Epicure Magazine|January 2020
A romantic island escapade doesn’t have to be a one-time honeymoon affair. Everyone could do with a getaway to spice up their love life. With more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is ripe for the picking.
We aren’t just talking about a quaint camping trip on a deserted island a la The Beach; but lavish resorts with stellar views of white sandy beaches, rejuvenating spa packages, tantalizing cuisine and most importantly, a serene stay experience. The wealth of choices in Indonesia means that there will be an island paradise tailor-made for your needs.
And it’s not just exclusively beach villas either. Cliff-top stays, glamorous Italianstyled resorts and misty forest hideaways are also part of the equation. The diversity of the Indonesian archipelago grants a bevy of potential itineraries and experiences for the discerning travel couple. Fancy a cruise to the islands within Komodo National Park, a helicopter tour or private seaplane trip? There’s a resort for each of these activities.
No matter your choice, rest assured that the both of you will enjoy a pampering experience. Spend the time to discover the wonders of Indonesia together, or simply indulge in the secluded, romantic vibes of your own private villa. It’s your call.FOR AN OPULENT ISLAND ESCAPE
Labuan Bajo, Flores, Nusa Tenggara Timur. tel: +62 385 2441000. www.ayana.com
Apart from being the Land of the Komodo Dragons, Labuan Bajo is also renowned for its rich marine diversity, cerulean sea, alluring beaches, and scenic islets. Just a one-hour flight away from Bali, the town is the gateway to Flores and the Komodo National Park area.
As the only five-star hotel in town, AYANA komodo Resort, waecicu Beach makes for a secluded stay. Opt for the Full Ocean View Suite and take advantage of the AYANA Honeymoon Romance package that includes perks such as a dinner for two at the resort’s pier as well as a rejuvenating couple’s treatment at Spa at AYANA. Alternatively, cruise the islands of Komodo National Park while staying on board the AYANA lako di’a, a luxurious 54-metre phinisi sailing ship with nine cabins.
FOR CLIFF-TOP LUXURY
A stay at Anantara Uluwatu Bali Resort means having front-row access to some of the most spectacular sunsets in Indonesia. Located atop the famed Impossible Beach with legendary surfing waves, the recently refurbished Ocean View Pool Suites are perfect for couples who love the idea of waking up to an uninterrupted vista of the ocean. When you are done lazing by the private pool and Jacuzzi, book an appointment at Anantara Spa or enroll in the resort’s Wellness Being Programme. Surprise your loved one by joining the bespoke Dining by Design experience, where the location and menu for your dinner for two can be customized to suit your preferences.Jl. Labuan Sait, Uluwatu, Bali. tel: +62 361 8957555. www.anantara.com
FOR A LAVISH TIME
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