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Is one as­sured of fall­ing in love when on white sandy beaches fringed by beau­ti­ful palm trees and en­cir­cled by crys­tal clear turquoise waters of the Mal­dives? The quick an­swer hap­pens to be a boom­ing ‘Yes’! The slo­gan for this is­land na­tion should read as ‘Fall­ing in love - guar­an­teed’. A lux­u­ri­ous, trop­i­cal utopia in the mid­dle of nowhere with com­plete seclu­sion guar­an­teed, it is no won­der that coun­tries with sim­i­lar nat­u­ral beauty al­ways tend to come out on top when­ever one reads of ro­man­tic get­aways. Take for in­stance the for­ever beau­ti­ful Caribbean or the gor­geous is­lands that form part of Ocea­nia. The in­gre­di­ents that ig­nite the flames of ro­mance in th­ese lo­ca­tions ap­pear com­pa­ra­ble. Spread­ing one’s wings wider, the coasts of Mex­ico, Brazil and Africa also re­veal ex­otic des­ti­na­tions - rus­tic, lux­u­ri­ous and ro­man­tic.

While stay­ing on the path for ex­plor­ing ro­man­tic des­ti­na­tions, let’s shift gear just a tiny bit and move our sights to­wards moun­tains. The colour schemat­ics be­tween the Alps and a trop­i­cal beach par­adise are sim­i­lar but put in­versely on its head. The blue waters and white sand are re­placed by blue skies and white snow, while the flower-filled live­li­ness of moun­tain val­leys re­places the depths of the vi­brant coral reefs. By Kim­berly Tan

&Be­yond Mnemba Is­land, Zanz­ibar

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