Hot Hotels By The Sea
The cold snap is back! We’re not used to the chilly temperatures here in Hong Kong at the moment, and as we snuggle up in bed, we’re dreaming about jetting off to warmer climes… bring on the sun, sea and sand. Indulge that desire to escape the cold and check out five of the best-looking Asian beach hotels below, chosen by the travel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith. That sun-soaked romantic retreat is looking more and more appealing…
Amanpulo – Philippines
Paradise, dreamland, heaven on earth – whatever superlative you reach for, it’ll never quite capture the wonder of Amanpulo. This hotel is perched among the palm trees of Pamalican Island and surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Sulu Sea. All rooms are timber framed with pitched roofs and rustic island styling. For beautiful ocean views, we recommend a Deluxe Hillside Casita or, for the luxury of strolling straight onto the ivory-white sand, stay in one of the 29 beach casitas. After a full day on the beach or diving the aquamarine depths, recoup in the spa and refuel in one of the restaurants offering an array of sumptuous cuisines. The elusive fantasy of getting away from it all is absolutely a reality at Amanpulo.
Smith Extra – A one-hour Amanpulo massage for two!
Fusion Maia – Vietnam
With its all-inclusive spa treatments, relaxation isn’t hard to come by at Fusion Maia. Here, just off the golden sands of central Vietnam’s My Khe Beach, you’ll find every villa has its own private pool and garden, and the Maia spa offers a plethora of massages, yoga, meditation classes and other spirit-lifting activities, all set among lush tropical gardens. If you’ve had your fill of relaxation, head off to explore the heritage town of Hoi An, then slink back to your bright, breezy base or head for sundowners at the ocean-view lounge.
Smith Extra – A glass of rosé prosecco each on arrival. Stay for three nights or more and you’ll also get a set meal and a juice of the day at Fusion Café in Hoi An.
Casa De La Flora – Khao Lak – Thailand
Casa De La Flora has it all. There are those beckoning beds and baths as big as bathrooms, which take an hour or so (hey, you’re in no rush) to fill, and the thoughtful, generous extras: free high tea every afternoon, cookies at turn-down and the services of your attentive 24-hour butler. Then there’s the easy skip from bedroom to beach to unwind with the Andaman Sea lapping at your feet. We also love the local area, which is sure to keep you entertained. Trips to James Bond Island and Phi Phi are obligatory and the beaches are eye-bogglingly beautiful. The best way to enjoy this hotel though, is by doing very little at all. Simply wander from one petal-packed path to another and take in every corner of the Casa.
Smith Extra – A molecular cocktail each at La Aranya. SilverSmiths can have some Thai tapas, too; GoldSmiths get a bottle of sparkling wine in their room on arrival
The Sarojin Hotel – Phang Nga – Thailand
The Sarojin is an opulent beachfront resort that strives to satisfy every wish and whim. Elegant, minimalist rooms have private terraces, rainfall showers and every other treat and trimming you could hope for – upgrade your room, and you’ll even get a private pool. From the spa and gym to the infinity pool and snorkelling, there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. Get your swing on and head to the nearby Tublamu Navy Golf Course, or float away to sight-see on the hotel’s boat. At the end of the day, you can always up the romance and book a candlelit waterfall dinner for two.
Smith Extra – A 60-minute Thai massage for two people, to be taken within 48 hours of arrival.
Song Saa – Cambodia
As someone once said to us: “It’s like Castaway meets the Ritz”. This private paradise in the Koh Rong Islands is truly an eco-luxurious escape like no other. Spread over a pair of pristine isles, the exclusive stone villas have thatched roofs, private pools, four-poster beds, Moroccan lanterns and carved tribal statues. You’ll be spoilt for ocean views, but true seduction comes in the form of the stilted over-water villas or the panoramic Jungle Villa. Breakfast and speedboat transfers are free and you can fill your days with watersports, diving, yoga and spa treatments.
Smith Extra – One 60-minute spa treatment each.
Sweet dreams, Sassy Girls!