1. Amansara - Siem Reap, Cambodia
If the sand and sea is just not the kind of romantic getaway you and your Valentine are looking for, the minimalist Amansara—formerly the royal retreat of King Sihanouk—may tick all the boxes for your idyllic escapade. Lying in the French Quarter of Siem Reap, on the threshold of the famed Angkor Wat and the overgrown ruins of the Khmer Empire, the Unesco World Heritage sites are just a minutes away.
The retro-chic resort itself is reflective of Cambodian culture, finished in pale terrazzo and timber, and with sandstone reliefs referencing the ruins of the Angkor temples. 24 open-plan suites dot the property, each with a manicured garden courtyard and 12 boasting a private plunge pool. Dining at Amansara is a simple but meticulous affair, with daily changing menus prepared with organic produce sourced locally. For a unique culinary experience, request for a picnic breakfast on the water, or an intimate dinner for two in one of the temples, alongside live music and entertainment.
Tatler Tip: Amansara offers countless ways to explore the heritage of Cambodia, whether it is by bicycle, lake boat, tuk-tuk, or even a helicopter. If you have time to spare, the Floating Villages on the lake of Tonle Sap is a worthy place to spend the afternoon with your loved one, sipping on cocktails aboard the lake boat while you discover Cambodia’s wild life.