Travel in 2013: Holidays for couples
Kate Simon is the Travel Correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. She was Travel Editor of The Independent on Sunday from 2005 to 2011. Kate is also the co-founder of Little Black Book Creative (www.lbbcreative.co.uk), which offers editorial services, media relations consultancy and travel-writing training.
Sunday 30 December 2012
What better reason do you need to take your loved one to the romantic city of Venice than to revel in the spruced-up interiors of the Gritti Palace (00 39 041 2961 2222; star woodhotels.com), due to reopen in February after a major refurbishment?
The 16th-century residence, on the Grand Canal close to Piazza San Marco, has been home to nobility, as well as Vatican ambassadors to Venice. It will soon provide visitors to the city with 81 sumptuous suites, where frills such as crystal chandeliers crafted on the nearby island of Murano come as standard. Citalia (0844 415 1956; citalia.com) offers three nights' B&B at the hotel from £529 per person, including easyJet flights from Gatwick, departing 4 March.
Saddle up with your sweetheart at the remote Island Guest Ranch in Oklahoma which will be available for private bookings in 2013 through Ranch Rider (01509 618811; ranchrider.com). The 5,000-acre property, on an island on the Cimarron River, can be all yours for a minimum four-night stay, which costs from £1,010 per person, including activities such as cattle drives and a moonlit ride in a horse-drawn buggy. A six-night self-drive can be bolted on from £450 per person, including car hire and accommodation. Flights not included; Dallas-Fort Worth is the nearest major airport.
There's room for two at Korsan Tas Bahce, a new seafront one-bedroom villa with a pool, a five-minute walk from Kalkan in Antalya, Turkey. The property also has its own private path to a hidden cove. Exclusive Escapes (020-8605 3500; exclusive escapes.co.uk) offers a week here from £1,050 per person, including charter flights from Stansted, Gatwick or Manchester to Dalaman; transfers; car rental; and a welcome hamper.
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