Best romantic getaways for the long weekend

Escape to a nearby destination and reignite the romance with your partner. Take your pick from idyllic beach oases to boutique luxury abodes

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W Retreat, Thailand

From Rs 40,000/night

The spectacular Maenam Beach on Koh Samui’s north coast is the perfect setting for the first W resort in Thailand. W’s signature high-energy design harmonises with the natural environs. This retreat features 73 large villas with intimate private pools and romantic dining options that include candle-lit champagne dinners on the beach. Unwind at the AWAY Spa with Thaimazacal, the first Mexican Temazcal-inspired therapy offered at a resort in Asia. And if you’re not a spa fiend, you can slip out for a round of golf at the Santiburi Golf Course with its stunning cliff views while your significant other is at the spa. 

Six Senses Zil Pasyon Seychelles

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From Rs 1.3 lakh/night

Six Senses’ first foray into Africa is driven by a design philosophy that keeps it almost indistinguishable from the natural drama of an unspoiled island. It’s a secluded private retreat, located in the inner Granitic islands and yet within easy reach of ten other islands. Cocos Islands is one and a popular snorkelling spots in Seychelles’. The resort offers a choice of one-bedroom and two-bedroom villas with relaxing ocean sounds and sweeping views.

Kahanda Kanda, Sri Lanka

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From Rs 26,000/night

Positioned as a ‘couples only’ destination, this 10-room boutique luxury property in Galle was once the tropical villa of George Cooper, a British interior designer. The resort’s unique location — a secluded hilltop getaway on a 12-acre working tea estate, is it’s calling card. It’s 30 minutes from Galle and even closer to quieter beaches like Kabalana and the surf and sand of Weligama. The shimmering pool offers unhindered views of the nearby Koggala Lake. Other facilities include a rejuvenating spa and a yoga pavilion. 

Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, Oman

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From Rs 35,000/night

You will always hear local legends about how one of the world’s most famous couples were mesmerised by the sunset here. The name ‘Diana’s Point’ stuck almost from the moment Lady Diana and Prince Charles caught a magical sunset in 1986. Diana’s Point is now the sunset deck at the Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort, the highest luxury resort in the Middle East. It’s perched 2,000 metres above sea level on the curving rim of Oman’s very own Grand Canyon in an area that’s known as the Saiq Plateau. The resort’s design is inspired by some of the royal residences in the region and offers a choice of expansive private villas and Canyon view rooms. 

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Amankora, Bhutan

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This is a collection of experiences, a circuit of Himalayan sanctuaries that are spread across five pristine valleys; tranquil and also as out-of-time as the kingdom that they are a part of. The perfect setting to unwind and discover quiet moments that you and your valentine can savour. The customisable three-day experience takes you through awe-inspiring scenery and offers insights into the Buddhist way of life. The lodges at Paro and Thimphu valleys are the perfect points to explore cultural sights, spiritual experiences and breath-taking scenery. 

Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, India

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From Rs 40,000/night

If you’ve put off your first trip to the Andamans for a variety of reasons, don’t wait any further. The Taj Exotica is probably the most luxurious abode in the Andamans and occupies 46 acres on the legendary Radhanagar Beach at Havelock Island. Fringed by a strip of mangroves overlooking the beach, this is the perfect spot to get into slow-mo mode. Choose from an array of 54 modern luxury villas on stilts that are nestled under a canopy of coconut and palmyra trees. This environmentally conscious resort is also home to a Jiva Spa.

Hotel Fairmont, Maldives

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From Rs 70,000/night

One of Maldives’ newer luxury retreats, it’s remote location also makes this one an underwater paradise. The resort is spread over the idyllic island of Sirru Fen Fushi that translates to a secret water island. Aquatic elements are in the mix everywhere on this all-villa resort. There’s a 200-metre long pool that cuts through the island, and the 120 villas include the quintessential Maldivian water villas where you can jump into the ocean straight out of your villa. The resort is home to the world’s first semi-submerged museum, a project envisioned by Fairmont Hotels and British artist and environmental activist Jason deCaires Taylor.

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Jetwing Vil Uyana, Sri Lanka

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From Rs 45,000/night

Located in the heart of the country and the centre of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, is one of the most spectacular eco resorts in the region. The UNESCO World Heritage site Sigiriya is close by and so are the ancient Buddhist cave temples of Dambulla. Set in a purpose-built wetland, this private nature reserve offers a choice of five distinct habitats (forest, marsh, paddy, garden and lake). The resort comprises of 36 freestanding dwellings, many with their own private pools, that suit the habitat in which they stand.

The Oberoi Udaivilas, India

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From Rs 55,000/night

This contemporary palace is spread over 80 acres on what used to be the hunting grounds of the Maharana of Udaipur. An interesting blend of Indian and western design influences come together in hand-painted mosaics, reflective pools and imposing brass doors. The magic begins with a sunrise cruise over the lake and lasts all day culminating with a romantic candle-lit dinner. Udaivilas’ semi-private pool rooms offer some of the best views, while a butler on call means your favourite cocktail or in-room snack is just one button away.

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Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Malaysia

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From Rs 15,000/night

A quick connection via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur brings you to Sabah, a corner of Malaysia that’s less explored than popular beach destinations like Langkawi. Encircled by a 400-acre nature reserve with a 3 km-long sandy beach, this is a stunning sanctuary that’s also easily accessible from Kota Kinabalu. Check into the adult-oriented ocean wing and enjoy a rejuvenating break with a luxurious spa and the beach within easy access. The resort boasts of multiple dining options, wildlife adventures and aquatic experiences. 

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