There are so many romantic destinations in the world, it can be hard to choose the one that’s right for you. Everyone needs romantic vacations with their significant other every once in a while. Whether your travel style is a cosy cottage in the forest, relaxed seclusion on the beach or a mountain getaway this post has something for every couple. We surely know the dilemma of picking the best romantic vacations for couples, because let’s face it, there are ‘thousands’ of beautiful destinations to choose from. Despite this, here are my favourite destinations for couples wanting a romantic getaway!
As a couple we’ve travelled to 43 countries before turning 21 years old, and we’re showing you the most romantic vacations for couples around the world.
10 Most Romantic Vacations For Couples
#1 Zighy Bay, Oman
We visited the Six Senses Zighy Bay back in June this year. To date, it is one of the most luxurious and exclusive hotels we have ever stayed in. Their attention to detail, the quality of each villa (all have their own private pools) and the professionalism of the staff here is exceptional. Without a doubt, if you’re looking for one of the most romantic vacations for couples, seriously consider the Six Senses Zighy Bay.
This hotel is also famous for it’s choice of arrivals, you can arrive by a 4×4 off-road experience, speedboat and even paragliding! So epic! Read about our Review of the Six Senses Zighy Bay here.
Hotel Booking: Six Senses Zighy Bay.
#2 Santorini & Mykonos, Greece
These two islands in the Mediterranean are (in our opinion) the most beautiful of all the Greek Islands, and perfect for romantic vacations with your partner. Both famous for their white washed roofs and incredible sunsets over the sea, make sure to enjoy a glass of bubbly from your own private balcony, avoiding the tourist crowds.
Did you know that Santorini is one of the most popular cruise destinations in the Mediterranean. You can find awesome and thematic cruise deals that will spice up your relationship. Don’t forget to find more info about your future romantic cruise.
Santorini and Mykonos are only a 2 1/2 hour ferry from one another, combining both will ensure you have a vacation of a lifetime. P.S. you may never want to leave!
Most Romantic Hotel For Couples: Grace Santorini
You probably knew this vacation was coming, so we couldn’t keep it from the list. The Maldives is THE romantic vacation for couples. With crystal clear waters, an array of world-class hotels, seclusion and tranquility, what’s not to love?
The Maldives are generally seen as an expensive and exclusive destination only for the rich, but with a bit of searching on the internet, you can find a really great deal!
Tip: Booking in off-season is the highest probability of grabbing a great deal. Off-season is generally from May to just before Christmas, with May, June, September and October usually offering the best deals. Also, there aren’t really any specific hotels to look out for, you should rather always keep an eye on everything. Sometimes there are some fantastic promotions on, and third party sites like ZenHotels or Thomas Cook often have heavily discounted rates as well. Use Trivago with a filter on Maldives and then sort by price.
We’ve seen beach villas at luxurious hotels from US$200 a night and overwater or private pool villas from US$300. At the same time, similar accommodation could be ten times that if you go in peak season without any offers on.
Most Romantic Hotel For Couples: Six Senses Laamu
Often Is Great Value For Money: Angsana Velavaru
#4 Aitutaki, The Cook Islands
Supposedly voted the ‘most beautiful place in the world’, it certainly lives up to its title. With pristine white beaches, palm trees, clear blue waters to die for and tranquility like no other, if you’re wanting seclusion this is one of the most romantic vacations for any couple. Make sure to visit One Foot Island!
The only way to get there is by plane on Air Rarotonga from the main island of Rarotonga. Flight prices aren’t cheap, generally around the NZ$600 mark (US$400) for a 40 minute flight. However, we’ll be visiting Aitutaki in a little over a month, and we managed to score flights for NZ$800 round trip for 2 people, still not cheap but definitely worth it in our opinion!
Most Romantic Hotel For Couples: Aitutaki Escape
#5 Kruger National Park, South Africa
What’s more romantic than going on safari during sunrise/sunset and seeing the beauty of nature? Not much! Kruger National Park is home to some of the most luxurious and romantic lodges in the world. We stayed at Klaserie Sands River Camp, and it certainly exceeded all our expectations! Read our Review of Klaserie Sands here.
