The good bits of Valentine’s Day differ for everyone. For some, it’s a romantic celebration of the person they love most; for others, it’s a chance to be completely themselves and snuggle up with their partner in PJ’s eating ice cream and cookies watching Netflix. And then, there are those adventurous types, who go big… and far. If sweeping your sweetheart away on a romantic getaway is on your mind, our matchmakers have come up with eight of the most romantic Valentine’s Day destinations to get you going.
Arenal, Costa Rica
If you and your Valentine are in the mood for relaxation, head to Arenal. Only a handful of resorts offer the luxury of their own soothing hot springs, Tabacon Thermal Resort and Spa is the place to be. The honeymoon suite is perfect for sweethearts on intimate getaways. Let the natural beauty of the local rainforest and the striking sight of Arenal Volcano wash over you and become the backdrop for a stay of magical passion and relaxation.
Bueno Aires brings couples closer together, oftentimes, through a tango lesson. Enjoy an authentic experience in passionate rhythm with Lucia and Gerry, 20-year professional tango artists who put the “oh” in tango. You’ll feel the romance ignite as you lock eyes with your lover and begin to master the steps. Keep the fires burning with a romantic picnic at the Reserva Ecologica Costanera Sur nature reserve or embark on a sunset bike ride through the beautiful streets.
For an enchanted stay in Cambridge, England, reserve a room at the elegant Hotel Felix. The luxurious penthouse offers the ultimate romantic experience. Wake up in Egyptian cotton sheets and enjoy breakfast on your private balcony overlooking the lush gardens and the surrounding English countryside. Later take a walk along the riverbank or a bike tour of historic city landmarks. This Valentine’s Day, be charmed by the cities gothic-style architecture and be transported to an age of romance and intrigue.
If colorful, colonial charm snuggled up to the Caribbean Sea sounds more your speed, welcome to Cartagena! The cobbled streets and vibrant architecture are confined within stone, colonial walls, in this premier romantic destination for Valentine’s Day. Visit the colonial fortress, Castillo San Felipe Barajas, that stands as a direct representation of life and vitality. Enjoy a romantic horse-drawn carriage and stay at the picturesque Hotel Agua which was once a seventeenth century colonial home. The spacious six bedroom home offers an exclusive opportunity to experience the rich history and culture of Cartagena while retaining the subtle romantic feel of the time.
Franz Josef, New Zealand
Nestled high in the mountains of New Zealand’s South Island you’ll find the beautiful town of Franz Josef. Here the main attraction is the Franz Josef Glacier. This marvel of nature is not for the faint of heart as it can only be viewed from a private helicopter. Capturing the magnitude and magnificence of the birds-eye-view will make your sweetie swoon. At the end of the day, unwind with a couple’s massage and private soak in the Glacier Hot Pools. This Valentine’s Day, treat yourselves to time away from the world and explore a slice of serenity with your one and only.
Located in Italy’s Liguria region, the historic village of Riomaggiore in Cinque Terre is breathtakingly beautiful during the day and magically alive at night. Via dell’ Amore or Lovers Lane is a hiking trail linking the unique villages of Cinque Terre. Take Lovers Lane from Riomaggiore to Manarola, for a romantic morning hike overlooking the Ligurian Sea. For an active couple who loves working out exploring together, hiking the complete Cinque Terre trail is a must for capturing memories you can savor as much as the authentic local cuisine for years to come.
Ubud is a pretty town within Bali with charming trails, comfortable hot springs, and intimate dinner selections. For Valentine’s Day dinner, make reservations at Swept Away, located in Samaya Ubud resort and enjoy the “Romantic Hundred Candle Light Dinner” immersed fully in the beautiful surrounding landscape. In the morning, take a trip to the infinity pools found in the Hanging Gardens above the jungle. Finally, put on your hiking boots and adventure along the Campuhuan Ridge Walk, also known as the Lover’s Hill.
Known as the City of Love, Venice can be some lover’s paradise for Valentine’s Day. Book the Tête-à-tête tour that features the coveted private gondola ride and a candlelit dinner at the infamous Antico Pignolo restaurant. Get lost exploring the carless city streets and finding hidden shops filled with impromptu treats for your love. There is much to experience in the ancient city where romance is ignited. Feast your eyes on both the architecture and lace-filled boutiques. Nothing is off limits when you’re in Venice for Valentine’s Day.
The world is full of beautiful, unexplored places. If you’re looking for a partner to wander the world with, contact us at Kelleher International, we’re executive matchmakers and we’re here to help. We’ll search for that someone who fits seamlessly into your lifestyle and brings light and joy to your life. Contact us today to start your journey.