Looking to sweep your honey off their feet this Valentine’s Day? Head to one of these romantic spots for a getaway you’ll never forget.
Sometimes, the typical dinner-and-a-movie just isn’t enough. If you really want to show your love this Valentine’s Day, it’s time to make a bold move. Head off on the journey of a lifetime, even if it’s just for a jet setting weekend (and this 2020, V-Day just so happens to fall blissfully on a Friday). Read on for our take on the most romantic destinations this Valentine’s Day.
St. Barth, Caribbean
There’s a reason honeymooners flock to St. Barth after they wed. This Caribbean destination is about as romantic as it gets. Take your pick of inclusive stays, and don’t forget to make the most of their lovebird-oriented amenities. Head to Shell Beach, the most charming beach on the island and only a short walk from Gustavia harbor. Set on a small sandy cove, this is the perfect spot to sit back, relax and watch the most beautiful sunset. If being on the water is more your scene, take a sunset champagne cruise where you can discover nearby islands and see a different side of St. Barth in just a few hours—however you choose to spend your weekend away, St. Barth paints a picture of love.
Prague, Czech Republic
All year long the Czech Republic is home to amazing music and film festivals, and Prague is filled with picturesque lanes and streets to stroll down with your special someone. This romantic city boasts fairytale castles and red-tiled roofs along with Gothic churches, beautiful bridges and intimate eateries, perfect for a Valentine’s getaway. Head up to the Prague Castle at sunset where you can see the entire city of Prague below. This breath-taking view is the perfect spot for photo opps and beautiful moments to remember. The town square surrounding the castle makes for an even more romantic experience with fantastic high-end restaurants along Prague Castle and the Old Town Square.
Twizel, New Zealand
We recommend a kiwi escape any time of year. However, when February rolls around, there’s nothing like a breath of fresh air in New Zealand’s Twizel. If you and your loved one are into the outdoorsy scene, this is the place for you. Go horseback riding along the water, take in the views of the beautiful glacier blue waters of Lake Pukaki and trek New Zealand’s tallest mountain peak of Mount Cook. You’ll find a variety of unique accommodations from luxury glass-roofed cabins, secluded villas and high-end hotels. When it’s just you and your significant other in the cabin at the end of the day, you’re sure to feel grateful.
Spain is an undoubtedly a special place to visit, particularly when you have love on the mind. Maybe it’s the sangria or delicious tapas, but if you want to get romantic, Granada is the place to be. Just walking around the Alhambra Palace is a romantic experience in itself. Pair it with wonderful panoramic views of Granada from the hilltop in the gorgeous Generalife Gardens where you’ll be surrounded by a lovely haven of greenery. Try Arab-style bath houses, take a tea break on Elvira Street and don’t forget to catch the sunset at Mirador de San Nicolas. Whatever you do, keep your other in mind as you walk amongst the Andalusian architecture of yore.
Fregate Island, Seychelles
A private island in Seychelles, Fregate is the epitome of privacy. No more than 40 guests will inhabit this land at any given time, proving just how secluded you and your loved one really are. Its focus on conservation and luxury alike make Fregate Island a truly unique locale. Soak up the sun from a yacht and peruse the landscape for thousands of tropical bird species. Each of the island’s private residences has their very own pool, as well its own incomparable vista of the Indian Ocean. Explore the seven beaches, indulge in a variety of wellness treatments and take in the real charm of the island trails, resident turtles and tortoises that create a tropical oasis.
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Old San Juan is an authentic traveling experience and makes for a romantic Valentine’s Day setting. The capital of Puerto Rico has everything you need from beautiful beaches, historic Old Town, charming restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. There are plenty of activities to spark romance including a visit to the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, sipping some rum at the Bacardi Rum Factory and relaxing on the beaches of Condado and Isla Verde. Salsa dancing makes for a romantic couples’ activity. Those feeling extra spontaneous can renew their vows at the San Juan Cathedral before taking a long lunch at Cafe Don Ruiz in Cuartel de Ballaja. Walk the beach, take a siesta and don’t forget the champagne!
