Australia’s position in South East Asia means an inexpensive luxury tropical honeymoon is just a short flight away. Try Bali, Thailand or the Phillipines for a secluded, romantic break on a pristine beach. Choosing the right location is the key to a successful honeymoon; with so many tropical spots to choose from it’s hard to know where to start. Here are some handy hints.
Location, Location, Location!
There are many areas of the Indonesian island of Bali to choose from – Seminyak, Kuta, Ubud, Canggu, Nusa Dua – as well as many styles of accommodation to suit all budgets and tastes. Semiyak and Kuta are bustling seaside tourist centres, with Western style accommodation, shopping and food. Canggu’s beautiful secluded beaches are close enough to the shopping and eating districts while providing a more authentic environment. The mountainous region of Ubud is an arts precinct, with an old world Indonesian charm and preserved culture, while Nusa Dua’s famous white sand beaches and golf resorts offer another spectrum of luxury.
There are many things to see and do in Bali, once a couple emerges from their private villa or resort room. Top quality spas offer honeymoon packages of dual massages, scented baths and beauty treatments. What’s more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two on the beach? Breeze at The Samaya and Potato Head’s in Seminyak offer first class Western-Indonesian fusion with a sea vista. If you’re in Ubud, Mozaic’s top chef will take you through a seasonal culinary journey worthy of any hatted restaurant in the world. Take in a round of golf in Nusa Dua, or snorkel through the pristine waters right out the front of your accommodation. Be sure to pick up a bargain from Semiyak’s shopping district and top it all off with a cocktail to watch the sun set over the ocean-side infinity pool.
Venture to an island paradise at Koh Pha Ngan. It’s a plane and a boat ride away from Thailand’s capital Bangkok, but it’s worth the extra miles once you settle into the natural beauty of the island. Surrounded by tropical forest, Santhiya Koh Phangan Resort and Spa is right on the beach, with a massive pool leading onto your own stretch of sand. Honeymooners can experience a private dinner on the beach, or grab a cocktail at the seaside bar. Thailand can be overwhelming for hustle and bustle, but this tropical paradise feels a world away with a population of two.
After flying into the capital of Manila to sample the wares of their massive luxury shopping district, take a trip to the largely undiscovered island of Boracay for an untapped tourist experience for honeymooners. Just a short plane ride from the capital of Manila, Boracay is just 1km across in the smallest expanse. The main tourist area is White Beach, nestled along 4km of pure white sand and still azure sea. Hotels, restaurants, markets and shopping line this hot spot, providing a front row seat for the natural theatre of the breath-taking sunsets and perfect sunny days. At the end of the island, away from the (relatively calm) bustle of the main tourist area, the Shangri La Resort and Spa lies nestled in the private enclave of Puka Shell Beach. It’s a self-contained paradise with a sumptuous fresh seafood restaurant, top quality spa and expansive pools. There is also an adventurous menu of water sports and activities from catamaran sailing, parasailing, jetskiing to a private boat charter.
A tranquil, private honeymoon destination is just a short trip away.
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Freelance writer Megan Reeder Hope+ is a former music publicist and journalist. She really enjoyed going overseas for her honeymoon and hopes you will too.