix of stunning accommodation options, fantastic shopping, world class dining, hip bars, idyllic beaches and a seriously sublime spa and wellness culture. But with the recent opening of The Mulia Resort & Villas in Nusa Dua, the theory of a luxury honeymoon in Bali just elevated to a whole different level!
The Mulia combines the very best of this island in one amazing property, and has been designed with that elusive six-star style in mind. It really is unlike anything else you will experience in Bali - a sprawling estate set on over 30 hectares of prime beachside land with three different and distinct experiences to choose from.
Mulia Resort is at the heart of it and boasts spacious and chic suites with easy access to the huge beachside pool and the many on-site restaurants and bars, while up on the hill the beautiful Mulia Villas offer an ideal escape for couples wanting a little more seclusion, complete with your own plunge pool, personal butler and access to the private club lounge and breakfast dining space (with stunning views to match!).
I'm pretty sure the cheeky grey monkey at my front door wasn't a part of the package … but considering the scene laid out around us – jungles behind, sea view before us, and the thick hum of the early morning birdsong vibrating through the air – this little guy wasn't out of place at all. We watched as he and his family rummaged around the fallen leaves, finding their breakfast, playing chase and just doing what monkeys do before they made their way back into the forest, laughing as they went. Time for the humans to come out to play, and as we made our own way down the winding hillside path towards the beach I knew those macaques were still watching, as curious and amused as we were.
We had arrived at Gaya Island Resort on Pulau Gaya the previous afternoon, travelling by water transfer from the mainland of Kota Kinabalu, whizzing across the harbour past huge cargo ships, colourful houses on stilts and the canoes of fisherman out for the daily catch.
Hands up, who needs some time out? We're joining you on that one … how about a healthy retreat with space to breathe and relax whilst also tuning in to your body and mind? Oh, and did we mention it would be in beautiful Bali?
We're getting some major bliss vibes off of the Sharing Bali destination retreat, a life-enriching and holistic holiday, offering you the opportunity to discover authentic Balinese village life and a wellness program that incorporates fitness, nutrition, that essential ‘time-out’ and plenty of activities which explore the environment.
Bali has been through some ups and downs over the years, but this beautiful island has bounced back to become one of the most sought after - and sophisticated - island escapes in Asia. Discover Bali's varied areas, from the trendy beachside hamlets where shopping and nightlife rule, to the peaceful heart of the hills and the roads less travelled.
I'm the kind of traveller who loves it all. Give me a beach shack and a hammock under a coconut palm and I am just as happy as when I am blessed with a beautiful private villa or five star resort. Maybe that's why I love Bali so much. I always know I can arrive here with a near empty suitcase (but a plan to fill it, fast!) and I'll have every kind of holiday experience to choose from.
Get Lost in Langkawi - Chloe Bassett discovers there is much to see and do in this Malaysian wonderland
Pristine beaches, jungle clad hills, dramatic cliffs, rich culture and friendly locals create the holiday gem that is Langkawi. One of Malaysia's most visited corners, this beach haven has everything you seek in a romantic holiday destination.
Craig Tansley discovers the breathtaking adventure highlights and charming, low-key hidden gems of this exotic getaway.
Chiang Mai is known as the roof of Thailand for its abundance of tall mountains – so it goes without saying that it offers the best mountain biking opportunities anywhere in the country, and indeed, in all of Southeast Asia. Chiang Mai is surrounded by mountains and some of Thailand’s largest national parks which are criss-crossed with hundreds of trails for all levels of riders.
Have you been paying attention? Paulene and Trevor are sharing their insights and delights while on their extended holiday…
After four nights we left Maikhao’s oasis of luxury reluctantly, and flew back to Singapore to meet up with our travelling companions, Darrel and Deirdre, freshly (or exhaustedly) from the dreaded 2:30am flight from Brisbane.
We had planned this trip over several months, carefully researching flights, routes and accommodation through different internet sites. I found sites such as Tripadvisor, Booking.com, and Expedia very helpful in checking out hotels. I never made a booking without reading reviews of each hotel. I found accommodation in Singapore to be expensive, but planning to a budget and location sometimes requires sacrifice.
Are you ready to take a journey alongside Trevor and Paulene? Their trips starts in Phuket…
After months of fastidious planning, we were finally off to the airport – in a state of high excitement. I must admit this waned considerably waiting until 2:30am for our flight from Brisbane to Singapore. Feeling exhausted and touchy, even before we left, the seven-and-a-half hour flight seemed to limp by with just brief snatches of sleep. What I couldn’t understand was how people can want to eat at 3am in the morning just because they are on an aeroplane… and how noisy they are in consuming this—perhaps my irritation is showing here.
A short flight to Phuket and four nights at the amazing Maikhao Dream Resort at Phuket was highly restorative. This was to be our brief taste of total luxury and relaxation before twelve rigorous weeks of travel.
