Because you’re going to seriously need a romantic getaway after the pandemic.
With Chicago gradually returning to normalcy the next thing on the agenda is worldwide travel. We know restrictions are still in place and, for now, worldwide travel is still not possible but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of traveling far and wide once the pandemic is over.
Whether you’re a new couple, a married couple, or lovers in search of a future honeymoon destination, we’ve found some of the most romantic places outside of the United States, for all types of people to enjoy. Here are 20 of the most dreamy romantic destinations around the world that could just be your post-pandemic paradise.
1. The Northern Lights, Finland
Sleep under the stars and the Aurora Borealis in a cozy igloo in Finland. Some of the most renowned igloos to spot the Northern Lights are in the Kakslauttanen Artic Resort in Saariselka. This place offers a once-in-a-lifetime igloo experience, with world-class views, featuring a bedroom with a glass roof and luxurious facilities while being surrounded by nature. Indeed, it is the perfect winter adventure for couples. For more information, visit the Kakslauttanen website.
2. Bali, Indonesia
Overall, Bali has plenty of fantastic romantic places for you to visit. But our top two favorites would have to be Ubud and Uluwatu where you can take your passion and romance to the next level. Ubud is extremely private, surrounded by nature, with top-notch hotel facilities offering the perfect escape to disconnect. While Uluwatu is a touristy coastal resort, popular for honeymoons, presenting unbeatable sunsets and sea views. Excitingly, Bali is super affordable, with excellent service, and perfect for couples on a budget.
3. Santorini, Greece
Nothing will ever beat walking through the spectacular blue and white cobblestone streets of Santorini while holding hands with your partner. This place is one of the greatest romantic getaways on the planet. Immerse yourself in Greek history and culture, explore island boutiques, delight in tasty Greek food in a sea view restaurant, swim in cave pools, and plenty more. One of the most unforgettable things to do here is watch the sunset. It makes an epic photo and offers the most romantic ambiance.
4. French Polynesia
The islands of the French Polynesia offer an out-of-this-world couples retreat. Couples tend to stay in Bora Bora where you can select from various luxurious hotels. Opt for a picturesque hut on the ocean, where you can avail of sea access, a pool, romantic dinners on the patio and so much more. However, if you’re budget is a little tighter, you can stay in some beautiful beachside resorts that are just as romantic.
5. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Feel like the main couple in a Disney movie by taking a day trip to this magical palace near Bavaria. As one of the most popular castles in Europe, it is no wonder that the castles from both Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, as well as Magic Kingdom in Disneyland, were all inspired by this place. If you go in winter, you may be lucky enough to catch the iconic castle submerged in a winter wonderland which offers the greatest fairytale experience.
📍 Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
6. Cappadocia, Turkey
In a beautiful region in central Turkey, you’ll find this stunning valley, which is popular for taking hot air balloon rides across the sky. Fall in love with your partner all over again against the backdrop of fairytale landscapes and panoramic views of hundreds of hot air balloons floating above the rocky valley. Discover the Fairy Chimneys, and opt to stay in a cave for the most surreal experience. Incredibly, this spot caters to all types of budgets, so you are bound to grab yourself a bargain here.
7. The Maldives
As one of the world’s most romantic holiday destinations, it is not a surprise why couples flock here every year. You’ll fall into a realm of tranquility being surrounded by crystal clear blue waters and white sand beaches. There are over one hundred exotic resorts to pick from, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. Eat dinner on the beach, get stuck in water and adventure sports, and plenty more activities. An overwater villa with a pool makes for a particularly paradisiacal memory that you’ll treasure for the rest of your life.
8. Venice, Italy
Venice is the epitome of elegance and romance. Prepare to fall in love with this Renaissance-inspired city, enriched in culture, with your partner by your side. Be sure to take the famous boats for a charming journey through the city canals. Drink fine Italian wine, kiss under the Bridge of Sighs, and visit Doge’s Palace, just to name a few fun romantic activities.
9. Koh Lanta, Thailand
Another exotic beach destination on our list. But this time, in a dreamy island setting, you’ll get the privacy you need to embrace your relationship. Get your daily dose of happiness by taking part in water sports like kayaking through caves, hiring a scooter to explore, discovering hidden gems, and unknown beaches, just to name a few activities. Indeed, the exclusive romantic atmosphere of the Krabi region is a delight for lovers looking to unwind.
10. Paris, France
We simply cannot leave the city often identified as the most romantic city in the world off this list. There is a unique charm about Paris that makes it one of the world’s top destinations for romantic getaways. Kiss atop the Eiffel Tower, have a picnic near the Louvre, walk hand in hand down the bustling streets of Paris, explore art galleries, visit Disneyland Europe, and plenty more. Whatever you desire, Paris is sure to be able to offer it to you. This spot is perfect for any budget because you can find heaps of affordable hotels.
