From Provence to Central Park
This past Valentine’s Day had us in a romantic mood, and it got us to thinking about the most swoon-worthy places in the world. We all have that one place–a particularly romantic far-flung spot that left an indelible mark on our hearts and minds. Perhaps it was a vacation with the “one that got away,” the “one you dodged,”or your current love.
Long Tables and Short Romances
I have particularly fond memories of a long-table dinner on an antiquated farm in Provence, France (buckets of Rosé!) and a sweet summer picnic in New York’s Central Park. While those exes have faded, the memories of those perfectly romantic al fresco moments are as clear and intact as ever.
Our Best Selves
There’s just something about travel and romance that go hand in hand. The setting, the cuisine, the lack of stress, the drinks–we’re often the best versions of ourselves when abroad (and tipsy)!
Every Day is Valentine’s Day
So, whether you’re in a new relationship or you’ve been together forever, we thought we’d share our thoughts on some of the most romantic destinations in the world. It may just inspire you to infuse a little love into your travel! When you’re on vacation, every day can be Valentine’s Day!
A tropical beach getaway is always a good recipe for romance (as long as you have a few months to get into bathing suit shape)! We suggest one of Bali’s best-kept secrets: Echo Beach. Located below a series of outcrops, this beach is secluded and a welcome respite from the crowded tourist beaches. Let romance bloom away from the masses.
If beaches aren’t your thing, we’d highly recommend the enchanted and fairytale-like Brugge. For those unfamiliar with Brugge, it’s in Belgium. You know, the place with the greatest chocolate in the world!
Cobblestones and Canals
Quite simply, Brugge was made for Romance. With its winding cobblestone streets, open public squares, picturesque houses and stunning architecture, there really is only one word that adequately describes this town–quaint. To really amp up the romance factor, we suggest taking a boat ride through the canals and perhaps a romantic dinner for two at the famous De Karmeliet (make sure to reserve well in advance).
For those of you who are a bit more adventurous with your romance, you’ll want to consider Kerala, India! As if from out of a romantic Indian myth, cruise the picturesque Kerala backwaters from a luxurious and comfortable houseboat! The Taj Mahal isn’t the only romantic edifice in India!
Hotel Wailea, Maui,
Hawaii is an obvious choice for a romantic getaway, but if you really want to up your cupid game, we’d think you may want to look into Hotel Wailea! The Relais and Chateaux is a breathtaking romantic sanctuary set on 15 acres of gardens, 300 feet above sea level, boasting views of three islands. This place was built with romance in mind with its deep soaking tubs for two, private lanais, stream-side gazebo massages and so much more. Another perk? It’s an “adult only” hotel. We love kids, but let’s face it, nothing ruins the mood more than a screaming kid!
Share the Love!
There are so many more places we could mention, but we’d have to write a book! We’ll have to save the rest for next Valentine’s Day! If you have any romantic getaway locations you like to share, we’d love to hear about them!