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Romantic Getaways, At Sea

Article by Melissa Liebling-Goldberg 02.05.2019

Private beaches, remote villages and stunning sunsets beckon. Celebrate a milestone anniversary, a special occasion or just revel in the chance to reconnect as you set sail to unique ports of call. 

Whether you want to walk hand-in-hand on a white-sand beach, meander down cobblestone streets together or just stop to soak in a breathtaking view, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection helps you create memories that will never leave you.
 

St. Georges: Spice it Up

A waterfall careens through a lush jungle.

The scent of nutmeg hits you as soon as you disembark into Grenada, the legendary Spice Isle. If you like a little bit of a thrill in your escapes, take the E-Sea Rider to snorkel. You won't just find the usual aquatic suspects, but a whole world of art to explore in the Underwater Sculpture Park. The sculptures have been placed near the reefs and have attracted marine wildlife of their own, creating a surreal and stunningly unique snorkeling spot. Unwind from the activity once you return to the yacht with a luxurious couple's massage at The Ritz-Carlton Spa®.

Unforgettable Moments: From discovering a magical world of sculpture transformed into reefs while snorkeling together to sailing on a catamaran to a secluded island for a lobster lunch or embarking on a waterfall-laden hike, there are myriad opportunities to make new memories together.

 

Vieques Island: Escape to Nature

A woman leads her partner by hand along the beach.

Experience the unspoiled beauty of this small island less than 10 miles away from Puerto Rico but a million miles away from the bustle. Explore the Caribbean's largest wildlife preserve and be awed at the incredible flora and fauna that await. Or take a quiet moment for two on the sandy beaches surrounded by crystal-clear azure water that flows over colorful coral reefs. End your spectacular day with dinner designed by Chef Sven Elverfed of Aqua, the three Michelin-starred restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Wolfsburg, whose dishes reflect local inspirations and ingredients. A perfect match for a day spent getting back to nature.

Unforgettable Moments:  Take a kayak trip at night to see the bioluminescence come to life, spend a day basking in the sun on one of the many stunning beaches, or pedal off into the sunset together on a leisurely bike tour of the island.

 

Gustavia: Luxuriate in Glamour

A single sailboat floats in turquoise waters next to a white sand beach.

Home to top designer boutiques and high-end dining, St. Barth is synonymous with Caribbean luxury. Hit the shops together to buy that special something to remember the trip by and celebrate with a glass of champagne at one of the famed beachside restaurants. If you want something more intimate, head to the sandy white beaches of the more isolated Colombier to soak in the natural beauty of the island.

Unforgettable Moments:  Wake up in Gustavia with a private yoga class for two on the beach, take to the skies and soak in a bird’s eye view of the turquoise waters aboard a Beechcraft aircraft, or get pampered together at the famed Le Barthelemy Resort & Spa for the day.

 

Valencia: Explore Architectural Wonders

An aerial view of Spanish-style buildings overlooking the bright blue ocean.

Get ready to have your breath taken away as soon as you dismount into this Spanish city. The distinctive cityscape of Valencia harmoniously blends centuries’ worth of architecture — the first stone of Valencia Cathedral was laid in 1262 and is home to a chalice that is purported to be the true Holy Grail.  The Plaza del Mercado provides a delightful contrast between the art nouveau Mercado Central and the Gothic architecture of Lonja de la Seda, a former silk exchange and UNESCO World Heritage site. Beyond the buildings, the coastal city is also an under-the-radar culinary destination. It’s credited for being the birthplace of paella, so be sure to sample this rice and seafood dish while you’re there.

Unforgettable Moments: Delve deeper into the city’s architecture masterpieces and explore the works of Santiago Calatrava on a bike tour. Foodies will want to experience the essence of Valentian gastronomy at one of the city’s Michelin star restaurants while cocktail connoisseurs may opt for a curated mixology experience, which gives guests the chance to try their hand at creating traditional drinks like aguas de Valencia, horchata and tinto de Verano.

 

Venice: Travel Back in Time

A gondola floats along a narrow canal flanked by red brick buildings.

Venice is a city made for getting lost in. From the winding streets to the network of over 300 canals crisscrossing the city, there's beauty and surprise at every corner, especially as you move away from the more crowded Piazza San Marco. Get a strong cappuccino (or a spritz) and watch the city go by in one of the city's many scenic piazzas. At night, have an elegant local seafood dinner outside as the air cools down and the city resumes its signature quiet. With no cars or bikes, you'll find yourself on foot or on a boat only to get around, which means long lingering walks or gondolas for two. Make it back to the yacht to watch the stars twinkling all around the small islands that make up the city for the ultimate view from the Marina Terrace.

Unforgettable Moments: Revel in the romance of the city with an early morning visit to the Gothic-style Doge’s Palace and the grand St. Mark’s Basilica. While away the afternoon at one of the region’s many wineries, where you can taste and toast Prosecco alongside a sommelier. For a different perspective, adventure-seeking couples may want to opt for a private helicopter tour through the Southern Limestone Alps.

 

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