Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Romantic Getaways

Travelandleisure.com has voted 50 best places for honeymoon. I'll show you all the 50 places but not on one post, it'll be one looooong post if I decided to post it all on one posting=p I picked randomly, so here are the first three places with the explanation from Travelandleisure.com about each place.

Istanbul

it's called an Urban Retreat. Completed with open-air restaurants, crowded bazaars, and a swoon-inducing location on the Bosporus—this is a city made for wandering. You’ll find Istanbul at its most alluring in the quaint neighborhoods on the European side of the strait. For lunch, try the sea-bass sandwiches. In the waterside Arnavutköy area, Dilara Erbay dishes up grilled fish at Abracadabra. The nearby Rumeli Hisari fortress has panoramic views of the strait, making for a picturesque detour. After dark, there’s Anjelique, a sultry waterside club set against the glowing Baroque Ortaköy Mosque.

Bali
(the magical island! this one is my fave bacause it's located on my lovely country, Indonesia)


On the Waterfront vacation they call it. This is a land of impossible beauty: wide beaches, elaborate Hindu temples, and terraced rice paddies unfolding in a checkerboard against the mountains. The resorts here are tailor-made for escaping into the landscape; among them is the five-month-old St. Regis Bali Resort, where polished villas open onto private pools, a blue-tinged lagoon, and Nusa Dua’s white-sand beach. The Anantara Seminyak attracts couples looking for more of a scene. At its rooftop club, sip cocktails on daybeds and watch the sun set. On nearby Jimbaran Beach, order lobster, shrimp, or squid grilled over coconut husks at Jimbaran Fish Grills. Afterward, continue to the southernmost point of the island’s Bukit Peninsula for the views from one of Bali’s most sacred temples, Pura Luhur Uluwatu, which commands a cliff above the surf.

Los Cabos


These days, locals refer to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula as La Frontera, the frontier, because it remains largely undeveloped, except for the peninsula’s tip at Los Cabos, where the desert blooms with luxe resorts. But you can still find a quiet spot to relax with a chilly Pacifico beer and a succulent shrimp taco. Stay at the recently renovated, 56-room Esperanza, where the Technicolor sunsets look digitally enhanced. Escape to the resort’s hidden garden by the sea, with a view of humpback whales migrating right offshore. Don’t miss a tasting of Mexico’s Baja, Querétaro, and Coahuila wines at El Restaurante.
(images via flickr)