Beat the blues by booking a break for two
Looking for a romantic getaway for you and your loved one ahead of Valentine’s Day? Whether you see yourselves exploring the cobbled streets of a medieval city or sipping cocktails on a secluded beach, these luxurious retreats should inspire you…
Not only is this Italian city breathtakingly beautiful, but it’s the location of one of the most romantic stories ever told – Romeo and Juliet. In fact, you and your loved one can walk hand in hand to ‘Juliet’s balcony’ where you can place your hand on the breast of the statue of the star-crossed lover – believed to bring good luck in love.
When it comes to classic romance, nothing compares to a beautiful sunset. And Santorini is arguably the best place in the world to watch one, especially if you’re with the person you love the most. Head over for a sundowner to the white-washed rooftops of Oia, a small fishing village overlooking the Aegean Sea, to witness the striking display.
The romantic capital of Belgium, Bruges offers traditional romance for those who want a slower pace of life. Everything from the beautifully preserved Medieval square to the numerous winding canals can be reached by foot. That is, unless you’d rather take a ride along the water on one of the many city boat tours.
While raucous nights in the crowded pubs of Temple Bar may initially spring to mind, that’s not to say that Ireland’s capital doesn’t also boast a rich romantic heritage. After all, St Valentine himself is buried there. As the city is home to greats such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, a literary pub crawl will show you and your partner Dublin’s romantic side through the sights that inspired these writers.
Forget red roses and white doves, if it’s a more heated romance you desire then sizzling city Buenos Aires is sure to ignite the passions. An ideal spot for seduction, its streets are adorned with sophisticated European architecture and beautiful strangers. Try al fresco dining and a masterclass in super-sensuous Argentine Tango.
For centuries Bath has been a playground for the rich and hedonistic, making it an ideal spot for a decadent break. For civilised romance try high tea in one of the city’s many grand libraries or halls, or a relaxing massage at the Roman Baths spa. Bath also has some of the most luxurious bars and restaurants in the UK, so after a day of pampering you can wine and dine your own Mr Darcy/Lizzie Bennet.
Isle Of Skye
Not only does it offer rich greenery and a breathtakingly dramatic coastline, the Isle Of Skye is also the setting of many a romantic Scottish legend. Take, for example, the Old Man of Storr, a rock formation which is believed to be carved into the face of O’Sheen, a man who died of grief when his beloved wife passed away.
White-washed beaches, sparkling azure sea, palm trees blowing in the wind…. Bora Bora is as close to paradise as you can get. For couples who often miss out on quality time due to their hectic lives, true romance means spending some time with only each other as a distraction – and this is the perfect place in which to do it.
While it may not be as exotic as some destinations, the Lake District is still an all-time favourite with many British travellers thanks to its peaceful atmosphere, scenic views and quintessentially British charm. Lovers can embark on one of the many picturesque walking trails, go horse riding around the lake, or – if you’re feeling flush – take a Champagne balloon ride above the lakes.
The city of lights has been the number one romantic destination for centuries and it’s showing no sign of giving this up. Stroll down the majestic Champs-Elysées, enjoy views over the city from Montmartre, or simply people-watch from one of the city’s quaint cafes. Even the most cynical lovers can’t help but be charmed by the ever-superior and undeniably romantic Paris.