Forget flowers, chocolates and candlelit dinners. For the ultimate way to win over your loved one’s heart this Valentine’s Day give the gift of travel. And not just any travel. Here are three last minute suggestions from boutique luxury travel specialist Sanctuary Retreats’ guaranteed to send even the hardest heart a flutter!
Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge.
The newest addition to Sanctuary Retreats’ luxury portfolio, South Africa’s Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge offers guests an unforgettable experience – falling asleep surrounded only by flickering lanterns while listening to a lullaby of roaring lions, crying jackals and laughing hyenas. The rustic double-storey structure is tucked away in a secluded part of Makanyane Safari Lodge’s private grounds overlooking a waterhole with spectacular views across the Madikwe Game Reserve, making it the perfect retreat for romantics with a sense of adventure at heart.
From US$460 per person twin share.
Sanctuary Ananda, Myanmar
Woo that special someone with a cruise down Myanmar’s iconic Ayeryarwady River aboard the luxurious Sanctuary Ananda. Custom-built using traditional materials and arranged over four decks, this floating palace combines all the comforts of 5-star contemporary luxury with the refined elegance of authentic Burmese design. The only all-balcony, all-suite ship on the River, the Sanctuary Ananda features just 21 beautifully appointed suites. For those wishing to really say, “I love you”, book the exclusive Owner’s Suite. The largest suite on the entire river boasts a luxurious king-size bed, separate dressing and living areas, plus a big veranda with sun loungers as well as table and chairs. The spacious bathroom will spoil you with a freestanding tub as well as a monsoon shower and his-and-hers sinks. The suite also comes with a private guide, butler service, and intimate dining experiences for two.
And for a truly romantic touch, book in for your own idyllic Sandbank Dinner under a blanket of stars on the riverbank. As the night sky glistens overhead and pagodas shine in the skyline, treat yourself to delicious Burmese delicacies surrounded by lanterns and traditional parasols.
Priced from US$1,407 per person for 3 nights twin share.
Itineraries available are 3-, 4- and 7-night itineraries on the Upper Ayeyarwady River, 11 nights on the Upper and Lower Ayeyarwady River and 10 nights on the Chindwin River.
SANCTUARY SAADANI SAFARI LODGE, TANZANIA
Superbly situated within the Saadani National Park – the only park with a coastline on the Indian Ocean, Sanctuary Saadani Safari Lodge offers a unique combination of traditional safari and the beautiful and remote stretch of Tanzanian coastline. The Siri Suite, (siri meaning secret in Swahili), is ideal for those looking for a romantic escape. Enjoy your own private swimming pool, private access to the beach, outdoor shower, sun-downer deck, bar, and dining area. As well as game drives in the quiet National Park, there is also snorkelling, turtle watching and sand bank picnics where you may even be joined by the occasional pride of lions!
From US$358 per person twin share.