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Travelling to Asia is close and convenient for Australians and each country and city has something unique to offer, from the total luxury of beautiful beaches, infinity pools and daily massages through to the hustle and bustle of Asian cities that are brimming with cultural experiences that are so different to anything here in Australia. Here are my top picks for places to honeymoon in Asia.

Image via Komaneka at Bisma
Ubud, Indonesia 

As I am currently planning a getaway to the tropical paradise of Bali, I thought I’d have a look and of course dream about the perfect honeymoon. I came across the absolutely stunning Komaneka at Bisma, part of the centre of Ubud. It is nestled in the Campuhan River Valley, with picturesque views, nearby sloping rice fields and coconut groves. This resort is luxurious elegance and is designed to make you feel right at home. The resort offers airport transfers to and from Ngurah Rai Airport if made in advance.

Komaneka at Bisma really does offer something for everyone, from pure relaxation through to high intensity cycling and lots in between. While I didn’t even delve into all that Bali has to offer outside of this beautiful resort, if a warm, tropical getaway that has an abundance on offer sounds like your ideal honeymoon, I highly recommend you book in!

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

The Majestic Kuala Lumpur is something truly special. Located in the historic district of the city, The Majestic is adjacent to some of the most interesting tourist attractions in the city – the national mosque, the national museum, the Islamic Arts Museum and the Lake Gardens. It’s also right by Central Station.

This colonial style hotel was built in the 1932, and has all the hallmarks of vintage glamour. From the high ceilings, to polished wooden floors and sparkling chandeliers, the 52 rooms in this wing (18 Colonial Suites, 15 Governor Suites and 2 Majestic Suites) each decorated in sumptuous colonial style, but with all the facility of a modern hotel.

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Da Nang, Vietnam

When my husband and I planned our honeymoon, one thing was immediately clear to both of us – this would be a relaxation holiday. All of our previous travels had involved exploring urban metropolises, famed historical sites or visiting family and friends, so the idea of getting away from it all to simply relax was incredibly appealing.

We settled on Vietnam as our destination or more specifically, the Fusion Maia resort in Da Nang. Billed as Asia’s first all-spa inclusive resort, Fusion Maia boasts an enviable spa with all treatments included as part of the nightly room rate. This means that on each day of your stay, you will receive at a minimum (I repeat, at a minimum) two spa treatments each – and more if you can handle them. Hello happiness!

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a great stopover on your way to Europe. However, don’t dismiss Hong Kong as a honeymoon destination! This exciting city is Asia’s answer to New York – pulsating with excitement, it is the perfect melting pot of east meets west. You could easily enjoy a week in Hong Kong by checking out the city’s luxury hotels, spas, dining and cultural sites. Pop over to Macau for a day, or sneak off to one of the outer islands for a dose of nature. Whether you are stopping off in Hong Kong on your way to somewhere else, or checking into one of the city’s luxurious 5 star hotels for your Hong Kong honeymoon, Holidays for Couples has rounded up their top five picks to help you make the most of this city. Rest assured, there’s something to please any couple heading on a romantic holiday to Hong Kong.

Author: Natasha at Holidays for Couples. Full story here.

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Koh Samui, Thailand

Koh Samui is a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. It is surrounded by gorgeous beaches and has lots of things to do and see. We spent equal amounts of time relaxing by the beach and exploring the island (and surrounding islands) for day trips. We both love Thai food and we had a great time choosing different restaurants to eat at each night and rating the meals. We also took a Thai Cooking class with SITCA (Samui Institute of Thai Culinary Arts). It was an afternoon course where we learned 3 different traditional Thai dishes. It was amazing, there was heaps of food (probably too much!) and we got to take a recipe book home so we could try it in our own kitchen.

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Meet Rob and Kari, a couple who have been together since 2003 and married since 2009. What makes them a little bit different, is that after realising they were living to work rather than working to live, they quit their jobs and have been travelling the world together full time since 2012. They’ve worked and volunteered along the way but also run a travel blog in hopes of inspiring more people to get out there and explore what this big, wide world has to offer. Rob and Kari have shared their best tips in travel, make sure you read along to get the scoop!

What is your favourite region?

