Looking for ideas on couples holiday destinations? Wanting to plan the best romantic getaway for you and your significant other? The world is large, and there are countless romantic places for couples to go on a trip together. But we can think of 13 amazing places that we absolutely love and consider to be the best destinations for couples holidays around the world.
Planning a couples trip can be challenging, especially if you both have different tastes and holiday styles. This list of romantic trips for couples features a range of holiday ideas to suit all types of couples. From tropical island escapes to adventure-packed couples road trips, romantic wine regions, and much more.
Check out these 13 destinations for the best couples vacations to start planning your next couples bucket list trip. After reading this list, you may even plan on visiting multiple destinations!
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Best Destinations for Couples Holidays – At a Glance
Narrowing down which romantic destination to plan your next trip together can be tricky. There are so many places where you can really connect as a couple. We have taken countless couples holidays together since we first met more than 15 years ago.
Those trips have included hiking up rocky mountain peaks in New Zealand, snorkeling with whale sharks in the Maldives, going on an adventurous road trip in Iceland, catching bullet trains around Japan, stepping back in time in Jordan, skiing in Switzerland, and doing a yoga retreat together in Bali.
To help you decide where to go, we’ve come up with what we consider to be the 13 best destinations for couples holidays around the world, and we’re sure this list will get you excited to plan your own trip ASAP!
Continue reading for more information about each of the couples holiday destinations listed below:
- Santorini, Greece
- Maui, Hawaii
- The Maldives
- The Whitsundays, Australia
- Paris, France
- Bora Bora, French Polynesia
- The Amalfi Coast, Italy
- Napa Valley, California
- Isle of Skye, Scotland
- Turks & Caicos
- Bali, Indonesia
13 Best Couples Holiday Destinations
#1 | Santorini, Greece
Kicking things off with one of the most popular romantic holidays for couples – Santorini. Where white-washed buildings sparkle under the sun, and breathtaking sea views and incredible beaches are all found.
Add delicious local food and dramatic cliffs upon which the shops, local eateries, and buildings sit, and you’ve found one of the most romantic places in the world.
One of the best ways to enjoy Santorini is by catching the multi-colored sunsets in Oia. Grab a table at one of the restaurants and enjoy the local fare as the sun dips over the water.
If you’re looking for a more adventurous way to spend time together, you can take a boat ride to Nea Kamini Island. This island is nearby Santorini and features the famous Santorini Volcano. Bring a pair of hiking shoes and explore the area. It’s no wonder Santorini is considered one of the best islands in Greece for couples.
Best Time to Visit: If you’re looking for hotter, sunnier weather (so you can enjoy a dip in the sea), June through September is the best time to visit. The crowds tend to thin towards the end of summer (September and October).
Where to Stay: Cavo Tagoo is extremely popular amongst couples visiting Santorini.
Read More: Click here for more inspiration on islands in Greece to visit.
#2 | Maui, Hawaii
Maui is one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii and is the quintessential holiday destination for couples of all ages, and levels of physical fitness. It has stunning beaches where you can laze around all day, as well as a range of unique activities including hike, surfing and snorkelling.
Maui has the cleanest beaches, most beautiful greenery, and the calmest water for swimming in versus the other islands of Hawaii.
Set up a romantic helicopter ride over the island for incredible panoramic views. You’ll also be able to view areas of the island that are more challenging to reach.
Snorkeling is a must-do activity while in Maui. One of the best spots to view marine life is Black Rock at Kaanapali Beach. Here, the calm waters make for an excellent snorkeling site.
Maui is a great couples holiday destination for those based in the United States, as you won’t need a passport to visit!
Best Time to Visit: If you’re looking to avoid the crowds on the island, aim for a visit from April through May or September through November.
Where to Stay: For the ultimate romantic stay you can’t go past the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea.
Read More: For more tips on visiting Hawaii, check out our collection of Hawaii travel blog articles.
#3 | The Maldives
The Maldives is one of the top romantic destinations in the world and one of the best couple island vacations. Featuring stunning overwater bungalow suites that offer direct access into the surrounding crystal-clear waters. It’s no wonder this destination is a top honeymoon spot!
Besides bungalows with glass floors for viewing marine life, the Maldives also has some of the most stunning white-sand beaches in the world. This destination offers a luxe stay for couples who want to spend time on or near the water for most of the trip.
Between snorkeling and swimming in overwater pools, you can go swimming with whale sharks, surfing at remote reef breaks, or sailing at sunset.
And the food in the Maldives is absolutely incredible, with a fusion of Maldivian and Western cuisines, you simply can’t go wrong.
Best Time to Visit: Avoid the wet, rainy season by visiting the Maldives between November and April.
Where to Stay: Six Senses Laamu is popular with couples and honeymooners.
Read More: For more tips on visiting the Maldives, check out our collection of Maldives travel blog posts.
#4 | The Whitsundays, Australia
Australia is often considered the place to go for bucket list-worthy travel adventures. But is it the place to go for romance? Absolutely.
We live in Australia, so we might be a little biased, but we happen to think the Whitsundays absolutely deserves a spot on this list of the best destinations for couples holidays in the world.
