Whether you're looking to have a romantic getaway with your significant other, or simply cut travel expenses, there are plenty of destinations best suited for couples. Take a look at our picks and start brainstorming babysitting options.
The Maldives is a distinct nation in the Indian Ocean made up of 26 Atolls and 1,192 islands; its capital and largest city is Malé. Each of the locale's over 100 resorts is situated on an individual private island, making it a top destination for experiencing marine life through snorkeling and scuba diving. The remote country is expensive both to reach and enjoy once you're there -- so best to keep costs to two people; plus the vibe is decidedly romantic and peaceful. Almost all of the resorts are uber-luxe, with stunning sandy beaches, overwater villas with modern amenities, personalized service, and outstanding restaurants.
The Indonesian country of Bali is quickly becoming a honeymoon fave and top spot on every traveler's bucket list. Referred to as the Island of the Gods, the locale is often described as "exotic" or akin to "paradise." Ubud, Kuta, and Seminyak are the most popular cities, filled with lush mountains, rice paddies, and sandy beaches; they all also have a visible Hindu culture, stunning temples, and dramatic dances. Though Bali has plenty of activities for visitors of all ages, this trip seems best spent with a significant other -- and no one else.
Big Sur, CA
One of the most beautiful places in the U.S., if not the world, Big Sur is known for jagged cliffs along the Pacific Ocean and redwood forests. Located along California's famed Route 1, the views here (when it isn't too foggy) are jaw-dropping. Adding to its romantic atmosphere are natural thermal springs and sandy beaches. It's home to campsites, luxury hotels, spiritual getaways, and ample outdoor-centric activities. Visitors can hike the 237 miles of coastal trails and expect to see whales, dolphins, and plenty of otters swimming about below.
It can definitely be an expensive vacation, but a trip to Santorini is rewarded with breathtaking vistas, ancient sites, and delicious Greek wine. Though it gets very busy during peak season, there's a reason for it. Travelers can drink champagne on a yacht in the Aegean Sea, eat more Mediterranean food than thought possible, or stroll through several fantastic museums. While Mykonos plays host to the party-loving traveler, Santorini is perfect for the relax-minded crowd (jaunting about à deux) that doesn't mind splurging a bit. Don't worry though, there are hotels for the budget-minded as well.
For snow enthusiast couples, Chamonix is a wonderful travel destination. The resort town in the southeastern area of France played host to the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and is now a haven for advanced skiers and mountain climbers. The town is filled with boutiques and restaurants, and surrounded by spectacular views of the Alps across France, Italy, and Switzerland, including Mont Blanc, the highest peak in the chain. Steep slopes and black diamonds are prevalent, but there are plenty of green runs for beginners. Aside from the outdoor activities, there are hot tubs, fireplaces, and resort spas for cozying up with a hot chocolate or cider.
Want to head to Italy? Save Florence and Rome for another time, and head to the Amalfi Coast, a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travelers head to the region for its stunning cliffside villages overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Bay of Naples and Gulf of Salerno. Aside from its breathtaking views, the area is filled with delectable restaurants prime for people watching, wonderful hikes, and colorful hotels perched into the hills. While relaxing with your partner in an infinity-edge pool overlooking the water, you'll be glad you left the kids at home.
We love Barcelona and Madrid, but one of the top Spanish cities worth visiting is Granada. Located in the Andalucia region in southern Spain, it's a historical and cultural mecca. Most well-known is the striking Alhambra palace, a symbol of Moorish culture that has mosaic tiling, running fountains, and archways. Visitors can enjoy Granada's vibrant nightlife, delectable tapas, flamenco dances, and beautiful architecture.
Home to some of the bluest water in the Caribbean, the island of Antigua is situated just north of Guadeloupe. Like those at most Caribbean destinations, travelers fill their time here by relaxing on the sandy beaches, snorkeling in Stingray City, or sailing on a catamaran. Free-spirit adults can head to Hawksbill Beach, a remote and calm area on the west side of the island where clothing is optional.
Connemara is located on the west coast of Ireland, with all the beautiful natural landscape you'd expect -- rolling hills, rugged mountains, and beautiful beaches. An hour from Galway, the destinations is the perfect place for visitors looking to spend their days playing golf, exploring castles, or enjoying a scenic boat tour. Whether you fancy historical sites, buzzing pubs, or bike rides, the city is a lovely Irish escape.