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The top travel destinations for romantics

Whether it's for Valentine's Day, your honeymoon or simply because you want to indulge, we round up the most romantic love nests

By Kate Birch
1 Feb 2012 | 12:00 am
  • Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

    Luxury tents and star gazing sum up an experience at Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco.

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  • Loch Voil

    Have a romantic gypsy-style break in The Lovestruck near Loch Voil in Scotland.

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  • Costa Rica

    With stunning views of volcanoes, this eco resort in Costa Rica is an intimate hideaway.

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  • Phang Nga, Thailand

    Enjoy a beachside break while helping others in a stunning eco resort in Phang Nga, Thailand on a honeyteering holiday.

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  • Augustine Hotel, Prague

    Views of the fairytale city of Prague from the Augustine Hotel.

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Ideal for… True romantics

Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco

What? One of Richard Branson's properties, this stunning hotel, located at the foothills of the Atlas Mountains (an hour from Marrakech), boasts super-romantic luxury Berber tents.

Romantic moments: Indulge in a traditional couples' Moroccan Hammam, stroll around the gorgeous gardens hand-in-hand, curl up in front of the fireplace in the salon, star gaze through the telescope and dine alfresco beneath the stars on the rooftop terrace of Kanoun Restaurant.

Details: From €415 (Dh1,928) per night until March 31. www.kasbahtamadot.virgin.com.

Ideal for… Eco enthusiasts

Finca Rosa Blanca, Costa Rica

What? Small yet luxurious, this world-famous eco resort is set on an organic coffee plantation among lush colourful gardens. The resort boasts 13 rooms, all with private verandas and secluded patios with stunning views of volcanoes.

Romantic moments: Take a couples' private tai chi class, indulge in the world's best coffee in front of the fireplace at Bar Buho, climb 1,200m towards the Barva Volcano in Braulio Carrillo National Park, relax together in a double organic coffee, clove and citrus bath, learn a dance routine with the local folkloric ballet group and experience an adrenaline hit with a zip-line ride through the tops of the cloud forest.

Details: From $295 (Dh1,083) per night. Visit www.fincarosablanca.com.

Ideal for... Caring couples

Honeyteering, Thailand

What? Hands Up Holidays (www.handsupholidays.com) offers honeyteering experiences - think luxury adventures in spectacular destinations with a rewarding stint volunteering. Destinations include China, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, while activities include repairs and renovations, gardening, washing, cleaning and preparation of meals. The Taste of Thailand in Style package includes an overnight cruise from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, along wooded river banks to the eco resort.

Romantic moments: Chill out on the beachfront eco resort in Phang Nga, snorkel or dive in the turquoise waters and work together on beachside tasks that help to benefit the lives of Tsunami orphans.

Details: A ten-day trip costs from $3,900 (Dh14,325). Email info@handsupholidays.com.

Ideal for… Luxe lovers

Maharajas' Express, India

What? Take the Royal Sojourn journey from Mumbai to Delhi aboard India's luxury train the Maharajas' Express. From your own opulent suite, this eight-day journey will allow you to take in the country's rich history, amazing wildlife, temples, palaces and people - in total style and luxury.

Romantic moments: Take camel cart rides to a torch-lit encampment at Bikaner Fort for music, dancing and dinner, play elephant polo in the foothills of the Aravalli Range, see tigers up close at Ranthambore National Park and visit the original temple of love, the Taj Mahal, as the sun rises.

Details: From $6,400 (Dh23,500) per person. Visit www.maharajasexpress.com

Ideal for… Culture vultures

Prague, Czech Republic

What? February is the month to visit Prague with its 12-day Carnevale Praha, a Baroque-style fête, with a food festival and mask parade. Mandarin Prague is offering a Crystal Ball package, which includes two nights in a suite, a private costume fitting and makeup for the city's Crystal Ball, professional photos in costume, a horse-drawn carriage ride and entrance to the ball on February 18 with a lavish gala dinner. Or try the Augustine Hotel - a property created from seven different historic buildings, including a 13th-century monastery - for the Ultimate Romantic Experience. It offers three nights in a suite, a blessing by the monks in the St Thomas Church, a private boat tour with a bottle of champers, a spa treatment, a three-course dinner, a Czech champagne bath and breakfast.

