If you’re planning a romantic getaway, Borneo may not be high on your list of choice destinations. But you should think again. When it comes to romantic holiday ideas, Borneo has it all.
This beautiful land with its warm climate, rich culture, exotic beaches and otherworldly scenery is the perfect venue for weddings, honeymoons or just for couples in search of togetherness.
Here are some great Borneo holiday ideas that simply ooze romance.
Life’s a Beach
The unspoilt east coast of Sabah is home to a delightful coastline that’s one of Southeast Asia’s best kept secrets. Explore hidden coves, and stroll along long beaches of warm white sand lapped by water of the deepest, clearest blue. Waving palms and blossoming hibiscus create a backdrop of natural beauty.
You feel as though you’re alone in the universe but just a brief stroll under the palms brings you to your luxurious resort among lush greenery. If you prefer something more natural, stay in villas perched over the water. Enjoy the sunsets from your private balcony.
For even more seclusion, the islands off Sabah offer your chance of your own island getaway. After a hard day sunning yourself around the pool or swimming in the sea, a sunset cocktail and seafood dinner of locally caught fish, crabs and prawns is all you need to keep the romance going.
If you love wildlife, you have a treat in store at Turtle Island. A swift boat whisks you past quaint fishing villages and through traditional bamboo fish traps to the Turtle Island Marine Park. In the day, relax on the island with some swimming or snorkeling and in the evening try to get a glimpse of the green turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs.
If you prefer to be close to nature, Borneo’s got you covered. Spend your time in a jungle resort deep in the murmuring jungle. Accommodation is simple yet extremely comfortable in wooden chalets in jungle canopies.
Spend your days walking through the rainforest aglow with butterflies and exotic flora. Take boat rides into the heart of nature and view the world’s rarest wildlife. Drift off to sleep to the pulse of the jungle and wake to the timeless sounds of the ancient rainforest.
Laid Back City Life
Sabah’s stately capital of Kota Kinabalu (known as KK to insiders) offers the kind of relaxed charm that’s just right for a romantic getaway in the tropics. Amble in the streets of the historic city and browse in the markets. Feast on some choice local fare in the many open air eateries.
KK is also the perfect jumping off point for the region’s attractions. The most prominent is Mount Kinabalu, the highest peak between the Himalayas and New Guinea. Hike to its peak and view the sunrise. Or just relax and sample the flowers in the Kinabalu National Park’s Botanic Garden. Encounter over 1000 species of orchid with their rich exotic beauty.
Another activity in the Mount Kinabalu area is to take the waters with a soak in the Poring hot springs. The hot water is extremely relaxing and wonderful for your skin.
Whether for your honeymoon, anniversary or simply for couples wanting togetherness in a relaxing setting of incredible warmth and beauty, Borneo is the place for you.
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