Ah, romance! Often considered to be a woman's emotion, men are quickly learning that they can appreciate romance and get more out of their relationship and still be manly. This list of twenty places around the world will give couples a good starting point for places to visit for a romantic getaway that both parties will thoroughly enjoy.
From the beach to wine country and every place in between, this list covers the world of romantic places. Many will be familiar to at least one of you, but some will be virtually unknown. And often, it is the unknown places that will prove to offer the most to the couples that really want to spice up their romantic lives. Whether you are young or simply young at heart, new to a relationship or going strong after a number of years, you are sure to find at least two or three places on this list of twenty that appeal to you both—places where you can both escape the world and get back to just being in love with each other.
The world is hectic and full of stereotypes about romance. But with this list in hand, you will find that you can both get out and enjoy being hopeless romantics together.
20 Venice, Italy
Ah, Venice. Probably one of the most romantic places in the world and certainly a place you can get your guy on board with traveling to for a honeymoon or a quick weekend escape. While everyone is familiar with the gondola rides through the watery streets of Venice, many couples may not be aware of some of the other romantic activities the city has to offer. From Rialto Bridge, you and your man can take in the sights and sounds of the city while strolling hand in hand. Visit St. Mark’s Square at sunset and enjoy the view that will leave you both breathless with wonder at how something so beautiful can really exist. Venice is not known for beaches but Alberoni Beach is located in a nature preserve and is a nice break from the busy city. And do not forget the Doge’s Palace where couples regularly enjoy both art and architecture. Venice is known as a romantic city, for sure, but there are places in and around the city that are so romantic that men and women can both appreciate their beauty and majesty. Leave the gondola rides to the young couples and get out to experience all that Venice has to offer the true romantics of the world.
19 Granada, Spain
Wander the streets of around Granada, Spain, a picturesque city with cobbled streets, white washed houses, and little squares that overlook the fort. What could be more romantic than that? And with the fort, your man will have very little excuse to not want to spend a romantic weekend in Granada, provided he gets to visit that fort. Check out the Albaicìn, a neighborhood full of Spanish homes, shopping, dining, and entertainment options that makes for the perfect day adventure before heading back to a small luxury hotel or boutique, some with as little as 5 rooms or in renovated classic homes, for a more intimate atmosphere. Plaza de San Nicolas provides a romantic view of the city with the mountains behind it. For the couples that enjoy the outdoors, try Dehesa del Generalife, a 1000-acre-plus protected wildlife area with trails that lead to ruins and views of Granada. And
while Spain is well-known for its cuisine, such as tapas, Granada really elevates the dining experience for those couples looking for an intimate dining opportunity where you can order a drink and receive free tapas. How better to share a romantic lunch than over a nice drink and a shared meal of tasting dishes?
Granada has a lot to offer the couple on a romantic getaway, and that includes offerings for the men that will enjoy the fort and the chance to share a free meal with their better half.
18 New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana may be known for parties like Mardi Gras, but it is actually a very romantic city, perfect for those couples that really like to get out and do things. Imagine dancing the night away on Bourbon Street where you can check out some of the bars for craft cocktails and beers. Or, consider a dinner cruise on the Mississippi River for a fun dinner and outstanding views. New Orleans' French Quarter is famous for its history and attractions that draw couples from all over the country and the world to explore together. And if you two are the gambling type, then Harrah's Casino is ready to help you win big enough to pay for your entire vacation.
For a romantic place to stay, Ritz Carlton is recommended as it is close enough to the action but far enough to be quiet. Plus, couples can take advantage of its luxury amenities.
New Orleans may be a party city, but you and your man can definitely plan a trip that will let you create your own party of the more romantic type. The activities that bring people to the city are one thing, but the romantic atmosphere that underlies the city is something else that anyone will surely appreciate and enjoy.
