What’s your idea of a luxurious getaway for couples? Maybe it’s a candlelit dinner on a tropical beach or a sunset yacht cruise in the Mediterranean. Perhaps, it’s sleeping under the stars on a treehouse or sampling the finest blends at a boutique winery. What about staying in a lavish villa with a private pool?
Whether you’re going on a honeymoon, preparing to pop the question, or simply surprising the love of your life with a romantic trip, here are five ideas for a luxurious holiday you’ll never forget.
The coastal metropolis of Miami is known for its sun-drenched beaches, salty breezes, sumptuous flavors, and stunning sceneries. But romance? It’s probably the last place you think of when you imagine a romantic getaway. But romantic it is indeed. Those who insist Miami isn’t have never walked the long stretch of beaches at sunset (cliché, we know). Or, had an alfresco dinner at a waterfront restaurant against the backdrop of the vast ocean.
For a taste of glamour and glam, soak in Miami’s striking coastal panoramas aboard a yacht, champagne at hand. If you want a little thrill in the mix, see incredible vistas of the metro by helicopter or in a hot air balloon ride. Recover from all the excitement and pamper yourselves with a massage and sauna in a wellness spa.
For nature lovers, head to the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden, a 34-hectare paradise packed with tropical flowers and fruit trees, as well as several varieties of palm trees. Explore the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, a popular site for weddings, or admire the stone sculptures in Coral Castle.
In the evening, stroll on downtown Miami’s Riverwalk and admire the mesmerizing beauty of the city lights sparkling on the water’s surface. Learn some sexy salsa moves at Salsa Mia, then finish the night with some cocktails at Area 31, where you can take in views of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay.
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2. The Amalfi Coast
Italy has a long and established reputation for luxury and romance, and no other place in the country has mastered combining both better than the Amalfi Coast. You will be tempted to lounge all day at the terrace of your boutique hotel, a glass of Sangiovese in hand, watching yachts glide in the cerulean waters. Do not give in. The 34-mile Amalfi coastline teems with colorful seaside towns, towering limestone cliffs, and over a hundred beaches you will not want to miss.
Perhaps its most iconic attraction is Villa Cimbrone in the town of Ravello. The lavish 11th-century mansion sits on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Mediterranean. Wander around the gardens and marvel at the breathtaking views at the Terrace of Infinity.
If you are hunting for secret coves, head to the aptly named Lover’s Beach. Situated on the Cetera shoreline and flanked by rocky cliffs, this tiny inlet is reachable only by boat or kayak. For a more accessible but equally romantic beach, go to the Lovers’ Arch in Vettica. Traditionally, couples kiss as they swim or paddle under the unique rock formation.
Rent a boat and sail to the seaside town of Positano and explore its winding lanes lined with boutiques, cafés, and gelaterias. Or, go straight to the island of Capri and ascend to the peak of Monte Solaro, where you can see Naples across the bay.
Romance in the wild? Welcome to Tanzania. With 22 national parks strewn all over the land, this East African country is the perfect setting for an unforgettable safari date. Most famous amongst its game reserves is the Serengeti National Park, known for sightings of the ‘big five’ – buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino. You can ride a hot air balloon at sunrise and see wild animals roam free on the endless savanna. Be sure to stay in a deluxe treehouse suite, where you can sleep and dine under the stars and wake up to a sea of green canopy.
Looming over the vast wilderness is Africa’s tallest peak, the Kilimanjaro. Climbing the snowcapped summit is challenging but fulfilling and an excellent way to strengthen your bond.
Between 16 to 31 miles off the Tanzanian mainland is the Zanzibar archipelago. You can cruise the islands on a dhow, a traditional wooden cargo boat and snorkel in its warm marine-rich waters. Be sure to wander around the old Stone Town for its fascinating historical sights.
4. The Balearic Islands
Spain’s Balearic Islands include Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. The largest and most populous is Mallorca, while the smallest and most secluded is Formentera. Menorca is a botanist’s paradise, while Ibiza is the party capital. You can visit all four islands and some of the surrounding islets in a day on an island-hopping tour. But, if you want to really experience the islands, spend at least a couple of days on each.
If you love to party, head to Ibiza, where bars and clubs are numerous and boisterous. There are afternoon parties on the beach so you can have an all-day fiesta. But if you want relaxation in a quiet and unspoiled environment, head to Formentera. Swim in the beaches, soak up the sun, sample all the seafood dishes, then stargaze on the beachfront.
The best choice for outdoor and nature lovers is Menorca. The island is, after all, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and has more beaches than Ibiza and Mallorca combined. Here, nature trips, scenic walks, and cycling tours reign supreme.
Mallorca is for art and history lovers. The majestic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, an expansive 15th-century gothic church, is something you cannot miss. Sóller is famous for its Modernista architecture and art nouveau museum, Can Prunera, while the artist’s village of Deià is known for its literary and musical residents. On the northern coast of Mallorca is the charming town of Pollensa, where you will find some of the top beaches on the island. Stay in a luxury villa in Pollensa if you want a place near the beach but far from the crowd.
Located in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is an archipelago that comprises 115 islands and hosts numerous beaches, coral reefs, mountain rainforests, and rare wildlife, including the giant Aldabra tortoises. The islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue are the most popular places to stay. Seychelles offers a wide range of exciting activities for couples – from scenic hikes to water sports to exclusive island escapades.
Sip champagne on a beachfront restaurant while watching the sunset, get on a helicopter ride over the islands, and sail into the sunset on a luxury yacht. Discover the stunning scenery and culture of Seychelles on a drive around Mahe Island. Take a tour of the gorgeous Eden Islands, then ramble on the bustling lanes of Victoria Street to look for souvenirs.