August 11, 2022

The 30 Top Couples Vacations

Relax and unwind or get ready for adventure on your next couples escape.

There’s no better time than the present to plan a memorable getaway for two – you just need to decide what type of vacation you’d enjoy most. From cruises to road trips to luxury retreats in far-flung locales, these 30 trips will make your partner fall for you all over again.

UnCruise to Hawaii

Experience romance and adventure on a cruise to the Hawaiian Islands. With just 36 guests on board this boutique yacht, the Safari Explorer takes passengers on an immersive four-island, seven-night expedition from Molokai to the Big Island. During the day, head ashore to visit the ancient Halawa Valley in Molokai and on Kona, hike the Hualalai Volcano or visit the Puu Waawaa State Wildlife Sanctuary. Other highlights of the trip include whale watching while cruising the Humpback National Marine Sanctuary, snorkeling in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, kayaking or taking a skiff ride along the coast. In the evenings, relax over cocktails at sunset as you recap the day’s adventures.

Road Trip Through Wales

The dramatic scenery in Wales is nothing short of spectacular. Leave the bustling city of Cardiff behind for pastoral country landscapes dotted with ancient castles and free-roaming sheep. Then, head to the dramatic coastline to visit one of the country’s many beautiful beaches, including Barafundle Bay with its sparkling emerald waters. During your trip, splurge on a stay in the Tyddewi Windmill Tower Suite at the luxurious Twr y Felin Hotel in Pembrokeshire, which receives rave reviews. This three-story accommodation sits within the property’s original windmill tower and features panoramic views of the St. David’s peninsula from the observatory on the top level. And if you’re feeling adventurous, take the leap and go coasteering, an adrenaline-pumping watersport native to Wales.

Baros, Maldives

Plan a trip to this tropical paradise for the ultimate romantic getaway. This setting in the Maldives, just a 25-minute boat ride from Maldives’ International Airport, is stunning thanks to its surrounding turquoise waters and pristine white beaches. There are 75 luxurious villas on the island of Baros, but for a treat that will guarantee a magical vacation, book one of the property’s luxurious water pool villas. From there, you’ll be able to dive directly into the lagoon or your private plunge pool, steps away from your bed. While at the property, indulge in a blissful spa treatment and book a sailing or snorkeling adventure on the private Maldivian dhoni, a small, traditional sailboat used in the Maldives. Come nighttime, watch spectacular sunsets from the veranda.

Kasbah Du Toubkal: Imlil, Morocco

Situated at the foot of Jbel Toubkal – the highest peak in North Africa – Kasbah Du Toubkal was the first hotel built in the remote Berber village of Imlil, Morocco. Located approximately 40 miles south of Marrakech within Toubkal National Park, the property and its surreal setting amid the High Atlas Mountains are only accessible by foot or mule. Kasbah Du Toubkal can arrange private tours for adventure-seeking pairs, including overnight and multiday treks throughout the national park’s 94,000 acres. The property also offers a package that includes an ascent to the top of Mount Toubkal, where – on a clear day – you might even catch a glimpse of the Sahara Desert.

Kennicott Glacier Lodge: Kennicott, Alaska

Take an off-the-beaten-path adventure to this remote, scenic lodge located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve, the largest national park in the U.S. A once-in-a-lifetime flight with Wrangell Mountain Air is the quickest way to arrive at this secluded property. You’ll be awestruck during the short ride as the pilot flies within close range to mountain peaks – close enough to see the native Dall sheep – and high above the glaciers. In the morning, take in the incredible views from the lodge’s front porch and then enjoy a hearty homemade breakfast before hiking the Root Glacier. You can also opt for a thrilling whitewater rafting trip or explore the historic Kennecott Mines and 20th-century mining town.

Road Trip Through the Black Hills of South Dakota

Head to the Mount Rushmore State to experience a slice of Americana and up-close encounters with local wildlife. You and your partner can drive through the otherworldly landscapes of Badlands National Park and visit Deadwood, the Old West town of legends like Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok. Head to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial at sunrise to avoid the crowds; it’s also the best time of day to catch an Instagram-worthy moment as the golden rays light up the faces of the four presidents. Then, drive approximately 20 miles south to stay at one of Custer State Park’s resorts. After settling in, rest up at your cabin or lodge overnight before taking an exhilarating open-air Buffalo Safari Jeep Tour in the morning.

Son Brull Rural Sanctuary: Pollença, Mallorca, Spain

Plan a romantic escape to this tranquil, luxurious retreat in northern Mallorca. Located in the foothills of the Tramuntana Mountains, the Son Brull Rural Sanctuary features 23 uniquely designed rooms with stunning vineyard or valley views. The property also has four two-bedroom Villa Suites offering guests more privacy in a secluded setting. Each villa has its own pool and a private garden. The hotel also houses an on-site spa that offers signature treatments and has a couples massage room. When it’s time to dine, grab a cocktail in the bar, which is set in an 18th-century olive mill, followed by a traditional Mallorcan dinner on the terrace at 365 Restaurant.

