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9 Legendary Romantic Escapes
Check out nine gorgeous and intimate locations where romance blossomed for some well-known people.
Where Famous Lovebirds Go to Nest
When it comes to romance, celebrity couples are famous for finding the perfect setting for their seductive encounters. Whether it’s an illicit tryst in the winding cobble streets of Puerto Vallarta, or a surprise marriage proposal atop a Whistler mountain glacier, celeb couples tend to be looking for the best in romantic escapes including seeking out impeccable service, luscious surroundings and a good dose of privacy.
Check out these nine destinations for the perfect romantic rendezvous of your own. Some of the romances that made these sexy spots legendary may have fizzled, but the enticing attributes that make them special have endured. (Photo by Diane Selkirk)
1. Hacienda San Angel, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
It takes a special couple to turn a sleepy fishing village into a sultry romantic destination-but in their day Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were as sexy as it got. And their 1964 old-town Puerto Vallarta based affair (both were married to other people at the time) garnered headlines around the world. You can now stay in the sensuous Villa Bursus in the Hacienda San Angel with its casually romantic touches-two doors down from Taylor’s home was Burton’s home, a Valentine’s gift to his third wife, Susan. Or visit the Hacienda for a sumptuous dinner you’ll never forget. Arrive for sunset (the view is the best in the city) and stay for the mariachis. (Photo courtesy of Hacienda Angel)
2. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Quebec
Montreal was known as a romantic city even before Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were married there after their Mexican affair in 1964. But when John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their honeymoon ‘bed-in’ to the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in 1969, the city, with its cobbled streets and intimate cafes, became known as a hip destination for lovers. You can still check-in to Suite #1742 at the Queen E. The suite has been refurbished several times since John and Yoko were in residence, but you can check out the memorabilia from the famous guests while enjoying your own less public bed-in. (Photo courtesy of The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth)
3. Malabar Farm State Park, Ohio
When Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall married in 1945 at the country home of their friend and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, it was with the hope that the quiet location would keep their controversial wedding out of the headlines. The media wasn’t deterred though, and when the 46-year-old actor married the 20-year-old starlet the farm’s bucolic setting became world famous. Bromfield later deeded the farm to the State of Ohio which pledged to preserve its ecology and beauty. Today you can visit the farm and even follow in Bogie and Bacall’s footsteps with an onsite wedding. (Photo courtesy of Malabar State Park)
4. Nisbet Plantation Beach Club, Nevis
British Naval hero Horatio Nelson and Frances Nisbet may have been the first famous couple to become smitten with each other and then wed at the historic Nevis plantation, but clearly the intimate setting, with just 36 cottages and a dreamy old-world feel, has a romantic vibe to it. In June 2010 Kathryn Bertine, a professional athlete and ESPN correspondent, was engaged to George Varhola at Nisbet Plantation. Both were on island for the St. Kitts / Nevis Cycling National Championships.
5. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona
Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn are just one of the celebrity couples who are rumoured to have spent at least some of their (short-lived) romance at the luxury boutique hideaway on Camelback Mountain. The two may have cozied up in front of the fireplace in a mountaintop casa or ducked into the award winning spa for a wild lime blossom massage. If you visit, be sure to visit Elements restaurant with its gorgeous view, excellent (and well-priced) wine list and Asian inspired cuisine. (Photo courtesy of Sanctuary Camelback)
6. Inn to Inn Sea Kayaking, Crete, Greece
What could be more romantic than strolling Matala, the beach on the isle of Crete where Joni Mitchell was inspired to write her famous song “Carey”? Unless it’s to visit that same beach where legend says Zeus shed his bull form and embraced Europa on the sands. Matala is just one of the romantic stops on this guided sea kayaking trip with the Northwest Passage that will take you along the storied coastline by day and stop in at romantic seaside inns each evening.
7. Whistler, British Columbia
The 2010 Winter Olympics may have put Whistler on the sporting map-but when British musician Seal proposed to Heidi Klum at 14,000 feet on a glacier in 2005, romantics everywhere took notice. In 2009, the TV reality show The Bachelorette again highlighted Whistler as a romantic destination with several adventurous dates including a Ziptrek tour, and a ride on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola, as well as more traditional romantic outings including a tasting dinner at the Barefoot Bistro, and a stay at the gracious Fairmont Chateau Whistler.
8. San Ysirdo Ranch, Santa Barbara, California
Yes, it’s romantic. John and Jacqueline Kennedy honeymooned here. And Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier and then later Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin were married here. But the gorgeous ranch is also rich in history. In the late 1700s it served as a stopover for travelling Franciscan monks, then a citrus ranch in the next century, and in the early 1900s the idyllic setting was transformed into a hotel for celebrities and anyone else looking for a magical romantic getaway. (Photo courtesy of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts)
When Prince William and Kate Middleton became engaged in Kenya, interest in East Africa’s finest conservancy was stirred. Lewa is the gorgeous home to an array of wildlife and is set between the snow-capped peaks of Mount Kenya to the south and the Samburu Game Reserve to the north. Outfitters Abercrombie & Kent can help you create a romantic getaway worthy of a royal proposal. You can sleep under the stars in a private camp, take a balloon safari over the Masaai Mara and in the evenings enjoy a romantic bush dinner for two. (Photo courtesy of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy)