Six of the Most Romantic Destinations in the World
February 02 2018
February 02 2018
Planning a special romantic getaway for you and your significant other is always an exciting experience. Whether you are the type of couple who just wants to head to a gorgeous city and immerse yourselves in its culture, indulge in the glorious local cuisine or simply want to make the most of an absolutely stunning beach somewhere memorable, there’s certainly a fantastic destination out there that is sure to make your dream romantic getaway a reality. But that’s almost the problem; there are so many destinations to choose from, how do separate the wheat from the chaff? The easiest way to do this is to compare your travel bucket list with that of your partner to see if any of them overlap and then to see if those destinations are viable options or not. The next step is to figure out what the two of you would really like from a holiday. Do you want to spend your time trekking the surrounds or lounging by a pool at a luxury resort? If after all of that, you are still unsure of where to head, then you here are six of our favourite destinations, perfect for a romantic getaway with your significant other:
Cinque Terre, Italy
One of the most romantic countries in the world, Italy makes for a sensational holiday with your beloved. Wonderful weather (particularly in spring and summer), tantalizing local dishes made to perfection, beautiful wines and stunning cities dotted across the “boot”—it’s the perfect destination for bon vivants looking to indulge in the finest food and wine while surrounded by exceptional settings. While there are many romantic cities in Italy, one of our favourites is undoubtedly Cinque Terre. Much like Amalfi, Cinque Terre—translated into five towns referencing the five small fishing villages in close proximity to each other along this part of the Italian Riviera—boasts a dramatic coastline with colourful houses, trattorias and even vineyards dotting the cliffs.
Cinque Terre, while not as well known as Amalfi, provides a very similar experience with quaint accommodation, unbelievable sea views and sensational restaurants (which offer beautiful fresh seafood dishes as well as dishes beautifully made with the region’s speciality, pesto). You can reach each of the towns by foot along the famous Sentiero Azzurro which takes you along the sea or you can take the train from one town to the next.
Not what you may expect from a typical list of excellent romantic destinations, Iceland is nonetheless, an absolutely breathtaking gem. And it’s so utterly astonishing, with each part of Iceland offering new and incredible experiences, that we suggest exploring as much of it as possible (which is relatively simple considering its size). Here, you can share once-in-a-lifetime moments and experiences with your beloved that you will both remember for the rest of time; test yourself as you climb glaciers, indulge in sensational New Nordic Cuisine, let your troubles melt away as you immerse yourself in natural hot springs, chase waterfalls on the Ring Road, explore the streets (and excellent museums) of Reykjavik and marvel at the phenomenal beauty of the natural surrounds such as the scintillating Blue Lagoon, Iceland is a romantic holiday destination in a league of its own. Head to the north of the island to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s most outstanding phenomena with your beloved; the Northern Lights, a sight that neither of you will ever forget.
Fresh, delectable sushi the likes of which you can’t find anywhere else on earth, cafes with unique themes, matcha flavoured everything, breathtaking vistas and mesmerising cherry blossom trees, Japan is an extraordinary destination to share with your beloved. Enter old-world Japan and watch the graceful geishas in Kyoto in awe, explore the gorgeous yet mystical shrines and temples across the country and relax in one of the country’s natural hot springs (known as “onsen”)—this unbelievable destination has something for every couple. For the foodies, a trip to Tokyo is an absolute must, where the finest quality Japanese, Asian and international food and drinks can be relished.
Cerulean waters, exotic surrounds, golden beaches and excellent food Maui (and Hawaii in general) is the perfect romantic destination for active couples looking to explore Hawaii’s wild terrain. The second largest of the Hawaiian islands, Maui offers intrepid travellers a wealth of outdoor activities which range from hiking and cycling to a plethora of water sports and beach activities. Blanketed in palm trees, this island boasts dramatic landscapes, hidden waterfalls and sensational surrounds—it’s a nature lover’s dream destination. Bike the island’s volcano and explore Haleakala crater or sit back and relax at any of the island’s remarkable beaches—whatever your idea of the ideal romantic getaway, you can enjoy it in Hawaii. The food is absolutely sensational as well, largely made with fresh, tropical ingredients, such as the outstanding poke bowl which is a must-try while on your holiday in paradise.
Combine breathtaking volcanic landscapes, forest-like national parks, out-of-this-world luxury resorts and scintillating azure waters with an incredible culture, fascinating history and exceptional food and you have a romantic destination that is totally unreal; Mauritius. White-sand beaches seem to sprawl out for miles (the perfect place for some sun tanning sessions with your loved one), the inviting, warm lagoons, which teem with vivid and remarkable marine life, are the perfect place for snorkeling, swimming and water sports of every variety and the surrounding areas make for outstanding day trips and unique sights. For a truly romantic stay, opt for one of the luxury resorts along either the sunrise or the sunset coast to make the most of these awe-inspiring moments. Find a hotel that has beautiful accommodation with stunning views and where you can spoil your beloved with indulgent couples spa treatments and romantic beachside dinners. Mauritius offers everything you could want for a special holiday with your significant other.
The ultimate destination for romantic escapes, the Maldives is an unparalleled paradise, perfect for free-spirited travellers. Just off to the southwest of Sri Lanka, this archipelago of some 1,190 islands is nothing short of heaven on earth with powder-fine beaches lined by palm trees, tropical waters in topaz blues that are home to a myriad of exotic and stunning sea life and luxury resorts that are situated on private islands—it would be difficult to find a destination more romantic than this. Book a water villa situated on stilts over the ocean itself, enjoy an exclusive castaway picnic on a deserted island, watch the sunset, champagne in hand on a catamaran or relish a candlelit dinner in a secret garden—the options for romantic escapades and rendezvous are virtually endless. For wild-hearted travellers looking for an out-of-this-world experience with their loved one in a tropical paradise, you just don’t get better than the Maldives.
If you are looking for a memorable getaway with your favourite person then you can rest assured that either the Maldives or Mauritius will make phenomenal getaways. These islands have absolutely everything you could possibly need to make your magical trip with your partner extra special. Stay at one of the exquisite Sun Resorts in either Mauritius or the Maldives, and you will be in for an exceptional stay with moments and experiences that will create timeless memories.