Sometimes we holiday solo, we head abroad or stay close by, sometimes it’s adventuring or relaxing on a sun-soaked beach, but for many, travel equals romance. With months of summer, winter and off-season travel forever on the horizon, we’ve rounded up six of the best and most idyllic memory-making destinations perfect for you and your significant other.
The setting of Shakespeare’s famed Romeo and Juliet, this charming city is quickly becoming one of the most-visited destinations in Italy. Set in the north eastern part of the country not far from Venice, the UNESCO World Heritage Site encapsulates everything you’d want in an Italian city–romance, rivers, piazza’s, fine restaurants and history. Easily navigated by foot, Verona boasts a bevy of things to do for star-crossed lovers.
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Head to Giardino Giusti, a masterpiece in Renaissance landscaping. Away from the dusty streets of the city, this tranquil garden framed by towering Cyprus trees and maze-like hedges still retains original features dating back to the 15th century. And according to local legend, the lovers who manage to find each other amongst the gardens’ labyrinth of greenery are destined to stay together.
With the promise of postcard-worthy vistas at every corner, Santorini is undoubtedly one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Dotted with white-washed, blue capped architecture, the Greek island is home to sprawling villages, vineyards, ancient sites, unique beaches and more.
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Away from the bustle of popular areas Oia and Fira, and easily reached by car or local transport, the picturesque Perivolos beach provides an idyllic backdrop for a romantic lunch. Stop at Sea Side by Notos Restaurant for an innovative, fresh, new Mediterranean menu and live jazz music.
ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND
A world-famous mecca in winter, and equally as memorable in summer, this is one country perfect for year-round romancing, but you can’t go past an alpine adventure in the dreamy Swiss mountains. The alpine resort town of St. Moritz provides the perfect setting for an intimate weekend away. With its ‘champagne climate’, fine restaurants, designer boutiques, and lavish spas, this is one destination where adventure, relaxation and romance go hand in hand.
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With such a strong reputation as one of the world’s most heralded ski resorts, few people remember that St. Moritz was originally a spa town. Experience the natural healing qualities of the local spring water with a visit to five-star Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, the site of the area’s first ‘spa hotel’. The treatment menu has everything from hot stone massages, to detoxing body treatments and seasonal facials.
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES
Experience nature in all its untouched glory at this long stretch of California coastline. Set atop towering cliffs, weaving in and around lush forests and soaring redwoods, the Big Sur region is an approved getaway for even Hollywood’s elite. The area boasts plenty of beautiful beaches, state parks, and hikes–perfect for romancing outdoor-enthusiasts.
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No visit to Big Sur is complete without a stop at the McWays Falls. Once spilling over the cliff’s edge straight into the Pacific, the 80-ft narrow waterfall now plunges straight to the beach, making for an impressive view from the adjacent walking trail. For duos wanting to relax with their feet in the sand, you can head 30 minutes up the coast to the picturesque Pfeiffer Beach.
For a romantic European-based getaway sans the crowds, Kotor, Montenegro is on the rise and definitely worthy of a romantic trip for two. Set alongside the Adriatic Sea in the Bay of Kotor, the UNESCO-protected medieval Old Town is a unique tapestry of cobblestoned streets, medieval architecture, live music and markets. Due to grow in popularity since featuring heavily on trending 2018 destinations, get here before everyone else catches up.
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The ascent isn’t typically romantic, but the view from above is guaranteed to impress. Starting at the foothills of the overbearing rugged mountains, adventurous pairs can climb their way through the fortifications of Kotor to the Castle of San Giovanni. Once at the top, you’ll be treated to a birds-eye view of Kotor’s Old Town and the beautiful bay.
It’s a cliche, sure, but it wouldn’t be right to put together a list of romantic getaways that didn’t include Paris; the city has romance embedded into its every corner and crevice. Arguably idealised by Hollywood films, Paris still has all the ingredients to suit any couples’ definition of romance–think world-famous monuments, charming sidewalk cafes, and a culture that doesn’t shy away from the odd public display of affection.
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With a world-class gastronomic history, a trip to Paris isn’t complete without an authentic foray into the local French fare. Foodie couples can put their culinary skills to the test with a luxury cooking class at a number of notable establishments. Source fresh ingredients, set up in the kitchen alongside some of the industry’s best, and woo your partner with an elegant, Michelin star-worthy meal.
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