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Go on a Romantic Getaway
Romantic getaways often mean candlelit dinners, long walks on the beach, and pampering accommodations.
These are our picks for the world's 5 most romantic getaways.
Bali is not just a pretty face: While the island’s picturesque scenery attracts visitors from around the world, its unique culture and tradition keeps them coming back for more. Watch the sunset over clear blue water in Sanur, a popular beach destination. An iconic attraction, Tanah Lot, is a 15th-century temple that juts out of the ocean on a small rock formation. Don’t miss the five waterfalls between Bedugul and Singaraja: Gitgit is the farthest down the mountain, and visitors can climb 150 steps to take in stunning cascading falls.
Cinque Terre, the Italian Riviera
The rocky shores of the Italian Riviera belong in the pages of a romance novel. Visitors can explore quaint harbor villages, hike up stunning trails, or stroll through beachfront promenades. Climb the Cinque Terre trails to explore vineyards and villages, and lookout over the sea. The world-famous Giardini Botanici Hanbury features one of the largest gardens in Italy and offers panoramic views of the water. Spend the day touring Portofino, a lush seaside village with cliffside gardens and plenty of people watching.
Greek Isles, The Cyclades
It doesn’t get much better than The Cyclades, or Greek Isles, a destination on the 2014 Go List. The islands’ shimmering turquoise-blue waters are an attraction in their own right, and rustic mountains, bright sun, and delicious food attract honeymooners and seasoned travelers alike. The most famous of the islands, Santorini, boasts breathtaking sunsets and dramatic white stone cliffs. Naxos, the largest of the isles, features long, sandy beaches, and stunning green valleys and ravines. Hike to Panayia Pouláti, a whitewashed, blue-domed structure and bell tower set atop a sparkling bay.
A peaceful tranquility permeates Kyoto, a city best known for its historic shrines, temples, and palaces. Cherry-blossom trees line the sidewalks, and pagodas sit atop lush green hills. Step into paradise in one of the city’s Chinese-influenced gardens, which feature budding plants and Zen temples. Visitors can look out over breathtaking mountains at Enryaku-Ji, an ancient temple with intricate architecture. Enjoy traditional Japanese hospitality and lavish amenities at Tawaraya, one of the city’s most elegant inns.
Vienna, a destination on our 2014 Go List, is rich with history, stunning architecture, and a prime location along the sparkling Danube River. Step back in time and tour an imperial castle at Schönbrunn Palace. The grounds include sculpted marble fountains, pristine hedgerows, and picturesque garden views.
For a taste of Austria’s famous pastries, visit Demel. Guests can enjoy a slice of rich Viennese Sachertorte, and watch as chefs create confections in a glassed-in courtyard.
End the day at Deutschordenskloster, a quaint, fresco-lined room that offers Mozart chamber music concerts.