No matter whether you’ve got a significant anniversary coming up or simply want to surprise someone special in your life, making plans for a romantic getaway is bound to evoke feelings of joy and excitement. The only potential downside is fretting over your choice of destination and hoping your partner will love it. There’s no need to be concerned though, as the following romantic getaways cater for all tastes. What’s more, with numerous hotels available in each location, you don’t have to worry about going over budget either.
This self-styled ‘Ultimate Island’ has something to offer sun worshippers, culture vultures, and most importantly, hapless romantics. Along with the beautiful weather and sweeping beaches, Bali also has several attractions and activities that are perfect for couples. Why not treat yourself to spa accommodation nestled in the middle of Bali’s dense tropical rainforest? After a day of treatment, take a stroll among the blessed marigolds, sample some of the island’s famed cuisine and spend sunset on the edge of a towering cliff.
Known as the city of love, Paris has romance running through its veins. Best of all, you can experience the capital of France however you like, such as roaming the streets like a local or taking in every tourist hotspot imaginable. For an authentic insight into Parisian life, order (in French) some sweet treats from a patisserie and enjoy them in Parc des Buttes Chaumont or Square Rene Viviani. Alternatively, have your picture taken in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower or book a scenic boat tour down the beautiful River Seine.
Don’t be fooled into thinking Thailand is all about full moon parties at the beach. Take its energetic and enticing capital city, for example, which is bursting at the seams with five-star hotels, world-class restaurants, and some of the best shopping in Southeast Asia. Top of every romantic itinerary should be the Grand Pearl Cruise, which serves dinner under the moonlight to live music and traditional dancing. And for one of the best panoramic views of Bangkok’s remarkable cityscape, head to the Moon Bar for an al fresco rooftop dining experience.
4 The Maldives
Arguably the most romantic archipelago on earth, the Maldives is as close as experiencing a piece of paradise. Stay in an overwater bungalow along its crystal-clear turquoise waters, and you’ll feel like you’re on your own private island. Even though most visitors to the Maldives are more than happy to while away the hours on its white-sand beaches with occasional dips in the ocean, don’t forget to take advantage of the excellent water sport opportunities, swimming with dolphins, scenic flights, and romantic dinners at sunset.
From sipping Chianti at cafes in Florence to exploring the rocky and colourful footpaths of Cinque Terre, the romance-fuelled possibilities of Italy are seemingly endless. But few can argue with Venice’s ability to amaze and intrigue in equal measure. The best way to experience Venice is to walk around its winding streets and bridges, of which there are more than 350. You can even follow in the footsteps of Casanova and explore the sites of his amorous adventures.