Valentine’s Day doesn’t have much of an impact around here. We have a schedule that lets us go out to dinner whenever we want and we tend to spend our money on travel instead of jewelry and presents. But we have been lucky enough to travel on some romantic trips in the five+ years we’ve been together. Here are some of our favorites:
1. Bequia and the Grenadines: Located south of St. Lucia and north of Grenada, the Grenadines technically belong to St. Vincent. But we found these gorgeous Caribbean islands – ranging from posh Mustique to laidback Bequia – to be the ultimate romantic getaway. There isn’t much to do other than sail, snorkel, sleep – and a few other “s” words, if you are so inclined 🙂
2. Bangkok, Shangri-La hotel: Bangkok was the first stop on our 3-week honeymoon through Thailand and Cambodia. We had taken Thai Airlines non-stop from JFK – and after 17 hours, we were exhausted. Luckily, we had booked the Shangri-La hotel on the Chao Phraya River with an upgrade to a deluxe balcony on the Krungthep wing. The upgrade was worth it – we loved the personal butler (who brought us fruit plate and chocolates) and the hotel-within-a-hotel concept. A great place to start a honeymoon or a romantic trip.
3. Dominica: Don and I had only been dating a few months when he proposed visiting his favorite Caribbean island. He wanted adventure, I needed comfort – so we booked the Jungle Bay Resort & Spa, where each guest gets an individual cabin built on the hillside overlooking the ocean. Hearing the waves crash so close – and taking hair-raising Jeep trips around the island – led to an activity-filled trip that solidified us as a couple.
4. Montepulciano, Italy: Ah, Tuscany – does any other part of Europe inspire so much romance? We, too, are only human. And Montepulciano, a walled medieval hilltop city known for its red wine and scenic views, stole our hearts. The welcome that we received at La Locanda di San Francesco only added to the charm. La dolce vita, indeed.
5. Christmas at the Fairmont Empress, Victoria: You don’t normally think of Christmas as a romantic holiday – at least I didn’t – until we spent this past holiday at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria. We wandered through the hotel’s Festival of Trees exhibit holding hands, sang Christmas carols with others in the hotel lobby on Christmas Eve and tried ice skating at Butchart Gardens on Christmas Day. Who knew Christmas could be so restful?
We’re always looking for ideas of romantic places to go – if you have any suggestions, let me know!