If you're a regular visitor to FLANNELS, you may have taken in our cheeky, chat-up-line based campaign for Valentine's Day, asking the question Do You Come Here Often? You may have also checked up our gift guides for the lucky woman or man in your life. So humour us for a moment - maybe you go somewhere that you haven't gone to often? (We're so sorry for this clunky pivot, but Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and we are going full steam ahead.) It's easy to think of romantic getaways using cupid's usual haunts — soz Paris — but gosh, we really would like to highlight some other beautiful places that'll make for a love-soaked sojourn. Check it out.
CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN
Yes, that's a lighthouse. A bloody lighthouse! On the coast of La Palma, you can stay in Faro Punta Cumplida, an old tower recently renovated into a luxury hotel and currently granting complimentary trips to Oscar nominees. So you can shack up here with your beloved, go beach-hopping across the Canary Islands, confront the area's primordial interior, eat terrific fusion food (like at the acclaimed Cremería Qué Leche), then potentially bump into Brad Pitt over the breakfast buffet. Whadda trip.
Image: courtesy of Floatel GmbH
AEGEAN COAST, TURKEY
With this combination of getaways, we're not just searching for vistas that'll have you and your partner swooning — smugness also helps. The Aegean Coast, running across the West coast of Turkey, is like California in Europe, with vineyards, sunset hotels, beach clubs and seawater swimming pools aplenty. For your inner hipster, check out Xuma, which has a lowwww tourist count so you can feel cool about your Instagram feed. For the inner adventurer, Ayaka is excellent for kitesurfers. For sun-kissed bliss like the private pool above, make a bee-line for Yalıkavak.
Image: courtesy of Yalikavak Marina
Fun fact: Madeira cake doesn't come from Madiera, and the locals will probably roll their eyes if you ask for a plate. Another fun fact: Madeira is known as Portugal's fruit basket, which sounds BEYOND YUMMY. Moving away from food for a moment, we would recommend Belmond Reid’s Palace, which has been kicking about since 1891 and offers you the chance to impress your partner with grandiose looks over the sea and the surrounding mountains. Also, if you haven't sorted anything out for Valentine's: temperatures are high in January and February! Call that travel agent now.
Image: courtesy of Belmond
GOWER PENINSULA, WALES
If you're looking for natural beauty on the British Isles, the Gower Peninsula is worth hopping into a train (then a hire car) for. A display of natural beauty, the limestone cliffs are usually attended by surfers, if getting knocked into the cold sea butters your popcorn. If not, wrap up in a few hundred scarves and walk the beaches at Rhossili Bay, before curling up with your better half in the historically romantic Old Rectory cottage.
Image: courtesy of National Trust Holidays