As well as an abundance of remote tropical islands, Asia also has an unrivalled amount of elegant and stylish accommodation. But despite this, marrying the two can be a little harder than you might think. On well-developed islands such as Bali and Koh Samui there is a dizzying amount of classy and luxurious accommodation to choose from, but what about on islands that are more secluded and off the tourist trail? From remote coral fringed coves in Vietnam, to hideaways accessible by private plane in Thailand, our latest blog post gives a low-down on some of Asia’s most idyllic island paradises not only offer remote beauty, but also offer sophisticated and stylish places to stay in.
Con Dao, Vietnam
If you are crying out for a real slice of luxury but without any stuffiness then the Con Dao Beach Holiday should certainly fit the bill. With a homely feel, the 35 teak-wood and granite villas all come with private pools and are set amongst lush gardens, with Con Dao’s green hills providing the backdrop. Con Dao itself is reached via a 45-minute flight from Ho Chi Minh City, and as well as offering sparsely populated and pristine beaches, 80% of the archipelago is a National Park. From May to October, turtles nest on the beaches and the Six Senses Con Dao keeps track of where and when the turtles nest so that guests can enjoy the wonderful experience of baby turtles hatching.
Koh Kood, Thailand
Situated close to the Cambodian border in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Kood is an unspoilt island, full of sublime white sands and crystal clear waters. Away from the raucous bars of more populous islands, the idyllic isle is ideally suited for a romantic break or a family vacation and is also home to one of Thailand’s most stunning resorts, the Soneva Kiri. The 27 eco-chic style villas all have private infinity pools and guests can travel on the resort’s own private plane to get to and from Bangkok. What’s more, the resort has its own large outdoor theatre called ‘Cinema Paradiso’, screening movies beneath the stars, whilst cocktails and canapés are served!
Koh Rong, Cambodia
With minimal development, untouched jungle and over 20 beaches, Cambodia’s Koh Rong is undoubtedly one of Southeast Asia’s most heavenly island escapes. Situated an hour away from Sihanoukville, Koh Rong is surrounded by untouched coral reefs and schools of tropical fish. Koh Rong’s accommodation options are on the whole, comfortable yet ‘rustic’, and therefore if you are looking for a spot of luxury, in addition to that all important isolation, then adjacent Song Saa Private Island Resort is ideal. Only a few hundred meters off Koh Rong, the stunning resort covers two small islands with a wooden footbridge connecting them both. Guests either have a choice of a villa with private pool in the lush rainforest, or a villa perched over the turquoise waters. The property harmoniously blends into the tropical surroundings and is built with sustainable materials to preserve the area’s stunning beauty.
Myeik Archipelago, Myanmar
Situated off Myanmar’s Andaman coast, the Myeik Archipelago is a collection of over 800, mostly uninhabited, islands. The waters here are full of hidden lagoons and an astounding diversity of natural marine life. Being one of the last unspoilt and unknown tropical archipelagos left in the world, it’s unsurprising that accommodation options in and around Myeik (also known as Mergui) are severely limited. One way of seeing this gorgeous and unique part of Myanmar is to stay onboard a luxury teak yacht. With a comprehensive tour, you can sail through the pristine waters and deserted islands, whilst enjoying snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and seafood lunches and dinners to die for.
Karimunjawa Islands, Indonesia
Off the coast of Java, Indonesia’s stunning Karimunjawa Islands are still relatively unknown– a blessing if you’re looking for an isolated island paradise to enjoy. Incredibly photogenic, the islands offer some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites to explore in the whole of Asia, let alone Indonesia. Luxury accommodation is limited to just the one five-star resort; the beautiful Kura Kura, which is situated on Menjawakan Island and offers breathtaking views to the ocean. The resort can arrange private flight transfers, and their spacious floor to-ceiling windowed private villas all have private pools with relaxing gazebos. Visitor numbers to this gem of an archipelago are likely to rise in the next few years so go now whilst it’s still a deserted paradise!
If you’d like to have your next vacation in any of these idyllic island paradises or for that matter any other, get in touch with our Asia-based Travel Specialists who will be delighted to offer suggestions and arrange your very own perfect island vacation!