Travel: Monumental Romance
Luxuriate in newly-wedded bliss at these one-of-a-kind locales
RIXOS LIBERTAS, DUBROVNIK, CROATIA
Rich in history and exotic in appeal, Dubrovnik has a special place in every romantic’s heart. The ‘pearl of the Adriatic’ offers everything you would want in a honeymoon destination. And Rixos Libertas is the perfect address to luxuriate in the most romantic days of your life.
What To Do
Most of the 250 plus rooms and suites of this resort have stunning views of the sea. Let the clean, clear waters of the Mediterranean soothe your nerves after what is likely to be a hectic wedding ceremony. Choose a suite that gives you easy access to the beach and also helps you maintain your privacy. Thereafter you can either choose to explore the beautiful city, having your fill of the stunning sights and sounds or simply chill in your cosy room.
We suggest you begin your day by first enjoying the grand breakfast with its fabulous selection of breads, pastries, yoghurts, cheese, fruits, meat and cereals. Thereafter, simply laze by the outdoor pool area before heading to the old city. A 20-minute walk will lead you to the historic northern gate of the old town. From here, embark on a discovery-filled journey. Dubrovnik abounds in monuments, galleries and cathedrals, which add to the heady romantic atmosphere. Chill at the Lapad peninsula beach, the largest public beach in the city known for its rocky, pebble-strewn coasts and deep blue waters.
While it’s fun to experiment with the food on the city’s streets, Rixos has some great restaurants serving fantastic seafood in Mediterranean, Spanish, Turkish, Dalmatian and Italian cuisine. Have a fun evening at the casino in the hotel or find your body and soul balance with the gorgeous spa packages. We bet you would definitely plan a trip back here for your anniversary next year!
THE DOLDER GRAND, ZURICH, SWITZERLAND
When it comes to celebrating love, few places on earth are as apt as Switzerland. There is something about the air in this paradise on earth that inspires romance like none other. Check into The Dolder Grand at Zurich to enjoy the best that Switzerland has to offer and fall in love with your partner all over again.
What To Do
The Dolder Grand has all the ingredients of a perfect holiday if what you are looking for is pleasure, exclusivity and relaxation. Its elevated location, between the throbbing life of the city and a soothing natural environment, gives you amazing views of Zurich, the lake and the Alps. There are free shuttles to the city centre where you can indulge in long walks, shopping sprees or even a meal by the lake. In fact, the location and its exquisite architecture are unrivalled and this is the best place to go to if you are looking for an authentic Swiss experience.
But wherever you go during the day, come back to spend your evenings at the Dolder Grand Bar with its extraordinary suspended ceiling lights and lounge style terrace. Serenade your partner with signature drinks like the ‘Wasa Khaan’ or the ‘Apple Ginger Martini’, or if you want something more exclusive, there is the ‘Caviar Staircase’. All of it creates a mood perfect for love.
As in most luxury hotels, the spa is the place to bond with your beloved. There are plenty of packages with special massages and facials guaranteed to add the extra glow to your body, face and soul.
LEBUA, LAKE OKAREKA LODGE, NEW ZEALAND
Rotorua in New Zealand is home to some of the most amazing forces on earth and the spiritual home of the country’s indigenous people, the Maori. This destination is a geothermal wonder, a cultural, adventure-filled playground and the perfect getaway perfect for a quiet romantic getaway. Rotorua’s scenery is dominated by numerous rivers, crystal springs and 16 major lakes, including stunningly beautiful Lake Okareka. And it is here that the oasis of luxury, the Lake Okareka Lodge is situated.
What To Do
The Lodge is a stylish 657 sqmt lake house with three luxurious suites. Privacy is the key word here as the entire lodge complex is booked for only one couple, family or group at a time.
The facilities at this luxurious haven are in direct contrast with the natural, raw environs. The lodge includes a living room, library and den with a baby grand piano, a casual breakfast room, climate controlled wine cellar, massage room, gym and fitness studio. Dine at a number of locations indoors or outside under the clear sky, enjoy after-dinner drinks in the lounge, balcony or garden – it’s all yours.
However, if some fun and frolic with your partner is topmost on your mind, there is plenty to do. The half-day trout fishing trip with a private guide is an experience like no other. Else, simply go golfing, mountain biking, forest walks and more.