Viking Ocean Cruise to Scandinavia and the Baltic

Take this 15-day voyage to visit some of northern Europe’s most romantic and iconic destinations. The “Viking Homelands” itinerary sails through the fjords in Eidfjord, Norway and stops at ports in beautiful European cities like Copenhagen, Denmark, Stockholm and Helsinki. Explore the charming medieval town of Tallinn, Estonia, by wandering its hilly, meandering streets. Then, in St. Petersburg, Russia, book a two-day excursion with a private tour operator, like TJ Travel, to fully appreciate the grandeur of the architecture, treasures and history of the Romanovs.

Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France

Located south of Lake Geneva, Switzerland, this magical destination is perfect for romance and outdoor adventure. Chamonix sits at the base of the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc, whose summit stands 15,773 feet tall. This picturesque locale offers world-class skiing and dining, top-notch spas and a lot of après-ski fun. Reserve accommodations at the luxurious Relais & Châteaux property, Hameau Albert 1er, and plan to dine at its Michelin-starred restaurant. Then, for the thrill of a lifetime, soar through the clouds on a tandem paraglide with Fly Chamonix or les Ailes du Mont-Blanc.

Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort: Eagle Beach, Aruba

Partners can recharge and reconnect at this adults-only romantic luxury resort located on the island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean Sea. Schedule a couples massage, join in complimentary wellness activities and take time to relax by the pool or beach. Then head to SandBar for its daily Healthy Hour (complete with mocktails) or enjoy live music and signature cocktails in the evening. Plan to experience a dramatic sunset while dining in your private palapa on the beach, watching as the sky changes from brilliant pinks and purples to a fiery burnt orange.

Portland, Oregon

Share your love for beer, wine and food with a trip to this eclectic city in the Pacific Northwest. Known for its craft brewery scene, Portland has at least 70 breweries, many of which make award-winning beers. Wine enthusiasts will also want to visit the renowned Willamette Valley, a scenic countryside home to over 600 wineries located about 50 miles south of Portland. When you get hungry, peruse the city’s fleet of famous food carts boasting some of the best street food in the world. If you’re planning an extended stay, reserve a room at The Nines. Located on the eighth floor of the former retailer and historic Meier & Frank building, this centrally located luxury property features rooms with Tiffany blue velvet accents and a rooftop restaurant with panoramic views overlooking the city.

Lucca, Italy

The picturesque, walled city of Lucca is arguably one of the most beautiful destinations in Tuscany. Couples can stroll medieval cobblestone streets on the way to the more than 1,000-year-old Church of San Michele in Foro. Then, make your way to the central Piazza dell’Anfiteatro. Once the site of a Roman amphitheater, the plaza is now the heart of the town, and filled to the brim with charming outdoor cafes. Reserve a hotel in the heart of Lucca, such as the lovely Palazzo Dipinto. From there, you can explore nearby Pisa, the golden beaches of Versilia on the Tuscan coast and the mountainous region of Garfagnana.

Sarasota, Florida

Situated on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Sarasota offers the perfect mix of relaxation, outdoor adventure and cultural attractions. The area is home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the U.S., Siesta Key, and it boasts more than 60 golf courses open year-round. Plan to spend a day visiting The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. This 66-acre property is home to the Ringling’s remarkable art collection and Ca’ d’Zan, the 36,000-square-foot Venetian-inspired waterfront estate and grounds of the wealthy circus proprietor. You can even view old circus artifacts, including costumes, parade wagons, props and cannon from The Greatest Show on Earth. When it’s time to bed down, splurge on a romantic room with a view at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota. Located in the heart of downtown and overlooking Sarasota Bay, this luxury property is close to the city’s museums, performing arts venues, shops and restaurants.

Sonoma County, California

Wine and food lovers will appreciate Sonoma’s extraordinary cuisine, beautiful landscapes and renowned wine. With 18 distinct wine regions, more than 425 wineries and almost 60,000 acres of vineyards, Sonoma is home to some fantastic vineyards and tasting rooms in Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley, the Russian River Valley and the other appellations. Once you’ve had several days of indulging in the region’s delicious wines and food, head for the stunning Pacific coastline for a romantic and relaxing stay at the oceanfront Bodega Bay Lodge. You may even spot a few migrating whales at famed Bodega Bay.

