The Most Romantic Places to Spend Valentine's Day
From Argentina's Patagonia to Nepal's Himalayas, these are some of the most romantic places to spend Valentine's Day.
Explore dramatic landscapes while staying at a luxury lodge
Amidst majestic mountain ranges and windswept plains, Patagonia offers total seclusion as you explore on foot and by horseback, or as you kayak across its tranquil lakes. It’s this spectacular scenery and seclusion, combined with Argentina’s exceptional red wine and hearty cuisine, that makes Patagonia truly romantic.
Komodo Islands, Indonesia
Set sail across the Coral Triangle
You begin to realise the immensity and beauty of Indonesia when you travel to Komodo National Park, a group of three Indonesian islands: Komodo, Rinca and Pada. Explore these emerald isles by sailing between them, while scuba diving in the marine-life rich waters and stopping off at islands to hike through rainforest to the waterfalls. As the sun goes down, step ashore for a candlelit seafood dinner on your private strip of sand.
DON’T MISS a trip to see the famous inhabitants of this region, the Komodo dragon. These fearsome predators look like they stepped straight out of the Jurassic period.
The most romantic gift in the world
Visit the country that is home to the most romantic sentiment in the world. Built over 22 years, by more than 20,000 men, this mausoleum dedicated to Shah Jahan’s wife is the ultimate symbol of eternal love. Visit the marbled monument at either sunrise or sunset, when the faint golden rays create an intimate and romantic setting.
DON’T MISS a trip to see the impressive fort just a few kilometres away closer to Agra, where Shah Jahan was famously imprisoned by his son.
Trek through countryside that lies beneath the Himalayas
Just beyond Kathmandu Valley, the rural town of Dhulikhel – an authentic Newar settlement – is a scenic and culturally interesting base for trekking through countryside with views of the majestic Himalayas.
Aside from being a rewarding spot for its outdoor adventure, Nepali heritage and local traditions, you can unwind back at your hotel with activities like meditation, pottery, painting and yoga.
DON’T MISS Take a guided trek to the Buddhist pilgrimage site of the Namo Buddhist Monastery.
Lyngen Alps, Norway
See the extraordinary glow of the northern lights
This incredibly remote region of Arctic Norway is blanketed in snow each winter, with sparkling lakes amidst the mountain-ranges that rise over a fjord. Skiing, dog sledding and snowmobiling are all winter activities in Lyngen Alps, and until March there’s a good chance of seeing the spectacular northern lights.
After being out in the snow, warm up in a cosy lodge and sample the local cuisine.
DON’T MISS In the winter months, ski on the nearby slopes, without any crowds to contend with.
Northern Amazon, Peru
Cruise through the Amazonian rainforest
Explore the wilderness of northern Peru on-board a luxe river-cruiser; one of the most romantic luxury Peru tours you could set out on, with the privilege of gaining access to some of the most pristine areas of the Amazon that can be reached by travellers, including the flooded forest of Pacaya Samiria Reserve.
These luxury cruisers have the comfort and style of a five-star hotel, with the undeniable romance of navigating the Amazonian jungle’s waterways.
DON’T MISS Venture deeper into the rainforest on wildlife treks, led by expert naturalist guides.
Western Cape, South Africa
Spot marine life and trek through verdant valleys
South Africa’s Western Cape is an exceptionally scenic stretch of coast, with forested mountain slopes, valleys, lagoons and salt lakes, as well as the coastline’s sandy shores. As its name suggests, the region has a diverse offering of lush flora, which in turn attracts wildlife to make its home there.
It’s the ocean’s marine species that attract most of the attention though, with whale watching a particularly popular excursion on South Africa tours to this region.
DON’T MISS Seek out the Garden Route’s exceptional wildlife on whale watching and dolphin spotting tours, or by hiking along its nature trails.
South Serengeti, Tanzania
Set out on game drives in Tanzania’s most wildlife-rich season
In Tanzania’s great wilderness, stay in a safari lodge amidst vast national park that’s home to astounding wild game. During the green season, immense herds of wildebeest and zebra settle and graze on the lush green plains of the South Serengeti for calving, in turn attracting many predator species.
For both beach and safari, Tanzania safaris can be paired with a trip to the idyllic island of Zanzibar, with its intriguing fusion of African, Arabian and Indian culture, as well as pristine white-sand beaches.
DON’T MISS set out on game drives to witness the great spectacle of Tanzania’s calving season.
Koh Kood, Thailand
Travel to one of the lesser-visited Thai islands
Much of the island is taken up by rainforest that’s fringed with a coconut tree-lined sandy coastline, with small fishing villages scattered along the coastline. Watch the sunset over the ocean from your luxury villa and infinity pool.
DON’T MISS Explore underwater at dive sites close to the island, then unwind on a sunset cocktail cruise.
Escape to a private island
In this idyllic archipelago in the Indian Ocean, stay on an exclusive private island, such as Desroches or Denis, for an unrivalled island escape. The islands’ pristine beaches are backed by jungle and lapped by clear, calm waters, while the surrounding marine national parks are home to an abundance of marine species and colourful coral reef.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Stay in the iconic overwater villas
Located in French Polynesia, grouped within the beautiful Society Islands, Bora Bora is synonymous with privacy and seclusion. Its pristine white beaches and clear waters are perfect for relaxing on and its extensive coral reef is teeming with life.
Snorkel and scuba dive, exploring the fascinating species of this island. Expect to see turtles, rays, sharks and an abundance of tropical fish.
DON’T MISS Risen from a dormant volcano Bora Bora is perfect for exploring the great outdoors. Hike through the lush volcanic interiors and discover its hidden waterfalls.