Wake up to the sounds of nature at your doorstep, watch elephants and more drink at the waterhole infront of your own private pool villa and have dinner under the stars. These are just a few of the experiences possible when staying at a lodge and venturing on a safari at Kruger National Park.
Our Favourite & Highly Recommended: Klaserie Sands River Camp
Most Luxurious Hotel: Lion Sands Sabi Sand
#6 Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia has been on our bucket-list for so long, and we’re hoping to tick it off in August/September next year, excited is an understatement! Why? Because, it’s on of the most romantic vacations for couples and one of the most beautiful destinations we’ve come across. With stunning fairy chimneys and hotels carved into the rocks and of course the infamous hot air balloons, if you’re wanting adventure this vacation is for you.
Fly in a private hot air balloon, cheers with a glass of bubbly and celebrate together from above whilst marvelling at the sunset.
Most Luxurious & Romantic Hotel For Couples: Museum Hotel
#7 Venice, Italy
Another destination that you probably anticipated that we couldn’t miss out. Even though Venice is very cliche for a perfect romantic vacation, it will still take your breath away every time you visit. Taking a ride of the gondolas through the narrow canals of Venice is like going back in time whilst gliding through the ancient sinking buildings.
One of the most romantic things to do in Venice is getting lost, quite literally. Don’t worry, it’s a small place and you’ll enjoy finding small cafes and restaurants as a result. Truly romantic and unforgettable.
Most Luxurious & Romantic Hotel For Couples: Sina Centurion Palace
#8 An Igloo/Arctic Hotel, Finland
This romantic vacation is a little different to the others, instead of a destination why not indulge in a warm igloo hotel in one of the Scandinavian countries? (most are located in Lapland, Finland). Make sure to book one with a glass roof so you can watch the aurora borealis from your bed.
Do make sure to read reviews before booking these type of hotels, as many are known to ripping guests off with their extortionate prices once there.
Most Romantic Igloo with Glass Roof: Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort
#9 Christmas in New York, USA
During the winter months, there is something so romantic about the Big Apple. Whether its taking a romantic stroll in central park surrounded by high skyscrapers or visiting a cute little cafe in the suburbs, you’ll surely enjoy your stay in this remarkable city over the winter months. How does ice-skating, hot chocolate, the Rockefeller Christmas Tree and snow sound? This romantic vacation is will always be a trip to remember.
Check out our guide on: How To See New York In 3 Days and How To Master The New York Subway.
Best Value For Money: Viceroy Central Park New York
#10 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Last but certainly not least is Bora Bora in French Polynesia. It is a popular destination for honeymooners and romantic getaways, however it is more on the expensive side, and hard to find a great deal but honestly it’s 100% worth it.
From the dramatic scenery to the privacy and amenities of luxurious overwater bungalows, everything in Bora Bora equals a 10 on the romance scale – the definition of romantic vacations for couples wanting everything perfect on their trip abroad. How does breakfast brought to your overwater bungalow’s private balcony by an outrigger canoe regaled in flowers sound? Or a sunset cruise aboard a private catamaran including a four-course dinner? If that doesn’t make you want to book a flight to Bora Bora for a romantic vacation, then we’re not sure what will!
Most Romantic & Luxurious Hotel: Four Seasons Bora Bora
What other romantic vacations for couples would you suggest?
Would you plan to go to one of the destinations listed above? Or have you already been to some of them? Which ones?
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Such a great list! I just got married and I’m always searching for romantic places to go with my hubby 🙂 Oman is high on my list but I didn’t know it would make a good romantic trip! I’m even more excited to visit now. Thanks for sharing your tips!
Thanks so much! That’s amazing, congratulations 😀 Oman is beautiful, and cannot recommend the Six Senses Zighy Bay Oman enough if you’re looking for a romantic getaway/honeymoon.
I want to go to all of these right now!! I’ve only been to two of these destinations and a few are definitely on my bucket list. I would LOVE to stay at that luxury place in South Africa!
Us too! We’ve been to a few of these destinations but Cappadocia is highest on our list! Fingers crossed we will travel there in summer 2018! South Africa and Klaserie Sands River Camp was out of this world, highly recommend 🙂