Travelling creates experiences which you’re meant to share with the one closest to you. Be it a honeymoon or an urge to get away from your busy lives, there comes a time when you both need a break. Picking a location may end up being tricky, but do not fret, that is why we are here to make your lives easier! So in no particular order, this is a list of the 15 most romantic destinations the world has to offer!
1. Cinque Terre, Italy
Located towards the northern coast of Italy, Cinque Terre is a string of century-old seaside villages found hidden between mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Within these towns, you’ll find vividly coloured houses and vineyards found on steep terraces which holds some of the finest Italian wine. Fishing boats fill the harbours and lavish Italian restaurants, offering some of the finest seafood and the region’s famous pesto sauce. Everything about this place screams romance and a romantic getaway here will forever be fond memory for both you and your partner.
Fun Fact: There are no cars in Cinque Terre
2. Santorini, Greece
With beautifully whitewashed houses and magnificently constructed churches hugging the cliffs, Santorini is a popular destination which draws tourists from all around the globe. Santorini is a volcanic island apart of the Cyclades group of Greek islands found in the Aegean Sea. The scenic sunsets, the eye-catching views and the famous trek from Fira to Oia give this Greek Island a romantic appeal. The food is nothing short of exquisite. After your adventures, sit back and enjoy the distinct Greek cuisines which can be found around almost every corner while also sipping on some of the finest wines.
“ Santorini’s boutique hotels and fine dining make it one of the classier Greek islands, but the down-to-earth hospitality and tradition which the Greek is renowned balances it out. ”
~ Mike Gerrand
3. Kauai, Hawaii
Found in the Central Pacific, Kauai has been dubbed “the Garden Isle” due to the vast tropical rain forests covering its land. The island has dramatic cliffs and the Na Pali coast will be instantly recognizable due to how often it’s used as a backdrop in Hollywood movies. Visit the local towns, check out the raging waterfalls, head to Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places in the world and end it off with a relaxing day at the beautiful beaches Hawaii has to offer basked in the sunset. Traditional Hawaii foods were originally brought over from Pacific Polynesian Islands and incorporate 5 distinct styles of food. Must-tries are poi, kalua pig, poke and lomi salmon. Luckily, Hawaii has pleasant weather all year round, so visiting can happen at any time of the year.
Fun Fact: 70% of the island is inaccessible by foot.
Iceland has quickly become one of the most popular travel destinations of our time. Home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, various volcanoes, geysers and hot springs can be found all across the land. Relive the rich history retracing the origins of the Vikings with the national museums. In terms of safety, Iceland proudly is the safest country in the world, a title they’ve held since 2008.
A visit to Iceland will keep you on your feet the entire trip due to the sheer number of activities to partake in. From visiting parks, approaching geysers, taking a hike, spending time on the beaches and of course, what Iceland is most famous for, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights. The Icelandic cuisine has evolved in terms of taste and variety throughout history. Important parts of Icelandic dishes include lamb, fish and dairy. If you’re looking to view the Northern Lights with your own two eyes, the best time to visit Iceland is during late September to late March.
Fun Fact: Iceland is almost entirely powered through renewable sources..
5. The Maldives
The Maldives, a romantic hotspot, is an archipelago located southwest of India and Sri Lanka. This paradise on earth has silk white beaches, untouched marine life and water so clear, you’ll have to see to believe it! The resorts offer the highest levels of relaxation, allowing you to unwind with a glass of champagne. Explore nearby reefs, chill in your hammock, get pampered by luxurious massages and enjoy a candlelit middle eastern-inspired dinner. The Maldives is hot all year round and the best time to visit is between November and April.
Fun Fact: During shoulder season, you can witness “island birthing”, where smaller islands surface due to the low tides.
6. Kyoto, Japan
The famous city of Kyoto is a paradise for lovers who adore landscapes with captivating colours. The former capital of Japan, located on the island of Honshu, is home is various classic Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines, classically constructed wooden tea houses, lush gardens and imperial palaces. If you’re looking at a Spring getaway, you’ll be able to experience the graceful cherry blossom trees by taking your partner down Okazaki Canal. The culinary experience is nothing short of spectacular. Kyoto is known for its rich food culture, local delicacy and acclaimed dining styles, such as Kaiseki dining, originally reserved only for royalty and noble classes. So what is it? Kaiseki is a multiple-course Japanese dinner made up of several precise dishes. Kyoto’s weather is temperate all year long, but the best time to visit is during the Fall and Spring seasons.
Fun Fact: A ban has been approved to forbid tourists from taking selfies with “Geisha” recently.
7. The Isle of Skye, Scotland
Located towards the northwest of Scotland, the Isle of Skye connects to the coast by a bridge. With its rugged landscapes, modest fishing villages and medieval-style castles, this is the land for all fantasy lovers out there. Get captivated by the dramatic mountain views whilst hiking through Quiraing. End the day by bathing in the rays as the sun begins to dip below the horizon.
The Isle of Skye is the quintessential location for those who love romantic sunsets. The Isle of Skye has developed one of the most intriguing food scenes in the UK. With it notably boasting 2 Michelin-star restaurants for couples who want their taste buds to dance. From classic pub food serving traditional Scottish cuisine to the home of whiskey, the island caters to all guests. The island gets a lot of rain with its wettest months being September through January. The drier months are from March through June. If you’re looking for a warmer climate to travel in, May through September are ideal.
Fun Fact: There are more sheep than people and they roam freely on the streets.
