THAILAND’S UMPTEEN PALM-TREE-STREWN ISLANDS, Koh Samui offers the highest level of indulgence. At Rocky’s Boutique, a little-known oasis on the south east coast, elegant long-tailed fishing boats sail past beachfront digs as they would have done a century ago. hai cookery classes, snorkelling on coral reefs and trips to Lamai are all part of the Rocky’s experience, but it’s at night when the hotel really comes alive. With low-level lighting giving off a romantic exotic glow, and award-winning chef Stefano Leone in the kitchen, it’s easy to see why this out-of-the-ordinary family-run resort has so many loyal return visitors.
INSIDER TIP: he resort’s fine dining restaurant delivers exquisite French cuisine with a distinctly modern twist – bon appetit! BOOK IT: 7 nights including breakfast from 1,099per person. Stopover at Rembrandt Bangkok for 3 nights from 70 per person including breakfast.
What does romance mean to you? For me, romance is travelling and discovering new cultures.
I never want to stop learning.
How do you make honeymooners feel special in your restaurant? To entertain a guest is to make yourself responsible for his or her happiness so long as they are beneath your roof. I have a passion for food, and honeymooners are certain to discover this through the art of my cuisine.
A playground for sun-worshippers, spa-goddesses and zealous foodies, indulgence comes on tap. Priding itself on a vast choice of watersports, plus golf, and one of the largest infinity pools we’ve ever seen, there’s no limit to the luxury. here are seven a la carte restaurants to choose from and six chic bars, but that’s where the dilemmas end, because, joy of joys, this alluring Mexican retreat is all-inclusive. To really live la vida loca, hire a beachside cabana with butler service for the day and soak up the VIP treatment.
INSIDER TIP: Be sure to check out Desires lounge one night. With a resident DJ and a bar stocked with multi-coloured tropical liquors, you’ll be dancing til dawn!
BOOK IT: 10 nights all inclusive from 2,674 per person.
Mom Tri’s Kitchen is an award-winning gourmet hotspot with to-die-for views across the Andaman Seaâ divine saltwater swimming pool, Mom Tri’s Villa Royale is an outstanding boutique hotel. What’s more, honeymooners can be sure of the royal treatment. Benefitting from direct access to the white-sand shores of Kata Noi, rooms (42 of them) are ornate with plenty of local flourishes, but it’s in the dining department that this little gem really excels. Mom Tri’s Kitchen is an award-winning gourmet hotspot with to-die-for views across the Andaman Sea. Dishes such as veal cheek stew and pink peppercorn scallops will appeal to diners with an adventurous palate, while the 750 labels in the hotel’s wine cellar, will keep anyone else happy!
INSIDER TIP: Ten years ago, before it was a hotel, Mom Tri’s was a summerhouse belonging to descendants of hai royalty. BOOK IT: 7 nights including breakfast from 1,310 per person. Stopover at Rembrandt Bangkok for 3 nights including breakfast from 70 per person.jungly terrain, Maradiva is a place to live out your Tarzan and Jane fantasy. All villas come with their own private pools, and with an award-winning holistic spa, daily yoga and meditation classes, the Zen-like vibe is certain to calm even the most frazzled of just-marrieds. he extensive grounds lend a real sense of space, so you never feel encroached on, and shaded paths lead to secret sandy nooks just crying out to be kissed in. Foodies will be in heaven at the hotel’s lantern-strewn Asian restaurant, while at Breakers bar, there’s live jazz and piano to nudge you even further into a blissful state of honeymoon happiness. INSIDER TIP: For extra-indulgence, request butler service when you book.
BOOK IT: 10 nights including half board from 2,605 per person.