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Romantic Holidays for Couples

Whatever your idea of romance, be it a candle-lit dinner surrounded by white sand and lapping waves or strolling hand-in-hand in a beautiful city square - the world is full of dreamy spots.

So if you’re looking for ways to woo that special someone, these romantic holidays for couples are guaranteed to earn you some serious brownie points.

1) Say ‘Ti amo!’ in Sorrento

A view of Marina Grande in Sorrento, Italy

Hiding amid the lemon trees sits one of Italy’s most famous seaside towns, beautiful Sorrento. This place is the definition of romantic escapades, from its film-worthy views to its bustling piazzas and upmarket hotels.

By day, find a pavement cafe in Piazza Tasso and enjoy an aperitif as you people-watch, or take a romantic stroll through Villa Comunale Park. On your way back to your hotel, don’t forget to stop by the popular wedding venue, Church and Cloisters of San Francesco. Time your visit right and you may even catch a bride and groom saying their vows in the courtyard. But no evening would be complete without a Sorrento sunset. Nothing beats watching the light slowly fade over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius - pick a restaurant or bar with a sea-facing terrace for the best views.

If that wasn’t enough romance for one trip, why not see what the rest of the Amalfi Coast has to offer with a boat tour? First stop, Positano! This place is the epitome of idyllic with its cluster of pastel-coloured buildings perched on the cliffside. Or for a taste of the jet-set lifestyle, the island of Capri is just across the water.

2) Create your own Spanish love story in Seville

The Plaza de España in Seville

The heart and soul of Andalusia, Seville has to be one of Spain’s most magical cities. Everything about this place will get you in the mood for love, whether you’re wondering its shady plazas, flower-filled alleyways or crossing Triana Bridge.

When you’re not exploring by foot, you could be wining and dining your other half in one of the city’s riverside tapas bars, before hitting its Jewish Quarter for a relaxing dip in an Arabic bath. Want to explore the sights, just the two of you? Then, cosy up on a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy your very own private tour as you ride past breathtaking buildings like Alcázar and Plaza de España.

And what better way to finish off the perfect trip than an authentic flamenco show. Synonymous with love and passion, get ready for a spicy Spanish date night.

3) Reconnect in Bali

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple in Bali

With its exotic beauty and an incredible culture, few places can rival the Indonesian island of Bali. Located just 890km south of the equator, this Asian hotspot offers a slice of romantic paradise.

Young lovers hoping to catch a Bali sunrise should make their way up Mount Batur before daybreak for unforgettable views of Lake Batur and Gunung Abang Mountain. To capture memories you can cherish forever, why not book a couple’s photoshoot at the famous ‘Bali Swing’ ( a giant jungle swing fastened between two coconut trees ). If you don’t like the thought of dangling above the treetops, The Gates Of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple is another photogenic spot.

Those who don’t mind splashing the cash may prefer a trip to one of the island’s world-class spas. Nothing says ‘I love you’ like a joint pamper session! For a treatment with a difference visit Dala Spa and reap the benefits of a herb-infused massage. A day at the aptly named A Valley Romance (Ubud) shouldn’t be missed either, with its rainforest setting and warm flower baths.

Hoping to pop the question in front of a fiery Bali sunset? I know it's cliched, but not a lot will top a private dinner on the beach.

4) Take your romance to greater heights in New York

A New York park in the sunshine

It doesn’t matter which season you visit the Big Apple because this city is special whatever the time of year. Winters are perfect for ice skating dates, Broadway shows and moon-lit river cruises. While the summer is all about taking advantage of the outdoors with park picnics, rooftop cocktails and movies under the stars.

Speaking of movies, trips to New York are full of real-life film sets. Stop by Katz’s in the Lower East Side and order a turkey sandwich from the exact deli where that iconic When Harry Met Sally scene was shot. Or, take a trip to Grand Central Station, which featured as the closing backdrop in the rom-com Friends with Benefits.

Once you’re done hunting down filming locations, New York’s shopping scene is second to none. Wander down Fifth Avenue and visit flagship stores like Tiffany & Co and Cartier, the perfect excuse to treat that special someone to a sentimental gift.

5)Discover swoon-worthy scenery in Santorini

A beautiful sunrise over a blue-domed church in Santorini, Greece

Santorini and romance are a match made in heaven. Not only is this extraordinary destination a honeymoon favourite, but it’s crammed with amazing wedding locations too. Planning a proposal? You won’t have to look far with even more impressive views around every corner.

Find hotels carved into the rocks flaunting amazing infinity pools, and restaurants with tables overlooking the caldera ( a large crater, now filled by the sea, and formed after a volcanic eruption) - perfect for witnessing Oia’s world-famous sunset. For a closer look at Santorini’s submerged gem, book a caldera cruise. While those feeling adventurous may prefer the freedom of a jet ski.

If you want to relax by the coast on your Santorini getaway, Eros Beach is just the spot! Named after the god of sensual love and desire, this secluded coastline makes for dreamy sunbathing stints surrounded by soaring white cliffs. After a dip in the Aegean, it’s time to experience the sulphuric waters of the island’s hot springs. And covering each other in mud is all part of the fun. Said to be great for the skin, this all-natural spa treatment won’t cost a penny.

6. Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Paris

 A night view of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

Whether it’s February 14th or the middle of summer, Paris screams romance whenever you visit. Dubbed ‘The City of Love’, the French capital lives up to all of its idealistic expectations. Tree-lined avenues filled with intimate bistros, architectural masterpieces standing high above its landscape and an artistic spirit unlike anywhere else in the world, what’s not to love?

The magical streets of Montmartre should be your first stop! Sample that famous French cooking from one of its pavement cafes, or hunt down ‘The Wall of Love’, a mural with ‘I love you’ written in more than 300 languages! The area is also home to Place du Tertre (The Artist's Square), the very spot where the likes of Picasso and Van Gogh came to work. Just a few streets away, don’t pass up the chance to see the stunning Sacré-Cœur basilica and its incredible views (the city’s second-highest point after the Eiffel Tower).

Of course, you can’t come all this way without a trip up the Eiffel Tower or a tour of the Louvre, but don’t forget to stake out those lesser-known gems, too, such as a secluded stroll through Parc des Buttes-Chaumont or a boat ride to the Temple of Love.

And if you thought the city was beautiful during the day, just wait until you witness a Parisian night! From the glittering Eiffel Tower to the moon-lit Seine and illuminated Arc de Triomphe - see it all from a rooftop bar. Or for something extra special, book a dinner cruise. After something a little more risque? Nothing will ignite your flame quite like a cabaret show at Moulin Rouge.

If you weren’t a romantic before you came to Paris, you certainly will by the time you leave!

Adele Grant

About the author

Adele has worked in travel for a number of years now, which has taken her to some amazing places. When she’s not at home cuddling her dog, she loves to explore new places. From Mexico to Croatia and Iceland, she has some great insider tips.