Asia's Best Valentine's Escapes, Oozing in Luxury
Who said money can’t buy you love? Here are a bunch of fabulous options dripping with champagne and chocolates for those with swelling hearts (and wallets).
Rock My World
Talk about exclusive—Phuket’s boutique hotel Kata Rocks is offering a Valentine’s Day package priced at $30,000 all in—for just one couple. What do you get for those big bucks? It sounds pretty sweet: After your chauffeur pick-up from the airport you’ll receive a couple’s spa treatment before a dinner of oysters, foie gras, wagyu beef, lobster and Valentine’s cake at a private table for two overlooking the coast, surrounded by candles and bouquets of fresh flowers. A bottle of Dom Pérignon 2004 will further loosen things up.
You’ll share in setting off a romantic Chiang Mai lantern for luck under a fireworks display especially for you, before retreating to your Ocean Loft villa’s seven-meter infinity pool, a bed of rose petals and a sensual oil-infused bath. The rest is up to you.
The package is available for one couple only on February 14. 186/22, Kok Tanode Rd., Kata Beach, Phuket, Thailand, (+66) 76-370-777, www.katarocks.com/phuket-luxury-resort.
Love in the City
Along the same lines, but even more love-tastic: just one lucky and deep-pocketed couple will have the chance for a romantic long weekend of a lifetime at the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok over Valentine’s. The two-night stay, between February 13-15, is $95,000 including service and taxes, in the legendary Oriental Suite—which has hosted royalty, heads of state, international celebrities, and this Valentine’s perhaps you, you romantic fool.
The Valentine’s Weekend Oriental Suite offer includes a private butler, return chauffeur-driven transfers and a daily bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal champagne. A private in-suite Valentine’s dinner on February 14 comes complete with violinist and cocktails and more champagne, while fireworks over the Chao Phraya River will add some celestial glitter. Also on offer is an afternoon tea with yet more bubbly, and a four-hour spa treatment that includes a candlelit romantic bath and four-hand massage.
48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand, (+66) 2-659-9000, www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok.
Rose Rose I Love You
If “Valentine’s Day in China” has a romantic ring for you, Rosewood Beijing is offering some tempting-looking packages. “Love Suite Love” includes a night in a Premier Spa Suite with a personal butler and Manor Club access, Dom Pérignon champagne, chocolate-dipped strawberries and 30 red roses, a poolside foot massage and candlelit couple’s massage, five-course dinner plus a romantic bath with personalized yukata robes, all for $8,160+.
Meanwhile, if you’re really trying to make an impression, the “Ultra-luxe Love” package for just one lucky couple includes a night’s stay night in Beijing House (the hotel’s top suite), 24-7 personal butler, Manor Club access, limousine transfers with champagne and chocolate strawberries en route, caviar and oysters, 100 roses and a Tiffany & Co. designer jewelry gift. To follow there’s a 2.5-hour couple’s spa treatment and in-room Valentine’s dinner. Day 2 offers breakfast in bed, a private yoga session and poolside foot massage for two. The package is priced at $58,000+ per night, per couple.
Jing Guang Centre, Chaoyangmen Outer St., Chaoyang, Beijing, China, (+86) 10-6597-8888, www.rosewoodhotels.com.
A hotel booking website with an emphasis on romantic escapes, Mr and Mrs Smith have several recommendations for couples looking for a special getaway. Their top three sexiest bedrooms in Southeast Asia for a Valentine’s retreat start with the Six Senses Ninh Van Bay, Nha Trang, Vietnam.
From $5,540+ per night, this secluded collection of teakwood villas (each with a private pool, should the urge to skinny-dip strike you), is reachable only by boat. They’re also throwing in a 30-minute foot massage or body scrub for two people. Meanwhile the Alila Villas Soori (from $3,255+ a night) on the shores of southwest Bali offers minimalist villas between rice paddies and a black sand beach, also with private pools. Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), plus a 90-minute Balinese massage, is included.
Finally, Cocoa Island by Como, Maldives, has overwater traditional boathouse-style lodges from $8,410+ per night. While away your days scuba diving or in the Como Shambhala spa together. There’s a free aromatherapy gift and daily fruit basket for all guests booking through Mr and Mrs Smith. Stay five nights or more and you’ll get a bottle of champagne on arrival; stay seven or more and sunset fishing is included.
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