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ISLANDS contributing editor Robin Cherry writes of her stay here on this tiny island off mainland Montenegro in Europe, "Inside my cottage at the highest part of the island, I rub the rustic walls, its stones hewn from the same ancient rock that makes up the island's towers, walls and alleys. I look up. Nowhere have I seen a grotto-esque ceiling like this. I feel that I'm not just on the island but within it."
From a private islands to new adventures, find the trip you'll both adore. ISLANDS writers and photographers visited island resorts around the world for these suggested romantic getaways for honeymoons, anniversaries and more.
Get more ideas in the new ISLANDS Romantic Getaways Vacation Guide.
Find the answer to this super popular question for this super popular Caribbean vacation destination on our interactive map.
Jewelry and chocolate is nice. But if you want to seriously get the attention of your significant other, a plane ticket to a tropical destination would make for the perfect Valentine's Day gift. Thankfully, some of our favorite resorts are offering some great deals, but you better hurry: For some of these deals, you'll have to book by the end of this week.
Editor's note: We've very excited about the news that American Airlines will start direct flights to Martinique this April. In honor of that, here's an account of our editors' recent trip to Martinique.
I blame Pierce Brosnan. Ever since I watched him seduce Rene Russo by whisking her off on a romantic island getaway in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair, I’ve longed to visit Martinique, where those steamy scenes were shot. So when the invitation to visit arrived, I jumped at the chance. That first morning, I’m struck by the dichotomy of Martinique: With its undulating terrain, roadside fruit stalls and tracts of sugar cane intersected by winding roads (some so hilly they change the orientation on my iPhone), the tiny isle first appears as Caribbean as any other. But ...
They’re beer guys in New Zealand’s wine country. That might explain why Andy Deuchars and Brian Thiel, expats from California, have given the name “Paradox” to one of the pilsners made at their Renaissance Brewing Company. Or why they describe an ale with equal parts sensory effects and breakfast-buffet details: “Layers of biscuit, maple syrup, and hints of black currant and toast.” The combination works. Just like a winemaker (Andy, 45) partnering with a Mercedes mechanic (Brian, 43) to create beer 7,000 miles from home.
Overwater bungalows are the iconic island vacation, especially for romantic island getaways. But who has the such water villas in the world -- Bora Bora or the Maldives? You decide.
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Our trip to New Zealand was all about expressing the shear scope of the landscape and the fantastic riding it offers. With a small population and virtually no trail access issues, the riding is almost limitless. Probably like it was fifty years ago in the U.S. We travelled throughout the South Island from Queenstown to the Craigieburn Forest, experiencing amazing singletrack and the laid back NZ lifestyle.
ISLANDS reveals the secrets of the Easter Island statues and more in this exclusive feature article
Get thee to a nunnery -- a modern day stay in an old-world convent in Puerto Rico