11. Langkawi, Malaysia
This dazzling place is Malaysia’s hidden gem and is relatively unknown. Nevertheless, it makes an epic romantic getaway or magical honeymoon. Plunge into a world of mystery as you explore the exquisite beaches, enchanting tropical rainforests, and swim in the turquoise waters. It is safe to say that this spot is an other-worldly experience and a change from the typical romantic escape.
12. Amalfi Coast, Italy
For some glitz and glamour, head on a romantic escape to the Amalfi Coast, and if you are thinking of proposing, Positano is a hotspot for popping the question against a lush backdrop. Wake up and have breakfast on a clifftop terrace, admire the colorful houses, wine and dine at sunset, and enjoy plenty more enjoyable activities. This place is another must-visit destination that looks like somewhere too beautiful to be true.
13. Kyoto, Japan
For something a little different, embrace Japanese culture and head to this beautiful off-the-grid spot. Kyoto offers one of the most surreal travel experiences you will ever have. With numerous attractions, including 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites you certainly won’t be short of things to do. Visit golden temples and shrines, avail of Geisha traditions, stroll through peaceful gardens and bamboo forests, chow down on some iconic Japanese cuisine, and so much more. Kyoto is the perfect place to spend time with someone you adore and somewhere you will most definitely find peace and calm if that is what you desire.
14. Bruges, Belgium
Bruges is a bustling place ideal for foodies. Explore Belgian chocolate shops, charming pubs, scrumptious eateries, and prepare to drink plenty of wine. One of the best couple things you can do here is ride a romantic carriage through Bruges. Along the way, you can admire windmills and stunning architecture while going at Christmas time will give you access to the Bruges Christmas Market, 0ne of the best markets in Europe. Be sure to stuff your faces with rich handmade chocolate for a satisfying foodie experience.
15. Tuscany, Italy
For some paradise is crystal clear waters of the coast, for others, it’s green rolling hills and peaceful town life. If you’re one for the latter, Italy’s Tuscany region is most definitely a place for you. At every turn, you will find breathtaking scenery, world-class vineyards, and lots of scrumptious food and wine to indulge in. Castello Di Ristonchi, is a 1,000-year-old medieval castle, sitting on the Tuscan hills, which overlooks olive groves, villages, and vineyards. It offers an absolutely magical experience.
16. Seychelles, East Africa
Another place that seems too good to be true, Seychelles hasn’t earned the nickname the ‘Island Of Love’ for no reason. Escape to the Indian Ocean and embrace this romantic haven. A popular spot for honeymoons and getting hitched due to the secluded and expansive natural beauty that you feel like you have all to yourself. Some parts of the island offer romantic leisure activities include gliding through the ocean on a boat, laying on a net over the sea while watching magical sunsets, and dining on the beach.
17. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
There is so much more to Amsterdam than the coffee shops and red-light districts that people immediately think of. From world-renown museums and leafy parks to quaint canals and first-class dining, Amsterdam has it all. By night the streets become a sensational sight to behold offering a picturesque setting you and your loved one with never forget. For a particularly mind-blowing experience, visit in Spring and visit the tulip fields around Amsterdam. Look up the Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, and you’ll see what we mean.
18. Mallorca, Spain
With blue waters, dreamy hidden beaches, quaint mountain villages, and historic lighthouses, Mallorca of Spain’s Balearic Islands, has it all. Charming trams run through the middle of idyllic towns and alongside beautiful beaches offering transport between the island’s many picturesque places. Mallorca’s Tramuntana mountain range offers opportunities for adventurous couples and hairpin roads snake over the mountains offering stunning drives between beaches and viewpoints. Quiet heavenly beaches can be found all over, each one offering its own unique romantic experience.
19. Isle Of Skye, Scotland
While you won’t find the warm temperatures of Spain’s Balearic Islands in Scotland, you’ll find another kind of coastal scenery and equally stunning dramatic views. The United Kingdom is teeming with fantasy-like landscapes and Scotland has many of its own majestic marvels. Amidst rolling green hills and arresting views, you’ll find plenty of charming castles and historic hideaways. The 13th century Dunvegan Castle overlooking a mesmerizing sea loch is a must-visit and similar spots all over the island offer exciting romantic escapes.
From the seaside scenery of Scotland to the dazzling diversity of Morocco. With stunning rooftop terraces, verdant gardens, divinely decorated riads, and charming courtyards, Morocco is filled with romantic places to stay that will have you and your lover feeling like you’re living in a movie. Luxury camping in the Sahara desert beneath starlit skies offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience while exploring port cities and historic sites decorated in stunning zellij mosaic provide unforgettable romantic adventures.
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