Are you planning a honeymoon, celebrating a milestone or simply can’t wait to spend quality time together? Get ready for lazy beach days, champagne sunsets and cosy hideaways, at one of the world’s top destinations for romantics.
There’s nothing more romantic than ‘sailing off into the sunset’ - so to speak - with your other half. Especially when you’ve been working hard, to invest in your future together. Pure indulgence awaits, at swoon-worthy destinations across the globe. Let’s take a look.
1. Santorini, Greece
With white-washed villas perched precariously over the glistening Aegean, blue-domed churches and flowering vines, every corner of Santorini appears purpose built for love. In the midst of the impossible prettiness, you’ll find resorts, restaurants and wineries to explore, before you pop the champers for the famous sunset each evening.
With the remnants of Casanova still ringing through narrow alleys, this city literally oozes seduction.
2. Venice, Italy
Nowhere quite does ‘crumbling romance’, like Venice. With the remnants of Casanova still ringing through narrow alleys, this city literally oozes seduction. Stay in a hotel with a view of the Grand Canal, arrive at your restaurant via gondola and spend your days getting lost in a labyrinth of mystery and faded beauty.
3. Kyoto, Japan
Kyoto provides an exotic backdrop for love, with exquisite traditions, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and charming wooden houses. The seasons add to the romance, with autumn covering imperial palaces in fiery red leaves and spring bringing the pink and white cherry blossoms to blanket the town’s sublime gardens.
4. Riviera Maya, Mexico
Swim in the azure waters of the Caribbean, explore ancient Mayan ruins, shop, dance, dine and play together in Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Excellent hotels and resorts mean that you’ll find the relaxation you want, after swimming with dolphins, snorkelling and eating lobster on a sunset cruise.
5. The Maldives
An archipelago of 1,192 coral islands, of which 80 have tourist resorts, the Maldives really does define tropical paradise. Aqua lagoons sit between fish-filled reefs and blindingly white beaches. At most resorts, you can choose from huts right on the sand, over-water bungalows or glamorous hotel rooms, with full board and drinks included.
6. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai, dubbed the ‘Garden Isle’, is a remote island covered in lush rainforest, with dramatic cliffs, thundering waterfalls and pristine beaches. Together you can hike, go horseback riding, take a scenic helicopter flight, snorkel right from the sand or relax with a couple’s massage at one of many wellness centres.
The jewel of the South Pacific, Bora Bora is a destination you’ve already fallen in love with, before you arrive. It’s one of the most popular honeymoon spots in the world, so you can rest assured that romance, here, is the name of the game. Surrounding iconic Mount Otemanu, floating villas, idyllic restaurants and water sports await, in the midst of an astounding, turquoise lagoon.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
‘The City of Turrets’ captures your imagination and transports you straight into a real-life fairy tale. With Prague Castle overlooking the mighty Vltava River, the cobbled streets of the Old Town Square, gothic statues lining Charles Bridge and the quaint stores of Malá Strana, strolling arm in arm takes on a whole new meaning.
And if you simply can’t choose, there’s always Paris. The grand old dame will no doubt forever reign supreme, when it comes to inspiring swoon-worthy love.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.