BRECON BEACONS COUNTRYSIDE STAYCATION
The Brecon Beacons National Park is the ideal country escape for couples looking for a romantic staycation. Just a two and half hour journey from London, visitors can explore the expansive park, comprising over 500 square miles of beautifully serene and secluded countryside, impressive waterfalls, valleys and caves. Couples can enjoy a narrow boat trip down the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal before heading back for a night at the impressive Gliffaes Country House Hotel. Nestled within 33 acres of land, couples can spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the grounds, and in the evening, can wrap up in blankets and enjoy an evening of stargazing. The National Park has been recognised as one of only 11 international ‘Dark Sky Reserves’ in the world and offers visitors the chance to see spectacular displays throughout the park.
(www.breconbeacons.org / www.gliffaeshotel.com/)
LUXURY JAPAN WITH PRINCE HOTELS & RESORTS
Those wanting to tick off a bucket-list destination with a loved one this year should look no further than Japan. Couples can stroll around Tokyo, sampling the local delicacies from fresh sashimi to warming ramen, or head to one of the city’s key hotspots, including the new Toyosu Market, the luxury shopping complex Ginza Six, the Imperial Palace, Kappabashi Street and the Meiji Shrine. After a busy day of exploring, loved ones can stay at The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, Prince Hotel’s flagship property. Towering spectacularly over the bustling city, the rooms offer breath-taking views across the capital, perfect for couples wanting to escape the urban jungle below. Couples wanting a truly unforgettable experience can stay in The Designer Suite, which offers panoramic views across to the Imperial Palace and to Tokyo’s tallest structure, Tokyo Skytree. The impressive bathrooms have been designed with glass walls so that guests can look out at the stunning cityscape whilst enjoying a glass of bubbles in baths large enough to fit two people. The hotel also offers a relaxing adult-only spa and pool, located on the 33rd floor, where couples can enjoy an afternoon of pampering. (www.princehotels.com/en/kioicho/)
FOLLOW THE STARS TO ARIZONA
With breath-taking scenery and world-class luxury that has attracted celeb royalty from around the world, including Beyoncé and Jay Z, Arizona is the ultimate romantic destination for couples. Renowned for its unprecedented stargazing, Tucson is a city full of beauty and romance waiting to be explored. With awe-inspiring mountain vistas, sparkling pools and lush gardens, the historic Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson is a true ‘off the beaten track’ resort perfect for couples. From candlelit dinners to strolling through dozens of downtown art galleries, another of Arizona’s cities, Scottsdale, is a five-star getaway that offers guests a whole host of spectacular experiences from fine dining to luxury spa treatments. Make this year truly memorable and visit one of the world’s most iconic destinations, the Grand Canyon. Home to jaw-dropping views, it is a bucket-list destination not to be missed. Adventurous couples can raft down the Colorado River or hike the North Kaibab Trail. With such fantastic offering available, Arizona is the perfect romantic getaway. (www.visitarizona.com)
AMARI BOUTIQUE HOTEL STAYS IN THE MALDIVES, SRI LANKA AND THAILAND
From infinity pools overlooking the ocean, to sunset dining and private spas, Amari hotels provide the perfect setting for romantic holidays. Amari’s destinations include traditional romantic hotspots in The Maldives and Sri Lanka, as well as exotic destinations in Thailand and China. A desert island paradise with golden sands and turquoise waters, there’s nowhere quite as charming as the Maldives and a snap by a private infinity pool overlooking the ocean will be sure to cause the ultimate holiday envy back home. Or make the most of the idyllic beachfront site at Amari Galle Sri Lanka with a candlelit meal overlooking the Indian Ocean after watching the sun set from Amari’s rooftop bar. The saying, ‘Close enough, yet far from it all…’ is synonymous to the setting of Amari Phuket, located on a tranquil stretch of Patong beach. Amari Breeze Spa’s wooden couples’ massage salas are tucked between trees and separated by a garden walkway, providing complete seclusion for unforgettable moments.
