These 7 Romantic Breaks Are Not What You’re Expecting

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Let’s face it, I think everyone is a little tired of the over-used "spa day’" idea that gets rolled out every anniversary, Valentine’s Day, and birthday. There’s no denying the beauty of a relaxing massage with oils, or a facial using various pieces of fruit, but for your next romantic break why not try something that gets the heart racing instead? Take your other half somewhere you can experience rock-climbing or cage diving, because nothing says ‘I love you’ like a trip that’s original and exciting! Being faced with the prospect of whisking your partner away can seem daunting, so we’ve done the hard part for you; keep reading for your guide to the best alternative romantic breaks on offer…


The main draw of this chic boutique is the exclusive rooftop
bar. New York is synonymous with nightlife, and rooftop bars like the one at
SIXTY are the reason why. Dance the night (and early hours) away at this
exclusive venue. It’s open only to members and hotel guests, so it’s bound to

2. Lions Dive & Beach Resort, Curacao

Lions Dive and Beach Resort is perfect for sporty types and thrill-seekers!
Complete with a dive shop, 50-metre lap pool, and state-of-the-art fitness
centre, it’s a fool-proof way to keep you both on your toes and out of the spa! 

3. Nickelodeon Suites Resort, Orlando

In today’s world it’s not always possible, or indeed
preferable, to leave the children at home and embark on a romantic getaway for
a few nights. With that in mind, its worth considering child-friendly hotels, or
those catered specifically for children. Whilst there may not be time to laze
around on a sun bed, or get a massage, you’re bound to have a lot more fun chasing
the children down water slides or firing at baddies in the arcade at Nickelodeon Suites Resort!

4. Lapa Rios Ecolodge & Wildlife Reserve, Costa Rica

There is no better time than a romantic getaway to indulge
in a shared passion, and if your passion happens to be wildlife then the Lapa
Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve
is the place for you! This stunning reserve
is located in the secluded coastal rainforest of the Osa Penninsula. Guests are
encouraged to revel in their spectacular surroundings and educate themselves
about sustainability and nature. 

5. Carlisle Bay, Antigua

For those rainy days on holiday (there’s always one), or
when you’re all sun-bathed out, Carlise Bay offers you the perfect solution
with its sophisticated library. Outfitted in comfy sofas and eclectic artwork, the
library at Carlisle Bay is the perfect hideaway for you and your loved one to
unwind together. 

6. True Blue Bay Boutique Resort, Grenada

When planning your next romantic break why not consider what
you’ll be taking home with you? Rather than dodgy tan lines, some miniature
shampoo bottles, and a questionable kaftan, you could return home with something
a lot more valuable… the skills to create a Caribbean feast! True Blue Bay
Boutique Resort
offers guests free cooking classes every Thursday afternoon and
guests can try their hand at recreating some of Grenada’s local Caribbean

7. Charingworth Manor, Gloucestershire

Most traditional romantic getaways are full of cheese; unfortunately
I’m not talking about Edam but rather the cringe-inducing rituals such as
candlelit dinners and roses. So for those who’d prefer Edam (there’s nothing wrong if you like the cheesy romance, though!), a stay at Charingworth Manor is certainly in order. The idyllic setting
is perfect for romantic strolls in the English countryside; in addition, Gloucestershire is home to the cheese rolling race as well as lots of
Gloucester cheese!

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