Looking for a romantic getaway that’s a bit different from the likes of Paris or Venice? For a holiday neither of you will ever forget, check out these more incredibly romantic destinations:
Great Exuma, The Bahamas
Fancy sinking your toes into pure white sands with your loved one, or bathing in some of the clearest waters on Earth? Great Exuma’s Coco Plum Beach and Stocking Island are heavenly getaways for you both to indulge in. Stocking Island’s fine white beaches and coral gardens are dreamlike while Coco Plumb Beach is dotted with gently swaying palms and exotic sea shells. To add to the indulgence, you’ll have them all pretty much to yourselves. For yet more idyllic solitude, Columbus Harbour Beach on North Long Island is long, shallow and as unspoilt as when Columbus first landed.
Kakslauttanen Ice Hotel, Finland
Kakslauttanen is the perfect excuse to snuggle up together – if you need one! At this world- famous ice hotel you’ll need plenty of body heat to keep warm. Kakslauttanen is a small village of igloos and unlike some ice hotels, it also offers “warm rooms”, ideal if you’re looking for the snowy experience without glacial temperatures. Escape the cold in the comfort of your cosy bed as you gaze at the magnificent, starry skies or even the Northern Lights – all through your igloo’s glass roof.
Often described as Paris of the east, Budapest is hugely romantic, all the more so on a moonlit night as you cruise past flood-lit facades along the River Danube. Whether your passion is for world-class galleries, classical music, theatre and art-nouveau or for soaking yourselves in the magnificent mineral springs and spas, there’s so much to do.
Rambagh Palace, Jaipur
This luxurious 19th century jewel embodies the height of Indian regal elegance once being home to the Maharajah of Jaipur. Rambagh Palace’s 85 hotel suites, inhabited by royals until 1957, ooze opulence with their carved pillars, marble floors, silk-shrouded four-poster beds and elaborate mirror and tile inlays. This sweeping 47-acre Palace and estate is a show-stopper with its meticulously manicured gardens and lawns right in the heart of bustling Jaipur. To add to the romance, book a vintage horse-drawn carriage for a sun set ride to remember.
Bruges must come in at number one in terms of romantic European destinations. Explore hand-in-hand the medieval cobbled streets, lined with beautiful market squares and parks, interspersed by canals, churches, towers and museums. It’s small wonder that Bruges is known as Belgium’s crown jewel, or Venice of the North. Don’t miss the Belgian delicacies of mussels, fries and local beers, and of course that sumptuous chocolate you’ll find at the artisan chocolate shops on just about every street corner.