7 of the World’s Most Romantic Destinations

February 14, 2014

Whether it’s the world’s most seductive, the most luxurious, the most relaxing or the most beautiful, get swept away with the world’s most romantic getaways.

Widely considered the land of romance, Italy is the perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. And what better way than to float down Venice’s Grand Canal in a gondola, with your loved one beside you?  Or follow the footsteps of one of the world’s most famous lovers, Casanova, and sip wine at Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade, near the Rialto Bridge, where he met his lovers.

Why not share your own message of love with a romantic stay at the Hotel Centurion Palace on the canal? Housed in the restored neo-gothic Palazzo Genovese, and built in the late 1800s, this five star hotel revels in the opulence of yesteryear.  Rooms start at $359 per room per night.


New York
Ignite your romantic side in the Big Apple, and cuddle up to your sweetheart against a winter backdrop. As the setting for a raft of romance films, you’ll be starry-eyed in no time.

Girls, channel Miss Holly Golightly, and grab your man and a pastry for some serious window shopping at Tiffany’s – and hopefully, a peek inside! Or if you’re a culture connoisseur, scour the galleries or trek down Museum Mile, before finishing the day with a coffee and stroll through Central Park.

Romance your Valentine with a room or suite looking out into the Manhattan skyline, just moments away at Park Lane Hotel. Rooms start at $652 per room per night.


Men, prepare to be spoilt on V-Day when in Japan! Local tradition sees women professing their love to men. And it seems the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, with chocolate being the order of the day when it comes to gifts. But ladies don’t despair, men aren’t entirely off the hook as they’re expected to return the favour on ‘White Day’ just a month later, a day developed by Japanese chocolate companies in the 1980s.

When in Japan, head to Kyoto and visit the city’s Botanical Gardens, the perfect place to take a stroll with the one you love.  Surrounded by Japanese gardens, The Westin Miyako Kyoto is the perfect place to retreat. Rooms start at $248 per room per night.


With warming sun rays, swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches, it’s impossible not to feel loved up when in Hawaii.  Why not impress your other half by saying ‘I love you’ in Hawaiian – Aloha au ia’oe. To knock the socks off your valentine, deliver a gift that will be remembered forever by ordering a singing Valentine – a quarter that delivers a sweet, tender love song!

If you prefer a night in, book a stay at the gorgeous Hilton Waikiki Beach . Rooms start at $266 per room per night.


The Maldives
Long known for its air of romance and mystery – The Maldives is the ideal place to pop the question! The crystal clear waters and ivory beaches of the world’s most romantic getaway are calling. If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for you! Soak up the sun at one of this archipelago’s beaches, or enjoy a candlelit dinner being serenaded by musicians – swoon!

And it’s difficult to think of anything more romantic than staying in an overwater pavilion, from which you can watch the sunrise and sunset. Medhufushi Island Resort offers just that, with its utterly dreamy yet unique location.  Rooms start at $565 per room per night.


Could there be a more romantic destination than iconic Paris? After all, it’s said that the first modern Valentine’s Day card was sent by Frenchman, Charles the Duke of Orleans, who sent the card along with poems and other love letters, to his wife from his cell in the Tower of London in 1415.

So why not take your amour to this relentlessly romantic city where Valentine’s Day is a mega event? Climb the Eiffel Tower, eat chocolate croissants and walk along the Seine – you’ll feel more loved-up than ever!

Stay in the Hotel Banke and transport you and your loved one back to the early twentieth-century, the restored building dominates the corner of Rue La Fayette and Rue Pillet. Rooms start at $602 per room per night.


Head to California and dig your toes deep in the sand, and take a stroll along Laguna Beach, hand-in-hand with your sweetheart! Or warm up your vocal chords by singing along to romantic V Day tunes at the free music concert at the Laguna Art Museum.

And you needn’t leave the stunning backdrop of the Pacific Ocean behind. Retreat to the Sand and Surf Resort close by, and continue to enjoy it from your private oceanfront balcony. Then indulge in the resort’s exquisite coastal dining and award-winning spa.  Rooms start at $499 per room per night.

What’s the most romantic place you’ve ever visited?

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