Indulge in true barefoot luxury at these idyllic resorts near Singapore
It may just be February, but it’s never too early to make vacation plans in lieu of the hectic year ahead. If you live in a bustling city like Singapore, chances are that you lead a busy lifestyle; rushing from place to place for meetings or jostling through crowded shopping malls over the weekends.
Sometimes all you want to do is just travel to a neighbouring destination for a quick getaway. Thankfully for us, there are a handful of beach resorts evoking barefoot luxury just moments away from the Lion City. These resorts are located on deserted islands and focus on sustainability, wellness, and are encompassed by beautiful natural landscapes. It makes it easy to just ditch all schedules and bask in total freedom and simplicity — all without sacrificing the comfort you crave for when on vacation.
It’s time to trade your laptop for a paperback, red-bottom stilettos for bare feet, and morning commutes in heavy traffic for stunning sunset cruises. Here, the best barefoot luxury resorts near Singapore located on islands far off the usual tourist trail; making the perfect places to escape to whenever you need a breather.
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The newly-opened Wa Ale Island Resort is the first ever luxury property in the Mergui Archipelago, a cluster of 800 islands off the western coast of southern Myanmar. Previously virtually inaccessible to visitors due to its remote location and lack of proper facilities, the archipelago has finally opened up with the launch of the resort — allowing travellers to access one of the most unspoilt areas in the world for the very first time. The resort features 11 state-of-the-art upscale tents nestled on a kilometre-long stretch of pristine beach, as well as three treetop villas, each looking out to unobstructed ocean views.
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Wa Ale Island Resort
Built by fashion mogul Chris Burch, Nihi Sumba Island is an eco-luxury resort located on the remote Sumba Island — once the best kept secret of professional surfers. The resort’s architecture reflect the local Sumbanese culture, featuring traditional grass-thatched menara roofs, teak wood and local artworks. Accommodation here comes in the form of 27 villas and treehouse, all boasting ocean views, large terraces, four-poster beds and private infinity pools.
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Nihi Sumba Island
Most visitors to Thailand are familiar with islands such as Phuket, Koh Phi Phi or Koh Samui. Not much is known about the remote Koh Ya Noi, home to a resort by luxury hospitality brand Six Senses. Surrounded by iconic limestone pinnacles rising from the waters of the stunning Phang Nga Bay, Six Senses Ya Noi is set against a surreal backdrop, offering ultimate privacy and a sense of adventure. Staying in one of the island resort’s private pool villas will make you feel like you’re residing in a lush tree house built of local teak, topped with a palm-leaf roof, and decked out in locally-sourced accessories.
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Six Senses Ya Noi
Marking the debut of a new hospitality brand is Joali Maldives located on the Muravandhoo island on the Raa Atoll in the northern Maldives. The island resort features 73 private beach and water villas and residences, each beautifully curated with local timber, bamboo, terrazzo flooring, custom-made furnishings and hand-carved wooden panels in neutral tones — all complementing the turquoise blue sea at its doorstep.
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If you want a vacation free from children, head to Royal Davui Island Resort, an exclusive adults-only property taking over 8 acres of land in the spectacular Beqa Lagoon in Fiji. Surrounded by white sand beaches, aquamarine waters and tall palm trees set against the setting sun, the resort offers a sanctuary with 16 beautifully-designed villas and suites and warm Fijian hospitality; away from the hustle and bustle of Singapore.
(Image credit: Royal Davui Island Resort)