29/06/2016 • Rachel Tanudjaja
We can't believe that we are already in the second half of 2016! Looking for a great way to have a little break? This year, we recommend going for a romantic getaway with your significant other. There's no better way to rekindle the flames than going away together to an unfamiliar destination, spend some quality time together and re-discover each other in a breath taking setting!
We here at et-i-kit have picked our top 5 vacations spots where love will always be in the air. From picturesque views of Wellington to the trilling adventures of Serengiti, these are our picks..
WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND
Whether you are searching for an adventure or just a relaxing getaway with your significant other, Wellington’s mystical ambiance is sure to captivate you. The capital city of New Zealand offers a vibrant heritage, fine food and entertainment. Yet, It’s also surrounded by natural beauty that makes it the perfect home base for a ravishing expedition with your loved one. Wander through misty hillsides, stroll along the Wellington Waterfront, or hike through green valleys- the city has a variety of spectacular scenery to offer. Be sure to take a ride on the Wellington cable car if you do visit this alluring city; the view will take your breath away!
Once you have your fix of nature beauty and breath taking sceneries, make some time to explore the inner city. The many museums, art galleries and theatre shows are what makes the city New Zealand’s cultural capital!
On a side note, if you are a coffee lover like us, head on over to Flat Coffee Hanger to try the flat white coffee - the nation's unofficial national beverage.
If you’re looking for something more exotic, try going to Kerala, India. It is one of those under the radar places that would be perfect for a romantic getaway! Just take a look at a photo of their famous backwaters in Kerala and you’ll understand what we mean!
Kerala is popular for therapeutic and relaxing spa treatments. Ladies, be prepared to spend your days enjoying massages in the comfort of your very own houseboat or tree house! Another must-do in Kerala is to canoe along the backwaters where you'll be transported to a magical scenery. If you've got some time left, visit the magnificent tea gardens and enjoy a taste of India.
When in Kerala, you should eat like the locals. Head to local restaurants like Arca Nova and Curry Leaf to try out traditional dishes like Prawn Curry (spicy curry infused with Indian Spices), Appam with Stew (similar to a pancake served with vegetables in coconut milk) and their traditional Banana Fritters for desert. Guaranteed to leave you feeling satisfied!
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN
It’s impossible to lay eyes on San Sebastián and not fall in love with this city. A cool and happening vibe endows the island that will shake off the stress of everyday life during your vacation. With people that love to indulge, this place is like heaven on earth! The city bustles with Michelin star restaurants and the pintxo (tapas) culture that's almost unmatched anywhere else in Spain - try them out in Restaurante Ni Neu or for those who love music, a night out at Le bukowski with their live jazz music is sure to get you mesmerised.
Just as good as the food, is the summertime fun in the sun. For the thrill lovers who enjoy surfing, paragliding or even canoeing, visit Playa de Gros beach - located east of Rio Urumea, the beach itself has a very local and adventurous feel making it one of the best surf beaches in Spain.
If you’re into beach holidays, plan a trip to Kas, Turkey. The town is located on a hill gliding down the Turquoise Coast (named for the gorgeous hue of its horizon) of southwestern Turkey. Here is where you will enjoy a relatively unspoilt resort and beautiful seashore. Sit by the blue sea or wander through the coastline hand in hand, to enjoy quiet fond times with your loved one. If you both enjoy an adventure underwaters, we suggest spending your days having an unmatched diving and snorkelling experience! Kas is known to be one of the best scuba diving spots in Turkey. You'll have an exhilarating experience with the biological diversity that Kas has to offer. The mesmerising sights of beautiful fish, octopus and sea turtles will last you a memory of a lifetime. For those who are more adventurous, try discovering the various underwater wrecked sights for an underwater cultural experience!
The beautiful town is not only all about its beach. Kas itself is a delightful town with lovely narrow streets filled with the scent of Jasmine flowers. There are plenty little guest houses, and quiet cafes serving delicious local delicacies just waiting to be explored!
Our tip, explore the town on a scooter which is undoubtedly the cheapest and best way! (Try, http://www.turkeybikerent.com/en to book your scooter well in advance and they will have it ready for you at your hotel.)
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SERENGITI NATIONAL PARK, TANZANIA
Visiting the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania will be like watching the Animal Planet live. If you are searching for an off-beat thrilling adventure with your spouse, a trip to Serengeti National Park might be an interesting option for you. Serengeti is one of the most famous national parks in Africa and offers some of the best wildlife viewing in the world. Not only will it be an educational trip, it will be an extremely unique experience where you can witness the largest and longest overland migration on earth, called the Serengeti annual migration (or the wildebeest).
Be sure to do a thorough research for a good guided tour to maximise your experience in Serengiti! The most common activity to do in the park is venturing out on traditional daytime game drives, it is said that you will witness the most naturally beautiful landscape you could ever ask for. For the fearless couple, try out an alternative view of the splendid wildlife at night with night drives or the enthralling hot air balloon experience to have a bird's eye view of the park from above! Nothing can be more romantic to be in the arms of your loved one above an imposing beauty of natural landscape and wildlife!!
Take your adventure up a notch by lodging in one of the fine luxurious tents surrounding the park. Our top favourite is the Singita Mara, located on the banks of the Mara River which offers a close proximity to the wildebeest crossing. Just take a look at the photos of the lodging and we're sure like us, you'll be mesmerised. Catch the sunset or sunrise while frolicking with your spouse in a chimerical lush tent and spend the summer in a dream-like manner..
Now ladies, we hope we've given you some inspirations for your next romantic getaway! Here's to wishing you lovelies a great romantic summer time fun and do remember to tag us in your romantic get up from #etikitsg.