Five places to head for amour
With one month to go before Valentine’s Day and with a multitude of options to choose from to show that special someone just how special they are, are you stuck on which gift to choose?
Well what could be better than to whisk them away from it all? Heading abroad is ideal for a number of reasons: it’s a romantic gesture in itself, it will be just the two of you and the world offers all manner of breathtaking settings, especially if you’re thinking about popping a certain question.
So rather than plump for the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the gondolas in Venice, here are five creative places that the Flexicover team propose as offering the perfect backdrop for amour.
Mont Blanc, France
Sweep your loved one off their feet with a weekend in Chamonix. Whether you take to the slopes or not, there’s a host of ways to enjoy the alpine vistas, including the stunning beauty of Mont Blanc. High-fliers can opt for a helicopter ride, followed by a candlelit dinner for two. But for sheer show-stopping scenery, take Europe’s highest cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi - the closest you can get to the summit without a pair of crampons.
Provence is another romantic hot spot in the country of amour – especially for those who appreciate old-fashioned, weak-at-the-knees ardour. A favourite of well-heeled Parisians and artists alike, Provence’s main city of Aix boasts quiet cobbled streets, beautiful avenues, stunning historic buildings and bustling markets. Hire a car and explore the region’s rolling rural scenery and quaint villages. Then stay at one of the many vineyards or sleepy bed and breakfasts that dot the landscape, and be enveloped in irresistible old-world charm.
Canalside; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Cool couples, with or without proposals in mind, should head to Amsterdam’s intricate waterways. With dollhouse homes stacked above a maze of meandering canals, hip hangouts and hundreds of bridges on which to steal a kiss, the city exudes a unique magic that’s sure to delight your other half. Take a canal side stroll as the evening creeps in, with illuminated bridges reflected perfectly in the mirrored water. Then head to SkyLounge Amsterdam, situated on the 11th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Centraal Station hotel and, with a cocktail in hand, cuddle up against the cold while enjoying the panoramic views of the city below.
Under the stars on safari, South Africa
Nothing says I love you like an extravagant safari for two. While it may seem like a bank-breaker, with the rand devalued against the pound in recent years you’ll get more for your money than elsewhere. Deep in the South African bush, Kruger National Park is peppered with luxury lodges from which to spot the ‘big five’. For a truly exotic escape, Lion Sands offers lavish treehouses overlooking the Sabi Sand Reserve. Enjoy a candlelit dinner for two on the banks of the river under a star-filled African sky, taking in the sights, sounds and ultimate seclusion of the wild.
A city break in Seville, Spain
A city to be savoured with that special someone, the heady capital of Andalusia boasts some seriously seductive powers. Take a horse-drawn carriage around leafy Parque María Luisa - one of the prettiest in Europe, with its ornate ponds and beautiful baroque buildings. As dusk grows, walk towards the iconic Puente de Isabel II and gaze at the warm lights reflected in the river below. With the night still young, enjoy some cava in one of the riverside bars, followed by dinner and a spot of impromptu flamenco on the way home.
Wherever you choose to head for your romantic break it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.