Rose petals on the bed, candles flickering after dark, and champagne on ice – Valentine’s Day doesn’t come short of clichés. While many choose to celebrate their love with diamonds and pearls, wouldn’t it be a wonder to sail away into the setting sun, cozy up beneath the Eiffel Tower, or go wild on your own private and exclusive island? This year celebrate the look of love against a backdrop of cerulean waters, private white linen tables on white sugar sands, and with moonlit walks beneath tropical palm fringed playgrounds. We collect the dreamiest valentine’s destinations for those who love with a touch of luxury.
Ladera, St Lucia
Tune out and turn on in the marvel of Ladera in St. Lucia. This romantic paradise invites you to swap out smartphones for dazzling velvet cloaked Piston views as you perch a thousand feet above the dashed blue Caribbean Sea. Each stunning suite is without a fourth wall, so you can wake up in your fabulous four poster bed and gaze out at the mist clearing over the Pistons. When you aren’t relaxing in your private plunge pool or sipping cocktails on the deck, you can walk hand in hand on sugar beach, or indulge in glorious Cajun delights at the signature al fresco restaurant – Dasheene.
Four Seasons, Bora Bora
Bora Bora is enough to snatch your breath away, but roll the Four Seasons into the recipe and you truly have a slice of pure unadulterated paradise. Several shimmering shades of turquoise and blue reach right to the horizon, the waters teem with marine life, and personal concierges are always at hand to meet your every whim and fancy. The over water bungalows come with private docks so you can tumble out of rich cotton sheets and straight into the sea. Opt for ultimate relaxation with a couples Polynesia massage at the glorious therapeutic spa, swim with stingrays out in the bay, and choose private dining in your own bungalow with private waiters and chefs to make the experience incredibly intimate.
The Brando, French Polynesia
Marlon Brando’s personal mirage of an island is a sight of sweet clarity for romance seekers. Life doesn’t get more indulgent than on this ring of green islands shining like emeralds around a soft lit lagoon. Once a playground of Tahitian royalty, and now an exotic resort. Private thatched villas sit on the shore boasting every mod con you could wish for, outdoor bath tubs make it easy to linger beneath the stars, and perfect privacy surrounds the shoreline. Snorkel with sea turtles, go on a bird watching tour with a special nature guide, and enjoy a private dinner on the beach soaked to the bone in barefoot luxury.
The Peninsula, Paris
There is no greater romantic sight in the world – then Paris in the spring. The milky green seine flows with a sigh, the Eiffel Tower shines in her gold dress, and the flowers are starting to bloom in the gardens of the Louvre. At the Peninsula Paris, you can lose yourself in the fine opulent threads of romance. A mezze of intricate gilding, marble, and mosaics – the 19th century heritage hasn’t been lost at this glorious hotel celebrating old world wealth. A phantom Rolls Royce can drive you around the city, and you can book a myriad of experiences that include a day at the opera, a private tour of Versailles Palace, and a helicopter tour to the region of Champagne.
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Florida
If you are already in Florida for the Miami Boat Show, then why not combine the best of both worlds and take a dash of luxury at the Little Palm Island Resort and Spa. This exclusive resort has long been popular with presidents and celebrities and guests are encouraged to leave their technology behind. Only accessible by private yacht or boat, you can spend endless days on the idyllic beaches, or relaxing at the spa. Select one of their signature romance packages offering hand drawn warm baths for two, a sea of scented rose petals, and moonscaped terraces dressed in candles, champagne and hand picked chocolates.