Remarkable Hotel Picnic Destination Around Asia
Food always tastes better when it’s eaten in the open air on a sunny day. Even you are on holiday when the weather is inviting it should be a time for an unforgettable picnic. Picnicking is a naturally fun way to become familiar with a new place, and with travel picking back up, this activity has the added bonus of being outdoors. In this new normal era, this is a socially-distanced activity that can capitalize on the unique flavors of a destination without being restricted to the confines of a restaurant. Around Asia, an increasing number of hotels are offering picnic packages to their guests for all the above reasons and more. Although not everyone will include the classic gingham blanket and pitcher of lemonade, there are more than enough options for everyone to find the perfect picnic for them.
Where can we find Secret Retreats’ unforgettable picnics? We’ve got you covered. Here is the part one of the best picnic destinations in Asia. We can’t promise there won’t be any ants, but we can assure they’ll offer great views, handy resources, and lasting memories.
Gal Oya Lodge,
National Park, Sri Lanka
Enjoy a lunch next to the river, waterfall or overlooking one of the park’s many breathtaking views. The staff can even provide a delicious picnic lunch prepared by our safari chef. The picnic is best coupled with the jeep safari. Gal Oya Lodge is positioned on the edge of the relatively untouched and least explored national park in the heart of Sri Lanka, this unique safari lodge specialises in high-end, environmentally responsible tourism. Other than the picnic there are numerous activities found here include: jeep safaris, bird walks, bike rides, and meeting the indigenous Vedda Tribe. The highlight activity is a boat safari on Sri Lanka’s biggest lake. Guests can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, and for those who are really lucky the chance to see elephants swimming from island to island in search of the freshest grass.
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Embrace Northern Thailand’s rich the heritage and traditions including golden teak temples, mountains, forests, and hill-tribe communities at this forest retreat in Chiang Mai. Set in the foothills of three mountain ranges, just a few miles from the ancient capital of Chiang Mai, it was originally a family’s winter retreat. It is the ideal location for exploring the nearby hills and valleys either on horseback, taking gentle hikes, or going bamboo rafting along streams and rivers. Guests can also visit Mollisol farm for a picnic. Mollisol Farm excursion experience, a picnic, a pop-up dining in this little farmhouse in the highland where only the sun, the moon, stars and candlelight illuminate. Located 40mn drive from Vanasom, the Farm is a great outdoor original experience for country retreat or sunset champagne picnics, promoting organic and sustainable eating with locally grown seasonal produce.
Glenburn Tea Estate,
Set in the Himalayas on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, this peaceful little tea plantation retreat offers the perfect place in which to discover Darjeeling.. Owned by tea planters for generations, visitors can tour the working tea estate, enjoy mountain activities, and feast on delightful Indian, Oriental and Western cuisine. A picnic is laid out at a scenic spot during the journey from the airport up to the estate or enjoy the evening starting with drinks by the bonfire, followed by a sit-down four course dinner with your hosts and other guests in residence.
Set amidst beautiful tropical landscapes with scenic mountain views, Sanak Retreat Bali offers a relaxing getaway surrounded by lush rice fields. Eleven spacious wooden bungalows are well appointed with a private terrace or balcony overlooking the greenery and have been designed for simple living. Indulge yourself into a secluded unique picnic lunch at the stunningly beautiful Banyuatis waterfall of Bali. After a short car ride and a walk through lush rice fields, you descend through a lush tropical forest to the waterfall. Your personal waiter greets you at a private table set up and serves you a delicious freshly prepared picnic lunch with a bottle of sparkling wine.
Muang La Lodge,
Muang La, Laos
Hidden in the small village of Muang-La by the river, this lodge features 5 wooden villas and 9 traditionally designed guestrooms. Exuding peace tranquillity, and mountain views, the river houses a natural hot spring. Besides the sauna, and spa, guests can explore northern Laos and its local ethnic groups either on foot, on mountain bikes, or in 4WD cars. We recommend don’t leave the Lodge without taking the cruise on the Nam Ou. Between Muang Khua and Nong Khiaw, a beautiful route to the Mekong and the sacred city of Luang Prabang. Your private motorboat takes you along an historical axis once used by the Laos to venture north and join the Muangs. The River Nam Ou is considered one of the most beautiful rivers in the country and offers amazing vistas along its course – limestone cliffs, remote jungle, fishermen, sleepy hamlets and even people panning for gold. A pleasant picnic lunch is served on one of the sandy banks of the river. An unforgettable experience in a stunning part of SE Asia.