Romantic retreats for Valentines
With just three days to go to Valentine’s Day, Booking.com has released its global research showing that 45 per cent of travellers believe planning a holiday bring more of an emotional boost than getting engaged.
But you can combine the two and make a holiday an engagement to remember. You’ve bought the ring, you’ve practised proposing in the mirror, now all you have to figure out is where to ask. Booking.com has delved into its over 1 million properties to source destinations across the globe to suggest a list of seriously romantic places with a unique twist to make the proposal an occasion to remember.
Chiang Mai never fails to impress you with its unique charm. With the weather still cool and no smog to cloud the sky at night, you and your beloved will have the most romantic time ever. Stay in quaint guesthouse Green Tiger Vegetarian House, a calm a relaxing hideaway in the heart of Chiang Mai to be closer than ever with your love one.
Or go to Verona, Italy and stay at The Lady Capulet apartments which are only a 5minute stroll from Juliet’s house and offer luxury accommodation in the heart of this romantic city. Shakspeare’s Romeo and Juliet might not have enjoyed the happilyeverafter they were hoping for but that doesn’t mean you can’t – head to Juliet’s balcony and ask ‘where for art thou, Romeo?’ before asking the even bigger question.
Back to Bagan in Myanmar where you might try a hot air balloon ride over the beautiful pagodas and landscape of Bagan to pop the question. After the adrenaline rush, retreat to Bagan Lodge for some pampering at the spa and pool and celebrate your engagement with traditional cuisine at Tiffin Box.
In South America, Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni is one of the most incredible sights in the world. It’s the world’s largest salt flat, holding 10 billion tonnes of salt set against an epic backdrop where you may even see pink flamingos – it’s picture perfect for when you pop the question. Hotel Palacio de Sal is another must as it’s built out of salt bricks and even features salt furniture.
Snow lovers can go to Norway and be spoilt for choice with a number of beautiful places to propose – perhaps after an exhilarating husky ride, underneath nature’s twinkling background of the Northern Lights or even in your very own snow hotel. The romantic Kirkenes Snowhotel offers picturesque mountain views, arcticthemed snow suites, intricate snow sculptures and thermal bedspreads to keep you and your beloved cosy.