8 alternative Southeast Asian destinations for a luxurious weekend getaway (that’s not Bali or Bangkok) – CNA Luxury

The surrounding volcanic landscape is immensely rich and verdant, dotted with bright green rice fields, the Menoreh Hills, ancient ruins and those extraordinary temples. Together they make the perfect backdrop as you relax in the resort’s 40m pool, but naturally getting to see them in person is the reason you’re here and handily they’re less than a 30-minute walk from your suite.

Dawn is the time to go as the sun rises over the 1,200-year-old marvel and a private guide explains their remarkable history which once included a mind-bending 2,000 temples. Those seeking to immerse further can join Amanjiwo’s resident anthropologist or take part in cleansing spiritual purifications performed by a Javanese priest.

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DESARU COAST, MALAYSIA

Finally, one of the quickest and easiest long weekend escapes from Singapore comes with a short cruise to Desaru Coast aboard the just-launched ferry service from Tanah Merah. When you arrive around 90 minutes later, resort options include One&Only Desaru Coast, offering a beguiling combination of ancient rainforest and pristine beach, understated luxury and first class cuisine.

With just 42 suites across 128 acres, the resort feels blissfully quiet. They feature plunge pools, sleek touches from Australian designer Kerry Hill, decadent bathrooms and total privacy, meaning you may well end up spending a lot of time in them – but to do so would mean missing out on a wide range of experiences.

Source: cnaluxury.channelnewsasia.com

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