• <b>Kiawah Island, South Carolina</b><br />
My extended family has been going to this charming island for as long as I can remember. My husband and I actually spent our 10-year anniversary, here as well. The great thing about Kiawah is that it’s only 45 minutes away from Charleston in South Carolina. I love to get up early and ride a bike along the 10-mile beach and canoe along marsh-lined creeks and waterways. Stay at <a href='' target='_blank'>The Sanctuary Hotel</a> or rent a small condo if you prefer low-key accommodations.
  • <b>Luang Prabang, Laos </b><br />
The city of Luang Prabang in Laos is stunning. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city isn’t permitted to build anything over two stories tall. I recommend staying at <a href='' target='_blank'>La Résidence Phou Vao</a>, the hotel where kings used to go and fly kites. Enjoy waking up to a sheet of fog blanketing the city in the morning. As the day goes on, the fog rolls back and the city slowly reveals itself—it’s magical. <br />
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For early risers, you can catch the monks walking in a procession through the streets every morning at 6 am. Spend the day exploring <b>Haw Kham</b>, the former royal palace, and take in the view at <b>Phou Si</b>, the main hill in the city. Watch the sunset at the waterfront, then end the night at the <b>Night Market</b> on <b>Sisavangvong Road</b> where you can pick up any kind of souvenir imaginable.
  • La Résidence Phou Vao in Luang Prabang, Laos
  • <b>Isles of Scilly, Great Britain</b><br />
I love the bright houses, sparkling water and greenery of the Isles of Scilly, which remind me a lot of Newfoundland in Canada. The island of St. Mary’s, which is the largest inhabited island, is only a 15-minute boat ride from Cornwall. Stay at the <a href='' target='_blank'>Star Castle Hotel</a> on St. Mary’s, which used to be a fortress and is hundreds of years old. Saddle up at <a href='' target='_blank'>St. Mary’s Riding Centre</a> and go for a ride along the beach, enjoying the coastal scenery. Adventurous couples can easily visit neighboring islands by boat and discover <b>Piper’s Hole</b>, a well-hidden cave on the island of Tresco, or cruise around the picturesque uninhabited <b>Eastern Isles</b>.
  • The Star Castle Hotel on the island of St. Mary's, in Scilly, Great Britain
  • The picturesque uninhabited Eastern Isles in Scilly, Great Britain
  • <b>Ravello, Italy</b><br />
Unlike neighboring Positano, which is overrun with tourists, Ravello is a quiet, beautiful town in the province of Potenza that makes a great romantic escape for couples. Stay at the <a href='' target='_blank'>Hotel Caruso</a>, which is nestled on a cliff overlooking the sea and lose yourself in the forest of lemon and olive trees. The chef at the hotel restaurant is amazing—to this day, they make the best pasta pomodoro I’ve ever had. Spend the day following Ravello’s quiet streets to the gardens at the <b>Villa Cimbrone</b> or follow one of the winding paths and enjoy the peacefulness that the town is known for.
  • The Hotel Caruso in Ravello, Italy
  • The gardens at the Villa Cimbrone in Ravello, Italy
  • <b>North Fork in Long Island, New York</b><br />
I love escaping to North Fork in Long Island, which is much quieter than the Hamptons. My favorite place to stay is <a href='' target='_blank'>The North Fork Table & Inn</a>, which has a fantastic farm-to-table restaurant under James Beard-nominated Chef Gerry Hayden. For a quick lunch, grab a bite at the inn’s <b>lunch truck</b>, which is a camper turned kitchen. <br />
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Spend the day exploring one of the many wineries, like <a href='' target='_blank'>Sparkling Pointe Winery</a> or <a href='' target='_blank'>Shinn Vineyards</a>, and treat yourself to a glass with a side of caviar. Catch the sunset four miles up <b>Nassau Point Road</b>, which is one of the best spots on the North Fork. Bring a bottle of wine to share and stake out a spot to watch the night unfold. What could possibly be more romantic?
  • Shinn Vineyards in North Fork in Long Island, New York

Annie Fitzsimmons

Valentine’s Day may be over, but a romantic getaway can keep the flame burning throughout the year. We asked National Geographic’s globetrotting online editor Annie Fitzsimmons to share her top picks for the most romantic vacation destinations in the world. Scroll through the slideshow above to see her unexpected picks, and don’t forget to pack your Oribe Travel and Purse Size Collection products.
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