QUAINT CANADIAN OUTDOORS ADVENTURE IN ONTARIO
Ontario, Canada, is home to some of the world’s most beautiful retreats. Niagara-on-the-Lake is perfect for couples looking to experience true romance. Couples can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride through the town and visit the surrounding vineyards before indulging in a candle-lit dinner at one of the region’s famous wineries. Ontario is the ultimate outdoor destination for adventurous couples and boasts some of the most pristine natural landscapes including 334 stunning provincial parks and six national parks. There is also an array of exquisite food trails, restaurants and bustling markets for couple looking to indulge in top quality cuisines. Create an unforgettable memory and propose at the world-famous wonder Niagara Falls or by the crystal-clear lakes, the stunning forests and scenic towns of the Ontario province, one of the most diverse and beautiful places in the world.
LAS VEGAS GLITZY GETAWAYS
Known as the ‘entertainment capital of the world’, Las Vegas is home to a whole host of romantic activities and world-class restaurants for couples looking for an intimate, yet show-stopping getaway. Maverick Helicopters has partnered with the Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas to introduce the Natural Wonder Experience, an exclusive luxury helicopter flight and culinary experience featuring remote Grand Canyon and Valley of Fire landings. The three-hour excursion is the perfect couples’ activity and includes private transportation from the hotel to Maverick Helicopter’s Las Vegas terminal, where guests depart on a private service to the Valley of Fire. Wolfgang Puck’s legendary restaurant Spago has also opened the doors to its newest outlet at Bellagio Resort & Casino, where couples can enjoy a romantic meal for two. The new restaurant offers an elevated experience, featuring an open air patio with great views of the iconic Fountains of Bellagio. (www.visitlasvegas.com / www.fourseasons.com / www.maverickhelicopter.com)
MAURITIUS’ INDIAN OCEAN SWIM-UP SUITES
With miles of white sand beaches, surrounded by lush forests and dramatic volcanic peaks, it’s no surprise that Mauritius was named the ‘World’s Most Romantic Destination’ at the 2018 World Travel Awards. The Victoria Beachcomber Resort and Spa offers an adult-only wing, the Victoria for Two. The accommodation consists of 40 two-person terraced rooms, each of which opens up to the marine park and private beach. 17 of these are the first Swim-Up rooms to launch on the island, are sea-facing and open up onto an 800m2 swimming pool. The new concept has been designed to meet the needs of a different type of clientele – the couple travelling child-free and desiring quiet, comfort and a breadth of facilities. For an extra special treat whilst at the hotel, enjoy the breadth of couples’ spa experiences.
(www.tourism-mauritius.mu / beachcomber-hotels.com)
NASHVILLE’S CHARMING MUSICAL EXPERIENCE
For a Valentine’s Day getaway that’s sure to be a hit, visitors to Nashville, one of British Airways newest and most exciting US city destinations, can unleash their inner vocalist and record a song for their loved one in Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. Guests join the ranks of music royalty who have performed at the venue (including Keith Urban, Coldplay and Taylor Swift to name a few) by belting out a classic, or performing their own original composition in the studio. The track will be recorded by a professional sound engineer so that a loved one can take home their Ryman Record CD (labelled with their name and song, of course) as a romantic keepsake to remember the moment.
QUEBEC OFFERS WORLD’S ‘COOLEST’ COUPLES’ ESCAPE
Couples will need to keep cosy with their loved one in Canada’s Québec City, while staying at the Ice Hotel (‘Hotel de Glace’), the only ice hotel in North America entirely made of ice and snow. The structure takes 50 workers, including fifteen sculptors, six weeks to build and requires over 30,000 tons of snow. It features 45 rooms and suites, an outdoor Nordic area with hot tubs and a sauna, an Ice Bar, an Ice Chapel, a Grand Hall and a Grand Ice Slide. Guests can choose between a standard room, themed suite, premium themed suite with a fireplace or upgrade to the Premium Deluxe Arctic Spas suite with fireplace and its own private spa. A range of romantic winter activities for visitors to the area include skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
(www.valcartier.com/en/accommodations/ice-hotel/ / www.quebecoriginal.com/en-gb)