ROMANCE AND COUPLES
Romantic Destinations to Travel to This Valentine’s Day
From lavish private beach picnics and dreamy beachfront dining by candle light, to sultry sunset cruises with cocktail in hand, hoteliers are more than happy to play cupid with ingenious romantic gestures to spoil their guests. So this Valentine’s Day, we bring you romantic holiday destinations fit for the occasion.
BY HIRANMAYII AWLI MOHANAN
Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel Venice
From the moment you arrive, you feel the sense of calm that pervades Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel, Venice – a true classic. This mood continues through the gardens, where the kids’ club is located – where works of art and sculpture are often showcased and where Casanova once held his clandestine trysts – onwards into the hotel’s vineyards and the hotel itself. Interiors are bedecked with delicately blown-glass and precious fabrics, where beautifully appointed rooms and suites all offer garden or lagoon views. From your classically elegant room or suite, you can explore the hidden wineries, tucked away boutiques and ancient grottos that are scattered across the area, and of course, take that all important romantic boat ride through the enchanting canals.
Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France brings a sophisticated ‘house party-style’ atmosphere to a slice of dazzling white sand that is unequivocally Caribbean. From the entrance hallway, with the sea framed at its end, this striking combination presents itself throughout with vintage French fabrics and sheer, natural linens which perfectly offset the vibrant blues of St Barths. Couples will adore spending time at this iconic, exclusive property, particularly if a romantic luxury holiday is the main focus for visiting this delightful Caribbean island. The hotel offers a number of experiences dedicated to adding unforgettably romantic memories to each couple’s stay, such as a day-long private yacht charter that includes dropping anchor at Petit Anse des Salines to enjoy a gourmet picnic on the beach, before heading back to the yacht to enjoy a spa treatment, returning to the hotel as the sun sets, glass of Champagne in hand. Private beach barbecue picnics can be arranged (with fireworks if required), while romantic spa experiences and personalised wine- tasting – culminating in a romantic meal with wine pairings at the hotel’s signature restaurant – are all available for couples to enjoy.
Boasting lush gardens, soft white-sand beaches and a tranquil lagoon fringed by gently swaying palm trees, Four Seasons Bora Bora Resort provides a true hideaway from the bustle of daily life. The luxury overwater bungalows blend classic Polynesian architecture with striking works of art, private plunge pools and deep-soaking baths, set beside sliding glass doors to maximise panoramic views of the lagoon. Situated on the beach, the two and three-bedroom bungalows offer private gardens and larger swimming pools. The lagoon setting of the spa is spectacular, with glass flooring beneath the treatment beds offering a window onto the teeming, tropical world swimming below. A range of more energetic activities, such as scuba-diving, kiteboarding, sailing and fishing, are also on offer for guests. Whether beginning a romantic journey or celebrating years of love, the beautiful island of Bora Bora is the ideal holiday location for couples. Visits can be personalised with an array of romantic activities, such as private in-bungalow dining, a Tahitian beach barbecue on a private islet or a signature Kahaia Haven Ritual Spa treatment in the privacy of guest accommodation.
Set beside a stunning stretch of shore, amidst landscaped gardens, fountains and pools, One&Only The Palm is a lush resort oasis — the perfect for your luxury Dubai holiday. With a Moorish-meets- Andalusian style of architecture and a contemporary, Arabian chic interior design, understated elegance exudes throughout. Unwind beside the stunning main pool, lined with palm trees and luxury cabanas, or feel the soft sand of the private swathe of beach beneath your feet. Away from the crowds and cars of urban Dubai, cherish tender moments in this intimate beachfront resort. The air of romance oozes from this exquisite address, a place where you can play in the sea and lounge on oversized daybeds and enjoy lavish private dinners relishing astonishing, Michelin- starred, food. Float away stress with a special couple’s spa treatment and explore the desert on camelback, the sun’s twilight rays glowing across the dunes.