Travelling the world is fun when you set out alone with a backpack. But it is super fun when you travel with your significant other. It adds that extra zing to a relationship while making every moment more memorable. Head out this summer to the South Asian tropics to enjoy some quality time with your partner in peaceful reclusion.
Arguably one of the world’s most romantic tourist destinations, Sri Lanka, aptly named ‘the nation of smiling people’, welcomes you with a warm heart. The island country is the perfect destination for a rejuvenating retreat from daily life. The entire coast is dotted with beach resorts that offer luxuriant romantic stays for couples, replete with rooms facing golden beaches and long walks under the canopy of dense coconut trees. Those looking for a tropical hilly experience may head to Nuwara Eliya or Bandarawela for a sojourn amidst pristine mountains, tea plantations and colonial architecture. The more adventurous sorts may visit Balangoda that offers the best views and treks. You may take a day to visit the iconic 17th century Dutch fort (a World Heritage Site) in Galle or head over to Bentota for a truly traditional Ayurvedic couples’ massage. For a cultural twist to your holiday, try learning a traditional dance form with your partner. You may not become a pro in a day, but you’ll surely have a gala time. And when tired of seeing and doing things, just sit back and marvel at the scenic beauty and the grandeur of it all, while sipping on a cup of the best tea in the world.
A country made up of innumerable small islands, Indonesia is a paradise as much for its natural beauty as it is for its heritage and cultural diversity. Bali, the most popular destination, is a heady mix of grand temples and mountains with a predominantly rural setting, perfect for a quiet timeout from the world. Indulge in a Balinese spa while you’re there. Yogyakarta, on the other hand, is a picturesque religious and cultural hub with 101 things to do and see, especially for couples and families. The native cuisine is not to be missed here, as are the famous Borobudur and Prambanan temples. Another must-visit while on a romantic getaway to Indonesia is the Bunaken National Marine Park in North Sulawesi Island, where you can experience marine life in all its natural majesty. It is also the place to be for the ultimate (and inexpensive!) scuba diving experience. Visit during May-August to best enjoy the park. Adventure seekers could go surfing off the western coast of Sumatra as well. Way to bring some spunk into the romance! http://www.shantitravel.com/en/indonesia/