Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam: Top Tropical Destinations
Escape Hong Kong and settle down in a private villa with a group of your best buds in the paradise of Southeast Asia.
Angsana Lang Co, Vietnam
Does an itinerary loaded with outdoor activities sound good to you and your thrill-seeking buddies? Then the Angsana Lang Co in Da Nang might be just what you’re looking for.
We recommend the double-story lofts if you’re traveling with a group: Enclosed in glass walls, you can enjoy an unbroken view of the forest surrounds—even from the bathtub. The package also includes a timber sundeck and an outdoor pavilion for you to perfect your tan.
The Laguna Water Sports Center is heaven for those who are hot on adventure—from kayaks to water skis, the center has it all. Round up your friends for a banana boat ride and hold tight as the motorboat hauls you across the bay. When you’re tired of gliding across the cobalt sea,
hop onto an all-terrain vehicle to trace the nature trails.
After an action-packed day, get a kick out of your own infinity pool while you drink in a spectacular view of the open sea. Barbecue al fresco on the 3km stretch of beach, or if the weather looks gloomy, challenge your friends to foosball or head to the award-winning Angsana Spa for a signature hydro-treatment.
How much? $4,815 per night for a six-person loft. How much per person? $805.50 per night Cu Du Village, Loc Vinh Commune, Phu Loc District, Thua Thien Hue Province, Vietnam, (+84) 54-3695-800, angsana.com/en/ap-vietnam-lang-co
Iniala Beach House, Thailand
If you can’t be bothered to move a muscle on holiday, here’s the perfect destination to fulfill your life’s purpose as a couch potato (with friends, of course): the all-inclusive Iniala Beach House on sun-drenched Natai Beach in Phang Nga, Thailand.
Revel in the three-bedroom Collector’s Villa that can accommodate up to eight at a time. The villa features plushy starfish sofas and anemone chairs for an under-the-sea feeling without having to move from your relaxing roost. Take your pick of an eclectic collection of bedrooms to suit your mood, each created by a different designer—the Owner’s Suite offers a blend of tropical elegance, while the Boudoir is a playful space decorated with silk and crystal.
Spend the day lazing around your beautiful villa and take pleasure in the sparkling water of the Andaman Sea from the courtyard view. If your squad feels like a pampering sesh, call on the personal spa therapist for a refreshing beauty treatment. Your group will be spoiled with an attentive staff including a driver, butler, chef, spa therapist and housekeeper. Opt for the all-inclusive package for three meals a day, in-room movies, airport transfers and more. It’s not cheap, but share the price with a bunch of friends for a luxurious holiday. As the saying goes—the more the merrier.
How much? $25,710 per night for the Collector’s Villa (sleeps eight), $29,084 for the all-inclusive package. How much per person? $3,213 per night, or $3,635 for the all-inclusive package. 40/14 Moo 6 Baan Natai, T. Khokkloi A. Takuathung, Phang-nga 82140, Thailand, (+66) (0)7645-1456, iniala.com
Kaliandra Eco Resort and Organic Farm, Indonesia
It’s a well-known fact that traveling with a group can be hard: one person may want to hit the beach while another wants to shop, while you just feel like lounging around the resort. Take your odd bunch of friends to Kaliandra Eco Resort and Organic Farm where you can look for adventure or laze around at your leisure.
The 40-hectare site offers an excellent playing field for an array of activities: Those who are constantly bubbling with vigor can join a half-day horse-riding excursion to tour nearby villages, or ride off to catch the sunrise at the active volcano Mount Bromo. Those seeking serenity can take a shot at longevity with their enzyme detox therapy where you soak in a bath of enzymes, or take a gamelan class to master the traditional Javanese musical instrument.
All the produce Kaliandra grows on the organic farm goes directly to their kitchens, so no matter what you do during the day, you can be assured of a fresh and bountiful dinner back at the resort. At night, head for a massage at the Kaliandra Wellness Retreat and feel good from the inside out with, all profits going to fund the Kaliandra Sejati Foundation which works to develop the local community.
For a group of six to 10, Kaliandra’s wooden two-story bungalows come at a dirt-cheap price for the perfect party pad. The bungalows are located on the upper grounds so you can let loose without disturbing the other tenants. Better still, there’s a plunge pool just below. Ready to dive in?
How much? $1,463 per night for a two-story bungalow (for six people, $1,800 for 10), includes breakfast. How much per person? From $180 per night. Dusun Gamoh, Desa Dayurejo, Kecamatan Prigen, Pasuruan, East Java, Indonesia, (+62) 31-568-2912, kaliandrasejati.org