Surprise your significant other with a romantic experience. Vivienne Tang rounds up the most romantic activities to create memories you will treasure a lifetime
1. Overnight Uma Izzie Villa & Spa Safari Nihioka Experience at Nihi Sumba, Sumba Island, Indonesia
As if Nihi Sumba wasn’t already romantic enough, the resort has recently launched its overnight stay, Uma Izzie, at its remote Nihioka location, which can be reached by a scenic 90-minute trek. This luxurious and romantic overnight stay is the experience of a lifetime and a perfect way to end your honeymoon. Enjoy your very own private beach (just with your partner) and be spoilt for choice with all-day spa treatments taking in the breathtaking view from your private bale, followed by candle-light dinner accompanied by the soothing sound of waves and a memorable night in the only one-bedroom Nihioka Honeymoon Villa. To cap it all off, you’ll rise to a magnificent view overlooking the beach and a bush-cooked breakfast that will await you. This is the stuff that dreams are made of, and it might just be one of the most romantic places to propose.
2. Beach Dinner at Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa, Krabi, Thailand
This romantic beach dinner, which is part of Dining by Design, invites you to customise an unforgettable occasion. Choose from a collection of exquisite dishes, prepared by your personal chef, and dine on a remote part of the beach, in the forest, in the herb garden or the tranquil Anantara Spa. Complete the experience with some bubbles or anything else as your butler caters to your every request.
3. Raja & Ratu Connect Treatment at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia
A beautiful way to declare your love and commitment, this special couples’ treatment focuses on three specific chakras – water, heart and crown – to strengthen your love for one another as well as the emotional and sexual connection. The treatment makes use of exquisite oils, such as mawar (the oil of love), bunga limau (bliss) and bunga melur (to stimulate the flow of love) to unify mind, body and spirit. The ritual concludes with a traditional blessing ceremony.
4. Private Candlelight Dinner at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, Maldives
Enjoy a private dinner with your loved one in a secluded pavilion on the Indian Ocean with nothing but the sound of gentle waves of the lagoon intruding on your privacy. Gaze into each other’s eyes as the sun sets on the infinite horizon, and wait for the shimmering moon to come out while you feast on personalised dishes. If the ocean pavilion isn’t your thing, opt for another spot on the island and rest assured that the resort will still make it an unforgettable experience.
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5. Hot Air Balloon Ride at Palais Namaskar, Marrakesh, Morocco
Travel far and wide enjoying a bird’s-eye view of the countryside and admire Marrakech from the sky, as you lift off in a private hot air balloon for two. Relax into each other’s arms as you sip champagne while travelling at the whim of the wind and revel in the sun’s last few rays as it sets over the desert palms and olive groves.
6. Once in a Blue Moon Experience at One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Start your romantic journey at the spa where you will be guided to a private and secluded treatment area on the beach. Be treated to a hand ritual with sea salt and rose petals to begin, then indulge in an aromatherapy body massage side by side, followed by a tea ceremony for some grounding. To complete the experience, you’re then led back to your own villa where a signature bath with champagne and exotic fruits awaits.
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7. Sunset Sailing at Baros, Maldives
Sail into the sunset on the 19-metre long vessel Nooma with its elegantly curved prow, single sail, thatched roof and sarong-clad crew of four, modelled on the traditional Maldivian sailing Dhoni. You will cruise the clear waters to reach the open sea, where the colours of the evening sky dance on the waves. To complete the romantic experience, champagne and canapés are served while you take in the glorious sunset. If the sunset cruise isn’t enough, you can book the boat for a romantic dinner cruise with personal butler or a secret snorkelling experience, where your guide will introduce you to a special black coral reef.
8. Blissful Love Bali Spa Package at Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali, Indonesia
For the ultimate romantic getaway, opt for a couples’ spa package at Ayana to cement your love. The journey combines several lavish treatments into one luxurious session, starting with a soothing foot wash. It continues with a full body scrub to restore your youthful shine, followed by a flower bath and body massage side by side. Once calm and relaxed, the experience concludes with a facial to restore suppleness to your skin, leaving you feeling completely refreshed.
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9. Honeymoon Experience at Fregate Island Private, Seychelles
Who says you’ll never leave your room on your honeymoon? At Fregate Island Private the romantic activities are so well thought out that you won’t want to give them a miss. Enjoy breakfast on Anse Victorin, a stretch of white sand voted the world’s best beach by The Times newspaper. Then head to the spa for the Pomme d’Amour Spa Ritual at the Rock Spa, followed by an invitation to adopt a tortoise and the rest of the afternoon spent on the glorious Anse Macquereau beach, which you’ll have all to yourself. Complete the day with cocktails and canapés in the secluded Lookout Point, a boat trip and a romantic candlelight dinner up in the tree house.
10. Royal Balinese Pre-Wedding Ritual at Fivelements, Puri Ahimsa, Bali, Indonesia
Perfect for those who already have a date set for their wedding, this royal Balinese-inspired cleansing and blessing ceremony at Fivelements will pave the way for what is yet to come. The ritual begins with a Melukat blessing, a traditional cleansing with water, which purifies on a physical, emotional and spiritual level. The afternoon continues with a herbal body scrub, a deeply relaxing massage and a floral bath to prepare you both for the big day. To top off the amazing experience, relax at the Sakti Dining Room and indulge in a five-course vegan dinner.