Fly Me to the Moon

POSTED ON August 14, 2019 BY MASALAWEDS

By Aiden Jewelle Gonzales


In other words, it’s time for some one-on-one time with the one who fills your heart with Arijit Singh’s soulful tunes. Forget Nirvana, you can find all you long for in one of these top-pick honeymoon destinations in Thailand.

 

New Must-Stay Destinations

From the turquoise expanse of the Andaman Sea to the lush emerald of its island forests, Thailand is a gem of a honeymoon destination that welcomes millions of travellers every year into a tropical wonderland. Discover new pockets of paradise with these hot new properties that offer a perfect blend of old-world opulence and thrilling new experiences.

Avani+ Samui Resort 

Island paradise meets contemporary luxury in Avani+ Samui Resort. This exclusive beachfront resort boasts 58 chic rooms and elegantly en-vogue pool villas, all with private balconies where you can watch the breathtaking sunsets of Koh Samui, one of Thailand’s premier island destinations. Add a dash of adventure to your honeymoon with couples’ activities that will get your blood pumping: kayak together in the mangroves, team up in a game of beach volleyball, or bike off the beaten paths of the island. Reinvigorate your love by stimulating your senses: soak in bliss and coconut oil with the Avanispa, or indulge your taste buds with the Essence Restaurant, Avani+’s signature beachside dining venue. 

www.avanihotels.com/en/samui 

Surat Thani

 

InterContinental Phuket Resort 

In the third quarter of 2019, InterContinental Phuket Resort will open its doors to a fairy-tale experience on Kamala Beach, a hidden gem of the world-renowned Phuket Island. Protected by an enclosed bay, the resort is surrounded by forested hills, allowing guests direct access to an exclusive two-kilometres of golden shores. Generously outfitted with over 220 rooms, suites, and villas luxuriously decked out in Thai style, you’ll have your choice of stunning views overlooking either the ocean, the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon, or Phuket’s verdant hills. Experience the story- book magic of a true tropical getaway with the resort’s lavish amenities, rooftop garden, luxury spa, and fine dining in a range of cuisines that’ll make you believe in happily-ever-afters. 

www.ihg.com/intercontinental/hotels/us/en/phuket/phukb/hoteldetail  

Phuket

 

Mini-Moons 

Why jet off to exotic locales thousands of miles away when world-class destinations lie right at your feet? Indulge in a mini-moon just a short drive away from Bangkok, where you can enjoy familiar comforts while receiving a welcome worthy of foreign royalty. Lavish your spouse with the time, money, and energy you’ve saved at these nearby destinations that remind you why honeymoon can’t be spelled without “home.” 

V Villas Hua Hin, MGallery Hotel Collection 

Just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Bangkok lies V Villas Hua Hin, a secluded escape in the heart of Hua Hin, a holiday favourite among locals and tourists alike. The resort’s private pool villas feature every luxury you’ll need for a beachside sanctuary for two: a twin Jacuzzi, wine cellar, private dining area, exclusive amenities by Hermès, and of course, a beachfront view. Indulge your inner hedonist with the villas’ 24-hour private butler service and a personalised spa, with therapists attuned to your every need. Afterwards, luxuriate in V Villas Hua Hin’s highly acclaimed Villazzo Bar and Restaurant, where you and your spouse can savour both each other and the sumptuous cuisine in sunken tables, while basking in the magnificent vistas of the Gulf of Thailand. 

www.vvillashuahin.com  

Prachuap Khiri Khan

 

Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas 

Channelling the essence of the Thai tropics, the Sheraton Hua Hin Pranburi Villas are located within the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan, where natural marvels abound. Just three hours away from Bangkok, the resort is cloistered within the area’s tropical mangroves and waterfalls. Revel in nature’s wild abandon in one of their 53 luxury villas which feature sunken outdoor bathtubs, garden rain showers, and lotus ponds, or bask in nature’s sensuality with tailor-made tropical spa treatments. For couples with an adventurous bent, the resort provides complimentary bicycles with which you can visit golfing, fishing, and cave attractions nearby, while the signature Dalah restaurant will satisfy any appetite you subsequently build up. For a more intimate dining experience, the resort’s Luna La Pran rooftop restaurant offers stunning panoramic views, as well as an exclusive, seasonally-changing menu. 

