Hideaways International's Top 10 Romantic Escapes with a Twist
Hideaways.com names its top amorous retreats with out-of-the-ordinary surprises
Portsmouth, NH-(February 2014)-Sure, there are the usual Valentine's Day remembrances of flowers, chocolates, and jewelry. But why not give that special
someone a truly different gift this year--a romantic vacation at one of these idyllic getaways with an extra little je ne sais quoi.
"We've spent 35 years searching out the world's most exceptional escapes, and each of these top romantic retreats encompasses the essence of passion with a
lovely location, seductive amenities, and an away-from-it-all ambiance that's tailor-made for an escape for two," says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of
Hideaways International™ Inc. "Best yet, there's something exceptional and unique at each--a twist, if you will--that will add an element of surprise
to your romantic interlude."
Here is Hideaways' list of Top 10 Romantic Escapes with a Twist.
1. Guana Island, British Virgin Islands: This laid-back-yet-sybaritic resort hosts just 30 or so guests at a
time in the surroundings of a private island nature reserve.
Celebrate your love with Guana's Castaway Picnic, where you'll be delivered by motorboat to one of the island's three deserted white-sand beaches, well
supplied with a gourmet picnic lunch and wine, and left with a VHF radio which you'll use later in the day to call for your boat ride home.
2. The Meridian Club, Pine Cay, Turks & Caicos: The living is barefoot casual with a touch of
elegance at this private island retreat of just 13 cottage suites within steps of a secluded two-mile stretch of talcum-soft beach.
Borrow an electric golf cart for a ride along sandy trails to "The Aquarium," a secluded inlet and intimate beach with its own cute thatched cabana for
just the two of you. Conveniently stationed there are two sit-on-top kayaks waiting to take you snorkeling.
3. Casa de Sierra Nevada, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: In the heart of colonial Mexico, this romantic boutique
hotel is fashioned from a cluster of historic mansions in a magical old-world setting.
With its roots firmly in Mesoamerican culture, the hotel has its own authentic Temazcal, a stone sweat lodge where the two of you can share an ancient
detoxifying ritual that delivers the medicinal benefits of local herbs along with a deep sense of peace.
4. Capri Palace, Anacapri, Italy: The lure of the sea and the utter romance of this art hotel, perched atop
Capri's rocky cliffs, is enough to reignite the spark between the two of you.
No, the resort's uniquely named "Temptation Room" is not filled with adult "goodies," as you might believe, but rather with something almost as seductive:
a wall-to-wall selection of rich, decadent desserts.
5. The Marmara Bodrum, Bodrum, Turkey: Old world meets modern comforts at this boutique hotel set high in the
hills above the ancient Aegean port city of Bodrum.
Book the Dolce Vita Suite for its hedonistic pleasures that include a completely (and we mean completely) secluded terrace with its own two-person
Jacuzzi that overlooks that fascinating and historic cityscape.
6. Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur, India: Arrive at this "floating" hotel by boat, immerse yourself in traditional
Rajasthani splendor, and prepare to be treated like royalty.
It doesn't get much more romantic than gliding gently across mystical Lake Pichola in a ceremonial imperial barge, sipping your favorite libation,
indulging in divine delicacies from the on-board grill, and enjoying live instrumental music.
7. Alila Villas Uluwatu, Bali: Poised on a plateau above the Indian Ocean, this luxurious resort combines
cutting-edge architecture with discreet service and spacious private pool villas.
The resort's Sunset Cabana is a gravity-defying, overhanging cliff-top platform where the two of you can relax with a cocktail and drink in those
exhilarating ocean views.
8. The Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt: This elegant resort is a classic celebration of whitewashed domes,
arches, and columns, all on the shores of the Red Sea.
Don't miss the chance for a private dinner on the beach followed by an equally private screening of a classic movie shown under a canopy of "date" palms
(we love the double entendre here!).
9. Orient-Express Safari Camps, Botswana, Africa: These three remote-but-luxurious tented camps--Savute Elephant
Camp, Khwai River Lodge, and Eagle Island Camp--promise plenty of exotic experiences and a lifetime of intimate memories.
Start with a relaxing bath in your outdoor tub-for-two, then later in the evening, follow your butler to the edge of camp for a private, candlelit
dinner--but be warned, your amorous evening might be interrupted by an elephant or antelope at the nearby watering hole.
10. Sea Cloud Cruises, Worldwide: Embrace the pure romance of sailing aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship,
where the hoisting and unfurling of sails is done completely by hand-a magnificent sight that's sure to capture your imagination.
As candlelight flickers in the gentle breeze, you can celebrate a special occasion in a most intimate setting on deck at the fantail, under tall masts and
crisp white sails, as course after delectable course is served to just the two of you.
"Love is celebrated just once a year on St. Valentine's Day, but we all know any day is a good day to show just how romantic you really are," says
Thiel. "And each of these out-of-the-ordinary escapes is the perfect place to romance the love of your life, most any time of the year."
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