Red7 , January 27, 2014
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so to celebrate the annual love-fest we’re taking a look at some of the most romantic destinations in the world. Valentine’s Day has always been one of the most popular times of year for proposals, and the trend for popping the question in spectacular abroad destinations is increasing. This comes as no surprise after you’ve feasted your eyes on these romantically inclined getaways. Whether you’re looking for a spectacular place to propose, marry or even just enjoy a romantic escape for two, then these amorous destinations are sure to get you in the mood.
New York is a magical city. The sheer scale of it is awe-inspiring enough, so any spot with a good view of the city is a safe bet for romance. The classic view of New York is from the top of the Empire State Building, or if you’re looking for a particularly special New York dining experience with a view, then nowhere beats the exquisite River Café on One Water Street under the Brooklyn Bridge. Going out into the beautiful garden after dinner with a glass of champagne and taking in the view of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty is one of the most romantic experiences couples can enjoy on a New York break.
Of course, no Valentine’s trip to New York would be complete to the iconic lover’s playground of Central Park. Take a horse drawn carriage ride, glide out onto the boating lake or relax over a picnic, all in the shadow of the most famous cityscape in the world. We feel a proposal coming on already.
And if this romantic trip to New York does just so happen to bring on an engagement, then the iconic Tiffany’s jewellers is just around the corner.
The idyllic Island of Saint Lucia in the Caribbean is overshadowed by the stunning Pitons, overwhelmed with lush vegetation and palm trees, and surrounded by crystal white beaches and unbelievably blue waters. Yet Saint Lucia’s charm lies not just in its paradisal scenery, but the unique experiences the island has to offer.
The island offers a chance to visit the only drive-in volcano in the world, where couples can bathe in mineral-rich sulphur springs, relax in the warm volcanic waters beneath glittering waterfalls and spend afternoons exploring the paradise beneath the waves on diving trips to old Caribbean wrecks.
After a fantastic day exploring is perfected by returning to your hotel terrace overlooking the Pitons to watch the sunset and enjoy some delicious Saint Lucian cuisine, which has Creole, French and Indian influences, best served with a glass of iced Saint Lucian rum.
Paris’ reputation for being one of the most romantic cities in the world is not an exaggeration. Parisians pride themselves on their romantic and passionate way of life, and this combined with the impressive beauty of the city and the surprises around every corner make for an ideal atmosphere for a Valentine’s Day proposal. Picture strolling hand in hand down the Champs Eyysees, ducking into a cosy café or exploring a bohemian vintage market. No romantic trip to Paris is complete without seeing the sights, so start off your weekend with an awe-inspiring trip up the Eiffel Tower – one of the most popular proposal sight in Europe and a cruise along the River Seine.
However Paris has a picturesque and poetic spot for lovers to dawdle around every corner, so don’t be afraid to stray away from the tourist areas and go where the mood takes you. We love the Musee de la Vie Romantique, literally translated as the Museum of Romance, with it’s beautiful garden at the foot of Montmartre hill, and the view from under the ivy archways at the Musee Rodin, before wandering through the beautiful sculpture garden.
Finally, visit the lovers’ haunt of Parc des Buttes-Chaumant, with it’s fairytale clifftop temple, bridges, lake and rain shelters. The most perfect way to spend an afternoon in Paris is to take a picnic from a delicatessen and take a stroll through the park before settling to admire the view of Paris from the hilltop.
The breathtaking, poetic beauty of the Irish landscape has inspired fairytales, folklore and literature for centuries. Visitors cannot help but be moved by the ethereal beauty of Kilmarney Lake in County Kerry, or the deserted miles of beaches along the coast which have the ability to make couples like the only people on Earth.
Couples looking for a secluded Valentine’s retreat will love the warm hospitality of the tiny Irish fishing villages, where days are spent wandering the beaches and rolling hills, and warming up in the local traditional Irish pubs.
Lovers looking to give their trip a touch of fairytale extravagance can stay in one of Ireland’s magnificent castle hotels, or hike the mystical Mourne mountains, who’s untouched beauty make a humbling setting for a proposal.
Take your Valentine to Bali in Indonesia for one of the most unique romantic holiday experiences of a lifetime. Surrounded by pure white beaches to the south and incredible black sand beaches to the North, and a band of coral wreaths, lies a South East Asian island which manages to combine luxury with other-worldly natural beauty.
The Ubud Hanging Gardens is a luxury resort nestled into the Bali mountainside, with infinity pools jutting into the lush tropical forest.
Couples should climb the steps for the rewarding view of the Gunung Kawi, an ancient Hindu monument consisting of ornate shrines carved into the rockface, or seek out the enchanting Balinese temples.
Visitors to Bali find themselves quickly settling into the slow-paced way of life, making for an extraordinary holiday which feels a million miles away from home.
Finally, no list of the most romantic destinations on Earth would be complete without including the city of Venice, that water-encased, curious timecapsule which is regarded as one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
Couples who visit Venice for the first time are taken aback by it’s beauty. Getting lost in the Floating City’s dreamlike maze of narrow streets, ornate bridges and sweet, shaded piazzas is an imperative. Gondola rides are traditional for lovers in Venice, and a lovely experience if you don’t mind having your photograph taken by crowds of tourists and the hefty prices. It’s worth it for the once in a lifetime experience, and you’ll be too enraptured by each other to notice anybody else.
If you want to experience Venice in a weekend, then taking in Piazza San Marco and the view of the Grand Canal from Acadaemia Bridge is a must. Spend the rest of your time getting lost, dining in canal-side pavement restaurants and embracing the custom of afternoon aperitivo with a glass of wine or prosecco with beautifully prepared snacks with Venice’s cool crowd at Café del Vino Gia schiavi.