Romantic moments: Watch the sun set behind Prague Castle from the Charles Bridge, while musicians serenade; take an afternoon river cruise; indulge in a dinner at the authentic art deco Triton Restaurant on Wenceslas Square.

Details: The Crystal Ball package is available from February 17-19, from ¤3,200 (Dh14,879) for two-night stay, www.mandarinoriental.com. Ultimate Romantic Experience, three nights for ¤6,435 (Dh29,930) in February. Visit www.roccofortehotels.com

Ideal for… Bohemians

The Lovestruck, Scotland

What? Holiday company Canopy and Stars offers a quirky selection of options in both the UK and France - everything from treehouses and yurts to boats and converted horse trucks. We love the Lovestruck at Mhor in Perthshire, Scotland... a converted horse truck, which sleeps four (think Gypsy caravan fused with country cottage), which is currently located on the banks of Loch Voil, set in the heart of the stunning Trossachs National Park.

Romantic moments: Take scenic walks around the long loch, experience the wildlife within Trossachs National Park, wander up to Monachyle Mhor farm each morning to pick up your bread basket, snuggle up by your wood-burning stove and play board games, take afternoon tea in an old library building at MhorTea.

Details: From £125 (Dh700) per night. Visit www.canopyandstars.co.uk

Ideal for… Stylish couples

Montmartre, Paris

What? Dubbed ‘Paris' last village', Montmartre is one of the most romantic and charming areas of Paris. Choose from the Hôtel Amour, just off the trendy Rue des Martyrs, an über-cool hotel with funky rooms individually decorated by Parisian avant-garde artists or try the edgy Five Hotel in the Latin Quarter, where your bed lies beneath a starry ceiling.

Romantic moments: Follow in the footsteps of Amélie and wander the winding cobbled streets, stopping off at quaint 1930s-style cafés, take in a sumptuous dinner and dance show at the world-famous Moulin Rouge, climb the steps to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica (Sacred Heart Church) to enjoy panoramic views, visit Montmartre's many interesting art galleries and chic vintage boutiques.

Details: Visit www.thefivehotel.com or www.hotelamourparis.fr.

Hot Valentine's Day packages 

Munich
Mandarin Oriental Munich and Pomellato are offering a sparkling Valentine's package that includes: one night's stay for two; a bottle of Dom Pérignon vintage Champagne and chocolate-dipped strawberries; a specially created six-course Valentine's menu in the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant Mark's; Champagne breakfast for two in bed and a Nudo ring from the new Pomellato collection. Available nightly from February 1-29 2012, from ¤3,314 (Dh15,500). Visit www.mandarinoriental.com

London
The Sweet Romance package at the iconic The Ritz London (dubbed the most romantic hotel in Europe) offers one night's stay, flowers, and a bottle of Champagne on arrival; St Valentine's Afternoon Tea and English breakfast the following morning. Available from February 11-14, £380 (Dh2,137). Visit www.theritzlondon.com

Venice
Indulge in the Valentine's Day package at Hotel Saturnia, which is located in the heart of Venice close XXII Marzo, one of the main shopping streets. A two-night minimum stay in a superior room includes buffet breakfast, a special four-course meal with wine at one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city, La Caravalla; sparkling wine, flowers and chocolates upon arrival and entrance to the Venice Casino. Arrival dates February 13-14, ¤534 (Dh2,487). Visit www.hotelsaturnia.it

Oman
At Zighy Bay, an Omani-style resort of beachfront villas on the Northern Musandam Peninsula in Oman, enjoy a Valentine's experience that includes: paragliding for two; an overnight stay for two; a sunset cruise; breakfast on the beach; a barbecue on the beach; a couples' signature spa treatment; a destination dinner and a departure gift. Available February 14, 15, 16, $875 (Dh3,214) per person, per night. Email: reservations-zighy@sixsenses.com

Abu Dhabi
The Beautiful Nights, Blissful Mornings package at the newly opened Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort and Spa includes bubbles and strawberries on arrival, a choice of either breakfast in bed or buffet breakfast at Fairways and a late checkout at 4pm. Dh899 per room per night. Call 02-6169999. 

By Kate Birch

By Kate Birch