Six Romantic Settings
As I was writing this post, I realised that all these places have one thing in common – beauty. There’s something about nature that gets your heart pitter-pattering, so what more could you ask for than to share a gorgeous sunset or breathtaking view with your significant other? So here’s my six favorite romantic settings in the world – some I’ve been fortunate enough to visit, others I’m still dying to see (anyone got a spare twenty grand?)
Santorini, Greek Islands
It’s not just the famous white-buildings-on-blue-sky photos that get you: intimacy abounds on every aspect of this beautiful yet simple island. Head on up to Oia to witness the glorious sunset – a popular place to be, judging by the “please do not stand” notices painted on the natives’ roofs. Made famous in paintings and photographs the world over, the scene is even more moving in person.
Ah, l’amore! Take a walk down the Champs Elysee hand-in-hand, or through Tuileries Garden where lovers hug and kiss in complete abandon. Stroll along the banks of the Seine and watch the local artists sell their wares (I’m still kicking myself for not buying one!) And what could be more romantic (and breathtaking!) than Paris at night?
Lagos and surrounds, Algarve Coast, Portugal
It doesn’t matter if you stay in a pensione or a four-star hotel, for sheer impact Algarve Coast’s breathtaking beauty is not to be missed. Lagos reeks of history (very romantic!) but has the charm of a small cozy community. With great shopping and wonderful restaurants, it guarantees intimate romantic moments.
Inland, away from the bustling commercial coastal towns, Ubud is a paradise to experience. Take a moped ride up to Mt Batur, Bali’s dormant volcano, wallow in the decadence of one of Kamandalu Resort and Spa’s private jacuzzis or simply sample the beautiful heritage of a centuries-old culture.
Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
I have a thing for bures on stilts… there’s something about being able to literally dive into the ocean as soon as you wake that’s deeply romantic. Not to mention sparkling beaches and calm water (waves were fun when I was ten… now, not so much). In Fiji you can sample one of the five top bures on stilts.
Queensland’s Tropical North, Australia
Nothing screams ‘intimate’ more than a private secluded island. And Aussies are fortunate to have a swag of them just off the Queensland coast: from Lizard and Magnetic Islands in the far north, to Daydream, Hamilton and Stradbroke further down south. Pristine beaches ideal for romantic moonlit meals (and strolls!), surrounded by nature and clear water. And the Whitsundays (a bunch of islands in The Great Barrier Reef, northeast of Mackay) also boasts the perfect romantic spot – Heart Reef. Ahhhh!
What’s your idea of the perfect romantic spot? A city, place or just wherever your partner is? Post a comment and go in the draw to win a cute Aussie keyring and notebook.