Are you searching for the best romantic travel destinations for a destination wedding, honeymoon, anniversary, or landmark birthday celebration? Visiting romantic spots with your spouse or significant other is one of the best ways to spend quality time and make memories.
From fairy tale castles and snow-capped mountains to crystal blue water, coral reefs, ancient architecture, gourmet cuisine, and world-class entertainment, romance is found around the world. Destinations like Paris, Venice, and the Maldives immediately come to mind. But there are so many more places to take a romantic escape from the day-to-day.
Whether this is a surprise or a joint search for a romantic getaway, we’ve compiled a list of the most romantic places in the world to help you strengthen your relationship, start your life together, or celebrate a special occasion. Making all your friends jealous with perfectly posed selfies in exotic destinations is just an added bonus.
Read along as we peruse the most romantic places in the world.
- Most Romantic Destination for Skiing – Saint Moritz, Switzerland
- Most Romantic Destination for Beaches – The Maldives
- Most Romantic Destination for Cuisine – New Orleans, Louisiana
- Most Romantic Destination for Nightlife – Las Vegas, Nevada
- Most Romantic Destination for History and Culture – Paris, France
- Most Romantic Destination for Nature – Aruba, Caribbean
Most Romantic Destinations in the World
1. Santorini, Greece
Located along the colorful coastline of the Aegean Sea, Santorini, Greece, is one of the most romantic places in the world. Well-known for its brilliantly bleached white buildings and blue rooftops, the island is popular for honeymoons, destination weddings, and any other romantic occasion you might have.
Book a wine-tasting tour, take in panoramic views at the caldera, stroll down ancient streets in the archaeological site of Akrotiri, or enjoy stunning sunsets walking hand-in-hand along volcanic beaches fringed by the sparkling sapphire water of the Aegean.
For the ultimate luxurious Santorini experience, take a catamaran cruise. You’ll visit colorful beaches and coves where you can snorkel and relax before cruising by the 18th-century Venetian Lighthouse and scenic villages. Lunch or dinner is provided as well as an open wine bar.
For private infinity pools, cave plunge pools, a luxury spa, complimentary breakfast, and a poolside bar, consider the Andronis Boutique Hotel. It’s near the caldera and Oia Castle as well as activities such as diving, mountain climbing, and parasailing.
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2. The Maldives
If overwater bungalows, underwater hotels, boutique resorts, and luxurious seclusion are on your romance radar, you’ll love diving (pun intended) into a romantic adventure in the Maldives. It’s easily one of the top most romantic archipelagos on the planet.
This tranquil island chain sits southwest of Sri Lanka and India in the impossibly turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. There are approximately 1,200 islands situated among atolls (small groups of islands), but only about 200 of them are inhabited. Of the islands, 80 of them are resort islands. You’re all but guaranteed a romantic and intimate ambiance.
Gili Lankanfushi Island, OBLU Island, Amila Fushi Island, and Landaa Giraavaru Island (also called the Four Seasons Island) are several to consider for an ultra-exclusive, serenely secluded, and romantic honeymoon, wedding, or anniversary. Spend your days swimming, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, or just lounging along soft white sand beaches and crystal clear water.
Searching for romantic accommodations in the Maldives? The Komandoo Maldives Island Resort is adults-only and has a beachfront infinity pool, overwater villas, and activities such as snorkeling, sunset cruises, sushi-making classes, and kayaking. All-inclusive options are also available.
The Radisson Blu Resort Maldives, in Fenfushi, features gorgeous overwater bungalows, private plunge pools, soaking tubs, and lush gardens. Cinnamon Hakuraa Huraa Maldives, on Meemu Atoll, is an all-inclusive slice of paradise with a world-class spa, two restaurants, a bar, and exclusive accommodations.
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3. Florence, Italy
Are you planning a romantic getaway to Italy? It’s time to add the Tuscany region of Florence to your list. One of the most romantic places and beautiful cities in the world, it’s known for its architecture, Renaissance art, monuments, cultural museums, and galleries. Romantic attractions include the Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi Gallery, the Piazzale Michelangelo, and the Ponte Vecchio.
The central Italian city sits along the Arno River and beckons love-struck couples to take a romantic stroll along its charming streets. Take in the romantic ambiance as you sip a glass of chianti, enjoy a cup of gelato, or share a plate of traditional tagliatelle with porcini and truffle mushrooms. Feel free to reenact the Lady and the Tramp spaghetti scene if you must.
4. Kauai, Hawaii
Nicknamed the Garden Isle, Kauai is a tropical destination blooming with lush green rainforests, botanical gardens, and golden sand beaches with sapphire blue water.
Want to add the thrill of an aerial view of Kauai’s landscape and waterfalls to your romantic adventure? Join a helicopter island tour where you’ll hover above Jurassic Falls, the Waimea Canyon, and the cliffs of the Na Pali coastline.
