Has Cupid taken aim and pierced your heart with his love-induced arrow? Have you met your soulmate are ready to come together as husband and wife? With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought I would help all the fellas out there with some ideas on where to whisk your wonderful lady off to, to make your proposal simply irresistible.
And if a romantic proposal isn’t on the cards, then why not consider one of these magical destinations to impress your loved one? I’ve got somewhere memorable for you, no matter what time of year you plan to get away.
Spring – Lake Garda
Lake Garda is the largest of the Italian lakes and is nestled between the Lombard plains, Alpine Trentino Alto-Adige and Veneto. You’ll discover exquisite natural beauty, from crystal clear waters in the south to rocky cliff faces in the north.
At the water’s edge are picturesque villages with medieval castles at the foothills of grand mountainous ranges, that set the most beautiful of scenes. For a romantic day out, head to Sirmione, one of the postcard-perfect towns dotted along the shore. With an abundance of architectural treasures including many beautiful churches, a castle and a Roman house built between the end of the 1st century BC and the 1st century AD, Sirmione is nothing short of impressive.
Be sure to visit Spa Termale Aquaria and enjoy the thermal springs too.
Or, for the ultimate proposal, head to Verona, the scene of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet; only 20 minutes away on the train.
Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli is an exclusive villa set in immaculate grounds. It offers guests Michelin-starred cuisine and elegantly decorated rooms with the most breathtakingly beautiful views. Rooms from £957 per night.
Summer – Zanzibar
A glittering jewel in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar has some of the finest beaches in the world. Spend your days worshipping the sun and swimming in the azure waters with luminous fish and coral reefs at your fingertips.
For the ultimate day out, take your love to a secluded stretch of beach where the sand is powdery and white, and the irresistible water is turquoise, and surprise her with a romantic picnic for two. Your resort will be able to help you coordinate this, or there are a number of local tour operators offering beach and sandbar picnics.
Nestled amongst the palm trees at the water’s edge, you will find Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa, on one of the most idyllic stretches of beach. The rustic timber villas in the luxurious boutique property (with only 11 rooms including six suites), have palm-thatched roofs and are surrounded by lush exotic jungle-like gardens. Rooms from £275.13 per night.
Autumn – Lisbon
Lisbon is quite the geological phenomenon. Bowl like in shape, it collects light refracted by the Tagus River and the surrounding hills. A city bathed in glowing light, in a valley of seven hills, Lisbon really is a magical place.
Being one of Europe’s oldest cities, you will find an abundance of history and culture, in addition to incredible weather, beautiful beaches, delicious cuisine, friendly locals and chic hotels.
Woo your love and jump on a vintage funicular. Wind through the narrow cobblestoned backstreets, as the tram screeches and rattles along, taking in the breathtaking views of the river and city below as you climb to dizzying heights. Head for Alfama, the oldest district in the city. Sandwiched between Sao Jorge Castle and the Tagus River, it is hopelessly romantic. You will find the streets lined with traditional Portuguese fado bars, playing lively music. They serve the most delicious cuisine for you to feast on. What could be dreamier?
Lx Boutique Hotel is spread out over five floors, each named after iconic Lisboa treasures. Each floor is uniquely decorated in the theme of its name. The designer hotel is hip and attracts a stylish youthful crowd. Rooms from €95 per night.
Winter – Caribbean
With over 700 islands (less than 10% actually occupied), the Caribbean is a delightful archipelago. You will find a colourful array of vibes unique to each island. Lush in emerald green vegetation, and turquoise waters with soft fine sand, it is exactly as you would conjure up the perfect tropical island.
Create unforgettable memories swimming with wild rays at Stingray City. Snorkel beyond the spectacular Antiguan coral reefs, with shoals of tropical fish, to a shallow sandy bay, where curious and friendly rays come to play and you have the opportunity to swim with or feed them.
Set in one of the most blissfully utopian places in the world, the simplicity of Jumby Bay is bound to steal your heart. On a secluded 300-acre private Caribbean island two miles from Antigua, you will find Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort Antigua. The haven has lush landscapes and white powder beaches. Rooms from £1,119 per night.
If you haven’t yet booked your romantic getaway, it’s never too late! Check directly with your favourite resorts for last minute deals, or keep an eye on websites such as Secret Escapes and Voyage Privé for up to 70% off rack rates! Best of luck with your Valentine’s Day proposal, and be sure to let me know how you go.
Until next time, safe travels.
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