Asia's Most Romantic Destinations

At Simplexity, we receive many different requests, and often the topic of conversation turns to the world's top romantic destinations. While there are plenty across the globe to chose from, Asia has some of the most spectacular. Here, Leisure Travel Manager, Klara Marxtova, runs us through some of the most distinguished options.

1. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thailand is well known for its vibrancy and natural beauty, and Chiang Mai is perhaps the panicle of that. Set against the backdrop of the vast mountains of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui, Chiang Mai is an ancient city with a modern centre and lots happening.

For the ultimate in high-end luxury, stay at 137 Pillars House. This iconic boutique hotel used to be the East Borneo Company HQ back in the 19th Century, but has now been transformed into an elegant, timeless spot right in the heart of Chiang Mai.

With its signature picnic baskets with champagne to take on exotic day trips, you and your partner can sit beneath the blood red Thai sun as it sets and toast to your future. 

2. Kyoto, Japan

If you want to immerse yourself and your partner in the ancient world of traditional Japan as you propose, Klara recommends holidaying in Kyoto, Japan. With over 1,000 Buddhist temples, masterworks of architecture, and impossibly refined food like kaiseki, Kyoto makes the perfect place for a proposal.

Recommending one hotel in Kyoto is a challenge, considering the sheer number of discerning locations, though the Hoshinoya Kyoto really stands out as special. With its classic charm, contemporary style, live classical and jazz music and more, the hotel is sophisticated and romantic in the right amounts, and the perfect proposal spot.

3. Phuket, Thailand

Thailand's second entry in this feature, Phuket exudes perfection. The Trisara hotel comprises 39 beautiful, bespoke villas. The Luxury Choeng Thale Villa has its own private pool and spa tub, as well as private tennis courts, private beach and more.

With exceptional service from staff ready to wait on you hand and foot, you and your partner can expect to be surrounded by compete luxury. For a high-adrenaline proposal, our Leisure Travel Manager, Klara, suggests diving in the pristine, crystalline waters of the Andaman ocean and then popping the question as you dry off on the silky-white sandy beach.

4. Shanghai, China

Shanghai is not a city for the faint of heart. If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of a large city, this might be the perfect city to propose in. As the largest and most populous city in China, Shanghai is an unrivalled metropolis with an astounding amount to offer discerning travellers.   

From an unforgettable stroll down the Bund, an area of Huangpu District, Shanghai, famous for its tours, to a cruise down the Huangpu river where you will witness the most spectacular views of the city, the ultimate proposal moment is only a minute away.

For a truly romantic holiday, allow us to book you into a Waldorf Astoria Club suite. Full of olden-day charm and colonial sophistication, the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai will not disappoint. Offering a ‘better-than-home' luxury service, there is no reason to leave your suite. Allow our London Travel Managers to arrange your stay for you, simply leaving you to enjoy your holiday.

5. Siem Reap, Cambodia

Nestled in the northwest of Cambodia, Siem Reap is the home of the famed and mysterious ruins of Angkor. The Bayon temple at Angkor Thom has giant, ancient faces carved into its side, and is a real marvel. The uniqueness of this setting differentiates it from anywhere else as a perfect proposal destination.

As for your accommodation, look no further than the Raffles Hotel d'Angkor, which epitomises Cambodian charm. For opulent lodgings, our Leisure Travel Managers will arrange your stay in one of the two villas. With the quintessential Raffles butler service, 24- hour, in-room dining, a daily champagne breakfast and every luxury you could ever require, this is a truly special place to ask that special question. Raffles even created its very own cocktail, the Sling, which is now famous across the world.  

These are just a handful of the romantic paradises on offer in Asia. If you want to make your proposal truly special, speak to our Leisure Travel Manager, Klara, who will prepare your special moment with limitless detail. To arrange your special moment, speak with Klara on 0203 535 9290, or email her on

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