Secluded and private, Hanalei Bay Resort is a lovely choice for a romantic vacation. It sits on a cliff overlooking Hanalei Bay and offers several swimming pools, tennis courts, a hot tub, and a beautiful white sand beach.
The Hilton Garden Inn Kauai Wailua Bay sits on a waterfront location among swaying palm trees, sparkling blue water, and brilliant white sand beaches. The hotel offers a swimming pool, two restaurants, a ballroom, meeting rooms, and a hot tub.
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5. Carmel, California
Popular among celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Salvador Dali, and John Steinbeck, the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea offers a romantic West Coast ocean setting complete with rocky cliffs, ocean breezes, and stunning Pacific sunsets.
Sip coffee and share breakfast at quaint cafés and spend the day shopping at boutique stores, art galleries, and artist’s studios. Visit Spanish architecture and history at the Carmel Mission, take the perfect romantic ride along the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, or take a wine-tasting tour at Galante Vineyards
Accommodations in Carmel include historical inns, stylish hotels, and luxurious B&Bs with beach and ocean views. The Carmel Garden Inn offers cozy guest rooms with fireplaces, private patios, and a garden illuminated with twinkling lights. Enjoy homemade scones, coffee, and tea in the morning, wine and cheese in the afternoon, and an all-day treat jar filled with homemade goodies.
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6. Saint Moritz, Switzerland
Saint Moritz is a luxury alpine resort town located in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley. With its backdrop of quaint villages, towering Swiss Alps, and fairy tale structures like Tarasp Castle, Wartenstein Castle, Sasso Corbaro Castle, and the Castles of Bellinzona, there’s no denying the romantic outlook of this European destination.
Popular for winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating (the Alpine town has hosted two Winter Olympic games), St. Moritz is equally at ease in the warmer months. Check out wildflower fields and mountain peaks at Swiss National Park, relax at St. Moritz’s famous mineral springs and wellness spas, and visit other attractions in Switzerland for a romantic getaway.
St. Moritz offers a blend of modern and historic accommodations with its mix of luxury resorts, boutique inns, and ski-in/ski-out hotels. Hotel Steffani offers a lively ambiance in the middle of town.
Amenities include a tennis court, a spa and salon, a ski school, a nightclub, a bar, several restaurants, and bicycle rentals. This is one of the best and most romantic hotels for couples who enjoy nightlife, outdoor activities, and being within walking distance to the funicular to the Corviglia Ski Area.
Want to feel as if you’re sleeping in a real castle? The neo-Baroque Grand Hotel Kronenhof offers a luxury spa, an indoor pool, an award-winning restaurant, a lobby fireplace, and wedding services, among many other luxury amenities. There’s also a children’s club if you have to take the kids but want to ensure some romantic time for yourself.
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7. Quebec City, Quebec
Sitting along the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is the perfect choice for a romantic getaway or honeymoon. The location offers river cruises, gourmet French cuisine, small cafes, designer boutiques, and the impressive architecture of 18th-century ramparts, Roman Catholic basilicas, and Art Deco influences.
Romantic activities include the ice-skating rink at Place d’Youville, horse-drawn carriage rides through the historic district, and walking tours of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Petit Champlain district and its collection of cobblestone streets, bistros, and boutiques.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is an elegant and castle-like hotel overlooking the Saint Lawrence River. There’s a fitness facility, an indoor pool, a spa, two bars, fine dining restaurants, and an event space. If you’re looking for a fairy-tale venue for a destination wedding, this is it.
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8. Islamorada, Florida
Islamorada is about halfway between Key Largo and Marathon in the tropical stretch of land known as the Florida Keys. It’s the ideal destination for lovebirds looking for a tropical destination within the United States. The Florida Keys are as close to the Caribbean as you can get without the need for a passport. Get ready for those palm trees, turquoise waters, and sandy beach views.
Islamorada is the perfect anchorage point to enjoy activities and attractions throughout the Upper, Middle, and Lower Keys as well as make day trips to Key West. Visit the Theater of the Sea marine park, the Florida Keys Brewing Co., the Dolphin Research Center, and Bahia Honda State Park for quality couple time. Book charter fishing trips and snorkeling or diving excursions to Alligator Reef Lighthouse where you’ll be able to check out diverse marine life like tropical fish, sea turtles, and colorful coral formations.
Choose from romantic hotels and luxury resorts with a private pool, beautiful gardens, and breathtaking sunsets. Postcard Inn Beach Resort & Marina offers private cottages and rooms with marina, garden, and ocean views.
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9. Mallorca, Spain
Thinking about jetting off to the island of Mallorca with your sweetie? We say, go for it! The largest island in the Balearic Islands, the destination is known for its sheltered coves, limestone mountains, hidden beaches, luxury resorts, and romantic restaurants serving incredible wine and cuisine.
