From fruit based to decadent chocolate indulgences, there is something inherently romantic about dessert, especially one that is shared with that special someone. The following 10 desserts are sure to fan amorous flames.
1. Mango Bavarois at LikuLiku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Romance is a priority at LikuLiku Lagoon Resort, designed especially for couples. It is the first and only resort in Fiji with authentic over-water bures, a perfect setting for a tropical Mango Bavarois. The creamy, rich texture is offset by mango, pineapple and blueberries with a hint of fresh mint. This resort favourite is light enough for a swim in the pristine waters after, to enhance that loved-up feeling.
2. Blackcurrant Bavarois at Velaa Private Island, Maldives
Another take on the saucy bavarois is the Blackcurrant Bavarois served at stunning Maldivian resort, Velaa. From the soft mousse, juicy fresh berries, hint of vanilla and crunchy cashew nougatine to finish, it seduces the taste buds with every bite. The dessert can be enjoyed in the resort’s signature restaurant Aragu, situated on the water with its view of breathtaking Maldivian sunsets making it even more romantic. The resort itself has been designed and curated with privacy and luxurious comfort as its guiding principles, while allowing the Indian Ocean to take centre stage for an unforgettable sensorial experience.
3. G+T Sorbet at Singita Castleton, South Africa
A honeymoon favourite for adventurous couples is an African safari, and one of the most exclusive is Singita Castleton, famous for its game drives. It is also known for its sundowner, the G+T Sorbet, or Castleton Cooler, as it is affectionately known. It is the perfect, icy refreshment with a gentle kick, to be enjoyed upon returning to the resort after the last game drive, while watching a stunning sunset. According to the locals there is not much more romantic than an African sunset. The recipe for this delicious play on the classic gin and tonic can be found on the website.
4. The Chocolate Tasting Plate at The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs, New Zealand
The Chocolate Tasting Plate is an indulgent dessert for two that will have hearts racing, complemented by picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean. Satisfying even the most devoted of chocolate lovers, it consists of a hazelnut brownie, macaron (two flavours), white chocolate ice cream, caramelised white chocolate, Earl Grey ganache, crumble and Crème de Cacao jelly, all made from the finest chocolate. The intricate offering, with the perfect balance of textures, takes the pastry chef more than a day to prepare, with every seductive element made in-house.
5. Bahen & Co Chocolate Mousse at Como, The Treasury, Australia
For some a city escape is a preferred option for an amorous getaway, and one of the best options in Australia is this new, multi-award-winning hotel in Perth. The hotel (48 keys) occupies three historic buildings, and its elegant, contemporary restaurant, Wildflower, has fabulous views of the city and the Swan River. One of its most aphrodisiac-driven desserts is the Bahen & Co (a well-known bean-to-bar chocolate company) Chocolate Mousse. The rich and airy mousse is complemented by Deborah Lake salt, Mount Barker olive oil and Geraldton wax.
6. Le Fil Rouge at Cheval Blanc Courchevel, France
The French are famous romantics, and this exquisite 36-room hotel, high in the French Alps, has been described as being as close to heaven as you can get. Any dessert at its two-star Michelin restaurant, Le 1947 is sure to be quixotic, but for pure indulgence it has to be Le Fil Rouge. Composed of seven small desserts served on a special tablecloth, with the names of each element embroidered in red. The seven are: bao (yes, a Chinese bun) with lovage, saffron cream and passion fruit caramel; roasted pineapple lace, herbal sauce and crystallised herbs; citrus soufflé and plombière ice cream; hazelnut extraction marshmallow; fir wood smoked meringue, mountain cream; candy ball with red wine gel, candied pear and genever cream; and fir ‘cristalline’.
7. Strawberry Afternoon Tea at Aman Tokyo, Japan
Of all the berries, strawberries are the most erotic. At the stunning Aman Tokyo the strawberry is the star of its current Strawberry Afternoon Tea – any time of the day is a good time for romance. The afternoon tea menu reflects the love of strawberries in the country, using six varieties across the 13 components (sweet and savoury). The other reason for highlighting the berry is White Day, which is celebrated in Japan (and South Korea, Taiwan and China) on March 14. In Japan Valentine’s Day is typically observed by girls and women presenting chocolate gifts, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation.
8. The Pavlova at The Langham, Hong Kong
An element of surprise can have hearts aflutter and this is exactly what is to be found with a Spanish-inspired take on The Pavlova, served at the elegant hotel’s Bostonian Seafood and Grill. From the non-traditional presentation, with the passionfruit element a sauce to the succulent raspberries resting gracefully around the meringue, and not a kiwi fruit in sight. The meringue itself is crispy on the outside with a tender marshmallow-like interior and the addition of dulce de leche ice cream and a touch of gold leaf takes this dessert to a whole other level. Share this with your special someone and it may just take your relationship to a whole other level too.
9. Red Dome at Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali
Bali is known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, and at this stunning Banyan Tree resort it may be the love gods that bring blessing to those who try the Red Dome. Being served at the resort’s cliff-edge Ju-Ma-Na Restaurant, which has gorgeous ocean views, the Red Dome features a luscious black sesame mousse, sesame dacquoise, strawberry jelly in the shape of a heart, red dragon fruit puree and red meringue. What makes this vibrant offering even more tantalising – it is only available upon request. While planning ahead may take away a certain spontaneity for the person ordering in advance, it is sure to have the wow factor when presented to their loved one.
10. Raspberry Passion at Kata Rocks, Thailand
Everything at this five-star resort in Phuket exudes a classy sensuality, from the private plunge pools, and in-room villa baths with water views, to the restaurant, love is in the air here. Its award-winning restaurant serves fantastic modern Mediterranean and Thai cuisines and features breathtaking views of the aquamarine infinity pool as it merges with the blue waters beyond. Starry-eyed couples should try the aptly named Raspberry Passion, with a vibrant passionfruit mousse atop homemade crumble, encircled by fresh raspberries and a perfectly balanced puree, topped with a crunchy wafer. This sweet sensation can be enjoyed in the restaurant, at a table for two on the rocks, or in the privacy of a villa.