www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/hhqps-sheraton-hua-hin-pranburi-villas 

Prachuap Khiri Khan

 

Health and Wellness Retreats 

You’ve gone through the Herculean task of pulling off the perfect wedding and now you just want to lie in the Elysian Fields and recover. What better place to revitalise both your body and your ardour than in the kingdom renowned for massages and luxury spas? Detox, de-stress and maybe sneak in some dessert at these acclaimed health and wellness destinations. 

THE BARAI Spa and Residential Suites 

Redefining the concept of a wellness retreat, THE BARAI sprawls out over four-and-a-half acres of land in Hua Hin and is one of Thailand’s foremost spa sanctuaries. Begin your journey of married life by also embarking on the resort’s “wellness journey.” You can explore up to five different lifestyle programmes, which include invigorating activities such as boxing, or more relaxed options such as yoga, tai chi, and garland- making. As you shed your singleton existence, shed yourself of toxins through carefully curated meals from the in-house menu and full signature spa treatments in 18 different treatment rooms. While you’re being pampered, enjoy THE BARAI’s well-appointed villas and suites, many of which offer their own private pool, spa treatment area, and sundeck for some natural Vitamin-D therapy. 

www.thebarai.com 

Prachuap Khiri Khan

 

Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok 

Discover personal serenity amidst the city's sprawling metropolis at the Mövenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok. Just 10 minutes away from Bangkok’s expansive BTS Skytrain system, the resort’s tropical haven serves only organic ingredients and nutritionally balanced meals; the perfect start to a healthy married life. Sip fresh organic smoothies at the Sala pool bar or indulge in gluten-free pastries at Rim Klong Café, before working them off together in the state-of- the-art Mövenpick Fitness Centre. Alternatively, relax in one of the resort’s 294 guestrooms and suites, all of which feature five-star amenities, sleep therapy speakers, and yoga equipment – for what marriage doesn’t need a touch of luxury, a great night’s sleep, and a little flexibility? 

www.movenpick.com/en/asia/thailand/bangkok/bdms-wellness-resort-bangkok  

Bangkok

 

Eco-friendly Havens 

Whether you’re basking in the briny sea breeze or stargazing at the jewel-encrusted velvet sky, Thailand’s natural wonders provide the perfect backdrop to any honeymoon. Savour all nature has to offer while also giving back: your love isn’t the only thing that will blossom at these properties, where environmental responsibility will touch every detail of your stay. 

Soneva Kiri 

One of Thailand’s true unspoiled wonders, the island of Koh Kood is home to the award winning Soneva Kiri resort, as well as a diverse array of flora and fauna. Your stay in one of the resort’s 36 villas will not only ensconce you in tropical luxury, but also support the Soneva foundation, which is committed to sustainable community projects. Indulge in the romance of nature: stargaze with visiting astronomers, embark on the resort’s “butterfly quest,” or be one with the rainforest as you dine in one of Soneva Kiri’s signature bamboo wicker pods nested in the foliage. For other exciting culinary experiences, try Soneva’s traditional Thai Benz’s restaurant with locally grown ingredients, or their series of “So” restaurants and cafes, all of which reuse their cooking oil as biofuel to run the resort. 

www.soneva.com/soneva-kiri 

Koh Kood, Trat

 

