When you’re in love, there’s a desire to share it with the world, and it’s a big world out there. Whether you want to shout your love from the top of a mountain or while snorkeling with underwater creatures, there are plenty of places around the globe to honor your soul mate. (Warning: shouting and snorkeling don’t mix.) Enjoy our selection of the most romantic destinations on the planet where the two of you can create enough memories to last a lifetime
The Classic Seaside Escape- Santa Barbara, California
Santa-Barbara Dating site Miss Travel ranked this California Oceanside destination as one of its best — and it’s not hard to see why.
One of the more affluent areas in the state, Santa Barbara is a city of great food, great lifestyle and a load of luxurious activities to enjoy. From great historical attractions to excellent golf courses — for pairs, of course, this Oceanside city is walk able, romantic, and exudes an elegance and sophistication that you’ll find throughout the area. Head to nearby wineries for a real taste of California living.
If you’re looking for a romantic setting where it’s just you, your loved one, and the great outdoors, the secluded islands of the Maldives is it. With fabulous weather almost the whole year round and all the palm trees you could wish for, the tiny coral reef islands are a magical place to kick back and relax with your loved one. There’s little to see and do, beyond snorkelling to see the exotic underworld of the Indian Ocean, or a trip to one of the many spa resorts, but with evocative sunsets, dazzling waters and sparkling golden sands in such ample supply, you’ll likely never want to leave. For that undisturbed romantic stay, head to one of the thatched roof bungalows of Makunudu.
Venice, Veneto, Italy
With its stunning architecture and mysterious passageways, Venice is the perfect hideaway for lovers. Glide down one of its many canals in a gondola, dine by candlelight on northern Italian dishes, and take a moonlit stroll through Piazza San Marco. Romance is guaranteed.
The beaches of Bali are well trodden by all kinds of tourists, from backpackers to the well-heeled, and they also make for a sensational romantic destination. In the balmy waters of southern Asia, the Indonesian island, complete with verdant landscape, volcanic lakes and cultural gems, is as close to paradise as they come. Head to the Karma Kandara resort on Bali’s secluded southernmost tip, a stunning architectural feat merging classic Balinese design with pure luxury. Snuggle up undisturbed in one of the beautifully furnished individual villas, which come with their own tropical courtyard, private pool and personal access to the beach. Enjoy candlelit cuisine at the cliff-face restaurant and sip champagne under the stars at the hotel’s rooftop bar. One tip to note: it’s wise to avoid monsoon season between December and March.
If there were ever a place that could get by on its looks, it would be Santorini. Whitewashed cave houses framed by bougainvillea and backed by blue-domed churches spill down the rim of an ancient volcanic crater; at sunset, the Sea of Crete is bathed in a rosy glow. Yet as compelling as the scenery may be, Santorini’s true appeal lies in its wealth of diversions—extraordinary wines, black (or red or white) beaches, and archaeological sites from the prehistoric era.
It may come as a surprise that bustling, energetic Shanghai presents any number of romantic diversions. The leafy streets of the charming French Concession on the west bank are a delight to stroll. Traditional Chinese gardens offer peaceful escapes and the waterfront Bund is a thrill to explore.
Once a backpacking haven with only the most basic accommodations, this five-mile-long island now rivals better-known Asian destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui, Thailand. A 45-minute flight from Manila brings you to either Kalibo or Caticlan, where boats connect directly to White Beach, whose powdery sand may just be the softest in the world.