Christmas Markets Cruise in Europe

Cruise Europe’s iconic waterways to some of the world’s most magical Christmas markets for a memorable holiday vacation. Sip mulled wine with your sweetheart as you stroll the stalls, savoring the fragrant smells of roasted sausages, warm kartoffelpuffer (potato pancakes), dresdner handbrot (savory breads stuffed with mushrooms and cheese) and spicy lebkuchen (gingerbread). And be sure to shop for handmade local crafts to take home as gifts. Then, return to the ship for holiday-themed dining and entertainment. Many river cruise companies offer these annual sailings, including Emerald Cruises, Avalon Waterways, Uniworld Boutique River Cruises, Viking River Cruises and Tauck.

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica

Manuel Antonio National Park is spectacular, thanks to its lush rainforest, abundant wildlife and stunning beaches. Plan your couples getaway to experience Arenas del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort. This luxury property assists guests with booking nearby activities, such as hiking tours to visit the Nauyaca Waterfall, horseback riding in the Cerro Nara mountains, zip-lining through the rainforest at Tarzan Canopy and whitewater rafting on the Naranjo River. You can even go surfboarding or take a guided night walk in the forest, when nocturnal wildlife comes alive. After an adventurous day in the park, relax at Las Brisas Wellness Center with a signature spa treatment. Then, watch the gorgeous sunset over the Pacific Ocean from your ocean-view suite’s private Jacuzzi.

Awasi Atacama: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile

Explore the natural beauty of the Atacama Desert from this luxury oasis. This stunning, adobe-style Relais & Châteaux lodge is just minutes from the center of historic San Pedro de Atacama in northern Chile. Awasi Atacama is a place to reconnect with your partner, disconnect from the outside world and immerse yourself in the Indigenous culture. The experience at the Awasi Atacama is highly personalized for each couple: Each of the property’s 12 suites comes with individual solariums, alfresco showers, a private guide and a four-wheel drive vehicle, perfect for exploring the most arid place on Earth.

Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nantucket is an ideal romantic getaway for two. This picturesque island is located just 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod and is reachable year-round by plane or by ferry. Couples can explore the rugged beaches of Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, go whale watching with Shearwater Excursions or stroll through Nantucket’s historic area. Then, return to relax at your waterfront hotel, The White Elephant, where you can sip Champagne in lounge chairs on the lawn at sunset. In the morning, don’t miss the spectacular sunrise over the harbor.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona’s Sonoran Desert offers lovebirds outdoor adventure, an urban landscape and world-class resorts and dining. Splurge on a luxurious Southwest-inspired room or suite with views of Camelback Mountain at The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a 60-room boutique property. During the day, arrange for a round of golf, relax in a poolside cabana or book an invigorating couples massage at the property’s 37,000-square-foot Phoenician Spa. For dinner with a view of Scottsdale’s brilliant sunsets, reserve a table on the patio at J&G Steakhouse. If you want to head off the property to explore, go hiking in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve or soar high above the desert at sunrise with Hot Air Expeditions. Don’t miss a visit to Old Town Scottsdale for shopping, sampling Arizona wines at tasting rooms on the Scottsdale Wine Trail and a romantic dinner and evening at Café Monarch.

Château Eza: Eze Village, France

The panoramic views from this luxury boutique property on the Cote d’Azur are unforgettable. The 400-year-old chateau sits perched atop an ancient village thousands of feet above the Mediterranean Sea. There are 14 elegant rooms and suites, several of which offer hillside views. Upgrading to a junior suite will get you and your partner an ocean view and a terrace or balcony, where you can enjoy cocktails at sunset followed by fine dining with a view.

U.S. National Parks Tour: The Grand Canyon to Zion

Head to the Southwest to tour several of the most notable national parks and attractions in America. Sit back and enjoy the ride on a nine-day guided adventure with EF Go Ahead Tours, which starts in Phoenix, Arizona, and features visits to the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks. Other highlights include Montezuma Castle National Monument, home to the ancient cliff dwellings of the Hopi and Yavapai tribes, and a visit to see the otherworldly sandstone landscape at Lake Powell in Utah. For a truly unforgettable experience with your partner, book a helicopter ride to soar over the rim of the Grand Canyon. The adventure ends in Las Vegas with a farewell celebration; extend your getaway to enjoy the nightlife and entertainment along the Vegas strip.

Paris

Paris is synonymous with romance. It’s also one of the most beautiful cities in the world. First-time visitors will want to experience iconic sights like The Louvre, the Champs-Élysées and the Arc de Triomphe. For a different perspective, take the elevator to the top of the Eiffel Tower to The Champagne Bar, where you can sip a glass of bubbly with panoramic views of the City of Light and the Seine River. Back on the ground, check out the nightly sparkling light display that illuminates the tower for five minutes every hour on the hour. Be sure to leave plenty of time to shop in the city, linger over coffee and croissants at outdoor cafes and dine on classic French dishes at local bistros.

