Love deserves to be celebrated with the ones you hold dearest, creating memories to last a lifetime in beautiful surroundings. We pick out some of our all-time favourite places to hide out á deux - from adult-only hidey-holes to epic escapes and island outposts, here’s to globetrotting with romance in mind.
Set on a small coral island surrounded by sandy beaches and lush vegetation, Baros Maldives is one of the dreamiest romantic escapes. Its intimate ambience makes it ideal for honeymoons, anniversaries or couples just looking to spend some quality time together. During the day, enjoy personalised couples’ treatments at the spa, including hot stone massages, and by night explore the tropical waters and marine life through a magical Fluo night diving experience.
Romance Factor: Sail in the billowing breeze through the dolphin-blue waters of the Indian Ocean aboard Baros’ elegantly handcrafted traditional dhoni, Nooma. Meaning ‘Blue Flower’, its sarong-clad crew of four provide the perfect vessel for reef snorkelling adventures, sunset sailing and romantic champagne dinner cruises.Take me there
The secluded cove location is the real beauty of this resort; couples will love the 30 dreamy cocoon-like abodes strategically positioned for the stunning 180 degree views of the crystalline waters, white sand beach and sweeping sunset panoramas. A completely personalised service from your dedicated butler will ensure your every whim is catered for. From candle-lit dinners and couples massages on your veranda, to light meals and refreshments delivered, it’s unashamedly romantic.
Romance Factor: Submerge into a rose-petal strewn bath made for two under the thatched gazebo of the Signature Villa, before enjoying an in-villa barbecue specially prepared by your own private chef.Take me there
Embark upon the epitome of romantic journeys as you glide into Venice on the iconic Venice Simplon – Orient Express. Step aboard the gloriously restored carriages as you’re transported to a golden age of travel filled with romance, adventure and style for your overnight journey to Venice passing through the magnificent Italian Dolomites.Step on board here
Perfectly perched upon an ocean bluff overlooking the Caribbean Sea, this elegant boutique hotel is revered for its golden sand beach and exceptional gastronomic fare. On the water’s edge lies one of the Caribbean’s most romantic spots: Rock Mansion. This hidden treasure built on wooden platform allows couples to enjoy the ambience of surrounding waves, flambeaus torches lighting the night sky, exquisite wine and fine dining in ultimate privacy.
Romance Factor: A champagne zip line glides drinks to your table from the restaurant above. For a truly magical moment, arrange for something sparkly to be hidden inside in the basket and delivered at just the right time… we recommend sunset - the views are phenomenal.Take me there
Nestled amongst dramatic Mayan rainforest and pearlescent sands, the intimate barefoot adult-only Viceroy Riviera Maya exudes sensuality and romanticism. Each with its own butler, the eco-conscious villas feel like a private oasis with heated plunge pools, outdoor rain showers and crochet hammocks. Take a leisurely horseback ride across the seven miles of white sands, or feel the warmth of the Caribbean Sea whilst windsurfing or snorkelling.
Romance Factor: With its impressive spa facilities, indulge in Mayan rituals including Temazcal - a purifying steam and herb or black lava exfoliating treatment - followed by delectable Mexican fusion cuisine at La Marea.Take me there
Renowned dive sites, intimacy and understated luxury come together in a romantic setting that is reminiscent of staying at a friend’s private estate. Your personal “Imagineer” and a dedicated resort “Romance Manager” are on hand to create tailored experiences just for you – the only limit is your imagination. Be pampered in the Pathways Spa, sail the limestone pinnacles aboard the luxury yacht, Lady Sarojin, and release spirit lanterns into the star light sky.
Romance Factor: With a diverse range of unique private dining locations to choose from, top of our list is amidst the jungle foliage. A meandering pathway leads to a breath-taking waterfall, where a private chef and intimate table setting for two are encircled by hundreds of softly glowing candles – creating a truly magical moment.Take me there
Culture, colour, nature; this wonderful private journey covers everything from UNESCO World Heritage Sites, to a Seventh Wonder of the World and the beautiful yet elusive tiger. Add to this the assurance that you will be staying in some of the world’s most exquisite hotels: The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra. This romantic enclave enjoys an unrivalled location of being just six hundred metres from the world’s greatest symbol of eternal love – the mesmerising Taj Mahal.
Romance Factor: For the ultimate pied-á-terre, a stay in the Kohinoor Suite presents unparalleled views of the Taj Mahal through its wall to wall windows. Soak up the view from the standalone bathtub or dine on the finest cuisine presented by your personal butler on the open-air terrace.
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