The 7 Most Romantic Getaways
One-of-a-kind journeys are meant to be shared. We’ve rounded up some sweet tropical experiences for couples, from Bogotá to the Seychelles and from the spa to the sky.
A Helicopter Over Volcanoes in Oahu
In Hawaii, the two of you can strengthen your bond by sharing the Earth, Wind & Fire helicopter tour offered by Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina. Prepare for sensory abundance as you and your loved one fly past the verdant cliffs of Molokai, the green – yes, green – sand beaches of Papakolea, the Hamakua Coast’s misty waterfalls and even active volcanoes. “Each of the Hawaiian islands is so different from the next, so beautiful in its own way,” says Concierge Manager Ricarda Schellenberg. “This experience delivers all of the magical landscapes Hawaii has to offer.”
A high point of the journey takes place on the ground. “When you land at the Hawaii Legacy Forest on Big Island, you walk through waist-high grass and get your hands into the rich black volcanic soil to replant a native koa tree, giving back to the ‘aina,” caring for the land, Schellenberg says. “Afterwards, the awe of seeing the landscape from above becomes very real.” You’ll return to the Resort in time for a glass of Champagne at sunset.
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A Private, Starlit Spa in Nevis
What could be better than stargazing together? Stargazing from a private volcanic-stone jetted tub in the heart of the Caribbean. With Spa Under the Stars at
Four Seasons Resort Nevis, you’ll have the entire Spa to yourselves – including a Japanese bath–style plunge pool, steam rooms and a tropical garden as a frame for the cosmos above. Your Nevisian massage begins with a scrub – made from local brown sugar, cinnamon, coconut and nutmeg – and your choice of wine. You can add a candlelit dinner afterwards.
“Spa Under the Stars is inherently romantic, but I love when a guest goes the extra mile to make it a surprise for their partner,” says Spa Assistant Manager Asheena Farrell. “And if you happen to be here during a full moon night, there’s just nothing like it.” Couples should also make sure to tour the ruins of the Hamilton Estate, a former sugar plantation once owned by the family of Nevis-born U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton – as in Broadway’s hit show Hamilton.
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The Coastal Byways of the French Riviera
When Grace Kelly and Cary Grant whirred along the cinematic coasts of the French Riviera in the 1955 Hitchcock movie To Catch a Thief, they became an example for generations to come. You can recreate the scene with the aid of Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel and its partnership with luxury rental car company Joey Rent. Drive your choice of classic car – a Maserati GranTurismo, a Rolls-Royce Wraith or an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider – along cliff-edge roads overlooking the Mediterranean.
“The French Riviera is endlessly romantic,” says Chief Concierge Christiane Grun, “from the coastal roads offering spectacular sea views to the small Provençal villages with their charming narrow streets – not to mention the rich colours that have inspired so many artists.” Stop in the hamlet of Villefranche for harbourside fresh-squeezed lemonade before heading towards Grimaldi Castle, one-time home of Monaco’s royal family.
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A Barefoot Beach Dinner in the Seychelles
The special quality of a candlelit meal is amplified when it’s served on a white sand beach illuminated by the moon. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles arranges that very dinner on Petite Anse Beach, ringed by flourishing coral reefs. If you can take your eyes off each other, you might spot fruit bats (they’re vegan) flying high overhead and hermit crabs meandering along the shore.
“Arrive around 6:30 pm, just in time for sunset and a glass of Champagne,” says Executive Chef Elie Fischmann, who’s careful to note that the sun drops directly in front of the bay. “We can also work with couples to develop their own perfect menu, so the experience becomes even more personal.” Grilled Angus beef tenderloin, cooked tableside, and roasted lobster stuffed with truffle mashed potatoes are popular choices, but here’s food for thought: Consider recreating dishes from your first dinner date.
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A Sacred Flower Rubdown in Thailand
Flowers have symbolized flourishing love for centuries. And they play an integral role in the two-hour Royal Lanna Signature treatment at Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. The two of you first receive a full body scrub made of seven sacred blossoms. “The scrub most notably uses Princess Dara Rasami’s Rose, grown exclusively for Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in honour of the princess,” says Wellness Manager Dheeraj Patwal.
Once your skin is rejuvenated, you’ll both be massaged head to toe using acupressure techniques. The treatment concludes with a half-hour mini facial “befitting royal couples,” Patwal says. It’s a euphoric prelude to an afternoon of sailing the Mekong on the Resort’s ultra-luxe thatch-roofed riverboat.
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A Taste of the Amalfi Coast in Miami
Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra stayed (separately) in the legendary Surf Club, reborn as Four Seasons Hotel The Surf Club, so romance comes with the territory. Along with every ounce of glamour from the past, the property now includes Le Sirenuse restaurant, an outpost of the beloved cliff-side original in Positano, Italy.
A Turkish hammam and a Champagne bar with the largest selection of bubbly in Miami make attractive choices for you, but sometimes the most memorable moments come about before the city wakes. “Watch the sunrise from your oceanfront balcony,” says Guest Relations Manager Mark Warren. “We’ll bring freshly brewed coffee and made-to-order breakfast straight to your room.”
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A Lost Mountain City in Bogotá
If your definition of a dream date includes a touch of Indiana Jones, look no further than Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogotá. Taking the Hotel’s Sierra Nevada day trip, you’ll board a private jet for the village of Santa Marta some 45 minutes away, and then hop on a helicopter to soar over Colombia’s lush Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains, where the indigenous Kogi community has lived for centuries.
Explore the thatch-roofed Mulkuakungui Village and connect with Kogi locals, learning rituals and receiving a handwoven piqué backpack. Lovebirds can keep an eye out for blue-bearded helmet crests, one of the 28 avian species that occupy only this region. (Colombia has the most diverse bird population worldwide.) As you fly out, take note of the circular terraces of Ciudad Perdida, or Lost City, which the Kogi built in AD 800.
Back on terra firma at the Hotel, surround yourselves with glimmering treasures at the nearby Museo del Oro, or Gold Museum, such as gold totems from ancient shaman ceremonies, gold masks and, of course, jewellery as priceless as your love.