10 Romantic Places to Escape to this Valentine’s Day
From breaktaking beaches, to fairy tale cities, we have listed the most romantic destinations to travel to this Valentine's Day.
10 Romantic Places to Escape to this Valentine’s Day
06 February 2015
From stunning beaches, to inspiring cities, we have scoured the earth to bring you a list of the 10 most romantic places to escape to this Valentine’s Day. Warning: these pictures may cause instant wanderlust, with side effects of drooling…
THE SEYCHELLES, AFRICA
With this photo, do we really need to explain this one?
Dazzling white beaches and warm crystal waters, backed by lush rainforest and big charming boulders, the Seychelles is THE ultimate romantic destination. The price tag might make some cry a little inside, but, oh boy, any thoughts of money, life back home or general stresses will certainly be forgotten here. This gorgeous country made up of 115 islands, is home to a range of luxurious and relaxing hotels, so whether you are looking for your dream honeymoon suite, modern couples hotel or even a simple shack by the beach, you will be able to find it here. Just picture it, you and your partner could be lying on the lush beach, Pina Colada in hand, whilst having a professional massage…need we say any more?
With turquoise waters, pristine beaches, and a fascinating local culture, the province of Phuket in Thailand makes a truly memorable holiday. Though steadily becoming more touristy, there are many areas on this island where you can escape to luxury, tranquillity and true beauty. You can spend your days exploring the interesting culture with visits to the historical shrines and local architecture. If you and your lover enjoy being active, go on the safari tour, where you get the chance to ride elephants and go canoeing, or take a zip-line over the jungle. Want to increase the romance? Enjoy a private romantic dinner by the sea during sunset.
The overwhelmingly beautiful city of Venice is a destination that is guaranteed to impress your special someone. No matter where you wander through this intricate water city, you will find something fascinating to stare at or something gorgeous to photograph, (no filter needed). Want to gain the true touristy, cheesy-romantic experience? Then grab a gondola for two and tour the stunning canal, wine and dine your sweetheart in St Mark’s Square and watch a concert performance in the deconsecrated church of San Vidal. Prefer to treat your partner to a more alternative holiday? Skip the gondola and stroll the intricate streets instead to uncover the true Venice, stay with a Venetian family for a local’s perspective and don’t miss the Rialto market on a Saturday.
Treat your lover to luxury, 5-star views this Valentine’s Day and head to the warm shores of the Maldives. The intimate, secluded, and beautiful setting of this island country makes the perfect backdrop for a romantic get-away. Be sure to go diving in the clear, warm waters to see the amazing coral reefs and exotic sea-life, and end the day tasting the fresh fish at a restaurant overlooking the beach. If you and your lover enjoy just taking it easy and relaxing, then you will have plenty of opportunities to do that here; head to a secluded, tropical beach and unwind, or choose a Maldivian resort with a spa and book a couple’s massage on the sand.
LAKE DISTRICT, UK
With sixteen huge picturesque lakes squeezed in between lush rolling mountains, the Lake District really does live up to its romantic status. Despite the unpredictable weather, this stunning mountain region is the ideal location for a cute couple’s getaway. You can spend your days taking long walks through the charming villages, climbing to the top of one of England’s tallest mountains to appreciate the breath-taking scenery, rowing on pretty lakes, and you can round your days up with a traditional Northern meal in a cosy pub. There are plenty of fantastic hotels to stay in here, but be sure to choose one with a luxurious spa to relax in and roaring log fire to snuggle up to, to really increase the romance factor.
The stunning province of Bali is so much more than just a romantic beach get-away, (though the beaches are incredible). Bali is famous for its picturesque cloud-topped volcanos, vibrant green rice fields that spiral all the way down an amazing valley, breathtaking beaches and intriguing temples. You can fill your days with an array of amazing things to do including, relaxing on the beach with a massage, surfing the clear waves, exploring the fascinating local culture of temples and shrines, visiting the unique rice fields and dining on the beach during sunset. Bali’s culture will keep you and your partner inspired, entertained and mystified throughout your stay.
Famous for rich chocolate, gorgeous architecture and mediaeval cobblestone streets, Brugge in Belgium makes a fantastically romantic holiday. The inspiring streets, picturesque canals, soaring towers and photogenic market squares could pass for a backdrop for a fairy tale. There’s a special charm to this place in winter, especially when the frost dusts the top of the churches and bridges, and the cold drives you to cosy up with a hot chocolate or mulled wine in a local pub. Top sights to explore in Belgium include the Belfy of Bruges, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and the Choco Story Museum, and don’t forget to take a canal tour round the city to learn interesting historical facts about the iconic sights.
What could be more romantic than a trip to the historical and ancient city of Rome? This seductive city offers fascinating history and stunning architecture, teamed with a dreamy atmosphere and culture. You can stroll hand in hand with your lover and explore Ancient Rome, including the great gladiatorial arena, the Colosseum, and the 2000-year-old temple, the Pantheon. Top places to share a kiss with your lover are, on a rooftop overlooking the city at sunset, at the top of the Gianicolo Hill, and on the Spanish Steps. The Italians are well-known for their delicious food, so be sure to try the spaghetti and Meatballs, (make it cheesy-romantic and eat them “Lady and the Tramp” style), Linguine with clam sauce and the famous Gelato, (yes, even in Winter).
With the white-washed buildings, blue-capped churches, and spectacular views of the sea and mystifying black beaches, it’s no wonder that Santorini often makes the list as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. You and your partner can enjoy stunning views of the island from a top Fira’s Caldera, take a donkey ride, jump on a boat to discover the steaming volcano nearby, tour a vineyard – the list of romantic things to do is endless! You can end your day on a high, and take a sunset sail around Santorini’s dramatic coastline, where you can enjoy a fantastic meal of traditional Greek food.
Home to the country’s richest and most traditional culture, Kyoto in Japan is a truly romantic and inspirational destination to visit. Think: quiet temples, outstandingly beautiful gardens, vibrant shrines and fantastic food. Spring is obviously the most romantic time to visit Kyoto, as the cherry blossom trees are filled with pretty pink flowers, and the gardens come alive with colour. When visiting this fascinating city, don’t miss the absolutely amazing Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, the famous “Golden Pavilion”, Kinkaku-ji, and the buzzing temple of Kiyomizu-dera. Want to bond with your lover over great food? Then instead of just tasting, take a Kyoto cooking class and learn how to make a traditional home-cooked Japanese meal.
Written by Alissa Johnson