Whether you’re trying to plan the honeymoon of your dreams (congrats!), celebrating an anniversary, or are simply looking for a romantic getaway with your hunny, we’ve got a list of some dreamy spots that’ll spark your lust not only for wandering, but for each other... too corny? Eh, get over it. There’s gonna be lots of sappy references in this article.
Whether your idea of romance is kicking back on the beach with a coconut in your hand, diving headfirst into culture and food, or a heart-thumping adventure, we’ve got a list of trips that’ll turn your spark into a roaring fire. (I told you there’d be corny references!)
So if you're dreaming about beaches, culture, history, adventure or any combination of the above, keep reading for some utterly romantic getaway ideas that might just make you a stronger couple!
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If You Want Romance on the Beach
So your idea of romance is powdery white sand and aquamarine waters? Here are our favorite romantic beach destinations...
1. El Nido, Philippines
If we were going to plan a second honeymoon (hmm... maybe not be a bad idea), El Nido would be one of our top picks. We’ve said before that while it’s hard to choose favorite places, the Philippines stole our hearts and is a contender for our favorite country in the world.
If romance is what you’re after, you’ll find it while splashing in the tepid waters of secluded Nacpan Beach, while aboard an island-hopping cruise, or over a candlelit dinner on the beach.
And if you have extra days, hop over to Boracay to see the beaches that have been hailed as some of the most beautiful in the world.
Romantic Place to Stay in El Nido:
2. Galápagos, Ecuador
If you want a romantic getaway that’s truly once-in-a-lifetime experience, a trip to the Galapagos Islands will be one you’ll be talking about for years.
With an ecosystem that’s unmatched, this archipelago of islands off the coast of Ecuador has some of the best wildlife spotting in the world.
Swim with seals, dive with sharks, search for the illusive blue-footed booby, and spot more iguanas than you can count... you may just fall in love with the wildlife. Oh, and the beaches ain’t too shabby either!
Romantic Places to Stay in the Galápagos:
3. Bali, Indonesia
For the ultimate romantic getaway, it’s hard to beat a trip to Bali. This island oozes with sunshine, smiles, and a laid-back vibe that’ll make you and your babe starry-eyed. In our opinions, Bali is a perfect honeymoon destination!
Take a yoga class together, explore ancient Hindu temples, rent bikes, try surfing and watch the sunset on a beach with cocktails in hand.
And if you've got the time, take a short ferry ride to the nearby Gili Islands: Gili Trawangan for a party, Gili Air for amazing beaches and Gili Meno for a secluded getaway where it feels like it's just you and your bae. If your looking fully relax, there are so many wellness retreats in Bali to get you in the right state of mind.
Romantic Places to Stay in Bali:
Calling all Adventure Addicts
If a racing heart is the key to romance for you and your hunny, we've got a list of places that'll get your blood pumping for more reasons than one...
4. Banff, Canada
We actually took our honeymoon to Banff National Park, and could not recommend it more highly. If you, like us, want to do something completely different than the norm for your honeymoon, this adventure-packed destination should be a contender on your list.
Though beautiful year-round (umm snowboarding at Sunshine Resort is on our dream list!), we visited this Canadian beauty in early September, which was perfect for all the outdoor activities we could pack into 2 weeks: hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and even skydiving! Plus, we missed all the crowds of the summer months. So we think it was a pretty perfect time to go.
And in addition to adrenaline-pumping activities, explore cute cafes and breweries, bathe in the nearby hot springs and take a gondola to top of Sulphur Mountain where you’ll quite literally be on top of the world with your babe.
Romantic Place to stay in Banff:
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If your idea of romance is exploring a land that looks utterly out of this world, Iceland is calling you.
You’ll want to rent a car or campervan for this adventure that’ll take you on wide-open roads, past waterfall after waterfall, and to black sand beaches.
Make sure you’ve got plenty of snacks and a killer playlist and get ready for the road trip of a lifetime! There's not much more romantic than that in our books.
