No plans for Valentines? No problem. Travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have specially selected the best three last-minute getaways for a romantic retreat from the city.
Nam Hai Hotel, Hoi An, Vietnam
Vietnam’s China Beach is a pristine patchwork of bright blue sea, lush jungle flora and golden-sand shores – credit to the beachside Nam Hai hotel, then, for being just as much of a draw. It’s ocean-view, French-colonial-style villas drip with designer detail, the spa is an award-winning sanctuary of serenity, and its awe-inspiring opulence is balanced with tradition and tranquility.
Smith extra: A bottle of sparkling wine on arrival.
Gayana Eco Resort, Sabah, Malaysia
A quick hop from Hong Kong or Singapore, Gayana Eco Resort – a spread of stilted bungalows perched over a peaceful lagoon – is a tropical island hideaway that balances an eco-conscious attitude with a pared-back take on luxury. Take advantage of top-drawer diving after you’ve swotted up at the onsite marine research centre.
Smith extra: BlackSmith members get a romantic dinner-table 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.
137 Pillars House, Chiang Mai
This nostalgic blend of historic Thai architecture and sleek modern design is home to delicious dining, a superlative spa and a dramatic pool. Set in the arty Wat Gate district, it was once home to Louis Leonowens, son of schoolteacher Anna (of Anna and the King movie fame). Now this romantic 19th-century beauty is all yours, with seductive rooms scattered among day-bed-dotted gardens.
Smith extra: A 30-minute head and shoulder massage each