Total tranquillity is assured at Cape Sienna Villas, the private pool villas clinging to the rocks along the Kamala Bay headland at Cape Sienna resort. A private two-storey ocean front cliff villa boasts three up to five-bedrooms. This modern retreat has its own large infinity marble pool, absolutely private and incomparable indoor and outdoor areas, breathtaking views overlooking dramatic sunsets of the surrounding Andaman Sea and with your own private butler service - www.capesienna.com. The SALA Phuket Resort and Spa’s private pool villas exude plenty of romance already but for an added splurge you could try one of SALA’s signature romantic experiences.
a ‘Champagne Breakfast for Two’; a ‘Bubble Tub Champagne’ with an aromatic milky bath, a bottle of champagne and hot fudge dessert; or the ‘Candles and Flowers Surprise’ that includes rose petals in the pool, a scattering of tea lights around the pool and bathtub, and a rose petal heart arrangement on the bed. -www.salaphuket.com. Banyan Tree Phuket has long been synonymous with romance on the island, and both its couples spa retreat and honeymoon package entail an immersion into its private world with endless pampering for two. Sharing a bottle of champagne in the jacuzzi, followed by a cuddle and chocolates on the rose-petal-strewn, downy bed is a fine way to celebrate new love or re-ignite passions that may have slipped away with time. -www.banyantree.com
Italy’s among the world’s most romantic places, and Phuket is blessed with restaurants that offer an authentic Italian experience. Soft lighting, a good range of wine and delicious Italian fare are the hallmarks of Salvatore's in Phuket Town -www.salvatorestaurant.com, always a favourite for couples, as well as Da Maurizio in Kalim. Boasting a divine setting overlooking Patong Bay, Da Maurizioputs on some added flourishes for Valentine’s Day including flowing champagne, a special menu for couples and a red rose for the lady. We’ve heard that more than a few marriage proposals have been staged at this long-running romantic restaurant.www.baanrimpa.com
Wedding with a WOW!
Renting out a private villa can give a couple’s special day some added intimacy and glamour. Among the villas known for hosting spectacular weddings, Shanti Villa or Sava Villas on Natai Beach in Phang Nga offers a picture-perfect backdrop for a romantic wedding scene: silken white sands, lush gardens, wide terraces and a sprawling villa in a sleek design. A flurry of Instagram photo shares by the wedding guests is all but guaranteed. At a recent wedding in one of the villas in Samsara, a private estate in a magnificent setting on a headland just north of Patong Beach, the bride and groom’s vows were exchanged just as the sun’s rays were transforming the sea and sky's golden glow to fiery red behind them. A dramatic and memorable moment for the couple and their friends and family who watched in awe. - www.luxuryvillasandhomes.com, www.shibumithailand.com
Romance on the seas
Sailing away and exploring some exotic tropical islands for days on end is the epitome of a romantic escape, and there are many ways to do this from Phuket. A typical Faraway Yachting Charters trip starts with a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit to welcome the couple on board its luxury catamaran. With the well-appointed cabin one side of the catamaran reserved for the couple’s exclusive use, there’s no feeling of intrusion on any part of the journey. The trip may include stops at the islands of Maithon and Phi Phi Ley, the beautiful Railey Beach, plus more remote places. Couples have plenty of time to themselves to enjoy a paddle together on a kayak or a stroll on a quiet beach with a couple of glasses and a cooler with ice and champagne. For those arriving from beyond Phuket, there’s a full VIP treatment from the moment they step off the plane, including fast-track immigration and limousine taxi transport. - www.chartercatamaran.com, email@example.com There’s a fantastic fleet of luxury motor yachts on Phuket, too, such as Da Vinci Sunseeker (see page 17), Wahoo Luxury Yacht Charter (see page 25), Asia Marine (see page 12) or Five Star Sea Cruises (see page 14) for indulging in a romantic engine-powered sea journey.
For a more rustic romantic adventure, hire a long-tail boat at Chalong Bay and head out for a gentle stroll hand in hand along the silver sand or snorkel with the fish at Banana Beach Koh Hey (also known as Coral Island), or take a long-tail sunset cruise around Cape Promthep. If it’s inspiring views you’re after, drive up to Rang Hill in Phuket Town, or try cosying up in the hilltop sala at the wind turbine lookout point near Cape Phromthep to gaze out at the Nai Harn Bay panorama.