Top 5 Romantic Getaways

24 January 2017

What does romance mean to you? For some, it’s a spectacular sunset on a secluded beach; for others, it’s champagne and caviar at a fine-dining restaurant. Whatever it is that sets your heart a-flutter, share the love with that special someone on one of these five fabulous getaways.

Pamalican Island, Philippines

Getting away from it all doesn't get much more perfect than at Pamalican Island, a remote Philippines retreat where powdery beaches, azure seas and unspoilt coral reefs come as standard.

The Amanpulo combines unlimited luxury with rustic charm, with spacious villas and treetop, hillside or beachfront casitas waiting to become your new holiday home. Moonlit cruises and private picnics are romantic enough to make even the hardest cynic swoon, but feel free to make your stay as action-packed as you desire - whether that means perfecting the art of doing nothing via lingering pool days and serene spa sessions, or taking full advantage of the stunning snorkelling, scuba and windsurfing opportunities on offer.

Seychelles

Nestled in splendid isolation in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the sun-drenched Seychelles is the perfect beach hideaway with your special someone.

Take time out from the world with a soothing stay at Banyan Tree Seychelles, whose famed alfresco garden spa is a little slice of pure indulgence. When you're not luxuriating in each other's company on the deck of your private pool or soaking away the day in your sunken bathtub, why not explore this lush island? Nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site, Vallée de Mai is widely reputed to be the site of the Garden of Eden, making this truly paradise, found.

Maldives

Look up "heaven on earth” and the Maldives may well be the top result. Turquoise lagoons, secluded islands and amazing underwater adventures make this destination a paradise playground like no other.

Make yourself at home in one of Gili Lankanfushi's overwater villas, which boast private rooftop sundecks, a personal butler and ringside seats for incredible ocean views. This ain't your average island idyll though - book a date night à deux at the jungle cinema, go for a sunset champagne cruise, indulge your senses at an overwater suite in the spa or marvel at the wildlife on a snorkelling exploration… Robinson Crusoe, eat your heart out.

Bali, Indonesia

Exotic east Bali is unlike anywhere else on this ever-popular island. A world away from Kuta's beach bar bustle, this rugged spot overlooking the Lombok Strait operates to a slower, more spiritual timetable.

Contemplate each other in comfort at Amankila, a serene hillside retreat of just 34 free-standing suites set atop stilts amongst the treetops - all commanding sweeping sea views, with many enjoying private pools to unwind in seclusion. The resort's thoughtful layout allows for maximum privacy in your villa, while the pristine private beach makes the perfect backdrop for a sunset stroll.

Maui, Hawaii

Say aloha to the best kind of barefoot paradise in heavenly Hawaii, where golden sands, cobalt oceans, and spectacular sunsets all lie in wait.

The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa is the very definition of an island sanctuary, nestled in 40 acres of lush oceanfront land located right by the gorgeous Ka'ananapali Beach. Whether you fancy clinking champagne during a romantic stargazing session, lounging in private poolside cabanas with cocktails on tap, hanging ten with the surfers on the Pacific waves or donning your leis for an authentic Hawaiian luau, this resort delivers total tropical fantasy for two every step of the way.

Rachel Read & Kate Farr

Kate Farr and Rachel Read are freelance writers, editors and bloggers based in Hong Kong. In addition to writing for the likes of Flight Centre, Hong Kong Tatler, Jetstar Asia, Home Journal and Expat Living, the pair also founded their own lifestyle blogs; Kate writes about parenting and travel at Accidental Tai Tai, whilst Rachel blogs about beauty and food at Through The Looking Glass. Follow their adventures on Instagram (@accidental_tt and @rachttlg).