Every year on 14 February, millions of people send their Valentine’s Day cards, red roses and gifts to celebrate the world-famous day of romance, but for those wishing to truly spoil their loved ones, a romantic getaway for two is a must. L+T in collaboration with Booking.com reveals 10 romantic destinations around the world to indulge your loved one this Valentine’s Day.
Known as the city of love, Paris is a must visit for any lovers seeking a romantic destination this Valentine’s Day. Top attractions to celebrate this special day include taking a trip to the Musée du Louvre, having a picture taken in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower, visiting the medieval Notre-Dame Cathedral or taking a scenic boat tour down the beautiful River Seine.
While Bangkok may not be the first destination that springs to mind for romantic getaways, the energetic and enticing capital of Thailand offers a lot more than just a lively nightlife and full moon parties. The city is packed with restaurants, five-star hotels and spas, boat cruises and historic temples. The Grand Pearl Cruise is a must – this luxury river cruise and dining experience serves dinner under the moonlight to live music and traditional Thai dance. For something a little different the Moon Bar offers an al fresco rooftop dining experience, high above the city boasting panoramic views of the nightlife and vibrant lights of Bangkok.
With its historic cobble stoned streets, entwining canals, tandem bicycles and world-class museums, it’s no surprise that Amsterdam is a favourite for romantic city trips for two. Soak up the city’s atmosphere with a stroll through the beautiful Vondelpark, visit the famous flower market and pick a bouquet of traditional tulips for your partner or take a romantic boat cruise on Amsterdam’s famous canals.
The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is like no place on earth, with pearl-dust beaches, turquoise hued waters, luxury resorts, breath-taking waterfalls and a plethora of tropical marine life. For the ultimate romantic gesture dine on the beach with your toes in the powder soft sands watching the spectacular sunsets. Or take a stroll through the diamond botanical garden, home to a mineral bath, nature trail, and the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean. The diamond botanical garden really is a tropical oasis perfect for exploring this Valentine’s Day.
Prague, Czech Republic
Boasting wonderful sites and first-class restaurants, Prague is full of culture, history and nightlife. The city’s baroque castle looms over a cityscape that’s straight from a fairy tale with its century-old architecture including Prague Castle, St Vitus Cathedral, National Monument and the Old Town Hall.
Barcelona is an obvious choice for couples wishing to celebrate Valentine’s Day, with its glorious climate and lively beach culture, there are ample activities to keep everyone entertained. Visit the idyllic Parc de la Ciutadella, take a picnic in this green oasis or a romantic boat ride on the lake. Or perhaps take a day trip to Cadaques for a picturesque harbour town, boutique al fresco dining and old town fishing villages.
Climb aboard a gondola, put your arm around your loved one and be bewitched by the enchanting beauty of Venice. With secret passageways and canals that lead to breath-taking views, what could be more romantic than a trip to Italy’s sacred city of Venice, often referred to as the honeymoon city.
London, United Kingdom
London’s unique allure is impossible to define. From the dizzying wealth of Belgravia to the urban markets of Camden Town, every neighbourhood has its own character. Travellers will be spoilt for choice with romantic things to do for Valentine’s Day; take a stroll through the sunset at Greenwich Park, take a boat ride on Hyde Park’s Serpentine, hire a private capsule on The London Eye to see the twinkling lights of London or book a private theatre box at the West End.
Widely known for its dreamy canals, picturesque cobbled streets and medieval buildings, the city of Bruges is a top choice for couples looking for a romantic city destination. Like a fairy-tale medieval town, Bruges offers market squares, historic churches and horse-drawn carriage rides. The city’s charms lie within its well-preserved historic buildings and trademarks including Michelangelo, Belgian chocolate and the 47 bells. Booking.com travellers have endorsed Bruges for beer, city walks and romance.
Perhaps considered the most extravagant island escape, the Maldives is the ultimate wish list Valentine’s Day gift. Scattered like jewels across the Indian Ocean the Maldives is home to an abundance of tropical marine life, miles of unearthed pearl-dust beaches and luxurious villas set on stilts with private access to the cerulean waters. Romantic attractions include luxury spa treatments with panoramic vistas of the ocean, sunset boat cruises, out of this world diving and island hopping adventures.