By Rice Communications on February 12, 2019
Your romantic partner should also be your partner-in-crime, and what better way to celebrate your relationship than to embark on new adventures together? This 2019, experience an alternative Valentine’s Day with an array of exciting activities, while still having the option of romancing each other with a candle-lit dinner by the beach. Here are the five best beach destinations for a Valentine’s Day like no other.
Koh Samui needs no further introduction – this sunshine island is a known hotspot for romantic getaways, with its pristine beaches and mysterious rainforests. Take full advantage of this stunning destination and explore it to the fullest. Sign up for a couples’ kayaking tour to put you and your partner’s chemistry to the test! After all, kayaking is like a relationship – communication and balance is key. As you set off on this offshore adventure together, enjoy the sights of this scenic environment and of course, quality time together. For something a bit more adventurous, get your adrenaline levels up at the Samui Bungy Jump, located in the heart of the Chaweng Beach. Experience weightlessness as you free-fall from the 50m platform – and savour every moment of the exhilaration! With your loved one cheering you on and having this shared experience, you’d feel closer than ever.
Stay: Conrad Koh Samui is strategically located on a tucked away hill on the southwest tip of the island, offering couples with the utmost privacy and comfort. Treat yourself and your loved one to a luxury villa and indulge in a traditional Thai massage and spa treatment.
Escape from the crowd and head to one of Asia’s most underrated beaches, Ngapali Beach. Imagine this: a picturesque view of palm trees along a never-ending stretch of white-sand beaches, untouched by mass tourism. Perfect for some alone time together in absolute bliss. To add some spice to your trip, opt for the Ngapali Fishing Village Sunrise Tour for an elusive experience of life as a local. Get up bright and early to admire the brilliant sunrise, and trace the footsteps of hardworking fishermen who tirelessly reel in the day’s catch. Next up, head to the local market, a humble establishment teeming with activity, where you get to interact with the friendly-stall owners, and bask in the electrifying atmosphere of locals scurrying to get their grocery fix – it’s an experience you and your partner will fondly recall long after you leave.
Stay: Hilton Ngapali, renowned for its stunning Indian Ocean views and luxury spa, is a choice location for couples looking for a place to unwind. After a day of non-stop activity, take a dip in the infinity pool and watch the sun go down – there’s no place you would rather be with your loved one.
They say the way to one’s heart is through their stomach – so it’s time to get cooking! Pop in for your very own cooking lesson to pick up culinary skills from the best of the best; not only do you get to learn generation-old recipes for authentic foods like ayam betutu (roasted/steamed poultry) or black rice pudding, but you’ll also get to savour a dish you and your partner have made together with love. After filling yourself with sumptuous food, wait at least an hour before you head for a swimming good time. With its calm tides and clear waters, Tanjong Benoa Beach is a fan favourite for a snorkelling adventure for two. Suit up and be transported to a whole new world underwater, bustling with colourful marine life and pristine coral reefs. Couples who snorkel together tend to have stronger relationships, as they establish a deep sense of trust and dependence on each other in a new environment. Isn’t that what love is all about?
Stay: Conrad Bali is a must-stay when on your Bali getaway; rest and relax at the private hammocks and cabanas for some rest and relaxation, and pamper yourself with a massage and jacuzzi session at the Jiwa Spa. You might have cooked up a storm in the day, but at night, savour a romantic four-course dinner by the beach, complete with champagne.
Surfers Paradise is undoubtedly the most iconic beach on the Gold Coast – and covering a 2-kilometre stretch, you won’t have to worry about fighting families for your own patch of white sand. After soaking in the sunshine, culture vultures can head to HOTA (Home of the Arts) for the artsy-fartsy date of your dreams. Be it catching a romantic-comedy at the cinema, or posing as wanna-be critics at the Gold Coast City Gallery, there are a plethora of activities to keep you thoroughly entertained. For some additional laughs, head to Brush & Barrel, a painting studio that guarantees a good time. Unleash your inner creativity (with a glass of wine in hand) and give it your best shot – you should definitely try to paint a portrait of your partner.
Stay: Hilton Surfer’s Paradise is perfectly positioned between Orchid Avenue and Surfers Paradise Boulevard, close to some of the best theme parks, shopping, dining and entertainment the Gold Coast has to offer.
With about 30 beaches dotting its Arabian Sea coastline, there’s something for every beachgoer’s whim in Goa – from the legendary Arambol and popular Baga with its plentiful water sports and pulsating nightlife, to laidback Mandrem and the peaceful, lesser-known Querim Beach in North Goa. For some off-the-beaten-track adventure, book a jeep safari day trip to Mollem National Park, where some of the region’s most impressive waterfalls are located. Hike or hire a 4-wheel-drive vehicle to Goa’s tallest waterfall, Dudhsagar Falls (translates to “Sea of Milk”), for a dip withthe scenic view as a backdrop. After a day of adventure, why not indulge in a couple’s massage treatment or yoga session?
Stay: The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Goa – Arpora – Baga is conveniently located near Anjuna, Baga and Calangute beaches, as well as walking distance to the popular Arpora Saturday night market. There’s also a swimming pool and spa within the hotel.