There’s nothing quite like being in love to make you feel like you can take on the world – and traveling with your partner is a fantastic way not just to broaden your horizons, but to learn more about each other too. We’ve put together some of our favorite destinations from around the globe to inspire romance and create memories you’ll cherish for the rest of your life.
Famous for the superbly romantic Danube River that lends itself so well to starlit river boat cruises with your beloved, Budapest is also bursting at the seams with culture and history. It’s also a supremely walkable city, just perfect for those relaxed hand-in-hand strolls to take in the many sights and sounds at your leisure. And if you’re in the mood for a little pampering, Budapest has more thermal and medicinal water springs than any other European capital! Who knew? And before you depart, you can leave your own little mark on the city by placing a ‘love lock’ on the famous Chain Bridge.
When it comes to luxury private island resorts, it just doesn’t get any more luxurious than the stunningly beautiful Thanda Island. And if you’re the kind of couple who loves spending time with the family, (or maybe you’re looking for a special way to introduce your significant other to the folks?) then there’s room for everyone – without sacrificing privacy. The island consists of one large villa which boasts five bedrooms, as well as two breathtakingly romantic traditional Tanzanian Bandas with a king-sized bedroom and en-suite bathroom each, so you and your beloved will have plenty of room to yourselves when you want it. There are heaps of activities to enjoy, from scuba diving and snorkeling to enjoying a game on the floodlit tennis court, relaxing in the on-site spa facilities, island hopping and swimming in the warm turquoise waters, or enjoying the mouthwatering gourmet cuisine inspired by the flavors of East Africa that will be prepared just for you each day.
If lacing up your hiking boots and getting out into nature is your idea of romance, then there are few experiences more magical than watching the sun set over the red rocks of the Sedona mountains after a long, rewarding hike exploring the regions trails and canyons. With thousands of hiking trails and that deep silence you can only experience far away from the city, it’s the perfect destination for the active couple. Spend a couple of evenings stargazing or take a 10 hour pink jeep tour to visit the Grand Canyon. And when you’re ready to return to civilization, the area’s many art galleries, vineyards, and high-quality restaurants are sure to keep you entertained!
Because these special islands are so carefully protected, they’re an excellent choice for nature-loving couples who’re seeking something a little more secluded. Cruising about the islands and enjoying a romantic meal on board is a must, as is getting up close and personal with the island animals, who have become used to the company of people. You also have the opportunity to get into the water for a snorkeling experience, swimming aside the colorful fish, as well as predators like sharks, rays and sea lions. Puerto Ayora is the only place on the islands where humans are actually allowed to live and is the quintessential small town with a handful of bars, shops and restaurants, as well as the fabulous Darwin Center.
If you’re looking for an excuse to snuggle up next to a warm fire with your special someone, then look no further than the world-famous Berkshires in the hills of New England. Another great option for the active couple, you can throw in some cross-country skiing or snowshoeing before retreating to the cozy comfort of a cabin in the mountains.
We simply can’t leave out our friends from down under, so our pick for Australia’s most romantic destination goes to the dramatic landscapes and picturesque beauty of Kimberley. With a range of accommodation options to choose from, from ultimate luxury to more budget-friendly options, exploring the unique bushland that Oz is so famous for on foot or horseback is an experience you’ll never forget. You can even enjoy a private picnic above a waterfall arranged for you by The Homestead!