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Travel Company Leaders Dish on their Most Romantic Trips

Step away from the chocolates. Move over, diamonds. The most romantic gift is time together with your best-beloved, and shared experiences that ignite – or reignite – the flames.


If it’s time to shake up your romance routine and create new memories of a lifetime on vacation, we have your back.


The travel industry’s top executives are intimately familiar with the newest travel experiences and what makes them so special.


We tapped that top level, insider expertise and asked a number of travel company leaders to pick one of their most life-changing, romantic trips, and share why they personally recommend it to couples looking for love in a new destination.


Which of these trips makes your heart beat a little faster?


Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica

“When I think of romance, Secrets Papagayo Costa Rica immediately comes to mind,” Carolina Bellina, senior director of canadian sales at AMR Collection tells us. “At Secrets Papagayo, you can bond with a partner or spouse by trying a new activity like paddle boarding or you can enjoy the most breathtaking sunsets while walking on the beach. It’s a perfect setting to enjoy unspoiled beauty while being enveloped in luxury.”
This adults-only luxury resort is nestled in Costa Rica’s Gulf of Papagayo and has striking views of native flora and fauna and unspoiled Pacific Coast beaches.
The resort inclusions allow guests to experience Costa Rican beachside paradise exactly as you dream, with included dining, 24-hour room service, pool and beach wait service, drinks, and entertainment. To help cultivate romance, guests can decompress and wash away the cares of everyday life through the spa’s hydrotherapy, Swiss shower, sauna, steam room and outdoor treatment rooms. 

AmaWaterways’ ‘Stars of South Africa’ River Cruise and Wildlife Safari

Kristin Karst, co-founder and executive vice president of AmaWaterways tells us, “I may be a bit biased as Rudi and I spent our honeymoon in South Africa where we first discovered the Zambezi Queen on the Chobe River. We were so enamored with the experience (and of course each other!) that we just had to make it part of AmaWaterways river cruise program for our guests to enjoy.
“Champagne cocktails on the deck of Zambezi Queen watching the setting sun light up the sky while elephants frolic on the banks of the river and a private dinner in the wine room during the luxurious wildlife safari at the Tintswalo Safari Lodge were just two of the unforgettable moments we shared.
“The crew onboard our ships love to help create special romantic moments for our guests. Our cruise managers see themselves as “romance coordinators,” bringing in our pastry chefs and stateroom stewards to add little personalized touches that surprise and delight couples celebrating a special occasion. Our cruise managers also know the ports of call so well and are happy to recommend perfect little getaways for a quiet walk in a vineyard or late-night drinks at romantic rooftop bars.”

Seabourn Expedition Cruise to View the Northern Lights

Luxury cruise line Seabourn is launching new expedition ships: Seabourn Venture and Seabourn Pursuit, to travel to remote, secluded corners of the earth – tailor-made for couples to focus on each other. The ships continue Seabourn sailing traditions with an intimate atmosphere, small crowds, and relaxing days that can be spent together watching some of the best sunsets anywhere with a special someone.
“The Northern Lights are one of nature's most breathtaking, captivating displays. Imagine sailing away from Ilulissat, Greenland, and out of Disko Bay, home to massive icebergs and the famous Jakobshavn glacier. It’s a clear night, the stars are out, and the Northern Lights appear and reflect and dance off the ocean and the giant icebergs,” describes Steve Smotrys, Seabourn’s vice president of global sales & trade relations.
“Sharing this with someone special would be incredibly romantic, and to experience this on one of our Seabourn expedition ships would make for a very unique, unforgettable and romantic trip.”
“On a Seabourn ship, we pride ourselves on true definition of luxury service, where our onboard team strives make sure guests are well-cared for, sometimes before they even expect it.”

Sandals Grenada

“Sandals Grenada is one of our most romantic resorts. It’s an exotic, unspoiled hideaway that offers an authentic Caribbean experience, captivating guests from the moment they arrive with soothing scents of the “Spice Isle” gently greeting them,” says Marsha-Ann Donaldson-Brown, Sandals Resorts’ director of romance, a title which just goes to show you how seriously the luxury, all-inclusive resort company takes couples’ need take special time for each other.
“And it has a number of ‘Sandals Firsts’ including two that are very romantic: Tranquility Soaking Tubs and the stunning, architectural marvel of the SkyPool Suites with infinity-edge plunge pools set out on the balcony. The king-size bed has direct access to a cantilevered, plunge pool with infinity edge where couples can admire the ocean while floating in the sky…literally and figuratively. Guests at Sandals Grenada loved these so much so that they were eventually introduced at other Sandals Resorts across the Caribbean.
Set on Grenada’s exclusive Pink Gin Beach, Sandals Grenada features three freshwater pools, including the iconic Pink Gin Village pool, which transforms from day to night. By day, couples enjoy picture-perfect views of the infinity-edged pool that flows into the horizon. By night, the firepit lounge directly in the middle of the pool (PICTURED, TOP) comes alive and becomes “the hot spot” for couples to enjoy an after-dinner drink.

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Images courtesy of their respective travel companies.

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