Romance, is in the eye of the beholder. For some, there is nothing more amorous than a secluded beach basked in the sinking rays of the day’s sun, while for others, no romantic occasion is complete without a good meal, a fine glass of Champagne and a sprawling ocean view. Whether you are planning the proposal of a lifetime, your dream wedding, a honeymoon to boast about, or simply a unique place to share a tender moment with your sweetheart, we think we have found the ultimate, top five perfect romantic destinations to suit anyone. From chocolate-themed spa treatments, to elegant gondola rides and trendy city breaks, allow our suggestions to inspire you, and, if you are seeking a last minute Valentine’s week getaway, perfectly tailored to your own desires, look no further than a luxury holiday with Elegant Resorts...
St Lucia for Indulgent Romantics
A teardrop-shaped, emerald-coloured gem in the Caribbean Sea, St Lucia is, arguably, the most romantic island of the West Indies. The endless golden sands and verdant, tropical greenery make up a sumptuous landscape, glistening with the light of tumbling waterfalls and dappled with the vibrant colours of papaya orchids. Venture into the sultry rainforest, and you can take a dip in ancient sulphur springs and mineral mud baths, bubbling with the heat from volcanic rock deep down below the earth’s surface, at the world’s only drive-in volcano. Presiding over this exotic kingdom are the majestic Pitons, the staggering, volcanic spires that rise up almost eight-hundred metres, for a magnificent display of nature at its most impressive.
It is here, on the cusp of this stunning scenic picture, that the most indulgent of romantics will find their dream luxury hideaway with Paradise Ridge at Ladera. As the only property in St Lucia to be located on the UNESCO World Heritage Site itself, the views over the Pitons and the Caribbean Sea are nothing short of stunning, and are only enhanced by the open fourth wall of every suite, inviting the most romantic of sunsets into the richly appointed interior. For guests staying over the Valentine’s Day period, an extra-sweet treat is also on offer. At the spa, a lavish selection of chocolate-infused couple’s treatments, including cocoa nib exfoliation and a dark chocolate full-body wrap, puts a box of Milk Tray to shame!
Seychelles for a Lovers’ Escape
The Seychelles archipelago is paradise, unspoiled. Uninhabited for most of their history, these islands are now home to some of our most precious wildlife, including rare Giant Tortoises, and some of the most exquisite beaches you could possibly desire. Dreamlike in its unblemished beauty, it has also become a destination of choice for newly-weds seeking a sublime start to their new life together, where unashamed luxury perfectly harnesses the natural romance of these stunning surroundings. If any further endorsement is needed, may we remind you that this was the honeymoon spot of choice for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011.
If this sounds too good to share, you’re in luck; North Island offers an exclusive eleven villas on its own private island, just steps away from the pristine sands, leaving the rest of the island in blissful peace, allowing lovers to get lost together in this tropical wonderland. If you find a secluded spot you are particularly fond of, there is nothing quite like having a dinner or picnic for two arranged in which to truly savour it. Destination dining here is at its most serenely romantic, and there is even a stretch of sand known as Honeymoon Beach, due to its wonderfully private curve along the rock. Here, with flame torches flickering away into the twilight as the orange sun bleeds through the inky blue evening sky, there is no better place to make a toast to marriages old and new.
The Maldives for Blessed Unions
The Maldives is undeniably beautiful. The allure of the pristine, white sands and glittering, turquoise waters is truly irresistible. If you were going to make lifelong memories anywhere in the world, the Maldives would guarantee that the destination would do justice to the moment.
Gili Lankanfushi, the world’s first over-water resort, is a fairytale island for having your vows blessed. Boasting the only overwater chapel in the Maldives, the resort was simply made for romance, and is a dream setting in which to celebrate your love. With nothing standing between you and the glimmering Indian Ocean, be swept away on an ambient sunset cruise in an authentic dhoni, where you can relax on plump cushions and sip Champagne under the stars, or cosy up at the candlelit outdoor Jungle Cinema, for an amorous end to the evening. After spending the day spotting dolphins, surfing or diving in the coral reef, we can’t think of a better way to share an often too rare romantic moment.
Venice for the Renaissance Couple
Birthplace of the notoriously romantic Casanova, it’s no surprise that Venice has been synonymous with romance for hundreds of years. A true beauty of a city, the grand architecture, picturesque waterways and centuries of fascinatingly tangible history submerge visitors in another world, where art and culture combine with a uniquely Venetian way of life. With an art gallery, museum or magnificent Byzantine church around almost every bend of the canal, Venice is a must for the sophisticated romantic – you might even be inspired to pick up a paintbrush and create a tribute to your own muse!
To make the most of this evocative setting, we would have our hearts set on the sumptuously luxurious hotel, Aman Canal Grande Venice. A grand, 16th Century palazzo set alongside the, aptly named, Grand Canal itself, this is the place to truly feel at home in one of the most romantic cities in the world. From here, take your cherished one on an amorous gondola ride, where you will be serenaded by an operatic accompanist, and sip on Champagne as the city above glides by. If you are really looking to impress, may we suggest you round the evening off with an exquisite meal in a private dining room, followed by the presentation of a uniquely, handcrafted bouquet of classically beautiful red roses. If there was a perfect formula for romance, this would be it!
New York for the Trendsetting Twosome
For some, fawning over beds of flowers and stacks of chocolate is so last century! And while we, personally, feel there is no harm in a little romantic indulgence, we still feel the cynical Valentines among us deserve a little love! For those who find nothing more swoon-worthy than a sleek and sexy hotel amid the buzz of one of the world’s favourite cities, we suggest New York City. Here, you can spoil yourselves at some of the most famous department stores, or buy that extra-special sparkly something at a certain jewellery shop made world-famous by Audrey Hepburn!
Enjoy the electric atmosphere of the ‘City That Never Sleeps’ at The New York EDITION, a swanky hotel that has become a fashionista hotspot, recently hosting pop icon Rihanna for a celebrity-studded party. Enjoy exquisitely crafted cocktails in the sumptuously gold and mahogany-hued lounge, before venturing out to be dazzled by the city lights. Head up to the top of the Empire State Building for the most impressive view – if you have a special proposal in mind, this is the finest place to pop the question!
To make your romantic dream come true, or to find out more about weddings and honeymoons with Elegant Resorts, please call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 505.