Sun-kissed beaches, crystal turquoise waters and a cooling sea breeze make the perfect concoction for a relaxing weekend away from the office. Southeast Asia, with its lush tropical islands and pristine beaches, is brimming with opulent, luxurious beach resorts. These ones are so magnificent, you’ll find it hard to believe that they are located just a few hours away from bustling Singapore.
From the idyllic islands of Thailand to the golden, sandy shores of neighbouring Langkawi, these resorts will have you staring at your desk calendar till your next escape.
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Treat yourself to a tranquil retreat by the Andaman Sea, just two hours away from Singapore (inclusive of a 25-minute drive from Langkawi International Airport). Four Seasons Resort Langkawi is a tropical haven backed by limestone cliffs covered in dense tropical vegetation, and fronted by azure blue seas.
Featuring 91 dazzling villas and pavilions inspired by Moorish architecture and just steps away from the ancient natural wonders of the Jewel of Kedah, enjoy your grand retreat at this extravagant beach resort.
Four Seasons Resort Langkawi Malaysia, Jalan Tanjung Rhu, Langkawi 07000, Kedah Darul Aman, +60 4 950 8888, fourseasons.com/langkawi
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An idyllic island with crystal turquoise waters and soft white shores, the Maldives truly is paradise with its many lavish beach resorts. One&Only Reethi Rah is one of the most famous ones and has been the oasis of royals and A-list celebrities on beach vacations. Secluded by lush tropical greenery, this chic 6-star resort has hosted famous names the likes of David and Victoria Beckham, Tom Cruise and Mariah Carey.
A private island retreat with six kilometres of beach, the One&Only Reethi Rah features different types of villas, which come with shady verandas, a generous outdoor seating area, a private pool, and canopied day bed.
One&Only Reethi Rah, North Malé Atoll, Maldives, + 960 664 8800, reethirah.oneandonlyresorts.com
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If you’re looking for a romantic beach retreat, The Sanchaya Bintan is the perfect haven for you. An upscale beachfront resort blending Southeast Asian design elements with colonial splendour, The Sanchaya features a total of 21 airy villas and nine elegant suites, and is just a 50-minute ferry ride away from Singapore.
Besides going on romantic walks on the beach, you can soak up the sun’s rays by the resort’s infinity pool, go for a wine tasting at the Decanter wine cellar, or pamper yourselves to a massage at the impeccable Sanchaya Spa.
The Sanchaya Bintan, Jalan Gurindam Duabelas, Plot 5 Lagoi Bay, P Bintan, Kep Riau, +62 770 692200, www.thesanchaya.com/the-sanchaya-bintan
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When it comes to island retreats, Bali is definitely the first locale that comes to mind. The Island of Gods, with its breathtaking beaches and glistening blue lagoons, boasts some of Southeast Asia’s most extravagant beach villas. One of the most breathtaking to hit its shores is Alila Villas Uluwatu, a resort perched on an elevated plateau that meets limestone cliffs sweeping down to the ocean.
The picturesque hideaway offers unmatched views of the Bukit Peninsula’s dramatic tropical landscape. Enjoy an enchanting retreat in one of its 65 luxuriously spacious villas, where you can enjoy panoramic ocean views.
Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali, Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak, Desa Pecatu, Uluwatu, Kuta Sel, Kabupaten, Badung, Bali 80364, Indonesia, +62 361 8482166, alilahotels.com/uluwatu
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You know a resort is one of the grandest in Southeast Asia when the Kardashians themselves have graced it with their presence. Located on Natai beach just north of Phuket, Iniala Beach House is the epitome of opulence and privacy. Offering guests a fusion of contemporary design, gastronomy and pure indulgence, this resort features three villas and a penthouse — with each of the 10 rooms designed by a different international designer.
Each villa has its own dedicated team which includes round-the-clock assistance from a fully staffed reception and concierge, a driver, butler, chef, spa therapist and a housekeeper.
Iniala Beach House, Phuket, Thailand 82140,
+66 76 451 456, iniala.com/beach-house
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Nothing beats a vacation on your own private island. Song Saa (which means ‘the sweethearts’ in Khmer language) is a resort that spans two pristine islands of Koh Ouen and Koh Bong in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. The best part? The islands are linked by a footbridge over a marine reserve that safeguards the islands’ reefs and marine life, which includes turtles and seahorses.
This eco-friendly resort features amenities such as a large infinity edge swimming pool, spa and wellness sanctuaries nestled in the rainforest and along the shore. There is also a restaurant and bar, which is positioned just off the island’s shoreline and surrounded by the sea, so guests can dine under the stars.
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