We have picked 5 beach honeymoon destinations and hotels in Asia which combine stunning beaches with Asian adventure and hospitality. These destinations involve dipping into a different cultures, spotting rainforest wildlife and lazing on empty beaches.
It is very hard to write about the best places in Asia to go for a honeymoon without including the Maldives, but bear with me as the resort I am suggesting is simply extraordinary. Soneva Jani (pictured above) is probably the most astonishing luxury hotel room in the world. If your idea of heaven is to flop into crystal clear waters straight from the top floor of your villa BY SLIDE, then this is the Hotel to choose in the Maldives!
Brand new and the sister hotel to Soneva Fushi Resort, Soneva Jani is located on the island of Medhufaru in the northern Atoll of Noonu, an hour by speedboat from Soneva Fushi. It offers a huge 4 kilometers of unspoilt beach.
The new resort showcases some of the most modern approaches to eco-tourism. For example, it boasts a silent outdoor cinema, where guests will listen to movies with Bluetooth earphones, so as not to disturb the local wildlife. The resort also features 24 spacious villas, each with a private pool, as well as a private island villa for those who seek a truly exclusive retreat. Each water villa has a retractable roof in the master bedroom, allowing for fantastic stargazing without having to leave your bed. And of course, some of the villas even feature a huge water slide into the Indian Ocean.
2. Da Nang Vietnam
Da Nang is a coastal city in central Vietnam known for its sandy beaches and history as a French colonial port. Although lacking in interesting sightseeing beyond strolling along the Han riverfront to take in its spectacular bridges and the vast China beach strip, it is well worth booking a night-time neon tour to see the city sparkle.
What is more interesting than the town itself is the local area surrounding Da Nang. It’s a popular base for visiting the inland Bà Nà hills, where the Hải Vân Pass has views of Da Nang Bay and the mysterious caves, grottoes and a Buddhist Pagoda that are hidden inside Marble Mountain
Stay on Son Tra Peninsula which rises 693m high above sea level. Here you can visit Linh Ung Bai But pagoda with its huge Lady Buddha statue, which is one of the tallest in Vietnam.
We are regulars at the Intercontinental Danang, located near the back of the Son Tra Peninsula. It is a 30 minutes’ drive away from downtown Danang and the Danang International Airport. Danang is located along the coast in Central Vietnam.
This stunning resort combines beach and rainforest and you are scooted about in golf carts (largely due to the steep nature of the mountains). You will not find anywhere else in the world that is quite like this and is bordered by a beautiful sandy beach which is fantastic for relaxing and swimming.
3. Phuket, Thailand
Phuket, is a stunning rainforested, mountainous island in the Andaman Sea, which has some of Thailand’s most popular beaches, mostly situated along the clear waters of the western shore. The island is home to many luxury beach resorts, spas and restaurants.
Keemala Phuket is a gorgeous new hotel, nestled amidst lush flora on the rainforest encrusted hills of Phuket. It screams romance. Candle lit dinners happen in intimate dining pods next to a cascading waterfall. Private villas offer huge four-poster beds, outdoor bath tubs and private lap pools.
All rooms overlook the rainforest, mountains and Andaman Sea, and if you get fed up with the romance, you can relax with other equally blessed guests, by the resort’s main freeform pool and Jacuzzi which is flanked with sun loungers.
Keemala is just 3-minutes shuttle from Kamala Beach and not far from the liveliness of Patong Beach, but feels a world away. In fact this luxury resort is often compared to Avatar’s Pandora and the Shire from Lord of the Rings. It is a paradise that must be experienced.
Keemala Phuket also features in my best romantic hotels and resorts for couples in Thailand and my best wilderness resorts in Asia.
4. Golden Triangle, Thailand
Bring out the adventurer in you by heading to the Golden Triangle in Thailand. The Golden Triangle is a name that was introduced by the CIA in the 1920s, when this area was one of the world’s most prolific opium producers. The Golden Triangle sits in northern Thailand where borders converge with Laos and Burma and where the Ruak and Mekong rivers join.
Expect Lush jungle, mist-shrouded mountains, unspoiled tribal villages and peaceful views of rice paddies. Tucked away in the historic Golden Triangle region, the fantastically luxurious Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle is the perfect escape from the rest of the world.
Located within 40.4 miles from Chiang Rai International Airport, Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle overlooks the Mekong River and offers an all-inclusive package of elephant trekking, spa treatments, meals and round-trip airport transfer. 15 luxury tents feature a private balcony, air conditioning and a minibar. Guests can relax in a custom-made wooden hot tub on an outdoor deck or relax by the riverside free-form pool and a spa.
In line with all Four Seasons resorts, expect outstanding Four Seasons service and attention to detail, gourmet cuisine served in a variety of different locations and if you have ever dreamed of riding on an elephant, this is the place to do it!
Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle also features in my best luxury tented camps in the world.
The beaches in Japan are stunning. This might not be your first choice for a beach holiday but, surprisingly, you will struggle to find more scenic beaches than those found in Japan.
Ishigaki Island is the hub of the Yaeyama Islands, in Japan’s southwestern Okinawa Prefecture. It’s known for beaches and sites for snorkelling, diving and surfing and it’s waters are as clear as those of the Maldives. The beaches have white, white sand, stunning rock formations and clear blue seas. Beyond the sea, the green of the rainforest and mangroves serves up the perfect backdrop to this stunning set of beaches.
Stay at the Intercontinental Ishigaki to make the best of this beach paradise before returning to Tokyo, the crazy, neon-lit uber modern city where the Andaz Tokyo or magical Aman Tokyo make the perfect base. Don’t forget to take a boat ride through the cherry-tree-lined moat of Edo-era castle Chidorigafuchi, it is a special trip.
If this is not for you, we have plenty more ideas for amazing hotels to choose from in the Maldives with my best romantic honeymoon hotels in the Maldives with private pools and my 5 of the best luxury resorts in the Maldives. You may also want to take a look at the best overwater villas NOT in the Maldives.
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