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In music and literature, the depth of the ocean is a common metaphor describing the vast, mysterious and sometimes overwhelming nature of love. It seems fitting, then, that the ocean be a romantic destination for lovers looking to escape for Valentine’s Day.
But with a world to explore, how can you make sure you’re choosing the best and most romantic places available?
As an expert curator of private yacht charter experiences, Kate Kalamaga, Founder and owner of Tropicalboat Luxury Yacht Charters and Rentals, describes her top four ultra-romantic and luxury destinations at sea for lovers this Valentine’s Day.
Mt. Stromboli Volcano, Italy, the Tyrrhenian Sea
North of Sicily, nestled in the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the island of Mt. Stromboli, an active volcano. Continuously erupting for the past 2000 years, it makes for an awe-inspiring romantic destination for Valentine’s Day.
When the sun sets, free from light pollution, you will be treated to a spectacular sighting of molten, red lava spewing from the crown of the mountain. Consider this nature’s very own display of fireworks, just for the two of you.
In between eruptions, amidst the calm seas, stargazing is the perfect digestif to end a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner in the middle of almost nowhere. The best part is that you’re not far from the island of Sicily where delicious Italian cuisine awaits you should you wish to set sail the next day.
Santorini, Greece, the Aegean Sea
Few island locations offer quite the same stunning scenery than Santorini, a Greek island in the Aegean Sea. From the rugged hills decorated with pristine white buildings with brilliant blue domes to the eye-catching lacings of pink and green bougainvillea, what’s not to love?
Anchoring off the coast of Santorini is the perfect way to enjoy the view without bustling streets and crowds of tourists to contend with.With the water warm and inviting, why not splash about with your better half on the aft deck of your luxury private floating hotel?
What’s more, Santorini is not only visually beautiful by day, but by night, the lights enhance its features, creating a fairy-tale setting you’ll love dining in for Valentine’s Day.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the eastern Caribbean Sea
Renowned for its natural beauty, SVG is a collective of 32 Caribbean islands perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway. Offering a multitude of secluded coves and beaches, you’re guaranteed an intimate and private anchor location amidst crystal-clear turquoise waters. Chances are, you’ll be lucky enough to have a whole beach to yourself too, as mass tourism is not common in this unique Caribbean setting.
Because of the steady winds and warm climates, your Valentine’s Day can be spent island hopping, snorkeling in vibrant coral reefs, swimming in tropical waters, engaging in the rich cultural heritage on the island and watching the magnificent sunsets from your yacht with a glass of fizz.
Be prepared for peace and tranquillity at their finest.
Bora Bora Lagoon, French Polynesia, the Pacific Ocean
There is a reason Bora Bora, the jewel of the South Seas, is considered one of the most romantic luxury destinations in the world, and it’s because of the luxurious privacy you’re afforded when on the island, plus the breathtaking scenery.
Many yacht owners love the odd overnight excursion off their boats, making the island’s many resorts the perfect all-inclusive romantic spoil. If you’re staying in the iconic island-style overwater bungalows, you’re guaranteed privacy amid the clearest, bluest waters teaming with sea life.
In 2019, government officials in Bora Bora created stringent anchoring restrictions for its internal waters meaning lovers won’t be staring out into an ocean of anchored boats, with unwelcome sightseers spoiling the ambience.
The calm internal waters make it the ideal location for fun-filled couples’ activities like snorkeling and kayaking.
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