The Strasbourg Christkindelsmärik is the oldest Christmas market in France

The Magic of the Strasbourg Christmas Market

I’m a self-confessed romantic and love everything about the festive season. There’s nothing better than curling up fireside to watch Love Actually, Serendipity, or It’s a Wonderful Life. Say the words Christmas Market and it has the very same effect. A weekend or day trip with the one you love on your arm and you’re starring in your very own holiday romance. Here’s the pick of the most romantic destinations ideal for ...

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The Point at Lake Saranac is the ultimate romantic getaway from New York City

Autumnal Getaways from New York

With summer winding up and autumn on the horizon, now is the time to be forward planning for the ultimate romantic weekend away with the person you love. Whether the sun is shining, it’s pelting with rain, or the leaves are turning, there’s nothing cosier and warming than somewhere sensational to hide away for a couple of days that doesn’t involve the airport. Here are some of my favourites on the ...

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Sailing is the perfect holiday to relax and unwind the senses

’Tis the Season to go Sailing

It’s that time of the year when thoughts turn to the silly season and how to make it easier but at the same time more appealing. Want to escape the family hoopla over the silly season or perhaps thinking of a holiday where all of your family’s whims are catered? Well think no further, sailing in the Southern Hemisphere is a fabulous way to retreat from all the pressures of cooking and ...

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Real experiences with locals and off the tourist path in the Big Apple

Kawfee Please

Anyone who knows New York knows that hot coffee is slurped on top of your half-drunk cup of coffee. This may seem fun and very Noo Yawk to the first-time punter checking out Katz’s Deli, but to the Antipodean who really knows their coffee like they know their wine, it just doesn’t work. If you find yourself in the Big Apple and in need of a proper brew, read flat white ...

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Thornbury Castle is a palatial bolt hole in Gloucestershire

Royal Romance in the UK

Think grandeur and luxury, what's not to like about a little royal indulgence while the UK. Perhaps you want your very own castle, just the two of you and romantic seclusion. Look no further than this little gem available through the Landmark Trust to create your royal romance. Clytha Castle Clytha Castle is located in Monmouthshire, south-east Wales.  The surrounding woods and countryside views are superb. You can pop into Abergavenny to the market for supplies ...

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If you’re holidaying in the UK, why not stay at Amberley Castle and feel like royalty

A Royal Stay in the UK

If you’re holidaying in the United Kingdom, why not stay in one of Britain’s romantic castle hotels and feel like royalty. Cliveden Once famous for the Profumo Affair, and now forever famous as the place where Meghan Markle spent her last night as a mere mortal before being elevated to Duchess of Sussex. Not far west of London, this fabulous mansion on the Thames invites you to make your own history within its ...

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At Blackberry Farm there’s plenty of spa treatments to keep you happy and you’ll sleep like a top

Wellness Stay in the USA

These days you don’t have to trek up the Himalayas to seek guidance from the Dalai Lama in order to experience an emotional and spiritual transformation. Fortunately, there are many spas and wellness resorts scattered throughout both hemispheres that offer every treatment imaginable. If your journey is taking you to the United States, there are some fantastic spas and wellness resorts that offer the perfect space to allow you to unwind and ...

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Ightham Mote is a 14th Century moated manor house surrounded by a 546-acre national trust estate in Kent and is a must see.

Weekend Escape from London

The simplicity and authenticity of the big outdoors is the perfect place to nurture romance. May signals the bluebell season, and could there be anything more beautiful than strolling through a forest that’s blanketed in purple flowers? Head to Ightham Mote, a 14thCentury moated manor house surrounded by a 546-acre national trust estate in Kent. Park and walk and stop for a refuel either at Mote café or the Papermakers Arms in Plaxtol. There ...

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The luxurious Myconian Naia is an easy ten-minute stroll into town if you can tear yourself away.

Magic of Mykonos

With Mykonos now apparently usurping Ibiza as the destination for the Cristal-sipping MTV crowd, so how does one do it in stylish, quiet romance whilst at the same time being close enough to dip into that scene if you want to? The choice of luxury is wide, but our favourites would be Myconian Naia because it’s just so gorgeous and an easy ten-minute stroll into town if you can tear yourself ...

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Amsterdam is a terrific short flight getaway

Amorous Amsterdam

Fancy a quick European escape from London? Amsterdam is a terrific short flight getaway that works beautifully in winter with multiple airline and airport options to get you there quickly. Now, you can also travel from central London on the Eurostar to Amsterdam. It seems like it might be a longer trip but with airport transfers, security and the like, it’s the same and much more comfortable. If you’ve already been, there are new ...

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