Travel has become one of the best ways to celebrate love and life, and everything in between. In 2020, several countries are on the rise to become one of the most popular romantic destinations ever. Meanwhile, there are the classics that always give us a reason to return.
We have set out our top 10 most romantic destinations for 2020 just below, to help you make your choice of a great Valentine’s Day surprise destination. Here are some of the hottest and most trending romantic destinations to help you romance your chosen one.
For couples who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and spend time, just you and your beau, alone – then, what better than a tropical island and the Maldives fits the bill perfectly.
Slow down to island time and delight in paradise island scenery, endless white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and picture-perfect blue skies that radiate romantic sunset hues of red, orange and gold. Enjoy candlelight dinners by the beach or a unique underwater restaurant serving culinary delights that make you taste buds dance with delight, maybe a romantic stroll in the moonlight before bed? Team this up with the ultimate in luxury overwater accommodation and let the romance begin!
From the food to the architecture, Italy simply oozes romance, which is why it’s considered as one of the most favoured honeymoon and romantic destinations in the world.
Each city and town has its own flavour and cultural flair: from the canals of Venice and sculptural masterpieces of Florence, to Sorento’s colourful shores, Palermo’s freshest seafood, the wines of Tuscany and, of course, the history of Rome herself.
You’ll find a wealth of historic buildings and artistic legacies, coupled with grape-laden vineyards and golden rolling hills, medieval villages, and a cuisine that is as old as Italy herself. Take your time to fully explore one region or set a plan to see everything and go. The romance of Italy is waiting!
This fire and ice island at the top of the world is one of the last frontiers on Earth making it the perfect destination for couples with adventurous hearts. You and your special someone can enjoy black volcanic sand beaches, relax together in steaming geo-thermally heated Blue Lagoons, conquer a glacier together or trek to see thundering waterfalls… or just take time out together for date night at any one of Reykjavik’s inspirational restaurants and dine in style.
Expect clean and crisp air, untouched natural panoramas, and glaciers that glitter from the light of the moon. That’s why we believe it deserves every romantic couple’s attention.
Of course, the highlight (quite literally) are the spectacular colours of the breathtaking Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). Snuggle up close as nature puts on her magical light show just for the two of you.
Thailand’s Phuket has got you and your partner covered if you’re looking for a tropical romance. Only a few hours from our Aussie shores and you’ll find a luxurious beach escape with the amazing selection of picture-perfect beaches. You can both play all day in the sun and tropical waters, waiting for the glorious sunset and a romantic stroll along the beach under the stars. Of course, for those who are looking to get the most of a break, it’s adventure and exploring all day just waiting until the sun goes down, then it’s a party all night!
If you want to venture further afield, golden temples, floating markets, sensational street-food and so much more awaits from Chang Mai to Bangkok and everywhere in between. Thailand is a culturally rich and diverse destination perfect for any traveller, especially those looking for a unique celebration of love and discovery.
The mere mention of Greece conjures up picture-perfect images of clear blue skies, islands like jewels strung out across the Mediterranean, each with their own distinct sights, sounds and flavours. Of course, it goes without saying that any Greek Isle is the perfect destination for those looking to start a life journey together, tie the knot or rekindle that old flame of romance… and who can blame them?
It’s easy to fall in love with Santorini or Mykonos, with their vibrant white architecture nicely contrasting with the deep blues of the sea – a perfect representation of the Greek flag. There are beaches and towns to explore, sprawling olive groves, historic ruins to explore, welcoming restaurants to discover and colourful sunsets to watch – this could be the romance of a lifetime.
Wanting to get wild this Valentine’s Day? Think about an exotic getaway to South Africa – there’s nowhere like it for wildlife and safari experience, and more. Imagine being face to face with the big 5 – Lion, Giraffe, Buffalo, Rhinoceros & Leopard, or hot-air ballooning at sunrise, surprise each other with locally made handicrafts, sip vintage wine in the vineyards of Port Elizabeth, go bungee jumping at the beautiful Bloukans Bridge River Gorge or start by exploring Cape Town’s magnificent Table Mountain.
The excitement doesn’t stop there, South Africa is an adventure capital buzzing with things to do, places to visit, unique cultural experiences to share and vastly diverse cuisines ranging from the Braai (barbecue) and traditional Zulu foods, through to Indian, Chinese and Malay curries, stir-fries and more.