Okinawa is a cultural treasure trove just waiting to be discovered by intrepid couples ready for a different experience. Rhonda Bannister shares her top 5 things to see and do …
1. Immerse in the culture
The easiest way to experience and learn about the Okinawan culture is to visit those places that illustrate and exemplify its fascinating heritage.
Ryukyu Mura: A recreated, traditional village with exhibits and parades showcasing various festivals, crafts and foods. Old Ryukyuan homes were brought from all over the islands and painstakingly reassembled here in the village to preserve the heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom. A wide range of performances are held at the village, including Eisa taiko drumming, dances, concerts, parades and re-enacted historical ceremonies.
In the October-March 12/13 edition of Holidays for Couples we ask those that live there what it is that they love about this enticing destination!
Read on to get the goss on the BEST wining & dining, romantic restaurants for two, places to chill, hidden gems and of course, shopping!
BEST WINING & DINING
Park Society & HI-SO at Sofitel So Bangkok, overlooking the greenery of Bangkok’s much beloved Lumpini Park. Park Society is the fine dining restaurant on the 29th ﬂoor, above it is HI-SO – a rooftop bar with a breathtaking view of Bangkok.
Tip from: Varakorn Phromyothi, Director of Marketing,The Tongsai Bay
Natalie Bannister tells us a little about her short break stay in one of the world’s most vibrant and modern cities …
“We recently enjoyed three nights kicking around the stylish, modern, pristine metropolis of Singapore … and with a penchant for the good life, this was my kind of heaven! With world class shopping and some classy bars and fine dining restaurants, Singapore has it all for the foodie and the fashionista. And with no shortage of luxurious hotels to choose from, we certainly didn’t have to risk forsaking any level of pampering and indulgence.
On your next holiday to Bali, don’t just hang around the pool or beach, hire a car with a driver and head to the hills to discover the real Island of the Gods. Here is three recommended day-trips to get you started …
1. The Lakes District
The Angseri hot springs is one of Bali’s natural wonderlands and you can include a visit here on a day trip that takes in the beautiful Ulun Danu Temple at Bedugul on Lake Bratan, one of three lakes located in this lush mountainous area around 50 kilometres from Denpasar.This photogenic temple, one of the most iconic images of Bali was built in 1633 and dedicated to the Goddess of the Lake. Spend a while walking around the serene gardens where you’ll find some beautifully carved Buddhist stupas, or hire a canoe for a paddle on the lake.
1. For Australian and New Zealand passport holders, Macau is VISA FREE for 30 days.
2. Visitors arriving at Hong Kong International Airport can transfer to Macau by the Sea Express Ferry Service. This trip will take 45 minutes and all customs and immigration formalities are completed in Macau.
3. Macau’s currency is the pataca (MOP$), which has almost the same value as the Hong Kong dollar (HKD). Hong Kong dollars are accepted in most places but spend your patacas in Macau as you won’t be able to use them in Hong Kong.
Couples are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to luxurious accommodation options at excellent prices, couples’ spa treatments that will leave you both on cloud nine and restaurants that equal the best in the world. We think couples will love the eight options we’ve chosen as they all offer a very different experience.
1. Mandarin Oriental
Stylish, beautifully appointed rooms and suites are just part of the many charms of this architecturally stunning building sited on the waterfront within walking distance of all the action of the city, its historical centre and three major casinos, MGM, Wynn and Grand Lisboa. Floor-to-ceiling glass reveals stunning vistas of the city, Macau Tower, Nam Van Lake and the South China Sea. The oversized bathroom offers a full-size bath where you can both enjoy a long, decadent soak drinking in the magical views along with a glass of bubbles.
Foodies will love it here as the dining possibilities are endless, with choices ranging from intimate and romantic to large and loud; from authentic Macanese and Portuguese flavours to traditional and contemporary Asian tastes; from hotel buffets to Michelin star restaurants … but be warned, you’ll leave here heavier than when you arrived and I don’t mean your suitcases!
1. Beijing Kitchen
This is the place to eat if you’ve booked to see the spectacular extravaganza, The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams because the ‘show’ put on by the chefs in one of the four open kitchens of this chic restaurant will delight and amaze as they toss food filled woks over high bursts of flame. The cuisine is authentic Northern Chinese which we loved as it’s quite spicy and so different with specialities like wood-fired Beijing Duck, Shanxi hand-shredded noodles with pork and double-baked Superior Bird’s Nest just a small sample of the delectable dishes on offer. Open for lunch and dinner: macau.grand.hyatt.com
Macau is a compact city made for walking and with over 20 unique historical or religious sites clustered around the city’s heart, it’s easy to navigate your way around, savouring the wonderful sights in a short space of time. Here are eight don’t miss attractions.
1: Of special interest is Senado Square with its wave-patterned, stone mosaic streets and its gorgeous neo-classical, pastel coloured buildings. This is the city’s beating heart which has been a civic centre for centuries and where locals and visitors alike stroll along, stopping to window shop at the many boutiques and stores that are now housed in the lovely old buildings. The restored St Lazarus Quarter, just a few blocks from here, is also a charming place to stroll around and admire gaily coloured buildings, lovely laneways and atmospheric piazzas where you’ll find some really cool little boutiques and galleries showcasing local ceramics, jewellery, handmade soaps and cosmetics.
