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Valentine’s Day gets people stirring with amorous thoughts, and nothing is more romantic than travel to an exotic location, with a stay at a luxury resort and some fantasy adventures thrown in for good measure. Hideaways International’s “Most Romantic Escapes for 2013” work for a honeymoon, special anniversary, vow renewal, or any occasion when you want to reignite that spark of enchantment. When you’re looking for romantic escapes, nothing compares to a hideaway hand-picked by the experts—

(TRAVPR.COM) UNITED STATES - February 6th, 2013 -

The 2013 “Valentine’s Travel List”

Hideaways International Names Its Top 10 Romantic—and Exotic— World Travel Experiences

Portsmouth, New Hampshire - Flowers fade. Chocolates disappear. Baubles tarnish. But romantic experiences—say, sharing a castaway picnic on a deserted beach—are the kind of pleasures with true staying power. “Our ‘Top 10 Romantic Hideaways Experiences’ are ultra-romantic—and mostly unconventional—amorous adventures that can be enjoyed any time of the year,” says Mike Thiel, Founder and President of Hideaways International™ Inc. ( “From Bali to the BVI, and from sultry hikes to breezy hot-air balloon rides, these are romantic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that couples will remember for years to come.”’s Top 10 Romantic Hideaways Experiences

1.       Full-Moon Celebration at The Oberoi Bali, Indonesia

2.      Private Blue Lagoon Dinner with Sea Cloud Cruises, Worldwide

3.      Castaway Picnic at Guana Island, BVI

4.      Gangaur Cruise on Lake Pichola at Taj Lake Palace, India

5.      A Taste of Thailand (an elephant ride is just the beginning) at The Sarojin, Khao Lak

6.      Table for Three at The Resort at Paws Up, Montana

7.       Ahhh, Venice! at Palace Bonvecchiati

8.      Ultimate Romantic Day Trip at Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete

9.      Hike to Big Rock Falls at Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize

10.   Hot-Air Balloon Ride at Le Chateau de Bagnols, France

And here’s a little insight into why each hideaway and experience made the list.

1. The Oberoi Bali, Indonesia: Serenity is the seduction here. The Romantic Experience—Full-Moon Celebration: Bathed in moonlight and dressed in sarongs and sashes, the two of you will be offered prosperity, happiness, health, and a harmonious life by a Hindu priest in a traditional Balinese blessing ceremony; after the joyous event, you’ll indulge in an al fresco dinner on the beach.

2. Sea Cloud Cruises, Worldwide: Embrace your romantic side on one of this line’s gloriously authentic sailing ships or its elegant river yacht. The Romantic Experience—Private Blue Lagoon Dinner: As candlelight flickers in the gentle sea breezes, you two will celebrate your honeymoon, wedding anniversary, or other special occasion with private—and complimentary!—dinner for two in a most intimate setting on deck at the fantail, under tall masts and crisp white sails.

3.  Guana Island, BVI: It’s just you, 29 or so other guests, and an 850-acre private island nature reserve at this laid-back-yet-sybaritic resort. The Romantic Experience—Castaway Picnic: You’ll be dropped off on an exquisite deserted beach and supplied with a gourmet picnic lunch and wine, as well as a VHF radio which you’ll use (quite regrettably) later in the day when you call to be retrieved.

4.  Taj Lake Palace, India: Prepare to be treated like royalty at this “floating” hotel with its traditional Rajasthani splendor. The Romantic Experience—Gangaur Cruise: Under a canopy of twinkling stars, you’ll glide across mystical Lake Pichola in a ceremonial imperial barge, while sipping your favorite libation, indulging in delicacies from the on-board grill, and enjoying live instrumental music.

5.  The Sarojin, Thailand: This Asian oasis of restoration and harmony absolutely oozes romance. The Romantic Experience—An Elephant Ride is just the beginning: Start the day with a morning of elephant trekking, followed by a long-tail boat ride through coastal backwaters and past fishing villages that ends with a visit to a shore-side park, where an elegant gourmet lunch served with chilled wine on fine china and crystal awaits you.

6. The Resort at Paws Up, Montana: Little is sweeter than “glamping” (that’s “glamorous camping”) in Big Sky Country. The Romantic Experience—Table for Three: It’s just you, your significant other, and Mother Nature sharing a “table for three” during an enchanting riverside candlelit dinner with gourmet fare, world-class wine, and the sweet serenade of the bubbling Blackfoot River.

7. Palace Bonvecchiati, Venice: This is a palace in Venice—need we say more? The Romantic Experience—Ahhh, Venice: Your night of enchantment starts with a starlit gondola ride, then a candlelit dinner followed by exclusive use of the Jacuzzi®, with champagne and strawberries and, if you have the stamina, an evening taxi-walk along the Grand canal and a private tour of the island.

8.  Blue Palace Resort & Spa, Crete: This hedonistic hideaway offers the royal treatment on Crete’s rocky northern coast. The Romantic Experience—Ultimate Romantic Day Trip: Blue Palace’s traditional caique (Greek wooden fishing boat) will sail you through crystal-clear waters as you work up an appetite for your chef-prepared gourmet picnic by swimming, sunbathing, and unlocking hidden treasures (and pleasures!) at whatever remote beaches look most inviting to you.

9. Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize: This secluded, one-of-a-kind retreat with an amazing array of creature comforts is tucked right into the middle of some of the most remarkable tropical forests north of the Amazon. The Romantic Experience—Hike to Big Rock Falls: Here, where brightly colored orchids line the trail, even a hike can be an exercise in romance. As you make your way to Big Rock Falls, follow a trail overlooking spectacular scenery. When the heat gets to you—or you’re just feeling frisky—strip down to your bathing suit (or less) and take a dip in the cool mountain creek.

10. Le Chateau de Bagnols, France: It doesn’t get much more romantic than a stay at a 13th-century French chateau, complete with authentic drawbridge and moat and set in the bucolic Beaujalois wine region. The Romantic Experience—Hot-Air Balloon Ride: Ooh la love. The two of you will enjoy a love-bird’s-eye view of the exquisite surroundings with a hot-air balloon ride over the chateau and vineyards, followed by a traditional sip (or more) of champagne to toast your return to earth.

“We travel for all kinds of reasons, but perhaps the most pleasurable is to share romantic experiences that would make even Cupid blush,” says Thiel.


About Mike Thiel
Mike Thiel founded Hideaways International™ Inc. in 1979. Over the last three decades, he has traveled the world sampling its best lodgings and travel experiences—in fact, he’s sampled all the destinations and most of the romantic lodgings chosen for the 2013 “ Valentine’s List.” He is a sought-after guest on radio and television news and talk shows around the country.

About Hideaways International™
Hideaways International™ Inc., which operates the Hideaways Aficionado® Club, has been seeking the best-of-kind and the out-of-the-ordinary for its savvy, discerning, and well-traveled members for more than three decades. Members, who hail from around the world, range from notable celebrities, musicians, publishers, authors, captains of industry, and politicians to ordinary folks with extraordinary taste. All are part of this lively community with a passion for travel away from the madding crowds.


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