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Top 10 romantic destinations in the world

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Whether you want to sweep your loved one away to paradise islands, picturesque lakeside or mountain settings, you’ll know where to book your next hotel with this guide to the top 10 romantic destinations in the world.

Turquoise lagoons in Bora Bora

Turquoise waters spill around the tiny, white sandy, motu lagoon islands in French Polynesia’s Bora Bora. Swaying coconut plantations and Mount Otemanu’s volcanic peak make an idyllic romantic backdrop for cocktails.

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Caldera panoramas in Santorini

Spectacular sunsets hang over the sleepy Aegean islands in the half-moon shaped caldera bay at Santorini’s northern point. Amble hand in hand past whitewashed cave houses and sky-blue domed churches in Oia, or find a cosy taverna for a glass of dry Assyrtiko wine.

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Village art in Lake Como

Snow-tipped mountains meet Mediterranean olive groves around Lombardy’s Lake Como. Ferry-hop across the deep waters between the northern Italian villages. Stop in Tremezzo to meet neoclassical sculptor Luigi Acquisti’s romantic Mars and Venus in the manicured gardens at Villa Carlotta.

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A winter wonderland in Vienna

Vienna’s fairy-tale City Hall Square sparkles over the outdoor ice-skating rink during the Ice Dream festival between January and March. Wrap up warm for a twirl on the ice in front of the grand, Gothic Rathausplatz town hall.

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An old town in China

Embrace oriental life in the ancient Song Dynasty town of Lijiang, in the north-west of Yunnan Province, perched on a 2,600m plateau. Willow trees and red lanterns hang over local bluestone, cobbled streets and wooden footbridge intersect the network of steams.

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Carriages and jazz in New Orleans

Pick up your horse-drawn carriage on Decatur Street off Jackson Square for romantic sightseeing jaunt through the hip French Quarter. Spend evenings in the Big Easy cuddled up over creole cuisine in a low-lit jazz or blues venue like the cosy Bombay Club.

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A marine paradise in Redang

Buddy up with your partner and spend carefree days snorkelling or scuba diving with sea turtles and rainbow-colored parrotfish off Malaysia’s secluded Redang archipelago. Share a beach umbrella on curved Pasir Panjang beach.

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Dinner for two in Honolulu

Find a candlelit table in one of exotic Honolulu’s romantic restaurants. Enjoy 360-degree views of Waikiki’s moon-crescent beach and Pacific Rim fusion cuisine at Top of Waikiki revolving restaurant. Pass indoor waterfalls and orchids to your table in John Dominis ocean-edge restaurant for heart-warming clam chowder. 

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Blue Mountain vistas

Head for the rugged hills just west of Sydney for amorous outdoors adventure. Admire fern covered gullies and dramatic waterfalls from the 270m Scenic Skyway glass-bottomed cable car in Katoomba. Or stroll together through Jurassic jungle canopies to freshwater springs. 

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Flirtatious nightlife in Acapulco

This resort on the Pacific coast of Mexico is the perfect scene for a Latin American love affair. Let your hair down along the vibrant neon strip of Las Brisas, or in La Costera’s glamorous, open-air beach bars and steamy salsa clubs like Copacabana. 

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