Treating yourselves to a luxurious escape or adding a special romantic experience as a highlight to your holiday is a great way to create meaningful memories together. TravelManagers’ Elyse Palmer shares her favourite luxury holiday ideas that will leave you weak at the knees for all the right reasons.

The Magic of Whitehaven by Helicopter

The InterContinental Hayman Island is one of Australia’s most iconic private islands, and a magical location in which to spoil yourselves for a few nights. While you’re there, you can discover the beauty of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef by air, with an exhilarating, open-door helicopter tour to Whitehaven Beach, complete with a glass of sparkling wine. As well as soaking up the fabulous views of the dazzling white sands and fringing reefs from the air, it can be arranged for the helicopter to land so that you can explore Whitehaven or simply sit on a pre-arranged beach blanket in the shade to enjoy the romance of this incredible setting.

Be sure to pack your sunnies – Whitehaven’s snow-white sands are completely dazzling

Aitutaki Lagoon, Jewel of the South Pacific

The island of Aitutaki is only a 45-minute flight from the main island of Rarotonga. Above the surface, endless views of turquoise water stretch away as far as the eye can see, while beneath the gentle waves, a kaleidoscope of different tropical fish peek shyly from beyond vibrantly coloured coral – and you can experience it all, sailing aboard a luxury 21-metre catamaran. Vaka Cruises will provide a professional crew, spectacular views and the most delicious locally cooked food, so you can spend your day sunbaking, snorkelling or simply relaxing on this world-famous lagoon. Extend and enhance your visit with a stay at Aitutaki Lagoon Resort & Spa in your very own overwater bungalow.

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Lazy breezes and a comfy hammock provide the ideal setting for a romantic break

Sailing the Croatian Coastline by Private Yacht

Who wouldn’t want their own private yacht? With only 18 cabins (maximum 36 passengers) APT’s MV Queen Eleganza was purpose-built for you to immerse yourself in a new era of luxury. Thanks to the ship’s unique design, you can take a dip in the warm waters of the Adriatic Sea directly from the rear deck, or simply enjoy a chilled glass of local wine together as you soak up the 360-degree panoramic views of the coastline. Spoil yourself with amazing food and immerse yourself in the local culture as your yacht docks in a different port each evening.

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Spend quality time together on a luxury cruise through Croatia’s beautiful islands

Romantic Underwater Dinner in the Maldives

Imagine if you could spoil your loved one with a romantic, three-course dinner at one of very few underwater restaurants, accompanied by a special bottle of wine from the world’s first underwater wine cellar – all this is possibly at one of the Maldives’ most luxurious resorts, Antantara Kihevah. Enjoy mesmerizing underwater views while you feast on scrumptious, world class meals, paired with wines from the in-house sommelier, then take a moonlit stroll back to your overwater bungalow.

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Celebrate your special occasion with a romantic dinner like no other

Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Turkey

This otherworldly landscape is the most popular destination in the world for hot air ballooning – and for good reason. It’s well worth the early start, before sunrise, for the experience of drifting a thousand feet into the air, soaking up the most extraordinary views of Cappadocia. Float across the valley to descend between the surreal fairy chimneys and caves – it’s an exhilarating experience, best concluded with a celebratory glass of Champagne when you land.

The fairy chimneys of Cappadocia provide a surreal and magical setting for a sunrise balloon ride

 Whether it’s to celebrate a special anniversary or to create memories with the special person in your life, these amazing holiday experiences are ideal for a luxury romantic escape. For more details or to book your own holiday for two, contact personal travel manager Elyse Palmer or visit her on Facebook or Instagram.

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