Fall In Love With The Most Romantic DestinationsPosted on: 17 December 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves
Want to spend more time with your special someone? Escape with them on holiday to one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend, a holiday of a lifetime, a special gift or the perfect Valentine's escape we’ve handpicked the most enchanting and captivating destinations in the world.
Leave the everyday behind and indulge in a romantic short break or recapture the spirit with a romantic adventure. We’ve included a host of getaways to help you plan your most romantic Valentine’s experience with a collection of journeys that span the globe.
London is perfect for a romantic stroll at sunset, head out to the Docklands at dusk.
Right in our own backyard is a city packed with classy bars, top restaurants and superb sightseeing, making it a top date.
A cruise on the Thames at twilight is a romantic way to see the city, especially with a glass of champagne in hand.
Alternatively, you could take a 'flight' on the London Eye to see the city lights from on high, before heading off to dinner.
A West End show is another opportunity not to be missed, a more thoughtful choice than a movie.
Do have a look, too, at some of the smaller playhouses around London's Theatre district. There are some excellent plays staged in more intimate surroundings.
For more information on visiting London see http://www.visitlondon.com/.
Edinburgh is arguably up there with Venice, Florence and Paris in terms of looks.
Make the effort to slip off the famous Royal Mile into Old St Paul’s church, or the Canongate Kirk, for instance, or walk down to the Mound, for a view of the Firth of Forth and beyond, and you’ll be richly rewarded.
The city’s first Michelin-starred chef, Martin Wishart, serves French cuisine at his eponymous waterfront restaurant, while the chi-chi Oloroso is a cocktail stop worth making. For dining with castle views, head to The Tower.
The over-the-top Gothic theme at the seven-suite The Witchery is a celeb-favourite. More affordable and easier to get into is the Point Hotel, which has spa baths overlooking the castle in some rooms.
For more information on visiting Edinburgh see http://www.edinburgh.org/.
Famous for its lakes, mountains, and its associations with early 19th century poetry and writings of William Wordsworth and the Lake Poets, the Lake District is one of England's few mountainous regions.
The Lake District is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of the country, and a visiting at this time of year could be all the more special if it snows.
Wrap up warm and take romantic boat rides on the lakes, or cosy up in a cottage and get away from it all.
For more information on visiting the Lake District see www.cumbria-the-lake-district.co.uk
The charming city, famous for its seaside resort is a favourite for all ages.
Shopping and sea views by day, romantic dinner by night, Brighton is a unique destination with a lot to offer couples looking for easy access to big city charm.
Boutique hotels offer romantic and luxurious accommodation as well as mid-week deals for couples who want to spend Valentine's Day itself away from home.
For more information on boutique hotels in Brighton see www.boutiquebrighton.co.uk
Other top romantic destinations in Britain are Harrogate where you can explore the beautiful little shops and indulge in afternoon tea at Betty's.
Enjoy the traditional spa treatments on offer in Bath or foodie's can get the most out of a visit to Ludlow thanks to its excellent eateries.
North Wales offers couples the chance to try outdoor adventures by day and relax by night whilst you can head for the roaring fires and traditional atmosphere of pubs in the Cotswolds, or take the opportunity to head outdoors on horseback.
Enjoying a recent renaissance in the 'Da Vinci' tourist trail is the Louvre Museum.
Chic fashion, shopping, the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, the lazy River Seine. All of these are the core experiences of Paris, but when it comes to romance the city seems to take on a particular allure.
Perhaps it's the impressive buildings that line every street, echoing the sense of the majesty it once was. It could be the famous names we've all known since childhood; the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, Moulin Rouge...
It's hard not to be bowled over by this romantic city, day or night. To arrive in Paris is to know you've come somewhere special.
Where else, then, would you take your special someone?
For more information on visiting Paris see http://en.parisinfo.com/
Venice by night. A trip down the Grand Canal will be an experience you'll never forget.
When you mention romance, Venice is always on a par with Paris. The City on Water needs to be seen to be believed.
The storybook city is home to some of the most romantic stories, be it travelling down one of the many canals on a gondola or simply strolling around city of love.
Walk the narrow back streets and alleyways, eat at tiny family-run restaurants, and sip fine wine overlooking the Grand Canal.
Brave a hurricane of pigeon's in St Marks Square, laugh as the Gondolier starts to sing, and share an Aperol with blue-rinsed Venetian ladies at afternoon tea. Experiencing this together is to experience Venice at its best.
For more information on visiting Venice see http://www.turismovenezia.it/eng/dynalay.asp?PAGINA=407.
This magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold-tipped towers and church domes, has been mirrored in the surface of the swan-filled Vltava River for more than ten centuries.
Prague is never more atmospheric than in winter, when a low mist hangs over its castle and the gothic streets, lit by gas lamps, hold an air of mystery and suspense. A walk across Charles Bridge is unforgettable.
The best riverside views can be had at Kampa Park, one of Prague’s first foodie meccas that serves up global fare in a slick wood and glass dining room.