Romantic Place to stay in Iceland:
If you want the ultimate splurge and romance experience, look no further than the Bubble Hotel in Iceland where you can observe the Aurora Borealis (aka the Northern Lights baby!) from the glass ceiling in your room! Talk about a once in a lifetime experience, am I right?!
If Culture Turns You On
If tasting exotic foods, wandering through temples and exploring a place utterly unfamiliar sounds like a perfect setting for romance, we've got a few destinations in mind...
6. Kyoto, Japan
There’s something romantic about experiencing something totally out of your element with your sweetie. And Japan is just that: different in every way.
The juxtaposition of chaos and peacefulness creates a perfect ambiance for a blissful getaway with a touch of adventure. Kyoto is a wonderful destination for your first time in Japan.
Wander through the postcard-worthy Arashiyama bamboo forest, explore the orange gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, glimpse the iconic Golden Temple and take a Japanese cooking class.
We think Japan is especially romantic in the winter when there are less crowds and you can enjoy each other’s company while soaking nude in an outdoor onsen (hot springs) as snowflakes kiss your shoulders. Dreamy, huh?!
Romantic Place to Stay in Kyoto:
7. Cartagena, Colombia
The colorful colonial architecture and overgrown flower boxes are enough to make anyone fall in love. Wake up with a coffee on your balcony and watch fruit sellers set up their carts in the streets below.
Spend your days getting lost in narrow passageways, drinking fresh fruit juices and mingling with friendly locals. Watch the sun set from the city walls with a beer in hand and dance the night away in the streets to live music. Romance at its finest.
And for a nearby beach spot, head to Tayrona National Park for a night of romance (and a bit of adventure!) under the stars. If you want to really pack in the adventures, take a short flight to Medellin to explore this incredibly interesting city, and slow down in the charming mountain village of Salento.
Romantic Places to stay in Cartagena:
8. Jeju Island, South Korea
Affectionately known as the “Hawaii of Korea” this volcanic island just south of mainland Korea is a stunner.
With a mixture of sandy beaches, unique lava-sculpted landscape to be explored and proud and friendly locals, Jeju has a lovely mix of relaxation, adventure and a culture uniquely its own.
And if you want to get really frisky, there’s even a park dedicated to erotic statues, if that’s your thing. It’s no wonder this island is a popular honeymoon destination for many Koreans.
Romantic Places to stay in Jeju:
If You're a Classic Romantic
If wandering through cobblestone streets amongst architecture that'll make you swear you've stepped into a turn-of-the-century romance novel sounds like your idea of a perfect getaway, keep reading...
9. Lake Bled, Slovenia
Touristy? Sure. But oh so romantically worth it? Hell yes. In northern Slovenia (a country we think is totally underrated, for the record), Lake Bled is a stunning backdrop for any lovebird getaway.
Try the famous Bled cream cake, take a dip in one of the area’s many spas and walk around the lake, of course! Don’t miss a short (but steep) hike up to the viewpoint of the iconic Bled Island. You’ll be happy you made the trek.
And if you’re feeling extra sappy and touristy, you can even hire a rowboat to take you to the island. Legend has it that if you make a wish and ring the bell in the tower of the church, it will come true. And it works better for love related wishes (wink wink).
Romantic Places to stay in Lake Bled:
10. Amalfi Coast, Italy
Perhaps one of the most iconic honeymoon spots in the world, it’s no wonder why many people venture to Italy’s western coast post wedding nuptials.
Pair stunning architecture, seaside views, exquisite cuisine and even better wine and you have the perfect recipe for romance.
Positano is postcard worthy and the island of Capri looks like something out of a dream.
Insider Tip: While most of the towns lie right on the ocean, venture up the mountain to Ravelo to experience one of the lesser-known towns in this region. The vibe in this tiny medieval village is entirely different than the seaside towns that dot the Mediterranean, but it is just as romantic.
Romantic Place to stay in the Amalfi Coast:
We want to hear from you!
Well those are just a handful of romantic spots to spark your (wander)LUST. What is the most romantic destination you've ever visited? What do you look for in a romantic getaway? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below!