Couples looking to rekindle their flame amidst exotic locations should look east to Africa and the Middle East. Here, the flame is fanned while viewing the Big 5, exploring cities steeped in history and walking in the footsteps of early explorers.
Thrills in South Africa & Beyond
Pampered Safari in Zambia
On “a luxury safari in Zambia,” says Bill Roberson, INCA’s president, “you’ll be surrounded in luxury accommodations with impeccable service and plenty of privacy, all the while enjoying nature at its absolute-most abundance.” INCA’s 13-day Zambezi Walking Safari (rates starting at $8,995) has guests walking in the footsteps of explorers such as David Livingstone as they look out for the Big 5.
Guests spend three days in Livingstone and Victoria Falls, three days in the Lower Zambezi Valley, and six days in the South Luangwa Valley, all while staying at intimate lodges and tent camps.
Roberson notes that, “Zambia offers breathtaking scenery, spectacular wildlife and a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. You’re stepping back in time to the days of early explorers. Coupled with luxury accommodations, there is an atmosphere of sophistication and romance that comes with candlelit dinners on the banks of an African river.”
He points out that couples can opt for romantic perks such as a candlelit dinner, or a private guide (for an additional cost) so the couple can spend quality time alone on safari.
Accommodations include the River Cottages at Tongabezi Lodge, where guests have their own valet and indulge in the luxury of four-poster beds draped with netting, clawfoot tubs, and expansive wooden verandahs. At the Chongwe River Camp, clients can opt for the Cassia Suite, a tented suite with a plunge pool and a fire pit, or the River House, featuring four large suites at the edge of the river bank. And at Chinzombo Camp, there are six luxurious villas featuring private plunge pools on viewing platforms.
Jerusalem: Steeped in History
Offering views of the walls, minarets and domes of Jerusalem’s Old City from its elevated location, The King David Hotel Jerusalem, a Dan Hotels property, exudes romance simply with its idyllic location. Known as a major landmark in the city, this property features regal suites; the romantic, fine dining restaurant La Regence; and a peaceful private garden oasis with a pool—the essential ingredients for a romantic rendezvous in the city.
The King David Hotel is located approximately a 15-minute stroll away from the Old City, giving guests easy access to many historic sites, including the Tower of David, the Jerusalem Botanical Garden, the Tunnels of Time, and the Holocaust History Museum, among other historic sights. Rates start at $398 January to February; the property is offering a 7-night package, GOLDAN7, that’s valid through Feb. 28, 2017, and includes an Israeli breakfast when staying seven consecutive nights in this hotel or any combination of this hotel with any other Dan Hotel for a minimum of seven nights.
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