A romantic getaway is what you and your partner have been talking about for a while. You can keep talking while you head to the airport and hop a plane bound to one of the following romantic islands near Singapore: Langkawi, Phuket, Bali, Bintan, Ubud, Tioman Island. With amazing hotels on both the luxury and budget ends of the spectrum, it’s time to finally plan that romantic weekend trip you’ve been angling at for ages!
Malaysia’s arable landscape is exemplified by Langkawi’s rainforest-covered mountains. With miles of white sand beaches, it’s apt that the island is known as the Jewel of Kedah.
Ideal for: couples wanting a secluded beach-holiday destination for an immersive experience of nature.
Luxury: The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa
Awarded this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Spa Awards for the Most Blissful Escape, the Heavenly Spa is the only one of its kind in Malaysia. While this is reason enough to stay, the opportunity for couples to have their own romantic beachfront villa with private pool is an even better reason. Idyllic vistas of the Andaman Sea from the rooftop bar, coupled with the beautiful space, isn’t just evidence intelligent design exists, but also proven to spark and nurture romance.
Budget: The Smith House
Boutique hotels can be luxurious too. The Smith House is living proof. As frequent travellers, we don’t take cleanliness and comfort for granted. And, rave reviews about this new Langkawi address highlight the clean rooms, modern amenities, and deliciousness of the food. If you don’t mind not being right on the beach – perhaps you even favour being away from the Kuah crowds – then you and your love-dove will reap the relaxation that comes with the serene accommodation. Send us a snap from the beautiful rooftop pool!
Located right on the elbow of Thailand, the most established Thai island for tourism has some of the country’s top hotels and something for everyone.
Ideal for: couples that want the solitude of the beach but also an established restaurant scene.
Luxury: Wyndham Sea Pearl Resort Phuket
All reviews of this beachfront hotel point to an ecstatic experience. Stay in the One Bedroom Jacuzzi Suite and bask in the views from your very own Jacuzzi overlooking Patong. Fall into a golden slumber in your king size bed after an eventful day making your way around the eight onsite swimming pools, starting with the one right outside your door, and taking in the sunset at a scrumptious open air seafood dinner followed by cocktails.
Budget: Phu Nana Boutique Hotel
We’re hard-pressed to say why Phu Nana isn’t considered a luxury-end hotel. With just 17 villas, the boutique is nice and private, each of them spacious with their own balconies and garden bathrooms. Couples who frequent this Phuket address love the ambient fairy lights that surround the pool. Located near Rawai Beach, Phu Nana is much quieter than hotels in Patong or Kata. Its “hidden gem” status makes it so there are still non touristy, family-run restaurants in the surroundings.
The paradise on earth that’s closest to home. With the deepest blues and greenest greens, this island getaway destination is our below the equator wildcard, and everything equatorial is bigger and brighter. Another place that lives up to its grand nickname.
Ideal for: wellness freaks who live for a good sugar scrub-down, detoxing, and the best hotel accommodations, period.
Luxury: Bali Nusa Dua Hotel
When you’re staying at a luxury resort you want to wake up every morning to…
your loved one by your side a breakfast spread where everything is mouthwateringly delicious. Be it because couples in-love are generally more optimistic than the rest of us, or because the international buffet brekkie here is actually that amazing, you’re ensured a feast for all the senses. The spacious Deluxe Suite with direct access to the palm tree flanked pool is ideal for couples as it comes with a bathtub that you can request be pimped with romantic rose petals and tropical flowers.
Budget: Suris Boutique
Located in the popular Kuta area, the Suris Boutique is among the best value hotels on the island hotspot. A full breakfast spread to rival luxury hotels and every leisure amenity you’d want from a hotel in the tropics awaits lovers looking for an affordable island getaway. The pool access Deluxe Room is the favoured room type, with its own terrace and bathtub. A bit more low-key with everything more compact than a luxury resort, but you still feel like you’re on a secluded romantic getaway.
The closest getaway on our list with beaches and resorts as excellent as the other destinations. With your savings on travel to the island, you can enjoy water sports to your heart’s content.
Ideal for: couples who don’t have time to travel far but don’t want to compromise on the location’s romantic atmosphere and beach access.
Luxury: Banyan Tree Bintan
The Banyan Tree brand is synonymous with luxury. And with villas, couples massages, white sand beaches, and lush surrounds, the Bintan address upholds the 5-star brand in more ways than one. For the experience of a lifetime, stay at the Oceanview Infinity Pool Villa and channel Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji as you discover as many, if not more, views of the South China Sea while seated in your private pool that expands infinitely into the ocean. For even more views, migrate to the open air sunken bath.
Budget: Bintan Spavilla Beach Resort
Best thing about staying at a budget-end resort is that you can select the hotel’s premier suite guilt-free and still have savings! Couples who choose the highly rated Bintan Spavilla Beach Resort as their address for the weekend favour the Jacuzzi Ocean Suite, wasting no time getting into their swimsuits and allowing the massage jets to work their magic in the privacy of their oceanfront balcony.
Where to go for Bali’s alternative scene. The island’s hub of all things cultural and artistic.
Ideal for: couples who find the idea of stumbling into a cafe that isn’t on TripAdvisor romantic – something that can still be done in Ubud!
Luxury: Kamandalu Ubud
When the optimal adjective used by former guests to describe Kamandalu Ubud is “fairytale”, you know it checks the romantic box. All villas have outdoor showers set in private landscaped gardens, four-post beds, and sunken bathtubs. Recommended is the Pool Villa, as with shaded daybeds right next to the private pool and access to the village club lounge, couples are spoilt for choice when it comes to relaxing. Book a couples spa followed by a romantic dinner!
Budget: Sri Bungalows
Where else but in a forest to stay in a bungalow? Shake the notion of bungalows being small by checking in to Sri Bungalows’ spacious Deluxe Room. Choose either a balcony or terrace overlooking manicured gardens and rice terraces. With two pools (one free form pool that reaches into the edge of the jungle), a wellness centre that includes a spa and yoga studio, and complimentary breakfast, it’s nothing short of a feat of nature that this verdant paradise maintains a nightly rate of under S$100!
A snorkeller’s paradise. In sum, Tioman Island encapsulates the beauty of Phuket’s beaches with fewer crowds.
Ideal for: couples who are more mer-person than biped.
Luxury: Tunamaya Beach & Spa Resort
There’s good reason why this beach side resort holds the esteemed title of island’s best resort. With a whole ocean of turquoise water instead of walls for privacy, Tunamaya is a respite in the truest, bluest, sense of the word. If we need to spell out relaxation for you, imagine waking up on the beach in your Beach Villa, a day of snorkelling alongside colourful fish and coral, and then a romantic grill at the beach club.
Budget: Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort
While a luxury resort is amazing, you don’t need to stay in one to be able to appreciate Tioman Island’s azure waters melting seamlessly into the horizon with scatterings of oranges and reds as the sun sets. Watch this daily spectacle at Paya Beach Spa & Dive Resort from the private balcony of the Deluxe Suite Beach Front. The deluxe suite is a favourite among couples as it’s conveniently located on the island’s prized white sand beach as well as by the hotel pool.