Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year, so why not take a couple of extra days off and jet off for a long weekend with a loved one. Boutique hotel experts Mr & Mrs Smith have the insider knowledge on the most secluded, seductive and sumptuous stays around, including these three romance-revving hotel picks for Valentine’s all in Asia – with some special Sassy savings to sweeten the deal!
Villa Mathis, Bali, Indonesia
Style Eat, pray, love
Setting Canggu garden Eden
Relax on a romantic rural getaway at Villa Mathis boutique hotel in Canggu, where five elegant Bali-meets-Paris villas are set amid lush tropical gardens. Divided between the villas, the hotel’s 22 Deluxe Rooms are designed with seclusion in mind, with deep bath tubs for two and outdoor showers in walled gardens. During sun-drenched days lounge by the pool, visit Canggu’s chilled-out surf beach nearby, or indulge in a Balinese treatment drawing on ancestral jamu herbs and cures at Villa Mathis’ own spa.
For cosy evening dining, snaffle a table at the rear of European-inspired Nuits Baroques, flanked by foliage, or go intimate alfresco – request a meal for two by the water, in a sala or under lantern-hung trees. After dinner, sidle up to seriously sexy bar Le Fumoir for a Blue Mathis or three. You’re only a 10-minute drive from Seminyak if you fancy some chic boutique shopping and bar-hopping too.
SASSY SAVING: Book three nights in a Deluxe Room and enjoy the treat-laden 3-Night Romance & Honeymoon Package, which includes a cocktail on arrival, a three-course dinner in the gardens, and a massage and flower bath with a bottle of sparkling wine. Book with Mr & Mrs Smith and you’ll also receive the special Smith extra – a complimentary one-hour Traditional Massage for two.
Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund, Shanghai, China
Style Contemporary-Chinese crossover
Setting Bund-side beauty
For a seductive city getaway, whisk your Mr or Mrs Smith away to soaring, stylish Hotel Indigo Shanghai on the Bund. Opulent mod-Chinese interiors and jaw-dropping vistas may leave your valentine vying for your attention at this impressive 184-room hotel. Stay in one of the Premier Bund Pudong View Rooms for views of the river, the Bund and the futuristic Pudong skyline (best enjoyed from bed or the deep freestanding bath tub). If you’re splurging on your sweetheart, book the Deco Bund Terrace Suite for dark glamour, a private terrace, and views over the Old City.
Reserve a window seat or a private dining space at 29th-floor restaurant Char for a sophisticated evening meal set against the glittering city skyline. Downstairs, all-day café Quay offers a delicious selection of both Eastern and Western dishes, including a great egg station at breakfast. Venture outside the hotel to check out the Bund, take a cruise from Shiliupu Dock to see the waterfront in style, dine at renowned restaurant M on the Bund, or enjoy a roaring Twenties-inspired evening of jazz and cocktails at Jazz Bar set within the historic Peace Hotel.
SASSY SAVING: Perfect for Valentine’s Day, enjoy 25% off room rates until 28 February 2013 when you book at least two days in advance for a stay of two nights or more. If you book with Mr & Mrs Smith, you and your Valentine will each receive a complimentary Smith extra – a glass of Perrier-Jouët champagne at the Char bar on arrival, plus welcome amenities in-room.
The Sarojin, Phang Nga, Thailand
Style Secluded tropical retreat
Setting Hidden gardens of Khao Lak
Escape to a private beachfront paradise at Phang Nga boutique resort The Sarojin near coastal Khao Lak, north of Phuket. Stay in one of the Sarojin Suites, which feature an enormous onyx bathing pool sunk into the terraces – perfect for sipping cocktails while soaking under the stars. Spend your day happily marooned on a pavilion island in the infinity pool, kick back on a private section of the beach or employ the services of the hotel’s full-time ‘imagineer’, who can put together a personalised itinerary for your stay.
As evening cloaks the resort, there are plenty of spots for romantic dining à deux. Share Oriental fusion food amid the hanging roots of an enormous fig tree at Ficus restaurant, ask Sarojin staff to arrange a private barbecue for you anywhere on the grounds or to truly impress, request a sunset cruise on the Lady Sarojin, followed by candlelit dinner for two on your own private island. Make a date to sample the delicious sparkling Champagne Sarojin cocktail at Cellar Bar under the fig tree.
SASSY SAVING: If you’ve left your Valentine’s Day planning a tad late this year, take advantage of the Last-Minute Deal, offering 10% off room rates for last-minute bookings made seven days or less prior to arrival. To ramp up the romance, book the 3-Night Luxury Honeymoon Package, which includes a bottle of sparkling wine, fruit and flowers in-room on arrival, a candlelit jungle waterfall dinner and a 90-minute Royal Oriental Thai massage each. If you book with Smith, you’ll also receive the Smith extra: a complimentary 60-minute Thai massage for two, to be taken within 48 hours of arrival.
To book a romantic Smith stay visit www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326. What’s more, BlackSmith membership is now free for life, so book through Smith to receive life-enhancing extras and exclusive offers at more than 1,000 hotels and holiday houses around the world.