Woman’s Day (Australia)
The most ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS in the world!
Treat love of your life to these once-in-a-lifetime adventures this year!
NOUMEA, NEW CALEDONIA
Forget flying all the way to Paris, get a slice of France just three hours from our shores in New Caledonia.
Gather a basket with wine, cheese and gourmet chocolate and set up a picnic on a secluded beach, or perhaps consider a helicopter or ultra-light flight over the top of Mount Katepei and gaze at the world’s largest lagoon below, before spying the heart of Voh, a large mangrove shaped in the form of a heart.
For more romance, spend sunset at the beachfront restaurant Le Roof, before retreating to your overwater bungalow at Doubletree by Hilton Noumea Ilot Maitre Resort. newcaledonia. travel/au
It’s no surprise that Sicily is popular after the postcard views (minus the murders) we saw in season two of The White Lotus.
We love “set jetting”, and Expedia research reveals more than two thirds of Australians have considered booking a trip to destinations they’ve seen on streamed shows or movies!
And while it’s expected The White Lotus hotel, which in real life is the Four Seasons’ San Domenico Palace, may be booked out for a while, there are many other romantic options. Kapuhala, an eco-farmstay located in the Noto region of Southern Sicily is our pick. Here you’ll have your own private vegetable garden and incredible views overlooking the picturesque expanse of Italian countryside. kapuhalasicily.com
SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA
With the UNESCO World Heritage Temples of Angkor Wat to explore at sunrise and sunset and gondola rides on Angkor Thom moat, Siem Reap is a must-visit destination. Make it romantic by booking into the Shinta Mani Angkor and Bensley Collection Pool Villas, Siem Reap.
The beautifully designed resort in the leafy French Quarter of the city between the Royal Gardens and the Old Market area offers a romantic getaway package, which includes such delights as a romantic poolside dinner with wine, a signature spa treatment for two and even a spiritual monk blessing ceremony. shintamani.com
A laid-back vibe, incredible food, amazing shopping – that’s just the beginning of why Oahu could be the perfect romantic escape. From the beachside hotels of Waikiki to the big waves of Waimea Bay on the North Shore, Oahu is a waterlover’s paradise. But beyond all the aquatic action there’s so much to explore.
Toast the sunset and get a feel for what Waikiki was like more than a century ago by dining at The Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, before retreating to one of the Outrigger resorts in Waikiki. Our pick? The beachfront Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has just undergone a dazzling $115 million renovation.
Rooms are upscale, residential-style, and when poolside you can hear
Check out Port Moselle market while in Noumea. Hawaiian slack-key guitar. outrigger.com
NGALA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE, SOUTH AFRICA
Relish private dinners under a star-studded sky at Ngala Private Game Reserve.
Cocooned in a pristine bush setting, Beyond Ngala Safari Lodge is a four-level treehouse featuring a choice of two sleeping areas – an enclosed and weatherproof bedroom and an elevated sleep-out platform beneath a retractable star-gazing awning on the rooftop.
Feeling peckish? Staff will deliver a tapas-style picnic dinner set up in the safety of an enclosed boma beneath the stars. andbeyond.com