The island offers many options for vacationing couples, such as trips to vineyards and citrus groves, exploring romantic beaches, sightseeing at the 13th-century Santa Maria Cathedral, connecting on a Mallorca island boat tour, and more.
Choose from a wide variety of hotels to add an amorous touch to your getaway. The best resorts for couples in Mallorca are in cities like Palma de Majorca, Cala D’or, and Cala Mondragó.
Hotel Be Live Adults Only Marivent sits right on the beachfront of Cala Major. Enjoy secluded luxury with an exclusive beach club, several restaurants, a bar, and an on-site spa.
10. Ko Tao, Thailand
Ko Tao, which means “Turtle Island,” is a tiny island floating in the sapphire waters of the Gulf of Thailand. Spread over eight square miles, it’s like having your own private island.
With an abundance of coral reefs, marine life (the island is a breeding ground for hawksbill and green sea turtles), and palm tree-fringed beaches, this is one of the best destinations for nature-loving couples. Activities include scuba diving, booking an island snorkeling trip, and exploring secluded beaches and islets.
As small and secluded as the island is, there are lots of choices for accommodations. Sensi Paradise Beach Resort offers a tranquil ambiance in a setting of palm trees and crystal-clear water. The hotel offers two swimming pools, a restaurant, and a bar. Guest rooms are dressed in polished hardwood and tropical textures with crisp white linens and breezy canopy beds.
Phandara Luxury Pool Villas, near Sairee Beach, overlooks the water and features Bali-inspired architecture, private infinity pools, and balconies with jungle or ocean views.
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11. The Berkshires
Located in the western parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut, the Berkshires is a terrific destination for a romantic getaway. This vacation destination is famous for rolling mountains, fall foliage viewing, a farm-to-table food scene, and a thriving arts and culture scene. Well-known towns in the Berkshires include Lenox, Lee, Stockbridge, Pittsfield, North Adams, Sharon, and Great Barrington.
Adventurous couples will find plenty to do. There are a variety of hiking trails to enjoy together.
Parts of the Appalachian Trail run through the mountain range, and you can also check out the Berkshire Botanical Garden and Bash Bish Falls, the tallest waterfall in Massachusetts. Visit Shelburne Falls, Catamount Adventure Park, and Bousquet Ski Area.
Whether you choose Connecticut or Massachusetts, you’ll find many hotels, inns, and luxury resorts to choose from. The Hilton Garden Inn Lenox Pittsfield has a pool, a fitness center, and a restaurant.
The 19th-century White Hart in Salisbury, Connecticut, offers rooms with four-poster beds and claw-foot tubs. Hotel amenities include a terrace, a garden, a bar, a restaurant, and outdoor seating on a lovely front porch.
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12. Aruba, Caribbean
The Knot puts Aruba near the top of its best honeymoon destination list. We would have to agree. The Dutch Caribbean island off Venezuela’s coast offers pristine beaches, sunny weather, adventurous activities, and unique and diverse natural attractions.
Spend the day with your significant other on a beach-hopping snorkel tour across the Caribbean islands, a sunset sailing excursion, or a bar-hopping bus tour. Head to visit Alton Vista Chapel, the California Lighthouse, Arikok National Park, the Aruba Ostrich Farm, or the pastel and Colonial-era architecture of Oranjestad.
The island includes top-rated resorts with amenities such as world-class dining, outdoor hot tubs, spa treatments, plunge pools, and private beaches.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort, an adults-only hotel, offers a prime location on Eagle Beach. Romantic amenities include couples massage, picnic baskets, champagne service, and romantic meals in private palapas.
13. Kyoto, Japan
Once the capital of Japan, Kyoto is now known as the cultural capital of the country and one of the most romantic international getaways. Its rich Japanese traditions, arts and culture, and historic landmarks include Buddhist temples, cultural festivals, imperial palaces, shrines, restaurants, and perfectly landscaped gardens.
Attractions in Kyoto that really up the wow factor for the best romantic vacations are a tour of the Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku-ji) or Nijo Castle, the Kyoto Imperial Palace, the Fushimi-Inari Taisha Shrine, and Kiyomizu-Dera Temple. A tea ceremony at Jotokuji Temple is another way to spend couple time in one of the world’s most romantic places.
Elevate your honeymoon, anniversary, or proposal by staying at one of Kyoto’s most romantic hotels. Hotel Granvia Kyoto is a sleek and modern art-centric hotel with the nearby convenience of Kyoto Station. There’s an indoor pool, a fitness center, and multiple dining options.
The Westin Miyako Kyoto, located in eastern Kyoto, has a spa, an indoor pool, a fitness center, and several restaurants. Designed in the spirit of modernist Japanese architecture, it’s near several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the Higashiyama mountain range. Enjoy signature spa treatments, a wild bird sanctuary, and traditional tea ceremonies.
