Whether you're newly married or longstanding life partners, after the last year, time together has never seemed so valuable. As you go back to rekindling old traditions or get set to try something new, here's seven spots for a romantic luxury holiday that you're guaranteed to fall in love with.
Opening out onto a stretch of soft golden sand, this contemporary yet charmingly Caribbean hotel is a haven for any health-focused couple hoping to go off-the-grid on their luxury holiday. Designed as a rejuvenating retreat for the mind, body and soul, days are guided by a jam-packed fitness programme, with complimentary activities including yoga, tennis and archery. Couples after something more adventurous may prefer to try their hand at BodyHoliday's WellFit Trail: a challenging one-mile stretch that will see you work together to navigate a cargo net, rope bridge, tyre run and more. However, not everything here is exercise-orientated! You can lounge together on the quiet white-sand beach, where you'll spot many guests snorkelling offshore, or head to the extensive Wellness Centre to soak away any leftover stress in the thalassotherapy pool. When it's time to wind down your day in St Lucia, walk hand-in-hand to your table at one of the resort's five restaurants - will you choose east-meets-west favourites at award-winning TAO, Cariblue's gorgeous global dishes or garden-to-table delicacies at I-Tal?
Huvafen Fushi - Destination Dining
BodyHoliday - Main Pool
Huvafen Fushi - Feeling Koi
Heavenly Huvafen Fushi is a long-loved romantic hideaway, located only a short 30-minute speedboat ride from Malé. This island paradise continues to tempt travellers back time and time again, offering good old barefoot luxury with a contemporary touch. A handful of beach and ocean bungalows line the resort's coastline - all with glittering plunge pools - but the iconic pavilions provide even more space and privacy; think butler service, private in-villa spas and direct access to the lagoon. Every experience here encourages couples to reconnect with romance - savour sunrise dolphin spotting on a breakfast cruise, fine dining for two on a secluded sandbank or a couple's treatment at the world's first and only underwater spa, with sub-aquatic windows showcasing the tropical sea life. Not satisfied with their long list of extraordinary encounters, Huvafen Fushi goes one step further to guarantee an unforgettable luxury holiday for lovers. The resort's resident 'Dream Maker' takes out-of-this-world ideas and thoughtful surprises and transforms them into a reality - no task is too challenging for this clever concierge!
Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort
Secluded on the exclusive Saadiyat Island, gazing over one of the region's most beautiful beaches, this minimalist hotel removes you from the rush of Dubai to see a refreshingly romantic side to Arabia. Couples will lose count of the resort's facilities - three infinity pools, seven eateries and 900km of white-sand beach are just the beginning - but they'll also fall in love with the choice of things to do. Whilst adventurous activities and therapeutic rituals at the 2,700-square-metre spa promise to keep many pairs busy, those hoping for a love affair with the destination itself won't be disappointed. The renowned art of the Louvre is only a ten-minute drive away, or if you're after an adrenaline rush, you can relish the rides at Yas Island and Ferrari World. Whilst your stay may be driven by your devotion to each other, who isn't fond of a luxury holiday with a sustainable stance? In partnership with Dubai-based company Trust Your Water, the hotel has eliminated single-use plastics, using only recyclable straws and reusable water bottles in order to protect Abu Dhabi's dreamy natural environment.
Limassol's little slice of paradise; AMARA's name comes from the ancient Greek word for everlasting, making it the perfect place to rekindle those long-loved romantic rituals. The heavenly, yet hi-tech rooms are all blessed with views of the Mediterranean Sea, although space-seeking couples may prefer the larger rooftop suites affording private plunge pools and sun terraces. Back at ground level, there's three swimming pools just metres from the shore, in addition to the PlusSea Beach Club - the coolest spot for mid-afternoon cocktails as you toast your adults-only adventure in Cyprus! Even the most peaceful partners won't be able to resist the complete calm of the AMARA Spa, built partly around Limassol's ancient city walls which were unearthed during the hotel's construction. The dedicated Couples Indulgence ritual will leave you both blissfully relaxed, incorporating a ylang-ylang, honey and salt scrub and a muscle-relieving massage, before you head outside to reawaken your senses on the spa suite's private patio. By night, romance continues at one of four restaurants - taste the legendary Japanese dishes at Matsuhisa Limassol, led by renowned Chef Nobu Matsuhisa, or sample the Italian-inspired menu from celebrity chef Giorgio Locatelli, including homemade pastas and delectable desserts.
