1. Abacá Boutique Resort , Mactan Island, Philippines
Tucked away on the eastern edge of secluded Mactan Island, Abacá Boutique Resort is perfectly positioned for exploring the Philippines’ watery wonders. Explore the surrounding islands with a banca (boat) tour, which can involve snorkelling, fish-feeding in marine sanctuaries and romantic sunset meals on private beaches. Thrill-seekers can discover the Hilutungan Channel (a deep water channel that separates Mactan Island from Olango Island) on a jet-ski or take in the view from above on a parasail. If going under is up your alley, the islands have some of the best scuba-diving sites in the world – look out for sharks, manta rays, turtles and colourful schools of fish. Recoup and recover on your private sunbathing deck in Villa 7 or book into a traditional Filipino Hilot Massage at the idyllic spa. Your private butler, available from the moment you touch down, will organise everything for you.
Smith Extra A bottle of sparkling wine and 10 per cent off spa treatments
3. Bunga Raya, Sabah, Malaysia
Adopt the life aquatic at Bunga Raya, a tropical-island paradise surrounded by crystal-clear ocean and lush emerald rainforest. Explore the island by snorkel, kayak or jet ski, or go on a PADI-certified dive trip to check out the underwater wildlife. Ask the hotel to charter a private boat to island-hop around the Tunku Abdul Rahman Marine Park. Enjoy a day of swimming, snorkelling and picnicking as you tour around island Gaya (home to Bunga Raya) and smaller isles Sapi, Sulug, Manukan and Mamutik. Return for a pampering session at the jungle-set Solace Spa, which offers a range of Asian and western massages, scrubs, facials and beauty treatments plus a sauna, ice room and wet room. Landlubbers can’t complain, either – jungle and mangrove treks, zip-lining and beach volleyball are just some of the activities on offer.
Smith Extra A one-hour guided jungle trek, kayaking or snorkelling session for two; GoldSmiths also receive a 45-minute spa treatment for two on the day of arrival
4. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Nestled in the hills of northern Thailand, Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort may take a little more time to get to, but it’s more than worth it. Boasting views of Myanmar and Laos over the Mekong River and the hills of Thailand, the resort is perfectly placed to explore all three countries. Room rates are inclusive of a daily activity – choose from visiting the elephant camp, going on the Three Country Tour, taking a cooking class or indulging in a spa treatment. Time at the camp is a must: have a mahout teach you how to handle the enormous beasts, go on a trek by the river or through the forest or volunteer at bathing time. The tour – a longtail boat trip on the iconic Mekong – will satisfy any culture-vultures, with a stop at the ancient walled city of Chiang Saen and a visit to the Hall of Opium Museum. As if that wasn’t enough, northern Thai cooking classes, yoga, hiking, mountain biking, and trips to Doi Tung mountain, local villages, markets and temples are also on offer.