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Monday, March 5, 2018

Top Romantic Destinations

Words by Lauren Marshall


Let the hunt for the perfect romantic getaway be stress-free. The luxury travel company, Scott Dunn has a list of recommendations that will make your proposal, honeymoon and anniversary land front cover of the photo album. 

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Proposals - Top Three Places to Pop the Question

1.    Private Sunset Picinic Awasi Iguazu

Iguazu Falls, Northeastern Argentina

A chic and luxurious lodge sitting in the heart of the jungle on the banks of the Iguazu River, the Awasi Iguazu provides intimate settings at every corner. Scott Dunn can also arrange for a private sunset picnic alongside the mighty Iguazu Falls, setting the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable proposal.

How: Scott Dunn offers 7-night itineraries in Argentina from $3,650 per person based on a couple sharing, including accommodation, experiences and transfers.

2.    Instagram Envy at Giraffe Manor

Nairobi, Kenya

Modelled after a Scottish hunting lodge, Giraffe Manor was originally built in the 1930s as a private home. The manor is surrounded by 140 acres of pristine indigenous forest in Nairobi. Scott Dunn recommends a proposal over breakfast, while giraffes pop their heads through the dining room window to see what’s on offer. This is sure to be an Instagram-worthy destination! 

How: Scott Dunn offers a 10-night itinerary to Kenya and the Seychelles, including Giraffe Manor, from $8,500 per person, based on two people sharing on a full board basis, including transfers and park fees.

3.    After Hours at St. Mark’s Basilica

Venice, Italy

Pop the question while gracefully meandering along the calm canals, or, if you’re looking for something extra incredible, Scott Dunn can privatize St Mark’s Basilica after hours. This ornate 1,000-year-old building will be lit by candles, flickering warmly off the gold mosaics above, creating an intimate, dreamy ambiance for just the two of you.

How: Scott Dunn can arrange vacations to Italy from $5,400 per person for 9-nights based on two people sharing on a B&B basis, including private transfers.

Honeymoons - Top Three Places for an Unforgettable Honeymoon

1.    Belmond Andean Explorer

Cuzco, Peru

Recently opened, newlyweds must try the sumptuous spa on the new Belmond Andean Explorer. Also, take a moment to soak in spectacular scenery as you travel on one of the highest train journeys in the world, exploring the highlights of Southern Peru from the comfort of the luxurious train.

How: Scott Dunn offers a 14-night Luxury Peru trip including two nights on the Belmond Andean Explorer from $6,400 per person, based on two people sharing. Price includes private transfers throughout, all accommodation on a B&B basis and all meals and activities whilst on board the Belmond Andean Explorer.

2.    Idyllic Indonesia

Bali and Komodo National Park

Start the honeymoon off by venturing into Bali's relaxing heartland. Board the Alexa Cruise, a private luxury vessel for two for a three-night spectacular exploration through Komodo National Park. The vessel’s crew will serve fresh seafood on board while you sip champagne and enjoy the views. The remainder of the trip can be spent relaxing in Seminyak, a perfect place to unwind on the beach.

How: Scott Dunn offers this 10-night Indonesian itinerary from $10,800 per person. This is based on a couple sharing on a B&B basis and includes private transfers.

3.    Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort

Chaing Rai, Thailand

Located on the borders of Laos and Myanmar, the Anantara Golden Triangle is simply stunning. For the most private, romantic and peaceful experience, choose the Anantara 'dining by design' program, allowing couples to eat whatever they desire in a location that embraces the region's glorious serene landscape. There are plenty of activities for couples to enjoy together here, from cooking classes to elephant experiences. 

How: Scott Dunn offers a 13-night itinerary taking in the highlights of Thailand from $3,500 per person based on two people sharing, including domestic flights, accommodation and private transfers. 

The Second Honeymoon - Top Three Places for a Wedding Anniversary to Remember

1.    The Grand Tour of Europe

London, Paris, Florence, Rome and Venice

Celebrate your wedding anniversary with a bang on this extraordinary tour of Europe, taking in some of the continent’s best-loved cities via private guided tours. Starting in London, you’ll travel via Paris to Italy, discovering magnificent works of art, vibrant cultures and fascinating history along the way, from the Renaissance in Florence to the ancient world of Rome.

How: Scott Dunn offers this 15-night European itinerary from $10,300 per person, based on 2 people sharing on a B&B basis, with trains and private transfers included.

2.    Tiger Safari and The Maldives

India and the Maldives

This is the ultimate “second honeymoon,” combining safari adventure with the azure blue waters of the Maldives. Get off the beaten track in central India’s Madhya Pradesh National Park, where Scott Dunn can arrange a private Jeep and guide to take you on safari to spot a whole array of Indian wildlife, including the elusive tiger, swamp deer, birds and, if you’re lucky, a leopard. Then, fly onto the romantic Maldives to unwind on a tropical island paradise in your own overwater villa. 

How: Scott Dunn offers this 16-night India and Maldives itinerary from $10,800 per person, based on two people sharing on a B&B basis including domestic flights, private transfers and game drives.

3.   Primates, Predators and Paradise

Rwanda, Tanzania and Seychelles

Take a safari in the wildlife-rich Serengeti and come face-to-face with some of the world’s most majestic animals. In fact, the travel company recommends going between July and October to give you a chance to see the much-sought-after river crossing of the Great Migration. Then finish in the Seychelles to completely disconnect from the world. Head out on bike tours, meet giant tortoises and make the most of some spectacular snorkeling and scuba diving. 

How: Scott Dunn offers this 11-night African itinerary from $12,995 per person, based on two people sharing including internal flights and transfers and shared game-drives.

The experts at Scott Dunn will customize your experience based on your budget, timing and ideas to help you write a special part of your beautiful love story. For more information visit scottdunn.com.

Photos courtesy of (in order of appearance): Alexa Cruise (1st & 5th), The Safari Collection - Giraffe Manor (2nd & 8th), Venice/St. Mark’s - shutterstock (3rd & 4th), Awasi Iguazu (6th & 7th), Belmond Andean Explorer (9th & 10th), Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort (11th &12th)

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