Is it time for a getaway, just for the two of you? Balmy breezes, aqua waves and romantic dinners by the sea await. Pack your beach gear and get ready to pop the champagne at these top island escapes for couples.
Sometimes, there’s nothing more important than spending time together, as a couple. Especially when you’ve been working hard to invest in your future. Nothing says ‘inspiration’ like an island holiday, where you can relax, rejuvenate and immerse in romantic moments.
Here’s a look at five stunning island escapes for couples.
An island holiday for couples
Turtle Island offers true privacy, with 14 private beaches, for the 14 couples allowed at any one time.
1. Fiji Islands
The first thing you notice when arriving in Fiji, is a blissful disregard for time. Immediate relaxation is the result, with glowing waters, swaying palm trees and warm locals adding to the peaceful atmosphere. The South Sea dream holiday literally comes true, as you snorkel, discover waterfalls and sip on fresh coconuts.
Natural wonders are enhanced by resorts custom-made for romance. Famous for its appearance in the classic film, ‘Blue Lagoon’, Turtle Island offers true privacy, with 14 private beaches, for the 14 couples allowed at any one time.
It’s known as a playground for the rich and famous, but the beauty of St. Barts is available for everyone to embrace. Though you may splurge a bit, for the money you’ll sample the Caribbean’s finest cuisine, 22 uncrowded, pristine beaches and the Gallic flair it’s famous for.
Many resorts cater specifically for couples and there’s plenty to do, if you so choose. Browse colourful boutiques, dive at nearby islands or fish for tuna and marlin. At the end of the day, nothing beats watching the sun set over the yachts in the harbour.
3. Boracay, Philippines
Boracay’s holiday star has been on the rise for a few years, mainly due to the action-packed strip of pristine sand, aptly named White Beach. Though you can kitesurf, dive and join the parties on the beach, chartering a boat and exploring is the way to romance.
Admire the Puka shells, on the white sands of Puka Beach. To avoid the crowds, head to award-winning Ilig-Iligan Beach with a picnic and don’t forget your snorkelling gear.
4. Capri, Italy
The island of Capri is one of those enchanting places that inspires artists and photographers to capture the magic. Fragrant lemon trees, deep blue grottos and delicious cuisine blends with swish cafes, designer boutiques and grand hotels.
Swim in the Grotta Azzurra, visit the Villa San Michele for award-winning gardens, ride the chairlift up to Mount Solaro and absorb the atmosphere of quaint piazzas. As the day comes to a close, sip on limoncello at a restaurant by the sea.
5. Hayman Island, Whitsundays
When all you want to do is relax by the pool, admire coastal views and immerse in each other, Hayman Island is the place for you. The most northerly of the Whitsundays, the mountainous island is covered with eucalypt and hoop pine, for the occasional bush walk too. The 5-star resort sits on a picture-perfect beach, with bars, a lounge, pools and exquisite restaurants.
A romantic setting like this is just what you need to set your hearts aflutter, rekindle the spark and truly indulge in a couple’s getaway.
Nicole Leigh West
Nicole Leigh West is the author of fiction novel, 'The Gypsy Trail' and an internationally recognised travel and lifestyle writer.