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.
a s backdrop to rugged Pierce Brosnan’s “The Thomas Crown Affair,” Martinique shimmers and shines both on-screen and off. With so much Creole joie de vivre, seductive French appeal, and the sunny tropic vibes, this island is tantalizingly fun and a true Caribbean gem. Quench afternoon thirst with ‘planteur punch,’ jog through the groves of Pointe de la Vatable, or peruse the sensual love letters Empress Joséphine wrote upon her stay to Napoleon.
m allorca, Spain’s largest island, has little room to spare. Every square inch is coveted by millions of hopefuls on the hunt for the holy trinity of Mediterranean élan: sun, sand and olive groves. The island’s spirit speaks volumes of its popularity, as its pulse is as tenacious as its beaches are beautiful. Tan-ops and celebrity sightings frost all that is hardy with enviable diversions from the real world. While spotting a Catherine Zeta-Jones, Claudia Schiffer, Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen or Annie Lennox makes for good, squealing gossip, Mallorca has a history rich in hosting luminaries. Joan Miró passe
a t the crossroads of the Balkans and the Adriatic Sea, lies mystical incredible Croatia. As the walls of Dubrovnik reveal shimmering waters and Split’s Diocletian’s Palace casts shadows upon the marble, the mystery and romanticism of the place is simply undeniable. Take on the city of Dubrovnik – noted for its blaze of five star hotels and gastronome feats. For the yachters in the bunch, make your way to Hvar Town - exquisitely sunny and bathed in
i f Venice were a man, he’d have a perpetual smirk, five-o’clock shadow, penchant for adventure, and a dirty, glitzy little secret involving face paint and gaudy costumery. As a city, it defies romance so restrictively depicted by poet laureates, doleful concertos and dramatists worth their weight in Nobel’s. Truly, reading about Venice is like reading about a truffle made of Grand-Marnier ganache enrobed in the world’s darkest, most decadent chocolate; it’s really best experienced first hand. You’re going to fall for Venice hard.
d espite the fact St Petersburg got bumped from Russian capital status post-Revolution upheaval, this sensational city remains beloved by her citizens for its vast cultural deposits and artistic Cossack flair. No one’s going to debate this city’s immense historical significance when its founder is Peter the Great. So dust off your books of Pushkin verse, crack open a bottle of Soviet champagne, and get busy making love, not cold war.
d ying to set your inner sun-tanned, golden-locked, bikini-clad goddess free? Take your honeymooning on over to Greece, where you can laze and lounge about the Mediterranean landscape post nuptials. Island-hopping is a must for those trying to get the biggest bang for their buck. But with all those classic whitewash houses and gorgeous beaches right outside your window, spending a night-in with room service- just you and your man admiring the view- can provide the same spine-tingling thrill as being down with the mob.
g reek legend has it Hercules went in search of Earth’s most beautiful locale in hopes of finding the rightful burial ground for his lost love, the nymph Amalfi. The place bore her name peacefully ever since. The coastline of endearing Amalfi stretches close to 50km along the Sorrentine Peninsula’s sunny southern side. Witness your true self thrive amongst the olive and blossoms pastiche, only to blossom under the umbrella of a silken Mediterranean climate.
p aris – the epitomic backdrop for a wind-swept, star-dusted liaison. This centre-ville of herculean proportions is the ultimate connotation when it comes to quixotic destinations. Follow in the footsteps of lovebirds past, and regale in all of the monolithic sights before carving out your own niche in this magnificently impassioned cityscape. Fervid romance waltzes on the corner of every Parisian arrondissement. Once
p ermanently affixed to every bucket list under the sun, Tuscany is a must-see for the freshest, zestiest eats ‘n’ embraces around. The glittering Montalcino region boasts bottles of the finest Brunello wine, while Fortezza hosts rambling sprawls of magnificent vistas. Dishes of stewed rabbit and gnocchi sizzle against a backdrop of the Italian Riviera while bubbling pesto sauce and limoncino simmer in luscious Lucca – it’s all about arriving hungry and leaving happy.