In preparation for Valentine’s day, Ladyhattan shares the most romantic places in the world. From beaches, jungles, to cities and wine drinking capitals, these are the places that are made for you and your Valentine. Yes, my favorite places in the world for not one, but two. For each chosen destination, I have highlighted an activity and hotel recommendation that will make your heart just melt… Happy Valentine’s Day and travel planning, ladies!
Tuscany Region, Italy
Rent a bike and spend the afternoon cruising the Chianti vineyards while stopping for a sip of scrumptious Italian wines. Finish the day with a view of the sunset over green rolling hills and yes, another glass of wine. Hotel: Borgo Santo Pietro
Wake up to your private lagoon and dive right in. Float around the south pacific ocean with your partner (and a tropical cocktail). Enjoy the freshest sushi money can buy against the backdrop of paradise. Hotel: The Four Seasons
Grab your most comfortable pair of walking shoes and explore the left bank. Stop at a café, smoke a cigarette and sip some Bordeaux. Feel a little bit more “French” and perhaps share some public displays of affection with your travel companion. The city facilitates regular kisses – hence the name, French kiss. Hotel: Hôtel Plaza Athénée
Watch the sunrise over the colorful Californian scenery by way of a private hot air balloon ride. After a day of vineyard “hopping” be sure to rest by the roaring fireplace in the comfort of your own private suite. How cozy does that get? Hotel: Hotel Yountville
New York City
Skate in the frigid air of Rockefeller Center beneath the magic of bright city lights. Who needs a sky full of stars when you can have one of skyscrapers? Share a bowl of pasta in Little Italy. Dance the night away inside a club full of strangers without a care in the world. Kiss in the taxi ride home like no one is watching, not even the nosy cabbie. Hotel: The Gansevoort
Grab a bahn mi sandwich before your boat tour of Halong Bay. Snap some photographs and take in the exquisite sites around you. Finish the evening by learning to cook a traditional Vietnamese dinner at the Red Bridge cooking school. Hotel: Villa Song Saigon
Being adventurous and participating in a joint challenge can often spark admiration for one another. Throw on your backpack and lace up those hiking boots. Hike together through Patagonia where you will see mountains crowned with glaciers and glistening waterfalls, to flowering meadows and marshlands. After your legs are undeniably fatigued, heat up a bubble bath full of fresh salts and soaps. Hotel: Tierra Patagonia
Get your skis ready and take the gondola up to the top of the mountain – but wait, don’t forget your passport! Ski down to the border of Italy or France from this incredible mountain top referred to as the Matterhorn. Après ski, serve each other bites of cheesy Swiss fondue at a cute local spot in downtown. Hotel: Riffelalp Resort
Sit back, grab a beer, your camera lens and enjoy the show — breathtaking views of the world’s most incredible wild animals. How romantic, to cruise through the jungle on a guided safari with the one you love. You will forever share the memories of the elephant or lion you met along the way. Hotel: Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari Club
With friends constantly getting proposed here or booking this hotspot for a honeymoon, it’s clearly the “go to” Caribbean destination for lovers. Why? The photographs of this place make it obvious. The striking mountains and crystal blue oceans of St.Lucia make it a beautiful place for all to enjoy – as a pair of course! Snorkel, drink rum, dive into your private plunge pool and be nothing but drunk in love. Hotel: Jade Mountain
Ride by your mate on horse, swim together in the sea or ski down the mountains — all in the very same trip! New Zealand, simply put, is just one big giant natural playground for you and your lover to run wild and free. With so many activities to choose from, be sure you make time for some spa services like a volcanic mud bath or sea salt body scrub. Hotel: Kauri Cliffs
There is nothing better than a little travel inspiration from one lady to another. I hope you enjoyed my top-picks for “romantic spots” around the world. Happy trip planning to you and your Valentine! Until the next getaway, have a wonderful Valentine’s day full of love, champagne, oysters and chocolates!