Romantic Destinations

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New Year getaway, Valentine’s day, popping the question, honeymoon or maybe you’re happily married but looking to rekindle a lifelong romance. Whatever the romantic occasion, here we’ve hand-picked five of the world’s idyllic romantic destinations and the best hotels to stay in while you’re there.

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Bali

Lovers who are seeking an unforgettable destination should include Bali on their list of choices. For centuries, Bali has been known as an exotic oasis with some of the world’s best beaches and lush surroundings. In the balmy waters of southern Asia, the Indonesian island, complete with verdant landscape, volcanic lakes and cultural gems, is as close to paradise as they come, providing individual privacy in an exotic, romantic setting.

Enjoy spectacular sunsets in the late afternoon or sunrise in the morning on a beach, the lush jungle vegetation, and the rolling rice terraces. Bali’s fabulously rich and vibrant culture, reflected in festivals, dances and music, adds to the exoticism of this deeply spiritual island. At the end of a deeply relaxing day, come home to the exclusive Seminyak Beach. The 128 room Royal Beach Seminyak Bali is set amongst 4.5 hectares of tropical gardens. Along with two stunning pools, one right on the beach and another tucked into the garden area, the resort offers 17 secluded spa villas, each boasting a private whirlpool or swimming pool. The hotel is within walking distance of Seminyak Village, the home to some of the trendiest bars, restaurants and shops in Bali. Or snuggle up undisturbed in one of the beautifully furnished individual Bali Aroma Exclusive Villas. These villas offer guests a perfect home for those seeking a natural Balinese feel, style with privacy and comfort all together. Enjoy candlelit cuisine and sip champagne under the stars.

One tip to note: it’s wise to avoid monsoon season between December and March.

Paris

Paris is arguably the most romantic city on earth and there’s a good reason why the city emanates this perception. Wander the charming streets, beautiful public parks and ubiquitous street-side cafés and you’ll understand why it makes an unbelievably romantic setting. Indulge in the delicious world-class culinary delights and take in all the sights of the French capital. Take a moonlit cruise down the Seine. Visit the many famous art museums and head to the Museé Rodin to see the sculptor’s famous work “The Kiss”. There are few better places to put your arms around your lover than atop the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral. A short train ride away, visit the luxurious Chateau de Versaille, the elaborate palace of the notorious Sun King. Take a bottle of wine and a snack of baguettes and cheese to nibble on the grounds. Venture to the Ile Saint Louis (near Notre Dame), a great neighborhood for walking. The tiny island within the Seine has cute boutique shops, nice restaurants and nightclubs filled with locals. Be sure to try Berthillon, a delicious ice cream that can only be found in this small neighborhood. Choose from the many lavish hotels the city lays claim to. L’Athenee, a unique and charming boutique hotel that oozes 19th-century Italy, complete with all its romanticism is one winner. It’s a gem of a place with adorably classic decor and fabulous luxurious furnishings. Alternatively, Timhotel Elysee Montparnasse with its 1930’s facade highlighted by an Art Deco fresco, has a touch of modernity while fully respecting the great French decorative tradition.

Nassau, the Bahamas

All the Caribbean islands know how to pour on the romance, but Nassau Paradise Island in The Bahamas not only has the sublime pink sand and turquoise waters, but also offers a wonderful variety of places to eat, exciting nightlife, and great hotels. Stroll the cobblestone streets, indulge in watersports or sip cocktails overlooking the ocean. Whether you want to take a romantic horseback ride or carriage tour, the choice is yours.
Explore the array of charming pink colonial buildings of Parliament Square. Steal a kiss on a gondola cruise in the clear water around Nassau harbour as the sun sets. Make time to walk around historic Fort Fincastle, from where you can take in the magnificent sea views. Wander through the lush tropical grounds of Nassau’s Ardastra Gardens and Conservation Centre, past meandering canals and along forest trails. Write your names with a stick on the dreamy Pink Sands Beach. The red algae from the nearby coral reefs are what give the sand its romantic hue.

If it takes your fancy, visit the idyllic surroundings of the Out Islands, favoured by those who prefer their island life quaint, quiet, simple and barefoot. No footprints but yours, so remote and secluded that you feel like you are the only two on the beach.

