While romance manifests itself in different ways, nothing comes close to a romantic escape for two. Some people opt for a romantic dreamy escape with decadent luxury, while others head out to the remote wilderness to reset and reconnect, spending quality time with your special someone sets the stage for a trip to deeply connect and grow affection to new heights. A romantic escape is all about connection with one another in a location which suits your love languages the best.
Whether you are planning an anniversary, honeymoon or a weekend getaway just because, we got in touch with Sherri Murphy, CEO and founder of Elite Connections International and her daughter Tammi Pickle, VP, to get their take on where to woo your significant other.
The City of Light is also synonymous with being the city of amour (love). From strolling along the River Seine to a romantic kiss under the Eiffel Tower as it sparkles late at night, Paris is as romantic as it gets. “Paris is never short on beauty and history and provides the perfect romantic backdrop in every corner,” said Murphy.
Where to stay
With some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower in the city, couples who book the Shangri-La x Guerlain Partnership at Shangri-La Paris will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in luxury in Paris. Starting at $3,500/night, couples will enjoy a luxurious two-night stay accompanied by a private guided tour of the iconic Guerlain fragrance boutique on the Champs-Élysées, complete with roundtrip transportation, a customized Bee Bottle filled with perfume of their choice and exclusive access to the Salon des boiseries for a Champagne moment.
The enchanting city of Venice through its maze of alleyways and back streets and gondolas is pure romance. Couples can create their own storybook romance with a private water taxi or gondola ride through the canals past the Bridge of Sighs. “Due to the absence of cars and unbelievable architectural beauty, the watercolor sunset which reflects over the canals is perfect with a slice of fresh pizza and great bottle of wine,” said Tammi.
The St. Regis Venice’s “Romance in Venice” package includes a welcome bottle of local sparkling wine and flower bouquet, romantic evening setup, breakfast for two daily and a farewell gift. Packages start at $1,500 with a minimum one-night stay in a room of your choice.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
Known as the ‘Paris of South America’, Buenos Aires has attracted the sophisticated and glamorous, but its verve and flair are truly spectacular. Elegant and refined with historic architecture and tree-lined boulevards, couples can dine al fresco and go to a milonga to watch professional tango dancers. “This enduringly sexy city with its late-night scene allures couples to learn tango, a most passionate dance for lovers,” said Murphy.
At Hotel Madero, live, love and enjoy Buenos Aires with style in a hotel which reflects
the avant-garde expression of modern times. Couples can book their Madero Relax package ($277 plus taxes per night) which includes a one-night stay for two in a design-hearted deluxe room, breakfast, access to Madero Spa and two massages of 25 minutes.
The sunny romantic escape, Marrakech reawakens the senses. It is a city full of colors, vibrant smells and Moorish architecture that is perfect for the passionate (and the opulent). Take a stroll through the buzz of the Old City's winding souks before an outdoor adventure or going to a hammam, “but make sure to catch a sunset in the Majorelle Garden and then enjoy a candlelit dinner on the terrace of some riad, said Tammi.
At the foot of the Atlas Mountains, Selman Marrakech is a luxurious and intimate family estate with every moment being magnified by the presence of sublime Arabian thoroughbreds. Couples can take part in an idyllic three-day getaway with a package (prices start at $3,200) that includes: breakfast at the restaurant or in your room, transfer from/to the airport, a bottle of Champagne in your room, Hammam Evasion by marocMaroc for two and a romantic dinner for two at Assyl restaurant.
A city that blends urban and beach cultures, Barcelona is a city with a fantastic culture of food and stunning Catalan architectural treasures. Relaxing yet vibrant, the warm Spanish evenings summon to enjoy wine and tapas on a rooftop bar before going on a picturesque sunset walk on the beach. “From the mysterious Gothic Quarter to sunset cruises and cooking classes, cute cafes invite couples for a special Spanish experience,” said Murphy. “There’s nothing more romantic than a sailboat in southern Europe, which my husband and I have been many times.”
Share special moments with the one you love at Nobu Hotel Barcelona with their Love Nobu package (prices start from $490 per night, VAT included, for their Deluxe Skyline rooms categories and above). Upon arrival to their room, guests are greeted with a bottle of sparkling rosé and during their stay they will enjoy a daily breakfast for two, entrance to the Nobu SPA and a complimentary Omakase menu for two at Nobu with a bottle of wine.
From a beach excursion to a city that twinkles at night, “romance differs for couples but one thing is certain, quality time spent together can only bolster a relationship and lead to a stronger connection,” concludes Tammi. Contact the VIP matchmakers at 800-923-4200 or www.eliteconnections.com to have them assist you in finding the love of your life and to plan a romantic escape in one of these beautiful cities.