Forget the romantic lights of Paris or the beautiful canals of Venice, these understated romantic destinations are the best places to go for a loved-up getaway without barfing over all the rose petals.
Although it may be small, the birthplace of the Renaissance has a lot to offer its visitors. Stroll hand-in-hand down the narrow streets that have remained unchanged since its glory days and admire the centuries-old architecture that tells a thousand tales. When it's time to dine, find out why 'Fiorentina' cuisine has become an international label of quality or visit the surrounding hills that are rich in wine.
Tucked away in the Rif Mountains, Morocco's blue city is one of the prettiest in the country, with narrow alleys and ornate doorways all washed in a beautiful shade of blue. Romantic activities abound, whether you're admiring the delightful old medina, bathing in mountain streams, or absorbing the fantastic culinary scene by candle light.
By day, the red rocks of Sedona provide a stunning backdrop to a hike. But by night, it is the starry sky that will have you spellbound. With over 300 clear nights a year and stretching for miles and miles with no light pollution, Sedona is one of the best places in the world for stargazing.
A relaxing getaway doesn't get much more spiritual than visiting the birthplace of Ayurveda - one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems developed more than 3,000 years ago. Unwind in one of the many renowned spas or hire one of the symbolic thatched-roof houseboats for a day on the waters, floating past lotus-flowered rice paddies and ancient Hindu temples.
Encompassing tiered rice terraces, dense jungle and snow-capped mountains, a visit to Yunnan will give an insight into the best of China's varied landscape. The charming and traditional mud-brick houses of the province's villages are slowly being turned into galleries, inns and cafés and the roads are quickly improving for ease of access around the beautiful region.