1. Sri Panwa, Phuket, Thailand
Nested atop Phuket, Thailand, Sri Panwa’s 52 luxury holiday villas and residences are enveloped in tranquility and lush greenery of Cape Panwa’s 40 acre forest. Overlooking the gorgeous, glistening blue Andaman Sea, it is also widely known as the world’s number one honeymoon destination.
In the day, marvel at the sweeping view of the vast ocean and endless horizon from the rooftop bar’s viewing point, Baba Nest. With such Instagram-worthy surroundings, it’s no wonder this scenic space has become a wedding hotspot.
Take a boat down to the surrounding islands and beaches and enjoy a day of water sports or simply soak in the laid back atmosphere with your special one.
There is not much nightlife in this area so wind down for the day by relishing the unrestricted view of the spectacular sunset with your special one from your room. Appreciate mother nature and all of her poetic beauty in this warm and cosy space of quietude.
- 2. Banyan Tree, Ungasan, Bali
Quintessentially Balinese, Banyan Tree Ungasan lies 70 metres above with pavilions carved in intricate designs and has 73 beautiful villas. An unparalleled, panoramic view of the sea surrounds the resort. The White Dove chapel can also be found in this resort, perched atop a cliff of Bali’s southernmost peninsula. Designed by world-renowned Indonesian architect Sardjono Sani, three hundred ornamental white doves decorate its sides, symbolising peace and love – a form of blessing for couples who wed within this beautiful haven. Exquisite glass doors and windows allow beams of sunshine to filter in, enhancing the brilliance and purity of the chapel. You can also admire the breathtaking vistas of the Indian Ocean and stunning sunsets. What a dream to exchange your “I do”s in this glorious space.
As nightfall approaches, head over to Ju-Ma-Na Bar, situated within the compounds of Banyan Tree Ungasan. Taking cues from Moroccan architecture and interiors, it exudes an alluring, charming air. Watch the lilac-tinged sky turn into a navy canopy of stars from here and end the day on a high, enjoy a romantic night of feasting on Arabian-inspired snacks and sip on Cosmopolitan cocktails under the stars.
3. The St Regis, Langkawi, Malaysia
Get away from the bustling city life and rejuvenate. Off the mainland coast of northwestern Malaysia, The St. Regis Langkawi just opened on April 2016 on the island which is also known as the ‘Jewel of Kedah’. There is an endless list of areas to explore in Langkawi, which boasts forests, limestone caves, waterfalls, hot springs and beaches. Also explore Langkawi’s Geoparks and relax by the gulf of the Andaman Sea. It truly is an Elysian abode of all natural elements. Moreover, the famous old wives’ tale of Mahsuri adds to the mystical and colourful culture of Langkawi.
Don’t forget to savour top-notch Mediterranean delights and Euro-Asian cuisine served at L’Orangerie and Asian fusion delectables at Kayuputi. The beautiful interiors of these must-try restaurants seem to be made for romance. Warm, gentle lighting and romantic draping of curtains and such, make for an intimate night of hearty meals and priceless views.
- 4. Cheval Blanc, Randheli Island, Maldives
Opened by LVMH on Randheli Island, Maldives, Cheval Blanc Randheli flaunts a timeless view of vivid blue skies and seas and villas straight out of a catalogue magazine. The 45 holiday villas were designed by French architect Jean-Michel Gathy and guestrooms can be sectioned according to your liking upon request. Guests are also in for a treat as Michelin-class dishes served at Le 1947 are whipped up by French chef, Yannick Alleno.
Around Randheli Island are 1,200 other small islands, some of which are inhabited and others which are untouched by progress and civilisation. Be it frolicking in the glimmering seas or having long strolls by the beach, every moment looks picture-perfect with satin-smooth shores and crystal blue waters.
A seaplane ferry will transport you to Randheli Island, a 40-minute flight away from Male International airport.
This story was originally published in Icon Weddings 2016/2017, and translated by Kimberly Kiong.