17 Grand Cayman Islands
Visit any of the three islands of the Grand Cayman Islands to experience white sand beaches, luxury resorts, and spas. It is difficult to get more romantic than that. Those beaches are perfect for enjoying sunrises and sunsets. The way the sand goes from dark to red and orange to white is a somewhat magical experience that any couple would enjoy, especially if they escape from the crowds to find a private stretch of beach. The luxury resorts of Grand Cayman Islands cater to couples from all around the world, and they know how to make an experience truly romantic. The staff at the hotels have the knowledge to plan a romantic afternoon, day, or weekend, and they can cater directly to what you, as a couple, want. And when you return from you adventure, take advantage of a couples massage at any of the numerous spas. As far as dining, the options are pretty endless, especially if you are looking to get away from everyone else and enjoy a private moment together to share a meal. Grand Cayman Islands may be a popular tourist destination, but there is plenty available to make the islands a destination for couples to get away and share some romantic time together.
16 Yoron, Japan
Yoron, Japan is known as the Pearl of the Orient, and for good reason. It is an island off the coast of Japan that is surrounded by corals, which really highlights the beauty and majesty of the island. And that is where the romance lies for you and your man. Stay at the Pricia Resort Yoron or Hoshizunaso, both of which offer a welcome place to begin and end your romantic days and nights at Yoron. From Ooganeku Beach, the longest stretch of beach on the island to the resorts and Yoro Folk Village, this remarkable island seems to exist for the sole purpose of providing a welcome retreat from mainland Japan that couples can to escape to together.
The island is still secluded from the world, it seems, providing the perfect backdrop to romantic activities of all sorts.
Whether you two enjoy snorkeling or hiking, sightseeing or shopping, you are both sure to find the activities that you can do together to better enjoy each other and the romantic relationship you share. Yoron Island may not be a diamond in the rough, but it certainly does live up to its status as the Pearl of the Orient, and couples are glad they took the time to visit it.
Enjoy the northern lights and rugged beauty of Iceland on your next romantic getaway, and both you and the man of your life will want to go back to Iceland for every special celebration you share. For example,
you can visit Blue Lagoon, a complete spa experience in the middle of the frozen world that is Iceland. What better way to share a weekend or week than in the steamy warmth of a geothermal heated hot tub and spa, right?
The two of you will never forget the hot mineral water or services offered by the spa staff. And after that, you could tour the countryside on iconic Icelandic Horses, sharing the experience of horseback riding through the snow. After your day out exploring the untouched wilderness, return to your resort or hotel for a night together dining on fine Icelandic cuisine or something a little more mainstream. Iceland has so much to offer to couples that come to the island to share an unforgettable experience with each other. The welcoming nature of Iceland has become well-known, making the country a top travel spot for people on all types of vacations. But the unique perspective that can be brought to a romantic getaway between two people is something that Iceland does very well.
14 Newberg, Oregon
Newberg, Oregon is located in the Willamette wine region, and nothing could be more romantic for a couple in love that sharing an experience with wine. Lovers will enjoy wine tasting and experience the laid-back atmosphere of a small town in Newberg. For options that are a little less mainstream or not totally related to wine, head downtown to enjoy many independent coffee shops, ethnic restaurants, and wine tasting rooms, all very romantic options that anyone can appreciate. If you visit during the summer months, be sure to take advantage of the local farmers market and shopping at stores for local arts and crafts. And on the first Friday of the month, shops and stores stay open longer with more wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres and live music. At the end of the day, you two will want to stay at the luxurious Allison Resort & Spa, the only luxury resort in the Willamete wine region. Newberg may be off the so-called beaten path of romantic travel locations, but it really has a lot to offer men and women who are looking to share a night or weekend with each other to build or rekindle their romance. While it is not all about the wine, though, the wine certainly helps.
13 Sedona, Arizona
Sedona, Arizona is a scenic desert town with a great arts community, perfect for a romantic getaway to the Southwest United States. Hike through the rugged landscape to experience the beautiful red rock formations and take in the unique vistas.
