Romantic retreats for sure-fire winter sun

Nothing says I love you like a spontaneous trip for two. From cityscapes to steamy rainforest love nests - grab that special someone and make for warmer climes this Valentines with these irresistible 1 bedroom retreats across some of our most seductive destinations...

Yao Noi

1. Six Senses Koh Yao Noi Ocean Panorama Villa

The tiny Thai island of Koh Yao Noi is one of the most tempting destinations in the Gulf of Thailand, untouched rainforest, blissful beaches and a cinematic sprinkling of lime karst plinths strewn across the ocean. Hole-up in an Ocean Panorama villa, complete with private pool and terrace for romantic evenings alfresco. February is one of the driest months of the year, with temperatures at their most comfortable and any oppressive humidity dropping to its lowest.

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2. Cheval Blanc Water Villa, Maldives

Embrace the cliché. -the Maldives is idyllic in February, the driest and sunniest month of the year. Get as close to the main attraction here as possible in Cheval Blanc's stunning over-water villa, terrace overhanging the effervescent waters of the Indian Ocean. A 12-metre-long infinity pool opens up to panoramic views across dappled waters dotted with corals, teeming with sea turtles.

Zaya

3. Zaya Beach Retreat, Abu Dhabi

February is the month to make the most of Abu Dhabi's abundant sunshine. It's cool enough for strolling hand in hand along the island's white sand shores, while warm enough to enjoy some serious winter-sun with temperatures reaching 25 degrees. This bijou one-bedroom Beach Villa blends into the landscape, reflecting the surrounding natural beauty while clean lines and modern interiors make for effortless, understated elegance.

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4. Cape View Apartment, Cape Town

The perfect hideaway for honeymooners, this private apartment comes complete with its own pool and discreet butler service, while classic colonial interiors and understated décor optimise the spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and Twelve Apostles. February is the hottest month in this sensuous coastal city, with temperatures averaging a balmy 23°C.

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5. Parrot Cay One bedroom Beach House, Turks and Caicos

A private island retreat in the tantalisingly beautiful Turks and Caicos, this island's 1,000 acres of pristine white beaches are perfect for couples. While it may be one of the cooler months, the temperature will still be pleasant and unlike other Caribbean islands, benefit from a distinct lack of rainfall - enjoying 350 sunny days a year.

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6. Pavillion Piscine, Marrakech

No-one can resist the spellbinding spirit of Morrocco. Spend lazy days in your private pavilion, intricate mosaics, soaring mirrors and Berber carpets making for an Arabian-inspired den. Slip into a Moroccan marble bathtub, relax in the garden gazebo or cool off in your personal pool. While February is technically one of the wettest months, temperatures still hover at a temperate 21ºc, with seven hours of sunshine a day.

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