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There’s no need to wait for the honeymoon or Valentine’s Day to start planning a romantic break for two. If an excuse were needed, think only of secluded coves of the Caribbean, the rich vineyards of southern France or the superlative scenery of New Zealand and you’ll be halfway there already. Here’s a quick pick of the best to inspire your next romantic break or all inclusive holiday in 2013.
Paris may receive most of the hype when it comes to classic honeymoon destinations but if you’ve been there, done that, get out of the city and discover the romance of the southern provinces instead. Try the local tipples around Provence, while admiring the floral pastures and villages which sit atop the green hills. Climb the famous city walls of Carcassonne or settle on the sands of the Cote d’Azur with your loved one: this is where rural France is at its most beguiling.
Seemingly made for romantic holidays, Indonesia’s crowning jewel boasts the title of ‘Isle of the Gods’ and really lives up to the image. Bali has seafront resorts on the south coast where the only sound is the tide easing in and out, or you can up the energy levels and explore the dramatic interior: full of glassy lakes, towering mountains and forests rich with flora and fauna. Whether you prefer high-octane or sleepy relaxation, Bali can deliver.
British Virgin Islands
The choices in the Caribbean are endless as far as romance goes, but just within the BVI, there’s a total of sixty tiny paradises waiting for you in the startling blue ocean. The warm weather makes the Caribbean a great honeymoon spot, whenever you travel, and islands like Virgin Gorda are populated with many a luxury spa resort to sneak away to. The smaller islands come with evocative names like Deadman’s Chest and Ginger Island and can offer even more privacy and a sense of untouched wilderness perfect for a getaway for two.
The Maharajas’ Express, India
For something a little more unusual, take a trip aboard the Maharajas’ Express, which brings new meaning to the word ‘opulent’. If you fancy being pampered in a presidential suite the size of a whole carriage, having your own butler service or viewing the Taj Mahal from the observation car, this is the ultimate in luxury train travel. Along the way from Delhi to Mumbai, you and your partner can indulge in champagne picnics, wildlife safaris and as much 5-star dining as you can manage.
Typically known as an adventurer’s paradise, New Zealand is also great for couples wanting some alone-time. These huge islands barely have enough of a population to cover them, and there are breathtaking panoramas wherever you turn. Boat along the fjords of the South Island, head for the hot springs in the North, or take off in your own private hot air balloon across the green patchwork of the Canterbury Plains; you’re in for an exhausting but thoroughly enjoyable holiday.
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Author Bio: Jasmine Ellis has been married for five years and can think of nothing better than venturing to exotic destinations with her husband. After taking a year for their honeymoon in order to travel between Australia, New Zealand and Asia, the couple caught the travel bug and try to enjoy at least 2 weeks abroad each year.
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