A romantic breakaway on Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to relax and spend time with your partner. Secluded, luxurious and relaxing, some destinations offer you the perfect romantic escape. European celebrities pick sunny and picturesque locations for their romantic breakaways. They choose luxurious hotels that cater to every couple’s needs and spend time relaxing on white sandy beaches or on their yachts. In addition, these romantic and exotic locations have something Europe lacks in February: good weather.
1. Harbour Island, Bahamas – Pink beaches for a Romantic Getaway
The Bahamas is a perfect destination for a romantic breakaway. Every island is surrounded by clear blue water, enjoys excellent weather all year round and each is unique in its own way. Harbour Island stands out due to its pink sand beaches that cover the east side of the island. It is a very popular destination for European nobles and royals. Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece spent her last holiday here along with her friends and family. The royal family visits the Bahamas several times every year and is arguably their favorite destination.
Harbour Island has only one charming town with British colonial style architecture. Its streets are lined with beautiful colorful flowers. Taking a stroll through Dunmore Town on your way to the pink sand beaches will most certainly make for a perfect romantic getaway.
2. French Polynesia – Let’s Get Lost
If you and your significant other want to go as far as possible from modern and urban life, then French Polynesia should be your top pick. The archipelago comprises 118 islands and atolls, the majority of which are uninhabited. French Polynesia was the last place on the planet to be settled by humans and it has managed to keep its pristine and virgin forests. Here, you can feel just like Adam and Eve, without having to give up comfort and luxury.
Tahiti, Bora Bora and other islands have an excellent tourist infrastructure. Several hotels are fit to host even European royals. Princess Victoria of Sweden spent her honeymoon here and French Polynesia is a top destination for many French and English aristocrats.
French Polynesia is one of the best romantic yacht destinations. Royals and aristocrats sail the clear blue waters and anchor their vessels in natural harbors to swim and explore the beautiful nature. Yachting is very popular here because there are many islands to explore and the sun shines all through the year
3. Cornwall – Charming Cottages and Green Countryside
A small charming cottage lost in the green countryside. Inside, the fireplace warms the cozy room while both of you look through the window and, from time to time, sip delicious Earl Grey tea. If this is the romantic getaway you imagined, then Cornwall can offer you and your partner the exact setting and atmosphere.
Cornwall is a small area in the southwest peninsula of England. Here, you will not find any big cities, but only charming villages where every house has flowers on its windowsill. Small and cozy cottages are sprinkled around the countryside. Cornwall is a green picturesque country blessed with the best weather in the United Kingdom. If you do not want to trek on the wild moorland, you can opt for a romantic hot air balloon ride.
Romantic cottages provide comfort, luxury and privacy. Cornwall is a favorite place of the British nobility. Lady Natasha Rufus Isaacs, Alexander Douglas Douglas-Hamilton, 16th Duke of Hamilton and 13th Duke of Brandon and other English and Scottish nobles spend their holidays in Cornwall.
4. Mauritius – A Tropical Paradise
A perfect destination for luxury couples holidays, Mauritius can offer you and your loved one a perfect romantic getaway. The island is a hotspot for tourists and it attracts many notable people, among them being the princesses of Monaco. Princess Stéphanie of Monaco and her daughter Pauline Ducuret were spotted on the sandy beaches of Mauritius. The island is a favorite destination among French, Spanish and English nobles and peers.
Mauritius was awarded World Leading Island Destination and World's Best Beach at the World Travel Awards in 2012. Its beautiful and clean beaches, tropical fauna, sunny weather and the interesting mélange of cultures attract tourists from all around the world. Mauritius has several five-stars hotels that are perfect for a luxurious romantic breakaway. It is also very common to see many yachts sailing along its shores.
5. Champagne, France – Love and Wine
Sparkling wine, charming medieval villages, beautiful countryside and lush vineyards are what you and your partner will find in Champagne, a historic region of France. Champagne is also the birthplace of champagne wine and it is clustered with vineyards and champagne houses. French and German nobles have often called Champagne their second home. Many aristocrats come here to enjoy the beautiful and peaceful nature and to drink the best champagne in the world.
Reims is the biggest city in Champagne and is perfect for a romantic getaway. Its architecture was inspired by Romanticism and the many gothic cathedrals always inspire lovers with their grandness. From Reims, you can explore the beautiful countryside. If you want to take a break from the city, rent a cottage in the small hill town of Langres. For good champagne, go to Epernay and take a tour of the Moët & Chandon vineyards.
We all need to take a romantic break away sometimes and these destinations are perfect for keeping the flame alive!