It was that day of the year again that people literally love or hate, Valentine’s Day! Whether you buy into it or not, it was everywhere, so I figured I would embrace the day and share with you my Top 5 worthy destinations for romance!
I’ve also been planning some splendid honeymoons in the past, and have found some spectacular locations for you and your loved one to lap up the luxury & indulge in some alone time, from the cliché (yet undeniably lust worthy), to the off the beaten track, here are 5 of my faves!
Santorini – Greece
This is a no brainer, and Santorini has been listed as one of the world’s most romantic destinations for decades, but it’s certainly one that’s got to be seen and experienced to believe.
Iconic Oia sunsets, private yachting, gourmet dining, wine tasting, donkey rides (if your romance needs a little adventure) .. the list goes on, and my favourite property in which to experience it all from? Canaves Oia Hotel.
A luxury property, set into the Cliffside with elegantly designed suites for you to enjoy this spectacular destination. A member of ‘Small luxury hotels’ of the world’ this property is small in size, but big on bliss and I can imagine you relaxing poolside, set against the traditional white buildings, overlooking the sea. Can you?
The Whitsundays, White Heaven Beach – Australia
Check out this AMAZING accommodation, a byword for Hamilton Island luxury, Qualia is situated on the secluded northern-most tip of Hamilton Island surrounded by all the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef.
With a relaxed aspect and mesmerizing calmness, time seems to stretch forever. It’s suite honeymooners & special celebrations. Maximum room capacity: 2 people or 4 people at the beach house.
You must book in advance, not suitable for last minute travel!
The Daintree – Australia
Australia has wonderful diversity when it comes to romantic escapes. From the outback to the city, the beaches and the mountains… but nothing whispers romance like tropical seclusion and walking barefoot on a pristine private beach, miles from anywhere.
The Daintree rainforest, Queensland offers the opportunity to get lost in the moment, and the private islands and eco lodges will whisk you away into your own private love bubble. Experiences like sailing, diving, snorkeling, hiking, wellness programs and fine dining, will ensure that there is something for even the most active ‘I can’t sit still’ couple.
One such destination is the Bloomfield Lodge, a beautifully remote, captivating, boutique property, on the fringe of the World Heritage Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland. It’s one of Australia’s most exclusive getaways, and the Eco lodge combines luxury accommodation with gourmet dining, and is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It was also recently ranked No1 in Forbes Magazine as the ‘World’s Best Remote Hotel’… and with a range of accommodation options there is something for everyone.
Bora Bora – Tahiti
Tahiti would be on the list of almost any ‘bride to be’, as her dream Honeymoon destination, and having planned my personal visit there for my husband’s 40th birthday my reaction is always the same… ‘Breathtaking’, and I can honestly describes it as if you have stepped out of a dream and into reality, so it’s somewhere that certainly has to be experienced to be believed.
Bora Bora is an island in French Polynesia, and is surrounded by barrier reef and a shimmering aqua lagoon. In the center of the island lays an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu. This volcano and lagoon set the backdrop for one of the romantic destinations you could visit, and a trip to Bora Bora wouldn’t be complete without a stay at the stunning St Regis, Bora Bora.
One of the most exclusive resorts in the region, they proclaim to match blissful Polynesian paradise with flawless signature service, and by all accounts they do! Another property to make a regular appearance on the Conde Nast Traveler “Gold List”, the St Regis, Bora Bora provides a tropical paradise with a contemporary Asian flair!
If the stunning location isn’t enough to transport you to world of bliss, their selection of romance activities certainly should. From the Miri Miri day spa to a private island photo shoot. Champagne sunset cruises, personal dive trips and much much more, it’s a haven that will leave you speechless from the moment you arrive.
Taj Mahal, Agra – India
While I admit this isn’t the 1st place you think of when you think of ‘romantic destination’s, and surely the likes of Rome or The Maldives, however would be on my list.
I have heard many times that standing in front of the ‘Taj Mahal’ .. The world’s greatest declaration of love is so powerful. I thought it would be a miss not to have this on my list.
I’ve seen pictures of her in books, magazines and in movies all your life, but nothing can quiet compare to that moment I heard when you walk through the arch way, and see her standing there in all her glory. Time seems to stand still, and every image you’ve seen of her vanishes away, as they in no way do her justice. There is an awe and a kind of magic that seems to radiate from her and despite the tens of thousands of people swarming around you, it sort of feels like it’s just the two of you. To share that moment, with the one you love would undoubtedly bring you together, and while most women would nudge their partner and ask ‘would you build something like this for me?’ it’s undeniably one of the world’s most romantic buildings, and perhaps a little less cliché than the Eiffel Tower in France or the Sydney Opera House.
For your stay in Agra, romance it up at the beautiful The Oberoi Amarvilasm Agra. One of Agra’s most luxurious properties, you can wake up to the view of the Taj Mahal from your room, and watch her dance in golden light of the morning sun.
The resort will leave you and your loved one feeling like an Emperor or Princess, in surroundings of pavilions, manicured lawns, reflection pools and a selection of dining choices that will fulfil your appetite after a day or two exploring Agra.
So take your partners hand, wake up to the Taj Mahal, and share a moment under the archway at the greatest monument of love in the world. I know that one day I’ll do the same!
That completes my choice of 5 Worthy Romantic Destinations, but the list could go on and on. Everyone’s idea of romance is different, and could be as simple as a candle lit dinner at home, dressed in style.
I’d love to hear your ideas of your favourite romantic destinations, as I’m looking for fresh inspiration.
As for THE dreaded V – DAY…If you are lucky enough to be with the person you love, do more everyday than send a card because you have to on this specific day.
Simply celebrate what you have EVERYDAY and never take it for granted. Then plan your next romantic getaway, and let me know if I can help 😉 hehe