Have you ever gone on a long-awaited vacation, only to arrive and realise that you couldn’t have chosen a worse time because it was the school holidays or a public holiday?
Or perhaps every family holiday isn’t much of one for you, as you’re busy making sure everyone has packed their toothbrush and is having a good time.
Shhh, it’s a safe space: we understand that sometimes you need a break — a REAL break.
Across Southeast Asia, there are resorts that cater only to adults — no children allowed. At these child-free oases, you are free to let down your hair and have as much fun and relaxation you need to rejuvenate your mind and body.
Best of all, they’re all within the region, so no need for tiring long-haul flights and packed schedules — you can even pop by for a quick weekend recharge.
1. Cempedak Private Island | Indonesia
What better way to get away from the stresses of daily life than to escape to a private island? The sun-soaked Cempedak Private Island is one such haven. Located just off the east coast of Bintan, the 17-hectare island is easily accessible via Singapore’s Tanah Merah ferry terminal.
Built using bamboo, natural stone and recycled teak, the resort’s buildings incorporate natural, curved lines in their unique designs. Each villa comes with its own plunge pool, spacious decks and are well-spaced apart to offer the utmost level of privacy.
Surrounded by lush rainforests, guests can take to the island’s walking paths while the more adventurous can try rock climbing or mountain biking. There are plenty of water activities as well, such as kayaking and wind-surfing. And if you’re looking to unwind, head to the spa for some much-needed pampering.
2. An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay | Vietnam
An Lam Retreats Ninh Van Bay is Vietnam’s first adults-only resort, catering to couples and honeymooners. Situated along the coast overlooking the stunning Ninh Van Bay and surrounded by thick jungles, An Lam Retreats truly provides the perfect retreat into nature.
Featuring 34 chic and sumptuous villas made from timber, each one comes with its own veranda and plunge pool. Take your pick between a villa with a scenic view of the bay, one with direct access to the beach, or a rainforest refuge. Guests won’t even have to lift a finger, as their every need will be seen to by a personal butler.
As for activities, you choose how easygoing or thrilling it gets: select from a wide range of fun experiences, such as enjoying a barbeque picnic by a stream, visiting a local lobster farm or going on a safari in Ba Hồ, a top ecotourism site.
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3. Layana Resort & Spa | Thailand
Another vacay, another island. If you’re a beach lover, you’ve definitely got to cross Koh Lanta off the list, and there are few accommodations in the area that can match Layana Resort & Spa. The 5-star resort beckons with the breezy palm trees and golden sands of Long Beach and world-famous Thai hospitality.
The resort has 57 luxurious and spacious guestrooms, suites and villas at your disposal. If you’re really looking to indulge, consider booking La Maison, a lavish villa with its own walled grounds and a large private pool. Don’t miss out on the spectacular sunsets, as the sun sinks into the horizon over the Andaman Sea amid vivid splashes of reds, oranges and purples.
If you’re in need of some TLC (tender loving care), check out the award-winning Linger Longer Spa, which offers a magical blend of relaxing spa treatments from the East and the West. Cleanse your body inside and out at the Salt Spa, which reproduces the therapeutic microclimate of natural salt caves.
4. Villa Samadhi | Malaysia
Set right in the heart of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, Villa Samadhi is a complete contrast from the bustling world outside its walls. Guests can choose to either remain within the serene sanctuary or they can explore the city’s exciting attractions nearby.
The villas were inspired by traditional Malay village homes, made from salvaged timber, bamboo and surrounded by plenty of greenery. No villa is the same, each equipped with a mix of different features and facilities, such as plunge pools, patios and kitchenettes.
The pool, known as the lagoon, is the lush centrepiece and is dotted with inviting daybeds that you’ll want to lounge around in all day. Visitors can also book day trips, such as to the Kuala Gandah elephant sanctuary, or tours like the heritage food tour.
5. The Outpost Hotel Sentosa | Singapore
For those who prefer their urban creature comforts or simply need a really quick getaway, Singapore’s The Outpost Hotel Sentosa fits the bill. Its sleek contemporary lines, monochrome colour palette and premium amenities whisper sophistication.
Expect high-end toiletries from Australian beauty brand Appelles, pillow mist kits during turndown, an in-room drinking water filtration system and a complimentary mini-bar that you can request to fill with your favourite snacks and drinks. For a novel dining experience, try Arbora, which promises a hilltop garden dining experience. Located on Faber Peak, you’ll have beautiful views of the harbour and hillside rainforest while you dine.
The pool deck features three unique themed pools: Pamukkale Pool, Lazy River Pool and Adventure Pool. The Pamukkale Pool was inspired by the sprawling white pool terraces of its namesake, while the Lazy River Pool takes you on a gentle ride on a doughnut float, surrounded by leafy foliage and taking you through cooling rain curtains that feel like you’re passing underneath a waterfall.
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