Pangkor Laut resort, Malaysia
Malaysia is a popular destination for those who like to holiday off the beaten path due to its laid back lifestyle and the warm welcome bestowed by its people. The Pangkor Laut resort is a great base from which to go fishing, island hoping or simply enjoy the beautiful jungle fringed beaches, water sports and spa treatments. How about that beach wedding you always wanted?
Cocoa Island by COMO, Maldives
A tiny island almost dwarfed by the expanse of ocean surrounding it, Cocoa is nothing but an idyllic oasis of sand, sea and wellbeing where couples can reveal in the glory of the Indian Ocean, drink in the stunning sunsets and feast upon gourmet culinary delights.
A private resort made up of 33 overwater suites, it offers a range of holistic wellness treatments and world-class diving opportunities. Snorkelling, sunset cruises, aqua therapy sessions, fishing trips, morning and evening yoga and dolphin watching are among some of the activities available.
Song Saa, Cambodia
Cambodia’s first private island is a truly undiscovered gem where romance and intimacy provide the perfect honeymoon getaway. Sharing the island with just a handful of guests, the service is nothing less than indulgent and the experience one of complete tranquillity. This is the ultimate place to shut out the rest of world, be at one with nature and your newlywed and return feeling refreshed and rejuvenated….Cambodia’s biggest secret.
The Sarojin, Phuket, Thailand
The hotel itself is just as much a part of the destination as Phuket Island with all its local delights and beaches. Snorkelling trips to the Similan and Surin Islands’ Marine National Parks, scuba lessons, spa experiences and culinary classes may be enough to tempt you away from the sun lounger. If not those, a cruise by traditional Thai long tail boat between the breathtaking limestone islands of Phang Nga Bay and its hidden lagoons will quickly wash way the stresses of the wedding day and months of prep. Never mind the honeymoon, you can plan a destination wedding to take place here too.
Ever wanted to feel like you could own an island? Well, this comes pretty close. Small, remote and exclusive, the resort’s luxury water suite is as the resort itself puts it “the ultimate indulgence” – your own little slice of the Indian Ocean.
The private infinity pool feels like it was built with you in mind. Those able to peel themselves away from the tranquillity of the sun deck or beach, will find the marine centre is brimming with a range of sea-based activities. Plenty of bars and restaurants complete the whole package.
The Oberoi, Mauritius
French colonial meets tropical palm trees and soft sandy beaches. Activities include reading under the shade of the natural parasol of a palm leaf, swimming among schools of brightly coloured fish and enjoying wonderfully romantic candlelit dinners on the beach.
Princesse Bora Lodge, Madagascar
Despite being made famous by DreamWorks, newlyweds are still largely unaware of Madagascar’s honeymoon potential. The fourth largest island in the world, it may not hold the fame of the Maldives but still offers everything honeymooners in search of flora, fauna and some serious R&R could want.
Madagascar offers everything from whale watching and hikes through pristine rainforests to glorious beaches, national parks and crystal clear waters. While it might not be a big hotel franchise, the Princess Bora Lodge does not compromise on luxury or comfort. Guests will find it hard not to fall in love with its rustic charm.