Holidays

Romantic Travel Done Right

by Colleen Clark

A sunset walk along the banks of the Seine. An oceanfront dinner under the stars in Oahu. A roaring fire in a St. Moritz chalet. Clichéd? Maybe. Romantic? You bet your platinum two-carat princess-cut. Nothing can turn up the heat on Valentine's Day like fleeing the daily grind for a little private R&R with your special someone. There are many romantic getaways, though, where the fantasy doesn't always live up to the reality: a Napa wine tasting crowded with drunken blowhards who roll up to the vineyard in their Hummers, a gondola ride through the Venetian canals ruined by traffic jams and foul fumes from the water, the blue vistas of Bali obstructed by rowdy Australians in Speedos. You get the drift.

We've separated the duds from the studs, by dispelling common myths of romantic vacations while offering realistic alternatives. So whether you're looking for the cinematic allure of an iconic European getaway or the exoticism of a tropical island escape, here's how to avoid trouble in paradise.

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