Ahh, the lovey dovey couples romantic weekend getaway. Escaping somewhere beautiful alone together, where the universe conspires to give you a warm fuzzy feeling everytime you look at each other.

“They slipped briefly into an intimacy from which they never recovered” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

The shape of a romantic holiday though – that is, your ideal picture of what you’d like to explore together in a truly special experience with your partner – greatly depends on your actual shared interests. No, we don’t all dream of striking a leg-pop pose under an umbrella under the Eiffel Tower on our honeymoon. When it comes to a romantic holiday in fact, one couple’s dream of climbing a mountain together and re-pledging their vows at the top is another’s worst nightmare.

Thankfully, there’s a romantic spot in the world for you and your other half so you can enjoy a couples getaway in the way you define romance. Here’s some great romantic places to enjoy on your honeymoon, Valentine’s Day getaway or simply a couples weekend.


Romantic Getaway For the Foodie Couple

Romantic Places - Barga, Tuscany

If you share a joint desire to discover the true taste of a tomato, or to find out how organic pecorino and ricotta make all the difference to a salad, a food-inspired holiday to Italy will set the flames of lust alight in your hungry tums.

Take all manner of cooking classes in the rolling countryside of Tuscany, or simply drive from winery to bar to restaurant in a romantic, gourmet escape from reality. Bellissimo.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at Boutique Hotel Magnolia and drink in the joys of the attached winery, the rooftop terrace and hot tub.

Romantic Boutique Hotel Magnolia, Tuscany


Couples Weekend For Sun Lovers

The Philippines is the place for blissing out, lying on snow-white sands and saying “I love you” over and over again. How can you not fall in love in Coron?

Romantic Hotel - Funny Lion Inn, Coron

It’s one of the trickiest places to reach in the region but undoubtedly one of the best. To get to paradise, you’ll travel through air, land and water more than once. But as soon as you’re staring into each other’s eyes, clinking glasses with the rolling azure waters behind you on a sailboat trip, you’ll be glad you didn’t settle for less.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at The Funny Lion Inn for stunning rooftop views, friendly staff and a hot tub area in what feels like the middle of a forest.


For the Couple Who Loves to Party

If you’re two night owls looking for a new place to fly, Seoul is a neon-lit trip to another world that’s guaranteed to bring you closer together. The nightlife in South Korea’s capital is one of Asia’s most exciting.Grand Hyatt Seoul - Romantic Places

Drinks – including the local alcohol soju – are fairly cheap, and you’ll find student deals in Hongdae to keep costs down even more. Brilliant bands often play in bars and clubs and the food is good too.

If you’re looking for an area with a slightly older crowd who still love to let their hair down, you can party with military men and expats in Itaewon.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay amid 18 acres of lush gardens and waterfalls at the Grand Hyatt Seoul for a romantic escape from the chaos on Mount Namsan. Don’t worry – you’re still a 10-minute drive from downtown Seoul.

Romantic Holiday For the Artistic Couple

Cartegna, Colombia - Romantic PlacesNick Harris

If it’s art, words and music that stir your creative souls, you might consider Cartagena in Colombia. Not only did famed author Gabriel García Márquez reside here (Love in the Time of Cholera), the old city is the stuff of storybooks.

Get lost together in the historical districts of El Centro and San Diego, take in balconies of bougainvillea, explore pretty cobbled plazas, read together on shaded lawns and patios, and ride in a horse and cart past live street musicians along the glittering Caribbean coast.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at the Hotel Casa San Agustin in the walled city for a luxurious and quiet retreat with a poolside bar.

For the High-adrenaline Couple

Akaka Falls Hawaii - Romantic Places

For the couple who can barely contemplate the concept of sitting still, Hawaii knows how to entertain. From scuba diving Maui’s coral reefs with a qualified underwater photographer to hiking through pristine rainforest to walking hand in hand along a volcanic crater in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, you can’t fail to have an action-packed romantic vacation all the way from aloha to goodbye. What’s more, you’ll definitely get a lei. ;p

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at the luxurious Kapalua Villas Maui on the north-western tip of Maui, which comes with tennis courts and golf courses.

Romantic Places For History-buffs

Forbidden City in Beijing - Romantic Places

There might be 10 million bicycles in Beijing, but there’s still plenty of room for a couple with history on their minds.

With a grid first planned in the 13th century by Kublai Khan, China’s most historically exciting city is packed with ancient charms. Walk through Tiananmen Square together and check out the Monument to People’s Heroes, visit the Ming tombs, the Mao Zedong mausoleum and the incredible Forbidden City palace. Cross your explorations off that bucket list as you go.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at Raffles Beijing Hotel and you’ll be less than two kilometres from the Forbidden City and surrounded by an inspiring mix of Oriental and French influences guaranteed to get you in the mood.

Romantic Vacation For the Celebratory Couple

Batu Bolong Temple in Lombok - Romantic Places

Got an anniversary coming up? If you’ve been to Bali, imagine how it was 10 years ago and you’ll have some idea of the idyllic getaway Lombok has in store for your celebrations. Romance awaits with strolls around picturesque temples, boat rides to spectacular islands and a host of friendly locals to guide you to hidden waterfalls and beaches.

Lombok also makes a great couples getaway for a honeymoon, valentine’s day or special occasions.

Tiger Airways offers direct flights from Singapore, and AirAsia offers one from KL, so getting there for a quick yet special getaway is easy.

Romantic Hotel to Stay In

Stay at Novotel Lombok Resort and Villas and relax on the private beach right in front of you, or book a multitude of treatments at the full-service spa.

Romantic Places For the Couple with Kids

Surprisingly, you can still have a romantic holiday with the kids in tow. And there’s no need to stay on land. Disney Cruise Line is a pro at proving “a small world” can still feel pretty big on a ship, and not only are there child minders on hand at all times to provide the entertainment, their rooms come with a nifty privacy curtain between the adult bed and the kids’ sleeping area.

Your young Mouseketeers will love being part of the Oceaneer Club, heading to Neverland or boarding Captain Hook’s pirate ship while you’re relaxing on deck with a cocktail. Alone at last.

Head to Disney Cruise Line for a variety of different options and departure points in North America, the Carribean and Europe.


Where’s the best place you’ve been for a romantic getaway? 

Feature Image: Hotel Casa San Agustin