It’s the beginning of the year and, with the holiday season now a distant memory, any days off are a luxury. Thankfully, Valentine’s Day provides a great excuse to get away and spend some much-needed one-on-one time with that special someone. Here, we bring you a choice of 14 romantic destinations to escape to with your other half. Fly off to a deserted island in Fiji or nestle into an intimate lodge in the lush countryside of New Zealand. Indulge in an open-air couples massage overlooking the Aegean Sea in Bodrum or swim with dolphins in Maui. Whatever you choose, leave your worries behind and make this trip about you and yours.
Pack a bag and escape to one of the breathtaking destinations in our gallery above for a few days of unforgettable scenery, delectable cuisine, and romance, of course.
Surrounded by deserted beaches, Yasawa Island Resort & Spa is a breathtaking island to escape to with that special someone. Indulge in a private picnic on a nearby, untouched shore, explore the stunning Blue Lagoon Caves underneath a volcanic peak (where Hollywood film The Blue Lagoon was shot), and swim through its hidden chambers. With no such thing as a ‘basic’ room, you and your plus one are sure to be spoiled at this stunning resort.
Experience relaxation and romance like never before when you are whisked away in a private dhoni to the resort’s own Spa Island, where Guerlain has created treatments exclusively for the hotel. After your exclusive treatment, sail back to your private island villa where a candlelit dinner awaits you and that special someone.
The stunning Amalfi Coast, a stretch of coastline in southern Italy, is a popular romantic destination for newlyweds. But who’s to say that you can’t enjoy this picturesque destination on February 14? Stay at La Sirenuse, a beautiful boutique hotel set 70 meters above the sea, where each suite boasts a private balcony with a view of the beautiful Positano Bay.
Located on the exquisite island of Koh Samui in Thailand, the W Retreat Koh Samui stretches across more than 14km of pristine beach. With lavish pool villas overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, you’ll forget all your worries and have time to focus on just the two of you. Indulge in a private six-course meal on the beach or have dinner brought to you for that extra touch of romance.
It’s hard not to include the ‘City of Love’ in a list like this. What better place to be tête-a-tête than in the city that emanates romance? Formerly a private home, the luxurious Hotel Particulier Montmartre is surrounded by an exceptional private garden and features just five suites – perfect for those looking for some intimate quality time. Escape to the most deluxe suite of the hotel, located on the highest floor, where you can daydream as you enjoy a panoramic view of Paris.
Nestled in the historic southern region of Andalusia, Hotel Alfonso XIII was originally opened in 1928 to host royalty and international dignitaries. The palatial getaway boasts incredible mosaic walls, hand-painted tiling, beautiful balconies, plush gardens, and a romantic Andalusian-style courtyard surrounded by orange trees. The main avenue of Seville is just a stone’s throw away from the hotel steps, where ancient landmarks such as the gothic Seville Cathedral lay. Explore the charming streets of the city and then enjoy a delectable dinner in the hotel’s courtyard, where you’re sure to fall in love all over again.
Canaves Oia Hotel sits upon a cliff in Santorini – the most popular of Greece’s Cycladic Islands – facing a colossal volcano in the Aegean Sea. Enjoy your own private pool as you look out onto the infinite landscape of oceanic paradise, and relish in the most breathtaking sunsets the world has to offer. Known for its quaint whitewashed houses, cobblestone streets, and bright blue rooftops, Santorini is the perfect place to forget the world and reconnect with your partner.
Maçakizi Hotel lies on the waterfront of the beautiful port town of Bodrum, Turkey. Offering magnificent views of the emerald-colored Aegean Sea on the Bodrum peninsula, this hotel oozes romance from every point – the rooms, restaurants, and even the bathrooms offer waterfront views that will leave you both pinching yourselves. Savor a culinary journey from Chef Aret Sahakyan with his blend of Turkish and Mediterranean flavors, or work on your tan as you enjoy a dreamy outdoor couples massage.
If you’re looking for a cooler escape this Valentine’s Day, jet off to L’Apogée Courchevel, located in the heart of the French Alps. As you descend upon one of the largest ski hubs in the world, you will arrive to your mountain getaway via private airstrip. The newly opened ski resort is perched atop an Olympic ski jump and features stunning chalets with private butlers. Cozy up by the fireplace in your spacious suite, or indulge in the rooftop outdoor jacuzzi with scenic views of the Alps before enjoying an exquisite cuisine by world-class chefs.
Frequented by the rich and famous, Portofino is a stunning little gem on the Italian Riviera. This small, yet picturesque, fishing town has a stunning harbor and is the perfect retreat to rekindle the romance. Stay in the renowned Hotel Splendido’s Ava Gardner Suite to experience incomparable views of the gorgeous waterfront from your spacious terrace. Spend your day in the wellness center for some R&R and then be whisked away in the hotel’s private motorboat, the Chris-Craft Corsair 36, to cruise around the deep-blue waters of Portofino.
Perched on the rim of the illustrious Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, lies this stunning hotel. Surrounded by a conservation area of untouched African wilderness covering more than 8,000km, the andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge features private butler services, three magnificent safari camps, and unforgettable views that will take your breath away. Enjoy a private dinner in the savanna with rose petals at your feet and your own tent for the evening.
Beat the jet lag from your long trip to Maui at the beautiful Four Seasons. Spend your first day letting go of the real world by relaxing in the hotel’s soothing spa. After exploring the exotic landscape of plush greenery, waterfalls, and picturesque vistas of Hawaii’s largest island, soak up the sun on the hotel’s pristine beach. If you’re both feeling adventurous, enjoy a ‘snuba’ excursion or swim with wild dolphins for an experience you will cherish forever.
The Huka Lodge, nestled away in the lush countryside of New Zealand, is the place to be for ultimate tranquility. Once a fishing lodge, the luxurious hotel sits next to the serene Waikato River on eight hectares of private parkland and lush greenery. Each of the hotel’s 20 rooms and suites has a private garden space, just mere steps from the flowing river. Book your stay at the Huka Lodge through The Exclusive Travel Group for a bespoke travel experience.
After arriving at your beachfront suite in the Esperanza hotel, take a dip in your private, infinity-edge, hot tub. In the morning, ring your personal concierge to arrange breakfast on your ocean view terrace for some quality couple time. Then, when you need some time just for you, let your man have his downtime in the nearby championship-level golf courses while you receive a rejuvenating massage and facial at the award-winning Cabo Spa. For a fun activity to experience together, sign up for a hands-on cooking class with Executive Chef Gonzalo Cerda.