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Top Ten Sunny Romantic Getaways | Suntan Fun


 

Suntan romantic getaways come in all shapes and sizes - a beach vacation, a safari, or maybe even a ski trip. After months stress filled ‘everyday life’ and responsibilities, many couples focus on finding a luxurious resort that will cater to their every need, while others search for a unique escape from their humdrum daily life. All-inclusive resorts are a popular choice, as they leave little to no responsibility to the couple. Then they can focus on each other with hardly a care in the world. If you are looking for romance here are some of Ms. Suntan’s picks for some great romantic getaways:

 

KONA, HAWAII 1. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai: Tennis, golf, spa facilities, pools, hiking, shopping, cultural center What's Cool: First-floor rooms have a private outdoor shower Say "aloha" to romance at this Four Seasons resort, where you can spend your days lounging by the adults-only Palm Grove Pool or exploring the natural King's Pond pool before heading off to the luxurious spa for a relaxing couple's massage. Guests can indulge their senses during the day and unwind at sunset with a mai-tai at the Beach Tree Bar before heading to the second-floor Makai Terrace for an intimate first-class dinner overlooking the ocean.

 

PALM BEACH, ARUBA 2. Hyatt Regency Aruba Beach Resort & Casino: Pools, spa, fitness center, basketball, tennis, water sports, casino What's Cool: A variety of culinary experiences to please every palate - from sushi to tapas to the popular "Fajitas and Ritas" special featuring Mexican food and margaritas. Some couples are looking for an action-packed vacation while others just want to soak in the rays and relax. For those who fall in the latter group, Aruba is an ideal destination with its near-perfect weather and beautiful beaches. This romantic spot claims only 20 miles long and 6 miles wide, this small space is packed with enough beaches, restaurants, nightclubs and casinos to delight even the most finicky members of the romantic set. The focus is on serenity by day, when couples can enjoy the island's fine beaches, pool complexes and spas, and on action at night, when the island's clubs and casinos come alive. Meet Lady Luck, but be careful not to lose your shirt at the Copacabana Casino, which re-creates the feeling of Rio at Carnival time.

 

BORA BORA, FRENCH POLYNESIA 3. Bora Bora Lagoon Resort: Pool, scuba diving, snorkeling, water activities, hiking What's Cool: Guests can either relax on the beach or participate in some exciting activities, including safari tours and shark feedings on the water. Nestled on an island in the lagoon of Bora Bora, this resort invites couples to revel in the privacy in a bungalow perched above the lagoon on high stilts. The Canoe Breakfast could bring the morning nosh to new levels as breakfast and fresh flowers are loaded into a canoe and delivered to your room. While the resort offers many evening entertainment options and group activities, couples can escape the crowds with a private barbecue for two on a secluded island. Guests snorkel and relax while their personal chef prepares an island feast served on fine china and linens in the great outdoors.

 

CANEEL BAY, U.S.VIRGIN ISLANDS 4. St. John: Pool, beach, snorkeling, scuba, kayaking, sailing, fitness and wellness center, spa What's Cool: Inquire about their complete wedding planning service. Located on the 5,000-acre Virgin Islands National Park, the Caneel Bay resort is surrounded by seven beaches and offers a wide range of pampering and activities - a visit to Honeymoon Beach is a must for all lovebirds. Some rooms have ocean views and a patio that opens right onto the beach, while the resort's most extravagant lodging option is a private cottage. Daytime activities include relaxing on the beach or participating in the resort's many activities, which include scuba diving, kayaking and yoga-for-two classes. The food is top-notch and the Beach Terrace offers the highly praised grand buffet on Monday nights overlooking Caneel Beach. FIRENZE,

 

FIRENZE, ITALY 5. Grand Hotel Florence: What's Cool - The stained-glass ceiling in the hotel bar sets an Old World romantic mood If it's romance you're looking for, a trip to Florence guarantees starry eyes, hearty meals, amazing art and much more. Like a room with a view? Housed in a former 18th-century palace overlooking the Arno River, the rooms at the Grand Hotel are oozing with Florentine culture. Rooms are still fit for royalty, decorated with frescoes and marble. The hotel is ideally situated near the picture-worthy Duomo cathedral, the splendid Uffizi Gallery and the shops at Ponte Vecchio. This need not be the only stop on a Mediterranean adventure, and many couples may choose to travel on to other Italian hot spots, such as Rome, Venice and the Amalfi coast.

