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Six of The World's Most Romantic Retreats

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Ah l'amour! With Valentine's Day fast approaching, the mind inevitably turns to thoughts of love. If you're looking for a romantic spot to explore with your significant other, consider one of these desire-fueled destinations that naturally ooze enchantment.



There's a reason Paris is at the top of every lover's travel list. Atmospheric cafes on every corner beckon you inside to share a glass of wine and a sugary patisserie with your sweetie. The wide boulevards, perfect for walking hand-in-hand, appear to have been made with mingling in mind – with their ancient, evocative architecture, and sculptures and archways that tickle the imagination. A myriad of art museums are ready to stir the spirit. Or, if you're looking for something more physical than spiritual, you can lock lips under the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe. No matter where you go in the City of Lights, the smell of baking baguettes and croissants fills the streets with an impossible-to-resist aphrodisiac scent.


Samana, Dominican Republic

For those in the know, this sun-drenched destination is considered the Caribbean capital of romance. Without a doubt, the Dominican's many adult-only, all-inclusive hotels are divine escapes, complete with intimate dining options, intoxicating cocktails and picturesque beaches. The town of Samana is the perfect spot for an under-the-radar romantic rendezvous. During the day, the pulse of the city will get your temperature rising as you wander the streets and colorful markets. At night, there's a club on every corner where you can dance the merengue. Nearby, you can take a horseback ride through verdant forests to el Limon waterfall, or rent a boat and discover a hidden beach seemingly designed just for a tryst.


Taj Mahal, India

Profess your adoration in sight of one of mankind's greatest tributes to love, the Taj Mahal. The construction of this marvel of architecture began in 1632, ordered by emperor Shah Jahan as a mausoleum for the body of his favorite wife. To this day, it's one of the most recognizable and visually arresting masterpieces in the world. There's something indescribably otherworldly about its stunning, white marble façade and majestic minarets soaring to the heavens. While a tomb may seem like a strange place to exchange sweet nothings, it offers a spectacular way to remind your love that your feelings transcend time.


Quebec City

Combine Paris with the affordability and affability of Canada, and you get this naturally romance-nurturing metropolis. One of North America's oldest cities, it's also the only capital on the continent with 400-year-old fortified city walls. Dating back to the 1600s, the historic district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its mix of contemporary boutiques, centuries-old buildings, award-winning modern restaurants and atmospheric pubs offer many chances to form lasting memories with your lover. Be sure to bond over a shared plate of the ooey-gooey goodness of that iconic French-Canadian food, poutine. For a truly unforgettable experience, it's worth splurging to stay one night (or even just get a drink at the bar) in the city's famous Château Frontenac. One of Canada's famed historic “castle hotels,” the luxury accommodations offer stunning views of the St. Lawrence River and the old fortified city.


Savannah, Georgia

Who can resist being seduced by a southern drawl? And if the slow-like-honey speech doesn't do it for you, the sultry heat will certainly lure you to linger with your love. Savannah epitomizes southern hospitality, and the unique antebellum architecture, quaint waterfront walkways and horse-drawn carriages add to the city's charm. Spend the day strolling through the historic area's 22 inviting parks filled with out-of-the way benches, trees covered with Spanish moss for a romantic gothic effect, and exquisite fountains. Said to be one of the most haunted cities in America, Savannah presents a wonderful opportunity to take a nighttime ghost tour, which will give you plenty of excuses for protective embraces.



You don't have to be a fan of opera to recognize the airy, undulating beauty of the Sydney Opera House. It encapsulates the energy of the city and the artistic and fun-loving vibe you'll find in Australia. You'll want to raise your voice in celebration while you walk through this dynamic urban center – which brings together the essential elements that make a metropolis so magical: great food, culture, a sunny clime and friendly people. Exercise your mind by taking in some theater or a museum or two, then head to the beaches to give your tan a workout. The city also has an animated bar and club scene, so there's plenty of opportunity for you and your partner to trip the light fantastic. A sunset cruise on the harbor promises many liptastic kisses. 


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