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Parrot Cay By Como, Turks and Caicos Islands

The Como hotel group picks the prettiest settings for their superlative spas and resorts. Parrot Cay by Como’s fine-feathered Turks & Caicos seat – a white-sand, turquoise-sea-ringed island – is a tropical treat. Effortless minimalist cool and an award-winning spa come as standard, alongside a mile of unspoilt and unforgettable beach. After watching the sunset from a secluded stretch of sand, lazing in the his ‘n‘ hers Jacuzzis or spotting the odd celebrity – Bruce Willis owns one of the island’s estates – you’ll consider cancelling that flight home. The resort’s easily accessed from both Providenciales and Grand Turk, but once you’re there it’s much harder to leave.

Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

This petite private island has a trio of ivory-white beaches to choose from, all lapped by pure-blue sea. If you’re slightly concerned that you’ll collide with another lovestruck couple – a highly unlikely event – book a champagne beach picnic on a deserted sandspit for uninterrupted snuggling on the shore. This casual and delightful adults-only sanctuary has high-octane fun too, with adrenaline-rush scuba action and waterfall treks.

Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia

Staying at the Song Saa Private Island hotel is the stylish way to be green. Set on the Koh Rong Islands, this eco-conscious escape has an onsite team of marine biologists to help with a wealth of worthy conservation projects. The sizeable thatch-and-stone villas, dotted among the jungle canopy, each have private pools; opt for an overwater villa for glass floor panels and cooling sea breezes. Romance is near inescapable here, with private dinners, bioluminescent swims and stargazing sessions.

Six Senses Laamu, Maldives

I’ve just returned from a trip to the Maldives and this Six Senses property is incredible. Thatched villas, crystalline waters, powder-soft sands; it ticks all the “postcard-perfect” boxes. Memory-making experiences include spying on marine life from your glass-bottomed bathtub, sunset dhoni cruises and sampling the bar’s 14 signature cocktails. For the ultimate gazing-into-each-other’s-eyes experience, book the Crusoe picnic – a lunch set on a private island.

InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort, Vietnam

Checking out of the InterContinental Danang Sun Peninsula Resort was very hard to do. The hotel has sleek Bill Bensley interiors, but the sheltered private bay it’s settled in is rather striking too. Michel Roux restaurant La Maison 1888 serves elegant French plates (lobster and watermelon salad and blue crab veloute), and the spa’s menu is equally alluring with wellness journeys and holistic treatments. There’s a freeform pool close to the laid-back beach, surrounded by sunloungers and shady palm trees too.

This story was originally published in Silverkris. Content and images courtesy of Mr and Mrs Smith