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Nestled in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountain Ridge and under a two-hour drive from Montréal, this year-round ski resort is a great destination for a romantic weekend getaway. From skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding and night tubing there are plenty of adventurous activities to keep you busy all weekend. This ski in/ski out charming little resort town offers 102 trails on four slopes. For those looking to unwind, head to the Scandinave Spa where you’ll be able to relax with your loved one. For an evening to remember, take the gondola up to the summit where you can snowshoe down and have a fondue dinner for two. You’ll fall in love with the cobblestone streets and colorful roofs that this European-inspired village has to offer.
Cobbled streets, canals and carriage rides, oh my! Belgium’s Bruges (or Brugge) is a romantic destination if there ever was one. The streets set a medieval precedent, and one you and your partner will be glad to explore. It is a city that is frozen in time with beautiful architecture, art and a charming essence. From stone bridges to canal houses, Bruges is definitely one of the most romantic destinations in all of Europe. Take a horse drawn carriage through Markt Square, explore Lover’s Bridge in Minnewater Park and cruise the canals through Old Bruges. If we do say so ourselves, Belgian chocolates from a local chocolatier are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat.
You don’t have to go far to experience a romantic setting of the highest echelon. With its secluded beaches and laid-back vibes, Jamaica’s Negril is a favorite for many lovebirds. It’s teeming with all-inclusive resorts designed with the couple in mind. Many people even choose to get married here, so you can imagine just how intimate it can be. Whether you prefer to relax and enjoy the island paradise or get a little adventurous Jamaica is the perfect place to make memories. Swim in the Blue Lagoon, watch the sunset on Seven Mile Beach and enjoy a candlelit dinner at The Caves. Love is in the air!
A romance language to its core, Italian culture is about as charming as it gets (just look at the breadth of romance films set there). But one story takes the cake, and that’s Romeo & Juliet—which just so happened to take place in Verona. Head there for the weekend and you can literally see the balcony that plays an integral role in the Capulet’s fate. A must-see is Castelvecchio, where you can view some of the most important paintings and sculptures from great Italian and European artists. Verona is also home to one of the most romantic festivals in the world. Celebrated annually on the weekend of St. Valentine’s Day, this city-wide celebration of love is one not to miss. With city candles and lights, heart-shaped markets and love-themed tours you’ll be in for a treat.
Indonesia is a magical, romantic and inspiring place to visit. Everyone loves Bali, but that’s not the only place in Indonesia worth visiting. Come Valentine’s Day, you and your beau should head to Java, where you’ll find the city of Bandung. Bandung has a great balance of nature, culture and city escapes. From stunning temples to active volcanoes and secluded waterfalls, you’ll find tons of attractions here. Private resorts with a luxurious feel pair well with mountains and paddies that dapple the region. Here, you get the best of both worlds. The beaches of Anyer, the history of Candi Prambanan—you could spend far more than a Valentine’s Day getaway in Java.
For a peaceful and remote oasis, head to Hallstatt, the beautiful fairytale mountain village nestled in the Alps. This picturesque town is surrounded by a pristine blue lake, creating a magically timeless feel that attracts visitors from all over the world. One of the very best ways to absorb the sights and scenery of Hallstatt is by ferry. Enjoy a boat ride as you take in the postcard views. You’ll fall in love with the Marketplatz and the snow-covered magical buildings. For more of a winter adventure, go skiing at Dachstein Krippenstein or explore the Dachstein Giant Ice Cave immersed with lights and music. Hallstatt is one of the most romantic vacation spots in Austria, offering endless opportunities for cozying up with a loved one and enjoying the alpine wonder.
Sangria in Spain, Sunsets in St. Barth
If ever there were an excuse to get romantic, it’d be Valentine’s Day. Come February, love, chocolate and roses are in the air. This rings true no matter the destination, just as long as you have your loved one by your side.
Head to one of our most dreamy getaways this Valentine’s Day and you’ll surely be glad you took the leap.