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This Valentine's day we’re all about being whisked away to one of the worlds most romantic retreats. When it comes to striking up romance, we’re talking honey-coloured sands, rolling blue surf, swaying palms, four-poster beds – and all the clichés you can squeeze in.
From snuggling up beneath the Northern Lights to blissing out on the bohemian shores of Mexico, we have collected some of our favourite romantic retreats around the world to make your Valentine's day a memory worth savouring…
The Buubble Hotel, Iceland
Nope, it’s not a spelling error and yes it is truly spectacular. Iceland’s Buubble Hotel is unlike any place you’ve ever rested your head.
A double bed encased beneath the silvery smear of the Milky Way, deep in the shaded forests an hour west of Reykjavik. With the sky as your ceiling, thermostatic heating, and trips to the glimmering Golden Circle and drifting in the steamy floating lagoon, this is one of those winter warmer wonders that will stay with your forever.
Papaya Playa Project, Mexico
Sometimes romance looks like the jungle has curated a heavenly twisted wood haven. Treehouses stashed amid thickets of green, shimmering private pools inviting dawn; plunging, creaky porches with first-class ocean views; and fully sustainable style everywhere you turn – the Papaya Playa Project is soaked in romance.
With interiors dressed and designed to be truly in-keeping with Mexican artisan culture, the sugar soft sands right on your doorstep, and one of the coolest beach clubs in town (complete with internationally renowned full moon parties), you run the much-welcomed risk of never leaving these shores.
Treehouse Penthouse and African Safari
Nothing says Golden Age of Romance quite like canvas walls, khaki shorts, sundowners, and the silhouettes of long-necked giraffes against a sunburnt sky. Imagine staying in a Treehouse Penthouse while out on an African Safari.
Deep in the velvet thickets of the Kruger National Park, you and your lover can indulge in candlelit dinners in the canopy, go on glorious dawn game drives, and sleep in sheer comfort beneath the bloom of a billion stars. Memories like these don’t come around every day, but this one is sure to be the jewel in the crown of your love story.
Vamizi Island Paradise, Mozambique
If traditional slithers of sun-soaked paradise are more your thing, then Mozambique’s Vamizi Island is always a hit. Sitting pretty in the Quirimbas Island, you can expect silver sands, turquoise waters, the heady scent of spice, and bright reefs that look like underwater wildflower meadows. It really is that magical.
And of course, in keeping with the theme of desert island dreams, you need not share your secret slip with few others. Having your own dedicated team including a private chef and chauffeur means that you will be up to your ears in luxury. When you tire of gazing into each other’s eyes, there’s meltingly good wellness treatments, epic snorkelling sessions, castaway island picnics, private beaches, and community visits to keep you more than entertained. Sign us up.
Jade Mountain, St Lucia
Lush St Lucia never fails to make an impression. From the towering twins of the pointed Pitons to the sparkle of the Caribbean Sea, and the glorious meeting of jungle and beach. Jade Mountain is considered to be one of the very best romantic hideaways in the whole of the Caribbean.
Sitting on a steep hillside that tumbles down to a silver-streaked beach and with views that practically frame The Pitons, you couldn’t dream up a better destination. With a design that looks straight out of a James Bond film, around the clock access to a bevvy of butlers, drinks beneath the Milky Way on the celestial terrace, and even a chocolate-making laboratory on your doorstep, you are sure to be more than satiated with the billion shades of romance on offer at Jade Mountain.
Martian Glamping, Wadi Rum
For romance that doesn’t come with the tangle of salty ocean hair, head instead to the depths of the desert and stay at the utterly unique Martian Glamping in Wadi Rum.
The Sun City Camp occupies prime real estate in the golden dunes of South Jordan’s deliriously dreamy desert landscape. Futuristic domes take the place of your usual tired and tested luxury hotel, meaning that you can slot yourself right into a Rogue One style setting. Boutique bedrooms, burnt orange mountain scenes, hot-air balloon rides, sunrise yoga, and straight-up star gazing make this the ultimate bucket list hideaway for couples who are seeking truly epic experiences.
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