Top 10 most romantic tropical beach stays
We’ve hand selected some of the most romantic resorts from around the world for the ultimate couples getaway, from private pools to personal butlers, there’s something for all couples wanting some private ‘us’ time. Here’s our top 10 most romantic tropical beach stays.
10. One & Only Hayman Island Australia
The scene: Located on stunning Hayman Island, which forms part of the Whitsunday Islands off the Queensland coast and in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef, One & Only blends ultra-luxurious décor and fantastic facilities with its captivating surroundings. Having recently undergone an extensive refurbishment, the resort features spacious and updated accommodation for a restful and pampered stay.
The sleep: With three room categories to choose from, whether you have ocean, pool or garden views you’ll be delighted with the modern, light and spacious rooms, all featuring a private balcony and plush amenities. We’d recommend a beach villa as the best choice, featuring a private enclosed pool and direct access to the beach, it’s your own indulgent oasis.
The stay: With two stunning pools featuring private cabanas and daybeds designed for two, lounging by the pool is the perfect way to relax with the one you love. The two kilometres of pristine white beach and gorgeous gardens means there is plenty of space to enjoy the resort, with plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal to the spectacular corals and sea life with watersports, diving and snorkelling.
More information & to book: One & Only Hayman Island
9. Santhiya Koh Yao Yai Thailand
The scene: This eco-luxury resort is just 20 minutes from Phuket by speedboat, and offers a tropical oasis surrounded by 38 acres of forest. Step into the unique seclusion of this less visited island and take in the charm of the pool villas and suites which are beautifully built from reclaimed and recycled wood, blending into the surroundings.
The sleep: Enjoy your time at Santhiya on the water’s edge with uninterrupted ocean views from your private pool villa, the perfect spot to enjoy a cocktail or two while the sun sets. The traditional Thai style décor will have you relaxing in no time and the glimmering shoreline is never too far away.
The stay: Known as Koh Yao Yai Island’s fountain of youth, the Ayurvana Spa combines nature and purity in its masterful signature massages, feel-good body scrubs, wraps and facials for everlasting tropical indulgence. Enjoy Thai boxing lessons, snorkelling adventures, cookery classes, kayaking and mornings exploring by bicycle, or simply relax by the huge swimming pool and enjoy the privacy of this stunning resort. Guests can enjoy two fine-dining restaurants, as well as private dinners on the beach or at your own pace with in-room dining.
More information & to book: Santhiya Koh Yao Yai
8. Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa Bali
The scene: A prime beachfront location combined with upscale décor makes this a perfect choice for a romantic getaway. This all-suite resort features ocean views and balconies in every suite, which means you can enjoy the fresh sea breeze and Seminyak sunsets in privacy.
The sleep: Whichever suite you decide on for your stay at Anantara you’ll love the elegant ambiance and plush décor, with sleek dark wood floors and spacious accommodation. Incorporating contemporary Balinese design, all of the suites feature a terrazzo tub perfect for two and situated on the terrace, so grab a drink and sit back and enjoy some downtime.
The stay: Indulge in the three unique dining experiences this resort has to offer, including one of the best Asian and Continental restaurants in Bali which serves spicy and fragrant cuisine night and day. There’s plenty of activities to keep you entertained if you want more than a suntan, the resort will happily arrange horseback riding through the Bali countryside or river rafting for an adrenaline rush. With a super location close to chic restaurants, cafes and trendy nightlife, this is the perfect place to unwind while enjoying the best of Bali.
More information & to book: Anantara Seminyak Resort & Spa
7. Maradiva Mauritius
The scene: Imagine acres of stunning tropical gardens lapped by the waters of Tamarin Bay and you’ve arrived at the haven of Maradiva in Mauritius. This unique resort is filled with authentic Mauritian charm, offering tranquil private villas which are the perfect place to unwind and spend some quality time.
The sleep: Cosily nestled along the coastline sit the resorts 65 lavish villas which all include their own private pool. Couples will be in heaven in the quiet opulence of this resort which offers a 24 hour personalised butler service, so you don’t even have to leave your villa if you don’t want to.
The stay: In the heart of the resort lies Maradiva spa which is the perfect place to unwind and rejuvenate, offering deep muscular massages and aromatherapy designed to purify and regenerate. The hydrotherapy pool and steam rooms lend themselves perfectly to stress-free time out, as well as the yoga pavilion for individual or couples yoga. After a day of relaxing head to one of the resort’s four restaurants, serving a mix of Mediterranean, Mauritian and international dishes at their relaxed beachfront venue, with a new menu every evening, including their speciality restaurant serving contemporary Indian cuisine with an interactive teppanyaki cooking area and live music.
More information & to book: Maradiva Mauritius
6. The Residence Zanzibar
The scene: Sitting on the breath-taking South West coast of Zanzibar on a mile-long powdery white sandy beach, The Residence is an incredibly luxurious and stylish property. Fusing both contemporary décor with various traditional African influences, this resort has managed to create a unique ambiance of elegance and sophistication for the perfect indulgent getaway.
The sleep: You’ll have no trouble getting a good night’s sleep in one of their 66 luxuriously appointed private villas, set amongst a secluded garden or with direct access to the beach they all benefit from their own private pool and a personal butler.
The stay: Hidden away within 32 hectares of palm-fringed gardens, this resort certainly offers privacy, space and indulgence without the crowds. Take a stroll along the beach while enjoying the complimentary sorbets and ice skewers, or take advantage of the watersports on offer and your own bicycles. The Pavilion Restaurant serves Middle-Eastern, Greek, Turkish and Mediterranean food, or you can enjoy 24-hour in-villa dining for a relaxing and intimate dinner for two.
