Want this Valentine’s Day to truly be extra special?
Here are six of the most romantic places in the world for you and that special someone to visit for Valentine’s Day this year…
With its nickname being the City of Love, Paris deserves top spot on this list of romantic destinations.
What exactly makes Paris so romantic?
Let’s begin with the city’s charming cobbled streets and historic buildings.
Did you know that there are restrictions in place in Paris when it comes to new buildings, ensuring that they do not reach more than six storeys in height?
This is to preserve the city’s legendary skyline, promising stunning views from just about everywhere in Paris.
When it comes to self-indulging and really treating you and your loved one on Valentine’s Day, Paris is the perfect place to be…
Parisians know how to pamper themselves, and you will find no shortage of spas for the two of you to visit, with many offering up special couples’ treatments around the 14th.
The food of Paris definitely deserves a mention too…
Enjoying a tasty, gourmet meal in France is an act that is protected as a UNESCO Cultural Heritage, showing you just how important food is to the people of Paris!
Meals in France are long and leisurely, accompanied by the most exquisite of wines. There are more than 40,000 restaurants in Paris for you and your special someone to dine at, leaving you spoilt for choice when it comes to mealtimes.
From a serene walk along the Seine to after-dark museum visits to the most luxurious of boutique hotels, Paris promises a Valentine’s Day that you will never forget.
The Maldives is considered to be the best honeymoon spot in the world, and this is all down to its wonderfully romantic ambience.
With a number of different exclusive, and completely secluded, islands to choose from, this is the perfect destination to spend some alone time with that special someone.
Wondering what there is to actually do in the Maldives?
Well, in addition to sitting back and relaxing on the white, powdery sandy beaches, you could do anything from taking a sunset cruise to making the most of all of the watersport opportunities to enjoying some of the freshest seafood in the world.
You have probably already seen the famous over-water villas on countless television programs, and if you are having a tough time deciding where to stay, here are some of the prime accommodation spots:
- Soneva Fushi – this resort features 65 eco-friendly villas with a number of fun activities, from an open-air cinema to treetop yoga. Plus, guests get to enjoy a private butler at each villa, ensuring that you and your loved one are truly pampered
- The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort – this is a gorgeous tropical resort with 77 villas, some overlooking the water and some hidden away in the depths of the jungle. This resort boasts an over-water spa, sunken wine cellars and private swimming pools at each villa
- Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru – there are 102 villas at this remote resort, along with several romantic activities to indulge in. Enjoy a meal on a private platform right at the center of a lagoon, or a romantic picnic on one of the nearby uninhabited islands. The resort has a private catamaran for guests to use, enabling them to explore the surrounding deserted islands
- Cheval Blanc Randheli – this ultra-luxurious resort features 45 villas on a completely private, man-made island. Guests are also able to enjoy complimentary massages and four exquisite restaurants, each one run by a Michelin-starred chef
Necker Island, British Virgin Islands
Like the idea of a tropical getaway for Valentine’s Day, but want somewhere even more exclusive than the Maldives?
This is where Necker Island comes in…
The entire 74 acre island is privately owned by Richard Branson, and is usually only available when booked as a whole, with enough rooms to accommodate 34 guests.
However, this Valentine’s Day, Branson decided to do things a little differently…
Rather than only offering the island as a whole, the rooms on Necker Island are available to be booked individually by couples, offering a rare opportunity to explore this secluded paradise.
While the island may be remote and quiet, there is still plenty to do here. For those who want some action on the water, you can try everything from kite surfing to paddleboarding to kayaking, as well as a unique watersport called subwinging.
If you would prefer to stay on dry land, the coastline around the island is about three miles long, guaranteeing a stunning walk. There are other sports available too, from yoga to tennis to beach Olympics, as well as spa treatments offered right by the water’s edge for when you and your loved one just want to relax.
When it comes to dining on the island…
There are four dining venues to choose from. The Great House has a dining room on its roof terrace, while the two beachside restaurants offer up unparalleled ocean views. The floating sushi bar, which sits on a kayak and meanders down the beach pool, is also a must-try!
Colombo, Sri Lanka
If you are looking for somewhere exotic and historic to spend Valentine’s Day, Sri Lanka will definitely not disappoint.
February is actually the perfect time of year to pay this island nation a visit, as this month falls right in between the country’s two rainy seasons. Temperatures are still warm though, giving you the ideal climate for exploring a new country.
The majority of flights will arrive in to Colombo, which is the country’s capital city. The city boasts a rich colonial past, and not only offers up luxurious mansions and gleaming malls, but also local street markets and beautifully-decorated temples.
