It's not so controversial to say many couple feel that Valentines Day is contrived.
Many believe the whole engineered amorous affair lessens those genuine gestures made by couples, lovers, partners, as they strive for a more unique approach to this day. So why not step away from it all and escape together for a journey and unique experiences that are JUST yours.
Our team of expert travel designers are always on the lookout for those secret boutique boltholes, the rooms that raise the romance stakes, the destinations that tenderly tuck you away, and the experiences that can start or see through a love affair of a lifetime. From the small things to the over-the-top acts, we create clients those one-off exotic escapes (entirely bespoke of course), that are as sincere as a bunch of red roses on any other day but Valentines.
Certainly not your average sundowner on the sand. The surreal Uyuni Salt Flats of Bolivia's altiplano are the perfect escape for a couple after extraordinary scenes and far flung romance in this otherworldly environment. Stay at the Luna Salada (pictured) -- a hotel made almost entirely out of salt.
Just the ticket for a dose of romance in the remote Kalahari desert, is the Malori sleepout experience at Tswalu. Not another soul for miles around and with nothing but a gourmet dinner and the constellations for company, this is an escape if ever there was.
The Argentinean Lake District is sufficiently vast for a couple to truly disappear in deluxe style. One of our absolute favorite hotels is the boutique Relais and Chateaux hotel, Las Balsas, where romance is part of everything: the scenery, the sailing and the spectacularly good food.
Zanzibar and the Spice Islands are an East African dreamboat for disappearing. The turquoise Indian Ocean lapping at your feet, white sands between your toes and the scent of cinnamon in the air should paint the picture nicely. Mnemba Island Lodge has all this, but is on its own private island, and can arrange romantic dinners for two on the beach, tracking sea turtles, scuba diving, fly fishing and much more.
Not a bad view eh? Looking over Kenya's Laikipia plateau, the sanctuary at Ol Lentille is the ultimate in spacious safari luxury with its four self-contained bush houses. So, in between enjoying the wildlife, camel and horse riding, don't forget to run a bath and drink in the panoramas in front of you.
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