15 Of The World’s Most Romantic Destinations – Gathering Dreams

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Are you in love?

Exploring the world is a fantastic thing! And traveling with the person you love is the best way to take a break from your everyday life, and rediscover your passion.

A while ago, I put together a list of the most romantic destinations I want to visit with Dan. We have already managed to explore some of these places, and hopefully soon, we will be heading to another one of these fantastic getaways!

These incredible destinations are perfect for Valentine’s break, for the honeymoon of your dreams, or simply to spend some time with the love of your life.

No matter what the reason is, a romantic trip in one of these 15 places will fill your days with love!

Get ready to explore the most romantic destinations (in no particular order!) and spend some wonderful time as a couple!

1. Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a fairy-tale medieval town, and with its lovely squares, picturesque canals and cobbled streets, it really is one of the most romantic cities in old Europe! With its dreamy canals crossing the city center, Bruges has been called “Venice of the North”.
Getting lost in the city for a couple of days is one of the best things you will do for a while!

We visited Bruges last summer and we loved every minute! Check out our absolute guide to the perfect weekend in Bruges for the best tips!

Where to stay in Bruges:

Splurge: The Pand Hotel
Budget: Old Bruges house in the Old Town 
(if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

2. Ubud, Bali

Ubud is the perfect romantic place for every couple that enjoys art, nature, healthy food and creativity.

Rent a scooter and ride around exploring rice fields, while discovering the beauty around you. Visit one of the many temples and get lost in the traditional Balinese culture. Enjoy peace and quiet in a beautiful villa or in one of the incredible hotels in the lush jungle that surrounds you.

Dan and I loved hunting for unique design pieces in the local boutiques around town. Plus, if you are like us and enjoy eating new things all the time, Ubud has to offer some of the most amazing Balinese food.

Where to stay in Ubud:

Splurge: The Hanging Gardens of Bali
Budget: Architect Designed Studios/Lotus 2 
(if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

3. The Isle Of Skye, Scotland

The Isle of Skye offers some dramatic mountain views and coastal scenery. This fantasy-like landscape will give you plenty of opportunities to enjoy some quality time together.

You can spend the day hiking the majestic Quiraing or tour the imposing Dunvegan Castle. As the sun drops, the evening sky will reveal some of the most spectacular sunset imaginable. A romantic stroll along the shore or just sitting together, watching the sun drop behind the hills is the most relaxing and romantic way to spend the end of the day.

And if you want to discover some other unique places in Scotland, read this post to discover 10 amazing places to visit in Scotland, you wouldn’t believe exist.

Where to stay on the Isle of Skye:

Splurge: Marmalade
Budget: The Cabin on Cairn Geal Croft 
(if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

4. Padar Island, Indonesia

If you are an adventurous couple that loves nature, Padar is the perfect destination!

This island dreamscape has incredible white, pink, and black sand beaches. And the breathtaking view you will see after the 30-minute hike to the top will leave you without words!

Padar is still quite remote, which makes it the perfect location if you are looking for a paradise island just for yourself. Labuan Bajo is the closest city, and there are tours departing daily for one, two, or three-day visits. The best time to explore the island is from April to June, and from September to November.

There are only a few tourists visiting the island every day, making it an incredible place for a romantic adventure.&nbsp

Where to stay in Labuan Bajo:

Splurge: Plataran Komodo Beach Resort
Budget: Le Pirate Floating Hotel

5. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is a unique paradise hidden between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea on the Northern coast of Italy. Its rocky and panoramic footpaths will leave you without words!
It’s a fantastic romantic place, and it will remain in your memories, like a dream. Everything about this place screams romance: the food, the wine, the colorful houses, the sea, and the green mountains!

We spent a fantastic weekend hiking and tasting amazing food. If you want to know more, check out our Cinque Terre guide here.

Where to stay in Cinque Terre:

Splurge: The First – Riomaggiore
Budget: Manarolavistamare – Studio Suite Vermentino 
(if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

6. Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is one of the most romantic destinations to explore with your special loved one. The Kyoto Botanical Gardens have some impressive landscapes and are full of amazing colors in every season: the perfect place to stroll around with your partner. If you manage to visit during the spring, you will be able to enjoy a romantic boat ride along the cherry blossom-lined Okazaki Canal.

This will be an experience that you will never be able to forget!

Where to stay in Kyoto:

Splurge: Kyomachiya Hotel Shiki Juraku
Budget: T/(東)  (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

7. The Maldives

The Maldives lie between southwest of India and Sri Lanka. They are known as one of the most romantic archipelagos in the world.

