February 14th marks the "international day of love" as we celebrate Valentine's Day!
Hit the high notes of love with the apple of your eye in an eternally romantic location, across the planet.
The BusinessClass.com guide to the most romantic destinations this Valentine’s Day:
A Parisian Fling
The City of Lights is a mecca for its high-heeled sophistication, wide boulevards and cafe culture. While grandiose landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Notre-Dame and Champs de Elysees hog the limelight, Paris is equally epitomised in its quaint neighbourhoods, like arty Montmartre, bohemian Latin Quarter and trendy Le Marais. Here, locals linger over crepes at street-side cafes, smoke-filled literary hangouts buzz with lively chatter, baguettes fly off shelves of boulangeries and women on bikes pedal their kids to school. Celebrate the clichés unabashedly, swoon over the Iron Lady and gawk from the Bateaux cruise on the Seine. Then venture beyond the tourist track, as far as you possibly can.
Bond with beau: Laugh until you cry in Olivier Giraud’s comic caper “How to Become a Parisian in One Hour.”
Let the sparks fly: Tango to Argentinean rhythms on the banks of the River Seine.
Spoil yourselves: Book a professional photoshoot for images of your trip
Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
Wooing In Venice
The City of Bridges in Veneto is an ethereal dream, where magnificent 16th- and 17th-century palazzos appear to rise from the depths of green lagoons. A towering, gilded Basilica presides over the gigantic San Marco Square, where pigeons flock and tourists throng all day. Gondoliers serenade couples along the 3-kilometre watery boulevard, Grand Canal. Tiny trattorias dish out Chicchettis and Bellinis to diners inspired by legends of Casanova. Store windows laded with artisan crafts lie tucked away in a bewildering maze of narrow alleys. Marble clad mountains tinkle, church bells peal gently, Renaissance reflections shimmer, and secret rooftops flaunt eye-popping viewpoints. Do yourself a huge favour. Ditch the map and slip away from the main sights to wander footloose, hand-in-hand. Who knows what secrets you may uncover together?
Bond with beau: Make a silhouette against blazing pink sunsets while strolling in the canals of Dorsoduro
Let the sparks fly: Kiss under the Bridge of Sighs and believe in the gift of eternal love.
Spoil yourselves: Book a private box at the Opera or Ballet at Teatro La Fenice.
Where to stay: Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Dublin for heartthrobs
Ireland’s enchanting capital is dubbed the Land of Saints and Scholars for its centuries-old cathedrals and the hallowed halls of Trinity College. From the cobbled streets lined with stately Georgian manors to the tongue-in-cheek public art and the regenerating docklands to the seaside sweep of Dublin Bay, the city buzzes with youthful energy and traditional culture. Fallow deer roam free in the urban sanctuary of Pheonix Park. Couples light candles to the patron saint of love, St. Valentine, at Whitefriar Street Church. Pub-hopping is the nightly mandate in over 1000 pubs, including the most famous Temple Bar District. Pints of Guinness flow, Uilleann pipes belt out Irish music, and platefuls of oysters (the food of love) do the rounds. Mimic what you see.
Bond with beau: Strike a pose at the open-air gallery of fantastic public art, Love Lane
Let the sparks fly: Take a 6-kilometre cliff walk at Howth Head. Think weathered cliff faces, wild waves and deserted beaches with caves.
Spoil yourselves: Splurge with a private screening for two at the 30-seater Denzille Cinema.
Where to stay: The Merrion
Flirting with New York
Frenetic sights of the concrete jungle meet the small-town charm of distinctive boroughs in the cool andcosmopolitan Big Apple. Fast-paced zebra crossings of Manhattan or retail mania of Fifth Avenue, cutting-edge art of the Met or glittering lights of Broadway, there’s never a dull moment in New York. And then there are the boutiques of East Village, bakeries of Brooklyn and jazz bars of Harlem. Evenings are ever writ with dilemmas considering the abundance of live shows…rock, opera, improv comedy, indie cinema, ballet and burlesque. Further out, there are hiking trails in Long Island to lure the outdoorsy at heart and wine tasting tours in Hudson Valley to pump up the luxe factor. How far out will your heart take you?
Bond with beau: Slow the pace with a kayaking session on the Hudson River.
Let the sparks fly: Pile on the charm with a picnic basket, fine wine and a blanket for a cuddly afternoon in Central Park.
Spoil yourselves: Forage for the perfect rock in the diamond district of Fifth Avenue before popping the question
Where to stay: The Carlyle
Slow Seduction in Marrakesh
A centuries-old trading hub at the edge of the sprawling Sahara is an Arabian Nights fantasy with pink rammed-earth palaces. Intoxicating sounds, sights and smells shroud every inch of Marrakesh, from the winding streets of the heaving souks to the intricately tiled courtyards of the Riads. Henna tattooists, snake charmers, fortune-tellers and healers draw crowds to thronging squares, where vendors hawk mint tea and steaming tagines. Horse-drawn carriages offer a taste of vintage charm along roads lined with orchards, orange trees, pomegranate gardens. In the distinctly French Ville Nouvelle (New Town), hip boutiques, modern galleries and speciality restaurants splay out in wide leafy boulevards. Dive deep…and then some.
Bond with beau: Explore the sand dunes of the Sahara in a 4×4.
Let the sparks fly: Indulge in a couples hammam spa treatment, starting with a centuries-old steam bath ritual and ending with a rose-petal bath.
Spoil yourselves: Float over Marrakesh in a hot-air balloon at sunrise with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and sandy desert as the backdrop.