Pálffy Palác occupies a baroque palace room with crystal chandeliers; classy cuisine comes at friendly prices. Attentive service and dreamy Franche-Comté food at Le Bistrot de Malène are worth booking ahead for.
The deluxe Aria Hotel divides its floors between classical, opera, contemporary and jazz soundtracks, while some of Prague’s most romantic suites are at the Hotel U Páva and its sister residence, the U Krále Karla.
For more information on visiting Prague see http://www.czechtourism.com/eng/uk/docs/what-to-see/prague/index.html.
South of France
Okay, it’s close to home, but the beautiful cities of the South of France have a timeless elegance that make it a splendid place to head for a sophisticated romantic escape.
The legendary Côte d’Azur, which includes Monaco, St Tropez and Nice, is a world-renowned playground where the likes of Mick and Bianca Jagger honeymooned in the 1970s.
You can splash around in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and sunbathe on the pebble beaches before enjoying leisurely dinners in some of the world’s best restaurants then strolling around the harbours to admire the glistening yachts.
Inland is just as romantic. Explore picture-perfect medieval villages, sample the wine from local vineyards and gaze in wonder at fields of colourful sunflowers and scented lavender that inspired artists such as Van Gogh.
For more information on visiting France see http://www.francetourism.com/.
Allow yourself to be swept up with the magic of Times Square.
Big, brash, busy - and loving it. New York is all about energy, with high octane shopping, superb sightseeing and a nightlife that's second to none.
Eating out is an absolute joy, with top class establishments nestled alongside tiny family-run eateries. New Yorkers expect the best in taste, freshness and service, and plenty on your plate.
Shop by day and enjoy the city by night, hand in hand. Knees weaken at the names of irresistible shops - Macy's, Tiffany's, Sax - and pulses quicken at the lure of those famous places - 5th Avenue, Central Park, Times Square.
The stars come out at night, too, not just in the sky, but treading the boards on the stages of Broadway. If you want a chance to see a Hollywood star, you'll see one here.
For more information on visiting New York see http://www.iloveny.com/home.aspx.
If your budget permits, splashing out on a tropical getaway in the Maldives would mean a romantic break you'll both remember for years to come.
Accommodation at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is in luxury beachside rooms surrounded by greenery or in over-water villas upon a crystal-clear lagoon.
The resort's spa is also built on stilts over the water, and offers a range of options that clearly have loved-up couples in mind; choose from treatments with names like Aphrodisia and Tempt and Tease.
For the ultimate experience, opt for the half-day Ceremony of Love for around £380 per couple, which involves such decadent services as hot oil jasmine body wrap, scalp and body massage and finally the chance for you to relax together in an open-air jacuzzi with champagne and strawberries.
For more information on visiting the Maldives see http://www.visitmaldives.com/.
Fiji is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters. Its majestic and ever-varied coral reefs today draw tourists from around the world.
The 330 lush islands in the South Pacific archipelagos make a deliciously tranquil and adventurous place to hide away on honeymoon. The islands are incredibly unspoilt.
Dotted in isolation across the vast South Pacific, they’ve escaped rapid development and tourism booms and remain the tropical utopia that nature intended, with fragrant flowers, waving palms and pristine beaches.
Celebrities such as Britney Spears and Tom Cruise adore Fiji, in particular Turtle Island, a resort that caters for just 14 couples and is considered one of the most romantic spots in the world.
And for those who worry that the tropics are a little too wild, the good news is that there aren’t any poisonous snakes or spiders or Malaria here.
For more information on visiting Fiji see http://www.bulafiji.com/.
There are many reasons why Maui tops best honeymoon destination lists year after year.
For a start it’s unbelievably beautiful, the air is filled with the fragrance of tropical flowers, the beaches are golden, pristine and uncrowded and the water is warm and clear.
The laid-back, friendly attitude of the locals is another major attraction for celebrity couples as are the vibrant bars and restaurants and the dramatic Haleakala Crater, an extinct volcano that is one of the coolest places on earth to watch the sunrise.
Steer clear of the touristy areas and head for Hana, which can only be reached on a winding road carved through hillsides carpeted with lush rainforest. On arrival you’ll discover dramatic waterfalls, palm-fringed beaches, bamboo forests and excellent spots for surfing.
For more information on visiting Hawaii see http://www.gohawaii.com/.
Looking for a truly original and memorable alternative romantic escape?
You couldn't pick a much more dramatic venue than the Devil's Armchair at Victoria Falls. Stay at the charming Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia and you can arrange an excursion to this natural pool, which leads right up to the drop over the Falls.
It's less precarious than it appears but is accessible only in the drier months of August through November; visit in the wet season and you may get swept over the edge by a raging torrent, which could really spoil the moment.
For more information on visiting Zambia see http://www.zambiatourism.com/.
Have you been to any of the destinations above? Do you agree or disagree with our selections? Are you heading off on a romantic escape soon? Do you have any recommendations?
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