The Ultimate Romantic Holiday Destinations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.