Dovetail's Edit: Romantic Getaways
15 January 2020

Dovetail's Edit: Romantic Getaways

The Dovetail Agency

Tropical Island Getaway: LaucalaIsland, Fiji

Set in the SouthPacific’s Fijian archipelago, Laucala Island is a private tropical paradise andecological Garden of Eden. Combining a unique commitment to the environmentwith unparalleled levels of luxury, true indulgence is appreciated in theprivacy of the resort’s 25 villas as well as the freedom to experience avariety of activities. From the wide variety of watersports and boat trips toplaying golf on the 18-hole championship golf course, rainforest walking toursand farm visits to horseback riding on one of the resort’s eight Fijian horses,there really is something for every couple. Laucala Island is 85%self-sustainable and prides itself on an integral philosophy, incorporatingelements of the entire island into each guest’s experience, from island-madespa products to cuisine derived from indigenous plants, fruit and aquatic life.Organic fruits, vegetables and dairy are collected each morning for guests.Free-range poultry, cattle including Wagyu cows, pigs, quails, ducks and goatsare reared and allowed to roam free on the island. Fish is caught daily fromthe island’s shore and the bakery produces freshly baked delicacies for guests.Hemmed by lagoons and coral reefs, the island of Laucala epitomises thepeaceful serenity for which the Fijian archipelago is famed. The island has itsown private air strip and offers a level of seclusion and security unmatched inthe South Sea Islands.

A Robinson Crusoe Fantasy: MYVittaveli by Jumeirah Vittaveli,Maldives

New for 2020,Jumeirah Vittaveli, Maldives, launches MY Vittaveli - the ideal accommodationoption for a couple looking to live their Robinson Crusoe fantasy. Boastingfour meticulously designed bedrooms (a master cabin, VIP cabin and two twincabins), the 85ft Azimut superyacht can accommodate up to eight guests forovernight stays. MY Vittaveli’s three decks comprise of a beautifully craftedlounge, open air dining area, multiple swim platforms and an outdoor jacuzzi.On board MY Vittaveli, couples may enjoy a 24 hour personal butler, experiencefour hours of daily sailing, explore private sandbanks and uninhabited islands,snorkel with Manta Rays and indulge in beach BBQs. With a focus on culturalconnection and organic experiences in a luxurious setting, MY Vittaveli offersguests an authentic Maldivian island romantic experience. MY Vittaveliis available to guests from $25,000 per night.

Wild Luxury Adventure: Serengeti Bushtops, Tanzania

Guests can enjoythe feeling of the whole world being just for them with a secluded stay in aprivate safari tent at Serengeti Bushtops. This addictive combination of wildAfrica and luxurious opulence sees guests return from game drives in search ofAfrica’s incredible wildlife, to find the tent’s private hot tub drawn andready to be enjoyed with a glass of Champagne. Hot air balloon safaris are onoffer at the camp, offering couples the chance to observe the vast Serengetifrom the skies. For the more adventurous romantics, walking safaris are alsoavailable; supervised by a qualified armed Tanapa (Tanzania National Parks)ranger, couples will be able to safely approach herds of impala, zebra andgiraffe, leaving them with lasting memories to take home. Guests can furtherthe romance at the end of the day with an intimate meal next to the glowingcampfire, while enjoying the hot sun sinking over the Serengeti.

Escape to the Bush: SabiSabi Private Game Reserve, South Africa
It’s hard to think of anywhere more escapist from the stresses ofeveryday life than a romantic break in the South African bush, on a safari atSabi Sabi Private Game Reserve which this year celebrates its 40thanniversary. Wake up to just the sounds of nature in a gorgeous suite atEarth Lodge, inspired by the textures and colours of the environment. Head outon an early morning game drive to witness the incredible wildlife which callsthe Bush home, from the largest of elephants to the smallest of insects. Returnfor a relaxed breakfast with far-reaching views over the watering hole, beforea dip in the suite’s private pool or a couple’s massage in Earth Lodge’s AmaniSpa. Come evening, head out on a sunset game drive, stopping off for atraditional sundowner best enjoyed with a glass of South African wine from anundiscovered producer or with a chilled G&T with local botanicals. Privatedining may be arranged upon return for couple’s to relive their memories of theday, with dinner at a different spot each evening such as to the crackle of thefire in the Boma, or in Earth Lodge’s extensive underground wine cellar.

