By Lubna Hamdan
Skip the usual cities and opt for these five distinctive destinations
Places like Paris, Rome and the Maldives have dominated the lists of romantic destinations for far too long. So we selected five getaways that are less popular but equally romantic. Take your pick:
Havana: It might be a long way from Dubai (a 16 hour flight to be exact), but Cuba’s capital is well worth the visit. The major port city and leading commercial centre of Cuba is one romantic getaway, known for its tropical climate, street musicians and historic paintwork (did we mention the excessive salsa dancing?)
St. Moritz: Switzerland’s luxury ski resort is the ultimate winter getaway for adventurous couples. Situated on the southern slopes of the Albula Alps, the resort is known as one of the best and most expensive ski destinations in the world, boasting five star hotels and upscale nightlife. The cosy wooden chalets, hot chocolate and fire places make this a romantic holiday destination.
Saint Petersburg: Russia’s most romantic city is known for its imperial grandeur, where the federation’s royal family once resided. Besides being home to romantic attractions such as horse drawn carriages, movable bridges, hot air balloons and riverboat trips in Europe’s fourth largest river Neva, Saint Petersburg also boasts 18th and 19th century palatial architecture.
Turks and Caicos Islands: Private and ultra-luxurious, Turks and Caicos are part of 40 low-populated coral islands southeast of the Bahamas. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, these islands are a great choice. They also boast water sports such as diving, snorkelling and fishing, as they have the world’s third largest barrier reef.
Marrakesh, Morocco: Any former imperial city is bound to impress. The same is true for Morocco’s Marrakesh, which dates back to the Berber Empire and boasts historic palaces, royal gardens and ancient mosques. The walled medieval city is known for its busy bazaars, maze-like alleys, traditional eateries and renowned spa techniques. While it’s not as luxurious as some other destinations, its rich culture makes it a romantic destination.