Beach holidays in the South Pacific and South-East Asia certainly have the ability to inspire romance and affection - whether they're taken for a honeymoon or just to celebrate your partnership. The golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and beautiful luxury resorts combine to offer a relaxing escape from normality. Here at Escape Travel, we thought that during a beach getaway you may wish to explore the nearby surrounds - so we thought we’d put together our favourite attraction in these beautiful locations.
Here are our top five romantic beach-holiday destinations and an accompanying activity.
While on the Malaysian Island of Penang, be sure to visit the Snake Temple. While we understand the thought of snakes slithering around a temple may freak some people out – experiencing the same space as these magnificent creatures is sure to overcome any initial trepidation. It’s believed that the swirling incense renders the vipers lethargic but to be absolutely sure, they have their venom removed.
The beautiful Thai island of Koh Samui, just off Thailand’s east coast is the perfect setting for a romantic retreat. After sunning yourself on the beach, stroll down to the natural rock formation dubbed the Grandfather and Grandmother stones. Just remember they are entirely the work of Mother Nature.
If holidaying on Rarotonga, head to the Maire Nui Gardens, picturesque botanical gardens located around three kilometres from Muri. Perhaps plan your visit around lunchtime so that you can relax in the café and enjoy a delicious lunch whilst overlooking the beautiful surrounds.
After exploring Kuta Beach, Ubud and the rice paddies, head to a luxury spa and enjoy a couples massage. First on the agenda should be a Balinese lulur body scrub followed by a Balinese massage that uses long, deep strokes. On the other hand, take a creambath – which is a reinvigorating scalp and shoulder massage.
Head to the Maldives and enjoy the ultimate in romance – stay in an over-water bungalow that looks out to impossibly clear waters and serene beaches. It would however be remiss to visit the Maldives and not appreciate the incredible array of marine life that frolic below the water. Don a snorkel or hire some scuba gear and head out on a maritime adventure.