Charming Britain Retreat: TheAtlantic Hotel, Jersey
Jersey offers an enticing mix of unspoilt beaches and coves, boutiqueshopping, and restaurants celebrating local produce. With the warmest andsunniest climate in Britain, it makes for a wonderful romantic visit. TheAtlantic Hotel is one of Jersey's finest hotels. In longstanding familyownership and this year celebrating its 50th anniversary, this world classsmall luxury hotel is set in extensive grounds adjoining La Moye golf courseand enjoys dramatic views over St Ouen's Bay - a conservation area ofoutstanding natural beauty. As one of the top hotels in the British Isles, thecombination of timeless elegance and secluded location makes The Atlantic Hotelthe perfect romantic Channel Islands hideaway. For outdoor interests, the hotelalso has the best in surfing and hiking, beachside dining and stunning coastalwalk routes.

Ski: PlaceBlanche 2, Verbier by Leo Trippi

Place Blanche 2 isperfect for couples who want to be part of the slope action. Just steps awayfrom the Medran piste and lift station, this chic apartment is convenientlylocated close to all the shops, bars and restaurants that Verbier has to offer. Curlup in front of the fire together in the open plan living area or enjoy theinspiring mountain views from the south-facing terrace. The bedrooms arebeautifully furnished but we particularly love the en-suite bathrooms. With aninnovative glass roof in one bathroom, enjoy a spot of stargazing whilst yourelax in the free-standing tub. Place Blanche 2 comes fully serviced with a24-hour in-resort chauffeur service, private chef and host.

Romantic City Break: HotelSchweizerhof Bern
HotelSchweizerhof Bern’s ‘Be My Valentine’ offer provides couples with aromantic experience and luxurious short break in the heart of Switzerland’scapital city. The beautiful medieval city of Bern with its many fountains,sandstone facades, narrow streets and historic towers is unique and the idealdestination for inquisitive couples looking to explore. The old town boasts oneof the longest weather-sheltered shopping promenades in Europe, which is amust-see along with the Clock Tower (Zytglogge), Parliament Building and BearPark.An elevated Rose Garden above the Bear Park and The Hotel Schweizerhof’s ownelegant Sky Terrace also offers some of the best panoramic views over the cityand old town, around which the River Aare flows.
Included in the indulgent package is gold massage oil: Royal Luxury (24 KaratGold, 12ml), Schweizerhof breakfast which may be served in-room, an exquisite3-course dinner served in the legendary Jack's Brasserie (excl. drinks) andfree entry to the Spa with its pamper pool, hammam, Finnish sauna (with coldpool and ice fountain), experience showers a relaxation room with soothingwater beds, five treatment rooms and a fully equipped gym with the latestcardio and weight machines.
The Be My Valentine offer startsfrom 550CHF. For more information and to book, please visit www.schweizerhof-bern.ch/en/offers/details/id/7308/be-my-valentineor call +41 31 326 80 80.

Swiss Spa Retreat: Bürgenstock Resort LakeLucerne
This Valentine’s Day, celebratelove’s joy and sweetness in the fresh Alpine air, high above the glitteringwaters of Lake Lucerne, feeling like the only two people in the world. Thelegendary mountain-top Bürgenstock Resort has prepared a number of exciting waysfor couples to create special memories together. From being pampered in theluxurious Waldhotel spa with special indulgent packages for both him and her,to dining en amoureux in one of the resort’s ten award-winning restaurants,lounges and bars, with five delicious Valentine’s Day menus including atraditional Swiss fondue. Couples will come together in an unforgettable way asthey enjoy the breathtaking view, clean mountain air and beautiful warmsunshine, and where better to revel in romance than the location of AudreyHepburn’s wedding to Mel Ferrer in 1954.
For more information and to book, please visit https://www.buergenstock.ch/en/packages or email reservations@buergenstock.ch.

Voyage Under The Stars: SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream Yacht Club, the most romantic cruise line in the world*, offers seven-nightvoyages to the dreamiest destinations in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. Witha maximum of 112 guests, SeaDream I and II offerthe most personalised and luxurious escape at sea for couples. Guests feel asif they have embarked on their own private getaway while enjoying themega-yachts’ casual splendour and outstanding cuisine. Sleep under the stars ina signature platform Balinese bed, enjoy a beautifully prepared Champagnebreakfast as the sun rises andsoak up the unobstructed views of the most romantic places on the planet
For more information and to book please visit www.seadream.com or call 0800 783 1373. *Awarded ‘BestLuxury Cruise Line for Romance’ in the Cruise Critic Editor’s Picks Awards2019 UK, US and Australia (December 2019).