You can even go for a dive with this aquatic pachyderm, who is spending his retirement taking long walks on the beach or snorkelling in the surf.
Go island hopping in style… Take a trip to one of Asia’s most picturesque islands
The Eco-Friendly One
Song Saa, Cambodia
Why have one private island, when you can have two? The tropical hideaway of Song Saa is dotted across two islands in the Koh Rong archipelago. Set in the middle of a 100-hectare marine reserve, the eco-friendly resort encourages its guests to be a little greener. For while you can indulge in the finest food, and quaff bubbles from a champagne bar, you can also learn about your tropical surroundings by taking a tour through the mangroves with the resort’s marine biologist.
The One With Turtles
Pamalican Island, Philippines
If you want to get away from it all, head to the picturesque island of Pamalican. While the Philippines has more than 7,000 islands to choose from, this one is extra special. For along the shoreline you will find the barefoot luxury retreat of Amanpulo. You can go for nature walks through the lush countryside, catch some rays on the beach, or find out more about the resort’s turtle conservation programme, which invites guests to join them when they release the turtles back into the sea.
The One For Divers
Pulah Tengah, Malaysia
If you would rather spend your weekend walking among coconut groves rather than skyscrapers, catch a boat to Pulau Tengah in the South China Sea. With pristine beaches, powder white sands and coral reefs, this Malaysian island takes some beating. Among the rocky outcrop, you’ll find the boutique resort of Batu Batu created in the style of a kampung village. With just 22 villas hidden in the landscape you’re sure to find your own piece of paradise.
The One With A Spa
Koh Yao Noi, Thailand
The James Bond villain may have chosen the neighbouring rock in Phang Nga bay for his lair, but we’re sure that if he had spotted Koh Yao Noi, he would have chosen this first. You can take cycle rides to secret beaches, spy water buffaloes in the fields, or watch the farmers checking the tapping buckets that they hang from the rubber trees. And when you need to ease those muscles after that bike ride, you can check into the Six Senses Yao Noi that offers 14 different types of massages.
The One With The Swimming Elephant
Havelock Island, India
The tiny island of Havelock, set within the Andaman Islands is sure to blow you away with one of two reasons – not only is it home to the new Jalakara resort that is surrounded by virgin rainforest, but it is also home to Rajan, the last swimming elephant. And if you are lucky, you can even go for a dive with this aquatic pachyderm, who is spending his retirement taking long walks on the beach or snorkelling in the surf.