It’s very hard to pick a favourite. Asking a traveller their favourite region is like asking a parent who their favourite child is. Southeast Asia is stunning, affordable, and offers a little something for everyone. New Zealand is the perfect place to get your adrenaline pumping with gorgeous surrounds. If we were to pick an absolute favourite though, we might just have to pick the Pacific Coast of the United States. We’ve road tripped from the Canadian border to the Mexican border a number of times and are always blown away by the beauty, wildlife, beer, wine, food, and endless amounts of fun.

Top resort recommendation?
We might be a little biased because this is where we spent our honeymoon, but the Grand Isla Navidad Resort in Barra De Navidad near Manzanillo, Mexico is spectacular. The restaurants are all delicious, the rooms are spacious, the pool is perfect, the amenities are awesome, and the hotel staff is top notch. At the tip of a long peninsula, it offers the feeling of total seclusion, but a short boat ride will get you to town and keep you from getting cabin fever. The hotel staff even packed a lunch in a cooler for us and drove us to a beach they knew we’d have all to ourselves. If it’s miles of white sand beaches you want, then it’s Gran Isla Navidad Resort you should visit.

Suggestions for great honeymoon activities?

Relaxation might just be the best thing for both of you after all the hard work and planning, but you can always plan a little adventure on top of that. You’ve just taken on a whole new role as a husband or wife, why not try an activity neither of you have ever tried before. What’s more romantic than experiencing something for the first time together? Whether it’s snorkelling or scuba diving, zip lining or skydiving, kayaking or rafting, etc. you’re bound to have some laughs, some “wows”, and maybe even some trust building to back up those vows.

The ideal location for a proposal

This one is hard because we truly believe a proposal should be meaningful to the couple. If you’re active and love being outdoors together, the peak of a mountain can’t be topped. If you’re foodies who love city life, an awesome meal followed by a walk to the best view of the city sounds perfect. Our hot tip…propose in a place that you can continue to go back to for the rest of your lives so you can always be reminded of the love and joy you felt in that perfect-for-you moment.

Best kept secret honeymoon location

When thinking romantic getaway, Africa probably isn’t at the top of your list, but it should be. South Africa is the perfect Honeymoon location. No matter what your goals of the honeymoon is, South Africa has you covered. Some of the best restaurants in the world make their homes right in Cape Town. Just a couple hours away is one of the prettiest wine regions on the planet in Stellenbosch. And, the wines are spectacular! Be dazzled on Safari…don’t worry Safari does not mean roughing it. South Africa has countless luxury safari lodges that will blow you away. You just took the plunge, South Africa can keep that theme running and show you a side of your beloved you may have never seen before – the terrified side. Hop in a cage and plunge into the ocean with great white sharks and/or take a leap of faith with the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee jump. Let’s not forget how important quality time and relaxation are when on honeymoon. With 2,500 kilometres of coastline, South Africa has no shortage of gorgeous nature to offer the perfect backdrop for just that. And we know you just spent a ton of money on your wedding, so you’ll love to find out that South Africa is shockingly affordable. It may take a little bit of travel time to get there, but isn’t getting away from it all exactly what you want for your honeymoon?

All images via Rob and Kari from Travelin’ Stiles

Ms Zigzag says: These two are on a never-ending honeymoon. What an adventure! 

About Bec Lawrence: I’m a journalist with a passion for all things travel. On weekends you’ll find me with a camera in my hand, at the markets or on the top of a mountain after a hike.

November is a tricky month for a honeymoon in paradise. With winter settling in across the UK and Europe, newlyweds need look beyond Paris and London for a romantic getaway. Luckily, there are still plenty of paradise on earth this time of the year where there are no crowds and hotel rates won’t break your budget.

1. Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco is wonderful in November and you can expect 22C temperatures and an average of seven hours of daily sunshine.

Where to Stay

Treat yourself to a honeymoon at La Mamounia in Marrakech. The regal hotel is set in lavish royal gardens, styled with Moorish opulence, The hotel counts Winston Churchill and other luminaries a guest. Book a room according to your preferred view: Koutoubia Mosque, the gardens or the Atlas Mountains. For a more feminine feel, the Baldaquin Suite comes with a decadent but cosy sitting area and a balcony with garden views.