Dan and I were so lucky to visit this paradise a few years ago: here you will be able to enjoy white sand beaches, admire a rich and incredible marine life and a crystal clear blue sea, with a color so intense you won’t believe is real!

You can enjoy snorkeling during the day and then relax on the beach while drinking a glass of champagne and admiring a wonderful sunset in the evening. The colors here will remind you of the most stunning paintings you have ever seen.

Where to stay in the Maldives:

Splurge: Baros
Budget: Whitesand Dhigurah (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle is the real-life inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

If you want to live a fairytale dream, you have to visit it! It’s one of the few places on Earth that looks like a storybook illustration, with its towers, turrets, and frescoes.

It’s always the perfect time to visit the romantic Neuschwanstein Castle: covered by snow or shining in the summer sunlight, you will always leave with unforgettable memories.

Where to stay near Neuschwanstein Castle:

Splurge: Hotel Das Rübezahl
Budget: Hotel Alpenglühn

9. Big Sur, California

This 90-mile-long stretch of highway between Carmel-by-the-Sea and Hearst Castle is one of the world’s most unforgettable coastline on earth. The classic drive through Big Sur is the perfect romantic ride: you will have mountains on one side and rocky cliffs and beautiful beaches on the other, making it one of the most romantic destinations for couples.

Where to stay near Big Sur:

Splurge: Ventana Big Sur
Budget: Rancho Vista Retreat (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

10. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

You’ll know how special and unique Bora Bora is as soon as you land: what you’ll see when you exit the airport on the island will leave you without words. The bright blue and green shades of water are unreal, and it will be love at first sight!

Waking up in one of the overwater bungalows will make you feel like you own the entire world. Not to mention the perfect white beaches and thousands of tropical fish in the coral gardens. Add to that the unforgettable experience of swimming with sharks and giant manta rays, and you’ll be living one of the most romantic experiences the world has to offer!

Where to stay in Bora Bora:

Splurge: Le Meridien Bora Bora
Budget: Sunset Hill Lodge

11. Northern Lights, Iceland

Iceland is one of the best countries to experience the magic of the Northern lights. The best time to experience this incredible natural event is during the colder months, between November and January.

Make sure to dress warmly, as you won’t get to enjoy your northern lights experience as much if you’re freezing cold!

Where to stay in Iceland:

Splurge: Kvosin Downtown Hotel
Budget: 22 Hill Hotel

12. Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, known as the garden island, is the perfect romantic place if you want to get away from everything and everyone! It has it all: beautiful, secluded beaches, colorful gardens, incredible waterfalls, and amazing resorts. Not to mention it’s one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

No matter what you love to do, here you will find something for you: hike to one of the many waterfalls, spend the day on one of the remote beaches scattered along the island, or enjoy the day lounging by the pool.

There’s no better way to spend some quality time with your loved one.

And Kauai is not the only romantic place in Hawaii: you might want to consider an amazing honeymoon in Honolulu.

Where to stay in Kauai:

Splurge: The Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
Budget: Charm and comfort in lovely Princeville (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

13. Santorini, Greece

One of the most romantic Greek islands, Santorini has an irresistible appeal for romance. With its whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, is one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Enjoy a scenic walk along one of the many trails, watch the sunset sipping fine wine while eating some delicious local food.

Where to stay in Santorini:

Splurge: Voreina Gallery Suites
Budget: Alefkandra Studio (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

14. Venice, Italy

We went back to Venice last summer, after a few years and I have to say every time we visit, this city takes my breath away.

No other city in the world can compare to Venice when we talk about romance. The landscape here is just so spectacular: it just looks like a live renaissance painting.

The hidden bridges, the narrow lanes, and the legendary canals are perfect to be explored with your partner. One of the most romantic things that you can do here is taking a gondola ride with your loved one.

Venice is just perfect for lovers!

Where to stay in Venice:

Splurge: Residenza Veneziana
Budget: Suite Tower Rialto (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

15. Paris, France

Talking about the most romantic destinations, this is probably the most obvious one! And for a very good reason. Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world. No one can deny that Paris is the city of love!

Strolling along the Seine, wandering along the streets and grabbing a quick bite at a café are just some of the most romantic things that you can do. Make sure to visit the picturesque Montmartre and climb the Eiffel Tower together!

Where to stay in Paris:

Splurge: Hotel Montalembert
Budget: Atelier d’artist (if you are new to Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first stay by clicking here!)

What are the most romantic places you have ever visited?

Let me know in the comments!

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