Mills and Boon’s escapist romance novels are often set in the most luxurious of destinations. With tall, dark and handsome bachelors and beautiful maidens headed for “happily ever after” the books are considered the best in their genre.

The publishing company has released the top 20 most romantic destinations in the world, with some surprising inclusions.

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Expectedly, Paris topped the list, followed by Santorini in Greece and Venice in Italy.

Also on the list are places like Bora Bora in French Polynesia, Agra in India, where one would find the Taj Mahal, and the Fuji Five Lakes region in Japan.

Zanzibar was the only African destination to make the list and slotted in at number 20.

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Here’s the full list:

  1. Paris, France
  2. Santorini, Greece
  3. Venice, Italy
  4. Amalfi Coast, Italy
  5. Maui, Hawaii, USA
  6. Bruges, Belgium
  7. Bora Bora, Tahiti, French Polynesia
  8. Kirkjufell, Iceland
  9. Cerf Island, Seychelles
  10. The Gili Islands, Bali, Indonesia
  11. Petersburg, Russia
  12. Agra and the Taj Mahal, India
  13. Cliffs of Moher, Country Clare, Ireland
  14. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  15. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
  16. Whitsunday Islands, Queensland
  17. Big Sur, Cali, USA
  18. San Francisco, USA
  19. Fuji Five Lakes, Japan
  20. Zanzibar, Tanzania

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