Then head back to your luxury room and drift off into sweet slumber and perfect Caribbean dreams.
One option is A Stone’s Throw Away, an exquisite hideaway perched on one of the highest elevations by the coast. Indulge in a rare panoramic view of Nassau’s land and sea. The scenery boasts the best of the island’s natural wonders, from the native pine forest by Lake Killarney to the brim of the coral reefs that protect the glimmering beaches of west Nassau.
Another wonderful highly-rated option is the Marley Resort and Spa. This intimate world-class sanctuary echoes the enduring creative spirit and traditions of the Marley family. The luxurious 16 themed suites and deluxe accommodations blend the warmth of Marley history with ultimate comfort and convenience. Amid Nassau’s atmosphere of relaxed and artful living, Marley Resort & Spa is a true haven for travellers.

Tahiti

Tahiti evokes visions of an island paradise. It is the largest island in a cluster of 118 islands, grouped inside the archipelago of Society Islands in the southern Pacific Ocean. For years and years, Tahiti has been a leading romantic holiday and honeymoon destination. With beautiful fine white sand beaches, warm crystal clear waters, emerald green mountains and spectacular scenery, words can hardly describe the beauty, serenity and magical essence of these islands. Deep valleys, clear streams, and high waterfalls make it a picture-perfect destination and help explain why its intimate resorts, small peaceful villages, and miles of quiet pristine beaches are considered one of the best places in the world for “alone time.” True romance is sleeping high above the turquoise lagoon waters in an over-water bungalow and there’s plenty to choose from here. Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa, a charming “boutique hotel” offers 28 overwater bungalows, 8 beach bungalows, 28 garden bungalows with private pool. It is a perfect blend of luxury and serenity making it an ideal destination for couples. Or choose Hotel Bora Bora, a treasure on the main island of Bora Bora. Capturing the beauty and mystique of French Polynesia, it offers thatched roof villas and bungalows nestled among tropical gardens and palm studded beaches. Tahiti is a perfect choice for a relaxing or active holiday. Some of the world’s best surfing, scuba diving, and snorkelling are found in Tahiti. The water temperature stays at a reliable 26°C – 29°C all year long – an almost perfect climate. Be sure to indulge in a romantic Polynesian-style spa treatment incorporating fresh flower baths, body wraps with banana leaves and fresh fruit masks.
Unforgettable highlights of any visit or honeymoon here are enjoying exquisite French Polynesian cuisine, beach strolling, relaxing in the sand, sunset watching, and walking through beautiful tropical gardens. Simply unforgettable!

Santorini

Santorini, one of the 56 picture perfect Greek islands is famous around the world as one of the most romantic destinations for honeymoons and couple getaways. With its stunning sunsets, whitewashed villages, pretty blue domed churches, welcoming locals and views to die for you cannot but fail to fall in love with Santorini. There are plenty of sumptuous hotels and idyllic self-catering villas to choose from. You want this to be perfect, so opt for one of the suites at Absolute Bliss Imerovigli. Exclusively stylish and romantic, Absolute Bliss is a haven of generous Greek hospitality. Surrounded by natural environment, it is situated on the black volcanic rock of Santorini Caldera and with its traditional Aegean architecture and gorgeous views, it will offer you an unforgettable pleasure that you won’t forget. Alternatively, stay in the VIP Suites tucked in the cliff of the caldera, in the beautiful and artistic village of Oia. These unique apartments are the perfect blend of Greek luxury and tradition. Elegantly appointed with antiques and hand-crafted furnishings, it combines modern conveniences with Cycladic Island charm. The village of Oia, perches on the cliffs at the western tip of the island and makes for memorable sunset viewing —all the better when seen from atop the ruins of Oia’s sixteenth-century castle.
Choose any local restaurant perched high in the hills and overlook the Aegean Sea almost 1,000 feet below. Sipping wine and eating traditional Greek fare as the sun hits the water is a guaranteed romantic Kodak moment. Visit Perissa and Kamari beaches with their black volcanic sand, meander through the quaint ancient villages of Pyrgos and Akrotiri, and sign up for a romantic swim in the volcanic hot springs.

The only difficult part now is choosing which marvelous destination to go for!

 


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