Raya Heritage 

Immerse yourself in the traditions and artistry of Thailand’s capital of the North with the Raya Heritage. Situated on the banks of the Ping River in Chiang Mai, the hotel’s core tenet is sustainability, and this is reflected in every aspect from their locally sourced ingredients, to the décor handcrafted by local artisans, to their support of local charities. The hotel’s 33 elegantly proportioned suites are a perfect balance between rustic charm and modern amenities: the interior design is in the style of the Lanna Kingdom of bygone times, while the personalised service and sumptuous materials are all 21st century ease. Fill your plates with original recipes at Ku Khao, the hotel’s signature restaurant inspired by Chiang Mai’s rice-based culture, or fill your hearts with serenity at the Al Waan Spa, which features healing techniques in the ancient Lanna tradition. 

www.rayaheritage.com  

Chiang Mai

 

Bangkok Staycation 

Forget the roar of the waves or the chirp of gentle birdsong - for some of us, the buzz of the metropolis is a dynamic symphony of life and warmth. For those who don’t want to leave the vibrancy and convenience of Bangkok but still want a romantic getaway, check out these properties so heavenly you’ll never forget Bangkok’s famed moniker, “The City of Angels.” 

Capella Bangkok 

Opening in the fourth quarter of 2019, Capella Bangkok channels the spirit of a pied à terre, or boutique apartment, whilst still retaining the urbane charm of a luxury riverside hotel. Part of the world- acclaimed Capella brand, this newest location boasts over 100 rooms, suites, and villas with panoramic views of the Chao Phraya River. Inspired by the idyll of riverside life, the hotel encourages you to forget the city cacophony outside and allow the tranquil waters to carry away your cares. Whether you’re dining in their signature restaurant conceptualised by a Michelin-starred chef, being pampered in the award-winning Auriga wellness spa, exploring new worlds in the Capella Library or lounging in their outdoor garden pool, Capella Bangkok is sure to provide you and your spouse all you need to bond in romantic seclusion. 

www.capellahotels.com/en/capella-bangkok

Bangkok 

 

The Peninsula Bangkok 

Envelop yourselves in classical Thai magnificence at The Peninsula Bangkok. The hotel overlooks the Chao Phraya River, otherwise known as “The River of Kings,” and it aptly transports you to the splendour of the royals of old. Immerse yourself in the three-tiered swimming pool and in Thai culture as you float amongst Thai-style pavilions, or for that extra romantic indulgence, stay in the oft-requested Thai suite which has all the fixings of a luxury Thai home. To mix things up, try the innovative Cantonese dishes at Mei Jiang restaurant, or for more local delicacies, dine amidst banyan trees in the hotel’s Thiptara restaurant. After, treat your other senses with a couple’s spa day in their three-storey colonial-style spa, which features lavish suites and private whirlpools with an uninterrupted view of the river below. 

www.peninsula.com/en/bangkok  

Bangkok

 

Classic Romantic Getaways 

Redolent scents, melodies that transport you to yesteryear, sumptuous flavours from your first dates – they all bring you back to the days of sweet nothings and coy looks. Relive the halcyon days of your first blush of love in these lavish properties that are designed to evoke that old-fashioned feeling of being wooed, wined and dined. You’ll fall in love again and again in their stunning surroundings where every aspect is a true ode to l’amour

Trisara 

If nothing says romance more than the classics, then Trisara is the epitome of romantic getaways with its pristine private beach, cloistered gardens of exotic flora, and luxurious private villas; the quintessential beachside resort. Self-described as “a garden in third heaven,” the resort’s sprawling 14 hectares is perched on the hillsides of North-western Phuket, in a secluded cove overlooking the Andaman Sea. Not just a feast for the eyes, you’re presented with a plethora of dining experiences: from the locally-sourced Pru Restaurant, to the oceanfront Seafood at Trisara, to a bespoke dining experience anywhere in the resort. Enjoy romantic antics at the resort’s boxing ring, tennis courts, and Muay Thai studio, or complimentary non-motorised water sports between December to April. For that extra extravagance, book one of Trisara’s private cruises to world-renowned destinations such as Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands. 

www.trisara.com 

Phuket

 

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