It is, perhaps, easier than we think to become jaded after a bad relationship, or complacent in a good one. Whatever your personal situation is, it's likely that you could use a little romance in your modern life. So, whether you're single, married, living together, going on a honeymoon, planning a 3 month anniversary or just a spur-of-the-moment trip for yourself, read on to discover our top 3 most romantic spots in the world to wine, dine, dance, and romance.
1. Paris, France. It might seem like a cliché, but the city has absolutely earned its reputation as the world center of l'amour. There are few pleasures in life as exhilarating as a stroll around Paris in any weather and in any season: rain, snow, sun, fall, winter, spring--it's all magical. For the perfect romantic day, start with some hand-holding and people-watching as you saunter along the Champs Élysées.
Eat lunch (glass of champagne required) at an outdoor cafe before heading to see Chanel and Van Cleef's windows near the Ritz. Following dinner in a fine restaurant, stroll along the Seine (spontaneous kisses encouraged) and up to the Louvre, which is striking and softly lit by night. End your evening with a bottle of wine under the Eiffel Tower, which glitters on the hour, every hour. C'est la vie en rose, non?
2. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. While a safari might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of romance, you'll be surprised at how enthralling the experience can be. And there is no better place for a first-time safari than Kenya, often heralded as the most breathtaking country on the wildly diverse African continent.
If it's difficult for you to conceive of a holiday sans the luxuries of a four-star hotel, never fear: there are several providers of accommodation that will see to your complete comfort--from gourmet dining to soft beds to steamy, hot showers in the middle of the bush. You and your loved one are sure to bond beneath the stars as you watch the moon rise and hear the cries of wildlife in the distance. Enjoy. It won’t be hard.
3. Kyoto, Japan. Kyoto is one of the major Japanese cities that survived WWII relatively unscathed. This means ample opportunities for meandering together (or with yourself and a camera or sketchbook) around its lovely, atmospheric, and ancient neighborhoods and attractions. Kyoto’s 17 World Heritage sites include gardens, imperial palaces, and religious shrines, but it is a decidedly sleek and modern city as well.
If aesthetic (or religious) transcendence makes your heart sing, we recommend the Temple of the Golden Pavilion on a clear, blue-sky day. Once the sun goes down, head to Pontocho and Kiyamachi streets for a taste of Kyoto's nightlife before ending your evening with a lazy walk along the glimmering Kamo River.
We hope we've convinced you to put on the rose-colored glasses for a few days, a week, or the entire summer in one of these swoon-worthy locations.