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Just the Two of Us: 5 Romantic Escapes for our 2022 Bucket List

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When was the last time you and your partner had some serious alone time? A long lie-in, a sunset walk or even just a quiet meal? Well, if quality time is on your bucket list for 2022, here is where to spend it.

 

Pamper and refresh in the Maldives

Famous for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, the Maldives is the perfect place to unwind in exclusive tranquillity with your partner. Often referred to as the ultimate island paradise destination and one of the most romantic destinations in the world, spend your days relaxing on the beach or head underwater and meet the wide array of coral and fish that call the surrounding waters home before ending your nights with romantic candlelit dinners under picturesque starry nights. 

Best time to visit: Year round destination 

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Toast to adventure in Argentina

Known for its wine and spectacular natural beauty, Argentina is an ideal destination if you’re looking for a couple-oriented getaway with a healthy dose of active and gourmet adventures. Enjoy a private full day guided tour of Iguazu Falls, one of South America’s spectacular natural wonders, where you can take a thrilling boat ride to reach the base of the falls and admire its amazing force up close. Then head to Mendoza to explore the vineyards of the region while learning more about the local winemaking process. This is the perfect place to enjoy fine vintages and superb gastronomy. Finally, arrive at Bariloche in Argentina’s Lake District, a playground for those who love the outdoors and active holidays. Enjoy a slower pace of life and spend quality time together exploring the hiking trails that traverse the surrounding wilderness or take to the water in a kayak and drift on the serene lake.

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Explore ancient civilizations in Egypt

Offering a winning combination of culture, history, Mediterranean beauty and stark desert scenery, Egypt is the perfect destination for couples on the hunt for a luxury cultural adventure or want an interesting and relaxing trip. Take a step back in time as you journey through Egypt’s ancient past by exploring some of its best kept secrets - from intricate ruins to colossal icons like the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx and Abu Simbel temples. If you plan to visit during the cooler months of the year, we recommend a relaxing cruise down the legendary Nile river on a luxury riverboat. Along the way, you’ll see fertile shorelines dotted with little villages and pictures of Egyptian life.

Best time to visit: November to March

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Go wild in Sri Lanka

Before Ceylon, Sri Lanka was known as Serendib, from which the English word ‘serendipity’ is derived. Experience serendipity and give your romantic getaway a wildlife twist by combining the thrills of spotting the elusive leopards on safari with a sunrise hot air balloon ride in the Cultural Triangle, enjoying the sights from above. You’ll also get to stay at some of the country’s finest boutique accommodations such as a hotel built over a wetlands area for a charming traditional village feel and an antique colonial manor house that is the perfect luxury hideaway. Depending on the time of the year, head out on a private catarman to see whales and dolphins for a true once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

Best time to visit: Year round destination

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Experience a magical winter wonderland in Sweden

Hailed as a traveller's paradise, Sweden is home to a vast array of landscapes – from the dense pine forests and craggy mountains of the north, to the rolling hills and golden beaches of the south. Not to mention stylish cities like Gothenburg and the capital Stockholm. Begin your trip in Stockholm, strolling through the city on a private tour with one of our expert local guides. Lose yourselves in the bewitching cobbled streets, roam through a range of designer boutiques and grab a cuppa together in one of the many modish cafes. Next, you’ll head to Swedish Lapland where you’ll check into Treehotel, one of the most unique design-led hotels you will ever stay in. A plethora of outdoor winter activities await the two of you - trawl through the snow-covered forests on a husky dog sled ride, go ice-fishing or embark on a Nordic ski tour. As it gets dark, dine on top of a frozen lake in a heated tipi, where you will have the chance to spot the mesmeric Northern Lights or unwind in a luxurious outdoor jacuzzi whilst admiring the Arctic scenery with a glass of wine. 

Best time to visit: Year round destination

Country Categorisation: Category 2

 

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Poppy covers a wide range of topics at Billionaire, having spent the past 13 years at companies including Singapore Tatler, Her World Plus and Harpers Bazaar UK. She has a passion for fashion, jewellery and travel as well as an avaricious fascination with crime novels. Follow her at poppypskinner on Instagram. 

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