Rumour has it that Angelina Jolie has bought a heart-shaped island for a very lucky Brad Pitt. Believed to be a 50th birthday present for her husband, Angelina has reportedly blown over US$12 million (S$15 million) on a secluded island off the coast of New York – sounds like the perfect place for Brad and Ange to escape the paparazzi.
Now, we know that not everyone has the budget to blow on a private island, so lowcostholidays have come up with some top A-list island escapes for you and your partner to enjoy, for a little less!
What could be more romantic than escaping to the Caribbean island of Jamaica? After supermodel Kate Moss enjoyed a Jamaican getaway with hubby Jamie Hinch in October 2013, there’s no denying this island has the A-list seal of approval.
While you’re here, turn up the heat with some local cuisine, including Jerk chicken, a traditional spicy treat that can be bought from restaurants and traditional street vendors around the island. If luxury is what you both want, stay in the Couples Negril resort for elegant accommodation on 18 acres of stunning tropical gardens. Bordering Bloody Bay beach, you and your loved one can feel like stars, as you sip glamorous cocktails at the swim-up bar and watch the sun set over the Caribbean Sea.
Top Romantic Tip: Explore the dramatic Dunn’s River Falls, an iconic landform where you can both enjoy falling in love all over again. You can climb to the top of the rushing falls or steal a kiss in one of the secluded jungle pools.
The Greek island of Crete offers the ideal romantic break with endless opportunities for relaxation. Head to Elounda on the east of the island and experience beautiful sights including crystal clear waters and lush forests for scenic hand in hand walks.
You won’t be short of tasty places to eat along the Mediterranean coastline; a favourite is the Oceanis Restaurant, tucked away from the main square in Elounda. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy Cretan classics, while washing it down with a bottle of wine for two.
The Aquila Elounda Village Resort is the perfect intimate hideaway; built with couples in mind, expect nothing less than the royal treatment during your stay. Enjoy breakfast from the comfort of your own balcony, before catching some rays as you relax around your own private pool.
Top Romantic Tip: For the perfect day out, take a short boat trip from Elounda and Agios Nikolaos to the small uninhabited island of Spinalonga, where you can admire the 16th century Venetian ruins.
The island of Cyprus is a favourite of singer James Blunt as well as being the birthplace of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, meaning there’s a little je ne sais quoi in the air.
When you eventually peel your eyes off each other, you’ll find you’re spoilt for couple’s activities; hike through the Troodos Mountains for breath-taking views, dance the night away in Ayia Napa’s club scene, and of course, visit one of the stunning Blue Flag beaches.
Whether you’re enjoying married bliss like Brangelina, or simply dating, an ocean- view hotel will certainly add an extra element of romance to your stay. At the Asimina Suites Hotel, you can hear the waves lapping against the shore as you sip your champagne on the balcony.
Top Romantic Tip: Head to the Baths of Aphrodite, located in the beautiful Akamas Peninsula, for a Hollywood style kiss. Famed for being the beauty spot where the goddess fell in love with Adonis, it’s sure to make your feelings for each other grow stronger.
If it’s good enough for the Beckhams and Beyonce, then the Maldives islands are certainly good enough for any couple looking for a romantic getaway. The waters are warm and the sun shines all year round; a perfect tropical retreat to escape the cold winters.
The capital of the Maldives is Malé and is great for those who want to enjoy local markets and phenomenal diving opportunities. Bandos Island however, is where you need to go if you’re craving nothing but pure relaxation; this tiny island is free from loud music and large crowds. Admire the quaint traditional buildings as you and your loved one explore this unspoilt area of the world.
The four-star Bandos Island Resort is the perfect base, hidden within a palm tree forest, the hotel offers two swimming pools, a spa as well as a free speedboat transfer to the airport!
Top Romantic Tip: Whichever resort you chose in the Maldives, make sure you and your partner enjoy a sunset cruise. Head out into the ocean just as the sun is turning the sky. The view from the water is stunning and certainly very romantic.
Whichever paradise you chose to enjoy, make each other feel like Hollywood stars from the second you board your flight. Whisper sweet nothings, sip deliciously decadent drinks and take that perfect couples photo to share with your friends and family back home.
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