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  • Writer's pictureDolores Burgos

Top 10 Romantic Getaways Around the Globe for Couples

Embarking on a journey with your built-in travel companion is one of the most rewarding aspects of being in a relationship. The exploration of diverse corners of the world provides an opportunity for uninterrupted one-on-one time, unveiling new dimensions of your partner and, perhaps, even yourself through shared first-time experiences.

Traveling introduces a unique closeness, distinct from the routines of everyday life, allowing couples to forge stronger connections. Whether opting for a serene beach getaway or a rejuvenating spa weekend in a picturesque locale, couples seeking relaxation have abundant choices. For those yearning for extraordinary adventures, there's the allure of an African safari or a quest to witness the northern lights.

Paris beckons food enthusiasts to indulge in its culinary delights, while scenic Portugal invites couples to savor moments together. For the active duo, the options range from exhilarating ski trips to exploring the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef through snorkeling.

Regardless of your travel preferences, here are 10 exceptional vacation ideas tailored for couples. Enjoy now the read of the top 10 romantic getaways around the globe for couples

Bali, Indonesia One of the Top 10 Romantic Getaways Around te Globe for Couples

Flowers, montains and, lake at Bali Indonesia

Photo by Mahmud Ahsan

Bali, renowned as the "Island of the Gods," is a multifaceted paradise catering to diverse couples' preferences. Whether your idea of romance involves traversing lush green landscapes, exploring monkey-filled forests, or wandering through picturesque rice paddies, Bali has it all. For those who find romance in dancing to DJ sets and reveling in light shows until the early hours, the island boasts a vibrant nightlife scene. Beach enthusiasts can choose from a spectrum of options, from the white-sand shores along the south coast to the unique black sand found on the northern and western coasts.

Beyond Bali's famous historic temples and shrines, the island offers a plethora of experiences, including upscale resorts, rejuvenating yoga classes, luxurious spas, and cafes influenced by Australian culture.

Santorini, Greece

White houses wit the sea at the end in Santorini Greece

Photo by Joel Protasio

Santorini emerges as a dreamlike sanctuary, casting a spell on travelers with its otherworldly charm, making it an unsurprisingly sought-after haven for newlyweds seeking an idyllic honeymoon destination. The island's inherent romance is a captivating allure; as you meander through the undulating, time-worn streets, you're embraced by brilliant white walls and azure rooftops. Come evening, you're treated to a front-row spectacle of breathtaking sunsets. As the sun dips below the horizon, the city comes alive, with houses, churches, and restaurants aglow, creating a celestial scene reminiscent of stars in the night sky.

Safari in Tanzania

Elephants in the forest in Tanzania

Beyond undertaking the challenging ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro, many travelers are drawn to Tanzania for its remarkable wildlife conservation sites and national parks. Engaging in a safari experience offers you and your partner the opportunity to share unforgettable firsts: the initial sighting of a majestic lion, the exhilarating drive across African plains adorned with baobab trees, and the first encounter with a member of a local tribe. A must-visit destination is Ngorongoro Crater, boasting the title of the world's largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera. Its distinctive bowl-like shape serves as a natural boundary for wildlife, significantly increasing the likelihood of spotting the Big Five—lion, cheetah, rhino, elephant, and buffalo—during your safari expedition. Serengeti National Park, renowned for its vast seasonal migrations of wildebeest and zebra, a substantial lion population, and a rich variety of habitats and animals, stands as another highly sought-after safari destination in Tanzania.

Tulum, Mexico

woman in bikini in front of clear water and nature around her in Tulum Mexico

At the heart of numerous romantic getaways lie two essential elements: intimate settings and thrilling experiences, both of which Tulum offers in abundance. Your days can be a delightful mix of basking in the sun on tropical beaches, exploring the nearby "aquatic theme park" at Xel-Ha Park through snorkeling, taking a refreshing swim in a natural sinkhole (cenote), and touring the exceptionally well-preserved Mayan ruins. These ruins stand as one of the most intact archaeological sites of their kind. Following a day filled with relaxation, adventure, or a blend of both, the perfect conclusion awaits at a bar that immerses you in a jungle-like atmosphere, adding the finishing touch to your Tulum experience.

