BOOK WITH TURQUOISE HOLIDAYS AND PREPARE YOURSELVES FOR AN ADVENTURE OF A LIFE TIME
Chiang Mai, Tailand’s second largest city (afer Bangkok) there’s plenty for culture-vultures to enjoy. You can spend a morning with Buddhist monks mastering the art of Zen (could come in handy for future marital harmony) or visit the Ton Payom market. Tere are also 14th-century mossy temples surrounded by dense forest and stunning waterfalls to explore. Want to walk on the wild side? How about spending a day with elephants in a sanctuary – feeding and bathing them – or bamboo rafing down the Ping River? Turquoise Holidays organise full or half day tours so you can do as much or as little as you like.
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THE RACHAMANKHA, CHIANG MAIWHO GOES
Active explorer-types who like to think they can give Lara Crof a run for her money, but at the end of the day appreciate bedding down in a luxury boutique hotel as much as the rest of us.WHAT’S HOT With just 25 guest rooms, the Rachamankha is a calm and serene base from which to explore the rich diversity of Chiang Mai. Te whole place has a distinctly personal feel and staf are incredibly attentive. We also rate the open-air massage pavilion perched above a 20-metre tranquil pool, perfect for a few sundowners post exploring. And don’t forget to check out the hotel’s library. Oozing old-world charm, you can pick your next gripping page-turner to lounge by the pool with.
Te pretty fower-flled courtyards that lend a Zen-like atmosphere. Not to mention the free bottle of chilled sparkling wine delivered on arrival!
Tree nights in a superior room from £153 per person, including breakfast and transfers. Flights to Chaing Mai start from £750 per person.
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Hundred miles north of Chiang Mai, lies Chiang Rai, a quieter city in a province thatlargely stayed of the tourist radar. Just half anhour’s drive from here lies the famous ‘GoldenTriangle’ of Tailand, bordering the intriguingcountries of Myanmar (Burma) and Laos. Enjoy incredible views of the winding MekongRiver that divides the three countries from Turquoise’s top pick hotel, Anantara GoldenTriangle. Intensely lush and green, the hotellocated in an area of outstanding natural beautywhere you can indulge your inner-anthropologist by visiting remote hill tribes or play ‘spotthe furry critter’ on wild jungle treks – in thesafe knowledge that there’s a petal-strewn bathto come back to!
ANANTARA GOLDEN TRIANGLE, CHIANG RAIWHO GOES
Elephant lovers – this is Asia’s premier elephant camp where you can have amagical experience with the gentle giants andcreate memories of a lifetime (you can even seethem from your balcony).
Dining by Design – the staf willarrange a romantic dinner for the two of you inbeautiful location within the resort.
All the cool things you can do withthe elephants from the ‘Mahout experience’, which involves learning how to ‘drive’ an elephant, to swimming with elephants and evenelephant yoga – yes, really! And the daily breakfast visit from baby elephants. Tere’s alsofascinating Opium museum right opposite thegates of the hotel.
GET THERE Turquoise Holidays ofers threenights at Anantara Golden Triangle from £895per person full board including activities (including elephant and mahout training, a Tree Country Tour, spa treatments and cookeryclasses) and transfers. Flights to Chiang Rai startfrom £750 per person. Honeymooners will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wineand a romantic Khom Loi lantern ceremony.
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Blessed with some of the country’s most spectacular beaches and paradise islands, the Gulf in south-east Tailand is the ideal destination for laid-back hippy-chic honeymooners. Of all the islands in the Gulf, Koh Phangan is our favourite. Located a short boat ride from Koh Samui, it’s a mountainous paradise that remains relatively undeveloped. Previously the domain of backpackers for its cheap beach bungalows, it’s now home to a handful of ultra-luxe swoon-worthy resorts.
ANANTARA RASANANDA, KOH PHANGANWHO GOES
Chic urbanites who live for the weekend and prefer to stare at swaying coconut trees on their screensaver than do spreadsheets.
Suites come with plunge pools you can actually swim in (not tiny little tubs you can only dip your baby toe into).
Te 24-hour guest service – so if you want that glass of chilled French champagne at midnight, you can have it – and why not? It’s your honeymoon!
Turquoise Holidays ofers seven nights at Anantara Rasananda from £1,250 per person on a bed and breakfast basis including international fights and transfers. Honeymooners will receive a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine and a romantic Khom Loi lantern ceremony.
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For beautifully warm weather from October to May, the Andaman Coast in south-west Tailand is the place to be. Eco-goddesses will be in their element here. All around, the vegetation is lushly tropical with forests reaching up to 80m in height. Sheer limestone crags spike the horizon and the translucent Andaman Sea laps the shores of some of the country’s most beautiful and largest islands including Krabi and Phuket. Both of these islands have long been popular destinations for honeymooners, but the small island of Koh Yao Noi nestled between the two of them ofers a Tailand of 20 years ago: rainforest teeming with wildlife and that extra element of privacy you yearn for when it’s just the two of you. Shh, you heard it here frst…
SIX SENSES, YAO NOI, KOH YAO NOIWHO GOES
Eco-conscious couples seeking to disconnect and surround themselves in nature.
Te spa, where only naturally and ethically sourced products are used, and treatments are based on ancient Tai healing.
Te otherworldly views of limestone pinnacles in Phang Nga Bay from the Ocean View and Panoramic villas and movies on the beach (every night weather permitting).
Turquoise Holidays ofers seven nights at Six Senses Yao Noi in a Hideaway Pool Villa from £1,525 per person on a bed and breakfast basis including international fights and transfers. Honeymooners will receive fresh fruit, chocolates and a bottle of sparkling wine on arrival as well as a romantic candlelit dinner in their villa and a 50-minute massage for two.
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