Cover Photo: Rosewood Luang Prabang

Beachfront dinners, historic escapes and more: plan the couple's retreat you deserve this year

1. Casa di Giuletta, Verona, Italy

Ever watched the romantic flick Letters To Juliet? Now's your chance to ditch your TV couch and head on over to the city of Verona yourself, to the home of Shakespeare’s Juliet, no less. This month, AirBnB has partnered with Verona’s Municipality to open up the historic Casa di Giuletta to one lucky couple for a night.

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The stay includes a Romeo and Juliet-inspired exploration of the city of Verona – with a professional photographer in tow – along with a candlelight dinner prepared by Michelin star chef Giancarlo Perbellini, private tours of the 13th century building’s beautiful grounds, a chance to read and reply to some of Juliet’s most recent love letters, and a few other whimsical treats.

Details on how to win this one-of-a-kind romantic getaway are available here; be sure to enter before 11.59pm (EST) on February 2, 2020.   

2. Oberoi Udaivilas, Udaipur, India

Another destination steeped in history: Udaipur isn’t called the ‘City of Lakes’ without reason. The Oberoi Udaivilas itself is situated on the banks of Lake Pichola, spanning 30 acres of gardens and canals inspired by the city itself.

If royal treatment is what you desire, you’ll find it at this award-winning luxury resort, whether it be at lunch in a private boat overlooking the peaceful lake, a candlelit dinner for 2 under the stars, a luxurious session in The Oberoi Spa’s spa suite for couples, or a pampering sleep-in within its awe-inspiring suites.   

More: A Tour Inside Oberoi Udaivilas, Named World's Best Hotel 2015

3. Villa Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik, Croatia

Planning a couple’s retreat in Croatia and unsure of where to start? Villa Dubrovnik would be our top recommendation as far as romantic accommodation goes; tried, tested and cherished also by seasoned travellers Elyna Effendi in the past.

Firstly, the views: situated on the Dalmatian Coast and a short walk from Sveti Jakov Beach, Villa Dubrovnik is one place where you’d actually be hard-pressed to find a spot without dazzling views of the surrounding oceans, hills and old-world towns.

For a little privacy, opt for the Romance Suite here. It comes with a 28sqm private terrace with luxurious loungers to watch the sunset over the sea, an in-room Jacuzzi, 24-hour room service and an en-suite glass wall bathroom with full shading.

Related: Elyna Effendi’s Travel Diary Of Croatia

4. Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto, Japan

Ditch the cityscapes for a green change of scene at Suiran Kyoto, an eco-friendly hideaway with only 39 guest rooms. Each room is inspired by traditional Japanese culture and designed to showcase the natural beauty of the verdant surroundings along the Hozu River.

A word for the couple who love a little spa time now and then – the Shirosumire Premium King Room here comes equipped with its own open-air bath, with treatment-ready facilities and water from the Arashiyama hot springs.   

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5. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, Johor, Malaysia

This pristine beach resort affords you the joys of spending time outdoors without compromising on comfort and luxury.

Try stand-up paddle-boarding or windsurfing when the waves are just right, or visit a local fruit farm and feed the animals before sitting down to a hearty lunch. At day's end, you won't have to part with the beauty of the sea when you retire to your plush Deluxe Seaview Room, enjoying views of the horizon from the comfort of your bed.  

Then there's Anantara Desaru Coast’s enigmatic ‘Dining By Design’ offer – a beachfront dining experience complete with candle-lit lanterns and a private chef, a sommelier and butler. 

See also: The Most Idyllic Luxury Holiday Resorts In Malaysia

6. Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

Get ready for something extraordinary: Rosewood Luang Prabang's gorgeous interiors are enhanced by the beauty of its untouched green surroundings.

While the resort’s lavish French-Lao-style suites haven’t escaped our notice, we’re guessing there’s a couple out there who’d be willing to go a step further (or higher, more accurately) with a stay at the Hilltop Tents.

A night or two in this luxury tent overlooking the dazzling mountains outside and you’ll not want to leave. This glamping experience comes with a luxurious bathtub and rain shower, WiFi as well as an oversized balcony to soak in those amazing views over breakfast.

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