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February 2018 / Travel / by Liz Skone James

The Best Romantic Escapes

Whether you decide to fly across the world, or slip away from everyday life for a delicious few hours alone together, do it in style, with our pick of the best romantic escapes for lovers 

Batty Langley’s, London

Proving that you don’t always have to travel to the ends of the earth for that ultra special experience is this little Shoreditch secret. Escape the stresses of everyday life with a naughty night away right here in London (mobile phones most definitely left at home). Enjoy a room service dinner in front of the roaring open fire and a drink (or two) from the honesty bar, before sinking into the deepest of baths and lathering up with delicious complimentary REN toiletries. Then, slip into the oh-so romantic 17th century carved oak bed. And in the morning, enjoy breakfast in bed before checking out – a cup of Angelucci coffee and the freshest of beigels from Brick Lane Beigel Bake. Simply divine. Rates from £250 per room. 12 Folgate Street, E1 (020 7377 4390; battylangleys.com)

Velaa Private Island, Maldives

Possibly the most romantic villa in the whole of the Maldives is located at Velaa Private Island. Reachable only by boat, the Romantic Pool Residence stands suspended above the aquamarine lagoon, with uninterrupted views of the Noonu Atoll. With only one bedroom, there’s space for just you and your love, but you can, of course, expect the undivided attentions of your own private chef and butler. When you’re not soaking up rays on the sundeck, you might take a dip in your own pool, enjoy a relaxing Jacuzzi, work out in the gym or choose an indulgent spa treatment to be enjoyed in the villa’s own treatment rooms. And with the resort’s no drone policy, you are assured complete privacy. PO Box 2071, Noonu Atoll, Republic of Maldives (+960 6565 000; velaaprivateisland.com)