Ray Bradbury once said that ‘we travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost’.
Put the spark back into your world with these 25 divine suggestions for romantic travel.
Ray Bradbury once said that ‘we travel for romance, we travel for architecture, and we travel to be lost’. From sailing the seven seas to starry nights in the south pacific, exploring the world can bind you to the one you love. We have curated a list of the most lavish romantic experiences you can enjoy across the globe.
Watch Northern Lights from bed in Kakslauttanen Finland
Could there be anything more romantic than cosying up beneath the blazing aurora borealis? The mystical Northern Lights are one of the seven wonders of the natural world; a vision of flashing gold and green across the midnight sky. At the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Lapland, you can watch the show from your own private glass igloo. The heated igloos boast soft beds, en-suite bathrooms and striking sky views. If you can tear yourself away from the arresting sight then there are snowy sleigh rides, simmering saunas, Santa’s Celebration House and five-star suppers to enjoy. kakslauttanen.fi
Take a sunrise balloon ride at Les Maisons de Cappadoce
Rising above gorgeous Goreme in the glow of first light is an otherworldly experience. The lunar like landscape of sculpted rock formations, towering limestone cliffs, and golden plains offers a stark contrast to the bright balloons scattered across the Turkish sky. Soar above the UNESCO open air museum, filled with rock churches and ancient frescoes dating back to the 10th century. Indulge in boutique bliss with a stay at Les Maisons de Cappadoce. Designed by French architect Jacques Avizou, the stunning cave dwellings are a vision of white washed walls, flickering fireplaces, and sweeping views over the fairy chimneys. cappadoce.com
Sail the Cinque Terre at Belmond Hotel Splendido
Italy’s poster child destination is best appreciated from the warm teak deck of a yacht. The vision of crumbling pastel painted houses clinging precariously to steep cliffs is mesmerising; especially in the warm summer months when the air is thick with the scent of lemons. Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza, and Monterosso – these are the villages that make up the famous five. Take a sailing trip around the coast – stopping at the finest seafood spots, splurging on soft leather sandals, and sipping limoncello on pretty piazzas. Be sure to check in at the Belmond Hotel Splendido over in nearby Portofino. The hotel is housed in a 16thcentury Benedictine monastery and offers lush gardens, swish suites, and harbour views. belmond.com
ALSO INCLUDED: Blanket Bay (New Zealand), Four Seasons Budapest, The Brando (Tahiti), The Ritz Hotel (London), Inverlochy Castle (Scotland), Katikies Hotel (Greece), Hoshinoya Kyoto (Japan), Burj Al Arab (Dubai), Umaid Bhavan Palace (India), Samode Palace (India), Belmond La Residence D’Angkor (Cambodia), Soneva Kiri (Thailand), The Racha (Thailand), Time + Tide Miavana (Madagascar), &Beyond Mnemba Island (Tanzania), Alexa Cruise (Indonesia), Trianon Palace (France), Hotel Tugu Lombok (Indonesia), Intercontinental Danang (Vietnam), Four Seasons Maldives, Soori Bali (Indonesia), Ponta Dos Ganchos (Brazil).
© This article was first published in the Oct-Nov 2017 edition of World Travel Magazine.