Kindle a little romance and get the fires of passion burning with these dreamy destinations, private journeys and experiences built for two.
1. The Staycation: Victoria
In Canada, it seems that Victoria is where the heart is. Amazon.ca, in a 2019 ranking of the Top 20 most romantic cities in Canada through sales data, found that the BC island capital city took top spot for the seventh consecutive year. According to the survey, Victoria’s citizens purchase the most romance novels and relationship books, romantic comedy DVDs, jewelry, romantic CDs and sexual wellness products. www.tourismvictoria.com; www.amazon.ca
3. The City: Prague
Like Paris, Prague has a bridge. Not just any bridge, mind you. You’d pretty much be able to say that about almost any European city where a river runs through it. This bridge is different. A bridge of love, d’amour. It’s laced with locks, their steely arched arms gripping the links of the fencing and railing like a warm embrace, an embrace symbolizing commitment, a need to hold on, of never letting go. Yes, this is Prague, a city that has been compared to Paris in many other ways. Architecture, cultivated cuisine, a beer-brewing history that’s like so much wine poured in the City of Light.
Isn’t it romantic? But, unlike Paris, the bridge of love here is not so easy to find. We are fortunate enough to have a guide, a local Prague-ite who knew exactly where it is. And that is the beauty of travel, but travel done in a way that makes sense in our time-crunched world. Get an expert to help you in the discovery, leave the details like luggage, transportation and even language translation to an expert. www.prague.eu
4. The Resort: InterContinental Hayman Island Resort, Australia
It’s Sunday in the Whitsundays. “Sun” seems to be the common denominator, the operative word here. The Whitsundays, are a tiny gaggle of islands, fuzzy pale green dots anchored in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland, in the north east of Australia, a snorkel’s swim away from the Great Barrier Reef. It’s sunny on Hayman Island, too, the most northerly of the Whitsundays, where the population is made up of R and R seekers and those that do their best to service that need.
Exclusive, private, lush, tropical, reclusive, all words that evoke a sense of getaway, of peace, of romance.
But isn’t that the point? When we seek the solace of a holiday, there are times in our lives that go beyond the practical, a time to infuse a little romantic getaway time, when a milestone should be celebrated, or perhaps even more critical: while the world keeps spinning round, sometimes it’s just time to get off, stop, breathe. Go far, spend time. Do nothing. And everything. The sky’s the limit. haymanisland.intercontinental.com
5. The Fireplace: in New York City
If your idea of a little romance is a cuddle with your lover by a roaring fire, then we’ve got your answer. The Royalton New York, a Morgans Hotel Group property, introduces the first-ever artisanal fireplace program: Royalton Fireplace, a full sensory immersion. Located in midtown Manhattan, the boutique Royalton New York – a boutique property that also features 55 wood-burning fireplaces in its guest rooms, the most of any NYC hotel – has introduced The Fireplace Sachet, developed in partnership with Brooklyn-based Wood Sommelier Ted Whitehead (aka The Woodman). Five wood types allow guests to customize their in-room fires/scents. A menu of small plates and craft cocktails are paired to complement each scent. The Fireplace concierge will give you the choice of Oak, Pecan, Maple, Hickory, Apple or “Burn Baby Burn” Cherry wood. Romantic, indeed.
6. The Island Retreat: in the Bahamas
Bahamas is close enough for a long, romantic weekend, and at Meliá Nassau Beach All-inclusive, sun-seekers will find a beachside resort undergoing a $19 million makeover. “It is all about the guest at Melia Nassau Beach All-Inclusive,” says General Manager Pablo Cogolludo. “We have made significant improvements to the property, further demonstrating our commitment to providing guests with the added value they seek at an all-inclusive. We strive to exceed guests’ expectations, hopefully resulting in them extending their stay at our resort.”
8. The Crown Jewel: Your own Private London
Tully Luxury Travel, a Canadian-based luxe travel agency, has a division that owner Mary Jean Tully has coined the Private Travel Designers. It’s bespoke travel to the max: “This option allows travellers to create the most extraordinary journeys through Tully’s relationships with the very best airlines, hotels, resorts, car services, and tour providers.” In addition to fine dining, a breathtaking Cirque Du Soleil performance or evening perusing London’s Orchid Festival are great ways to create a memorable getaway.