Love Actually

Celebrate love at these four amazing romantic destinations
By Team ASI
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Vienna

Soak in the ethereal, old-world charm of classic Europe as you start your new life together.The Imperial grandeur of Vienna has been inspiring romance ever since the first lovers set foot on its cobble stoned streets. Built along the banks of the beautiful Danube, this is home to sumptuous palaces, Beethoven, Mozart, inspiring museums and lovely public squares.

There is timeless beauty everywhere you look and the sights of the city are best savoured slowly on long,romantic walks. Peep into churches, wander through castles, pause to admire a statue and pop into a coffee house to relax and recharge. A visit to Vienna is incomplete without a visit to Schloss Schönbrunn, the outrageously opulent royal palace that is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

An unforgettable experience is the Kunsthistorisches Museum, packed with fine art and historical treasures. Enjoy a leisurely day in Prater park with its lovely meadows, woods and the iconic 1897 Ferris Wheel that affords bird’s-eye views of the city. Wine and dine with your beloved in elegant restaurants, watch a concert, go to the ballet and indulge all your high-brow tastes. Vienna was made for refined living and its courtly culture is the perfect recipe for romance.
 

Vienna


 

Switzerland

There’s something about this evergreen romantic destination that never goes out of style. The pretty villages, fresh air and abundant chocolate envelopes you in a hazy, warm glow.

The mighty Matterhorn lends a dramatic backdrop to the swish town of Zermatt. Here, you can flash your designer threads, relax at lounge bars, cuddle together in a cosy chalet or hit the slopes for a day of mountain skiing.Take your time to slowly explore beautiful, sleek and cosmopolitan Geneva, built on the banks of the lovely Lake Geneva. Go on long romantic walks along the lake’s silky smooth promenades and watch the magnificent water fountain, Jet d’Eau. Then, make for the pedestrianised old part of town, a Gothic maze of cobblestone streets, and drop into local cafés and bars.

You’ll also find the picturesque lanes of Old Zurich rather fascinating. This hip city that harks back to medieval ages offers a great mix of culture and contemporary elegance. From Zurich, take the popular day tour to Mount Titlis, or head to Gstaad to stay in a castle, brush shoulders with celebrities and feel like royalty.

 

Switzerland

Seychelles

When you are dreaming of your romantic retreat, does a private resort on a secluded island come to mind? Well, look no further, for Seychelles is the tropical paradise of your dreams.

There are 115 islands in this bijou archipelago in the Indian Ocean that shimmers in electric colours – piercing blue skies, turquoise waters, green mountains and blazing sunsets. Desroches Island Resort and the Constance Ephelia Resort on Mahé Island bring your dream to life. The glassy waters are perfect for water activities and you can swim with a host of exotic species including nurse sharks, eagle rays, lionfish and lobsters. The undersea world is beautiful and enthralling and is enjoyed equally by beginners and experienced divers.

You can also snorkel in secluded islets or simply visit them for a picnic lunch. In Victoria, plunge into the bustling, covered market to observe local life and pick up souvenirs for home. Pay your respects at the imposing Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, and admire its elegant architecture and colonnaded façade. South Pacific pearls are prized for their ethereal beauty. Seal your perfect moment with a strand of rare black pearls from Praslin Island –
a befitting keepsake from your time in the bejewelled isles.

 

Seychelles

 

Fiji

Bula! Hello and welcome! Any mention of Fiji conjures an image of blue-green landscapes, stunning sunsets and swaying palms. Tiny, friendly and beautiful, this cluster of reef islands in the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean is the
perfect choice for a secluded romantic getaway.

LikuLiku Lagoon Resort indulges you with 33 authentic thatched roof Fijian bure; these are overwater bungalows perched above a gorgeous turquoise lagoon, built in indigenous style, but outfitted with every luxury imaginable. Discover the wonders of the beautiful Fijian waters on a day cruise, kayak, catamaran or charter. There are amazing corals, schools of colourful fish, sea turtles and dolphins to befriend. Head inland to explore the Fijian jungles; hike to discover lush rainforests, thundering waterfalls, strange plants and tropical wildlife. The largest collection of orchids in the world greets you in the Garden of the Sleeping Giant.

Take a white water rafting expedition along the Upper Navua River and join cheerful locals in a merry Lovo feast or a Kava drinking ceremony. The rituals are followed by spirited festivities that carry on well into the night. Little wonder then that these magical islands transport you and your significant other to paradise.

 

Fiji