"You’ve got to have a real sense of adventure here in the Solomon Islands,” our lovely guide, Stella, tells us when we meet her at Honiara International Airport. She’s certainly not wrong. From the islands’ spectacular diving and surfing to their almost mythical history, you could say the Solomon Islands is the stuff of romance-adventure novels. And we can’t wait to dive in and experience it all for ourselves.
We all have our idea of what makes a place special for those much-needed holidays. For some it might be returning to a favourite river, peaceful valley or rustic hinterland cabin to hibernate; for others, it’s the excitement of skiing down the slopes or climbing a mountain that gets the juices flowing. For me, it’s the lure of a tropical island. I love nothing more than the relaxed pace and the opportunity to slow down and recharge the batteries while wishing life was always this peaceful and comfortable.
There's no denying that the tropical paradise of Bali is a beloved option for couples seeking a romantic escape. Whether it's for an all-out honeymoon or a relaxing getaway, the island's many different regions all have something sensational to offer – from sigh-inducing scenery and fantastic shopping to luxurious accommodation and fascinating cultural wonders. Not sure where to go on your next Bali trip? We've rounded up a collection of dreamy spots to get you inspired.
Just off the northwestern peninsula of Malaysia where the Indian Ocean narrows to meet the Straits of Malacca, this sleepy archipelago of 99 islands (104 at low tide) is blessed with many charms. An island idyll for couples, Langkawi offers something for everyone – adventure, wildlife, postcard-perfect beaches, luxe resorts and incredible dining. Curious? Discover this gem of a destination for yourselves… before everyone else does.
Climbed New Zealand's mountains? Sampled its cities' culinary delights? All promising dramatic scenery and astonishing beauty, New Zealand's beaches are definitely worth adding to your itinerary. From black-sand surfer havens to headlands that double as a therapeutic spa, these unique stretches of sand are truly special. Get out your jandals (as they say) – it's time for a seaside escape...
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