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Valentine's Day "Gift" Travel

Travel is such a great option to consider vs. chocolates, flowers or even jewelry in order to create lasting memories and further enhance relationships.

All of the options that I’m sharing with you are Virtuoso properties (photos all courtesy of Virtuoso) in such fabulous exotic destinations including South Africa, Australia, Greece, Thailand and a little closer to home, Turks and Caicos in the Caribbean.

Tintswalo Safari Lodge, South Africa

Tintswalo Safari Lodge is a luxury five-star lodge located in the private Manyeleti Nature Reserve near Kruger National Park. Each lavish suite offers a private plunge pool and is uniquely decorated to reflect its 'landmark of bush luxury'. You can enjoy the abundance of wildlife and not give up having a world-class 5-star experience. Bush breakfasts, romantic 'sundowners' and even being pampered in their Bushwillow Spa are all certain to create incredibly special memories of Africa.

qualia, Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

“A private world of sensory perception” defines qualia, located in Queensland, Australia. It’s surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and has spectacular views across the Coral Sea in the Whitsundays in a secluded spot on Hamilton Island. Their ‘pavilions’ are both spacious and private, all equipped with sundecks and some also with infinity-edge plunge pools. Only the best, fresh Australian produce and local seafood are available to enjoy in their two restaurants with mesmerizing views. There’s an 18-hole golf course on neighboring Dent Island at the Hamilton Island Golf Club to enjoy and Spa qualia for those interested in indulging in some ultimate relaxation.

Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini, Greece

Canaves Oia Hotels have several luxurious properties on the island of Santorini. Canaves Oia Epitome is the only hotel in Santorini that offers sea and sunset views from every bedroom of each of the 53 suites and villas on the property. World-class Greek cuisine, private heated pools, and outstanding sunset views enable this property to be the epitome of luxury in Santorini, making it aptly named by design. It's conveniently located just outside the scenic town of Oia and above the charming, picturesque port of Ammoudi.

Six Senses, Koh Samui, Thailand

Six Senses properties ‘want their places and spaces to help you reconnect and explore what it means to be mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally happy” and Six Senses in Koh Samui, Thailand does just that. Koh Samui is a beautiful island off the east coast of Thailand and Six Senses offers a sweeping panoramic view of the Gulf of Thailand from the northern tip of the island. Yoga at sunrise, deep relaxing spa treatments, amazing views from a pool villa, sunset cocktails, dining under the stars with exquisite wine and food – what more can anyone ask for!

Grace Bay Club, Turks &Caicos

Closer to home, located in the Turks and Caicos, the world-renowned Grace Bay Club was the first luxury all-suite resort here. It has 88 oceanfront suites and villas ideally situated on pristine Grace Bay Beach. It’s divided into three sections including an adults only option with an adults-only pool. There are also family-friendly villa options with their own pool and the exclusive, ultraluxe Estates Residence section with an area and pool reserved for Estate guests only. They also have a “Private Villa Collection” ideal for those larger groups of multi-generational family and friends to consider. These feature 2 to 9 bedrooms and offer luxury resort amenities.

There are so very many wonderful options world-wide for romance travel that will help keep that spark alive in your relationship. What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day and your relationship then to book a wonderful journey together at one of these properties and so many others that Virtuoso endorses as being one of their "Best of the Best"!

Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos

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