It's easy for couples in the midst of their destination wedding celebrations to become so preoccupied with making sure their guests are happy that they forget to fully enjoy the idyllic, romantic setting with their loved one. Luckily, a number of options are available to kindle the romance either before or after the wedding celebration takes place.
A growing number of couples are opting to tie the knot on Thailand's famous islands, which strongly suggests that Phuket and Koh Samui are now regarded as among the most romantic locations in the world. Home to stunning mountain vistas and tranquil blue seas, there are few locations that can provide such a romantic backdrop for a destination wedding.
Even more appealing is the fact that the happy couple can indulge in some romantic holiday time together before or after the big day. Couples staying at private island villa have a wide choice of activities on offer through the villa concierge that will guarantee they enjoy the most romantic getaway of their lives and take home the fondest of memories.
Below are some simple but incredibly romantic ways to make sure you make the most of your together time in paradise.
Breakfast in Bed
Couples staying in the best private villas can also indulge in a range of exquisite dishes prepared by a personal chef. The morning after the wedding, some couples choose to heighten the romance of their first day as husband and wife by treating themselves to a sumptuous breakfast in bed. Villa chefs are able to whip up a range of delicacies, whether you are in the mood for a hearty plate of bacon and eggs or a traditional Thai plate of watermelon, papaya and mango served with a fresh young coconut.
Rest and Relaxation
Another great way for couples to relax and wind down, either in the run up to their wedding celebration or once the ceremony is over is to pamper themselves with a couples' massage and a glass of champagne. At many stand alone spas on Phuket and Samui, packages can be arranged with a special massage for the couple on adjoining massage beds in a private room. The choices are extensive and include Thai, Swedish, Oil and even Hot Stone massages. Alternatively, couples staying in a private villa on either of the islands can arrange a private masseuse to come to the villa so they can enjoy being pampered within the privacy of their holiday home.
A Sunset Stroll
After a day of soaking up the sun next to the pool, it always feels good to get out and stretch your legs. Taking a hand-in-hand stroll with your loved one along one of Samui or Phuket’s most romantic beaches is a more low key way of enjoying a romantic evening, as well as sampling the natural delights each of the islands has to offer. Places like Promthep Cape on the southernmost tip of Phuket offer the island’s best sunset vantage points, while on Koh Samui, sunset watchers head over to the quieter west side of the island to places like Lipa Noi or Taling Ngam. Although a little out of the way, these are the best vantage points on the whole island to soak up the colours of sunset and for those that want regular vistas at dusk there are also villas for rent right by the ocean in these locations.
Cruising Azure Waters
Whether you are staying on Phuket or Koh Samui, both islands are surrounded by smooth blue seas that host an array of pristine, undeveloped islets. Many couples take advantage of this to move the romance up a notch by chartering a private yacht to cruise the peaceful waters of the Andaman Sea or the Gulf of Thailand. Phuket’s Phang Nga Bay offers stunning sunset views, and couples can even charter a traditional Siamese Junk to enjoy the picturesque views of the bay at sunset. Couples that choose to charter a yacht from Koh Samui can explore the beauty of the Ang Thong Marine Park, and enjoy a glass of champagne on deck as the sun goes down.
A Candlelit Dinner for Two
Nothing could be more romantic than a candlelit dinner for two… except when that dinner is enjoyed on a moonlit beach on Koh Samui or Phuket. Couples staying in a luxurious private villa can easily arrange with their villa manager and private chef to have a romantic dinner catered specially for them, to be enjoyed only metres from the waves or with dramatic views of the coast and ocean. Couples who want to enjoy beachside dining outside their villa also have a wide range of choices. Pre-booking a special table at one of the two islands' many gourmet restaurants will not only ensure the best seat in the house, but often also come with a few added treats to help you celebrate in style.
by MAX VEE
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