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14. Paris, France
Known as the City of Light, it’s no surprise that Paris makes a list of the most romantic countries and destinations for couples. It’s also one of the most romantic places in the world to propose (just in case you were considering).
As the capital of France, Paris is a global center for fashion, art, culture, and cuisine. It’s also known for its designer boutiques and cultural sites. Top romantic attractions in Paris include the Eiffel Tower, the Musée du Louvre, Musée d’Orsay, Place de la Concorde, and the charming Montmartre district.
Stroll hand-in-hand while visiting beautiful villages, exploring streets like Rue Crémieux and Rue de l’Abreuvoir, or sharing croissants and macarons at cozy cafés. As if the very existence of the Eiffel Tower weren’t enough, lovey-dovey couples can take a Seine River and crepes tasting tour, an evening dinner cruise, or a Paris food tour.
Le Damantin Hotel & Spa sits on the banks of the Seine and offers chic and sophisticated rooms with soaking tubs, private balconies, granite fixtures, and Eiffel Tower views. There’s an indoor pool, a wellness center, and a restaurant. Originally built in the 19th century, this romantic Paris hotel is near Tuileries Garden, the Rodin Museum, and Mathurins Theater.
Decked out in crystal chandeliers, exquisite wall coverings, gilded accents, and designer furnishings, La Mondaine Hotel is a swanky boutique adults-only hotel. There’s a bar, a coffee shop, and 24-hour room service. It’s near La Machine du Moulin Rouge and the Palais Garnier opera house.
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15. Venice, Italy
Another iconic city famous for romance, Venice, Italy, is a romantic boat ride of museums, incredible cuisine, mysterious passageways, beautiful natural attractions, and stunning architecture. The city’s literal boat ride, the Grand Canal, provides one of the best couple vacations in the world.
The capital of the Veneto region of northern Italy, Venice sees more than 30 million people annually (many of them romance-seeking lovebirds). There are no roads, just canals (you can’t get much more romantic than that).
Channel the Clooneys (they spent their wedding night there) by booking an opulent guest room at Aman Venice. Murano glass chandeliers, 18th-century Italian frescoes and reliefs, private gardens, six-course gourmet meals, and Grand Canal views are sure to melt any heart.
Hotel Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel is located on Giudecca Island and features views of Doge’s Palace and Venice Lagoon with the feel of a private island. There’s a pool, a tennis court, a luxury spa, and several dining options. The hotel’s private boat service can transport you to St. Mark’s Square.
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16. Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
According to Thrillist, Hawaii tops the list of most popular honeymoon destinations around the world. Honolulu, on the island of Oahu, offers the stunning scenery of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head, tropical gardens, and rainforest settings.
Attractions and things to do in Honolulu include the Honolulu Museum of Art, Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Lyon Arboretum, the Nuuanu Valley Rainforest, and the Manoa Falls Trail.
Looking for romantic places to stay at this popular honeymoon destination? The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort has a pool, a spa, several restaurants and bars, a fitness center, on-site shopping, a banquet center, and a tropical garden. Enjoy stunning beach and marina views.
For fun-loving Disney couples, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa is bound to be one of the most romantic getaways. Situated on the beach of Ko Olina, the Disney-themed resort offers several pools (including an adults-only pool and whirlpool), an outdoor hydrotherapy garden, a luxury spa, a fitness center, restaurants, bars, and a whole host of included activities. Choose between romantic villas, rooms, and suites.
17. New Orleans, Louisiana
For nightlife, stunning wrought iron architecture, historic landmarks, and some of the best Cajun, Creole, and international cuisine you’ll ever taste, you can’t beat a romantic excursion to New Orleans.
New Orleans sits along the Mississippi River where it meets the Gulf of Mexico. Enjoy sites such as Jackson Square, St. Louis Cathedral, Mardi Gras World, and New Orleans City Park.
Take a Mississippi riverboat cruise (complete with a buffet and jazz band), share beignets at Café Du Monde, stroll through the Garden District, or indulge in the lively nightlife on Bourbon Street. If you’re of the more adventurous sorts, take a bayou boat tour, an airboat swamp tour, or a haunted history tour.
Located in the French Quarter, Hotel Monteleone has a heated rooftop swimming pool, a carousel bar (yes, it really turns), a fine dining restaurant, a full-service spa, a gift shop, and a fitness center. Elegant and romantic guest rooms offer marble and granite bathrooms, plush robes, and designer decor.
18. Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Surrounded by sapphire blue water, lush mountains, and pristine strips of sand, Bora Bora is one of the most romantic places in the world for a honeymoon, wedding, or anniversary.
This gorgeous island is located in the Society Islands of French Polynesia. Activities and things to do in Bora Bora include whale-watching tours, diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, beachfront yoga, and visiting the Bora Bora Turtle Center.
The St. Regis Bora Bora has two pools, two bars, a spa, a restaurant, and luxurious overwater bungalows. Rooms feature hand-carved furniture, Italian marble, and balconies with lagoon or island views.
