Be the new romantic. No more do you need to check into a luxury hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower or travel to Agra to prove your love, Venice and Hawaii are gorgeous, but there are destinations that are beyond. Romance like an A lister, leading tech influencer or… ex President and allow us to present 5 of our luxury, chic hotels and decide which one defines you best. Our selections are guaranteed to sweep your love off their Louboutins/Lanvins.
Think pastures, forests, mountains and lakes, every inch a painterís dream canvas. Based on a love story, Awasi is a secluded private hideaway of 12 luxury villas, all with a view of the Torres Les National Park, Lake Sarmiento, the pampas and the forest. You are truly enveloped in the abundance of nature and with the changing seasons, you can keep coming back for a different backdrop. You get your own personal guide and 4×4 to explore the countryside. Back at the hotel, there are comfy chairs waiting for you to sink into with your book or cozy up and listen to your favourite music or just talk and get to know each other better in the silence that abounds.
Kasbah Tamadot, Morocco
Book your decadent Berber tent, step into your whirlpool tub together and look out at the Atlas mountains from soft breeze as itís called by the locals. The drive to this Richard Branson hot destination is approximately 50 minutes long from Marrakesh. The decor is cosmopolitan with artefacts collected from all parts of the world. Indulge in some of the best spa treatments as a couple and enjoy a day of relaxation after trekking, mountain biking expeditions or hot tennis in the open courtyard. This moment will leave an everlasting imprint on your hearts.
Six Senses Duoro Valley, Portugal
The drive past the vineyards,the rolling hills, the river is just the start of what promises more, much more… nothing will prepare you for the joy you feel, the lift your soul receives when you enter the lobby of this uber luxe hotel and look out of the balcony. Exteriors and Interiors mingle seamlessly – the interiors of Quinta De Vale Abraao, the main 19th century building are entwined effortlessly with contemporary modern luxury. Tour the wine cellar, enjoy the creative food and explore Porto. Step outside of the box and give your special person the gift that they deserve.
Leopard safari is on everyoneís bucket list and Jawai is described as absolutely impeccable in the luxury experience it provides. Double sinks and an antique writing desk to jot down that big novel, all in a large luxury tented guest tent. This is a model for eco tourism and conservation. The safaris go out twice a day in search of leopards and flamingos. Enjoy the night, sitting aside a bon fire to keep you warm and look up to unpolluted skies with stars shimmering. For a hit of culture, take a trip to a nearby temple and the historic fort.
The Datai, Langkawi
Lush ancient rainforest excursions, a 19 hole golf course, an enchanting spa and a captivating coastline – this beach resort is everything you want. Enjoy Malay and Thai cooking classes or take a walking tour with the local medicine man to learn secrets of the healers using plants and herbs from the rainforest Take a deep sea fishing tour of the archipelago and rekindle your spirit and soul in this natural paradise.
Sangeeta Sadarangani is Founder and Owner of Crossing Travel.