It’s going to be an unusual Valentine’s Day for numerous couples around the world. Many are physically separated by lockdowns. Others are unable to get out and celebrate in a fancy restaurant or with an exciting date. In honour of February 14th, we thought we’d have a look at six of the most romantic travel destinations we offer, so you can have a think about how you can make up for the muted Valentine’s celebrations this year with an amazing adventure for two later into 2021 or next year, when normality has hopefully returned to the world. Read on to discover our hottest destinations and Valentine’s ideas for couples.
Did you know that one of the world’s most famous landmarks is actually a monument embodying one man’s love for his wife? That’s right, the Taj Mahal in Agra, India is the world’s best known monument dedicated entirely to love. After Emperor Shah Jahan’s beloved wife sadly died during childbirth in the 17th century, he commissioned the Taj in her memory, and so it remains today. The perfect place to visit with your partner, and one of the Seven Wonders of the World as well!
Other romantic Indian destinations that can provide great Valentine’s ideas include Udaipur, known as the Venice of the East and Kerala. Here the lush backwaters provide a relaxing escape for a couple looking to immerse themselves into the natural world. Float past verdant jungle and overhanging palm trees on a traditional rice boat.
Recommended India tour for couples: Taj Traveller – 8 days
Another of the world’s most iconic landmarks can also provide a spectacular backdrop for a romantic trip. Angkor Wat in Cambodia is so important to the country that it features on the flag, and it’s the main drawcard for visitors who flock to Cambodia, often combining it with trips to Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos. One of the most romantic ways to spend an evening in Cambodia is to visit this famous landmark at sunset. As the great temples of Angkor are slowly thrown into fading light, the golden hues of the setting sun provide an incredible backdrop. Photos taken at this time are sure to become talking points at dinner parties for years to come. If there are a few clouds in the sky at the time of your visit, then even better!
A word of warning, the Angkor complex closes at sunset. So, make sure you are in position before the sun starts to set, or they won’t let you in!
Recommended Cambodia tour for couples: Cambodia Discovery – 8 days
At first glimpse, the Land of Fire and Ice may not sound like the most romantic holiday destination. But when you think about it, gorgeous wintery scenery, charming Icelandic settlements, and the magical Northern Lights do sound quite romantic. They also provide a host of great Valentine’s ideas. But perhaps the most alluring aspect of Iceland is its famous Blue Lagoon, located just to the south-west of the capital, Reykjavik. The naturally warm waters of the Blue Lagoon relax and reinvigorate, perfect for a romantic date for two. If you combine this with a night spent gazing skywards in search of the elusive Northern Lights then you have the perfect winter getaway for two.
Recommended Iceland tour for couples: Land of the Northern Lights – 5 days
Morocco offers a host of romantic attractions and Valentine’s ideas, from the stunning blue streets of Chefchaouen to the wonderful scenery of Talassemtane National Park. But perhaps Morocco’s most romantic destination is also one of its most remote. The stunning dunes of the Sahara Desert represent a great way to get away from the bustle of the cities. They also offer a great environment for some relaxing downtime. What’s more, the clear skies, away from light pollution, make it one of the best stargazing destinations in the world. What can be more romantic than spending a night at a comfortable desert Berber camp nestled between the dunes? On our tours, you’ll enjoy traditional food and music before having time to lie back and admire the night sky.
Recommended Morocco tour for couples: Totally Morocco – 9 days
If your idea of a romantic getaway is less history and culture, and more lying on the beach with a cocktail in hand, then the Maldives is the destination for you. Even better, you can combine the two on our Sri Lanka & the Maldives private tour, which takes you to all the main cultural sights in Sri Lanka before jetting you out for five nights of sun, sea and sand in arguably the most magical tropical paradise of them all. You can kick back with a book, snorkel with turtles or wander around the tiny island capital of Male. The choice is yours, with plenty of time to do as much or as little as you want.
Recommended Maldives tour for couples: Sri Lanka & the Maldives – 10 days
Our final pick is one of the best Valentine’s ideas for adventurous couples, who like the idea of climbing up volcanoes together or exploring remote cloud forests. Costa Rica is a natural paradise, one of the only countries in the world to put the environment at the heart of government policy. This makes it a great place to see wildlife and to enjoy pristine, wild surroundings. On a Costa Rica tour with us, you can hike through Arenal Volcano National Park, explore the biodiverse Monteverde Cloud Forest and cruise along the picturesque canals of Tortuguero. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of locations perfect for downtime too. The quiet beaches of Manuel Antonio probably top the list.
Recommended Costa Rica tour for couples: Costa Rica Coast to Coast – 10 days
We understand things are different at the moment and that travel in the next few months may not be possible for everyone, depending on government-imposed lockdowns and vaccination programs. But why not have a think about romantic trips for two that you could take later in the year, or perhaps come up with some Valentine’s ideas for 2022? After all, everyone needs something to look forward to at the moment, and what could be better than a life affirming trip with your partner?
We’re here ready and waiting for whenever you need us. And don’t worry, if you prefer to fly solo then we have plenty of great trips for solo travellers too.