Take your sweetheart on a safari today.
Ahhh, the land of Aloha – who doesn’t love going on a holiday to Hawaii?
Adventure beckons you to Hawaii, as it paints a perfect holiday picture for couples ready for a paradise retreat. Lovebirds can rekindle their romance with luxury hotels and resorts, the crystal-clear water and golden shores of Waikiki beach, gorgeous tropical sunsets across Diamond Head’s famous outline and other picturesque views will certainly do the trick!
For the ultimate in relaxation, set your sights on an island-hopping cruising adventure and cruise among the Hawaiian Islands. Get ready to watch for whales off the coast of Maui or explore nature’s bounty from frangipani and the beautiful red plumeria to sparkling waterfalls plunging to cool green pools below. Visit the big island of Hawaii to see the awe-inspiring fiery Kilauea Volcano or settle down to some together-time on the Garden Isle of Kauai and the Na Pa Li coast, or simply stick to the main island of Oahu to totally immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture. The possibilities for a truly romantic Hawaiian holiday here are endless!
Romance is not always sun, sand and tranquillity, so if you are ready to treat your special someone to a tropical island adventure with a party every night, then Bali is the destination for you. Let the party begin with happy hour at your favourite sunset lounge, then head on over to Kuta Beach, Legian or Seminyak (or all three!) to check out popular hot-spots. Skilled bar tenders, international DJs, and dance floors entertain every night at nightclubs, up-scale bars, music venues and hotel dance parties, with many still jumping in the wee hours of the morning. Are you ready to see the sun rise?
The daytime can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you want, from discovering an underwater world together as you snorkel and scuba-dive on the nearby reefs through to holding hands on a beach walk or on a hiking through the lush tropical forests of Ubud, splashing beneath a breathtaking waterfall or immersing yourself among the local culture – you’ll never know what you might find! You could always take time out to be together and slow down, relax and resonate with the simple tranquillity of Bali. Channel your inner peace with yoga on the beach, enjoy the luxury and relaxation of an expert massage or enjoy the simplicity of the ocean waves from your spot somewhere on the beautiful beaches of Bali.
Then, maybe one last look at that romantic sunset – one for both of you to cherish.
Alaska & Canada
We’ve got an awesome idea for you, if you have a little more time and a sense of adventure – Alaska and Canada.
If you’re ready to have it all on your romantic holiday, then opt for an Alaskan cruise package to surprise your Valentine, one that includes an iconic Rocky Mountaineer rail journey plus the magic of Denali National Park.
Start your romantic escape with a cruise along Alaska’s magnificent shores, from the world-renowned Inside Passage and Glacier Bay to the frontier towns of Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway. Take it even further with a whale watching excursion, dogsledding or helicopter high over the gargantuan Juneau Icefield and impressive Mendenhall Glacier.
Denali National Park is next on your Valentine list, a pristine wilderness area home to elusive beers, elk, moose, bald eagles and America’s tallest peak – Mt. McKinley. Then it’s time to discover the glorious Rocky Mountains, beautiful Banff, Lake Louise and the stunning sights of Jasper onboard the luxurious and iconic Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. There is sure to be picture-perfect memories made on this journey.
Australia & New Zealand
It’s kiwis, kangaroos and kisses all the way from Sydney Opera House to Milford Sound, the Hunter Valley and Barossa to Napier and Oyster Bay, from Melbourne and Fremantle’s cosmopolitan cities and Tasmania’s island shores through to Auckland’s city of sails, Rotorua’s Maori culture and the beautiful fiord-land sounds of New Zealand.
You and your special one can kick off your shoes and wander along Queensland’s beaches, dive into pristine reef-scapes of the Great Barrier Reef, marvel at Uluru, the Olgas or Kakadu’s natural wonders or feast your eyes on Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain escape.
Not so far away is New Zealand’s land of the long white cloud, with two islands ready and waiting for discovery. Cruise your way along the coastlines, fly and stay, or grab a car and head your own way, either way you will be together on a journey of romance.
And if this doesn’t float your boat, Australia offers many ports to sail to the stunning South Pacific islands – Fiji, Vanuatu, Tahiti and beyond – now that would be a wonderful Valentine’s Day surprise!
Need we say more?
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Written by Jacqueline Hamilton