Great Escapes for Valentines Day
Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011
Cupid is ready to strike or maybe you need to make some time to find cupids arrow… whatever the case, February is a great month to plan a romantic escapade.
Fusion Maia Da Nang, Hoi An, Vietnam
If spa-time features high on your to-do list, you’d be hard pushed to find a better match than Fusion Maia Da Nang. The all-inclusive spa resort (yes, really!) is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All villas come complete with private swimming pools, while the main resort infinity pool spills onto the obligatory white sand beach (pictured).
Squeeze time into your spa-schedule for a sojourn to nearby Hoi An, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Centre, for a spot of culture.
For powder perfect beaches, jewel bright seas, and a multitude of multi-coloured marine life, nothing quite beats the Maldives. Velassaru prides itself on a minimal luxe approach to interiors: beautifully crafted teak furniture, draped with natural linens and silk in a soothing neutral palette. Seclusion is guaranteed, whether you opt for a magical over water bungalow or a spacious beach villa.
Raise a champagne toast to your loved one, gazing over the ocean from your private terrace, as you watch the sun set on another perfect day in paradise.
Cape Lodge, Margaret River, Australia
Establishments like this are exactly what the term boutique hotel was coined to describe. A sumptuous country estate set in the heart of wine country. At Cape Lodge service and style rank high on the list of priorities. Lovingly tended gardens envelop an inviting pool, and the twinkling waters of the Indian Ocean are but a stone’s throw away.
If your stomach is indeed the way to your heart, you won’t be disappointed. Industry bible, Conde Nast Traveler, placed this retreat on its latest Gold List ‘Best For Food’.
La Residence Phou Vao, Luang Prabang, Laos
As the former royal capital of the Kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is packed with historical sites, from ornate Buddhist temples, to the royal palace itself. The Franco influence in the region is also in evidence; with its hillside location, La Residence Phou Vao blends alpine lodge elements with a classic Asian design ethos.
Relax by the freshwater cliff top infinity pool, bordered by fragrant frangipani trees, and enjoy uninterrupted vistas of the verdant forest surrounds.
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