Tuesday, January 16, 2024

The Most Romantic Holiday Destinations

For a whirlwind of love visit The Islands of Tahiti

The Islands of Tahiti are undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations on Earth, so enjoying a romantic Valentine's Day at the Tahitian Islands is sure to create lasting and loving memories. Whether you opt for a romantic champagne cruise, savour the sunset while gliding on a stand-up paddleboard, or enjoy a delightful meal on the heart-shaped Tupai Island, this location truly stands as the ultimate romantic destination for your next Valentine's Day. Accessible exclusively via a scenic helicopter ride with Tahiti Nui Helicopters, it promises an unforgettable experience.

As the day winds down, make sure to catch the sunset as you venture back to your accommodation for a romantic dinner at any of the fine-dining restaurants, such as Le Lotus Restaurant or Restaurant Te Honu Iti for a beautiful setting and culinary delight that will leave you awe-inspired.

Some top picks for romantic getaways include the Intercontinental Tahiti Resort & Spa for one of the most luxurious resort experiences, the Four Seasons Bora Bora, where you can enjoy the most memorable stay in an overwater bungalow, or Sofitel Kia Ora Moorea Beach Resort which offers an intimate beachfront dinner, making for the most romantic Valentine's Day dinner. Love will undoubtedly fill the air during your stay at any of these idyllic retreats.

Pop over to New Caledonia for a romantic trip of French flare

Bring out the spontaneity in your relationship and book a trip to New Caledonia for Valentine's Day, an easy 2-hour flight to a little slice of France in the South Pacific - perfect for a quick romantic getaway!

Gather a basket of wine, cheese and gourmet chocolate - all of life's best things, and take a helicopter or ultra-light flight over the beautiful UNESCO-protected lagoon. The experience will leave you breathless as you gaze at the caleidoscope of blues and greens from below until you reach the famous Heart of Voh, a large mangrove shaped in the form of a heart. Take the option to stop off at a nearby island to relax and toast to love as you dip your feet into the sparkling waters beside you.

To completely round off the day, dine at the overwater bungalow restaurant Le Roof, the perfect spot for a romantic dinner at sunset. Enjoy sampling the delicious local cuisine and wines with a backdrop that will make leaving the destination that much harder.

To maximise the level of romance, why not book a stay in the only overwater bungalow in New Caledonia, the Doubletree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort or if you're after a more off-the-beaten-track accommodation option, check out the bubble tents at Les Bulles de Farino for a unique experience as you sleep under the stars in a clear dome.

Australia's next-door neighbour is the perfect international destination for a quick romantic holiday as it's accessible with a short flight from Brisbane in 2 hours, Sydney in 3 hours and Melbourne in 3,5 hours (this flight route is being restarted in December 2023).

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime experience with your loved one where no other holiday will even come close!

For the adventurous types, Majestic Whale Encounters hosts an Orcas & Lights Expedition to Norway where guests will have the chance to swim alongside whales and orcas and spot the Northern lights from the deck of the ship. Or treat you and your partner to a luxurious experience with their Gorillas in Rwanda Luxury Tour which will have guests sleeping in 5-star lodges and other unique stays whilst getting up close and personal with the most powerful primate in the world, the Gorilla. If it's whale swimming that has been on your bucket list forever, tick it off with your loved one during one of Majestic Whale Encounters' tours to Tonga. Majestic Whale Encounters has a number of tours to partake in proving that there is an experience that will be perfect for every couple.

Majestic Whale Encounters is a unique, female-led whale operator that is committed to providing unforgettable experiences and helping individuals unlock a deeper connection with the natural world. Not to mention it is a trip that has guests giving back every step of the way with the group's Compassion Project, an initiative that ensures they leave a lasting impact and support sustainable tourism practices.

Kick back and relax in an onsen in front of Mt Fuji in Shizuoka, Japan

The serenity of Japan makes it a great destination for couples wanting to connect with each other as well as nature. The Shizuoka Prefecture is located just 40 minutes from Tokyo via bullet train, and it's the perfect spot to add to the list on your trip to Japan. It is known for its numerous hot springs (onsen), which are believed to have therapeutic properties and the region is also where the famed Mt. Fuji is located. While exploring this region, you'll have the iconic mountain on the horizon at all times.

Visit the musical beating heart of Southern US, Memphis

A destination most won't immediately think of when considering a romantic holiday, the city of Memphis is a dark horse and hidden treasure for love and romance. As the home of Blues, Soul & Rock'n'Roll, the Tennessee city offers a symphony of experiences from live music and fine dining to horse-drawn carriage rides, leisurely river walks, and afternoon drinks, creating the perfect atmosphere for a truly romantic escape. Ideal for musical enthusiasts or those who love to sway with their special someone, this lively destination has been a muse for some of the most romantic tunes of all time, echoing the beats of legends like Elvis Presley, JT, and Don Bryant.

Begin your day with a horse-drawn carriage tour, a truly romantic way to explore the city's highlights such as the iconic Beale Street and the mighty Mississippi River. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Riverwalk, revelling in the scenic views and fresh air, creating an idyllic backdrop for your Valentine's Day. Immerse yourself in the rich musical history, and visit various museums including the Memphis Rock N Soul Museum and Stax Museum of American Soul Music. Of course, a trip is not complete without a visit to Graceland, the home of the King of Rock 'N' Roll, Elvis Presley.

Some top picks for accommodation while exploring all that Downtown Memphis has to offer include the historic Peabody Hotel where you can enjoy fine dining at Chez Phillipe, Peabody's renowned restaurant, for a romantic evening of exquisite food and wine. Arrive a bit earlier for pre-dinner drinks and witness the famous march of the hotel's five resident mallard ducks from 11 am to 5 pm - an extraordinary and unique experience for you and your partner to enjoy. Another spot worth checking out is the award-winning Arrive Hotel Memphis, which offers a boutique and trendy stay with delightful cuisine and expertly crafted cocktails available in its own bakery and lobby bar. Alternatively, indulge in the musical atmosphere at Central Station Memphis, equipped with an in-house DJ, thoughtfully curated playlists, and in-room speakers, providing the flexibility to transition between a slow dance or an energetic dance-off to suit you and your partner's varying moods.

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