10 ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS FOR YOU AND YOUR VALENTINE 2017

Forget Venice and Paris, why not head to these quieter but beautiful and romantic destinations around the world this Valentines?

Hawaii

1

Hawaii

With beautiful islands, beaches, luxurious hotels and never ending sunshine, why wouldn’t you want to visit Hawaii? Couples who love the water should head to Oahu for sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing whilst couples who love nature should explore the natural wonders of alai and it’s rugged cliffs or head to Molokai and just relax.

Romantic hotels

$ – Kauai Shores

$$ – Volcano Retreat

$$$ – The Modern Honolulu

Verona

2

Verona

I am a massive Romeo and Juliet fan so where better place to head to for Valentines than the place these two famous lovers met. You can visit Juliet’s balcony and spoilt your partner with as much pasta they can eat – true romance!

Romantic hotels

$ – Residenza Elisabetta

$$ – Hotel Mastino

$$$ – Altana Di Verona

stlucia

3

St Lucia

For a peaceful, relaxing trip that allows you to truly reconnect with each other, head to one of the many couples-only resorts and hideaway in the coves or on the beaches of this gorgeous island. Nothing beats the romantic sunsets, strolls along the beach, private dining options around the island, couple spa sessions and sipping champagne on a private charter. Or why not go hiking or visit the mineral baths.

India

4

Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan has become more and more popular for honeymooners looking for something different and there is a reason! Head over to Jodhpur to explore the historic architecture, visit the Sarika Tiger Reserve or hike through the Ranthambore National Park. Plus, there are so many elegant, luxurious hotels to choose from.

Romantic hotels

$ – Suryagarh Hotel 

$$ – Samsara Dechu Camp  >> This places looks incredible!

$$$ – Umaid Bhawan Palace

Bali

5

Bali

Bali is an old favourite but definitely worth a visit. There are so man incredible things to see and do in Bali, with so many opportunities for couples – visit the Marigold Flower Fields between Bedugal and Kintamani or book the 100 candles dinner at The Samaya Ubud. If you don’t fancy dining among 100 candles then how about in a cave? or in the middle of a rice field? or in a tree house? Or even take a cooking class and create your own dinner.

There are gorgeous spas all over Bali but a favourite is the Kupu-Kupu Barong Resort spa overlooking the Ayung River. Adventurous couples can enjoy the many water sport opportunities, cycle around the gorgeous evergreen or visit the beautiful rice terrace Tegallalang. Some of the most romantic hotels can be found in Bali too! If you head to Canggu, read this mini-guide before leaving!

7 places to visit in Argentina

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Buenos Aires

Full of colour and excitement, why not head to Buenos Aires and learn the dance of love – the tango. Whilst in the city, you can visit Jardin Japones (a beautiful park) or take a Gondola ride along the waterways. There is so much to see and do in this amazing city.

Romantic hotels

$ – Vain Boutique Hotel 

$$ – The Glu Boutique Hotel

$$$ – Alvear Palace Hotel

Morocco

7

Morocco

Morocco is often overlooked as a romantic destination spot but one of the best things about the country is how romantic trips can be taken on a budget. There are resorts both in Marrakech and by the beach that are relatively inexpensive but still beautiful and special! Cascades d’Ouzound offers the highest waterfalls in Morocco or why not take a couples camel ride through the Sahara? Or take a day trip to Atlas Mountains? Treat your valentines to some shopping at the local Souks or spoilt them with a hot air ballon flight over the desert.

Romantic hotels

$ – Sahara Camp

$$ – 2Ciels Boutique Hotel

$$$ – Royal Palm Beachcomber Morocco

Vienna

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Vienna

Vienna is such a picturesque, gorgeous city that is an ideal destination for the city break couple who love to wander and explore the sights. Home to some of the best Opera in the world (with standing room tickets available), Vienna has a never ending list of romantic restaurants and activities. Why not stroll through one of the many parks or take a horse-drawn carriage through the city. Sip on Viennese vino or ride the giant ferris wheel also known as the Riesenrad.

Romantic hotels

$ – Atlantis Hotel Vienna

$$ – Hotel Am Parkring

$$$ – Palais Coburg Hotel

Lake District

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Lake District, UK

For those that love being surrounded by nature, the Lake District is the place for you. The nature makes for a beautiful backdrop for hikes, picnics and relaxing sunset strolls. You can also head to the Rookin House for a horse riding day or visit The World of Beatrix Potter!

Thailand

10

Koh Tao

Uncrowded but beautiful, Koh Tao is the perfect romantic island in the south of Thailand. Scuba divers can get their PADI course in the gorgeous open waters whilst fun loving couples can spend their evenings (and days) exploring the bars and restaurants available on Sairee beach. You may wish to take a quad bike around the island or take a boat ride around the island. Read Doodle Me Travel’s things to do post if you’re planning a trip or take an extended vacation around Asia?

Romantic hotels

$ – Sairee Cottage Resort

$$ – Charm Churee Village Resort    >> This place is stunning!

$$$ – View Point Resort

So there you have it, 10 of the most romantic destinations to visit this year! I love this post on planning a romantic holiday to Phuket – don’t forget to check it out!

