1. Charter a schooner
Only have three days to spare for a vacay? Here’s why you should book a stay at The Datai Langkawi. The Naga Pelangi, a 97-foot hand-built replica of a traditional wooden schooner, is returning to the resort for exclusive charter.
Whether you’d like to join a group of up to 12 for a day cruise, or hire the ship for private use, it’s sure to be a new experience. If your budget permits, the latter is a winner for a romantic journey - a sensational day of sailing with champagne in hand, and then, how about ending the evening with an massage on board the ship for the two of you?
The resort, meanwhile, is located in Datai Bay, which was rated by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 beaches, and has swanky accommodations that are surrounded by the lush rainforest.
2. Go on a scenic railway journey
There’s an old-world charm about travelling by train - it transports one to an era when life was much slower and people took time to properly enjoy it. Expect the works on the luxurious Eastern & Oriental Express: Plush cabins, fine dining, cocktails and entertainment. The only amenities you won’t find here are TVs and wi-fi, so you’ll be indulging in conversation, scenery and time spent together.
Choose from a variety of South-east Asia itineraries that take you on a bucolic journey through Malaysia or Thailand. A weekend trip makes a short and sweet escape from city life - you’ll be on your way home just as you start itching for a high-speed data connection.
3. Get up close with the Himalayas
Experience India in the lap of luxury at Shakti 360° Leti, located in the Kumaon region in the northern hill state of Uttarakhand. With only four private guest pavilions, this Relais & Châteaux property offers privacy up high at some 8,000ft - a vantage point from which to admire the snow-capped peaks of the Great Himalaya range.
While the scenery is the main attraction (and one that ranks high on our bucket list!), there are other activities to enjoy among the clouds, including daily sessions of yoga and meditation. You’ll also want to venture out and explore the Kumaon villages, visit religious shrines or arrange for a picnic on pastureland, which is the best spot to catch a spectacular sunrise or sunset.
4. Escape to a private island
Cambodia is a gem that’s just waiting to be discovered, and it’s there that you’ll find the paradise of Song Saa, the only private island resort in the country. The numerous travel awards it has steadily collected in the three years since its opening say a lot about its allure.
Home to 27 gorgeously appointed villas, each with a unique aesthetic revolving around a theme of rustic chic, Song Saa is all about easy, unpretentious luxury.
Guests are invited to do as little or as much as they please during their stay, and should you be able to summon the will to leave the comforts of your villa, you’ll find that the island is filled with wondrous natural sights. Sign up for an island-hopping or rainforest tour, or go snorkelling and kayaking if you’re into water sports.
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