It’s the season of luuurve, so we’ve rounded up some of the most romantic spots in the world to go on a date. Whether you’re strolling through with your crush, soulmate or four-legged friend, be sure to get a copy of our LUXE City Guides to see what else you can do in the area… mwah!
Istanbul: Topkapi Palace
Home to the sultans for more than three centuries, the Topkapi Palace will get your hearts racing, if not for its awe-inspiring Harem and Treasury stacked with diamond-encrusted daggers, gold armour, pearl-covered Korans, et al.
Los Angeles: Santa Monica Pier
Iconic, yes. Tacky? Maybe. Still, there’s something decidedly nostalgic and romantic about this 1909 fisherman’s pier. Walk or cycle along the oceanfront boulevard for max rom-com feels.
Rome: Trevi Fountain
If you think you’ll get a solo encounter with the Trevi Fountain, think again – it’s teeming with coachers from 8am till late – how irritante! Avoid the hordes with a pre-dawn visit and it’ll be just you, your S.O. and the water-spouting statues.
Paris: Eiffel Tower
With her kinky steel corsetry as light as lace, the iconic iron lady has the world and his wife lining up at her feet. Dine at the Mich-starred Le Jules Verne, with its own private platform set within the great tower. Swoon!
London: Kew Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens are exceptional with flower-filled formal planting, a pagoda and Victorian iron-n-glass Palm House (the oldest surviving one of its kind), as well as galleries, temples and a Treetop Walkway. Sublime in the summer.
Bali: Uluwatu Temple
Legend has it, this sacred clifftop perch on the southwest tip of Bali was once a ship that turned to stone… today, it’s better known as the island’s primo spot for a sunset view.
Amsterdam’s big green central lung is a wonderful walk in the park, or bring your ‘fiets’ (aka. bike) and pedal through with your other half (couple’s challenge: try holding hands while doing so). Best in spring and autumn, eerily beautiful in winter and crowded with babes and BBQs in summer.
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