10 Most Romantic Getaways
Romantic getaways often mean candlelit dinners, long strolls on the beach, watching the sunset, indulging in massage treatments for two and high quality accommodations. But some places just go that extra mile to offer a mix of ambiance and services that will up the romance factor on your next vacation. Here is our top 10 most romantic places in the world:
The Maldives is a tropical striking nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. The capital, Malé, has a busy fish market, restaurants and shops on the main road,
Top romantic things to do – soak in the sun and the charming surroundings when canoeing for two, watch the sunrise during your early morning walk on the beach, enjoy a tall glass of champagne followed by dinner on a moonlight cruise, gaze at the sunset, swim with the dolphins, complete your relaxation with a couple’s spa treatment, renew or exchange vows.
Blessed by nature, Saint Lucia is an Eastern Caribbean island nation with a pair of dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons, on its west coast. Its coast is home to volcanic beaches, reef-diving sites, luxury resorts and fishing villages. Trails in the interior rainforest lead to waterfalls like the 15m-high Toraille, which pours over a cliff into a garden. The capital, Castries, is a popular cruise port.
Top romantic things to do – renew or exchange vows, visit the piton falls, soak in the sun and ocean sounds while lazing and swaying in a hammock with your loved one on a beach, take a mud bath together, watch the sunset whilst on a cruise, and/or Sip Champagne on Rock Pool at Cap Maison.
Lively calypso beats, stunning natural wonders and some of the world’s best beaches make Barbados a favourite Caribbean island. Around the island are beaches, botanical gardens, the Harrison’s Cave formation, and 17th-century plantation houses like St. Nicholas Abbey. Local traditions include afternoon tea and cricket, the national sport.
Top romantic things to do – take in the beautiful ambiance of the blue sea whilst indulging on a few cocktails, dance the night away at one of Barbados nightlife (bars, restaurants, nightclubs) on the South Coast, sail around the West Coast of the island as you lounge on the open deck of a catamaran sipping Rum Punch, snuggle up and enjoy Movie Night under the stars at Sugar Bay Barbados, go horseback riding on the beach or in the green fields of the countryside, see the wonders of the sea world during a private Tour with Atlantis Submarine, and/or enjoy a private dinner for two on a beach.
No matter which island you visit in the Greece islands, you won’t be disappointed. Each island offers picturesque beaches, history and culture. However, we’ve voted Santorini as the most romantic Island to explore. Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
Top romantic things to do – go wine tasting, wander around Oia, go hiking, watch the sunset, enjoy a swim at Red Beach, renew or exchange vows, perfect destination for a honeymoon, Basque in the sun with a cold beer or cocktail to quench your thirst whilst on Black Beach, take a short boat ride to experience having a mud bath on the outskirts of the volcano, shop until you drop in Fira.
Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global centre for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Top romantic things to do – take a journey to the Island of the Temple of Love to watch the sunset, go for a Drive in a Vintage Citröen, visit the oldest jazz club ‘Le Caveau des Oubliettes’ and dance the night away, explore the secret Waterfalls & Vineyards of Paris, Tango on the Seine.
Bali is an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs. To the south, the beachside city of Kuta has lively bars, while Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua are popular resort towns.
Top romantic things to do – enjoy a sunset dinner at Jimbaran Beach, get swept away through a fairy-tale dining experience with 100 lit candles at The Samaya Ubud (only offers one table per night), have a romantic dinner served in cave at a private beach at Samabe Resort, enjoy a romantic luxury catamaran cruise from Benoa, Have Afternoon High Tea At Le Jardins – Metis Bali, quench your sweet tooth at Angelita Tea Salon & Patisserie, have a hillside picnic at Bukit Asah Bugbug (Asah Hill), take a helicopter ride over Bali, enjoy some beach time at Gunung Payung, take some pictures whilst strolling through the Marigold Fields.
Venice, the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, is built on more than 100 small islands in a lagoon in the Adriatic Sea. It has no roads, just canals – including the Grand Canal thoroughfare – lined with Renaissance and Gothic palaces. The central square, Piazza San Marco, contains St. Mark’s Basilica, which is tiled with Byzantine mosaics, and the Campanile bell tower offering views of the city’s red roofs.
Top romantic things to do – pick up a gondola for two at any of the main bridges (the Rialto or Accademia), take a motorboat a few miles across the Venetian lagoon to the unspoilt islands nearby, sip wine at Do Spade bar on Calle de Spade near the Rialto Bridge, wonder at the sheer scale of the domes of the Basilica San Marco and the ornate Doge’s Palace on Venice’s romantic central square, while making your way to the Church of the Frari – stroll hand-in-hand with your other half through hidden alleyways and quiet squares on the way, explore the Dorsoduro, watch a romantic ballet or opera performance as you settle into your seat in the gold balconies of this restored opera house.
Mexico is a country between the U.S. and Central America that’s known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches and its diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. In capital Mexico City, upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants cater to modern life.
Top romantic things to do – enjoy a lobster dinner cruise in Cancun, escape from the real world at The spa at Le Blanc Spa resort, relax and enjoy tropical drinks at a bohemian beach town at Akiin Beach Tulum, visit the phenomenon unique Cenote Dos Ojos, spend the day on Isla Contoy an uninhabited island that is a nature preserve, visit the underwater museum (MUSA) or go scuba diving.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buenos Aires is Argentina’s big, cosmopolitan capital city. Its centre is the Plaza de Mayo, lined with stately 19th-century buildings including Casa Rosada, the iconic, balconied presidential palace. Other major attractions include Teatro Colón, a grand 1908 opera house with nearly 2,500 seats, and the modern MALBA museum, displaying Latin American art.
Top romantic things to do – visit the beautiful Catedral Metropolitana, take a stroll through Buenos Aires Japanese Garden (Jardin Japones), partake in a Tango class, enjoy a romantic boat ride and/or explore the Rose Garden.
Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway.
Top romantic things to do – enjoy a romantic sunrise trip 10,000 feet above sea level at Mt. Haleakala’s summit, take a day trip driving the historic road to Hana, experience a traditional luau feast, take a horseback tour of Maui, get your adrenaline going with the Piiholo Ranch Zipline course, have a relaxing spa day for two with melodic sounds of calm rolling waves and palm trees lightly blowing in the wind in the background, create exciting day trips where you can go sightseeing in Maui – Venture to the North Shore of Maui and enjoy exploring the historic sugar cane town of Paia, where you’ll find a sweet handful of island-bohemia culture.