February 14th marks the "international day of love" as the world celebrates St. Valentine's Day!
From amazing luxury hotels to fabulous restaurants - these select locations offer the best of the best!
Splash Out! Valentine's Day comes but once a year ….
The BusinessClass.com guide to five romantic no-expense-spared destinations this Valentine’s Day:
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?
New York is a delightful city to visit at any time of year. Throw in some intimacy and suddenly, New York is THE city to visit at any time of year!
From walking hand in hand down Madison, to enjoying a tasty breakfast at Tea & Sympathy, you can spend weeks in the Big Apple and still only taken a nibble.
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 - Tiffany & Co or Harry Winston anyone?
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.
A must for lovers: explore the sand dunes of the Sahara in a 4×4. Alternately, visit one of the finest gardens in the world - Jardin Majorelle - restored over 40 years by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent.
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. Head to one of the city's amazing luxury hotels or head to Hammam Rosa Bonheur.
Spoil yourselves: Float over Marrakesh in a hot-air balloon at sunrise with the snow-capped Atlas Mountains and sandy desert as the backdrop.
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.
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.
With 365 beaches - one for every day of the year - find your special beach on the 14th February and laze there … take in a sunrise or sunset … enjoy a beach barbecue … and read a good book! Dance the night away or just do nothing with your special someone.
Head over heels in 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.
There is just much to do in Maldives which it is why this island nation is one of the most popular honeymoon destination in the world. Scuba dive in the depths of the turquoise waters vibrant with coral reefs. Sip Champagne at sunset. Enjoy amazing sunrises and sunsets. Laze in your own overwater villa or beach pool. Indulge in a couples’ massage at an underwater spa with treatment rooms 20 feet below the surface. Give in to extravaganza with a bottle of bubbly, flowers, and candles under a billowing tent on a floating platform on a lagoon.
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