Having just returned from holiday (hello, jetlag!), a week of which we spent in fabulous self-catering apartment in New York City (more on this to come), I thought it would be appropriate to continue my series on great self-catering properties around the world. If you haven’t already, check out my original post here to read about why hiring a self-catering apartment/house makes a great option for honeymoons.
Asia might not seem like the most obvious place to hire a self-catering pad, especially when there are many fabulous hotels to choose from, often at ridiculously good prices. However, if you’re planning on staying in one place for a week or more, or just want a bit more privacy or a more unique experience, there are some fantastic properties that are well worth considering for your honeymoon. Here’s a few of my favourites.
Tamarind Hut, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has an abundance of luxury villas, but many of them are more suited to large groups than couples. Tamarind Hut is, however, a fantastic exception – and best of all, its prices aren’t too break-the-budget. Set among coconut and bread-fruit trees, it looks every inch the tropical island hideaway you would want, with a wide verandah on which to soak up the surroundings and wonderful four poster beds (there’s two bedrooms).
Okay, so you’re not right on the beach here – but it’s only ten minutes away, so still close enough to spend the day there, and the impressive temple of Yatagala and the south coast town of Galle are also close by. I love the traditional-style building and the stylishly simple but rustic look of the rooms, and there’s a private swimming pool set among the trees, with paddy fields stretching away in the distance. And don’t just take my word for it – Harper’s Bazaar named it one of the best villas in the world.
From £64 a night.
I was really going to feature a property near the beach for Bali – after all, that’s likely to be a big reason for choosing to honeymoon on Bali in the first place – but then I found this place, and it completely blew me away. If you’re happy to be away from the beach (though it’s only 15km away so not really that far), or perhaps looking to combine a stay in the hills with a stay by the beach, then you should definitely consider this place – it’s been absolutely beautifully furnished and boasts amazing views over the lush surroundings, and towards the coast.
Ubud itself – a centre for Balinese arts and crafts – is ten minutes away, and makes a brilliant base for exploring the more traditional heart of the island, and there’s plenty of things to do and see (not to mention places to eat) in the surrounding area. It would be easy to lose whole days lounging by the side of the pool, or soaking up the incredible views from the bath. Breakfast is provided daily, which is a nice little perk, and you can arrange for the staff to provide additional meals if you don’t feel like cooking or venturing out. Blissful.
From £160 a night.
Baan Lae Lay, Thailand
This strikingly modern villa has a most scenic hillside position on the island of Koh Phangan, affording it beautiful views over the Gulf of Thailand, especially from the swimming pool. The modern feel continues inside, though the use of lots of wood furnishings gives it a more local, comfortable feel. This really is a very stylish place to stay – the living room is especially impressive, extending the full height of the building, which affords it a great, airy feel.
The great thing about this place is that it will feel incredibly secluded, yet the beach and the nearest village (with places to eat and drink, plus a dive shop, ATM etc) are just a short walk or drive away, so you really can get best of both worlds staying here. Whether or not you’ll be able to drag yourself away from the view is another matter entirely….
From £120 a night.