Where to stay: La Mamounia Marrakesh
Starry-eyed in Singapore
Heritage meets hip, and green spaces blend with glassy skyscrapers in the squeaky clean, efficient and cosmopolitan Asian metropolis. Marina Bay Sands gleams as a symbol of 21st-century Singapore, world-class museums welcome history nerds, and pleasure seekers queue into clubs at Clarke Quay. Colourful street art and shophouses lure culture vultures to ethnic enclaves like Little India, Chinatown and newly gentrified Tiong Bahru. Nature is never far from reach in the Lion City, and choices are more plentiful than imagination permits, from the Supertrees in the Cloud Forest at the Gardens by the Bay to the wild mangroves and wetland reserves further away from the cityscape. Amp it up with a Treetop walk high above the lush forest canopy in the MacRitchie Reservoir.
Bond with beau: Cycle past mangroves, steamy jungle and old Malay kampongs on Pulau Ubin Island.
Let the sparks fly: Cuddle up at the designer bridges of Henderson Waves near HarborFront.
Spoil yourselves: Feast on a four-course sky dining meal inside a capsule of the Singapore Flyer with sunset, stars and the shimmering skyline.
Where to stay: Raffles Singapore
Lovebirds in Prague
The ‘Mother of all Cities’ is pure eye-candy with its cobbled Old Town, monumental castle complex, delicate Art Nouveau architecture and whimsical Cubist sculptures. Diners bask in the sunshine at open-air cafes, culturistas line up for church concerts and beer microbreweries bustle with endless customers. Cruise boats glide under baroque bridges on the sinuous Vltava, vintage cars ply around the historical centre, and an ensemble of 1000 Gothic spires pierce the skies. Opulent passageways lead to unexpected surprises and exquisite Bohemian crystal glints in storefronts. Sweethearts stroll in open spaces and trails of the Petrin Park, home to the statue of Karel Hynek Mácha, Czech Republic’s ‘poet of love’. Reach the climax of your Valentine pilgrimage at the clifftop fortress Vyšehrad, where the remains of St. Valentine lie enshrined. Respect.
Bond with beau: Sip classy cocktails in a lounge inspired by Ernest Hemingway.
Let the sparks fly: Pledge togetherness at sunrise against the silhouetted statues of medieval Charles Bridge.
Spoil yourselves: Reserve an entire Beer Spa for yourself and chill out in original, handmade 1000-litres oak tubs.
Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Prague
An Affair with Budapest
Divided by the River Danube, the twin cities of Buda and Pest showcase the glory of a bygone era with drop-dead gorgeous landmarks like the Buda Castle, Hungarian Parliament Building, Chain Bridge and Fisherman’s Bastion. Gourmets seek out authentic Goulash and Chimney Cake in atmospheric bistros, then down Tokaji wines in the city’s quirky ruin bars. Locals soak in the warm mineral waters and play chess on the floating chessboards of historic bathhouses under frescoed, domed ceilings. Aphrodisiacal urges are fulfilled in the Chocolate Museum, complete with a luscious chocolate fountain. Craft your own brand of divine chocolate and stock up on traditional liquors to earn extra brownie points with your better half. Palate it up.
Bond with beau: Crawl through Budapest’s most extensive underground cave system in a 3.5-hour adrenaline-packed caving experience.
Let the sparks fly: Bliss out in the garden-like haven of Margaret Island, with the Danube flowing past on both sides.
Spoil yourself silly: Treat yourself to a show at the acclaimed Danube Symphony Orchestra or the Budapest Opera House.
Where to stay: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest
Antigua for Sweethearts
The sunniest of the Caribbean islands boasts of a curvaceous coastline creased with hundreds of coves and 365 silky soft beaches. Colourful markets, calypso and candy-hued colonial cottages lure visitors to the capital city of St. John’s. But the allure of Antigua remains its affable, rum-soaked culture, which is a happy concoction of British and West Indian flavours. The history trail leads to Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only working Georgian dockyard and Betty’s Hope, a restored sugar mill. Adventure junkies ride the choppy waves and dive for colourful coral in the crystal clear waters of Half Moon Bay. Step up the drama with a hike along the scenic Shirley Heights, then perch at Devil’s Bridge, a wave-sculpted limestone arch stretching over the spot where the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea merge. Gloating is obligatory.
Bond with beau: Fly through the jungle like Tarzan with a zip-line tour, complete with wooden plank bridges and crazy rope swings.
Let the sparks fly: Cruise into the sunset at the Caribbean side of the island.
Spoil yourself silly: Whisper sweet nothings on a private moonlit dinner on the beach.
Where to stay: Jumby Bay Island Resort
Head over heels in the Maldives
An archipelago of 26 ring-shaped atolls and thousands of coral islands in the Indian Ocean is a slice of utopia with jewel-toned waters and blinding white, palm-fringed beaches. Away from the buzzing pint-sized capital city Malé, lux living awaits jet setters in thatched-roof over-water villas with glass floors, private butlers, outdoor soaking tubs and infinity pools. Idyll-chasers sip cocktails on loungers, adventure enthusiasts push their limits with waterspouts, and gastronomes experiment with decadent cuisine. Raise a toast to romance on a private island with waves, white sand and wine for company. Remember to breathe as you ogle at the spectacular rose and gold hues sweeping across the horizon.
Bond with beau: Scuba dive in the depths of the turquoise waters vibrant with coral reefs.
Let the sparks fly: Indulge in a couples’ massage at an underwater spa with treatment rooms 20 feet below the surface.
Spoil yourselves: Give in to extravaganza with a bottle of bubbly, flowers, and candles under a billowing tent on a floating platform on a lagoon.
Where to stay: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
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