Float up in a hot air balloon in Cappadocia, Turkey
There are a thousand ways to experience the extraordinary lunar landscape of Cappadocia in Turkey, from horseback riding to rafting and wine tasting, but a sunrise balloon ride over the 30 million-year-old volcanic cones known as ‘fairy chimneys’ is undoubtedly the way to start. Return to Cappadocia Cave Resort & Spa for a couples’ massage, then head to Göreme to marvel at early Christian rock churches.
Dine on the beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania
The Tanzanian Spice Island of Zanzibar was made for starlit dining.
At Diamonds Star of the East, couples can start the evening with a butler-served Full Moon cocktail by their own private pool, then proceed to the white-sand beach for a crispy fried calamari and lobster feast; villas have four-posters swathed in muslin and daytime adventures include dhow trips and swimming with dolphins.
Take a vineyard tour for two in Marlborough, New Zealand
Bay of Many Coves is hidden amongst the breathtakingly beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound, offering an intimate experience in New Zealand’s famed scenery. As well as private boat tours and romantic dinners for two overlooking the sea, why not opt for a private wine tasting session at the nearby wine region? Visit the best of the area’s vineyards with local wine experts, tasting some of the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Finish your day with a helicopter flight over the Marlborough Sounds to experience the best of the region with all your senses.
Dive for treasure in the Philippines
Drift through the spectacular underwater world of the southern Philippines, gazing at hard and soft corals, nudibranchs and ghost pipefish – or scour the surface of the water for dolphins. Eskaya Beach Resort & Spa – with its 15 pool villas, hilltop spa, fire lit beachfront dining and stunning infinity pool – is only a short boat ride away on Panglao Island, where you can scuba dive or snorkel for the colourful variety of local sea life.
Do the tango in Buenos Aires
Learn the eight basic steps of this Argentine classic, included on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Mankind, in Buenos Aires, the birthplace of the dance. Stay at CasaSur Art Hotel, a chic enclave of polished wood, fresh flowers and flickering candles in the smart Recoleta district, and ask staff to point you in the direction of the best private tutors, shoe shops, neighbourhood milongas (dance halls), tango shows and museums. Don’t hold back when learning – you can reward your feet with a spa session or hydro massage afterwards.
Drink sundowners on safari in Kenya
Sipping an ice-cold G&T as the sun sets over the African plains is almost as magical as watching a lion in the grass or an elephant at a waterhole.
After a game drive at Larsens Camp in Kenya’s Samburu National Game Reserve, guests can opt to have their sundowners in the bush or on the deck beside the Ewaso Nyiro River, then dine in a tree house before retiring to their luxury tent.
Set sail under a starlit sky in Malaysia
Set in lush rainforest, with views over Mount Kinabalu and the South China Sea, Malaysia’s Gaya Island Resort offers one romantic moment after another, from spa treatments among the mangroves to diving in the coral triangle. Board the Lumba Lumba, the resort’s 64ft yacht, for a dinner of Champagne, canapés and fresh fish grilled on the top deck, as you watch the moon rise in a cobalt sky and the stars twinkle overhead.
Swim in a private pool in Java, Indonesia
Villa Borobudur is nestled among lofty mountains, tiny villages, rice paddies and ancient temples in the lush jungle of Indonesia. The style is a luxurious take on traditional Balinese style. Here, each villa offers its own private pool, ensuring you don’t need to go anywhere to cool down. After bathing and relaxing on your private terrace, enjoy a candlelit dinner in your room that is lovingly prepared by a local Javanese chef.