5 places in nature for the best romantic getaway
Everybody loves a bit of romance and eco travellers are no different. Here at Eco Companion, we have compiled a list of the top 5 places in nature for a romantic getaway – no matter the season.
Mauritius is an island paradise with spectacular white sandy beaches, surrounded by lush green mountains and crystal clear ocean waters. You can spend your days relaxing in the sunshine on the famous Île aux Cerfs taking a break every now and again to snorkel amongst the colourful coral reefs.
If you would like to venture off the beach and into the sea, hop on board a speedboat or catamaran and swim alongside wild dolphins or under the Great River waterfalls.
If you can tear yourself away from the idyllic beaches, head inland to visit Pamplemousses garden, the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere. Here you can get lost amongst the palm trees, baobab trees, fish ponds and water lilies. Take a drive back to your hotel and stop off in sleepy Creole fishing villages along the way to enjoy some local cuisine, or explore some of the islands more hidden beaches.
As the sun starts to set, head to Flic-en-Flac beach which boasts one of the most incredible sunsets in the world. You can experience the perfect sunset while having a picnic on the sand or riding a horse along the beach – either way, it will be a sight that neither of you will forget.
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Mozambique is the perfect mix of African safari and island getaway that makes it the ideal destination for eco-lovers.
If you are an adventurous couple, take to the seas on board a traditional sailing dhow and take advantage of one of the world’s premier destinations for swimming with whale sharks and manta rays through one of Africa’s most sustainable marine tourism industries. You can also take part in exhilarating catch-and-release deep sea fishing while searching for a glimpse of the rare dugong.
If you would like a more relaxing break, spend your days in a hammock strung between two palm trees admiring the spectacular sandy beaches and crystal clear waters as you sip on an exotic cocktail.
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3. The Amazon
If you are looking for romantic natural scenery, you can’t go past the Amazon rainforest. As the world’s largest rainforest there are a huge variety of options available to couples who are looking to explore this incredible ecosystem.
The best way to experience the Amazon is in the very early morning, so take advantage of pre-dawn tours led by expert local guides and look out for monkeys, macaws, toucans and other local wildlife. You can even go stand-up paddle boarding, or take a dug out canoe on the lake for pink dolphin watching!
In the evenings you can take a tour on foot through the forest in search of nocturnal animals, or a canoe trip on the river in search for the rare black caimans. If you are worn out after your day of exploring, spend the evening relaxing in a hammock together in your luxurious eco lodge. You will fall asleep to the sounds of the jungle, which is certainly an experience you will never forget.
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Not all romantic holidays in nature have to be in summer – sometimes the most unique experiences are those which require you to rug up and snuggle. Patagonia might not be your first thought when selecting a romantic getaway, but here you will experience the extremes of nature and views that will take your breath away.
In the southern most region of Argentina, Patagonia, you will trek and canoe through the End of the World (Tierra Del Fuego) and visit the UNESCO Heritage listed Los Glaciares National Park. Here you will go on one of the most incredible journeys of your life and hike Perito Moreno Glacier, where you will see the spectacular Patagonia ice fields laid out beneath you.
You will feel like you are truly at the ends of the earth as you take a whale watching cruise with an icy backdrop, or waddle along next to a penguin at Punta Tombo, the largest penguin colony in South America.
Before flying home, spend a few days in Argentina, brushing up on your tango dancing and having a few glasses of local Argentine wine. Just remember that a romantic holiday doesn’t always mean a beachside resort!
To arrange your very own glacier hike: http://www.ecocompanion.com/tours/amazing-patagonia
For a romantic holiday that will make you feel like you are a famous film star, you can’t look further than Thailand. With picture-perfect scenery, delicious food and a rich cultural history, Thailand is the perfect getaway for a couple looking for romance with an elegant, eco-twist.
Koh Kood is an untamed paradise with jungle, beaches and fishermen that make it seem a lot further away than the one-hour flight from Bangkok. On this island you can visit an open air cinema and watch Hollywood classics as the sun sets. Or try your luck spotting local fish as you snorkel and dive through the incredible waters at Koh Chang National Park.
If you get a bit hungry after a day spent lounging by your infinity pool, you might want to experience dining with a view. As you both settle into your bamboo pod, you will be hoisted up to the rainforest canopy where a waiter on a zip line with deliver your food and wine!
Here in Thailand, you are able to have it all – a romantic holiday that is both luxurious and eco-friendly that will definitely make your family and friends green with envy.
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