(Photo Credit: Tau Game Lodge)
It’s the most romantic time of the year, where couples around the world spoil each other with a dose of extra love, special gifts and thoughtfully planned escapes. We’re huge believers in travel as not just an experience but an active pursuit of memory making. That’s why we’ve come up with a few dreamy getaways organised especially with starry-eyed lovebirds in mind. Whether you’re making last minute plans for a short stay retreat, or just wanting inspiration, you won’t have to venture too far past these diverse options.
Vivanta, Panaji – Goa
Being whisked away to exotic India for a weekend may sound like more work than it’s worth but we highly disagree. Once you see what’s waiting for you; adventure, new and unique culture and experiences you’ve never known were possible, you’ll wonder why you ever thought twice.
Vivanta by Taj in Panaji, Goa, provides absolute luxury for couples who truly deserve to be pampered. With plenty of wellness amenities including relaxation lounges, the Hammam and Finnish Sauna, a beauty zone and a large fitness area, plus other conveniences like the Rhythm Lounge, rooftop swimming pool and JIVA spa, you could justifiably never leave the comfort of your accommodation.
However, the marvels of Goa beckon. This relatively small, yet glistening slice of India offers distinctive culture, food and architecture like nowhere else in the world. And then there are the swaying palm trees, sparkling waters and embracing sands that could entice even the most weary travellers.
Cubana Dinner at the Rooftop of Vivanta is the best way to celebrate your romantic stay in Panaji. A candlelit dinner for two under a canopy of shining star overlooking the Mandovi River sets the scene as you enjoy a private barbeque, sparkling wine and a five-course gourmet dinner prepared by the resort’s Executive Chef.
Rates (subject to change) are inclusive of complimentary Wi-Fi for up to two devices and airport transfers for stays 2 nights and above.
- Superior Charm Room – From ₹8,500 (AUD$165.68) avg. per night
- Presidential Nirvana Suite - From ₹31,000 (AUD$604.26) avg. per night
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji’s ‘Three Nights Free Sail’
Big on cruising? There’s nothing quite like boarding a cruise ship and sailing away (into the sunset being a definite plus for us romantics!) with your other half. Between lounging poolside sipping cocktails, dancing the night away and island hopping, you’ll have the time of your life without the crazy price tag. What’s even better is the versatility of cruises – whether you only have a few days or are lucky enough to secure a couple of weeks off, you’re sure to find a cruise to suit your schedule.
Picking which cruise liner to go with is a no brainer if you’re after luxury, relaxation and a whole lot of fun. Captain Cook Cruises has an enormous range of experiences and locations for your romantic escape, not to mention plenty of ongoing specials and packages that are hard to say no to.
Right now, Captain Cook Cruises Fiji has extended their ‘Three Nights Free Sail’ until 31 March 2017 with travel up to 31 March 2018. Perfect for a last minute Valentines Day surprise for your partner? We think so!
Book any 11 night Lau and Kadavu Discovery Cruise, 7 night Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands cruise and 7 night 4 Cultures or Colonial Discovery cruise and receive three nights free.
Visit remote villages, immerse yourself in the Fijian culture, dive into blue lagoons and snorkel colourful coral reefs. All you have to do is unpack once and you’re set. Days onboard are just as much a treat with access to the Senikai Day Spa, sun deck spa or pool, pool bar and of course, plenty of dining options.
One of our favourite parts about choosing a cruise option? You can bring your kids. A complimtary Kids Club is available for children 5-9 years. Perfect for lovers who want to share the love with their little ones as well.
All fares include shipboard accommodation, all meals, guided village, school and island tours, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions, daily island stopovers and water activities, hikes and Kayak safaris, on board entertainment, kids club (5-9 yrs.), onboard Wi-Fi at anchor, 24-hour self-service tea and coffee bar, post cruise transfers to Nadi and Denarau hotels and Nadi airport and use of the ship's facilities including a swimming pool, spa, mini gym, sun deck, cocktail bar and library.
- ‘Three nights Free Sail’ for the seven night Yasawa Islands and Discovery cruises start from AUD$1995 per person twin share (normally AUD$3140)
- Eleven-night discovery cruise start from AUD$3990 per person twin share (normally AUD$5485)
Tau Game Lodge
Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve lies in a stunning area known as the Great Marico. This protected area in South Africa is part of the latest park developments in the country, and is fast becoming a popular option for adventurous nature loving couples.
The lodge is privately owned and situated just a four hour drive from Johannesburg. Tau, “The Place of the Lion” can host and accommodate up to 60 people.
There are plenty of activities on offer by the lodge including game drives in open landrovers, informative trails given by rangers, and bush walks. Keep your eyes and ears on high alert so you don’t miss the incredible species that roam the area including lions, leopards, elephants, impala and plenty more. With great facilities like the dining desk and licensed bar overlooking a waterhole, as well as the Curio shop, Tau Spa Oasis, swimming pool and more, you’ll never have a moment of boredom.
Tau Game Lodge offers highly reduced packages to celebrate romance all year round. If you’re looking to lock in your trip as a Valentine’s Day gift, and are itching for a getaway on short notice (two weeks or less before you travel), Tau has special offers just for you.
Rates are inclusive of three meals and two safaris and accommodation each day.
Standard low season R 6500.- (2 people)
Deluxe low season R 9750.-
Family unit low season R 13000.-
Family suite low season R 16250.-
Standard high R 8720.- (2 people)
Deluxe High R 13080.-
Family unit R 17440.-
Family suite R 21800.-
(High season now to end April
Low season May – September
In November rates increase again)
Vivanta, Panaji – Goa: www.vivanta.tajhotels.com/en-in/panaji-goa/
Tau Game Lodge: www.taugamelodge.com
Captain Cook Cruises Fiji: www.captaincookcruisesfiji.com