Whether you’re planning a honeymoon, an anniversary trip or just want to get away, a couple’s vacation should be special. So don’t settle on just anywhere. Here are eight of the world’s romantic spots. (Permission granted to forward to your honey.)
1 BORA BORA
The most extraordinary of the French Polynesian islands, Bora Bora is exotic, extravagant and drop-dead gorgeous thanks to sweeping beaches, lush forests and blue lagoons. This vacation is a splurge, but it’s one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for good reason: Most of the island’s luxury hotels boast thatched-roof, glass-bottom bungalows built over the crystal blue ocean.
Where to stay: Le Méridien Bora Bora
2 PARIS, FRANCE
They call it the City of Light, but as far as we’re concerned, it’s the City of Love. You’d be hard-pressed not to find couples smooching under the Eiffel Tower or along the banks of the Seine, and there’s no shortage of gorgeous, high-end restaurants to celebrate a special evening over a bottle (or four) of wine.
Where to stay: Relais Christine
3 SANTORINI, GREECE
You can’t visit the most picturesque of the Greek islands and not fall in love over and over again. Shack up with your dearest at one of the many private villas that overlook the sea, or enjoy a candlelit dinner while watching the sky turn fiery orange and red.
Where to stay: The Tsitouras Collection
4 SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
It’s hard to imagine a city that’s quainter than Savannah, with its adorable bed and breakfasts, oak-lined streets and Victorian architecture. Walk hand in hand through Parisian-inspired and Spanish-Moss-draped Forsyth Park, then stop in the beautiful beach town of Tybee Island, just 30 minutes from downtown.
Where to stay: The Gastonian
5 VENICE, ITALY
Between the old-world charm, quaint canals and open-air cafés, Venice is seriously for lovers. Get lost in the floating city’s serpentine streets, sip Aperol Spritzes, visit the opera. And don’t you dare leave without taking a gondola ride.
Where to stay: Hotel Danieli
6 BORDEAUX, FRANCE
If you’re looking to wine and dine, there’s really no better place in the world. Many of the restaurants in French wine country are set in 18th-century chateaus, boasting Michelin stars, vast wine lists and rich regional dishes like steak in Bordelaise sauce and oysters.
Where to stay: Hostellerie de Plaisance
7 QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
If you’re seeking a European feel without crossing the Atlantic, look no further than the Frenchiest place in Canada. As you walk through Old City’s stone buildings and narrow cobblestone streets, you’ll think you’ve landed in Paris. Go in winter for cozy moonlight carriage rides, or in summer to picnic on the Terrasse Dufferin, looking onto the fortified Château Frontenac.
Where to stay: Auberge Saint-Antoine
8 THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
If you want a quiet and tropical beach getaway without traveling across the world, the BVIs are the perfect destination. The hotels are small and secluded and the beaches are totally unspoiled. Take a private boat to hop around the chain of tiny islands, treat yourselves to dinner on the beach or just relax and take in the Caribbean sunshine.
Where to stay: Peter Island Resort