It’s about time we escaped the cold weather in the pursuit of rest and relaxation, and a warmer climate. With Valentine’s Day and Easter on the horizon now is the perfect time to head off on a romantic getaway. We’ve compiled a selection of the best luxury holidays (picture candlelit dinners, sunset walks on the beach, and cultural excursions) – what could be better?
The coast around Cape Town is strikingly beautiful with mountains towering above white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. The city has a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere with bars and restaurants attracting those in search of a mix of entertainment and culture. From Cape Town you can take a trek up the iconic Table Mountain, and you can’t miss out on the chance to take a safari trip. The combination of picturesque beaches and outstanding excursions makes Cape Town the perfect romantic destination.
With so many romantic European cities to choose from it can be difficult to settle on one destination. Vienna is a less obvious choice than cities such as Paris and Rome, but its rich cultural history and beautiful architecture makes it the ideal destination for a romantic weekend break. The Austrian capital has a wealth of museums and galleries. Gain an elevated view of the city from the Riesenrad Ferris Wheel or visit the imperial Schmetterlinghaus (Butterfly House) in Burggarten park for an alternative agenda.
When we think of the Maldives we picture golden beaches, turquoise sea and ultimate relaxation. What the Maldives lack in culture it makes up for in picture perfect resorts. Many hotels offer spa facilities where you can enjoy some downtime with your partner. Snorkelling and diving are also popular activities due to the diverse range of species in the surrouding Indian ocean, including tropical reef fish and grey reef sharks, who make the coral reefs their home.
Many associate Venice with romance, but the Amalfi coast can prove to be a setting just as romantic. The Amalfi coast offers not only picturesque, elevated views over the Mediterranean but also fine food and wine, coupled with traditional Italian culture. Situated just to the South of Naples the stretch of coast features rocky cliffs and you won’t have to look far for a sun terrace overlooking coved-beaches, the perfect spot to while away an evening. The historical archeological site of Pompeii is within easy reach in just over an hour for those in need of a cultural pursuit.
For a relaxing retreat a little closer to home, the Lake District is one of the most beautiful locations in the country. The lake district’s hotel and b&b choices often have spa facilities so you can enjoy some pampering time with your partner. The national park has inspiring scenery, and would be the ideal choice for couples looking to reconnect with nature and partake in outdoor activities together.
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