With Valentine’s Day approaching, the internet is teeming with romantic getaways. Forbes.com recently came out with an article about America’s most romantic places to visit, and now Coastal Living writer Steve Millburg some of his own advice about where to spend a romantic island holiday. Unfortunately, I find Millburg’s “Top 10 romantic island inns” list rather disjointed and not fully comprehensive enough to qualify as an accurate Top 10 list.
These are the places Millburg identifies in the top ten:
- Petit St. Vincent, Grenadines
- The Inn on Peaks Island, Maine
- The Inn at Mama’s Fish House, Maui, Hawaii
- The Collier Inn, Useppa Island, Florida
- Hotel del Coronado and Glorietta Bay Inn, Coronado Island, California
- English Country Garden Bed & Breakfast, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
- Casita de Maya, Cozumel, Mexico
- MacKaye Harbor Inn, Lopez Island, Washington
- A Water’s Edge Retreat, Kelleys Island, Ohio
- Jekyll Island Club Hotel, Jekyll Island, Georgia
I understand that as a magazine intended for American readers interested in coastal living, the list may need to be limited to destinations within arm’s reach of the mainland and it appears to cover the important regions in the U.S., but I would like to think this list would try to be as realistic as possible too. Starting with an inn in the Grenadines, however, Petit St. Vincent at $675 a night doesn’t just qualify as a “splurge,” but a costly investment I imagine few readers can or will be able to afford. The rest of the destinations cost within $150-300 per night.
While I’d like to think that seven of the world’s most romantic islands are in the United States, I’m almost POSITIVE that there are much more noteworthy romantic island hideaways that Millburg doesn’t account for here. I mean, if Maui qualifies as an romantic island, then what about the Maldives, St. Kitts, Bora Bora, Sardinia, Corsica, Korcula, Bali, or New Zealand while we’re at it!
The more I read these kinds of lists, the more I realize how little readers are able to expand their horizons with the content they are given. I would love to see travel writers like Millburg stretch the reader’s imagination by going global rather than staying local and regional.