Veni, Vidi, Amavi: We Came, We Saw, We Loved
Where will you be this Valentine’s Day? Where have you travelled to and then fallen in love, with the place or a person? In collaboration with travel bloggers, PackThePJs has compiled this A – Z of the most romantic destinations around the world. Today we are focusing on G – I: Gardens by the Bay in Singapore, Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin, the Highlands of Scotland, and Indonesia’s Gili Islands. We hope you enjoy our journey of love!
G: Gardens by the Bay, Singapore
The Gardens by the Bay are one of the most romantic places I’ve visited and are a must on any Singapore itinerary. Gardens by the Bay is a huge nature park consisting of both indoor and outdoor gardens. There are two cooled conservatories: the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. But the highlight is the futuristic Supertree Grove which consists of large tree-shaped vertical gardens set in front of the iconic Marina Bay Sands.
While impressive in the day, at night the Supertree Grove is beautiful, magical and romantic because it is all lit up in bright changing colours. There are also nightly light and sound shows – I enjoyed the show so much that I visited two nights in a row. For more privacy, couples can pay the fee to enter the elevated walkway between the Supertrees and enjoy the show and impressive city views from above.
Thanks to The Travel Sisters
G: Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin
Grand Case Beach Club, on the island of St. Martin is one of the most romantic places in the world because it’s a secluded, intimate, charming resort on the gorgeous Caribbean waters. They serve amazing French food at the property restaurant on the water. We had breakfast here every morning with unbeatable views. You can take a catamaran cruise to the nearby island of Anguilla … the boat picks you up right on the resort’s private beach. It’s on the French side of the St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Here, local restaurants within walking distance serve incredible French cuisine and fresh seafood. The property has a wrap around walkway with hidden seating areas where you can lounge away and take long afternoon naps.
We came here for our babymoon, and it was the perfect place to spend our last vacation being just the two of us, kids-free. The property and the island was viciously hit by hurricane Irma, and it’s on the way to recovery. We hope this place comes back soon and be better than ever! You can stay up to date on their recovery efforts and progress on their website so you can visit and experience the romance yourself someday!
Thanks to Henry and Andrew’s Guide
H: Highlands of Scotland
The Highlands of Scotland are renowned for having some of the most stunning scenery in the world. Rugged mountains, rushing waterfalls, sparkling lochs, dramatic glens, secluded beaches and photogenic castles are just some of the reasons that the Scottish Highlands are said to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
An ideal way to explore the area is on a road-trip, with the North Coast 500 being the most popular route. If you prefer not to drive, then the West Highland Railway Line has been voted one of the most scenic train journeys in the world. Of course, you could just book a little hideaway for two with a hot tub and take in the mountain views.
In the evening search out one of the many historic Highland Inns for a cosy dinner in atmospheric surroundings. Search out one that serves local oysters, the ultimate natural aphrodisiac. Finish off the night with a wee dram of whisky for the complete Scottish experience.
At night time the lack of light pollution provides the perfect opportunity for some romantic star-gazing. If you’re lucky you might even see the dancing Northern Lights.
Thanks to Adventures Around Scotland
I: Indonesia’s Gili Islands
When my wife and I got married we didn’t have time for a honeymoon. So, we always envisioned a dreamy escape to celebrate our union. We had heard that the Gilis off the coast of Indonesia’s Lombok, and a boat ride from Bali, were pretty romantic. When we finally got some time, we set sail on the fast boat to paradise.
The first stop was Gili Trawangan (or Gili T) where the boat dropped off a rowdy bunch of stag boozers. Out of the three islands, it is the party hub, so don’t expect much silence and romance there.
Gili Air is much more romantic, especially on the West side, as it is more deserted and spacious with spectacular sunsets and amazing local eateries; our favourites being Scratch Beach Club to the North and Mowlies to the South. Expect cheap massages, tropical vibes, yet undertones of festivity on Gili Air.
For the most secluded romantic getaway option, you would want to stay at Gili Meno. The snorkelling is epic and the people are few. There is not much to do on the island, but it is great for relaxation. You can always hop over to Gili T or Air for a dose of party ambience.
Thanks to Singapore N Beyond
We hope you have enjoyed reading this post of our A – Z Series. Please come back tomorrow for the next three letters of the alphabet!