10 Romantic Holiday Destinations for Under $2,000

You don’t always have to travel far to have the best holiday. Here are 10 suggestions on where to go for a holiday, while saving money for the real honeymoon!


1. Montigo Resorts Nongsa – Batam, Indonesia

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You’d definitely have seen the vast blue seas and picturesque sunsets as you scroll through your Instagram feed, and it’s exactly because the Montigo Resorts Nongsa provides such a charming view to set the perfect backdrop for your holiday. The tranquillity of the place and the soothing beach waves make the perfect getaway for you and your special someone.

Pick from a range of exclusive villas either overlooking the magnificent sea or located at the hub of the resort with perfect access to all its amenities and services. For couples who look forward to frolicking in the sea and getting a lovely tan, Montigo offers many sea activities and water sports. Make your holiday memorable by opting for windsurfing, snorkelling, water skiing and many more. Relax and recharge with Montigo’s spa treatments that will definitely leave you feeling refreshed. Of course, to add a romantic touch to your holiday, you can always enjoy a private dip in the villa’s personal plunge pool or treat yourselves to a candlelight dinner at your very own rooftop patio.

With room rates starting from S$206.26 per night and only 30 minutes travel time from Singapore by ferry, Montigo Resorts will promise a blissful and romantic getaway.


2. Wat Gate Area and 137 Pillars House – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Chiang Mai is home to many historic sites and the local Wat Gate area is no exception. For a dose of cultural appreciation during your holiday, explore the Wat Gate area that was once the place of living for the British among the teak forests in Chiang Mai. Admire architectural beauties left behind by the British once upon a time, and precious artefacts at the Wat Gate Khar Ram Museum for an enriching overall experience.

Combining state-of-the-art design and historic architecture, 137 Pillars House is a dear boutique hotel located in Chiang Mai and the recommended place for accommodation as major attractions and shopping places are just a stone’s throw away. If you’re just looking for a place to unwind, pamper yourself with a Thai massage or their aroma therapies.

With just 30 villas, 137 Pillars House will definitely provide an intimate environment for your romantic getaway at S$515.05 per night.


3. 98 Acres Resort and Spa – Ella, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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Moving away from the lovely beaches and the sea, this resort has a unique twist to it. The 98 Acres Resort and Spa offers you an authentic and tranquil holiday like no other, tucked away in the mountains. Wake up to the breathtaking view of the Ella Gap and the Small Adam’s Peak Mountain and admire the pristine tea plantation surrounding the resort. Enjoy time just for the two of you with your personal chalet.

It would be a pity to visit Bandarawela but miss out on what it has to offer. Spend your afternoon soaking in the sunshine and warm sand at Arugam Bay, which is voted as a world-class surfing beach and the best in Sri Lanka. Ella and Bandarawela boast of magnificent waterfalls that are sure to wash all your stress and worries away with its majestic roaring waters and scenic view. Or simply book an exclusive helicopter tour of the area for a once in a lifetime experience.

With a comfortable temperature of 20 to 28 degrees Celsius all year round, you will definitely find it easy to let your hair down at resort. Rates begin from S$265 per night with a guaranteed amazing view to make it all worth it.


4. Dalat, Vietnam

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Dubbed ‘The City of Love’, Dalat is the perfect place for a little couple time away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. Away from the buzz of streets in Vietnam, or the common paddy fields, many say that Dalat would remind you of the French Alps.

Despite its tiny size with only a population of 5000 members of Vietnam’s hill tribes, there are many charming sights for you to explore. Take a trip down to the Hang Nga Crazy House to explore the intriguing architectural designs mixed with a sense of eccentricity. From wild colours to oddly shaped rooms, this must-see site will definitely tease your imagination. Dalat is not short of scenic views and it is not difficult to find bike or motorcycle tours that bring you past coastal areas, farms and pine forests. For those risk takers and adrenaline junkies, explore Dalat’s waterfalls the unique way by checking out canyoning!

As Dalat is all about exploring a different side of Vietnam, accommodation options are primarily for the nights with nothing too fancy. Even so, Dalat offers a variety of accommodation, from the more rugged-style hostels and B&B which are extremely affordable, to 5 star hotels starting from just about S$195 per night.


5. Luang Prabang, Laos

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Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage City with lots of charming and well-preserved sites, and what better way to make your holiday even more worthwhile by visiting these places? Luang Prabang is characterised by its rich culture and history with the famous Royal Palace Museum and the splendid natural landmarks such as That Chomsi which crowns the Phu Si hill. Other than cruising the Mekong River which is a must for all tourists, discover hidden gems of Luang Prabang through its traditional processions and captivating artworks.

Accommodation at Luang Prabang is slightly more expensive as compared to other places in Laos, especially those which are in close proximity to the Royal Palace. Still, the best picks of the area falling nothing short of splendour and comfort are around S$166 per night.


6. Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines

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Forget the Maldives, you can get the same experience (or even better with everything cheaper by a few folds) at Coron Island. The crystal clear waters and the artistic mountain walls surrounding it are the signature of this island. Besides chilling by the beach and letting the crashing of the waves lull you into a slumber, the best activity to do at Coron Island would be snorkelling and diving in its sparkling blue sea.
While they do have hotels and resorts with a splendid view, most people opt for pocket-friendly lodges and inns since they’re going to spend most of their time out in the sun anyway!


7. Mӧvenpick Hotel Mactan Island – Cebu, Philippines

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This is definitely the place to go for a 5-star holiday. Unwind completely at the exquisite in-house spas and enjoy the sunshine at the private white sand beach. With a killer view of the sea from every room, Cebu is a diver’s heaven for its clear waters.

When in Cebu, there are endless things to explore as many people love island hopping. With each island holding their unique feel and breathtaking view, it is a must-do when you visit Cebu!
Rates at Mӧvenpick begin at S$266.97 per night.


8. Tanjong Jara Resort – Malaysia

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Somewhere closer to home but still fulfilling your inner travel bug, the Tanjong Jara Resort offers a private and luxurious getaway for any couple. Soak up whatever tranquillity this resort has to offer with its unique experiences such as turtle watching on the beach nearby, and bicycle tours weaving through the traditional villages. Experience some intimate bonding with your partner by starting your day with their signature couple spa to move towards a fresh body and mind.

With an extremely affordable rate starting at S$140.44 per night, Tanjong Jara is truly the home away from home.


9. Bangkok, Thailand

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In Bangkok, you get your cultural fix and shopping at the same time. After visiting tourist attractions and landmarks such as The Grand Palace and Wat Arun, head over to do some shopping. From Siam Paragon which offers high-end goods to Platinum Fashion Mall with all the wholesale prices, there is something for everyone. Without having to spend a bomb, yet getting to enjoy fun-filled activities, Bangkok is truly a classic choice for every couple’s holiday destination.

Hotels in Siam are extremely popular for its accessible locations to shopping and entertainment. With most hotels rates at about S$150, you don’t need an expensive holiday to have fun!


10. Wanderlust Hotel – Little India, Singapore

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For couples who don’t wish to go overseas yet still want a special and romantic getaway, the Wanderlust Hotel offers a different staycation experience. With every floor and every room having a theme of its own, bring out your inner child as you stare in awe of the creative and whimsical room of your choice. Hang out together at the bar or share a French meal at the restaurant. Give yourself a treat with an entirely new experience with rates ranging from S$235 to S$330 per night. Alternatively, there are many other themed boutique hotels popping up all over Singapore!

You don’t have to spend a lot of money for a perfect getaway. Simply check out hotel booking websites for special cheap rates and airline websites for tickets on promotions, and you’re ready to have a blast!

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