The Whitsundays are a cluster of 74 islands off the coast of Queensland that seem to be curated specifically for romance. Many Aussies visit these glorious islands to propose, take a romantic vacation, or even get married.
The picturesque turquoise water, secluded white sandy beaches, and unbelievable scenery that looks like a backdrop, help set these islands apart from other tropical destinations. And not to mention, it’s the ideal location to see the Great Barrier Reef.
Curate a unique stay by glamping on a pontoon in the Great Barrier Reef or spend the night in an underwater suite. Other romantic places for couples to go in the Whitsundays include stunning Hamilton Island and uber-luxe Hayman Island.
Best Time to Visit: Aim to go to The Whitsundays in September, as it offers the best weather and conditions for water activities like snorkeling.
Where to Stay: The Intercontinental Hayman Island is the ultimate tropical couples resort.
Read More: For more inspiration on visiting the islands in Queensland, check out our other Australia travel blog articles.
#5 | Paris, France
A list of the best couples getaways is not complete without listing Paris as one of the most romantic cities in the world!
Not only is Paris one of the most beautiful cities in France (and Europe), it features a little bit of everything for couples to enjoy. From delicious food to culture, exciting attractions, and incredible views. It exudes romantic vibes from every corner, and every couple must visit together at least once in their lifetime!
Paris is chock-full of romantic things to do that make any trip worthwhile, regardless of the occasion. Some of the cities most romantic places include the Eiffel Tower, the Wall of Love in Montmartre, and the Luxembourg Gardens.
Since Paris is a haven for foodies, it’s also necessary to try as much of the local food as possible. Choose a few cute local cafes and enjoy a croissant and cup of coffee like the local Parisians.
We recommend couples spend at least two days soaking in the vibes of Paris, before heading off to one of these equally romantic places in France.
Best Time to Visit: If your objective is avoiding higher hotel costs and crowds, then February and August are the best months to schedule a trip to Paris.
Where to Stay: Hôtel Le Walt offers fabulous views of the Eiffel Tower.
Read More: For more information on planning your romantic trip to Paris and onwards in France, check out our other France travel blog articles.
#6 | Seychelles
Seychelles is not only a picture-perfect destination but also one of the most romantic destinations in the world.
Set in the Indian Ocean, the 115 islands of Seychelles are quite remote and a little harder to reach provide a tranquil stay for couples. A diverse landscape filled with volcanic boulders and lush forests is surrounded by incredibly clear waters, helping create an idyllic location that has made it’s mark on many stunning Instagram photos.
Cycling around the islands is another popular activity, as it allows you to enjoy the pretty landscapes with your loved one.
Seychelles is a little harder to reach, but is without a doubt one of the best couple holiday destinations for those seeking to get as far away as possible from the daily grind.
Best Time to Visit: April and May are the best months for visiting the islands if your main goal is snorkeling. These months, you’ll find the best underwater visibility.
Where to Stay: The Four Seasons Seychelles is one of the most luxurious resorts in the Seychelles.
#7 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
While some other destinations on this list have focused on enjoying beach-laden destinations for a peaceful getaway, Bora Bora takes the cake for serenity. This remote French Polynesian island provides the feeling that you’re tucked away in a private paradise with your significant other.
Set on a cluster of volcanic islands and atolls in the South Pacific, Bora Bora boasts palm-fringed islets, dramatic mountains, turquoise lagoons, and uber-luxury resorts with overwater bungalows. It is simply paradise.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are the main attraction in Bora Bora. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can snorkel with sharks. This thrill-seeking activity is a great way to make new memories and take incredible pictures.
Otherwise, you can spend your day enjoying the views and lounging on the shore of Matira Beach. Couples who want incredible views and a secluded getaway will love Bora Bora.
Best Time to Visit: Skip the rainy season by visiting in November and April. You’ll find ideal warm weather in Bora Bora during these months.
Where to Stay: We love the overwater bungalows at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora.
#8 | Fiji
Fiji is without a doubt one of the best couple island vacations that is completely underrated. Popular amongst Australian holiday-makers (due to the short flight time), yet it seems to be undiscovered by the rest of the world.
Those seeking a more luxurious beach getaway will enjoy spending time in Fiji. You’ll find pristine beaches covered in shady palm trees, private islands to explore, luxury resorts, spas, and glimmering water.
Relax at Sabeto Hot Springs and Mud Pool, a natural spa experience unlike any other. Start by lounging in the mud pool as one of the natural spa treatments, then work your way through the three available hot springs.
Other fun water activities like snorkeling with manta rays or swimming underneath waterfalls help you stay cool on this beautiful island.
Make sure to add a trip to one of the private islands to your itinerary. There’s nothing more romantic for couples than staying in very a secluded spot.
Best Time to Visit: May through September provide clear sunny skies and the perfect weather for exploring the islands.
Where to Stay: Six Senses Fiji is the perfect secluded spot for couples to escape.
#9 | The Amalfi Coast, Italy
One of the most iconic trips for couples to take at least once in their lifetime, is a visit to the stunning and uber-romantic Amalfi Coast.
Overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Amalfi Coast is a feast for the senses. This beautiful city offers panoramic views from cliffside stays, delicious fresh seafood, and stunning beaches. It’s the perfect destination for foodies who want to enjoy captivating views and old-world Italian glamour.
Exploring the narrow, cobblestone streets will help you get a feel for the area and allow you to find the best tucked-away shops and cafes. Hire a Vespa for a romantic day trip together along the stunning coastline, stop for some gelato, or a drink at one of the iconic beach bars.
Trying local seafood is a must, though any restaurant you choose will provide a delicious selection. Like many others before you, you’ll surely come away feeling like Amalfi is one of the best romantic places in the world!
Best Time to Visit: For a wide variety of activities and incredible weather, you’ll want to visit the Amalfi Coast in May or September.
Where to Stay: You can’t go past Santa Caterina Hotel for the ultimate Amalfi Coast views.
Read More: For more information on planning your romantic trip in Italy, check out our other Italy travel blog articles.
#10 | Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is right up your alley if your ideal romantic getaway includes enjoying the views from various vineyards as you sip on delicious red or white wines. This romantic destination in California offers a relaxing getaway with perfect weather every day and beautiful countryside views to appreciate.
Enjoying wine tasting in Napa Valley is a top activity, with over 400 wineries to try. Touring the vineyards on foot is a great way to soak in the views and learn about the grape growing process.
Napa Valley is also culturally rich, with many museums, galleries, and more. You’ll even find exciting architecture to observe in Napa Valley.
Best Time to Visit: January through March is the best time to visit for low hotel rates, fewer crowds, and perfect 50°F days.
Where to Stay: For the ultimate couples getaway, splash out on a stay at the Auberge du Soleil.
#11 | Isle of Skye, Scotland
For a couples holiday destination with a twist, the Isle of Skye is a unique place to visit for a romantic getaway. Imagine medieval castles waiting to be explored, rugged terrain, and incredible scenery all in one spot.
This island’s name translates to “Cloud Island” from Old Norse, providing an accurate description of the island as it seems to sit among the clouds.
There’s quite a lot to do on the Isle of Skye, like watching the Northern Lights as they dance across the evening sky, although only visible during the wintertime.
Otherwise, you can spend your time hiking around the Isle of Skye if you’re feeling particularly active. Afterward, grab a drink at one of the local pubs. It’s a particularly spectacular place for an adventurous couples road trip.
Best Time to Visit: April and May are excellent months to visit the Isle of Skye. These months are the driest, making them ideal for outdoor activities.
Where to Stay: The cosy Cuillin Hills Hotel has spectacular views and is highly rated on Tripadvisor.
#12 | Turks & Caicos
These stunning islands are renowned for their white sand beaches, which are some of the best in the world. Combine these stunning beaches with 360 days of sun and fewer crowds than Nassau, and it’s easy to see why the Turks & Caicos Islands is one of the best destinations for a couples holiday.
The islands’ unique location on top of an underwater plateau helps create an environment with some of the best scuba diving in the Caribbean.
If you prefer to stay above the water, there are plenty of other water sports to try, like kitesurfing, fishing, paddle boarding, or riding on a boat cruise.
Foodie couples will absolutely love this destination, as there are many restaurants to choose from with fresh seafood options.
Turks & Caicos is reachable with non-stop flights from a number of US cities, making it one of the best romantic getaways for couples based in the US.
Best Time to Visit: April and May offer the lowest prices and even fewer visitors than normal.
Where to Stay: The Palms Turks and Caicos is very popular amongst couples.
#13 | Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a stunning destination and one of the best couples vacation spots that allows you to immerse yourself in nature.
Stunning beaches are a given in Bali. However, you’ll also find beautiful rice fields, picturesque lakes, cascading waterfalls, majestic mountains, and nearly every type of natural landmark here. Interspersed between the incredible natural beauty of Bali lies its impressive temples.
One of our favourite romantic places to visit in Bali is Ubud, a lively mountain town with great food, stunning natural hidden gems, and many activities to offer all types of couples.
Along the south coast of Bali, there’s buzzing Seminyak, laid-back Canggu, impressive Uluwatu and family-friendly Nusa Dua. These locations offer couples more entertainment options, beaches, and luxury resorts.
Why not spend a few weeks exploring a number of different regions and bucket list things to do in Bali? The budget-friendly nature of Bali also makes it a great holiday destination for young couples, and older couples seeking a holiday on a budget.
Best Time to Visit: Visit Bali in October, January, and February to escape the peak season crowds.
Where to Stay: Como Uma Ubud is one of our favourite hotels in Bali, located in the jungles of Ubud.
Read More: For more information on planning your romantic vacation to Bali, check out our other Bali travel blog articles.
Can you recommend any other great trips for couples to add to this list? Let our readers know in the comments below.
Ready to Book Your Next Couples Holiday?
We hope this list of couples holidays destinations has given you some inspiration on where to go for your honeymoon, romantic getaway, or anniversary trip together!
We (Amanda and Graeme) are a couple from Australia who love nothing more than to travel together. We have visited some of the most amazing bucket list destinations around the world and we love sharing about them here on our blog.
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