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19. Mendocino, California
Backed by redwood forests, jagged cliffs, and crashing Pacific waves, Mendocino is the perfect romantic getaway along California’s west coast. Attractions and things to do in Mendocino include whale-watching trips, wine-tasting tours, Mendocino Headlands State Park, and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
Little River Inn overlooks the Pacific and serves as a wonderful anchorage for a romantic trip. The property has a nine-hole golf course, a tennis court, a spa, a restaurant, and a bar. Built in 1857, the Victorian house sits on 225 acres.
Brewery Gulch Inn is a sophisticated and relaxed retreat with the Northern California aesthetic of a redwood design. Rooms have fireplaces, balconies, and soaking tubs for a romantic ambiance.
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20. Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas isn’t just for gambling. Anywhere that has more than two (and Vegas has several) drive-through wedding chapels must be tuned into the romance sector. We’ll go with that.
It’s a perfect destination for fun, frivolous, or glamorous romantic getaways. With lots of entertainment and dining options, the city is famous for its nightlife. You’ll find unique accommodations, luxury hotels and spas, and the mesmerizing entertainment of Cirque du Soleil, world-famous magicians and comedians, top-name concerts, and more.
Dine high in the sky and enjoy the beautiful city lights at Top of the World, located at the STRAT Hotel, or atop Paris’ Eiffel Tower. Other gourmet options include restaurants by celebrity chefs such as Gordon Ramsay, Emeril Lagasse, José Andrés, Guy Savoy, Giada de Laurentiis, Tom Colicchio, Lorena Garcia, and Guy Fieri.
Hotels in Las Vegas offer romantics the options of amenities such as gourmet dining, a private plunge pool, adults-only pool areas, and exclusive villas. Check out The Mirage, Caesars Palace, The LINQ, and the Cosmopolitan for the most romantic options in the city.
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Bermuda’s quiet coves, secluded strands of rose-colored sand, and pastel-painted homes make it one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. The tiny Atlantic island (it’s about 21 miles long) is approximately 658 miles east of Cape Hatteras in the Outer Banks. It’s easy to get to from most East Coast cities, which makes it a terrific choice for a romantic getaway or weekend trip.
The island features a tropical outlook of lush green palms and sapphire blue water combined with sophistication, elegance, and a stylish British accent. Enjoy perfectly British traditions such as afternoon tea and traditional Bermudian dishes like fish chowder, rum cake, rum swizzles, and fresh seafood.
Attractions include Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, Crystal and Fantasy Caves, the Bermuda Perfumery, Fort St. Catherine, and the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. Romantic activities include snorkeling, horseback riding, sunset cocktail cruises, strolling along the streets of downtown Hamilton and St. George’s, and meeting adorable marine life at Dolphin Quest.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa is a romantic and luxurious retreat complete with beach suites, two pools, a spa, two restaurants, a poolside bar, a tennis court, and a croquet lawn. Guest rooms are bright and airy with bamboo and rattan textures and stunning waterfront views.
The Hamilton Princess & Beach Club sits waterfront in the middle of downtown Hamilton. It offers a romantic and exclusive experience with several fine dining restaurants, a fitness center, a full-service spa, and an infinity pool overlooking the water and luxury yachts.
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22. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Famous for seaside towns, stunning cliffs, and colorful fishing villages, the Amalfi Coast overlooks the gorgeous hues of the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Gulf of Salerno. Located in the Campania region of Southern Italy, the 35-mile-long area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cities along the way include Amalfi, Positano, Salerno, Tramonti, and Ravello.
The Amalfi Coast is a destination that really ups the romance factor with its luxury cliffside hotels, ancient villas, Medieval castles, and gourmet dining. Between hiking, sunset boat tours, cultural attractions, snorkeling, exploring small villages, and simply relaxing on the beach, couples can connect in all kinds of ways.
The boutique Hotel Botanico San Lazzaro sits on a cliff and features a swimming pool, a spa with a Turkish bath, tropical gardens, a restaurant, and a terrace with views of Maiori Bay. Guest rooms are decorated with silk fabrics, mosaic tile floors, and handpainted furniture.
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23. Charleston, South Carolina
With Spanish moss-draped oak trees, horse-drawn carriages, pastel-painted houses, and cobblestone streets leading to secluded courtyard gardens, Charleston, South Carolina, is easily one of the most romantic cities in the U.S. The coastal city features a blend of historic attractions, designer stores, art and antique galleries, and waterfront views, making it a terrific destination for a honeymoon or a weekend getaway.
Charleston offers lots of romantic activities and attractions for honeymooners and other lovebirds. The best Charleston historical tours include sunset boat tours, culinary tours, and historic district carriage tours.
For fans of the sand and surf, Charleston is near the beautiful beaches of Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, and Folly Beach. Are you a foodie? You’ll be happy to know that there are a wide variety of top restaurants in Charleston.