A Road Trip on Route 100 in Vermont

Regarded as one of the most scenic routes in New England, this drive through south-central Vermont winds along the eastern side of the Green Mountains. The route is popular year-round, offering access to superb skiing, fishing, hiking and biking. It’s also a historically and culturally rich area awash with classic New England-style towns. Plan to visit several of the oldest cheese producers in the U.S. along the Okemo Valley Cheese Trail. The hill town of Plymouth Notch is also worth a stop to see the former home of the 30th president of the United States, the Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. This route is especially stunning as the leaves begin to change during the fall.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

The resort town of Jackson Hole offers astounding natural beauty 365 days a year. The jagged mountain peaks of Grand Teton National Park dominate the landscape, with the highest point, Grand Teton, standing tall at 13,770 feet. In the winter months, the area is one of the top-ranked ski destinations in the U.S. Plan a romantic escape with reservations at The Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Jackson Hole. The property features slope-side access to Rendezvous Mountain in the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. After a day on the slopes, enjoy a glass of Champagne at Fahrenheit Forty-Seven. Inspired by the ideal temperature to serve the sparkling French beverage, this 20-foot heated dome sits atop the pool deck and features cozy indoor seating, outdoor fire pits and panoramic views of the slopes.

Greenville, South Carolina

For a romantic food- and beverage-focused escape, head to the city of Greenville. The city’s burgeoning culinary and cocktail scene is exciting, with plenty of new spots to check out while in town. If you reserve accommodations at the AC Hotel, you can walk to many restaurants and bars, including CAMP, located steps away from the property. Plan a special evening to sit at the venue’s chef’s bar, where you can order specialties off the menu. After dinner, head upstairs to the rooftop gin bar, Juniper, for a nightcap, or check out The Press Room, a speakeasy hidden within the property. You can also share your love for food during a cooking class at The Cook’s Station or grab a picnic lunch at Reid’s Fine Foods to enjoy outdoors at Fall’s Park. If you’re traveling in mid-September, don’t miss Euphoria, Greenville’s food and wine festival boasting live entertainment and other special events.

Lisbon, Portugal

The vibrant capital city of Lisbon is captivating. Situated along the picturesque Tagus River, the city is built across seven steep hills and boasts 290 days of sunshine plus moderate temperatures year-round. While here, duos should visit major historic and cultural sites such as Belém Tower, explore colorful neighborhoods like Alfama and go shopping in the trendy suburb of Príncipe Real. Then, make your way to the top of Miradouro da Senhora do Monte for a romantic setting and spectacular panoramic views of the city. After exploring the city, escape to your hilltop retreat in the fashionable Lapa Hill district, the Olissippo Lapa Palace. Once a private home, this elegant boutique property overlooks the city and the Tagus River.

Casa Palmero: Pebble Beach, California

This Mediterranean-inspired property located on California’s Monterey Peninsula features 24 beautifully appointed estate rooms and studios. For a special celebration, reserve one of the spacious spa rooms that feature a private courtyard and whirlpool spa. Then, spend days golfing on the internationally acclaimed courses or relax with a massage at the hotel’s award-winning spa. At sunset, sip signature cocktails at The Bench (located at sister property The Lodge at Pebble Beach) with views overlooking the famed 18th Hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Song Saa Private Island: Near Sihanoukville, Cambodia

Song Saa Private Island is an off-the-radar sustainable luxury resort located in the Koh Rong Archipelago, just 45 minutes by boat from Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Book one of 24 private pool villa-style accommodations – including one-bedroom overwater villas – and spend your days doing as little or as much as you’d like. The property offers safari trips, scuba diving, meditation, sea kayaking and other activities. Or, request a cozy in-villa movie night for two. Dine on globally inspired dishes at Vista Bar and Restaurant, with warm sea breezes and endless ocean views. For a special treat, arrange for a romantic dinner for two on the property’s pristine white sand beach.

COMO Parrot Cay: Turks & Caicos

This 1,000-acre private island is perfect for a luxurious getaway for two. COMO Parrot Cay offers 72 accommodations, ranging from rooms and suites to larger villas. Recharge with Asian-inspired and holistic treatments through the wellness program at COMO Shambhala Retreat. Then, delight in the Caribbean- and Mediterranean-style fare that features local organic and fresh seafood at the on-site restaurants. For a celebratory evening, arrange for a romantic candlelit beach dinner under the stars.

Excellence Playa Mujeres: Cancun, Mexico

Indulge in an all-inclusive, adults-only experience at Excellence Playa Mujeres. Every spacious suite features a Jacuzzi and outdoor space to admire the beautiful ocean or resort. You can also splurge on their two-story terrace suites, complete with a private rooftop plunge pool. The property is home to 11 bars and 12 restaurants, complete with craft cocktails and international cuisine, a luxurious spa and seven pools. After taking advantage of all the resort’s amenities, return to your suite in the evening to enjoy a bottle of chilled Champagne with a view from your private terrace.

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