Of course, Sri Lanka has so much more to offer than just its capital city, so it would be well worth planning your trip so that you spend a couple of days in Colombo, but still have time to explore the rest of the country.
Where else in Sri Lanka should you go?
That depends on what you want to see, but here are some of the island’s highlights:
- Kandy – this is the second largest city on the island, and is home to the famous Temple of the Tooth, which was built in the 4th century. There is so much history and culture to take in here, with the whole city being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Ella – this mountain town is one of the best spots from which to explore Sri Lanka’s mountainous landscape. There are numerous hiking trails to explore here, as well as tea plantations that are well worth visiting. Make sure you also take a ride on the train from Ella to Nuwara Eliya, which is another mountain town, as this train journey is considered to be one of the most scenic in the world
- Arugam Bay – this remote beach town is home to some extraordinary surfing spots, such as Main Point. There are also a few temples to visit here, and the Kumana National Park is not too far away
- Polonnaruwa – for more history and culture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa will more than impress. From its well-preserved tomb ruins and temples to the fine examples of Sinhalese art and architecture, it is easy to see why Polonnaruwa has become quite the tourist hub
- Yala National Park – if you want to see some local wildlife, the Yala National Park is the place to go. This is where you will find the highest concentration of leopards in the world, as well as native elephants, crocodiles, monkeys and several other species
Swedish Lapland, Sweden
While lounging on a tropical beach on a deserted island is always going to be romantic, there is also such an air of romance when it comes to snow-covered landscapes and cuddles by the fire.
Of course, there are plenty of destinations around the world that offer these subzero temperatures in February, but for a truly unforgettable experience, give Swedish Lapland a try.
This is the northernmost area to visit in Sweden, with temperatures in February regularly dropping to -15 degrees Celsius.
While you and your partner will definitely need to bundle up to stay warm, the unique activities on offer here make this more than worthwhile.
One of the biggest attractions of Swedish Lapland is the chance to see the Northern Lights. There is nothing quite as romantic as watching these dancing lights high up above, surrounded by stars and snow. The best place in Swedish Lapland to see the lights is the town of Abisko, as this is the area that has the least cloud coverage, and is also home to the Aurora Sky Station.
There are numerous outdoor activities to try all over Swedish Lapland, with the landscape here being perfect for adventure. Skiing tends to be the most popular sport, but fishing and hiking are also a must.
There are 4000 islands around the coastline of Swedish Lapland, and since the sea is frozen over in the winter months, you can literally drive across to explore these uninhabited parcels of wilderness.
Need to warm up?
There are some fantastic spas to visit all around Swedish Lapland. Offering up everything from ice baths and mountain streams to mineral saunas and authentic Swedish massages, rest and relaxation is a big part of a visit to Swedish Lapland.
Wondering where to stay?
There are several amazing hotels to choose from, but one of the most famous is the ICEHOTEL. This is rebuilt every winter, with this year being its 27th. The hotel has developed quite a bit since it first began, and now boasts a bar, an art gallery, and other unique features.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The cosmopolitan capital city of Argentina, Buenos Aires is always bursting with energy and activity, and oozes a sexiness that makes it perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway.
This city is made up of a combination of elements from South America and Europe, giving it an exotic elegance unlike that of any other city.
Of course, Buenos Aires is known as the Tango Capital of the World, and it almost seems as though the entire city begins to dance once the sun goes down. Signing yourself and your special someone up for a tango class is a great way to immerse yourselves in the local culture, while enjoying a romantic and passionate activity at the same time.
Not only is Buenos Aires great for dancing, but this is also where you will find the largest street market in all of South America. Known as the San Telmo Feria, this market is open every Sunday, with stores selling everything from leather crafts to one-of-a-kind antiques. Spend some time checking out the local neighborhoods too, as the colorful architecture, creative street art, and street-side tango dancers will no doubt take your breath away!
The Mataderos markets, which are held on Sundays too, are also worth a visit to experience some local gaucho culture. You will find everything from cattle traders to live folk bands here, along with some delicious barbecued food.
Speaking of food…
Beef is the main meat that is eaten in Argentina. In fact, every Argentinian eats, on average, about 70kg of beef a year!
It comes as no surprise then that you will find a steakhouse on just about every street in Buenos Aires, along with barbecue grills set up along the roadsides.
Not sure what to order?
Give the parrillada, which is also known as the mixed grill, a try. No matter where you go, a parrillada will give you the opportunity to try a number of delectable meaty dishes, and the chef will adjust the serving size to make it just the right amount for you and your partner.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for you and your special someone to explore a new destination together. Whether you decide to visit a warm, tropical island, or a snow-covered winter paradise, these six places promise to treat you to your most romantic Valentine’s Day yet.
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