Secret Retreats: Ancient Kingdoms in Indonesia, Cambodia & Laos

Where luxury meets tradition: 7 unique hotels that will evoke a sense of wonder

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Like a strong espresso on an early morning walk, reading about Secret Retreats has us awakened the dreamer and doer in us. We have never encountered such a luxurious approach to traveling in Asia, so we had to partner with these guys so you could reap the benefits! Secret Retreats prides itself on being fuller than full service, offering melt-worthy accommodations, off-beat activities, rejuvenating spa services, and idyllic excursions.  Here are seven exclusive properties for our Wanderable couples where incredible luxury meets tradition. You can thank us later.

1. TUGU BALI(Indonesia): Following the coast of Bali along Canggu Beach, this resort is a dream for the still at heart. Get lost on the walkways of a wild garden, where winds are rumored to whisper of Balinese spirits.

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2. TUGU LOMBOK (Indonesia): Periwinkle waters mirror the sunrise over Mount Rinjani, fixed with plunge pools, tropical gardens, and bamboo bungalows. This hotel evokes ancient Hindu times, an honest oasis from the daily grind.

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3. MISOOL ECO RESORT (Indonesia): A sustainable paradise for the urban treehugger, this exclusive hotel and conservation center is located on a private island just south of the equator and holds only a maximum of 32 guests. Suffice it to say, what happens in Misool stays in Misool.

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4. THE SAMAR VILLAS & SPA RESORT (Cambodia): A haven of well-being, the Samar Villas envelop you in a cloud of peacefulness and offer the richness of fantastic archeological ruins and ancient temples for the culturally curious daytripper.

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5. BALI JIWA VILLA(Indonesia): These lavish modern villas offer the royal treatment. In true Balinese style, politeness and minimalism are paired with indulgence and luxury in nonchalant conversation.

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6. JEEVA BELOAM BEACH CAMP (Indonesia): A beachfront “glamping” experience on a secluded cove with white sand beaches, this is an untouched gem that can center and stun even the most jaded traveler.

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7. SATRI HOUSE (Laos): Here you’ll taste sumptuous homemade dinners and soak in the gorgeous colonial Laotian architecture. Immersed in the city’s heart, you can enjoy quiet moments with your lover and unwind while observing the everyday life of locals from your balcony. People-watching is our favorite sport.

Secret Retreats quotes the Buddha on their website, saying “when the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.”  So clear your mind while you experience ultimate relaxation, grab a drink with the one you love and sit back while all your needs are met.  We promise, your joy will never, ever want to leave. Secret Retreats: you deserve it.

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Bucket List Honeymoons

Lots of Wanderers use their honeymoon as an opportunity to check something off their travel bucket list. What could be better inspiration for a trip that you’ll be remembering for the rest of your life?

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Machu Picchu and Cuzco: Even if you don’t hike the Inca Trail, a trip to this ancient city is a fantastic adventure. Make sure to give yourselves a couple nights in colonial Cuzco on either side, its cobblestone streets and gorgeous architecture make it one of our favorite cities.

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African Safari: Botswana, Kenya, and South Africa are all great destinations for Safaris but our top pick is Tanzania. After spotting the Big Five head to Zanzibar for a couple relaxing days on the beach.

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Paris in the Springtime: While Paris is gorgeous any time of year, no time is better than spring when the trees are blossoming pink and white.  While you’re there picnic in the Luxembourg gardens, visit the Mona Lisa, and drink wine in sidewalk cafes.

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Villa-life in Positano: Sip limoncello with views of the Gulf of Salerno, explore the coast-line by Vespa, and loose yourselves in cobblestone streets. We prefer staying in small guest houses that give you a chance to live like a local.

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Halong Bay: Located in the north of Vietnam this bay is filled with spectacular limestone islands. We’d suggest an overnight trip on a luxurious junk boat.

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Galapagos Cruise: Snorkel with sea lions, spot blue-footed boobies, and visit the ancient tortoises. These island’s unique eco-system and spectacular wildlife make for memories of a lifetime.

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Grand Canyon: Visit this spectacular park on foot, by mule, or floating down the Colorado. Regardless of how you get there, the gorgeous vistas and stunning landscape put the Grand Canyon on the top of our bucket list.

What destinations are on your bucket list?