There are times for budget vacations, and there are times when you would rather let loose those purse strings and go all out. If it is the no-holds-barred luxury that you want, we recommend that you head to these 5 Asian islands to visit for your ultimate luxurious island vacation. Just let your hair down, soak in the sun and indulge!
1. Song Saa Private Island, Cambodia
Koh Rong archipelago, a comfortable, private speedboat ride away from busy Sihanoukville, is home to the Koh Bong and Koh Ouen islands in the Gulf of Thailand. This one-resort island heaven is the address for the pretty and secluded Song Saa resort, which is spread over two islands connected by a wooden bridge. Surrounded by untouched rainforest, tropical reefs and turquoise waters, you can choose to stay at a luxurious jungle villa with a private pool or in overwater villas. All accommodation is ocean view, of course.
With luxury being the keyword here, guests get to dine in secluded spots, go for comfortable rainforest tours, and island safaris. Spas and wellness centres have been sprinkled around both the rainforest and the seashore so that you can unwind as, when, and wherever the need arises.
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2. Pamalican Island, Palawan, Philippines
Redefining luxurious islands and adding a private touch to the whole experience is Amanpulo on Pamalican Island in Palawan. This slice of heaven is surrounded by fine white sand and clear blue waters that hide a world of colourful coral under its surface. True to the Aman spirit, the resort offers every luxury available, coupled with a seclusion that only private islands can provide.
Each property is based suitably far away from the next to ensure that the luxury of your seclusion is not disturbed. Choose between a beachfront villa or a hillside casita as the base for your luxury experience – both of which have their own buggies for your exploration around the island. Pamalican can be accessed from Manila on a private charter airline.
3. Moyo Island, Indonesia
This island resort ups the luxury quotient just a little bit more – we are talking Amanwana on Moyo Island, with its very own cruise vessel and tented accommodation that puts brick-and-mortar resorts to shame. Another one-resort island, Moyo offers air-conditioned, hardwood floored, jungle and ocean tents to visitors looking at spending a few luxurious days in lush green jungles surrounded by the ocean.
Your only neighbours/visitors will be wildlife in the form of macaques and deer, and when you feel like getting away from it all, you could hop on to the island’s private vessel that will take you around Komodo National Park and the Raja Ampat Islands. Did we mention that the ship comes fully loaded with an extensive crew and frills like a masseuse on board? The resort offers direct seaplane transfers from Bali airport thrice a week.
4. Koh Kood, Thailand
Though powdery white sand and clear blue water is a common occurrence in Thailand, it is the peace and seclusion of Koh Kood that complements the luxury of one of its most stunning resorts, Soneva Kiri. Think villas with private infinity pools, a large outdoor theatre, no noisy nightlife, and access to the resort on a private plane. This is how the most luxurious resort on the islands rolls, but there are a few options to enjoy the luxury of the island in budget digs as well.
5. Con Dao, Vietnam
Who’s up for a vacation in a sparsely populated archipelago with heavenly beaches, most of which is part of a national and marine park? Con Dao, all of 45 minutes by air from Ho Chi Minh City, is lush green hills dotted with luxury accommodation.
One such pick is the Six Senses Con Dao, which adds a wildlife angle to your luxurious holiday by keeping track of nesting turtles on the beach. If you visit between May and October, you will get the unique experience of baby turtles hatching. Now that is the real luxury!
Tip: To book your flight tickets, use a travel credit card to get more rewards for your spending. The DBS Altitude Card lets you earn 3 miles per S$1 (or 3 DBS points / S$5) spent on online hotel and flight bookings, and what’s more, the points don’t expire.
This post was written by BankBazaar.sg.