If you’re looking for a romantic hotel in Charleston, Zero George Street is a charming boutique hotel surrounded by palmetto trees and private courtyards. It offers antique furnishings, private balconies, and carriage house suites.
24. Jamaica, Caribbean
From Negril to Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, the tropical Caribbean island of Jamaica is famous for rainforests, reefs, and reggae. The destination is well-known for its snorkeling and diving sites and is one of the most romantic places in the world. Brides magazine names Montego Bay in its list of Dreamy Destination Wedding Ideas.
Jamaica is one of the best Caribbean islands for mixing adventure with a romantic island ambiance. Visit the famous Dunn’s River Falls, take a romantic stroll along streets lined with British-Colonial architecture, or relax on the soft sand of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach.
With all-inclusive rates (alcoholic beverages included), swim-up rooms, gourmet dining options, live entertainment, and unlimited activities, the couples-only resort Sandals Montego Bay is an excellent choice for those looking for a romantic vibe.
25. Nice, France
The sparkling French Riviera (or Cote d’Azur) runs along the Mediterranean Coastline and the Ligurian Sea in southeast France. Situated between Monaco, Antibes, and Cannes, this area in the Provence region is known for glamour, romance, and both Hollywood and real royalty. It’s a favorite among celebrities such as Naomi Campbell, Bono, and Elton John.
Gorgeous beaches, Mediterranean character, and balmy weather make Nice the perfect resort destination to relax and unwind with your significant other. High-profile bars, gourmet restaurants, and exclusive hotels offer a romantic vibe for couples.
For a romantic Nice, France, itinerary, pencil in the Musee Matisse and the Marc Chagall National Museum, or take a Monaco medieval village tour or a half-day French Riviera tour in a vintage car.
This unique and romantic region of France offers romantic accommodations like the Hotel Le Negresco. It’s on the Promenade des Anglais and offers a castle-like setting with an opulent lobby, designer furnishing, and elegant decor.
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26. Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs has been the go-to destination for Hollywood’s A-list celebrity couples since the 1920s. It was popular with lovebirds such as Elvis and Priscilla Presley, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Lucy and Desi Arnaz, and Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, as well as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Bob Hope, Cary Grant, and the Rat Pack.
Today, the beautiful Sonoran Desert city is just as popular for its golf courses, stylish hotels, spas, hot mineral springs, and mid-century modern architecture. Travel + Leisure has named Palm Springs on its list of Best Romantic Getaways for a Couples Trip. It’s definitely one of the most romantic retreats for lovebirds looking for the adventure of Joshua Tree National Park, Mount San Jacinto State Park, and the Coachella Valley.
The Parker Palm Springs offers award-winning restaurants, an exclusive spa, two outdoor pools, an indoor spa pool, a tennis court, yoga sessions, and other games like pétanquet, croquet, and giant chess. Be on the lookout. Guests have included Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, and more.
Ocotillo Lodge, a rumored favorite of Ms. Taylor, features one-bedroom suites and bungalows with full kitchens, dining areas, and private patios in a desert landscape setting. Amenities include a pool, a hot tub, and a fitness room.
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27. Budapest, Hungary
Lying along the Danube River, Budapest is the ultimate romantic place for honeymoons, weddings, anniversaries, and other special events. Attractions include the 14th-century Buda Castle & Castle Hill, the Neoclassical St. Stephen’s Basilica, Fisherman’s Bastion, Gellért Hill, and Central Market Hall. Take a Danube River cruise for a romantic view of the city.
Budapest hotel options include grand castles, resort hotels, and other romantic accommodations. The Corinthia Budapest has four restaurants, two bars, a spa, a pool, beautifully landscaped gardens, and an elegant banquet hall.
The Anantara New York Palace Budapest features Italian Renaissance architecture with Baroque accents, marble fixtures, and exquisite chandeliers.
28. St. Martin – St. Maarten, Caribbean
St. Martin and St. Maarten offer a taste of two romantic islands in one. Part of the Leeward Islands, the northern half of the island (St. Martin) is French. The southern side (St. Maarten) is Dutch.
The islands are home to secluded coves, resort beaches, and the cobblestone streets and Colonial-style architecture of the capital of Philipsburg. Walk hand-in-hand as you explore historic attractions and admire the island’s natural beauty. This is the place to be if you’re also looking for the lively atmosphere of casinos, nightclubs, live music, fusion cuisine, and duty-free shopping.
Book a catamaran snorkel excursion, go ziplining above the rainforest, visit the Butterfly Farm and Seaside Nature Park, or spend the day relaxing on the soft sand of the island’s beautiful beaches.
Secrets St. Martin Resort & Spa is an all-inclusive and adults-only resort on Anse Marcel Beach. Elegant and sophisticated, it offers a gorgeous beachfront lagoon-style pool, a full-service spa, evening entertainment, and a fitness center, all in a garden setting backed by mountain peaks.