What is the romantic place you have ever been to?! Share your experience in the comments below.

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  • Naomi
    Reply

    I love Venice and Paris but you’re right, there is so much more romantic to discover in the world. I personally love city trips for lovers, I loved Verona! But a trip to Hawaii or St. Lucia I’d definately consider, maybe even for a honeymoon! awhh swoooonnn

  • Only By Land
    Reply

    From this list I would pick St Lucia and the girl I would choose to take is my daughter! The picture you chose for Vienna is very unique, I’ve never seen it photographed from this angle before, I’m jealous!

  • Abhinav Singh
    Reply

    Those are some great destinations ideas for a romantic get away. I am delighted to see a destination from my country India. Rajasthan is great in winters. Please add Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) in the list. It is the epitome of romance.

  • Kate @ Love From Scotland
    Reply

    I love that you included the Lake District, it is one of my favourite parts of the UK and it is so beautiful. I have had a few romantic weekends away there. I like your other unusual suggestions, I would have never have thought to go to Rajasthan!

  • Mel I TravelingMel
    Reply

    What a great list! I think I’d like to go to St Lucia or Bali. A little sunshine sounds pretty great right now. We will be in the Lake District in a month or so. Not so romantic since we will be with our kids, but I am looking forward to it anyway.

  • Jen Morrow
    Reply

    Great list of places to explore with your honey. I prefer the secluded and quiet destinations for those romantic getaways like St Lucia or the Lake District (one of the least crowded spots in the UK).

  • Kassie
    Reply

    Yes! I totally agree that sometimes the destinations we label as super romantic like Venice, end up being slightly disappointing. I have found some of the most surprising destinations very romantic. I never would have thought of the Lake District but looking at the photo, it certainly looks romantic! Now I have to get to work booking a romantic getaway!

  • Sara Essop
    Reply

    I love this list. I’ve been to some of these places and really want to go to others like Buenos Aires. I would also add Istanbul to the list. I found it to be quite a romantic city too. Oh, and Cape Town as well.

  • Diana - MVMT Blog
    Reply

    Having never traveled to India before, I never would’ve thought of Rajasthan! Morocco has been high on my list of places to visit for a while now, and I hope to go soon. Unfortunately it’s somewhere that would be difficult to convince my boyfriend to go to with me, but one can hope!

  • Justine Cross
    Reply

    There are some great ideas on this list, thanks for sharing! I personally love the fact that Hawaii is number 1 (my all-time most favourite place to go)! Vienna and Bali are also really good suggestions – my boyfriend actually told me he loved me for the first time when we were in Vienna so something definitely brought out the romantic in him there!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks Justine,
      yeah Hawaii looks incredible – I am trying to persuade my better half for our honeymoon there!! 🙂 So many beautiful places in the world! and aww that is so cute!

  • Alina from Reverie Chaser
    Reply

    Coincidentally I am about to head out to Paris for a romantic getaway, but I loved your ideas on other destinations! Especially Hawaii, that has been on my list for a while!

  • Jessica C
    Reply

    Oh wow. These are great options! I love that you chose places that are all over the world. I’m closest to the UK and Austria and I <3 the Ferris Wheel idea. So simple and so amazing!!

  • Cory Varga
    Reply

    What a great list of destinations. As couple travellers we are always on the lookout for new places to visit and enjoy a romantic weekend! Even outside of the V day season <3

    • Katie
      Reply

      Hey Cory,
      Yeah I always try to plan a romantic trip, even if it is a night at a cute boutique hotel together 🙂

  • Reply

    So many amazing places. I’m living in Vienna so definitely agree with that one. I would also love to take that someone special to Morocco, Koh Tao or Bali. Great list! 🙂

    • Katie
      Reply

      Thanks Mike! I want to visit too many of these places!

  • tracy collins
    Reply

    Some great choices there Katie! I would love to go to Verona and it not be torrential rain! I have visited twice 8 years apart and on both occasions spent my only time in Verona in the train station!!!!!!! I have still not seen anything else of the city!!! I kid you not!!

  • Tami
    Reply

    Wow! Have you been to all of these great locations? I’m jealous! But of these, I would definitely like to spend a relaxing romantic week in St. Lucia! I could really use a week like that right now!

    • Katie
      Reply

      Hi Tami,
      No we haven’t managed to get to all of them but they are on our list!! and Yeah St Lucia looks so perfect – I want to stay at the Hotel Chocolat !!!

  • Tara
    Reply

    Great list – I think Morocco is top for me – it seems like it would be so romantic!!

  • Julian
    Reply

    Thanks for the post, Rajasthan it shall be! Heard a lot about it, it’s definitely time to go. Morocco is a great destination as well, we particularly found Essaouira romantic! Inspired now 🙂

  • Brown Gal Trekker
    Reply

    Anything with hiking, I’m there. I’d go for Morocco for adventure! Nice list – the rest are great for relaxation.

  • Bistra Yakimova
    Reply

    I’ve been to only 5 out of those 10 romantic destinations. I would love to bring my valentine to the other five as well:-) Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Maria
    Reply

    For romance, I’ll take Bali or any place with sea, sand and sun. But this is a great list loaded with romantic places!

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