Add a little romance to your life with our top 5 romantic destinations.
LIGHT A SKY LANTERN ON THE BEACH IN THAILAND
Traditional sky lanterns are launched across Thailand for celebrations and to bring good luck, and there’s no better way to mark a special occasion than to launch your own lantern in to the night sky. Made out of rice paper and a bamboo frame, the lanterns can drift for miles in a breeze before gently returning to the ground once the candle has gone out. The most popular time to launch a sky lantern is during the Loi Krathong festival in November, but lanterns are available in most beach resorts year-round – our suggestion would be to head for Krabi, and watch your lantern rise above a backdrop of island and outcrops of Phang Nga Bay.
HOT AIR BALLOON OVER THE MASAI MARA, KENYA
A safari is a special travel experience, and a balloon ride over the plains of Africa is truly something else – a real ‘once in a lifetime’ experience when the romance of travel goes in to overdrive. Your hot air balloon will take off as the sun rises over the Masai Mara, and you’ll glide just above tree height as the animals below start to stir. Drift silently with the breeze and see zebra, hippo, elephant, lion and a myriad of other creatures, undisturbed by your presence. As you land you’ll be greeted with a glass of bubbly and breakfast in the bush - the perfect setting to pop the question, perhaps!
PRIVATE DINING AT THE SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY, VIETNAM
On a remote peninsula only accessible by boat from the Vietnamese mainland, Ninh Van Bay is home to the gorgeous Six Senses, the Country’s most exclusive resort and one of the most romantic settings imaginable. If you can drag yourself away from your beautiful villa with its own private pool and magnificent views across the bay, take a longtail boat around to the hotels private beach at Bai Nho, where you can have the place to yourself – apart from your own chef and butler to prepare and serve your dinner, of course. Quite possibly the most romantic meal you’ll ever have – the Vietnamese tiger prawns are to die for!
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY IN HAVANA
The home of salsa and rumba, Cuba is an island with a passion for dance, where you’ll hear music at every turn. Spend a few days exploring its vibrant capital, Havana, and immerse yourself in the beat of the City. Take your dance partner to the Casa De La Musica in the Miramar district of Havana to see how the experts do it, or take a class to improve your own skills. Otherwise, sit back with a cool Mojito and watch the world go by from the pavement café at the Hotel Inglaterra, a Havana institution.
ESCAPE THE CROWDS ON THE BEACHES OF ZANZIBAR
There are few places to get away from it all these days, but the beautiful island of Zanzibar has a few hidden gems that are perfect for a romantic retreat. Tucked away on the southwest coast, Fumba beach is peaceful and relaxed, where the only crowds you’re likely to see are of dolphins and turtles. On the east coast, Pongwe beach is picture-postcard perfect, where a crescent of the whitest sand is backed by swaying palm trees, with hammocks strung between the trees. Both beaches have simple accommodation with few mod-cons – it’s just you and your other half!
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