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4 UNEXPECTEDLY ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS TO EXPLORE WITH YOUR LOVE

Budapest Hungary

Some of the World’s Best Spots to Fall in Love

Few things are dreamier than a far-away journey to an unknown land, packing a bag and letting an adventure carry you somewhere new, or even back to a place that has become home to your heart. This kind of romance – wanderlust – is often enhanced by sharing such exotic journeys with that one special person. Today, on Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating the escapes that combine destinations that will captivate your senses with the person that captures your heart.

You choose your most beloved travel partner and we’ll provide a world of destinations for you to fall in love with. There are the usual standards– Paris, Rome and island paradises never fail to spark passion – but there are several unexpected places that will seduce you with their romantic side.

In the name of love and travel, we invite you plan to explore these dreamy destinations with your special someone.

HINT: Luxury travel adventures make fantastic Valentine’s Day gifts.

Koh Samui beach
The beaches in Koh Samui are spectacular spots for romantic moments.

Koh Samui, Thailand

As the aforementioned island paradise never fails, visit Koh Samui, an option that deviates from most beaten paths. A Southeast Asian emerald isle on the east coast of Thailand, this destination features pristine sun-soaked beaches rimming glittering blue water and is ideal for couples, who frequently choose the island for honeymoon romance. Tear yourself away from the sand long enough to reach Hin Lad waterfall, which beckons dipping beneath the misty waters.

Buda Castle
Buda Castle, on the banks of the Danube River.

Budapest, Hungary

Again, Paris is an easy choice. However, we recommend you head to the “Paris of the East,” where virtually every turn is a dramatic backdrop for a photo, kiss, proposal or just a shared breathtaking view. There’s an old-world mystique that drips with tradition and heritage here, and it’s all better with the one you love. Enjoy a horse show and carriage ride at the Lázár Equestrian Park, or book a private car and driver with a Crystal Concierge and lose yourself in the 19th century architecture, warm cafés and the shores of the Danube River. When in the neighborhood of magical Buda Castle, keep a look out for lovers, as the iconic landmark is a favorite site for weddings.

More to love: Late summer in Budapest means breezy dinners al fresco at one of the many restaurant terraces in the city, autumn brings beer and wine festivals for extra special toasts with your loved one, and winter time sparkles with the magic of the Christmas markets.

Bruges, Belgium
Scenic city view of Bruges canal with beautiful medieval colored houses at night in Bruges, Belgium.

Bruges, Belgium

It gets less attention than the glamorous capital city of Brussels, but easily offers as much beauty and charm with a side of relative tranquility. Winding canals lined with trees and quaint cafés, set among the backdrop of what essentially looks like a storybook, will write your love story for you. Meander the chocolate and lace shops that line the avenues, visit the Lake of Love and take a romantic boat tour of the canals.

Irabu Bridge, Miyakojima
Irabu Ohashi bridge between Miyakojima and Irabujima islands in Okinawa, Japan.

Miyako-Jima, Japan

Another island, another paradise, but not just another romantic locale. Miyako-Jima is part of the Okinawa prefecture and overflowing with diverse beauty that will enchant you. Beyond the spectacular coral reef-lined beaches and iconic landmarks are unexpectedly romantic attractions: bridges. Three, specifically, that cater to lovers seeking romantic views and sights. Irabu Bridge, built above coral reefs, offers winding curves and an easy drive between Miyako-Jima and the tiny sugarcane island of Irabu. Kurima Bridge invites pedestrians for romantic strolls above the turquoise water, and Ikema Bridge leads the way to the wetlands of little Ikemajima Island.

Celebrate your love for each other – and your passion for travel – in one of these cities featured aboard Crystal luxury voyages.

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