For an out-of-this-world romantic experience, take advantage of the seclusion and enjoy star gazing. You will not believe how many stars you can see on a cloudless night in Sedona.
Your dining options are virtually endless with a number of different types of restaurants, many of which will offer up a special package for a romantic evening together. When you have tired yourselves out exploring the area, return to your resort or cabin for a good night's sleep before embarking out the next day to spend together taking in the culture and arts of downtown Sedona. The town may be in what used to be the Wild West, but today it has a great offering for couples looking for a unique experience to share with each other. Whether you two are just starting your relationship or growing old together, Sedona has something that will appeal to those young and young at heart. The town of Sedona is unique in the United States for its natural beauty that draws couples from around the world to experience together.
12 Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece is one of the most remote and beautiful places in all of Greece, making it an ideal location for lovers to share a romantic getaway. Together, you can walk the streets or rent a couple of scooters to tour the town. One of the best place to walk is Oia, which faces the volcano on the north side. From here, you two can get views of the ocean, the volcano, and beautiful small homes in the area. If the beautiful views are not enough to instill a sense of pure romance, then a visit to the beach at Red Beach definitely will. A short hike will take you to this secluded beach where you and your better half will be free to enjoy each other's company for as long as you want to, experiencing true bliss on the beach.
For a unique take on accommodations, try one of the cave hotels or at Windmill Villas, an exclusive three-story windmill with pool, ocean views, private garden, and terrace.
Santorini is a special place for anyone. But, people looking for a romantic escape are sure to find a great number of activities to participate in in the area that will help them build their relationship with each other.
White soft sands surrounded by turquoise oceans in Maldives creates a romantic backdrop for a romantic getaway. Here, you can enjoy a couples massage on the beach at one of the many resort spas that Maldives is so famous for. If you have the funds, you can always charter a yacht to sail out and enjoy each other with literally no one around. Or, for a unique dining experience, head to the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant for underwater dining, something that you will not find just anywhere. As the sun goes down and the moon rises, take advantage of the stillness of the night to embrace each other in the moonlight on a cruise through the dark. You will always remember those moments shared with nothing but the moon and stars illuminating the night. For a place to stay in, there are a selection of luxury resorts in Maldives, many of which offer overwater bungalows that allow views of the turquoise waters on all sides and the sound of the waves as you two drift off to sleep in each other's arms. Maldives is a beautiful place that has so much to offer couples who want a unique experience where they are treated like royalty by everyone, including each other.
10 The French Riviera
The French Riviera is probably one of the most well-known romantic regions of the world. The scene of countless stories and movies that revolve around romance, this region of France really may offer the complete package for both men and women when it comes to a romantic getaway. Explore the medieval villages that line the hills. The history is so rich here that you can taste it. Get lost in the twisting lanes as you explore the shops and buildings of the tiny villages. Try Gourdon for great views that you simply will not find anywhere else in the world. And that is all just during the day. At night, the French Riviera changes into a whole new different world. From Nice to Monte Carlo, you will find the rich and famous of the world sharing their lives with those they love. From the flower markets to the casinos, the French Riviera is the playground of those in love and those seeking love. For those brave enough, there is a clothing optional beach at Saint Tropez. And all of it is centered around a small region of France known as the Riviera, a place where dreams come alive, no matter how romantic or far-fetched they may be.
9 Negril, Jamaica
With a secluded atmosphere making it a great destination for couples, Negril, Jamaica is one of those places that ooze with romance and love. At Seven Mile Beach, you and your man can take in the ocean views or participate in water sports and activities that you both will really enjoy. As the day winds down, experience the sunset at Rick's Cafe, a mainstay at Negril that is always full of couples looking at the sunset reflected in each other's eyes.
Many of the resorts at Negril are couples-only, making them ideal for two people to enjoy spending time alone without people who are not in love surrounding them. And if you two are into the night life that clubs offer, be sure to check out the number of clubs and bars where the music will pump you up and keep the party going all night long.
