Going on an intimate getaway with bae? Take a break from the usual European cities and get the scoop on these alternative holiday destinations
When we think of romantic holidays, popular European destinations like Paris, Venice and Portugal may come to mind. Don’t get us wrong; there’s a special place in our hearts for the al fresco cafes, the gorgeous cathedrals and cobblestone streets of these lovey-dovey cities, but sometimes, it’s great to spice things up we just need something different. After all, what’s romance without a little bit of excitement?
Good news for those planning their next vacay with bae – award-winning luxury tour operator Scott Dunn has it all covered! Whether you and your sweetheart have a penchant for the luxe life or if you prefer going on adrenaline pumping adventures, we have all the deets right here.
For the culture vultures
If you and bae prefer spending your weekends museum hopping to shopping, you might wanna plan a trip to the fascinating Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress, is a must-see. Marvel at the frescoes in brilliant tempera and the ‘mirror wall’, dubbed for its highly polished surface. Another major highlight is the Dambulla five-cave temple that provides an intriguing insight into Buddhism in Sri Lanka.
Where you’ll be staying: Spend a few nights in a gorgeous and private villa in Water Garden Sigiriya, complete with a fantastic view of Sigiriya and the surrounding countryside. History buffs will adore the Kandy House, a 200-year-old ancestral home with an infinity pool overlooking rice paddy fields.
For the adventurers
Looking for a luxurious experience that still thrills? Check out Rajasthan with Oberoi Hotels. Don’t expect a typical tourist experience here -trek through the rural Aravali Hills in Jaipur and catch a glimpse of a ruined fort, hidden shrines and even visit locals in their homes. Strike journeying through India by train off your bucket list: this itinerary also includes a train ride that promises amazing views of the countryside and an immersive experience.
Where you’ll be staying: Your romantic adventures end each day in uttermost luxury at the Oberoi Hotels, including the Oberoi Amarvilas in Agra, which provides uninterrupted views of the magnificent Taj Mahal. The Oberoi Udaivilas in Rajasthan’s most romantic city is also a major treat, with fab views of both the city and the mountains. Take a dip in the semi-private moated pool, join the complimentary yoga classes, or cook up a storm at a culinary class.
For the ski buffs
Hankering to get away from the sweltering weather in Singapore? Book a trip for you and your significant other to the ski slopes of Niseko in Hokkaido, Japan, pronto. Known for stunning vistas of powdery-white snow, the most famous ski resort in Japan stretches across four ski areas – Annupuri, Niseko Village, Hirafu and Hanazono. In addition to zooming down the ski trails, you and your partner can try deep powder cat skiing, snowbiking and snowmobiling.
Where you’ll be staying: Hop in and out of the ski area in a jiffy with Ki Niseko’s convenient location at the foot of the mountain in Hirafu village. When you’re off the slopes, enjoy a romantic dinner of fresh Hokkaido produce at the hotel’s signature resto, An Dining, followed by a relaxing sesh in the hotel’s onsen with a spectacular view of Mount Yotei (psst…you can even book a private onsen if you’re feeling extra fancy!).
For the beach bums
All about the #slowlife? You have to spend a week at the idyllic island of Likoma at Lake Malawi. The laid-back atmosphere is perfect for those who need some time out from city living. Take a dip in the sparkling waters of Lake Malawi, lounge on the beautiful beach, and tuck into fresh-from-the-ocean fish.
Where you’ll be staying: Accommodating only 26 guests in total, the secluded beachfront cottages of Kaya Mawa are an intimate haven for couples. For a private escape, opt for the Ndomo House, set on a private beach two coves away from the hotel, and equipped with its own chef, butler, speedboat and private pool.
For the luxe lovers
If it’s an ultra posh holiday you’re after, there’s nothing more swish than New Zealand’s famous ‘Super Lodges’. Discover New Zealand from the country’s most exclusive luxury lodges, each in a spectacular location including cliff tops, sprawling farmlands and next to rushing rivers. And it’s not just the dwellings that have us hooked – each lodge also offers tonnes of activities for lovebirds, such as horse riding, waterfall picnics and even helicopter tours.
Where you’ll be staying: Start your plush vacay at the stunning Kauri Cliffs in the North Island, which sits on a remote 6000 acre plateau high above the sea. Traveling further down south, you’ll continue to experience more luxe stays such as at Blanket Bay, where you’ll wake up to incredible views of the crystal clear Lake Wakatipu and the majestic Southern Alps.
Find out more about Scott Dunn’s personalised luxury tours on their website or call 3158 6530.
This article is sponsored by Scott Dunn.