Couples are always on the lookout for romantic places to visit. Before we go ahead with our list of the best romantic holiday places for couples, let me assure you that for me romance is a state of mind. I can be as romantic in my house, as I can be in Paris.
That said, I will definitely need an exhilarating, romantic setting to up the proverbial romantic ante. Hence this list of best romantic holiday places for couples:
1: Paris, France
City of light is one of the best places for romantic couples wanting to know each other better. We strongly recommend not just restricting yourself to sights such as The Louvre, Notre Dame and The Eiffel Tower but moving beyond them and into the city’s grand boulevards, eateries and fashion shopping. This city of lights is situated on the river Seine which makes it a cool and romantic place.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Le Bristol Paris
Romantic things to do in Paris: Visit Musee d’Orsay, stand below Eiffel Tower and take a pic, Musee du Louvre, check out Notre Dame Cathedral, and spend some musical hours in Palais Garnier – Opera National de Paris. For some beautiful visuals visit the Luxembourg Gardens as well.
Best Activity together: There are various bike tours, which you can take as couples. This is a great city for biking and we are sure you and your spouse will love exploring the city on your bikes.
2: Key West, Florida, USA
Key West is pretty close to Cuba, so if being a US citizen you couldn’t go to Cuba, this can be your alternative. It is a great romantic place for couples of all age groups. If you love nightlife, this is the best vacation place for you. The place is also known for its laid back attitude and conch-style houses. So if you just want to laze around without taking your eyes off each other, this is the best place.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Almond Tree Inn
Romantic things to do in Key West, Florida: Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory can really be romantic, do visit the Dry Tortugas National Park, the Saint Mary Star of the Sea church restores your faith in whatever you believe in, Sunset Pier can be very romantic if visited with your partner, and then, of course, there is the West Martello Tower.
Best Activity Together: You and your partner can try the boat tours, the snorkeling and scuba diving. It is great fun together.
3: Cancun, Mexico
Cancun with just the right amount of sun has the perfect weather for the perfect romantic holiday. Its golden beaches add to the allure for the romantic in you. This premiere coastal destination in Mexico is filled with youngsters so is a beautiful party place – if you are into parties this is the best place for you. It will be unfair to say that Cancun caters to only the young lovers. So if you want to land up here as a family, you are most welcome as well.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: The restaurant in Le Blanc Spa Resort
Romantic things to do in Cancun: Check out beach Playa Delfines, Avenida Kukulkan and the Coco Bongo Cancun. The Dolphin Discovery can be very cute as well, and of course, Torre Escenica is a must.
Best Activity Together: You can try out snorkeling and scuba diving together as a couple. If you and your partner are into archaeology, then check out the archaeology tours as well.
4: Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Playa del Carmen is for the rich romantic couple – rich both in terms of taste and money. This beach town has excellent nightlife and amazing options to just laze around as well. It was once a small fishing town, which in recent years has become a popular romantic destination. All tourist activity in this beach town centers around Quinta Avenida, or Fifth Avenue.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Rosewood Mayakoba
Romantic things to do in Playa del Carmen: Xcaret Eco Theme Park is a must visit and so is the Coba Mayan Village. Don’t miss out the best party in the beach town at Playa del Carmen Bachelorette. And of course, how can you miss out on Cenote Chaak Tun!
Best Activity Together: Do indulge in scuba diving and snorkeling as a couple. If you and your partner are into nature, there are some good eco-tours as well.
5: Venice, Italy
Stunning architecture summarizes Venice. Venice is as mysterious as it is romantic – so if you are looking to enhance the love between you and your partner, don’t look beyond this Italian city. This is the kind of city, where one doesn’t mind getting lost for even then you will be filled in with the sights and smells which will enthrall you.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Hotel Moresco
Romantic things to do in Venice: Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Square, San Rocco, a few hours of opera at the La Fenice Opera House, Musica A Palazzo, San Giorgio Maggiore
Best Activity Together: A trip down the Grand Canal in a Gondola – especially if it’s a moon-lit night. Or try a music tour, which is also loved by the visiting couples. An Italian cooking class is also one of the best ways to know each other.
