The arrival of spring is getting us all in the mood for love here at Holiday Extras, and were starting to think about where we can escape to for some quality couple time. Whether youre looking for honeymoon ideas, a spot to whisk your lover away to on a first holiday together, a place to propose or just somewhere to help romance blossom, the following destinations are sure to get you in the mood.
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Bali is the perfect long-haul getaway for couples looking to get pampered on their honeymoon or romantic break. The Indonesian island referred to locally is the Island of Love is known for its stunning scenery, beautiful beaches and welcoming climate (outside of Monsoon season, which takes place between December and March), as well as its mouthwatering and decorative cuisine. Much of the accommodation here is geared up for romantic breaks, and you can hire a villa with its own private pool, courtyard and beach access.
Couples looking to chill out together can enjoy a wealth of spa treatments at luxurious facilities around the island, so if youre partial to a sensual massage or rejuvenating therapy, you wont be disappointed. Ayana Spa on the Rocks is one of the most highly-rated health clubs on the island, with treatments including Lava Me Tender; a volcanic lava all-over body rub, and Diamond Miracle; a decadent dip in the resorts ocean splash rose bath - with petals from 500 red roses.
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Paris will never give up its claim to being the most romantic destination on the planet, and whether or not you agree, its certainly good news for couples based in the UK who need only hop on a short flight or train journey to experience what the city has to offer. Tradition is key when you want to make a romantic gesture, so you cant go far wrong with the city of eternal love.
Possibilities for romance in Paris are plentiful, so be sure to draft a rough itinerary before you go: you can cruise the seine by moonlight, explore the citys intimate cafes and bars, view some of the worlds most beautiful pieces of art including Rodins The Kiss, and of course take your loved-one to the top of the Eiffel Tower to experience spectacular views of the city. Seal the deal with dinner-for-two at one of the citys Michelin-starred restaurants, such as La Tour D'Argent.
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A romantic destination list wouldnt be complete without Venice - its undoubtedly one of the worlds most beautiful and intriguing cities, and will provide the perfect backdrop for your romantic break. The iconic views, fabulous food, wine and other-worldly atmosphere have got to be experienced at least once in a lifetime, and the best way to do it is together.
The floating city is a couples playground, and youll find plenty of enjoyable ways to spend time in your loved-ones company as you wind your way through the historic streets and canals. Take a gondola down to the Rialto Bridge, where many of the citys restaurants and bars are to be found, and take a tour of St Marks Basilica and climb the Campanile Tower if youve got the stamina: it gives beautiful views over the city and is a popular proposal-spot.
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A firm favourite with honeymooners, Hawaii is the perfect destination for couples who just want to get away from it all and spend time in each others company. Visitors are guaranteed a warm welcome in this Pacific paradise - both from the island-dwellers and from the tropical climate - and there are plenty of opportunities for romance to blossom.
While many couples visiting Hawaii choose to simply kick back and relax on their romantic break, theres no shortage of activities to enjoy together if you feel the need to keep busy! You can tour the Shangri-La together (while planning the dream home of your own), watch the sun go down in Magic Island, or just enjoy some authentic Hawaiian cocktails. This is one location where a chunk of pineapple and a novelty umbrella could never be tacky.
Windsurfing is also huge on Hawaiis many public beaches, so why not book a lesson? This is a great way to enjoy the islands stunning turquoise waters - as well as being a fantastic bonding opportunity! Hawaiian Fire, one of the most popular surf local surf schools is owned and run by off-duty firefighters - so even if your date doesnt work out you could find a love interest here!
Written by Abi Silvester, a London-based writer and editor with a passion for great food, fine wine, coffee and cats; always planning my next trip! @absinthecityTop