AMARA -Couple on the Rooftop
LUX South Ari Atoll - Allegria Restaurant
AMARA - Armyra Restaurant
LUX South Ari Atoll
Surrounded by terrifically turquoise waters, this peaceful luxury resort on the island of Dhidhoofinolhu is a desert island dream come true. Bringing beach house chic to the Maldives, LUX's thatched-roof bungalows and villas perch on the sandy shoreline - unsurprisingly, the Romantic Pool Water Villa is a favourite with couples, featuring a private pool, hanging swing and flight of steps directly into the lagoon. As one of the largest islands in the Maldives, sprawling over two kilometres in length, there's plenty of seclusion and space for lovers to linger in - unwind together at the LUX* Me Spa or sip cocktails by the water at fashionable Beach Rouge. There's also an eclectic collection of eateries to tempt your taste buds - eight restaurants and five bars to be exact - with Senses perhaps being the most romantic, featuring tables at the water's edge for an exquisite à la carte dinner under the stars. Despite this destination's reputation for laidback romance, adventure-seeking partners won't be disappointed either; you can choose from an enviable range of ocean adventures, including jet-skiing, hoverboarding, TopCat sailing and diving, with a PADI-certified dive centre right on your doorstep.
Six Senses Fiji
On one of Fiji's most dramatically beautiful isles, Six Senses has created a refreshing take on the fabled South Pacific. Just 24 solar-powered pool villas - housing two to five bedrooms - can be found at this eco-friendly escape, all with private plunge pools and their very own experience manager. As you stroll hand-in-hand through the resort, echoing the layout of typical Fijian village, you'll uncover a bounty of activities both on water and on land; keep fit with surfing lessons and explore the shore by kayak, or learn new culinary tricks at a cooking class before enjoying traditional dances, stories and food at the popular Fijian Cultural Night. Inspired by the tropical surroundings, there's also ancient healing treatments and alternative therapies to be savoured at the Six Senses Spa, as well as a contemporary take on the traditional flavours of Fiji at a tempting trio of restaurants. Take your seat at Tovolea to sample super fresh seafood as the sun sinks over the ocean, or grab a stone-baked pizza from TeiTei before settling down to watch a rom-com at the adjoining outdoor cinema.
Six Senses Fiji - Beachfront Pool Residence
Bvlgari Resort Dubai - Beach Villa
Six Senses Fiji - Evening Paddle Boarding
Bvlgari Resort Dubai
While Dubai's cutting-edge culture is enough to tempt many, pair it with the Mediterranean-style design and warm hospitality and you have the ultimate luxury couple's holiday. Set on a man-made island shaped like a seahorse, this urban oasis is overflowing with opulent facilities - namely, the first ever Bvlgari Yacht Club and Marina, featuring a prestigious 50-berth harbour and a private beach with peaceful cabanas and thrilling watersports. Couples can also chill out at the 1,700 square-metre BVLGARI SPA, workout together at the state-of-the-art fitness centre and dine by candlelight at the illustrious Il Ristorante, with a menu designed by Michelin-starred chef Niko Romito. Outside of the resort's Italian architecture, the superlative staff team can arrange countless curated experiences; from a private desert dinner with an astronomer to highlight the star formations, to a fascinating tour of Old Dubai's spice souks, textile market and historical neighbourhood - what will be your perfect match?