Divi Little Bay Beach Resort, on St. Maarten, sits on a little slice of land between the crystal clear waters of Little Bay and Great Bay. There’s a restaurant, several pools, a fitness center, a full-service spa for luxury spa treatments, and access to beach cabanas and sun loungers. All-inclusive rates are available.
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29. Bali, Indonesia
Famous for its iconic rice paddies, coral reefs, golden beaches, and volcanic mountains, Bali is one of the most romantic countries in the world. The Indonesian island features magical temples cloaked in ancient architecture. Splashing waterfalls, scenic lakes, lush greenery, and secret canyons make this island a spectacular honeymoon site.
Activities in Bali include swimming with manta rays, an elephant care experience at the Bali Zoo, surfing the big waves, and Bali cultural tours. Island attractions to check out range from the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary and Tegenungan Waterfall to the Ceking Rice Terrace, the Pura Tirta Empul, and the Tanah Lot Temple.
To make your Bali trip the best romantic vacation ever, book a hotel that delivers romance and relaxation. Six Senses Uluwatu sits high on a cliff above the Java Sea.
Enjoy luxurious amenities such as five-star dining, daily yoga sessions, an infinity pool, an award-winning spa with a steam room, and breakfast in the pool. You can also take a tour of the hotel’s organic garden, watch outdoor movies, and partake in high tea.
30. Tulum, Mexico
With Mayan ruins, golden beaches, dazzling cenotes, and jungle hideaways, Tulum has emerged as a romantic rendezvous for all kinds of couples and occasions. Take a Chichen Itza and Cenote tour or relax on one of the many beautiful Caribbean beaches.
Situated along the Yucatan Peninsula, about two hours south of Cancun, attractions include Casa Tortuga Tulum, Cenote Cristal, and Tulum National Park. If you’re looking for romantic international getaways where you can get in a bit of scuba diving and snorkeling, you can’t go wrong with Tulum.
Casa Malca is a stylish beachfront hotel near the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve and the Tulum Mayan Ruins. Enjoy a Swedish massage, an indoor and outdoor pool, a restaurant, a bar, free bicycle use, an art gallery, and a garden.
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31. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is in Mexico, along the Yucatan Peninsula. This place is famous for its coral reefs, palm-lined beaches, swimming hotels, and delicious food. You can enjoy crystal-clear beaches and sunsets and then head out on an adventure with your partner.
Try swimming in the Cenotes, visiting ancient Mayan ruins, parasailing, exploring Rio Secreto’s caves, and enjoying the white sand beaches. The best time to explore Playa del Carmen is from April to May, as the crowd is less and the weather is good. Also, the climate is warm and dry from October to March.
32. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun, on the Yucatan Peninsula, is one of the most romantic holiday destinations in the world. The site is blessed with spectacular nightlife and white-sand beaches.
Couples can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, and sport fishing. You can also charter a sailboat for an adventurous day on the open sea. See the beauty of nature in Cancun when you join a Cenote tour, and then head out for the night at one of the city’s many clubs and bars.
The Hotel Zone is the best area for tourists to explore, as it’s safe and full of beach bars, night clubs, gorgeous pools, and beautiful resorts.
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33. Miami Beach, Florida
Between Biscayne Bay and the Atlantic Islands, Miami Beach is one of the premier vacation spots in South Florida.
Featuring stretches of pristine sand, world-class shopping, and legendary bars, this place is fabulous for couples to romance.
The first-class hotels, famous art galleries, incredible nightlife, designer shopping, and unmatched dining make it one of the best places to visit with your spouse. Like what you are hearing? Check out these best things to do in Miami to make the most of your getaway.
34. Maui, Hawaii
Maui is the second-largest island in Hawaii, and it’s one of the most sought-after tropical paradises in the world. The island is known for its beaches, magnificent sunrise & sunset views, farm-to-table cuisine, and the sacred Iao Valley.
Candlelit dinners on the beach, sunset walks on the sand… does it get any more romantic than that? Maui welcomes around 3 million visitors every year, many of whom are on their honeymoon or a romantic vacation.
If you’re a big seafood eater, you’ll love the beachfront dining you’ll find all over the island. Want an adventure? Maui is a great place for hiking, snorkeling, and diving, too!
See Related: Where to Stay in Maui: 7 Best Areas & Neighborhoods
35. Cozumel, Mexico
Cozumel is one of the most romantic destinations in the world and a perfect honeymoon place for couples. It is surrounded by turquoise waters, boutiques for shopping, coral reefs, colorful festivals, and golden beaches.
Cozumel is known for its scuba diving, so it’s perfect for adventurous couples. The right time to travel to Cozumel is between March and June, and most people plan at least four days to explore. Rent a beachfront bungalow or stay in a beautiful resort – there’s really no way you can go wrong.
