If you’re planning a honeymoon or you’re looking to organise a romantic break with your other half, you may be considering locations and weighing up some options. If you’re searching for inspiration, look no further.
Iceland is an increasingly popular tourist destination, and it’s not hard to see why. Known as the land of fire and ice, Iceland is a magical, mysterious place, which is perfect for a romantic break away. There’s a huge amount to see and do, but you don’t have to be an intrepid adventurer every day. A trip to the Blue Lagoon comes highly recommended for those who want to chill out, relax and take in the scenery. This natural thermal pool boasts a stunning setting, and you can even enjoy a drink at the bar, a lavish lunch in the restaurant or a massage in the water. Other highlights include the Golden Circle, which is home to natural wonders like Gullfoss Waterfall and hot springs, and Reykjavik centre. The city is lined with artisan craft shops and quaint cafes, and the harbour is an idyllic spot to enjoy a drink with a view. By night, wrap up warm and go out in search of the Northern Lights. This is a phenomenon most people are eager to see, and there’s nothing more romantic than huddling up and looking up at the sky to see the vivid lights dancing in the night sky.
Christmas is approaching, and if you’re planning a festive getaway, you can’t beat New York. There’s something special about the Big Apple when snow is falling, and the coloured lights are twinkling. Go skating in Central Park, marvel at the giant tree at the Rockefeller Center and enjoy views for miles from the Empire State Building. If you’re looking for gifts or souvenirs to take home, Fifth Avenue is the place to be. In the evenings, pay a visit to Broadway and catch a show, soak up the atmosphere in bustling Times Square or enjoy a fine dining experience at one of the city’s famous rooftop restaurants.
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If you fancy spending your days catching rays or swimming in clear blue waters, a beach break in paradise may be right up your street. Grand Cayman is an idyllic spot for a relaxing island retreat with golden beaches, rolling waves, and swaying palms. Look into beachfront condo rentals if you fancy having a slice of paradise to yourself or research hotels. The Cayman Islands are famed for their beaches, but there is plenty to do if you can bear to tear yourself away from your sun lounger. You can try a host of watersports here, and there are also some incredible wildlife experiences on offer. If you’re an animal fan, what could be better than booking a boat trip and swimming with dolphins or taking a trip to the island’s turtle centre?
It’s impossible to talk about romantic vacations without including the city of love, Paris. Paris is often top of the list when it comes to locations for lovers. There’s a unique atmosphere as well as some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. It’s worth doing a bit of planning in advance to make sure you can fit everything into your itinerary, especially if you want to see all the sights. The Eiffel Tower, l’Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and Notre Dame are top of most people’s lists.
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If you grew up reading fairy tales about princesses and enchanted castles, Lake Bled is an ideal base to make your childhood dreams come true. This stunning location is home to a small church, which is perched on a tiny island surrounded by clear waters. In the winter, when temperatures take a tumble and snow falls, the setting is ethereal. This is still a relatively undiscovered gem, and if you visit in January or February, you’re highly unlikely to encounter crowds. Take a boat trip over to the island to get the best views and don’t forget to pack warm clothes and a camera.
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The Lake District
Do you fancy being snuggled up in a log cabin with a roaring fire and views of mountains and lakes for company? The Lake District is a jewel in England’s crown, and it’s a perfect place to visit with your other half. Think long walks, pub lunches and cosying up with a good book and a glass of wine. The most popular locations include Windermere, Ambleside, and Keswick. If you want to push the boat out, you could book a cottage or chalet with a hot tub.
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Lapland is synonymous with child-friendly holidays to see Father Christmas, but it has so much more to offer. When the Christmas season peters out, Lapland is a wonderful place to be for adults seeking solace and tranquility. The scenery is reminiscent of tales from Narnia, and there’s a chance to see the Northern Lights. You can splurge and treat yourself to a glass igloo, which will provide views from the comfort of your fur covered bed or take advantage of budget-friendly chalets and guesthouses. As the snow falls, you can take a horse and carriage to spot the lights, visit a reindeer farm or even get your pulse racing with a snowmobile safari over a frozen lake. Husky safaris are also a very popular option, and they’re a great way to see the landscapes and enjoy the views.
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There’s a growing belief that romance is dead these days, but that’s simply not the case. If you’re keen to impress your other half and you’re hoping to get away, hopefully, these locations have inspired you. If you haven’t already ticked off the big-hitters like Paris or New York, consider a romantic city break. If you’re thinking outside the box and you’re looking for something a little more sedate, why not opt for a relaxing retreat in Iceland, Lapland or the Lake District in the UK? Alternatively, hit the beach on your own island adventure in Grand Cayman. The world is your oyster, so share the love and start planning that perfect holiday for your partner.