Image via La Mamounia

What to Do

There are few more pleasurable ways to spend time in Marrakech than wandering around the seemingly endless maze of markets in the Medina. Every section in the bazaar has its own specialty: carpets and textiles, woollen hats, spices, kaftans and blankets. Tired after a day of shopping? Head to one of Marrakech’s seriously indulgent hammams and spas for a thorough scrub down.

2. Cairo, Egypt

Weather in Egypt this time of the year is excellent with moderate temperatures and eight hours of sunshine, giving you plenty of time to get out and about.

Where to Stay

The upscale Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah has more than 400 contemporary rooms with views of the Nile. The hotel also has it own riverfront promenade and a deck that houses an open-air bar floating on the water. The heated outdoor pool is right on the water and guests an seek refuge from the scorching sun in one of the lovely surrounding cabanas.

Image via Sofitel Cairo El Gezirah

What to Do

Start the day with a visit to the world famous Pyramids in Cairo on the back of a camel, followed by a luxury Nile cruise. The Egyptian Museum located in downtown Cairo is not to be missed. Embark on an adventure through time Inside the great domed, pinkish building, housing glittering treasures of Tutankhamun and other great pharaohs lie alongside mummies, jewellery and other grave goods of those whose names are lost to history.

3. Khao Lak, Thailand

Although Southeast Asia is a bit wet this time of the year (avoid the Gulf coast of Thailand and Malaysia), Khao Lak is an emerging holidaymakers darling offering seven hours of sunshine and minimal rain this time of the year.

Where to Stay

The Sarojin is the place to be a for a completely indulgent honeymoon. Only 56 rooms set in a 10 acres of tropical beachfront, it’s a dreamy honeymoon location. The guest residences come with white linen, stone floors and wood accents. The rooms are housed in individual two-storey buildings and outside each residence is a private sundeck and sala.

Image via Audley Travel

What to Do

Once you have enough of the sunshine and lapping waves (who would?), The Sarojin also offers plenty of unique experience, including Shipwrecked – where you are taken through an enchanting mangrove forest aboard the resort’s luxury boat and enjoy a private dinner on a perfect, pristine sand isle while watching the sun set. The experience comes complete with your personal butler and a traditional Thai long tail boat to ferry you back to the resort.

Image via The Sarojin

4. Siam Reap, Cambodia

November is the start of the Cambodia’s dry season and perfect to explore the Angkor ruins. No visitor to Cambodia should miss out on the spectacular Angkor Temples, especially if you are planning on a Southeast Asia getaway. However, there are many other sights in Cambodia that will cater to your adventurous spirit.

Where to Stay

Get the royal treatment at Amansara, the former guest residence of King Sihanouk. The chic hotel offers airy, open-plan rooms opening onto private courtyards and water features. For the aspiring yogis, the hotel also hosts sunrise sessions on the Roof Terrace.

Image via Amansara

What to Do

The Angkor Temples are every bit as wonderful as you’ve heard. However, it’s important to allow enough time to see enough of the highlights in the vicinity of Angkor Wat. The sheer scale of the temples and the intricate detail carvings within are utterly mesmerising. Book a guide to take you on a sunset or sunrise tour – this spectacular view is not something you would want to miss.

Image via Honeymoon Backpackers

5. Costa Rica

November in Costa Rica is a treat with temperatures hovering around the twenties and six hours of sun daily – perfect sightseeing weather.

Where to Stay

Set in 500-acre of tropical forest with a river winding through the grounds, El Silencio Lodge and Spa offers a trip back to nature. Take in the panaramic views from and outdoor hot tub and feast on natural, organic food. All rooms have dramatic views courtesy of the floor-to-ceiling windows, as well as a hot tub on each deck.

Image via El Silencio Lodge and Spa

What to Do

The 2,000 acre Hacienda Pozo Azul is an ace park and working ranch in the tropical rain forest. For the adventurous couple, try white-water rafting on the Sarapiqui River, or sail over the trees and river on a canopy biplane. Otherwise, explore the nearby Sarchi town renowned for its art and crafts.

Ms Zigzag says: With wedding season in full-swing in November in Australia, many couples are heading off on their honeymoons this month. We hope you find a touch of paradise on your travels. Enjoy!