Whisk off for a romantic getaway with your hubby and leave the kiddos at home!
Family holidays can be fun, adventure-filled and memory-making, but let’s face it, loving glances and intimate candle-lit dinners are usually the last thing on your mind. It can be tough infusing a little romance while keeping the kids entertained. Taking some time out so you and your partner can focus on each other is well worth the effort, and we’re lucky to have some of the most romantic getaways right on our doorstep. With such a diverse array of scenery, from beach to rainforest, Mama & Papa need look no further. The travel experts at KAYAK.com.hk have put together a list of the top five glamorous escapes in Asia, with a touch of help from cupid.
Azure Waters – Coron, Philippines
The beauty of this island escape, is that you can fly straight there. At just 55 minutes from Manila, you can virtually jump from the city, straight into a tropical paradise. Even experienced island-hoppers will be blown away by its beauty. Blindingly white beaches and crystal clear waters are just the beginning. Inexpensive food and beverages mean you can really live it up, while also keeping a little on the side for outdoor activities like snorkelling, day cruises and hiking. From Coron Town, hop over to mysterious Coron Island with its steep rocky outcrops, stunning lakes and jungle terrain. Balmy evenings on a lush island with the one you love? This is the stuff romance novels are made of.
Spectacular Views – Langkawi, Malaysia
Grab your significant other and disappear to Langkawi. Here you are truly spoiled for choice, with an archipelago of 99 stunning islands stretching in every direction, and everything from laid-back beaches to idyllic rural settings. Face your fear of heights and get a bird’s-eye view over the region by heading straight to the Langkawi Sky Bridge, soaring 660m above sea level. The bridge deck can be reached by cable car and inclined lift, and is the perfect way to feel on top of the world, literally. Sip on cocktails under swaying coconut trees at sunset, or take it to the next level and join a sunset dinner cruise for a meal for two of delectable local fare and wine. Enjoy a sleep-in, then book a couples massage on the beach, or opt for a day spa treatment. Langkawi’s tax-free status means excellent shopping, so if a bit of retail therapy tickles your fancy… this island is right up your alley.
Culture, Surf and Nature – Lombok, Indonesia
If you’re looking for one-on-one time with your partner, forget about tourist-packed Bali. The last thing you need is to share your romantic getaway with a million other holidaymakers. Our top pick for couples heading to Indonesia is Lombok. Unlike its better known neighbour across the strait, there are many places in Lombok that remain undeveloped, untouched and with a vast range of relationship enhancing activities. Aside from its reputation as a mecca for surfers, Lombok has a certain rustic charm and beauty, with an abundance of genuine Indonesian culture. The nearby Gili Islands offer a motor-vehicle-free day trip, with snorkelling, endless beaches and an adorable sea turtle hatchery. Talk about love vibes. After a long day hiking the mighty Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia’s penultimate volcano, settle in for the evening over a delicious nasi campur, a dish combining a selection of local delicacies.
Down by the Riverside – Hoi An & Da Nang, Vietnam
Hoi An is romantic by nature. Otherwise known as the lantern town, this quaint, ancient city exudes a beguiling atmosphere, with offerings beyond what its modest prices imply. Famous for unbeatable street food and colourful food markets, foodie couples will adore the chance to delve into the intricacies of the local cuisine, with a cooking class and cruise. Work off those extra calories with a relaxed bicycle ride around Old Town, to take in the well-preserved architecture and lively canals. Hoi An’s allure comes partly from the melting pot of eras and styles, infusing this riverside town with an eclectic energy, complemented by the peaceful rise and fall of the river tides. There is nothing better than sitting at a balcony bar during twilight, sharing a cocktail with your companion, with the sounds of the city behind you and the beauty of the river before you.
Rainforest Luxury – Phitsanulok, Thailand
Tarzan and Jane would feel right at home in the sublime rainforests of the national parks of Phitsanulok Province. Capital of the province, Phitsanulok is a friendly, historic city, and ideal hub to discover all the region has to offer. Explore nearby Thung Salaeng Luang and Phu Hin Rong Kla wildlife sanctuaries or visit Sukhothai and Sri Satchanalai to find out why these historical parks are so worthy of their UNESCO World Heritage listing. A short detour will find you at stunning Kangson Waterfall, a picturesque spot for a romantic snap or two. If a jungle hike leaves you wanting more, take a leisurely stroll along the Nan River, and appease your appetite with samplings from the enticing food stalls. With accommodation set right within this natural wonderland, nature lovers and lovers in general will rest easy beneath the green canopy of this forest hideaway.
How to get there: Flights from Hong Kong to Phitsanulok from HK$2,351*
Where to stay: Rain Forest Resort Phitsanulok from HK$260* per double room per night
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*Prices displayed are based on searches conducted on 5 April, 2016. Flight prices are based on a round trip economy fare for travel from 10-13 June, 2016. Hotel prices are for double occupancy per room per night. Prices are subject to change, availability may be limited or offers may no longer be available.