Whistler, Canada

forest and waterfall in Whistler Canada

Photo by Jess Aston

A fantastic way for couples to strengthen their bond is through active pursuits, and skiing on Whistler and Blackcomb mountains caters to both seasoned and novice skiers. Navigate the mountains with an array of trails offering varying levels of intensity, savor the panoramic views of snow-draped trees from expansive gondolas, indulge in a mid-mountain lodge lunch break, and conclude your day with après-ski delights at one of the slope-side bars. Should a day of downhill adventure leave you with wobbly legs and your fill of skiing thrills, the base of the peaks offers additional excitement. Whistler Village, a vibrant pedestrian-only hub adorned with bars, shops, and restaurants, resembles a charming winter wonderland encapsulated within a snow globe—an ideal setting for a romantic getaway.

Cappadocia, Turkey

A couple, carpets and, handicraft objects in Cappadocia Turkey

Photo by Marvin Meyer

Immerse yourself in a storybook escape amidst a landscape adorned with enchanting "fairy chimneys." Cappadocia's surreal terrain is graced not only by these tall, slender rock cones but also by cave churches, underground cities, and dwellings meticulously carved into the rocks, evoking a whimsical ambiance typically reserved for fantasy realms. Soaring high above this rocky panorama in a vibrantly designed hot air balloon, you'll feel akin to characters meandering through the pages of a Dr. Seuss book or like astronauts stumbling upon a civilization on the moon. Regardless, this otherworldly experience promises to reignite a sense of childlike wonder and shared awe.

Paris, France

buildings, lights, bridges and river in Paris

Photo by Karl Köhler

Clichés often attain their status for a reason, and the romantic allure of Paris is no exception. Glancing at images of couples in the City of Light, one can almost envision cartoon hearts in their eyes as they share tender moments against the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower. Paris and romance are synonymous, much like Valentine's Day and chocolate, anniversary dinners and candlelit bistros, or marriage proposals and iconic landmarks—elements for which Paris is not-so-coincidentally renowned.

Hakone, Japan

cruise, mountains and lake in Hakone Japan

Photo by Yusheng Deng

Although not as romantically portrayed for cherry-blossomed strolls as its neighboring city, Kyoto, Hakone is a Tokyo day-trip destination that provides an intimate retreat from urban hustle in the most tranquil manner: through its hot springs resorts. Besides unwinding in onsen (hot springs) at a traditional ryokan (Japanese inn), you can explore natural wonders such as Lake Ashi and the majestic Mount Fuji or visit the strikingly red Hakone Shrine and the captivating open-air sculpture museum. The various transportation options offer more than just a straightforward means of travel; they present mini adventures, ranging from boats and cable cars to scenic train routes winding through the mountains.

Northern Lights Seeking in Northern Norway

boreal lights and starry sky  in Norway

For those who find stargazing to be a romantic pursuit, northern Norway takes the experience to extraordinary heights with its celestial spectacles. Encompassing approximately one-third of Norway, this region is renowned as a premier destination for witnessing the northern lights from autumn to mid-April. Conversely, from May to July, an enchanting phenomenon known as the "midnight sun" ensures the sun remains visible late into the night. For those daring to venture even farther north, Svalbard, the northernmost inhabited region of Europe, promises the unique encounter of 24-hour daylight between April and August. On the flip side of the light spectrum, Svalbard's January and February months embrace "polar nights," where darkness persists for about 24 hours, creating an optimal backdrop for observing the aurora borealis.

Should you embark on this journey together, be forewarned: gazing at the stars in your backyard may never feel quite as romantic again.

Porto, Portugal

picturesque houses, harbor and boats in Porto Portugal

Porto, a historic waterfront city, carries you back in time with its charming cobblestone streets, baroque churches, and an abundance of family-owned businesses and port factories—the region's renowned export. Venture into the nearby Douro Valley, where vineyards have been producing wine for over 2,000 years. Here, you can explore the vineyards, sample the wine, and even engage in traditional harvesting practices like grape stomping. In a city steeped in the culture of wine-making and indulgence, you and your significant other can revel in the spirited atmosphere, getting pleasantly intoxicated on the energy alone.


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