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Romantic getaways for Valentines Day

[January 26th 2009]

As Valentines Day approaches the choice of romantic getaways continues to increase.

If the thought of staying in the world’s first underwater spa seems like a romantic option, then Huvafen Fushi in the Maldives will appeal. Watching tropical fish swim by may make a relaxing massage even more soothing. Other activities on offer include scuba diving, big game fishing and sailing, plus all the usual spa treatments.

Accommodation at Huvafen Fushi is in chic bungalows on a private lagoon with your own butler at your beck and call 24/7. The spa can be reached by seaplane or speedboat from the capital Malé. Bespoke holidays specialist Bailey Robinson is offering seven nights bed and breakfast including flights from £1,740 per person.

Dubai may be famous for its shopping, beaches and fabulous 5 star hotels, but if you fancy a different taste of this exciting destination the Al Maha tented villa resort set in a nature reserve less than an hour from Dubai could be for you.

This romantic and surprisingly luxurious resort has been inspired by traditional Bedouin camps and offers suites with private pools and delicious Middle Eastern food served either al fresco on a private deck or in the glamorous Al Diwaan restaurant.

Price for a three night stay at Al Maha plus excursions with expert guides starts from £1,200 per person with Bailey Robinson. Staying at Al Maha can easily be twinned with a city break in Dubai.

For a romantic break closer to home but still with a distinctly exotic flavour, Morocco should fit the bill. Dar Ahlem, meaning ‘House of Dreams’, is a beautifully renovated 19th century Moroccan Kasbah set in landscaped gardens, furnished with antiques and decorated in silk. The Kasbah provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday on the edge of the Southern Moroccan desert at Skoura.

Romantic activities on offer include desert star gazing trips by 4WD, champagne picnics in the Valley of the Roses, and massage tents. Prices with Bailey Robinson start from £1,350 per person for four nights. A city break in Marrakech can also be arranged to complement this holiday.

Written by: Nick Purdom

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