Top destinations for a romance-filled getaway

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Travel expert Heather Greenwood-Davis reveals 2016's trendiest honeymoon spots.

FOR THE OLD WORLD ROMANTIC - THE AZORES
  • Why: It’s a European island that’s easy to get to (SATA Air has great deals) and is only 4 hours from Boston. You think you want Spain but you really want Portugal! It has that old world European feel, incredible food and islands you can hop between. 
  • Where to stay: Start on Sao Miguel Island and book into the new Furnas Boutique Hotel. It’s the ultimate spa vacation. 10 spa treatment rooms, thermal springs, outdoor & indoor thermal swimming pools, body and face treatments – the works! 
  • What to do: Take a Zodiac to the middle of the crystal clear Atlantic. The Azores is one of the top places in the world for whale and dolphin watching and most touring companies will refund you if none are spotted during the tour. If staying on land is more your style, take an 8-mile scenic hiking trail (complete with a wine-soaked picnic) to the Lagoa Do Fogo, the Lake of Fire. 

FOR THE BEACH LOVER – ANGUILLA
  • Why:  It’s only 35 square miles and yet it’s got the best of the Caribbean on a safe and laid-back island. It’s long been a hangout of the rich and famous, which means you may get some star spotting with your honeymooning. 
  • Where to stay: Anywhere. Seriously.  Among the best is Cap Juluca with beautiful rooms on a mile long white sand beach looking out over teal waters, and the kind of service that celebs check in for. 
  • What to eat:  Anything. You can’t find a bad meal on this island but these are great places to start - B&Ds Barbecue for roadside grilled pork ribs to go, Blanchard’s for well-flavoured meals and desserts , Tasty’s for conch salad and so on and so on.  
  • What to do:  Lay on the beach! Shoal Bay East is reportedly the best.  The white sands of Anguilla’s beaches are some of the best in the world. If you need a break from the sun, head out at night to hear live music.  Sandy Ground is the area for bars and clubs and on Sundays Scilly Cay is all about live reggae music and toxic rum punch.  

FOR THE GOLF LOVER – GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
  • Why: Glasgow is small enough to have charm and yet the perfect jumping off spot for golf excitement near or far. 
  • Where to stay:  Spend a couple of nights in the heart of the city at Grand Central Hotel; then head out to Cameron House for a few days of lux country charm. 
  • Where to golf:  Tom Weiskopf-designed Loch Lomond on Glasgow's outskirts is home to the Barclays Scottish Open. Alternatively, Windyhill in Bearsden is the home club of Scottish star Janice Moodie. 
  • Where to eat: You’ll easily find plenty of good pub food but Glasgow is also the Curry Capital of Britain - Mother India has naan as big as your head. Sip cocktails in the gorgeous, original Art Deco interiors of the Oyster Bar at Rogano, the city’s oldest surviving restaurant or head to Finnieston to sample Glasgow’s gourmet fare including award-winning eatery, The Gannet.

FOR THE CITY LOVER – NYC
Why:
People all over the world flock to the city for all it has to offer: great theatre, fantastic dining, quirky hotels and over the top personalized experiences. Why not you?
Where to stay: The Chatwal – located in the heart of the theatre district and designed to a 1930’s Empire Art Deco aesthetic, the 76-room boutique hotel is all about an upscale NYC experience. 
Where to eat: So many choices! New ones to consider – 
  • Birds and Bubbles: Head to New York’s Chinatown for Southern food like you’ve never had it before. Champagne, fried chicken, roast duck and more celebrates the best of southern cuisine with an upscale twist. 
  • Rooftop nightcaps: Head for Bar SixtyFive at Rainbow Room, at The Top of the Rock where you can sip cocktails while looking out at the Empire State Building and new World Trade Centre.

FOR THE ANIMAL/NATURE LOVER – THE SERENGETI
  • Why: The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, cape Buffalo) are here and let’s face it, a safari is the ultimate romantic getaway!
  • Where to stay: Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti - secluded rooms, an elegant spa and infinity pool overlooking the plains. You might see elephants/lions/zebra right from your pool! 
  • What to eat: Staying at a safari lodge means your dining choices are more limited than other destinations which is why it’s so important to choose your lodge with care. Four Seasons Serengeti offers, among other things, a trip out to their private Pool Island where you’ll have a private waiter serving you a four course meal al fresco for a change of pace. 
  • What to do: When you’re not out on a traditional game drive you can arrange for other unique outings including hot air balloons rides, champagne sundowners on the plains, or a meditation class at sunset. 

FOR THE FOOD LOVER – MARTINIQUE
  • Why: French and Caribbean heritage combine here. There’s lots of history and a fantastic laissez faire attitude that has the addition of Caribbean spice.
  • Where to eat: Head off property to La Suite Villa where the chef comes from a 3-Michelin star restaurant in France - the space is eclectic and the view overlooking the city lights is to swoon for.
  • Where to stay: Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa  - right on the beach. Ciara was here recently. There’s top notch spa and bungalow privacy. Villa Veo is another great option as it includes funky villa rentals that can come with private chefs and drivers.
  • What to do:  Laze around in food comas, sun and sip while reclining on the white sand at Grande Anse beach and don’t miss the Sunday brunch with locals at Ti Sable


For more from Heather, follow her on Twitter @GreenwoodDavis.
 
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