 

BALI, INDONESIA 6. Amankila, Manggis: Pools, beach club, boating, snorkeling, nearby shopping What's Cool: Book the Deluxe Pool Suite with your own private pool Even savvy world travelers can find fresh and enchanting destinations to celebrate a new life together or renewed life together - it just may require some more time onboard. One such spot is tucked away on the island of Bali in Indonesia. Amankila translates to "peaceful hill," and this popular resort meets the expectations of its name. Overlooking the Lombok Strait in East Bali, the Amankila offers stunning views of the sea and a lovely three-tiered pool. A day away from the resort promises an experience of rich culture steeped in religious tradition at one of the island's 10,000 temples.

 

ORLANDO, FLORIDA 7. Walt Disney World Resorts: Florida What's Cool: Mickey Mouse, Fantasyland, Main Street Disney World is emblematic as the park to beat all theme parks for young children and their parents. Disney has the early childhood set's number, and it shows at every turn. Disney World has a bevy of theme parks that each have parades, fireworks, trains, boats and cartoon characters appearing magically around every corner and at the dinner table (it's not called "Magic Kingdom" for nothing). Kids can experience attractions like The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Legend of the Lion King, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, and Cinderella's Golden Carousel in Fantasyland or ride the steam train from Mickey's Toontown Fair to Frontierland. The Magic Kingdom is just the beginning of Walt Disney World. Other theme parks are Disney's Animal Kingdom, Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios and Water Parks. If you want to experience the best of Walt Disney World, plan a multiple-day trip and take advantage of the Park Hopper pass, which grants unlimited admission to the major parks and use of Walt Disney World transportation.

 

LAKE LOUISE, CANADA 8. Fairmont Chateau, Alberta: Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and sleigh rides, while during summer guests can partake in swimming, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, and rafting What's Cool: Warm up with your sweetie by the fire after a romantic sleigh ride Prefer to spend this precious time with your honey making snow angels… you’ll still need your sunscreen. Situated on the edge of the glacier-fed Lake Louise, the Fairmont Chateau offers an abundance of winter sports creating a heavenly getaway haven for snow bunnies. The wide variety of winter activities includes downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as snowshoeing, ice skating and even dog sledding. Guests can pamper themselves in the hotel's spa and then set off for a romantic sleigh ride into the wilderness. The idyllic lake setting makes Chateau Lake Louise a popular honeymoon/retreat spot even in the warmer months, when guests can take advantage of the resort's outdoor activities, which include horseback riding, whitewater rafting and hiking.

 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 9. The Bellagio Hotel: Fine dining, casinos, pools, spa, fitness center, shows, fountain show, gardens What's Cool: Stunning gardens make an ideal setting for a romantic stroll So maybe you didn't escape to Las Vegas to elope, but who says you can't celebrate your nuptials at this hot destination? Sin City is an ideal place for couples looking for an action-packed and exciting honeymoon/getaway, while having the option of being pampered, all for a reasonable price. The Bellagio offers fine accommodations and a fun night life, but also gourmet dining, stunning gardens, an elaborate pool complex, a first-class spa and even fine art on display. Las Vegas' romantic side is undeniable, and the whirlwind of available activities is sure to provide an unforgettable vacation.

 

ACAPULCO, MEXICO 10. Camino Real Acapulco Diamante, Guerrero: pools, water sports, tennis What's Cool: Two adults-only pools for a quiet escape Once the honeymoon destination for John and Jackie Kennedy, Acapulco is still a popular place for newlyweds celebrating their new life together or celebrating their partnership together. Temperatures hover in the 80s throughout the year, and the warm water is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. As if that's not enough to tempt you, the prices in Acapulco are affordable and can allow for an unforgettable honeymoon even on a tight budget. The Camino Real offers well-designed rooms overlooking the private Pichilingue Beach, as well as fine dining and a variety of activities. The hotel's convenient location allows guests to appreciate the night life of Acapulco by night and the natural beauty of the beaches by day.

 

-Ms. Suntan

 

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