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The ultimate country escape in West Sussex
Here you'll discover literally thousands of romantic breaks and romantic travel packages which can be personalised according to you and your lover’s needs.
Whether or not your relationship is in the hot early throes of passion, or you're looking for a more relaxed romantic getaway, we have some great ideas for keeping love on the agenda whatever your preferred travel style - and always with an beautiful backdrop to boot.
Where should we look when love is new?
If it’s sexy and seductive experiences you’re after, you don’t have to look much further than Italy. From gondola trips at sunset to Juliet’s world-famous balcony, the country isn’t exactly short of romantic places to woo your new amore.
You might want to start with Florence.
It’s hard to think of a more romantic setting for the blossoming of new love. Picture a couple entwined on the legendary Vecchio Bridge, which overlooks the Arno River.
There’s plenty more to savour about Florence too. The Tuscan influence of the city is never far away, nor is its picnic-friendly food: fresh seasonal fruits, bread and cheeses to name just three. Also, if you’re thinking of a gift for your new beau, well, Florence is home to some of the top Italian designer brands, a wide range of artisan products and boutique jewellery.
Check out our Florence Hotels which make for an ideal base to enjoy the many cultural charms of Florence, not least the Uffizi Gallery, with its remarkable display of masterpieces by a young Leonardo da Vinci.
Of course, there are plenty more options when it comes to romantic Italian cities.
Southern Italy is the ideal place for a short, hot romantic trip.
Naples boasts grand hotels, a vibrant contemporary art scene and regal statues – and picture perfect sea views as well. Plus its centro storico (historic centre) is off the scale, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And if you take a walk along the seafront to Mergellina, be sure to keep an eye out for padlocks attached to the poles. Be the next couple to add your own message of love.
Finally, if all of that getting to know one other makes for hungry work, then try a slice or two of their famed pizzas. You could try the L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele and decide for yourself if it really is the best in the world??!!
Where’s best place in the UK for a romantic break?
For luxurious, 5-star splendour then you could start in Dorset at Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Spa.
It’s not hard to see why this venue, on the edge of the village of Evershot, is one of our most popular UK destinations for romance. A foodie’s heaven, you can indulge in a seven-course tasting menu prepared by acclaimed Chef Steven Titman.
But more generally, the UK has so much to offer for romance it's jaw-dropping...
Starting at Land's End you'll trace the sub-tropical white sand beaches of Cornwall... to the picture-perfect pastoral landscapes of the Cotswolds... through to enchanting historic cities and landmarks such as Bath and Stonehenge... guiding you to the bright lights and wonders of London... before turning northward through the beautiful English heartlands towards world-famous beauty spots including the Peak District, the Lake District, and the Yorkshire Dales. (Unless you go the other way... where the south-east coastline and counties include the glorious South Downs national park and vibrant cities such as Brighton and Canterbury.)
And that's not even going beyond the borders of England.
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland arguably host some of the UK's most spectacular scenery and distinctive culture (and there are Scottish beaches that frequently beat the Caribbean in global award contests - they are quite literally jaw-dropping).
Think of the UK is a Pandora's box of romantic destinations and opportunity!
Where to go for a romantic break in winter?
You could start with some of the more classic destinations, such as New York.
There’s good reasons why the Big Apple regularly tops the charts of the most filmed movie and TV locations. (Central Park’s number one, by the way.) There’s a countless number of things to do over the festive period. And if you wanted to blend your global culture you could check out Rolf’s for their traditional German Christmas extravaganza.
Closer to home, although it may seem a little cliché, you could enjoy the charms of London’s Piccadilly Circus, Harrods, Hyde Park et al. Places like Winter Wonderland and ice-skating at Somerset House have become modern day classic places for dating and love.
We’ve also rounded up a top 5 of the most romantic things we think you can get up to in London… with your clothes on, at least.
And there are plenty of other European hot spots (albeit in the cold) such as Paris, Vienna or Berlin to name just three.
If it’s a passion thriller you’re after (and something a little warmer) then maybe Puerto Rica is a country that should be high on your list. This Latin country is often described as the gateway to the Caribbean, and you can expect temperatures of around a comfortable 20C in December – perfect for exploring the cobblestone and blue-tinted streets of Old San Juan.
Why choose The Romantic Tourist?
It really is simple to compare deals – including some exclusives only on this website – through The Romantic Tourist. You can speak directly to the host of whichever package has captured your lover’s eye. And we make it straightforward to include unforgettable add-ons with any special requirements you may have.
There’s more than 60 destinations worldwide you can choose from for whatever kind of trip meets your needs. Start your search for a romantic break today.