There’s nothing that says “I love you” so much as spending quality time together with your significant other, whether or not it’s Valentine’s Day. Time, after all, is the one thing money can’t buy, and your love for your partner extends well beyond just one day. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the top destinations for you and your partner to indulge in a little we time, whether or not it’s the season of love.
Plus, we’ve also included a little recommendation for our most essential travel companion, so that you and your loved ones can explore the world in style.
01 | When it’s time to unplug
In our age of eternal digital connection, it’s no surprise that Bhutan has become one of the top destinations for people to unplug and explore an area authentically, without the mediation of technology.
At the cosy Gangtey Lodge, for instance, visitors can select from a wide range of activities, including meditation and spiritual prayer, archery and darts — Bhutan’s national sports — or venturing into the adjacent valley to explore an area that has been left unchanged for centuries.
At the end of the day, guests can unwind with dotsho, a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath using heated river rocks and curative herbs gathered from surrounding forests.
02 | For the adventure seekers
Trust us, you’ve never seen the African savannah quite like this. Luxury travel company andBeyond has just launched a unique travel experience at the Ngala Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Now, you can play at being a real adventurer and see the wonders of the African savannah from the top of a four-storey luxury treehouse.
The treehouse is fully equipped with hot shower facilities and offers you a choice of two sleeping areas — an enclosed weatherproof bedroom, or al fresco on the roof of the treehouse. Just imagine the brilliance of the sun setting over the savannah, followed by a night under the stars — romantic, no?
Of course, the Ngala Private Game Reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including the entire Big Five, several larges prides of lion, and the packs of the endangered African wild dog. Guests can enjoy exclusive game drives and bush walks on 14,700 hectares of private wilderness land.
03 | For the ultimate scenic escape
Iceland has become an immensely popular destination in recent years, for many beautiful reasons. The untouched landscape of the country makes it the perfect place to indulge in a scenic vacation. From the beautiful colour-changing Northern Lights to the warm geothermal pools of the Reykjanes Peninsula, to the vast icy vistas of the Vatnajökull glacier, Iceland has something beautiful to satiateany scenic preferences.
Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), for instance, is an ideal place to enjoy the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords. A scant 50 km from Reykjavik, the area is tranquil and quiet, filled with an unexpected combination of deep canyons and majestic shorelines. Glymur, the highest waterfall in Iceland, can also be found in Hvalfjörður.
The Perfect Companion
As travellers continue to find ways to make sure they’re moving around in style, a luggage that looks good and performs well has become indispensable. That’s what Rimowa wants for you with the new colours that they are adding to their well-loved Essentials line: they want you to be able to enjoy the journey just as much, knowing that your belongings are securely stowed away in a chic carrier that’s immediately recognisable and wholly your own.
Taking their inspiration from Scandinavian destinations, the two colours are called Berry and Glacier, and are available in three different sizes: Cabin, Check-in L, and Trunk Plus. The former, a rich shade of oxblood, recalls the feeling of foraging for berries across the fjord of Hvalfjörður, while the latter colour recalls the icy Icelandic landscapes with its crystalline blue colour. The Glacier colour is also available in the Essentials Lite range, which weighs 30% lesser, and is available in Kids and Check-in L sizes.