Whether the occasion calls for sophistication, seamless service or a spell with nature, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts caters to all the above with romantic getaways at five resorts in dreamy destinations. The bucket list-worthy escapes include three nights in luxury accommodation with cinematic ocean views, a candlelit dinner in a private cabana or gazebo overlooking the sea, and a resort-specific experience. The resort offers are valid from 10 February to 31 July 2014.
Set on the edge of the sea with views of Mount Kinabalu in the distance and surrounded by 400 acres of tropical rainforest, Shangri-La's Rasa Ria Resort & Spa, Kota Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia is nothing short of perfection. Its Ocean Wing Premier Room with a private terrace and outdoor bathtub, along with a complimentary Romance Journey treatment for two at CHI, The Spa sets the mood for relaxation.
Guests may dine beachfront under a gazebo, enjoying a set dinner served by a personal butler after a horse-riding session on the beach or a bicycle ride around the resort. The offer includes daily breakfast and is priced at MYR4,798 (approximately US$1,461). To make a reservation, call the resort on (60 88) 797 888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Built on the private 109-acre Yanuca Island to evoke the rural charm of a traditional Fijian village, Shangri-La's Fijian Resort & Spa, is a haven for those who like to feel soft sand beneath their feet. Spectacular sunrises and sunsets add to this Fijian getaway encompassing an ocean-facing Superior Room, dinner at the decked Takali Cabana (just steps from the Pacific Ocean), a guided snorkelling safari, traditional Fijian Bobo massage at CHI and daily breakfast buffet.
Couples can team up with the resort's marine biologist to create their own fish house or mini ecosystem for the marine life on the reef flats surrounding the island. Each fish house has a global positioning system (GPS) co-ordinate, and guests may check their fish house position via Google Earth. To reserve this retreat, which is priced at FJD1,680 (approximately US$907), call (679) 652 0155 or e-mail email@example.com.
In the Philippine tropics at Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa, where nature and shady trees are companions, guests are welcomed with champagne so they may toast to a stunning sunset from a Deluxe Seaview Room. For another perspective of the island, they are seated for dinner at a cliff-side gazebo overlooking the crystal clear water and an endless expanse of the azure sky.
Round-trip land and speedboat transfer via Caticlan Airport, a Philippine Hilot massage at CHI, kayaking or a guided walk on the resort's nature trail, as well as daily breakfast are included at PHP85,295 (approximately US$1,965). For reservations, please call (036) 288 4988 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Still within the sunny climes of the Philippines is Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa in Cebu, a former Spanish colony. Its spacious Ocean Wing Panorama Room presents views of the white powder beach and ocean, where guests can swim with colourful marine inhabitants on a snorkelling safari or find personal peace at a garden yoga session.
Dinner at the luxury retreat is in a seaside cabana, which takes advantage of the sweeping vistas of the Mactan Sea; while a one hour couple's massage at CHI, roundtrip airport shuttle bus transfer and daily breakfast round out the package, which is priced at PHP51,985 (approximately US$1,193). Call (63 32) 231 0288 or e-mail email@example.com for reservations.
Surrounded by the mesmerising hues of the blue Maldivian waters, Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa sits on Addu Atoll - a paradise for guests arriving on private jet or connecting through Male. Nothing says romance quite like the Indian Ocean view from the 1,432-square-feet Pool Villa with its private pool, terrace and open-air shower.
In the daytime, couples can venture out to sea for sightings of spinner dolphins or learn about the resorts's on-going turtle conservation programme. At night, they can dine under the stars and on the beach attended to by a personal butler. Daily breakfast and transfers from Gan International Airport to the resort complete this island experience priced at US$2,340 or US$3,390 during the low and peak months respectively. Please call (960) 689 7888 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
All Shangri-La guests enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi in the rooms, public areas and hotel limos and complimentary access to fully equipped fitness centres and outdoor swimming pools.
Terms and conditions:
• The room rates quoted are subject to prevailing government taxes, service charge and applicable charges.
• The offers at Shangri-La's Boracay Resort & Spa and Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa are not applicable from 16 to 20 April 2014 inclusive.
• The offer at Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa is valid from 15 February to 31 July 2014.
• The low and peak seasons at Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa are 1 May to 15 October 2014, and 5 January to 30 April 2014 respectively.
Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world's premier hotel companies, currently owns and/or manages more than 90 hotels under the Shangri-La brand with a room inventory of over 38,000. Over four decades the group has established its brand hallmark of 'hospitality from the heart'. The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Mainland China, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar and Sri Lanka. For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com