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JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

You don’t have to venture far for spectacular venues that are marvellous for both honeymooning, or a romantic getaway with your other half. These destinations in Southeast Asia are just right, from idyllic surroundings to designer chic hotels. 

#1 For heritage buffs: The Edison George Town, Penang, Malaysia

Occupying a restored heritage mansion in the heart of UNESCO-listed George Town, this cool boutique property has 35 rooms featuring four-poster beds and exposed brick walls. After checking in, canvass the city for local street eats such as char kway teow (fried rice noodles with seafood), Assam Laksa (rice noodles in a sour gravy) and oyster omelette, then walk off the calories by seeking out Lithuanian street artist Ernest Zacharevic’s murals.

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#2 For those who need pampering: J7 Hotel, Siem Reap, Cambodia

Standing next to Siem Reap’s Royal Palace and across the street from the leafy Royal Gardens is the luxurious J7 Hotel. It is conveniently situated a 15-minute drive from the world-renowned Angkor Archaeological Park. After spending an entire day clambering about the ancient ruins, unwind by soaking in one of the property’s five Jacuzzis, or indulging in a full-body massage at the spa. Then take a snooze in a spacious 60 sq m wood-accented room.

#3 For sun-seekers: Radisson Blu Resort Hua Hin, Thailand

The country’s first Radisson Blu Resort has opened in the seaside city favoured by Thai royalty. The property features 118 rooms and suites, of which 22 provide guests with pool access. Facilities include three swimming pools, while a variety of recreational activities such as water sports, plus golf and vineyard tours can be enjoyed in the surrounding area.

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#4 For those who like the quaint: Tryp Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar

Set in Yangon’s Mayangone Township is Tryp Yangon, a boutique brand by Wyndham. The 60 design-driven guestrooms are inspired by Myanmar’s culture and traditions, with art pieces that reference the country’s agrarian lifestyle. Explore more of Burmese culture at glittering Kabar Aye Pagoda and vast Inya Lake, both a five-minute stroll away.

#5 For culture vultures: The Grand Luang Prabang, Luang Prabang, Laos

The resort is situated on the 59,000 sq m Xiengkeo Palace that once belonged to nationalist hero Prince Phetsarath. Most of the rooms afford views of the Mekong River, as well as the surrounding picturesque mountains. Admire a blend of French colonial architecture and Laotian motifs. There is also a small museum on-site, while tours to the nearby Pak Ou Caves or Kuang Si waterfalls can be arranged.

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#6 For design aficionados: JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort and Spa, Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Set on the up-and-coming Vietnamese island of Phu Quoc, this stylish resort was designed by renowned Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley. Guests will be able to enjoy a range of activities such as Vietnamese martial art sessions and cooking classes. After cultural immersion, relax at the resort’s private beach or one of three outdoor pools, followed by a massage at the spa.

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A version of this article originally appeared in Silverkris