Let’s celebrate love. Warmth. Hugs. Red wine. We don’t celebrate Valentine’s dag, but I must confess that I’m a hopeless romantic. I love sending cards, lovely words, surprising someone, candle lights, hugging, beach strolls and love songs. I would also say that traveling is romantic. Overnight stays at extraordinary places, getting lost in unknown cities, being together after brilliant experiences; it seems that my heart and sense have to work overtime when I do what I love most with whom I love to be most.
Top 5 romantic stays
What have been my five most romantic stages? Making decisions is not one of my best abilities, but here we go. Randomly stated.
Camps of tents in the desert, Jordan
Staying overnight in the desert of Jordan is the most romantic your trip will ever get. No luxury hotel room can beat such an experience. We slept twice in the desert of Jordan, at two different spots. The ancient sand that slowly colours red when the sun sets, the scuttling camels, the basic tents, the remarkable conversations with the Bedouin, watching thousands of stars appear in the night sky; doing this together. Beat that.
The jungle of Sumatra, Indonesia
Another simple but yet over-romantic place to stay. We slept on a scarf in the middle of the jungle in Sumatra. We were woken up by the noises of the river streaming, birds singing and a crackling campire used to make us a cup of tea. Just an hour later we stand eye-to-eye with an Orang-Utan. Insane.
South Palms, Bohol, the Philippines
Extreme luxury. Different, but incredibly enjoyable. This fancy private bungalow on the prettiest beach of Bohol earns it’s spot in my top five. Waking up from the sounds of the waves and then, in one big step, with bare foots in the sand walking to the ocean first thing in the morning was wonderful.
The Crane Hotel, Amsterdam
I should mention the Netherlands as well. The overnight stay in The Crane Hotel in Amsterdam was definitely a stay I could call romantic. I mean, bubbling in a jacuzzi, outside, on the top of a crane while snow is slowly falling around us? Indeed.
Gili Air, Indonesia
A really simple and basic backpackerscabin which name I forgot, but which memories have remained with me throughout life. Our first journey together, we had known each other for three weeks and we left for a five-week journey through Indonesia. While the sun rose and shone as radiant and luminous as could be in our cabin on this romantic island, I was the happiest girl in the world.
Top 5 romantic stays on the bucketlist
Of course I still have some romantic places I’d like to visit on my bucketlist. Being a graduated and ex-hotel manager I’ve got a soft spot for marvelous accommodations. Booking.com has a convenient destination tool to find a destination based on your preferred type of stay and I have spent an evening dreaming about all these destinations. I’d love to add the following five destinations to my to-travel list. A nice gift for Valentine, maybe?
Ratua Private Island, Vanuatu, Oceania
Let’s cut straight to the point. Vanuatu is an independent group of Islands in Oceania. Overseas in this paradise you can find this private island with resort. Need to say more? Just look at the pictures. So tell me, when are we leaving?
Gilpin Lake House, Bowness-on-Windermere, England
I already knew that England is a beautiful country. I have always wanted to make a road trip through England (and Scotland) and one of the must sees during that trip would be the Lake District. This is the real British nature and you definitely need to see it, the Lake House. It’s almost a film set, really.
The Fishtail Lodge, Nepal
Within three weeks we will leave for Nepal (YAY!) and so far I think the country will be splendid but also utterly romantic. Climbing the Himalayas together, wondering about the beautiful culture together and going back to nature for a few weeks – I can’t wait. In Pokhare you can find, amongst the lake, the Fishtail Lodge. Seems a real romantic spot to me, so who knows… we might visit.
Hotel Castle Wittem, Geuldal, Nederland
You don’t have to travel far to find beautiful places, the Netherlands has also a few amazing spots. I’d love to spend a night in a castle and look what I found! I love this pretty castle located near Maastricht, a southern city. A romantic getaway in my own country. Yes, I’d go, even if it was just to pretend I was a princess.
Six Senses Hide Away, Yao Noi, Thailand
After finishing this post I have to conclude that I got a soft spot for Island. Aren’t islands romantic? Well, I’ve been to Thailand before but I’ve definitely missed out on this one. I thought I didn’t need to visit Thailand again but this cosy and tiny house makes me reconsider that decision. Isn’t this the perfect writer’s house? Yes, please. See you in a few months.