Negril is in the middle of the Caribbean Sea, so you know that you and your love will be walking hand in hand on white beaches with crystal blue waters lapping at your toes. This is a piece of paradise that is accessible to anyone with a plane ticket and a passport. The only thing you will need to be sure to pack is the desire to share a romantic experience together.
8 Isle Of Skye, Scotland
For an adventurous romantic trip, visit the Isle of Skye in Scotland. While hiking and outdoor activities may not seem romantic and are generally more aimed at the men, couples from all over the world have been visiting the Isle of Skye to enjoy a rich history and hiking. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens is a great place to visit, with a tour that lets couples take in the expensive art collection and gardens and a boat onto the loch for a better view. All of these things are great for couples to experience together and definitely have appeal to both men and women. For hiking, there are a number of interesting geological sites on the island, such as the Old Man of Storr, a pinnacle of rock so large it can be seen from miles around. The Fairy Pools are a collection of waterfalls at the end of a short hike with beautiful crystal clear waters, perfect for a secret swim if you dare. The natural beauty of the Isle of Skye is so entrancing that even those that have a hard time appreciating hiking and being outdoors will find themselves romanced by the idea of sharing this experience with their better half.
7 Osoyoos, Canada
Located over the border from the U.S. state of Washington,
Osoyoos, Canada has been rated by a men's magazine as one of the top places for men to go to rekindle a romance. So, ladies, you know that your man is going to want to go here for your next romantic getaway.
Together, you can visit the beaches on Lake Osoyoos, where you may stroll around the lake or participate in water sports at your leisure. Located in the southern region of the Okanagan Wine Region of Canada, this area has 20 wineries to explore, sample wine from, and make a purchase to take back to your resort or luxury hotel. And many of the wineries have a restaurant on site for your dining pleasure. To help you both unwind and relax, take a trip to one of the many spas where you can get to know each other better while experiencing a he-she spa date. All of these aspects come together to build a great romantic vacation that both the man and woman will really enjoy. Because it is so close to the United States, it is possible to get away for just a quick weekend without the need to worry about long international travel. But once you are in Osoyoos, you are going to find that a simple weekend is not enough romance for the two of you.
6 Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy was the home to the Renaissance and is consequently one of the most romantic cities in all of Italy and Europe. One of the finest collections of art, especially Renaissance, is located at the Uffizi Gallery, the former office of the ruling family of Florence. The history is dripping from every wall and every statue, including Michelangelo's David, that you do not have to try hard to find it. And all of the art and beauty will have everyone in the mood for a romantic rendezvous, so much so that a trip to the Boboli Gardens may turn into something more back at the luxury hotel. While most people have heard of Florence, they may not have realized all that it has to offer people looking for a romantic escape from places like Rome or Venice. Florence is located in Italy's state of Tuscany, a place that is known for culture and art-expressing romance. The two of you will really begin to appreciate the city once you have climbed to the top of the Duomo, and you can look out over everything before turning back to each other and returning to your hotel to spend the evening in a restaurant dining on fine Italian cuisine and then retiring for the night.
5 Napa Valley, California
Experience the rolling vineyards, wine caverns, wineries, and gourmet dining of Napa Valley, California. Oh, and do it all with your man. Napa Valley is well-known as wine country, and there is something very romantic about wine tastings among rolling hills, the beautiful sun setting, and casting long shadows of you and your man as you share a bottle of some of the best wine in the United States. But
there is more to Napa than just wine tasting. If you are there for a romantic getaway, be sure to check out one of the very couple-centric resorts that are available. Auberge du Soleil is an intimate 50-room luxury resort with full amenities, such as a spa, pool, and Michelin Star restaurant...or the Senza Hotel, which is great for couples with its intimate 41 rooms and pool with covered cabanas.
