Rediscover the romance with an adults-only weekend retreat. A short flight could have you wining and dining amongst the trees in Koh Samui , having a picnic on a private island in Phuket or enjoying a cocktail from your private pool in Danang. The hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith can help you make the most of your time away from the kids with exotic experiences that are (almost) on your doorstep.
Eco-conscious couples should consider Gayana Eco Resort on the island of Borneo. Whisk your loved one away to the overwater Palm Villa, which boasts direct access to the ocean via your private deck, a plunge pool and a sea-view bath tub with room for two. Lounge by the infinity pool on one of the chic day beds or indulge in a treatment using indigenous plants and oils at Solace Spa. Return for a drink on your deck courtesy of the free minibar before dining at Alu Alu, the area’s best Chinese seafood restaurant, known for its spiced soft-shell crab. Alternatively, impress your partner by organising a private dinner on your deck – the hotel staff will sail over a meal for two. Aqua devotees can go exploring with free-to-hire snorkels and kayaks, and a PADI dive centre offering offshore experiences. Fitness fans should travel to sister resort Bunga Raya, where the gym, jungle treks and zip-lining adventures are all free.
Smith Extra BlackSmith members get a romantic dinner set up on the day of arrival; SilverSmiths get an hour’s guided kayaking, snorkelling or jungle trekking tour; GoldSmiths get a 45-minute spa session for two on the day of arrival.
Architect Bill Bensley is behind the romantic bedrooms and playful design at InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort. You can thank him for the Heavenly Penthouses: secluded sanctuaries at the top of the hotel. The king-size bed will be calling, but you might end up in the big stone bathtub first. Your private pool with jaw-dropping views of the sea will up the romance stakes, as you enjoy a cocktail provided by your private butler. The Nam Tram – a steep funicular up Monkey Mountain – transports guests to Citron, a restaurant with incredible vistas and bright yellow and lime furnishings (courtesy of Bensley). The buffets cater for every taste, with both Western and Asian dishes on offer. For something a little more romantic, La Maison 1888 (headed up by Michel Roux) is a French fine dining experience.
Smith Extra Afternoon tea for two at Citron
Situated in Jakarta’s hip Kemang district, Kemang Icon by Alila boasts 12 unique suites and shares a space with a boutique shopping mall and rooftop restaurant. The service here is personalised – pre-order your minibar snacks before arrival, choose from a number of duvets and pillows or play DJ and set the soundtrack for your in-room iPod. Romantic souls should look to the Imperia suite, with its draped fabrics and theatrical floor-to-ceiling mirror. A walk-in wardrobe provides extra space for all your new buys from the mall downstairs. Cool off with a dip in the 16m rooftop infinity pool or recline on one of the poolside sunbeds, before moving to the Edge, a rooftop restaurant offering Indonesian and international cuisine. The hotel is within walking distance of some of the trendiest restaurants and bars in Jakarta, so consider your night sorted. Return for a late-night bubble bath with your preferred bathroom scents.
Smith Extra Three-course dinner for two
Anantara Lawana, located 15 minutes away from bustling Chaweng, pays homage to Koh Samui’s first settlers, with Chinese-inspired design, calligraphy and hurricane lamps dotted around the hotel. The same theme decorates the Deluxe Lawana rooms, accompanied by grey wood-panelled walls and beds with billowing mosquito nets. Big spenders should splash out on an Anantara Pool Villa, with 160sq m worth of space and a private pool and big outdoor bath tub. The beachside turquoise pool won’t disappoint, surrounded by swaying palms and white sand. If you’re there at the right time, you might even be offered a fresh fruit skewer or ice lolly by the helpful staff. The spa is built for couples, with six double rooms. Try the signature Coconut Paradise therapy: a 200-minute treatment including a foot ritual, coconut scrub, coconut body wrap and coconut massage. Continue the indulgence with dinner at Tree Tops: a fine dining establishment with just eight tables, each occupying its own private treehouse. There’s even a salt selection, explained by a salt guru, for when your mains arrive.
Smith Extra A welcome drink and fruit basket, 15-minute head and shoulder massage, premium internet access and 10 percent off at the spa, restaurant and bar
Acclaimed designer Paola Navone’s Med-inspired styling combines Thai luxury and Italian flamboyance at Point Yamu by Como. She’s responsible for the bright pops of aquamarines and burnt oranges; a reflection of the hotel’s proximity to the sea and Thailand’s Buddhist culture. The Verandah Pool boasts a four-poster bed, tranquil living room, veranda with comfy recliners and private lap pool. Styled with all-white opulence, the Como Suite features an outdoor massage pool, large balcony and indoor and outdoor dining areas. Enjoy free icy poles by the 100m infinity pool or order lunch and bubbly from the loungers courtesy of La Sirena, the resort’s main restaurant. For maximum romance, return for dinner at a poolside table. Sunworshippers can hop on the free shuttle to a nearby island with white sand and sparkling waters, perfect for a romantic afternoon away. Phi Phi Island is also another easy day trip and is an excellent spot for snorkelling adventures.
Smith Extra A drink each at Aqua Bar. Guests staying in a suite (or for three nights or more) who book an hour-long massage will be upgraded to a 90-minute treatment.