Couples can find the ultimate in luxury and romance among the trees of Borneo, discovers Luke Wilson
A cosy night in, a table at your favourite restaurant, a deluxe room at the hotel you spent your wedding night. Such romantic gestures are all well and good but if you really want an unforgettable Valentine’s venue then how does a treehouse in the middle of a rainforest sound?
If your answer is “wet” you should stick to the sofa. But if such a unique setting tickles your fancy then fly out to Borneo, Malaysia, where the Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa awaits couples with a taste for the high life. Literally.
Perched among the foliage, overlooking the bay, a jungle walkway leads to your secluded weekend love nest. There you’ll find a stunning wooden villa, hand-crafted by local tradesmen and complete with luxurious touches including a balcony that has its own outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool.
Once supping bubbly in the bath starts becoming a little tiresome, the resort also has plenty to offer couples seeking adventure. For a start, the bay setting lends itself perfectly to watersports, while jungle treks are an option for those with a real spring in their step – and some top-notch insect repellent in their armoury.
And with private dining options and an array of treatments at the Solace Spa also available, it won’t be Bunga Raya’s fault if your flame fizzles out.
General manager Tomas Kastberg Andersen believes a Valentine’s weekend at the resort is unique because of the “majestic” locale (a tropical island, with a sparkling white beach on one side and rainforest on the other).
“Our villas are terraced into the natural landscape, allowing for complete privacy,” he muses. “Chilling with your loved one on the wrap-around balcony and listening to the sounds of the jungle interspersed with the soothing rolling of the waves is the ultimate romantic setting.” Yes please. Dhs6,790 (three nights in a treehouse villa). Until March 31. Bunga Raya Island Resort & Spa, Borneo, Malaysia, www.bungarayaresort.com (+6 088 380 390).
Bunga raya’s best bits
Treat yourselves to a romantic dinner in a beach pavilion with a menu tailored to your tastes by the chef and served by a personal butler.
For the ultimate in pampering, try the three-hour water harmony treatment with its array of massages and feel your stress melt away.
Guests can take advantage of this free activity and explore the emerald waters and coral reefs at their own pace, while sculpting that beach bod.