Bora Bora, number 1 romance destination for South Africans

- but Thailand and Cape Town not far behind

Wanting to spoil your other half with a romantic holiday?  It seems a trip to Bora Bora will go down most sweetly.  In a spot poll on Facebook this Valentine's Day, Travelstart asked its 80,000 South African followers which destinations they thought was the most romantic. The list included local hotspot Cape Town as well as some far flung paradises like Bora Bora in French Polynesia and Rio de Janeiro.

14 February 2013, Cape Town - From a list which included firm romantic favourites like Paris and Venice, voters selected Bora Bora as their favourite romantic destination with 35% of the votes*. Perhaps it's less of a surprise when one looks at its list of celebrity visitors. The South Pacific island has seen the likes of Kim Kardashian and honeymooning couple Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman all dipping a toe in its crystal blue waters. It was also the set of the 2009 film "couples retreat" starring Vince Vaughan.

Bora Bora is an interesting choice for South Africans as it's quite possibly one of the furthest destinations from the Rainbow Nation, taking some 50 hours to reach by plane. This also makes it one of the most expensive destinations on earth to reach with a budget trip setting you back over R40,000 per person easily. When it comes to the crunch, Travelstart notes that South Africans tend to opt for more affordable beach destinations closer to home like Mauritius, Mozambique, Zanzibar and the Seychelles.

But it wasn't all about Bora Bora in the results; an obvious runner up was Thailand, a long time favourite for South Africans due its breathtaking scenery, cheap prices and the fact that it's visa-free for SA passport holders. Cape Town, with its romantic vistas and white sandy beaches came in at number 3.

Struggling near the back was a trip to A Little White Chapel in Las Vegas to tie the knot where Joan Collins and Michael Jordan once did. Eloping to Vegas only just beat in last place, a visit to arguably one of the world's most romantic buildings, India's Taj Mahal, built to commemorate the late wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan.

The full list included, Cape Town, Paris, Thailand, Victoria Falls, the Taj Mahal, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Bora Bora, a log cabin in the Swiss Alps and Las Vegas' Little White Chapel.

See the destination pictures on our Facebook page.

* As of 15 February 2013, Bora Bora has stolen some 45% of the votes

Why not check out other awesome locations closer to home like Mauritius from R11,582 per person sharing or the Maldives from R22,250 per person sharing?


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