Every year millions of people send Valentine's Day cards, red roses and gifts, all in celebration of the world-famous day of love. But for those looking to truly spoil their other half, an enchanting getaway for two could be the answer.
When considering the most romantic holiday destinations in the world, we all think of Paris or Venice. But when the world is your oyster, why not sweep your partner off to somewhere a little bit different?
So, take a look at our suggestions for the perfect, romantic break and get set to wow your partner like never before. From the spectacular buzz of Bangkok, to tropical island escapes in the Maldives, there is a trip to suit every kind of couple this February 14th.
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 full moon parties. The city is packed with restaurants, five-star hotels, boat cruises and historic temples. The Grand Pearl Cruise is a must – the 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 vibrant Bangkok.
Where to stay
: Take your loved one to new heights this Valentine's Day by taking in the sights from your very own luxurious suite, towering over central Bangkok at the
. Located on the 51st to 59th floor of the State Tower, this deluxe hotel promises a special experience with personalised services, an outdoor pool and rooftop restaurant and bar.
With its historic cobble stoned streets, entwining canals 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. Pick a bouquet of traditional tulips for your partner at the famous flower market or take a romantic boat cruise on Amsterdam's famous canals.
Where to stay
: The boutique
is found amongst 17th century buildings set along Amsterdam's oldest canal, the Singel, in the centre of Amsterdam and only 350 yards from Dam Square. Benefitting from the quiet area, the romantically decorated rooms offer you the chance to relax and unwind after exploring this dreamy city.
Ladera Resort – St. Lucia
The Caribbean island of St. Lucia is like no place on earth. It's impossible to not feel romantically inclined when surrounded by pearl-dust beaches, turquoise hued waters, and breath-taking waterfalls. For the ultimate romantic gesture dine on the beach and watch the sun go down. Or take a stroll through the diamond botanical garden, home to a mineral bath, nature trail, and the most colourful waterfall in the Caribbean
Where to stay
: Stay in a romantic paradise and escape to
, a haven for lovers and the most magical backdrop for your Valentine's Day. The open-air suites overlook the crystal waters of the Caribbean Sea and the World Heritage Piton Mountains. Spend time together on Sugar Beach or enjoy local island excursions including hiking, sailing and zip line adventures or indulge in wine tasting, a massage or simply relaxing in your private pool.
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.
Where to stay: Make your Valentine's Day one to remember and stay aboard the Boat Hotel Matylda, a floating hotel with a unique ambience and setting. Lying anchor on the stunning Vltava River in the centre of Prague, this boat hotel is a short walk from the Charles Bridge and Charles Square.
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.
Where to stay
offers historic features and modern facilities in Bruges, a mere 300 yards from the well-known Grote Markt and only a 15-minutes' walk from the Beguinage and Bruges Railway Station is only a 20-minute walk away. After a busy day enjoying this charming city, you can relax in the unique wellness centre found in the 16th-century cellars and indulge in a couples' hammam, sauna and Turkish bath.
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.
Where to stay
: Indulge your Valentine by booking a stay at the
, a true island paradise located in North Male Atoll. Surrounded by lush vegetation and coconut trees, the resort boasts luxurious modern villas with private pools and outdoor decks to take in the pristine surroundings. Choose from one of the seven restaurants or enjoy a relaxing massage at the spa for a truly romantic experience.