By Jessica Ashley Merkley
It’s about that time of year that we are all in need of, quite simply, a change up in regard to routine, weather and locale. There is no better time than the month of love to organize a jet-setter journey with your valentine to a destination where you both can shut out the demands of the every day and simply focus on rejuvenation and spending quality time with the one you love. La Vie Chic has selected a few top picks for readers to be inspired by that will perhaps motivate you and your significant other to leave it all behind for a week or two while enjoying time in some truly remarkable destinations.
Known for its hidden waterfalls, beautiful beaches and exotic jungles, there is no shortage of majestic sights to see. If a romantic getaway involves partaking in adventurous activities, rock climbing, zip- lining, snorkeling and scuba diving locations are among some of the best in the world including the Belize Barrier Reef. The location is rich in history and culture such as the mysterious Mayans and the temples they left behind. LVC suggests Belize Dreams Luxury Resort for your stay while visiting this destination that is simply a slice of paradise.
The Italian Riviera- Cinque Terre
Truly, nothing is more breathtaking than the views afforded by the five charming fishing villages which Cinque Terre is comprised of. There is a reason that lovers come from all over to visit this beautiful region, and to Italy in general, which is so rich in culture, and offers delectable food and wine. Personally speaking, no nation can match the freshness and authentic flavours included in each bite to be had while in Italy and with every sip of robust, old-world wine.
The region of Cinque Terre dates from the Medieval period in the 8th century. It remained a relatively undiscovered gem until the 20th century. Cars have been banned so that the winding paths can be explored by foot, and hand-in-hand with your loved one. LVC suggests seeking accommodation at Park Hotel Argento Levanto while visiting this remarkable destination that will have you in awe over the course of your romantic stay.
This Medieval location is what fairy tales are made of. As Lonely Planet recently noted:
“If you set out to design a fairy-tale medieval town, it would be hard to improve on central Bruges (Brugge in Dutch). Picturesque cobbled lanes and dreamy canals link photogenic market squares lined with soaring towers, historic churches and old whitewashed almshouses.”
The only downside to catching sight with your love of this incomparable city is that there is a constant influx of tourists attempting to do the same. Don’t let the hustle and crowds put a damper on your stay. This simply allows you the opportunity to meet new and interesting people from all over the world who share your keen interest in escaping to a destination straight out of a story book, and soaking up the history and culture while shrugging off the day-to-day from back home. Romantic restaurants abound and ultimate cuisine is at the ready to be ordered offering truly authentic flavors of the nation. LVC recommends travelers to seek accommodation at Hotel Prisenhoof in the heart of the old town.
Truly a destination that satisfies the senses and leaves nothing to be desired, seeing as this bustling capital city of Argentina, and gem of South America offers endless options for dining, entertainment and night life. This is the perfect getaway for lovers looking to have a city-based escape that is filled with a meld of exhilarating activities and pampering.
For those who love to dance the night away, the options are plentiful for hot spots to show off your steps or to learn new ones from the Latin professionals of the art form. During the more subdued daytime hours, take a stroll with your valentine to take in the sights of the grand palaces and architectural details that are set among the winding streets of the older portions of this lively city. For top accommodations while enjoying Buenos Aires, LVC recommends Four Season Buenos Aires, because you always receive top hospitality and pampering with anything Four Seasons related.
Considered the most romantic Hawaiian Island for a reason, Maui offers picturesque scenery and gorgeous beaches for that perfect getaway that can offer an experience that is suitable to any couple. For the explorers, catch a sunset from the top of Mount Haleakala. For those seeking pampering and serenity, enjoy the spa experience on offer when staying at LVC’s recommended accommodation in Maui, The Ritz Carlton. The oceanfront resort offers six top notch restaurants, a luxury spa, and fantastic couples’ activities such as horseback riding and a golf course for those looking to find their game.
Happy and safe travels to all of you lovebirds!