If there’s one reality show on television that does its level best to ignite a little genuine romance in their contestants (and their viewing audience), it’s The Bachelor, the show which pairs one lucky gentleman with a slew of eager potential mates. Through a series of “get to know you” dates and challenges, the bachelor is tasked with trying to find the woman he’s been waiting for his whole life. Of course, the best part of the series comes towards the end, when the star of the show takes his finalists to exotic locations to really explore the depths of their relationship. The show has become something of a rose-infused travelogue. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but just like travel, the journey is the real draw. When planning your next romantic getaway, take a cue from The Bachelor and think about one of these exotic locations in which to set up your own “fantasy suite.”
1. Roman Holiday for the Italian Prince, Season 9
The Rome edition of The Bachelor in the ninth season made excellent use of the Eternal City. Naturally, the season that featured Italian American cosmetic entrepreneur Prince Lorenzo Borghese was set in this romantic location. Home to some of the world’s most enduring classical monuments, Rome was like another character in the show, but the stars found time to escape to the gorgeous Italian countryside before the credits rolled too.
2. At Least the Swiss Landscape Was Romantic, Season 16
In season sixteen, the cast and crew went to scenic Switzerland to help spark some love. Though the country has a reputation for being one big, cold, and snowy mountain, that’s not the case at all, as Switzerland is home to some truly breath-taking lakes nestled in the rugged terrain. For a cozy romantic getaway, Switzerland’s Interlaken and Zermatt can’t be beat. Granted, it didn’t work long term for Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson, but it might work for you.