We all need a little romance in our lives and there can be nothing better than planning an idyllic break with your loved one to spend some quality time together away from the humdrum of day to day life. Here at Tailor Made Travel we are in the business of making dreams come true and together with our Travel Partner, Travelpack, have some perfect romantic escapes for you to remember and, to make it extra special, at discounted prices!!
Our first escape takes you to the Seychelles and one of the most romantic destinations in the world. This archipelago of 115 diverse islands, delicately scattered like jewels in the sapphire-blue waters of the Indian Ocean is located off the East coast of Africa . Each island’s unique appeal and immaculate, uncrowded beaches bestow the Seychelles with the reputation of having some of the most unspoilt tropical hideaways in the world with island hopping being the best way to explore or you can take a helicopter trip for a bird’s eye view of the stunning scenery. Some of the granite islands rear dramatically from sea to sky, draped in the rich vegetation and brilliant flowers of the tropics whilst others are formed of coral and rise just feet above the sea. Centuries of isolation have given the islands their own unique ecology too with unusual birds and land species such as the giant tortoise.
Casual and laid back, the mantra of the Seychelles is about relaxation in a stunning tropical setting; leisurely dining in rustic restaurants idyllically situated beside the ocean and gentle exploration of Mahe’s bustling little capital of Victoria.
The two main islands are Mahe and Praslin, on the largest island, Mahe, discover dotted plantations, secluded coves and the Aldabra Giant Tortoises. Head to the second largest island Praslin for the rare double coconut and, of course, one of the world’s best beaches, Anse Lazio. Praslin is one of only two islands in the world where the rare Coco de Mer grows, deep in the Vallee de Mai’s prehistoric forests and a guided walk into the jungle is definitely worth the effort.
The overwhelming attraction of the Seychelles is the unspoilt beaches but if you can drag yourself away take a day trip to La Digue for a more authentic Seychellois experience in which locals travel by bicycle or ox-cart and fishermen stroll past traditional Creole houses with their catch of the day. For nature, head north west of Mahe to Silhouette Island where a melting pot of endangered birds and animals find solace in the magnificent Marine National Park.
Nestled into the hills of Mahe, your Creole getaway awaits -also an inspiration to James Bond creator Ian Fleming -the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a true escape, a romantic hideaway with breathtaking ocean views, a stunning Spa and, a culinary offering highlighting exotic flavours. Surrounded by white-sand beaches, tropical gardens and crystal waters, with villas perched on stilts providing gorgeous views and plenty of privacy. An infinity pool, oceanfront dining, a luxurious spa, glass-bottom boat tours – it’s just the beginning of your retreat in Beau Vallon Bay.
Our next escape is to the Caribbean, another popular romantic destination, for a stay on the Dutch island of Aruba. It is a little pearl, a tiny island enjoying dry, sunny weather, white sand beaches and gentle surf with its European influences evident in the language with English, Dutch and Spanish spoken alongside the local tongue, Papiamento. The architecture also displays its heritage and culture featuring Dutch gables painted in tropical pastels and then you have the friendly people who will give you a warm welcome to this happy paradise.
Enjoy a day out in Aruba’s capital, Oranjestad, a bustling harbor city with fascinating restored landmark buildings with an unique blend of old and new giving it a distinctive charm and where the streets and malls are dotted with international luxury retailers, diverse boutiques, and dazzling jewellery stores. Oranjestad is also a jumping nightlife mecca, filled with restaurants, cafes, clubs, lounges, bars and casinos for you to explore and enjoy.
Outside the resorts you will find rugged vistas and uncrowded beaches which are perfect for hiking and horse riding. The crystal clear waters are full of sea life and shipwrecks perfect for divers and snorkelers while sea breezes create perfect conditions for windsurfing and kite boarding.
Your stay here is at The Mill Resort & Suites, a tropical oasis located just six minutes from Aruba’s popular Palm Beach. The Mill is a family owned resort and is the perfect vacation destination offering casual elegance, spacious comfort and outstanding value and is the perfect choice for romantic getaways.
Now for the ultimate romantic break, a two centre romantic escape to Dubai and the Maldives. This is really living the dream – visiting firstly Dubai – situated in the calm, blue waters of the southern Gulf, the iconic city of Dubai offers year-round sunshine and five-star luxury. It is a place of fascinating contrasts, a distinctive blend of modern city and timeless desert, a place where East meets West and where gleaming skyscrapers stand side-by-side with the intricate alleyways of the Souk and although much of Dubai is of ultra-modern construction and design, the emirate still retains a wealth of sites with Old World appeal.
It offers the perfect combination of long sandy beaches, contemporary city living, peaceful mountain retreats and captivating desert adventures, all within a short drive from each other. Dubai is perfect for those who want to experience it all and is well known for its warm hospitality and their people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors.
Highlights for any visit would be a cruise on the Dubai Creek in a wooden dhow while enjoying a traditional Arabic dinner. Experience an exciting off road journey across the magical desert on a 4WD dune drive. Lose yourself in the luxury of the shopping malls which are constantly revolutionizing the modern shopping experience. With an impressive array of leisure pursuits and adventure sports and where outdoor brunch can be followed by the delights of the big screen, where a 21st century gold souk is set off against a world class aquarium. You have to be amazed as when was the last time your sortie to the designer stores took place under the watchful eye of a giant sea turtle?
Your stay here is at the stunning One & Only Royal Mirage – situated minutes away from Dubai Marina and overlooking the Palm Jumeirah it is set in 65 acres of lush gardens and a kilometer of private beach. The architecture is pure Arabian Nights with intricate arches, domes and towers and your imagination is full of sultans and kings from times gone by. Spoil yourself with a a soothing massage in a traditional Moroccan Oriental Hammam offering rejuvenation and retreat.
Then on to the Maldives which must be one of the most romantic destinations in the World – whenever you think of the Indian Ocean the islands of the Maldives are usually the first images that come into your mind as this small collection of paradise atolls are the most unspoilt destinations you will find on earth. Their remoteness creates the sense of a world apart with clear blue seas lapping against pristine white beaches and tropical palm trees swaying gently in the breeze with the majority of these tiny islands hosting just one resort each. Transport is provided by speedboat, with the journey to your resort being an experience in itself as you enjoy the breath-taking views of the surrounding atolls.
Below the ocean you will find another world, a truly amazing kaleidoscope of over nine hundred species of exotic fish inhabiting the crystal clear waters. Unspoilt coral reefs and abundant marine life including mantra rays, sharks and turtles make the Maldives a diver’s dream destination.
No wonder then that the food is fresh and delicious with handpicked fruit and the freshest seafood including the famous Maldivian tuna or the national dish a tasty fish curry.
Here you will stay at The Residence Maldives where paradise awaits – nestled on Falhumaafushi, a pristine island in the Gaafu Alifu Atoll, one of the largest atolls in the world. Here you can indulge in the private island sensation of this secluded retreat, where nature’s unparalleled beauty creates a mesmerising backdrop for your sublime relaxation.
Tailor Made Travel can fulfill your dreams and aspirations – for further details and information of these and all other offers and holidays available from our Travel Partner, Travelpack, please contact us.
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