Sometimes romance can seemed a little forced, to say the least. Our efforts to recreate a fairytale world of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress are usually cheesy and fall short of expectations. But in a world where celebrating Valentine’s Day often just means heart-shaped chocolate boxes, plastic red roses, and ubiquitous pink Hallmark cards with sappy punchlines, a little well-executed, genuine romance can go a long way.
With Valentine’s Day only a little more than a month away, we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic restaurants and hotels around the world where efforts at romance are sure to be successful. Some may be cliché, some are exotic, but all of them are truly romantic and go the extra mile.
Everyone’s definition of romance varies, of course — one couple might prefer takeout and Netflix while another might splurge for a five-course dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant. For that reason, every city on this list has romantic options that will fit any couple’s fancy.
Read on for restaurant and hotel recommendations in 10 cities for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway.
Original story written by TDM contributor Joshua Morrision.