Article by Line Abrahamian originally published in the November 2018-April 2019 edition of the Atmosphere magazine. Read the latest edition here.
No one does over-the-top romance like ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. So, for Valentine’s Day, we asked some of our favourite contestants about their ideal destination dates. And here we are, a heli ride to a palace, a deserted beach and a submarine ride later. Cue the fireworks!
Dean Unglert : Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is so historic, it’s the perfect backdrop for romance. We’d hop on Tram 22 and ride through the charming Malá Strana district and up to Prague Castle. We’d wander around its courtyards and the Golden Lane, and climb the almost 300 steps up the Great South Tower of St. Vitus Cathedral to see beautiful views of the city and the river. If there were fireworks and champagne waiting for us at the top of the tower, that would really spice things up.
Since this is a Bachelor-style date, we wouldn’t really eat on the date, but we might stop by a sausage cart on the street. You don’t think that’s romantic? Then we’d jump into a helicopter and go to Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna. We’d have dinner and a nightcap there, and that’s when we’d be presented with the fantasy suite card: should you choose to forgo your individual rooms in the palace…
Ben Higgins: Roatan, Honduras
We’d start off diving in the beautiful reef at West Bay, with sea turtles, barracudas and colourful tropical fish. Then we’d take a submarine down to see octopuses and sharks. It would be a submarine for two, so no space for Chris Harrison!
I’d then wine and dine my date at Vintage Pearl Restaurant. Maybe a little lobster stuffed with shrimp and king crab? We would head to Sundowners Beach Bar and sip on some rum punch while watching the sunset.
In the middle of Half Moon Bay, there’s an abandoned sailboat. We’d swim out to it and jump off, swimming in the middle of the ocean at night. And we’d end the date by sleeping in a hammock on the beach and looking up at the beautiful sky. I know nothing about stars, but I’d pretend like I did and make up stories.
Vanessa Grimaldi: Algrave, Portugal
We’d spend the day lounging on Praia da Marinha, one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Since this is a Bachelor-style date, then, of course, we’d have the whole beach to ourselves.
Then we’d go to the local market and pick out some fresh fruits and vegetables and fish, and go back to our beach house in Albufeira—did I mention we’d rent a beach house in Albufeira?—and cook together. Maybe we’d make traditional bacalhau, dried and salted cod… if we can agree on one of its 365 recipes!
We’d then sit on the porch and have a romantic dinner, listening to the crashing waves and looking out at the colourful fishing boats. Very simple and intimate. Well, maybe we could just add fireworks because I love them and never got fireworks on my dates on The Bachelor!
Cover photo credit: Air Transat