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It’s far too easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and take the ones you love for granted. But sometimes all you need is a little change of scenery to remember the reasons for your love and reconnect to the people you care about. Whether you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary, birthday, or no occasion at all, these are the top vacation getaways around the world for couples.
Not only does Santorini offer postcard-perfect views wherever you look, but it’s also packed with romantic opportunities that make vacation planning easy. Some of the most romantic things to do in Santorini are talking a walk around Oia in the northern region, renting a scooter to ride around town together, and going for a wine tasting to experience a locally produced white wine called Retsina. Both Red Beach and Black Beach are great for couples, as well as mud bath treatments and massages at a spa in the nearby hot springs. If you have time, make sure to check out Amoudi Bay, Ancient Akrotiri, and the Museum of Prehistoric Thera too.
Bali’s beautiful setting makes it perfect for a couple’s getaway, but it’s the region’s culture that really stays with travelers long after their trips are done. This is an ideal destination for trying new foods, lounging at the beach, hiking through epic landscapes, and simply watching the sunset. Seminyak’s Echo Beach is a great spot if you’re looking for romance and seclusion.
Napa Valley, California, USA
There are few things more romantic that overlooking the rolling hills of a vineyard while you sip a glass of wine with your sweetheart. Napa Valley in California is the ultimate place to do this, and there is an insane number of wineries to choose from. You can take a tour of many of them to see the estates and grounds, and you can also explore the region’s quaint towns with local restaurants and boutique businesses.
The Maldives are another ultra-romantic spot that embodies the true definition of paradise. You can book a stay in an over-water bungalow or enjoy a delicious meal along the water as you take in views of the turquoise waters and white-sand beaches. When you start planning your trip to the Maldives, make sure to save some time for scuba diving or snorkeling, spending some time at Veligandu Island Beach, taking a yoga class, and experiencing the unique vibe of the Male Fish Market and Local Market.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
History and hiking buffs love traveling to Scotland, and there is a lot here that adventurous couples can explore on the Isle of Sky. Highlights are monoliths like the Old Man of Storr and the Cullins of southern Skye. Other essential points of interest for couples to check out on the Isle of Skye include Rubha Nam Brathairean (Brother’s Point), Kilt Rick and Mealt Falls, and Dunvegan Castle. This is a place to experience the rugged beauty of nature, and you can see many of the top sights on a weekend trip.
India is a large and diverse country that offers many different types of experiences for couples who love to travel. One of the most romantic destinations in India is Kerala thanks to its spas, beaches, and secluded areas. It’s also fun to explore the calm backwaters in a private boat. The northern part of Kerala is less touristy and a great place to disconnect and rediscover your love. Also in Kerala, you may be able to experience elephant bathing, enjoy a gourmet meal on a houseboat, watch the Snake Boat races, and sleep in a treehouse. Other top attractions to add to your romantic getaway bucket list here are the Tea Gardens in Munnar, the Guruvayur Temple, the Athirappilly Waterfalls in Thrissur, and the Green Park Ayurvedic & Spices Plantation in Thekkady.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Best known for the tango and delicious cuts of beef, Buenos Aires is a great vacation spot for couples who love the city life. There are tons of amazing restaurants, boutique shops, and musical and theatrical performances here to keep you both entertained both day and night. October and November, Buenos Aires’ spring months, a lovely time to visit because of fewer crowds and because all of the flowers are in bloom.
Major cities like Tokyo make couples think of busy streets and people everywhere. But Kyoto is a Japanese city that offers a little more serenity, especially when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom along the Okazaki Canal. It’s romantic to visit Kyoto in the springtime to see the colorful display and explore its other top attractions, nearby palaces and temples.
The French Riviera, France
Few places in the world are more celebrated for their romance more than the French Riviera. Known as the Côte d’Azur, you and your partner can explore the beautiful bridges, coasts, and hillside towns without a care in the world. If you visit in the spring, you may be able to check out the famous Cannes Film Festival. Other things to do here with the one you love include Castle Hill, the Promenade des Anglais, and Old Town in Nice.
For something exotic and culturally eye-opening, consider taking a couple’s trip to Fez, Morocco. Couples love coming here to check out the historical architecture and landmarks, shop at local markets, see the mosaics, and even go skiing. Fez has a medieval and soulful vibe that has been increasing in popularity among tourists. Come visit while it’s still a bit of a hidden gem!
The Caribbean Islands are also endearingly popular among couples, so Negril, Jamaica is an awesome place to plan a trip. Come here to sip rum punch on a private patio, by the pool, or on the beach with someone special. A few romantic ideas for things to do in Negril are horseback riding, zip-lining, swimming with dolphins, and taking a catamaran boat ride together. This town in Western Jamaica is also known for Seven Mile Beach, the Negril Cliffs, Mayfield Falls, and Bloody Bay.