Bazaar’s Top 5 Romantic Getaways

These dreamy escapes should be on your bucket list. By Aisha Hassan.

Amanwella, Sri Lanka 

An iconic Amanwella sunset scene, as romantic as it is breathtaking. Image courtesy of Amanwella.

Watch the sunset each day from the infinity pool, while palm trees sway gently against clear skies slowly slipping into dusk. This tranquil hideaway sits near the seaside town of Tangalle; from Amanwella’s golden beach, you can go whale watching and surfing, while the nearby Yala and Udawalawe National Parks are teeming with exotic animals. The terraces of the suites overlook the Indian Ocean, while each room also has a private plunge pool – an afternoon rendezvous, anyone?

Bodhi Mawatha, Wella Wathura, Godellawela, Tangalle, Sri Lanka. Tel: +94 47 224 1333. 

Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives

Villas stand gracefully atop the clear Indian ocean. Image courtesy of Per Aquum Niyama, Maldives.

Looking out from the seaplane, two twin islands will appear amid the endless expanse of blue; these two islands, named “Play” and “Chill,” make up the resort of Per Aquum Niyama. Take in everything this getaway has to offer, such as gourmet master classes and safaris – even better, drift through darkness and discover marine life by torch light during a night snorkel. The resort’s Lime Spa is, as the name might suggest, sublime. Personalised spa rituals for you and your partner, which take place in a private garden sanctuary with an outside bath and day bed, let you bask in the sultry heat.

Maldives. Tel: +60 356112617. 

The Siam, Thailand

The infinity pool opening out to the Krung Thon Bridge. Image courtesy of The Siam, Thailand.

Palm fronds that were three storeys high – that was the first thing that took our breath away at The Siam. Verdant oases are interspersed throughout the hotel, the interior has a touch of chic European flair, and precious antiques from the private collection of Krissada Sukosol Clapp, one of the owners, are displayed almost everywhere. In-house highlights: one-on-one Muay Thai lessons, a traditional Thai tattoo parlour, and a host of natural therapies at Opium Spa. For couples seeking the city, try one of the hotel’s exceptional tours, such as that of spiritual Bangkok, focusing on talisman tattoos and shrines.

3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand. Tel: +66 2 206 6999. 

Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi 

Take a moment to breathe and appreciate the breathtaking scenery. Image courtesy of Four Seasons Resort, Langkawi.

With limestone cliffs and floating pavilions, it’s easy to be enthralled by Langkawi’s finest Geopark, where the romantic Four Season Resort is located. From the first moment you arrive, the design elements captivate and suggest the Malay and Arabic influences that inspired the architecture. The choices of activities in nature are also staggering, such as a 12-metre limestone climbing wall and professional standard archery range within walking distance. Moreover, the spa’s philosophy and integrity lets Langkawi’s ancient energies and traditional healing techniques rejuvenate you inside and out.

Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi. Tel: +604-950 8888. 

The Westin Resort and Spa, Langkawi 

Infinity pools at the spa are an added luxury. Image courtesy of The Westin Resort & Spa, Langkawi.

Chocolate and champagne, plus personalised robes to keep, are just a few of the touches that testifies to the stellar service at The Westin. At the resort, the Andaman Sea sparkles before you, while the pristine beach is ideal for getting lost in your thoughts (or your lover) – private romantic dinners can be arranged by the waves. The Heavenly Spa is also a standout attraction; before each treatment, you are presented with three wishing stones; during a massage, your chosen stones are placed directly beneath you so that you can focus on drawing those energies.

Jalan Pantai Dato Syed Omar, Langkawi. Tel: +604-960 8888. 

Read the full story in our Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards 2017, featured in the February issue.  

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