5 Luxurious Beach And Island Retreats For Your Next Getaway

Escape the hustle and bustle of city life to a warm tropical paradise

Published: 22 May 2018

Restorative Retreat

Unwind from the stresses of daily life at Ago Bay, where Amanemu awaits. The luxurious resort houses 24 suites and four villas, nestled amid a natural botanical landscape with views of either the gardens or the bay. Enjoy modern comforts with a touch of tradition, as rooms are furnished with woven textile shutters and sleek light wood furniture. All accommodation comes with a private onsen, as well as large terraces where guests can relax and clear their minds. Japanese cuisine is the highlight at The Restaurant, Amanemu’s in-house dining establishment, featuring fresh local produce of seafood and Matsusaka beef. The resort is close to the UNESCO World Heritage Kumano Kodo pilgrimage trails and the Ise Grand Shrine. Guests can also go on excursions to explore the culture and ancient way of life of the Ama female divers, who collect pearls, shellfish, urchin and seaweed in the nearby bay.

Serene Getaway

If solitude is what you’re after, Lizard Island in Queensland is the place to be. Perfect for honeymooners or couples looking to celebrate their union extravagantly, the resort is literally on the Great Barrier Reef and hosts no more than 82 guests at a time in its 40 rooms and villas. Soak in incredible sights with your loved ones as you spend a day exploring the reef on your own private beach, or go on a self-guided island walk along nature trails. Those looking for fun out at sea can participate in snorkelling trips and glass bottom boat rides. Return to an exquisite seven-course meal with the Degustation Beachside Dining experience, accompanied by beautiful ocean views. Spa, gym and conference facilities are also available.

Island Escapade

Get closer to nature at Gayana Marine Resort, an eco-friendly resort located just off the coast of Sabah. Built on stilts, there are five types of villas to choose from, offering panoramic views of the ocean, the island’s rainforest or mangrove swamps. Spend a night in the Bayu or Palm Villas – overwater abodes with private decks and direct access to the sea. Rooms are a rustic mix of classic design and luxury, complemented by cool hardwood interiors and Malay batik motifs.  The resort has its own Marine Ecology Research Centre that runs giant clam breeding and coral restoration programmes, which guests can experience. When it comes to dining, choose from Alu-Alu, where diners can have Gayana-farmed fish straight from the tanks and into the pan, or drop by Macac at the poolside for a fusion of Asian and Western delights.

Holistic Destination

Whether for business or leisure, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Penang is the choice for discerning travellers looking for an unforgettable stay and warm hospitality. Its 361 guest rooms and suites come complete with luxurious amenities and modern comforts, from large-screen TVs and plush beds to stylish bathrooms and walk-in showers. Families can opt to have their rooms interconnected and enjoy the convenience of a shared hallway. As a family-friendly resort, there are many activities and attractions to keep the little ones entertained, including Malaysia’s first teddy bear-themed museum, TeddyVille, a Kids Club, outdoor recreation area and children’s swimming pool with artificial beach. After a long day out, energise at the fitness centre, take a plunge in the pool, or book a relaxing massage at the in-house spa. Business travellers are not left out, as the resort boasts state-of-the-art facilities such as a large ballroom that can hold up to 550 guests, three meeting rooms and flexible meeting spaces. Complete the experience with delicious Peranakan and international favourites at Makan Kitchen, or have a cuppa at the Axis Lounge.

Hilltop Oasis

Perched elegantly on the slopes of Jimbaran in Bali, The Longhouse is a stunning new boutique hotel that promises an idyllic escape like no other, away from the tourist traps of Kuta and Seminyak. The property’s six exclusive bedroom suites are each named after an Indonesian island and bear distinctive interior designs and local arts, such as soft earth tones evoking Sasak Pottery in the Lombok Suite, and the liberal use of bamboo furniture in the Bali suite. Start the morning with a tranquil yoga session or relax by the infinity pool before heading out for a local village tour. Those who prefer to spend the day within the Longhouse can opt for Balinese massages at the in-house spa, or join a cooking course in Indonesian cuisine.

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