Trust us – you won’t be short of things to do on your holiday here, but to get you thinking about it, here are our top eight to try!
1. The House of Dancing Water
Billed as a show like no other on earth, The House of Dancing Water show, created for City of Dreams by Franco Dragone, is a ‘must-see’ experience – quite simply it’s amazing! The dazzling costumes and special effects are fabulous but it’s the cast (and the millions of litres
of water they use as their main prop!) that will have you agog with delight … don’t miss it!
Get set for a pulse-quickening, eyes-agog escape. Melissa Rimac plunges in to find the regions’ most extraordinary, most romantic, aquatic wonders.
Scattered through the East China Sea like jade paving stones leading from Japan’s most southerly point to Taiwan, the Ryukyu Islands of Okinawa are a modern enigma.
Stretching for more than 1,000 km and made up of 49 inhabited and 111 uninhabited islands, the name Okinawa translates as ‘rope in the open sea’. This ‘rope’, flanked by Japan, China and Southeast Asia, has evolved as a unique blend of Asian cultures, one that is driving its emergence as a tourism destination.
A tropical island getaway is always a good idea, but if you're looking for a destination that's totally unique and free from the hoards of travellers escape to the paradise that is Zanzibar. Even the name itself is enough to conjure up exotic, romantic Indian Ocean fantasies. But this is one island that lives up to its sultry reputation.
Tanya Joslin discovers the beauty of Sri Lanka … and why it is a perfect destination for couples.
After more than a quarter century of civil war, peace has returned to ‘the island of serendipity’. And, along with this newfound peace comes tourists–lots of them–much to the delight of the Sri Lankan people who are natural-born hosts. There is so much to do and see in this tiny Indian Ocean country but beware: the driving is often painfully slow. So, unless your plan is to simply unwind on one of the island’s gorgeous beaches, the best way to experience Sri Lanka is to map out a route based around the sites you want to see. All visitors arrive just outside of Colombo so take advantage of your entry point and explore Sri Lanka’s most cosmopolitan town upon arriving.
You really need a reason to leave Australia if you’re looking for a beach holiday. Arguably, we can claim some of the world’s best beaches, right here on our home shores. But what we don’t have is that exotic ﬂavour, the product of an ethnic mix which blends peoples of African, Asian and European descent in the Creole culture which exists in the Seychelles.
Jemma Fletcher discovers the growing trend of Voluntourism.
‘The honeymoon that gives back’ – could there really be such a thing? A romantic escape which fuses romance, seclusion and luxury with the heart-warming gesture of giving back to the local community? Here at Holidays for Couples, we began to wonder if this fabled honeymoon could really exist … and after a bit of digging, we’re pleased to announce that it most certainly does – in droves!
Below are our top six destinations which provide dream honeymoons with an opportunity to make the world a better place.
A three-day leisurely romantic cruise of breathtaking Halong Bay has been added to Helen Wong's comprehensive Vietnam brochure for 2013-2014, and it’s got us excited for a whole new kind of luxury adventure in one of the most scenic and stunning regions of Southeast Asia!
The two-night cruise through enchanting Halong Bay aboard one of the two Au Co luxury ships is included in the leading Asian specialist’s 12-day Treasure of the Bay itinerary from the company’s list of Premium Group Tours, and is priced from $3,990 per person, twin share from Australia. Guests will enjoy well-appointed cabins with contemporary furnishings and their own private balcony (a perfect spot for sunset drinks or early morning sunrise moments!). It’s sure to be a truly romantic and special way to travel and experience this world treasure together on a getaway or honeymoon together.
Whether you’re an avid fan of yoga and meditation and wellness, a die hard surfer, a devotee of spa and wellness indulgence, or just a couple who is looking to reconnect with each other and get healthy in the mind and body in a beautifully romantic place, this one is for you! Salt, one of Bali’s most exclusive luxury yoga, surf and spa retreats, is now offering 3- and 7-day luxury surf and yoga retreats that let you escape the routine, get in touch with you and your sweetheart again, recharge and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul. All the while set in stunning five-star villa surrounded by tranquil tropical gardens and pool. It’s perfect for couples wanting a totally unique, romantic and immersive experience to share together.
In the lead-up to the festive season, MSC Cruises has unwrapped the “perfect gift”... a 25-night holiday package which combines a two-night stay in London with a three-week cruise from the White Cliffs of Dover to the Black Sea, visiting two new ports.
Priced from $5,726 per person, twin share, the specially-tailored fly/stay/cruise package includes return economy airfare with Emirates from Australia on September 7, 2013 along with transfers, accommodation and all the usual inclusions of the cruise as well as port charges, service charges and flight taxes.