Yes, Napa Valley is best known for its wine, but an entire romantic cottage industry has sprung up among the vineyards and hills of the region. While many people still visit on day trips to buy wine by the glass and bottle, those couples that choose to make a romantic weekend out of it are really going to enjoy all that Napa Valley has to offer.
4 Carmel, California
Once an artist’s colony, Carmel, California now offers a quiet beach getaway, especially for those in love looking for a romantic escape that both parties will enjoy. From the famous Carmel Beach, stroll down the Scenic Bluff path that runs parallel to the Scenic Road above. You are walking in the footsteps of many that have come before you, and the whispers of the artists and the lovers seem to haunt you with each step you take. Explore the art studios and galleries, which have been producing unique art for decades. Stop and enjoy a glass of wine at one of the tasting rooms, bars, or bottle rooms before turning in for the night at a private home or inn that has been converted to use by the weary travelers seeking more than just a place to lay their head on. All of this is in a quiet community in California that caters to those couples that seek the different but not the unusual. From art and scenic vistas to wine and plush but private accommodations, Carmel offers so much to any romantic couple that wants more from the experience than just a walk on the beach or a fine meal and a soft bed. Carmel offers couples a truly one-of-a-kind romantic experience.
3 Paris, France
While Paris, France may be the go-to place for romance, there is so much more to the city than many people recognize, especially for those seeking true romance in the city of love. Paris is a city that has earned a reputation as a place for love to begin, grow, mature, and never die.
From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre, this city has it all in terms of the icons that the world recognizes as romantic. But what about the hidden Paris? There are a number of small boutique hotels and inns to stay at that will give you a much more romantic experience than even the most expensive luxury resort.
And the smaller diners and cafes will serve you food better than you thought could actually exist, as the two of you stare into each other's eyes over a glass of French wine. Paris offers it all to the romantic couple and so much more for those that know what true romance really is. For those couples that have moved beyond simple romance to that never-ending love, the real Paris has exactly what you are looking for even if you do not know that you are looking for it.
2 Fez, Morocco
One of the most attractive locations in Morocco, Fez is not a place that many couples would consider to be a romantic location. However, for those couples looking for a getaway that they can both enjoy, Fez has a lot to offer. For example, there are a number of museums in the area that cater to the tastes and interests of both men and women—everything from wood carvings and tools to jewelry and art. And what better way to enjoy a day together than to stroll through a museum or the streets of an ancient walled city before returning to your boutique hotel for a romantic rooftop dinner? Or visit Jnana sbil, a peaceful garden away from the bustling city where couples can just relax and take in the beauty around them and in front of them. Spas and Turkish baths will help you both relax and open up to enjoying each other's company on a whole new level. Yes, it is possible to find romance in even some of the places in the world where you would not think you could find it. Fez is a great example of this, giving couples an opportunity to explore the world while growing closer to each other. And that is something that both men and women can appreciate.
1 Koh Samui, Thailand
Koh Samui is Thailand's largest island, and it is covered in white sand beaches, coconut trees, and natural wonders, making it perfect for a romantic getaway that will delight and amaze both parties of the couple. Stay in a smaller boutique hotel or a luxury resort on the beach, the choice is up to you. But either way, your stay will be unforgettable. Strolling along the beaches hand in hand is something that neither of you will forget. However,
for the more adventurous couple, there are a number of activities that Koh Samui offers that are a little more rugged but still romantic. See the Samui waterfalls, located in the interior of the island, which provide a nice break from the resort scene.
Or, there is the twelve-meter Buddha that will remind you of the inner calm that the world is so sorely lacking at times, but which is essential to any relationship at times. Regardless of what you and your man consider to make up a romantic getaway, Koh Samui is likely to offer something that will help you get away from the rest of the world and just relax and enjoy each other's company. And what could be more romantic than just enjoying time with each other?
The world is full of romantic destinations that both men and women can enjoy together. Hopefully, this list has given couples a chance to plan their next romantic trip where they will both enjoy everything with each other.