The Ultimate Romantic Holiday Destinations

 
Tulum's Casa Malca

Tulum's Casa Malca

Whether you're planning on proposing abroad, organising a honeymoon or fancy a getaway - no excuses needed - here are our top picks for romantic destinations in 2018.


Glamping in Meno a Kwena

African glamping retreats are likely to be popular in 2018, with Botswana tipped as a potential destination of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s honeymoon. Harry famously reported he knew he was to wed Meghan whilst camping at Meno a Kwena, a rural retreat in Botswana. By no coincidence, Harry also sourced Meghan’s show stopping centre diamond from a Botswana mine. The glamping destination, located in the Maun area, is a quiet and calm retreat and with only 9 luxurious tents is the perfect place to enjoy with a loved one. The ensuite tents are decorated with wooden furnishings, large double beds and patterned rugs - the most civilised (and cosy) of camping destinations. The name translates as ‘teeth of the crocodile’, as the swimming pool and tents overlook the river where the beasts lounge, with elephants and zebras frequenting the spot to cool off. Sun, tranquility, wildlife and a romantic abode - what more could you want from a getaway? For bonus feel-good points, the experience is based on a model of sustainable, ecotourism, with the camp dedicating time and money to the conservation of its surrounding wildlife and Bushmen.

The swimming pool with unrivalled vista @meno_a_kwena

The swimming pool with unrivalled vista @meno_a_kwena

The unique interior of the Meno a Kwena tents @meno_a_kwena

The unique interior of the Meno a Kwena tents @meno_a_kwena

The famously starry sky of Botswana @jimcodingtonphotography

The famously starry sky of Botswana @jimcodingtonphotography


Seafaring in Florida Keys

Make like Millie Mackintosh and head to the Florida Keys for almost year-round sunshine, spectacular sunsets and some of the USA’s best cuisine. Millie soaked up the rays with her fiancé Hugo Taylor this Christmas, reclining on palm trees, feasting on barbecues and cruising the oceans on a yacht… Yes please. The tropical islands stretch 120 miles off the south coast of Florida, stretching towards the Gulf of Mexico. This is a destination for lovers of the sea; the ultimate destination for boating, snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving and making the most of the crystal clear bays. Foodies rejoice as you’ll be able to enjoy the freshest seafood, tropical fruit, and as the home of Key lime pie, the sweetest of treats. For somewhere to stay, check out Ocean Key Resort & Spa, where dining spills out into the bright blue ocean along a picturesque jetty. For the more inspo visit fla-keys.com.

'See you at Sunset!' The sunsets are celebrated nightly in Mallory Square @allweathersport

'See you at Sunset!' The sunsets are celebrated nightly in Mallory Square @allweathersport

@milliemackintosh exploring Key West, Florida Keys

@milliemackintosh exploring Key West, Florida Keys

The tropical climes of Florida Keys @traveltales__elena

The tropical climes of Florida Keys @traveltales__elena


Canopy Campouts in the UK

For many, hours spent jetting all over the place isn’t ideal. There are many beautiful places to holiday around the UK, but why not put a little spin on a staycation for the romantic holiday of a lifetime. Britain boasts a number of tree house destinations, from snug little pods to enviably luxurious houses.

Despite being a treehouse, Guy Mallinson's hand built creation, Craft Camping, might just qualify as one of the UK's most stylish boutique hotels. Surrounded by woodland showers, a yurt sauna and craft library, this kind of camping is far from 'back to basics'. The onsite 'Out of Africa' themed kitchen and pizza oven ensure to keep guests well fed, after various activities including woodland walks and woodwork courses, or simply relaxing in the copper hot tub take up the daytime hours. Upon looking at the project, it's unsurprising to know the treehouse featured in both Grand Designs and George Clark's Amazing Spaces. 

Enjoy stargazing from the rooftop hot tub @craftycamping

Enjoy stargazing from the rooftop hot tub @craftycamping

The impressive craftsmanship of Guy Mallinson to create the ultimate treehouse @craftycamping

The impressive craftsmanship of Guy Mallinson to create the ultimate treehouse @craftycamping

The cosy interior, complete with wood burner @craftycamping 

The cosy interior, complete with wood burner @craftycamping 


Tranquil Tulum

According to those in the know at Brides Magazine, Tulum is top of the must-visit honeymoon destinations. A tropical paradise for laying low, chilling in a hammock or jumping into cenotes and running around Mayan ruins, there’s something for everyone. The pristine beaches and tropical enclaves are unparalleled; the perfect place to adhere to boho style. And we’ve found the hotel to suit. Casa Malca is popular among celebs and influencers, from Cara Delevigne to Elle Macpherson and Lucy Watson, and it’s plain to see why the stars keep coming back. The ‘home for thinkers and dreamers who believe in the liberating powers of creativity and self discovery’ is filled with eclectic artwork, swinging sofas and shabby-chic carpets. Philosophy, the highly revered restaurant, is the perfect place to cosy on the Mexican beach with a cocktail and exquisite gastronomy.

The highly instagrammable swinging sofas of Casa Malca, by @ellemacphersonofficial

The highly instagrammable swinging sofas of Casa Malca, by @ellemacphersonofficial

White beaches and blue skies in Tulum @casamalca

White beaches and blue skies in Tulum @casamalca

Casa Malca: where boho interiors spill onto the beach @djunabel

Casa Malca: where boho interiors spill onto the beach @djunabel


Lap Up The Northern Lights in Lapland

Snuggle down in glass-roofed igloos and wood cabins in Finland's Kakslauttanen, a resort of two 'villages' that make the most of the unique and stunning setting. Well within the boundaries of the Arctic Circle, crisp, snowy weather is guaranteed for most of the year, making the enchanting igloos and cabins all the more cosy. Alongside the igloos is a restaurant and celebration hall, and of course activities from husky sled rides to quad bike safaris and Northern Lights watching are on tap. If all that activity takes its toll, enjoy the spa, massage and sauna services to unwind with your other half. The perfect winter getaway.  

@beautifuldestinations caught the Northern Lights on camera during their stay

@beautifuldestinations caught the Northern Lights on camera during their stay

The perfect place to propose @cyn_r08

The perfect place to propose @cyn_r08

The glass igloos of Kakslautannen, by @valtterihirvonen

The glass igloos of Kakslautannen, by @valtterihirvonen



 
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