36. Buenos Aires, Argentina
The birthplace of the tango, Buenos Aires is Argentina’s capital. The city combines cultural heritage, rich architecture, unique traditions, extensive parks, and modern creative energy.
This high-energy city is best known for its phenomenal nightlife, ranging from big clubs to cocktail bars to hidden gig venues, so if you and your partner like to get out on the dance floor, consider a trip to Brazil.
The right time to plan a romantic trip to Buenos Aires is between April and June or September and December when the weather is most comfortable.
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37. Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory known for beautiful beaches, clear water, and incredible views. It’s a great spot for an affordable honeymoon or romantic getaway, and easy to plan if you’re coming from the States, as you won’t need a passport to travel here.
The historic elegance, rich Latin culture, and laid-back charm of the place make it suitable for honeymoons, romantic retreats, and weekend getaways. It’s also remarkably affordable, so if you need to getaway on a budget, add PR to your list.
See Related: 15 Best Resorts in Puerto Rico
38. Savannah, Georgia
Savannah is a coastal city in Georgia that’s known for its art, architecture, and hauntings. This long-standing city boasts coastal landscapes, ornate antebellum architecture, manicured parks, and horse-drawn carriages.
One of the best ways to explore Savannah is on a Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour. This is a great budget honeymoon destination or a getaway city for anyone who loves history and ghost tours. Savannah gets hot in the summer, though, so plan a trip for early spring or late fall for the best weather.
39. San Jose del Cabo, Baja California, Mexico
San Jose del Cabo is another romantic holiday destination with a traditional Mexican charm. This is an excellent weekend gateway and magic of old Baja.
The city is the historical, political, and cultural capital of Los Cabos, and Cabo is an easy destination if you’re coming from the West Coast. There are resorts that range from luxury to budget-friendly, but overall, this is an upscale destination.
40. Acapulco, Mexico
Acapulco is on the Pacific Coast, Mexico. It has been one of the top romantic places in the world for as long as we can remember, and visitors love the mountains, magnificent bays, sun-soaked beaches, and lively nightlife.
Acapulco is a fun spot for young adventurous couples, but there’s a whole lot of space to stretch out and relax if you want to take it easy on your honeymoon or romantic getaway.
Barbados is an eastern Caribbean island that has an outstanding coastline with emerald-blue waves and pink sands. The “Gem of the Caribbean” has its own Miami Beach, but tourists tend to flock to Crane Beach and Bathsheba Beach, too.
It’s possible to visit Barbados on a budget, if you can find affordable flights. Subscribe to Going.com (formerly Scotts Cheap Flights) and keep an eye out for their killer deals.
42. Shanghai, China
Situated in China, Shanghai is one of the most romantic places in the world. It’s a bustling and energetic city. This tourist hot spot is widely-famous for its landmarks and modern, ever-expanding skylines. Some top sights in Shanghai are the City God Temple, Yu Garden, The Bund, and the Lujiazui skyline.
China, in general, has taken a hit from tourism in recent years, but don’t let that discourage you from visiting on a well-planned vacation. The food in Shanghai alone is worth the flight from just about anywhere in the world.
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43. Mazatlan, Mexico
Mazatlan is a Mexican city near Pacific Coast, Mexico and it’s perfect for budget travelers. If you’re looking for a cheap honeymoon that’ll blow you away, consider Mazatlan. The town is known for its golden beaches, sunny weather, natural beauty, lush mountains, and fresh seafood. Mazatlan also boasts stellar sport fishing.
Be sure to do your research when planning a Mexican vacation, because there’s a whole lot to see that you won’t want to miss. Stretch out on the sand at Playa Brujas, Playa Norte, and Playa Gaviotas, and then find a restaurant serving up shrimp tacos and grilled octopus.
If you and your sweetheart love history, be sure to visit the Mazatlan Cathedral and the Mazatlan Archaeological Museum.
See Related: 10 Travel Tips for Visiting Mexico on a Budget
What are the best destinations for couples looking to relax and unwind?
You can’t go wrong with the Caribbean for relaxation and unwinding opportunities. Look to islands like Aruba, Jamaica, and Barbados to boost the chill factor.
Which destinations are ideal for couples seeking adventure?
Couples seeking a side of adventure can look to Ko Tao, Thailand, for world-class diving, Islamorada and the Florida Keys for diving, snorkeling, and deep sea fishing charters, or St. Moritz for skiing, mountain climbing, and snowboarding.
What are the most luxurious honeymoon destinations?
The South Pacific islands of Bora Bora and Hawaii, and the Indian Ocean setting of the Maldives are some of the most luxurious honeymoon destinations in the world.
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Friday 26th of January 2018
Thank you for the article, but are you not showing the wrong photo for Nice, France? It looks like the Louver Museum in Paris instead.
Eddie N S
Sunday 25th of March 2018
Hi there, thanks for the correction. We've updated with a great photo of Baie des Anges in Nice :)