5 must-experience Romantic Escapes in the world
If you've saved sufficient money for your honeymoon, a romantic holiday to celebrate your anniversary or even just a quick romantic weekend getaway, choosing a single destination from the many options available can be mindboggling. Here is a short list of 5 to give you some vacation ideas.
It may be a long way to go, but Paris is still one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The French capital has the beauty of Montmartre and the buzz of the Champs Elysees, the stylish Left Bank, the iconic Eiffel Tower, glorious museums and art galleries and arguably the finest food in the world (according to the French!). Paris is for once in a lifetime romantic escapes, but if you're looking for somewhere truly magical to propose, there are few places better than a bridge over looking the River Seine at night.
Once you've reached Paris, the rest is almost irrelevant as the entire city oozes romance. However, if you really want to push the boat out, either book into one of the many historic luxury hotels and really spoil your lover, or plump for more intimate boutique accommodation if you want privacy.
Closer to home, but ideal for both short breaks and full-blown holidays; Bali is popular with lovers for obvious reasons. This island paradise combines breathtaking scenery, glorious beaches, gentle, friendly people, exotic food, a fascinating culture and a serene spirituality which is quietly seductive.
Bali accommodation is as varied as the attractions of this unique Indonesian destination. Book yourselves into a bungalow on a beach or in a quiet village if you're looking for the simple life. If you're in search of serious pampering, investigate one of the many day spas and spa resorts that have sprung up in spots like Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud. Few getaways from Australia have as much to offer tourists as Bali and visiting once is never enough!
The Eternal City has attracted visitors for generations and few places are as delightful as Rome on a summer's night when the famous sights of the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Piazza Navona are lit up and buzzing with life. Share a bowl of pasta, indulge in a gelato and stroll the side streets of one of the most atmospheric cities in the world.
And remember that from Rome, it's only a train ride to the romance of Venice – still one of the most stunning cities on the planet and perfect for a weekend away as part of an Italy tour.
Straddling the border of the USA and Canada, Niagra Falls is actually a set of 3 astounding waterfalls – the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls. Whether you choose to book your romantic accommodation in Niagra Falls, New York or Niagra Falls Ontario, the majesty of the 'Falls can't fail to impress you and taking a cruise boat past their base is an unforgettable (and wet!) experience.
Noisy, flashy, lively and totally in your face, Hong Kong is an unusual, but great location for a romantic break. With superb restaurants, some of the best hotels in the world, excellent shopping and a thrilling blend of Chinese and Western cultures, a getaway here has loads to offer. Trawl the designer shops of Central and Admiralty for a special gift, take the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak and enjoy a romantic dinner with the lights of Hong Kong Harbour twinkling below.