c all it Byzantium, Constantinople, The City on Seven Hills, The Door to Happiness – call it a history-buffed honeymooner’s dream come true. Apocryphally, the city’s location actually did come to Constantine in a prophetic dream. Legend or not, after centuries of ruling the roost as the centre of capital and culture, Istanbul bears this awesome, phantasmagoric quality. Now it’s your time to doze, carouse and dilly-dally in a city with such a fantastic lineage of boom. Lap up the sights, the aromas and the culture with as much veracious, barefaced enthusiasm as you would a nice cold raki.
s eychelles, like any decent tropical archipelago worth its weight in coral, thrives with havens of palm trees, splashy reefs and pristine strips of sand scant of tourist footprints. But this archipelago isn’t just one of the many, it is the many. Singlehandedly breathing sincerity into the phrase “in your dreams,” Seychelles, found east of Africa, is composed of more than one hundred reverie-enviable islands; each one perfect for some major mooning over your honey.
c uba’s photogenic beauty can be as conventional and pamphlet-perfect as coral reefs, knockout beaches and limestone cliffs, or as offbeat and gallery-permissible as verdant tobacco fields, retro Chevy’s, and gaudy, polychromatic murals. Dip your freckled toes in both worlds, indulging in the conveyor-belted cocktails of resort-life, and the fearless pretty of a country so well-endowed with radical culture.
s t. Vincent and the Grenadines, historically scandalous and presently alluring, is exoticism at its most welcoming. With outstretched arms, this archipelago of Caribbean pedigree invites you to follow its cobblestone roads of hubbub and heatwaves down to whichever sanguine, unruffled island suits you comfy, cloistered needs. Long walks on a moonlit beach isn’t just the stuff of deliriously hope
d eemed the most romantic of the Cyclades, Santorini is the verdant gem in the crown of getaway Greek islands. Renowned for its Oia sunsets, blue-domed churches, and whitewashed towns, Santorini’s friendly locals lovingly shares its 4000 year old history with newly-acquainted patrons. Whether you choose to bask in the warmth of its sprawling coastline, or careen the night away in a rawking Caldera cocktail bar, this island is hands-down a big fat seventh heaven.
b ora Bora – located in French Polynesia near Tahiti - may be one of the smallest of the Pacific islands, but it oozes with personality and love-appeal. Better known as a secluded paradise, or heaven-on-earth, Bora Bora offers a brand of deep sea romance only dreamed of in harlequin novels. Swim with the dolphins, sleep in a fish-bowl bungalow, hug a shark- or play it safe and just hug your honey in the heart of the blue lagoon. Bora Bora is private and beautiful
f rom inlets of shining sea to flower-laced pockets of the Annapolis Valley - Nova Scotia is an artisan retreat of oceanfront chalets, berry flambé, and morning market antiques. Goose down duvets and champagne seamlessly segway into beach sarongs and tandem kayaks, while kith-and-kin like patrons welcome too-cute couplings with accent-laden open arms. A hand-carved king bed overlooking the Tusket River is just what the sex therapist ordered. Climb
l angkawi, the ninety-nine-island archipelago off the northeast coast of Malaysia, doesn’t miss a utopian beat. Encompassing standard tropical island fair like turquoise waters, stick-free sand, lush scenery and eerie, character-giving caves, Langkawi’s going to hold you spellbound with its feet-stomping oddities: candle dances, deadly combat waltzes and storytelling sock hops. Seek escape from the western world wit
s ome things are best kept hush-hush, like your natural hair color or the great wonder that is the virgin cluster of forty Caribbean islands. Turks and Caicos is more likely to inspire a huh? than the oh!-accompanied Fiji or Jamaica; let’s try to keep it that way. Because as is, the islands (only eight of which are actually inhabited by us humans) are uncrowded and unspoiled enough for deep, schmaltzy intimacy to abound in every direction. Save for the Providenciales, a Caicos up-and-comer, touristy-ness is a total non-factor, leaving you to enjoy your sweet-pea in salt-pond-influenced peace.
f ormer capital of illustrious, magnificent Japan, the resplendent city of Kyoto teems with temples, gardens, and avant-garde flourishes that keep visitors flooding back for more. From the mountain top terraces of Kiyomizudera to its bubbling springs with said healing powers, Kyoto is a breath of incomparable fresh air. Take a cue from local Zen-like practices and keep daylight dalliances soothing and calm. Stroll through a nea