Perhaps you’re looking for the ideal honeymoon destination, a place to celebrate your anniversary, or maybe just a special vacation to help rekindle the romance. Whatever the reason, you’re now faced with the question of where to go. Well, you’ve come to the right place because we have selected our favourite Top 10 Most Romantic Destinations.
The exotic destination of Bali, Indonesia offers couples an unforgettable vacation with jaw-dropping views and an almost-spiritual setting. The landscape is a dramatic mix of lush vegetation, towering volcanoes, rolling hills and rugged cliffs. Among it all, Bali’s culture can be seen in thatched roofs and stone temples.
The resorts are nothing less than stunning with gorgeous guest rooms, fresh flowers, private plunge pools, and wait staff that cater to your every need. More than one resort in Bali specializes in treehouse suites where guests can connect with nature in the most private of settings. There are also treetop dining experiences for intimate meals and plenty of spa treatments that couples can enjoy together. When it comes to sightseeing and adventure, lovers can visit the rice fields, visit the temples, hike Mount Batur, or visit the Ubud Monkey Forest, also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
The historic city of Florence, Italy is celebrated for its art, culture, architecture, and tastebud-tempting Tuscan cuisine. Accommodations range from luxury hotels to bed-and-breakfast spots to independent villa rentals. Romantic time can be spent strolling through numerous museums and art galleries or exploring the stone streets. Stop for a bite at a charming café or savour some sweet gelato.
Consider spending time at historic Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte to experience a breathtaking view of the city. Piazzale Michelangelo is the place for a beautiful panorama as well as watching the stunning sunset. Top off the day with a bottle of wine for two.
Generally speaking, Hawaii is a romantic destination no matter which island you choose to visit. But for those seeking a little less city and a lot more tranquillity, Kauai is the place to be. Nicknamed the ‘Garden Isle’, Kauai is the fourth largest island in the Hawaiian chain with paradise as a landscape. Turquoise coastline, tropical rainforests, refreshing waterfalls, mountains and lush valleys all come together to create a picturesque backdrop for an amorous getaway.
There is an abundance of gorgeous resorts with a variety of price points, many of which feature cozy suites and villas and honeymoon specials. Relax at the beach or pool with a tropical drink or embrace your adventurous side — snorkel Poipu or Kee Beach, hike Waimea Canyon or the trails of the State Parks, go horseback riding, tour a plantation, or zipline through the rainforest.
Majorca is known as the crown jewel of Spain’s Balearic Islands. It is among the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean, boasting limestone mountains, Spanish architecture, and a picturesque coastline dotted with quiet coves and beautiful beaches. The island offers panoramic vistas along with a laidback atmosphere perfectly in keeping with a romantic vacation.
With so many vineyards in the region, couples can explore the wineries and indulge in some taste testing. Or, for a completely different experience, visit Calo d’es Moro on the south-east of the island for a spectacular day at the beach. For a look at a city landmark, consider the gothic cathedral of La Seu (Catedral de Mallorca which is shown in the photo). Or, for a fantastic look at the entire island, head to Mirador es Colomer — an observation deck that’s 300 metres above sea level and perched on the side of the Sierra Tramuntana mountain range. Getting to the overlook is quite a hike but the views are worth it.
One look at the iconic over-the-water bungalows featured so prominently in photos of the Maldives and it immediately becomes clear that this is the look of romance. With glass flooring so that guests can admire the turquoise Indian Ocean beneath them and large sundecks with hammocks, plunge pools, and waterslides, these luxury resorts are all about being pampered and living in the moment. In other words, the perfect scenario for a romantic occasion.
When couples decide they’ve had enough relaxation, they can snorkel the marine-rich reefs, swim with Manta Rays, take a boat cruise, indulge in the decadent cuisine, or spend a day shopping and sightseeing in Malé, the capital city.
It’s not so surprising that Paris makes this list considering one of its nicknames is ‘The City of Love’. And it’s easy to see why. There is a dazzling array of indulgent boutique hotels to choose from and an abundance of quaint sidewalk cafes on cobblestone streets. Relax with a coffee and decadent pastry or perhaps sip a bottle of wine for two in the evening.
There are numerous museums to leisurely stroll through and plenty of scenic walks to take, as well as memorable dinner cruises along the Seine River. Consider a bike ride through the city, or discover the beautiful gardens of Palace de Versailles. Visit the Wall of Love, and don’t forget to take that Instagrammable photo of kissing in front of or atop the Eiffel Tower.
Quebec City, Canada
Historic Quebec City is a UNESCO Heritage Site with scenic views of the Laurentian Mountains and the St. Lawrence River. The cobblestone streets of Old Quebec are the perfect place to stroll and enjoy charming cafes and unique boutique shops. Several of the hotels harken back to an era of stone floors and fireplaces in the rooms, given couples an extra reason to cuddle up together.
The city is alive with art and architecture, all waiting to be discovered. Lovers can take a leisurely walk along the boardwalk of Terrasse Dufferin to see colonial cannons and discover the 125-year-old hotel of Chateaux Frontenac. Admire it from outside or duck inside to admire the ornate lobby or perhaps enjoy a sumptuous meal at the hotel’s upscale restaurant – Le Champlain. If you’re in the mood to keep going, consider a sightseeing cruise along the St. Lawrence River.
Santorini is among the most popular honeymoon destinations, due in part to the world-famous sunsets in Oia and unique cliffside accommodations with private terraces that overlook the stunning Aegean Sea.
Santorini is renowned for its picturesque streets and gourmet cuisine, which can be enjoyed in many outdoor restaurants and cafes that feature memorable vistas. Couples can explore ancient archaeological sites, a volcano, or enjoy a cable car ride up the cliffside for breathtaking views of the whitewashed city of Fira.
More on the must-do list for lovers includes taking a refreshing swim in the hot springs, touring a winery in the Caldera, or perhaps visit the iconic Red Beach and Black Beach.
St Lucia, West Indies (South Caribbean)
Specialty adults-only resorts tucked into beautiful coves along the coastline, many with luxury accommodations, spa tubs and swim-out suites are just the beginning when it comes to romance on the South Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Many of the resorts feature gourmet experiences, and scenic beachfront restaurants provide intimate settings for their savoury island cuisine.
Famous for being a honeymoon destination, this island offers guests plenty of trails for hiking, spectacular lookout points for views of lush valleys, turquoise waters, and quaint little fishing towns. Watersports are plentiful so couples can snorkel the reefs, enjoy a boat cruise, and even hop a ferry for a day trip to Martinique, just 50 miles away. Adventure tours include visiting the charming harbour of Marigot Bay, viewing an active volcano and, of course, exploring the World Heritage Site of two massive volcanic spires known as The Pitons.
St Moritz, Switzerland
For luxurious European charm, consider the alpine village of St. Moritz for your romantic destination. Set in the lush Engadin Valley on the southern slopes of the Albula Alps, the village sits beside the glass-like Lake St. Moritz. While frozen over during the winter months, the lake provides sporting entertainment in the form of cricket and polo on the ice. Having hosted the Winter Olympics twice, couples can enjoy a romantic skate on an outdoor Olympic-sized ice rink, take advantage of the ski and snowboard facilities, or ski the well-kept cross country trails — and then warm up in a cozy sauna. In the summer months, guests can opt for mountain biking, boat cruises, and upscale shopping.
As a vacation spot that caters to celebs and the elite, there is no shortage of posh 5-star hotels and resorts complete with indulgent spas and Michelin star restaurants with a view.