More information & to book: The Residence Zanzibar
5. Denis Private Island
The scene: Located on its own small private island, this island resort offers barefoot luxury set amongst a luscious jungle setting. With cottages dotted along the stunning white sandy beach, expect your own sea-facing veranda and utter privacy for a truly romantic getaway.
The sleep: The villas here are so secluded you’ll really feel drawn in to this resorts natural charm. No matter which home you choose, you’ll have direct access to the beach, and with no TV’s or Wi-Fi in the cottages, you can really get away from the daily grind and take in the amazing surroundings without distraction. The open-air bathroom adds to the simple life feel of the place, whilst the indoor décor is quaint yet modern, making it feel like a gorgeous beach house.
The stay: The waters around Denis are some of the finest for diving in the Seychelles and there are plenty other watersports on offer, as well as nature walks and cycling on your own bicycles to explore the natural beauty of the island. For something a little more relaxed, unwind with in-room massages or spa treatments or enjoy delicious fresh and local food, most of which is from the island’s own farm and gardens. Be at one with nature, enjoy the stunning sunsets and truly make time for each other on Denis Island.
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4. Jade Mountain St Lucia
The scene: With a gorgeous hillside location, this high-end resort offers spellbinding views overlooking the towering Pitons and expansive Caribbean Sea. Grown-up glamour and unique architecture insures the resort blends in with the natural beauty of St Lucia for a luxurious and romantic stay.
The sleep: You won’t just find rooms at Jade Mountain, each of their 29 ‘sanctuaries’ are built in an open-style with just three walls, allowing for unrivalled views of the soaring Pitons and benefitting from the cooling ocean winds. Relax and unwind in the luxurious infinity pool and enjoy the architectural triumph of your sanctuary.
The stay: Jade Mountain ticks all the boxes with idyllic views and two sandy beaches perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving. If you’re keen to keep active during your romantic break, the fitness studio and opportunities for kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, tennis and yoga will keep you busy. If your more of the relaxing type, you’ll fall in love with the exotic beauty rituals at Kai en Ciel - meaning ‘house in heaven’.
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3. Fusion Maia Da Nang
The scene: Modern concepts, ultra-luxe amenities and chic design makes this resort unique and individual for every guest that has the pleasure of staying here. This all-villa luxury resort dedicates itself to the art of relaxation and healthy living, and even includes two spa treatments per day included for every guest.
The sleep: Each of the 87 villas are a private sanctuary to relax and unwind, all featuring a private pool and walled courtyard for uninterrupted seclusion. The comfortable beds and sunken bath make it a haven for honeymooners wishing for complete peace and tranquillity, with contemporary interiors and a minimalist approach to promote calmness.
The stay: The resorts luxury spa ticks all the boxes and more, with private treatment rooms, sauna, steam room and an adult only spa pool set amongst the trees. With two spa treatments per day and an extensive treatment menu to choose from it will soon become part of your daily routine. There are three restaurants to choose from serving contemporary and traditional pan-Asian cuisine and the fresh pool bar serving delicious healthy smoothies while relaxing by the pool. You can also choose to have breakfast anytime anywhere, so there’s no need to rush in the mornings and you can choose to have breakfast in bed, by your private pool or perhaps on the beach at whichever time suits you best.
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2. Hermitage Bay Hotel Antigua
The scene: Take a break from reality to relax at this indulgent and elegant boutique hideaway, hidden in a secluded bay with both beach and hillside suites, this sophisticated hotel offers stunning ocean views and is the ultimate beach retreat for couples seeking seclusion.
The sleep: With 25 luxurious suites, the accommodation at this hotel is sleek and secluded, the Hillside Pool Suites have a private sun deck and plunge pool and the Beachfront Suites have an enviable location right on the sand. All suites feature an outdoor dining area so you can experience a romantic meal on your own private terrace with the one you love.
The stay: Enjoy a cocktail by the pool overlooking the sparkling waters of the Caribbean, paddle board, windsurf or simply sunbathe. If food is your thing you will love this hotel, where new menus are created daily and produce is sourced from local suppliers and from the hotel’s own organic kitchen garden. Their restaurant overlooking the beach features live calypso music for a chilled out Caribbean vibe. For a truly special evening, staff can also arrange a private romantic meal by candlelight on the beach.
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1. Pacific Resort Aitutaki Cook Islands
The scene: A haven of exotic beauty in the tranquil turquoise waters of the Aitutaki Lagoon in the Cook Islands, Pacific Resort offers an intimate collection of only 27 luxury beachfront bungalows set on its very own piece of paradise, the only thing to do is sit back and enjoy the views.
The sleep: Each of the bungalows are very spacious and feature a private sundeck so you can enjoy being only a few steps away from the sparkling waters while enjoying the privacy of your own outdoor space. Relax into the very comfortable super king sized beds and enjoy the peaceful ambiance the Polynesian décor creates while watching the day go.
The stay: While offering the perfect place to kick back and unwind, Aitutaki is also home to some popular activities such as kiteboarding and bonefishing, which you can try your hand at by joining a local expert for a half or full day bonefishing charter or adrenaline filled boarding lessons. For a gentler activity, the resorts spa offers indulgent treatments which you can enjoy in your room on directly on the beach with the sound of the ocean a stone’s throw away.
More information & to book: Pacific Resort Aitutaki