If you love beaches, no place is as romantic as Barbados. This West Indian island provides you whatever you need – calm waters for good swimming or on the other side, the massive tough waves if you want to surf. Whichever seaside you may be facing, one thing is for sure, you will be relaxed, and involuntarily holding your partner’s hand and enjoying the view. The sands are fine and soft and walking on barefoot gets as romantic as ever. Do try out the catamaran cruises.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Beach View Hotel
Romantic things to do in Barbados: For some beautiful visuals do visit Hunte’s Gardens, visit Carlisle Bay, try out the South Coast Boardwalk, check out both the Dover and the Bathsheba beaches.
Best Activity Together: If you are both adventurous and romantic at the same time, do try out Stavronikita, which is a great wreck dive. Else, you always have the options of boat tours, snorkeling, and scuba diving together as a couple.
7: Nice, France
Nice is a city that balances the old-world charm with the modern day amenities and energy. This place is so amazing that it used to be a retreat for the 19th century elite from Europe, and it still continues to be a place for couples to land up seeking romance. Nice also boasts of excellent fine dining experiences and all kinds of markets for the shopping lover in you. Nice has a universal appeal, and part of it can be attributed to the year-long sunshine this place gets.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Villa Les Cygnes
Romantic things to do in Nice: A visit to Castle Hill is a must and also check out the Old Town. The other places you should visit with your partners are – Promenade des Anglais, Musee National Marc Chagall, Place Massena and Monastere de Cimiez.
Best Activity Together: If you like history, there are amazing historical tours you can try as a couple. The best, of course, is going around the city on your bike getting to know each other.
8: Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is known as the city of Spas, and not without reason. Over 15 million gallons of water goes through Budapest’s 100+ springs and boreholes. Budapest is also known as “Queen of the Danube” because the city is on the shores of the river Danube. If you are looking at the right place, this city can offer you tonnes of history, culture and natural beauty – not to mention romance.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace
Romantic things to do in Budapest: Some of the finest places to visit in Budapest are – Fisherman’s Bastion (Halaszbastya), Parliament (Orszaghaz), Danube, Castle Hill, Faust Wine Cellar, St. Stephen’s Basilica, Szimpla Kert. You must also try a few musical hours at the Hungarian State Opera House (Magyar Allami Operahaz), and if you are into theatre Budapest Operetta Theatre is a great place.
Best Activity Together: Wine tour as a couple is an activity we strongly recommend. Just don’t try too much to become tipsy. Escape games for couples are also very popular in Budapest – give them a shot.
9: Majorca, Spain
Majorca is famous for its beach resorts and sheltered coves. Do walk into so many of the stone-built villages, the art galleries or the music festivals which are a huge hit during summer. There is a good amount of water sport as well in Majorca, so indulge. To get to know your partner better, you may also decide to go on hiking trails – there are a lot of routes both along the coast and inland. Don’t be surprised if you bump into a celebrity because this beach town is a favorite holiday destination for famous people as well.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: Hotel Salvia
Romantic things to do in Majorca: Some of the best romantic places to visit are – Serra de Tramuntana, Cathedral (Le Seu), Cap de Formentor, Playa de Muro Beach, Playa de Alcudia, Parc Natural de Mondrago
Best Activity Together: Dinner theatres are a rage in Majorca, so that would be a great thing to do as a couple. Besides that you can also try out the boat tours, which are also known to bring out the romance in you.
10: Bali, Indonesia
Bali has two sides to it – the relaxing beachside and the adventurous dense jungles on the other. You can decide which part of Bali is best for your romance and go ahead. Bali’s beaches are white-sand fine-grained and hence a nice walk barefoot is also a good experience. If you decide on the jungle, be ready to see hordes of monkeys, hidden temples, and a tough hike trail. After the hike, you can always come home to a nice massage which Bali is known for.
Most Romantic Restaurant / Hotel: The Samaya Bali
Romantic things to do in Bali: If you decide to get out of your chair in front of the Bali sea, try out these places for sure – Waterbom Bali, Mayong Village Tracking Experience, Sekumpul Waterfalls, visit the Menjangan Island, Tirta Gangga, Tanah Lot Temple and the alluring Campuhan Ridge Walk.
Best Activity Together: You can take cooking classes, the best romantic thing together. Bike tours around Bali is also popular amongst the couples.