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5 unique South-East Asian experiences for a Valentine's Day your loved one won't forget

Planning a last-minute getaway for Valentine's Day or a mini-moon? These romantic resorts offer unique experiences and are just a short flight away.
 

Valentine's Day just around the corner and you haven't made plans? If you're dreaming of a place to get away from it all, these gorgeous destinations just a short plane ride away from Singapore offer a vacay on which you can hit pause on real life and pay each other undivided attention.

 

Cruise along in a traditional Thai Long Boat

Cruise along Banyan Tree Phuket’s lagoon in one of Banyan Tree's ‘Sanya Rak’ – Promise of Love traditional long tail boats as you soak in a golden sunset accompanied by traditional Thai music and Thai cuisine. You also have the option of a private “restaurant” floating on the lagoon where you can sample exquisite internation cuisine while bathed in the light of candles and stars.

For more information, visit www.banyantree.com/en/thailand/phuket or e-mail: phuket@banyantree.com.

 

Waterfront dining in Vietnam

Situated at the crossroads of Vietnam’s most well-known UNESCO Heritage Sites that include the ancient cities of Hue and Hoi An, Banyan Tree Lăng Cô’s Destination Dining options draw inspiration from the breathlessly romantic culture and history of Vietnam. 

Couples can opt to dine on the deck of their private lagoon villas or in a pavilion by Laguna Lăng Cô’s private canal softly lit by the warm glowing light of a dozen Vietnamese silk lanterns.

For more information, visit www.banyantree.com/en/vietnam/lang-co/dining or e-mail: thuquan-langco@banyantree.com.

 

Explore the beauty of an untouched paradise in Myanmar

From 9 to 14 February 2019, hop on board Burma Boating's Valentine's Cruise and sail along Myanmar's Mergui Archipelago, a group of 800 islands and one of the last few places that remain virtually unspoiled. Specially for the season of love, the boat will anchor offshore on Valentine’s evening, while you and your special other dine barefoot on the sand of a deserted beach whilst toasting against sunset with a bottle of Prosecco, with compliments from the cruise. You might even be able to meet the Moken, an ethnic minority group of people that lead a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle off, and on, the sea. 

Visit https://www.burmaboating.com.

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Have it all in Cambodia

You're up for a jungle escapade but your partner's more of a seaside lover or heritage aficionado? You can now have it all with the luxurious twin destination packages from Alila Villas Koh Russey in collaboration with Shinta Mani Angkor – Bill Bensley Collection and Shinta Mani Wild. 

For a wild adventure,‘Jungle & Beach’ melds island escapes at Alila Villas Koh Russey with a luxury camp experience at Shinta Mani Wild, a private sanctuary nestled in nature. Other perks include one-hour spa experience of choice, Pagoda Blessing experience at Ream, Sunset Cruise, Beach Cinema and Castaway Picnic.  

If you prefer exploring the ancient temples, to hiking, cycling and adventure sports, the 'Angkor Blue' takes you on a journey of temples in Siem Reap and an island retreat on the Cambodian Riviera.

The 4-night 'Angkor Blue' package starts at $620++ per night for two and the 6-night 'Jungle & Beach 'package starts from $1,485++ per night for two. For more information and reservations, visit www.alilahotels.com/kohrussey or email kohrussey@alilahotels.com.

 

 

Get rejuvenated and refreshed in The Philippines

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It's not conventionally romantic, but for the health-conscious couple (or if you have a fitness-focused partner), nothing quite beats a wellness retreat for a welcome break from wedding prep. The Farm at San Benito, Philippines, is an eco-luxury holistic medical wellness resort (and yes, you can expect vegan fare from its restaurant) that nestles amid 48 hectares of verdant green jungle and offers an incredible view of the majestic mountains. Think activities like yoga, HIIT, spa treatments as well as holistic health consultations. And if you're both looking to get in shape for your wedding day, you can even upgrade your medically-guided detox program to a 6-night weight management program at an additional fee. 

An all-inclusive 4-night program starts at USD 1,744++ per person based on double occupancy.For more information, visit www.thefarmatsanbenito.com, or email info@thefarm.com.ph or reservations@thefarm.com.ph.

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