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A Romantic Rendezvous

  By ALISHA FERNANDES, TIME N STYLE   Feb 3rd 2012 at 6:00AM Time n Style RATED

The Adrenaline Junkies
Destination: Australia 

A treasure-trove and haven for marine lovers, it’s almost impossible to think of adventure and not think Australia. For the truly exploratory and daring, Australia has much to offer in terms of activities that you can participate in, without leaving luxury behind.

→ In The Water

The Great Barrier Reef is every diver’s dream. With an expansive other world on the ocean’s floor, with over 4,000 species of fish and other sea life, this is the perfect place to be a passive onlooker onto this special world. Besides, you can also swim with the gentle giant whale shark on Ningaloo reef, swim through the maze of caves along Tasmania’s East Coast, or even discover kelpcovered submarines off the Mornington Peninsula.

With Blue Water Sailing cruises, you can explore Port Stephens beaches, crystal blue waters and abundant wildlife, all while enjoying the luxury of a pristine yacht. Dining on freshly shucked oysters and lobsters will only add to the experience of complete luxury. Swim, snorkel or dive deep to get a slice of the untouched and picturesque marine world.

→ A View From The Sky

Sydney Seaplanes is an exciting venture that allows you to take in the sights from the most luxurious vantage point—up in the sky. A classic Beaver or a classy Cessna Caravan aircraft will take you around to see the beautiful Sydney Harbour, coastline and the Hawkesbury River. You can choose from a range of scenic flights, lunch packages and overnight stays at waterfront locations.

If planes aren’t your cup of tea, Bondi Helicopters take customer satisfaction and care to a whole new level. You can do a Sydney Harbour helicopter tour or a transfer to one of the northern beaches, or a make trip to the Blue Mountains, with optional on-ground tours. Riding in a hot air balloon is another thrill one can’t resist, courtesy the Balloon Flights Over Melbourne. Glide over the city of Melbourne as you soak in the panoramic view. Watch as Melbourne wakes from its slumber as the sun rises, and turns into a bustling metro full of life. Finally, for the real adventure junkies, the ultimate experience on offer is tandem skydiving, for which no experience is necessary. Strapped on securely to a professional tandem instructor, you jump out of a plane and into free fall as you look at Hunter Valley views from up to 14,000 feet over the vineyards.

Stay at:

Southern Ocean Lodge

The lodge is a unique fusion of nature and style with 21 luxurious suites offering breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean. 

Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Carefully sited between two National Parks and spread out at the foot of towering cliffs, the resort is set within its own private conservation and wildlife reserve and offers the rare opportunity to experience true luxury in a spectacular Australian bush setting.

 

a romantic rendezvous

 

 

The Private Couple

Destination: Bali

Bali is said to be one of the most visitor friendly islands of Indonesia. Amidst the lush rice terraces, exotic coastline, rich religious history and the luxurious nightlife, Bali is full of surprises up its sleeves.

→ Evening Cruises

A beautiful evening sail along the coastline of Nusa Dua on the 64-foot catamaran called Aristocrat, organised by Bali Hai cruises, is a perfect way to spend a romantic day in Bali. Champagne cocktails, live music and many fine dining and entertainment options make this a very enjoyable way to spend a leisurely evening. 

→ Luxury Boat Trip

On the Ombak Putih, the traditional schooner, you can explore remote parts of the Indonesian archipelago. Volcanoes that rise up from the sea and uninhabited islands will lend an experience that you will never forget. From historical harbours, coral reefs, and tropical beaches, this expedition will take you everywhere. Your luxury abode includes an air-conditioned room with an attached bathroom, and the meals are prepared with high quality ingredients and fresh catch. Even the bread is baked by a master French baker.

→ Bali Safai And Marine Park

A delightful combination of the African Savannah safaris and Balinese culture results in the jungle safari where you can see over 50 animal species like Komodo dragons, Sumatran tigers, white tigers, leopards and more.

Stay at:

Amankila

Amankila or 'peaceful hill' is an oasis of calm in the remote, yet accessible regency of Karangasem, Bali’s most traditional regency.

 

a romantic rendezvous

 

 

The Indulgent Lovers
Destination: Singapore 

Be it as a shopping destination or an ultramodern, urban city, with various options for indulgence, Singapore is a cultural melting pot. 

→ Tea Tasting

The TWG Tea salon is an upscale establishment cofounded by Taha Bouqdib, for those freespending tea lovers, who love to sample and experiment with tea. Located in Raffles Place, with shelves lined with hand-painted tea caddies, rattan chairs and over 800 single-estate fineharvest and exclusive blends, this salon is a tea lovers paradise. TWG Tea celebrates Singapore’s ties with the trade of tea and spices. Moreover, celebrity pastry chef Phillipe Langlois lends his touch to the menu of savoury and sweet items.

→ Up In The Sky

Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, this unique structure sits atop the three soaring Marina Bay Sands hotel towers, 200 meters in the sky. The Sands SkyPark can host about 4,000 people. The gravity-defying cantilever is one of the largest of its kind in the world. From this observation deck, hundreds of visitors can enjoy the panoramic view of the city.

→ The Food Trail

The Singapore Food Trail, set up against the backdrop of the Singapore flyer, brings back the nostalgia of the 1960s. People can tuck into street food classics like ice balls, kanchang puteh, and a lot more, enjoying a lovely view of the skyline.

→ Spa At St. Regis

Exclusive to St. Regis Hotels and Resorts, Remède Spa promises you an exceptional experience. From champagne and truffles, to customised treatments, their goal is to go all out and help one escape into a sanctuary of indulgence and relaxation.

→ Shopaholics Paradise

The Louis Vuitton Floating Island is an experience in itself. It is turning into a famous and iconic landmark.

Stay at:

Raffles Hotel

Raffles offers unwavering service excellence spanning over 120 years. Mentioned several times in Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling’s works, the hotel’s colonial architecture and lush gardens exude timeless elegance. 

 

a romantic rendezvous

(With inputs from the Australia Tourism Board, the Singapore Tourism Board and Thomas Cook)

 

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