View of Lake Como from a sun-drenched patio

Seven romantic destinations for couples

Whether you're nurturing a new connection or celebrating a marital milestone, these romantic destinations – from Canouan to Lake Como – provide the perfect backdrop for bonding

A monument in Boston Public Garden


With its historic, torch-lit lanes and position at the edge of a bustling harbour, Boston is a prime backdrop for a romantic rendezvous. Whether at midday or dusk, discover shared passions or recall favourite memories made together while strolling through the impeccably manicured Public Garden. For a dose of culture a deux (and bearing in mind any possible restrictions), cuddle up for a concert by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, or a Broadway show at the city's storied Opera House.

Tree-lined Back Bay is home to stylish cafés, bars, and designer boutiques, as well as Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Relax together over a soothing couple's massage at the spa, and savour a glass of wine while watching the world go by outside.

Indoor Spa pool at Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

Lake Como

Sparkling water, emerald mountains, and lushly landscaped gardens combine to make Lake Como a dream destination for lovestruck duos. In historic Como, marvel at the Gothic-style cathedral from a cosy café on the charming Piazza Duomo, or in Lenno and Tremezzo, take a stroll hand-in-hand through the botanical displays at Villa del Balbianello and Villa Carlotta.

Romance awaits at every turn in bucolic Blevio, where Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como overlooks the lake from its setting in an 18th-century villa. The spa is the largest on the lake and ideal for quiet time together. Alternatively, take to the water with a private, full-day tour aboard a gleaming Riva boat.

Electric blue villa in the Majorelle Garden, Marrakech


The late, legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent fell for the colour and landscape of Marrakech in the 1960s, a love affair visitors can explore at the stunning and chic Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech. While there, wander together amid the labyrinthine paths, colourful Moorish and Art Deco buildings, and exotic greenery of the Majorelle Garden, acquired by the designer in 1980.

More pleasurable colours, scents, and sounds greet guests at Mandarin Oriental, Marrakech, where couples can bond over the discovery of warming spices and flavours during chef-led market visits and cooking classes, or a bike ride through its 20 hectares of verdant gardens and olive groves.

Breakfast for two with a sea view on a private terrace at Mandarin Oriental, Canouan

Canouan, St Vincent and the Grenadines

Endless stretches of golden sand and a vast expanse of cerulean sea are the perfect recipe for romance, and this Caribbean island serves both up in spades. Watch the shoreline shrink away during a sunset catamaran cruise, scuba beneath the surface at Mayreau and Tobago Cays to see brightly coloured sea life and seal your hike to the top of scenic Mount Royal with a well-earned kiss.

The sun-warmed sands of Godahl Beach are home to the intimate Mandarin Oriental, Canouan, whose Italian-style, ocean-view villas and suites provide utmost privacy – and every imaginable creature comfort. Fancy a chilled bottle of bubbly or a petal-strewn bath for two? Ask, and your dedicated butler will deliver.

Buddha statue at Tokyo Nezu Museum's Japanese Garden


Home to nearly 14 million people, Tokyo is known for its flashy commercial centres and bustling business districts, but Japan's capital is filled with more intimate enclaves, too. Revel in the tranquillity of the Nezu Museum's Japanese garden, enjoy the quiet symbolism of a matcha tea ceremony, and soak in a traditional but modern onsen at Niwa no Yu.

Guests of Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo will fall more deeply in love with Japanese culture ­– and each other – with help from the hotel's warm staff, who can arrange everything from a private cruise along the Sumida River in a Shogun-style pleasure boat to a sushi lunch at the super-stylish Sushi Shin. Toast your romantic Tokyo getaway with cocktails and jazz at the hotel's Mandarin Bar as the lights of Nihonbashi flicker to life below.

The Oberoi Zahra Luxury Nile Cruiser on the water


Enchanting Egypt is a fabulous option for a romantic holiday for two: the wonder of seeing ancient sights such as Karnak Temple and The Valley of the Queens (both Unesco World Heritage Sites) as well as storied cities, such as Aswan – the southernmost city in Egypt – are magnified when shared with a very significant other. Plus what could be more romantic than a trip along the Nile?

Experience it all from the luxe comfort of The Oberoi Zahra, Luxury Nile Cruiser. With interior design reminiscent of the most sophisticated, design hotel, each of the 27 luxury cabins have views of the River Nile from their grand, panoramic windows. Choose a luxury suite and you’ll be rewarded with your own sun lounger on the private terrace and a heated outdoor whirlpool bath. Heighten the romance factor even more with an intimate dinner at The Restaurant.

Sarimanok cocktail at MO Bar, Singapore


Buzzy, bustling and bright it may be, but Singapore also offers much for a romantic break away. The Gardens by the Bay on the edge of Marina Bay is an oasis of lush greenery, making it just the spot for a romantic walk. Go at sunset and take in the view at Bay East Garden. Pack a picnic or pick up some street food – after all, Singapore is home to two Michelin-starred hawker food stalls – and park yourselves at the Botanic Gardens. While there, visit the National Orchid Garden, which houses the world’s largest collection of the beautiful blooms in the world.

Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is just an 11-minute drive away from the Botanic Gardens. The Spa has two suites especially for couples: the four-hour Escape for Two package includes a bespoke facial, teh hijau (a full body treatment to help soothe tired muscles) and a glass of Champagne and chocolates to round things off. Enjoy a cocktail or two at MO Bar, one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2020 – and with glorious views to match the outstanding cocktails.

View of the city from the terrace and pool at Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona

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