Best men, here’s a tip: a bachelor’s weekend at Las Vegas is cliched and overrated, and your groom might not be up for decadence and debauchery just before his wedding. Instead, why not put the focus on the groom and his interests to craft the perfect getaway? Whether he’s an adrenaline junkie or an avid golf player, we’ve rounded up a list of luxury getaways in Asia for the ultimate boys' weekend away.
The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View Tented Villas, Nepal
Remember the good ol’ days when you and your buddies would camp together? Take that trip down memory lane, but make it luxe at The Pavilions Himalayas Lake View. Newly opened this year, the property is the first luxury tented eco villa hotel in Nepal, consisting of eight villas surrounded by rice fields and the Annapurna Himalayas.
Even the journey there is an experience, taking guests on a boat ride across the picturesque Phewa Lake, and then a short hike along a curving mountain trail to arrive by the lakeside villas. Spend the weekend trekking the mountains, kayaking on the lake, and indulging in farm-to-table Nepalese cuisine. Of course, there’s no better way to end the camping trip than with a barbeque party on the outdoor deck.
Find out more at pavilionhotels.com
Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives
If you have an avid golfer on your hands, treat the groom to a getaway at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa in the Maldives. Nestled on the southern end of Villingili Island, the nine-hole golf course is the only one of its kind in the Maldives, overlooking the white sandy beaches and turquoise lagoons of the tropical haven. It helps that the recreational course can be enjoyed by both experienced golfers and beginners, so everyone in the party can join in the fun.
For a truly luxurious weekend, check into the Villa Laalu, the resort’s crowning jewel that features two bedrooms, a spacious living space, outdoor deck, and garden with a private ocean-facing pool to dip your toes in. Occupying a 957-square-meter plot along the beach, everybody can enjoy their own personal space.
Find out more at shangri-la.com
Como Point Yamu, Thailand
Instead of heading to Bangkok à la The Hangover Part II, why not spend the bachelor’s weekend on the beautiful beaches of Phuket? Located in the secluded east coast peninsula of Phuket, check into one of Como Point Yamu’s beautiful villas for unparalleled views of the Andaman Sea and the ultimate in understated luxury.
From bike tours around the village and adrenaline-pumping ATV tours in the jungle to snorkelling and diving trips, your party and the groom-to-be can expect an action-filled bachelor’s weekend from the resort’s all-encompassing activities. If you fancy a workout, give the traditional Muay Thai class a try. The resort can even sign you and your buddies up for professional training at the Sumalee Boxing Gym to take your Thai boxing skills to the next level.
Find out more at comohotels.com
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Fitness junkies will enjoy Ananda’s Activ-Fitness programme, which starts from three nights. Besides, it’s the perfect opportunity to get the groom and groomsmen in shape for the big day. Nestled at the Himalayan foothills in Northern India, Ananda calls the 100-acre Maharaja’s Palace Estate its home.
In partnership with Sumaya health club, the ActivFitness programme aims to help individuals lose weight healthily and improve fitness levels through physical activities and a monitored diet. The retreat will put participants through four hours of training a day indoors and outdoors, which includes core strengthening, yoga, outdoor boot camps, as well as fitness sessions. Don't forget to ease your muscles after with wellness therapies like salt scrubs, reflexology and sports recovery massage. You and your buddies will be refreshed and ready for the wedding.
Find out more at anandaspa.com
Alila Seminyak, Indonesia
If partying is a must-have on the agenda, look no further than Alila Seminyak, located in Bali’s party central. All the suites at Alila Seminyak boast a contemporary and minimalist design but remain cosy and inviting with its warm colour palette. If you want to bunk up like the good old times, the penthouse suite can accommodate a party of six.
While the trendy resort town has no shortage of bars and clubs—Ku De Ta and Potato Head are firm favourites—you won’t have to travel far for a good cocktail. The Beach Bar by Alila’s party pool offers a line-up of classics, as well as a variety of gin and tonics. Otherwise, head to progressive cocktail bar The Pontiac Stardust, helmed by award-winning bartender Beckaly Franks for an out-of-this-world experience.
Find out more at alilahotels.com
This story was originally published on Singapore Tatler