World's Most Romantic Islands 2010
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Romantic island getaways from the Caribbean to the South Pacific to help start—or stoke—the flame.
easy to fall in love on an island. “I wore a bikini for five days straight and
never put on real clothes for anything,” recalls Christina Greer, a New York
professor who took a vacation to Panama’s Bocas del
Toro a few years back with her boyfriend. “We went dolphin watching and
snorkeling all day,” Greer says. “It was total relaxation.”
are now married and have visited 15 countries together on a tireless quest to
uncover the world’s most romantic destinations.
marooned in the middle of the ocean with your beloved brings out the
starry-eyed traveler in all of us. Travel agent Julia Douglas runs Jetset World Travel, a
Virtuoso-member agency that attracts well-heeled couples looking for
ultra-romantic escapes. Her clients often use words like “authentic,”
“exclusive,” and “pampered” to describe their ideal island destination. Not
surprisingly, bells and whistles like Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service aren’t as important
as a beautiful beach and warm weather.
perfect romantic island getaway might be a longtime favorite destination.
Santorini, for example, offers black-sand beaches, sweeping views out over the
Aegean Sea, and the classic whitewashed architecture that Greece’s islands are
known for. Increase the romance factor even more by heading to one of the Old
World vineyards that produce fantastic wines.
however, romantic-island seekers have to travel a bit off the beaten path. Pamalican
Island is a tiny island—not even 1/2-mile wide at its widest—surrounded by
crystal-clear blue water in the Philippines’ Sulu
Sea. And it has just one resort—Amanpulo—with only
40 villas, each with a private chef and butler. Luxurious seclusion on a
pristine beach is what lures travelers—and keeps them coming back.
you’re after all-out luxury or sand-between-the-toes casual, there’s a romantic
island for you. And while many of these dream destinations have “remote” and
“secluded” as their principle selling points, others are surprisingly close to
home. (One you can practically see from the Hollywood sign.)
matter whether you’re a new couple just getting to know each other or you’re
celebrating your golden anniversary, these romantic islands will help you
holiday happily ever after.