This Valen­tine’s week­end cel­e­brate wan­der­lust with these quick es­capes you can get to in un­der six hours

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Look­ing for a ro­man­tic in­ter­lude? Here’s a short­list of 10 des­ti­na­tions that are less than six hours away.


No man or woman is an is­land, but if they want to be a cast­away on one, Sey­chelles is all that and more. Just like all the travel brochures prom­ise, the trop­i­cal ar­chi­pel­ago is crys­tal-clear wa­ters, blaz­ing sun­sets, pow­der-white sands and gran­ite moun­tains. It’s also the epit­ome of newly wed­ded bliss – the Clooneys and the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge hon­ey­mooned here.

On the main is­land of Mahé, the Banyan Tree Sey­chelles’ in­de­pen­dent vil­las are co­cooned by palm fronds but open up to panoramic views of the sea. Sey­chelles is full of things to see and do – the botan­i­cal gar­dens, tur­tle hatch­lings at Anse In­ten­dance (Fe­bru­ary is hatch­ing sea­son)… but the re­sort’s three-day Sense of Ro­mance pack­age will en­tice you to stay in and bond with your part­ner over meals at in-house restau­rants, Swedish mas­sages and yoga classes.

Vil­las from Dh4,470. Call 00248 438 3500 or email sey­

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