When love is in the air, there’s nothing better than heading off on an adventure together. Whether you want to take a cosmopolitan city break, or if you’re looking for a longer stay in a tropical paradise, there are plenty of destinations around the world that can serve as a beautiful backdrop to your epic love story. Romantic vacations are one of the best ways to enjoy the company of your partner while exploring the world, so here are some suggestions for your next trip.
Ideal for those super special occasions, Santorini is a popular hotspot for honeymooners and couples looking for their own little slice of heaven. Its azure waters, stunning sunsets and iconic blue roofs make this one of the most beautiful backdrops for romance in the world. Take a culinary tour of the amazing restaurants, soak up the sun on one of the pristine beaches or luxuriate in your hotel’s infinity pool as you take in stunning views of the sea.
One of the most romantic cities in Europe, Lisbon has plenty to offer for a romantic getaway. From its delicious food and rich culture, to its beautiful hotels and ancient architecture, it’s no wonder that Lisbon is a popular choice for couples. Take a day trip to the nearby hilltop city of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site peppered with castles, palaces, landscaped gardens and cobbled streets, before heading back to Lisbon to spend an evening sampling the local cuisine and enjoying the famous Fado music.
For a holiday with a difference, head to the paradise island of Maui, which has been voted “Best Island in the World” for 17 years running. Perfect for couples who love to do a bit of exploring while they are on vacation, the island offers a plethora of adventures and activities. Take a romantic sunrise trip to Mount Haleakala’s summit, attend a Hawaiian and Polynesian style luau feast and bask in the sunset on a boat cruise around the island while enjoying dinner and a few cocktails.
When it comes to tropical luxury, it doesn’t get much better than the Bahamas. With its crystal-clear waters and stunning white sands, the beaches of the Bahamas are the perfect place to indulge your romantic sides. But the appeal of the islands doesn’t end there. The location of the archipelago means that it has a consistently gorgeous climate for most of the year, making it ideal for soaking up the sun. Spend an afternoon scuba diving before heading out to one of the many places to eat in the Bahamas, or simply kick back and enjoy the stunning sunsets with a cocktail or two.
If you’re looking for the trip of a lifetime, look no further than the romantic paradise island of Bali. With its stunning volcanic scenery, tropical beaches and dynamic nightlife, this is a holiday you will never forget. Couples can take a helicopter ride over the island, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise or catch an evening movie on the beach. It’s also worth paying a visit to the 700-year-old Great Banyan Tree in the village of Gesing to make a wish, before heading to one of the multitudes of spas to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and indulgence.
For a vacation filled with cultural heritage and romantic charm, head to the gorgeous city of Kyoto. With more than 1,200 years of history, thousands of temples and shrines and stunning scenery, Kyoto offers a great introduction to Japanese culture as well as providing a truly romantic setting. Take a rickshaw tour around the city, visit the great bamboo forest or sample the mouth-watering Japanese cuisine.
It’s not possible to talk about romantic destinations without mentioning the most famous romantic destination in the world. From its picturesque streets and sites to its sumptuous cuisine and fine wines, Paris offers a romantic getaway like no other. Soak up the atmosphere in a candlelit bistro before wandering along the Seine, or spend the day hunting down some of my top romantic things to do in Paris.
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