8. Ubud, Bali
Within the uplands of Bali is the culture capital known as Ubud. the atmosphere emanates romance, a fever for passion and makes you never want to leave. The atmosphere surrounding this town is much more peaceful and filled with serenity. Famous for its craft, dance and tradition, vivid galleries, historical museums and Hindu temples & shrines care found all around town. In the centre of this jade-hued town, you’ll find the royal palace and various other culture-rich attractions. This includes the ancient holy Hindu water temple named Tirta Empul. Ubud is home to upscale dining, serving up vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes. Bali is hot and humid all year long, so it’s a great place to toss on a pair of swimming trunks or bikinis to experience the best of Balinese culture!
“ Don’t talk about heaven if you’ve never been to Bali. ”
~ Toba Beta
9. Railay Beach, Thailand
Dubbed as the “ultimate trip for two”, Railay is the largest peninsula between the city of Krabi and Ao Nang. Due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off the mainland, the only way to access this destination is by boat. From the urbanized metro areas to the wilderness filled jungles to the culture to the memorizing beaches, Railay has it all for couples. Railay is most famous for its rock climbing on its limestone cliffs. The food served is traditional Thai food; lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components dashed with some spice. Must-try dishes are Tom yum goong (spicy shrimp soup), tom kha kai (chicken in coconut soup) and pad thai (Thai style fried noodles). Although Thailand is a friendly visit all year long, the best time to visit is during the dry and cool season. This season runs through November to April.
Fun Fact: Railay has no roads, no buses and no cars, only longtail boats and footpaths.
10. Seville, Spain
Seville is the capital of Spain’s Andalusia region. Known as the city “full of life and possibilities”, the architecture and culture will attract all of the obsessed. The tree-lined streets with orange handcrafted ceramic tiles taken from Jewish and Catholic influences. Elevate the romance level with an alfresco meal, complete with the world’s finest sangria, and a flamenco dance performance. Indulge in traditional Spanish cuisine with dishes such as Salmojero, Iberian Ham and pringá montadito. The ideal time to visit Seville is during either Spring or Autumn when temperatures are cool and manageable.
Fun Fact: The Seville Cathedral is the final resting place of explorer Christopher Columbus.
11. Lucerne, Switzerland
Within a compact city preserved with rich, medieval architecture amidst a snowcap mountain is Switzerland’s most populous town, Lucerne. This town filled with romance offers subtle charming activities like strolling through the town squares, admiring the mountain backdrop, indulging in the cheese and chocolates Switzerland is famous for. Wind down with the relaxing variety of accommodations, including lake resorts complete with a nine-hole golf course. The food is nothing short of divine. Lucerne offers some of the best can’t-miss restaurants with delicacies such a cheese fondue, raclette and älplermagronen. If you’re looking to avoid tourists and experience pleasant temperatures, the best time to visit is during shoulder season. This is usually from April to June and September to October.
Fun Fact: The town hosts the Lucerne Festival thrice a year. The fest attracts orchestras, conductors and soloists from around the globe.
12. Amalfi Coast, Italty
Amalfi Coast is a popular destination located to the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. It is home to pascal coloured buildings, grand villas, lush gardens, handmade ceramic ornaments and a shoreline dotted with beaches. Amalfi Coast boasts some of the world’s finest seafood including shrimps, redfish and an unforgettable recipe named “Scialatielli Ai Frutti Di Mare”. This is a dish made with seafood and specially prepared fresh pasta. The atmosphere is nothing short of romantic thanks to the sky-high views, lovely gardens and extravagant accommodations. As this place is found further south, during shoulder season the weather is much warmer.
Fun Fact: The cappuccino was made off the cliffs of Amalfi
13. Queenstown, New Zealand
Looking for an adrenaline-filled romantic getaway? Queenstown, New Zealand was made for thrill-seeking couples! There are an abundant of activities such as climbing glistening winter slopes, paragliding, bungee jumping, mountain biking and skydiving. Once you’re ready to kick back, you can have some leisure time tasting fine wine or taking a dip in the hot pools at Onsen Hot Pools. Undo any knots in your body with a pampering hot stone massage with a mountain facing view. The kiwis’ cuisine is largely influenced by the local ingredients and seasonal variations. Some quintessential dishes to try are the fish n chips, māori hāngī and the hokey pokey ice cream. Depending on the time, visits to New Zealand can be done at any time depending on what you’re looking for, such as a spring or winter visit.
Fun Fact: There are over 80 wineries in Queenstown, occupying 900 hectares of land.
14. Rome, Italy
Rome is like an infinite chalice of knowledge, culture, history, food and of course wine. Past the cinema like backgrounds are recognizable monuments from which we’ve all heard tales from. This includes the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and St. Peter’s Basilica. From travelling to the warm atmosphere to the potential photographs, Rome is a complete romantic package. Roman cuisine comes from the Italian city of Rome. The cuisines feature fresh, seasonal and simply-prepared ingredients including peas, milk-fed lamb and goat, and cheeses such as Pecorino Romano and ricotta. Rome is best visited between September to November, and April to May as the days are long and brighter while still maintaining peace and serenity.
Fun Fact: There is a law that permits cats to roam freely in Rome.
15. Paris, France
A list about romantic destination wouldn’t be complete without Paris! The capital of France is the global centre of art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Travel around the boulevards passing by some of the most iconic monuments like the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame Cathedral and world-class architecture. Paris is famous for its fine French Cooking which has delicacies such as soufflés, croissants and crêpes. The best time to visit to catch the pleasant weather would be April to June and October to mid-November.
Fun Fact: The Eiffel Tower was meant to be a temporary installation, meant to stand for only 20 years when constructed in 1889.
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