If you're planning to surprise your loved one with a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day, it might be a good idea to think outside the box. Rather than the usual, clichéd and tourist trodden cities of Paris and Venice, think of somewhere a bit more exciting and exotic – a magical escape into the unknown, just for two. Some of our top holiday destinations are sure to tempt you…..
With hordes of people flocking to Brazil this year for the World Cup 2014, why not be one of them? There's no denying that Brazil is a great place to take your other half for a romantic getaway – book a stay in stunning Rio, the sexiest city in South America! The country is home to beautiful beaches, spicy Brazilian food and sultry music – three ingredients for the perfect Valentine's Day break.
Often known as the 'St Tropez of the Caribbean', St Barts became popular in the 1970's and today this idyllic island is considered the most unusual, romantic spot in the French West Indies. If dining out is on the agenda – it is Valentine's Day after all – you'll be delighted to find more than 60 restaurants serving a fusion of Creole and French cuisine. Oh, and did we mention the azure waters and palm fringed beaches? Perfect.
Ladies, if you're planning to surprise your man with a romantic trip this Valentine's Day, why not take him to the city where Octopussy was filmed? Whether you prefer your holidays shaken not stirred or are looking for a peaceful getaway, you'll find Udaipur is a city of contrasts. Home to stunning mansions and marble palaces, the city's markets lie tucked away down a maze of cobbled streets, and you'll find textiles and paintings by local artists at very reasonable prices. This peaceful, historic city is the perfect spot for romance to blossom.
The city of Brussels is easy to reach by Eurostar from London, making it a great choice for couples who want to head for Europe without visiting Paris. Whilst you'll see plenty of tourists in Brussels, the city has a more remote feel than some other European destinations, and it's this that gives it its charm. Hop on the train to Bruges for a day exploring the historic town (take a boat trip if you want to see it in all its glory) or enjoy the city centre of Brussels – the Grand Place is surrounded by historic buildings and is quite a sight to behold. Here you can sit down to a beer or a bowl of moules (mussels) as you watch the world go by.
No matter where you decide to take your other half this February 14th, make sure you have travel insurance in place to protect you – that way you can relax and enjoy yourself without worrying about worst case scenarios!