The most romantic getaways are all about togetherness, breathtaking landscapes, and unparalleled opportunity to explore. Whether you want to explore a coral reef from the comfort of a luxury resort or dive into freshwater cenotes in Mexico before retreating to an over-the-water bungalow, there’s a romantic vacation for everyone. Here are the 10 to consider for your next romantic vacation.
1. Bucuti & Tara Resort, Aruba
Aruba’s stunning backdrop of beaches, wind-blown desert, and charming historic downtown make it the ideal romantic getaway for a couple looking to reconnect. Look for a Southern Caribbean cruise with a stop in Oranjestad or fly into Aruba before getting whisked away to Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.
As one of Aruba’s most romantic getaways, the adults-only resort features a gorgeous white sand beach and couple-friendly activities like sunrise yoga, sailing, white-glove champagne service at a beach day bed and movies on the beach. Sleep in luxury at the Tara Suite with oceanfront views, a separate living area, eco-friendly features, and a gorgeous balcony with stunning ocean views. Their on-site Elements restaurant can also accommodate specializes in natural, organic ingredients and offers vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options in a beachfront setting. USA Today ranked it the #1 restaurant in the Caribbean so be sure you make a reservation and enjoy a romantic sunset or moonlight dinner on the beach.
2. Excellence Oyster Bay, Jamaica
Jamaica may be known for its reggae, rum, and coffee, but it’s also home to some of the world’s most impressive all-inclusive resorts and waterfalls. Make time for an excursion to Dunn’s River Falls, the most famous waterfall, to enjoy one of the most popular things to do – climb the rock formations up through the water.
For a romantic hideaway, head to Excellence Oyster Bay with turquoise waters and mangrove lagoons set on it’s own peninsula. This adults-only resort has a boutique feel with the services and amenities of a larger luxury resort. The beach villas are your own little slice of paradise with private pools, a water view and sand right outside your door. The resort also has 5 swimming pools, a rooftop pool, and a skybar. By day, spend time together biking, taking a dancing lesson, or enjoying some scuba diving before savoring the gourmet dining experience. Nothing is more romantic than taking an nighttime paddle through the nearby bio-luminescent bay!
3. Sandals Barbados & Sandals Royal, Barbados
The southern Caribbean island of Barbados is renowned for its “land of the flying fish,” dotting the seascape of the island and best served with traditional cou-cou. The island is also known for its gourmet dining, outdoor fun, stunning white sand beaches and luxury oceanfront resorts. It’s also one of the hottest destinations for honeymoons and romantic vacations.
Barbados is home to two romantic Sandals Resorts, but you don’t have to choose. You can stay at one resort but play at both! Both resorts feature luxurious accommodations, incredible dining and a wide variety of room categories to suit your budget. Choose from oceanfront suites, suites with private pools and Butler service or swim-up rooms. Some even have balcony tranquility soaking tubs for 2 complete with privacy curtains to enjoy time with your significant other.
Sandals Royal Barbados features all Club and Butler rooms and is home to some “firsts” for Sandals Resorts including an on-site bowling alley and beachfront infinity pool. Activities include an stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), snorkeling, scuba diving, water sports and more. Just walk next door to the adjoining Sandals Barbados to expand your horizons and itinerary. After a morning at the resort, walk over to savor the culture at nearby St. Lawrence Gap (AKA “The Gap” for shopping, dining, live music and nightclubs.
4. The Cove at Atlantis, Bahamas
Fall in love all over again while Bahamas bound. The convenient location is perfect for quick weekends from the East coast or an extended excursion from anywhere in the world. However long you stay, the Bahamas delivers on year-round tropical weather enveloping a unique archipelago of rocks, cays, and 700 islands.
Stay at The Cove at Atlantis situated between Cove and Paradise Beaches with private beaches, exclusive pools, and upscale suites with Bahamian touches. Their Ocean Suites features French balconies with ocean views, open floor plans, marble floors, custom in-room bar, and designer touches. Their King bed suites with a step-down living area are the perfect setting to rekindle romance. Guests of The Cove have full access to Atlantis Bahamas including fabulous dining, nightlife and a large casino.
During the day have some fun together soaring down impressive water slides or relax in a private cabana at the Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park. There’s also plenty of snorkeling, scuba and snuba diving, shark adventures, dolphin experiences and more to reconnect with your loved one.
5. Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach, Kauai
One of the greenest and oldest islands in Hawaii, Kauai is rich with staggering cliffs and dramatic waterfalls with unparalleled views. It also provide a picture-perfect backdrop for a romantic getaway. Adventurous couples will love the Kalalau Trail to tackle one of the most adventurous hikes in Aloha State Park at 22-miles round trip. Gentle hikes, surfing, historic strolls and visiting Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, are also high on the list.
After all that adventure, settle in at the Ko’a Kea Hotel & Resort at Poipu Beach for a luxurious stay. Oceanfront rooms are just steps away from Poipu Beach with tropical breezes and waterfront views. Book a couples massage for candlelit treatment, massages, facials, and wraps enhanced by native moisturizing nut oils, locally grown coffee and sugar, and local flowers. You’ll find it easy to be swept away in the Spirit of Aloha.
6. Windstar Cruises, Santorini
The Greek Isles are one of the most popular destinations on many people’s list of where to go next. One of the best ways to see the islands including famous Santorini is by water. Romance is built into Windstar Cruises luxury small ship cruises. Take one of their Greece itineraries for a vacation you two will never forget. The region is renowned for its breathtaking landscape of brilliant white houses and buildings. On your port stop in Santorini, you’ll find a variety of shore excursions including strolling the village of Oia to see the iconic Santorini blue domes or the UNESCO site of Akrotiri with Bronze Age excavations.
The Treasures of the Greek Isles cruise stops in Santorini, as well as Athens and five other dazzling locations. Along the way, enjoy Windstar Cruises unique small ship sailing with four-masted sails featuring gourmet cuisine, casual buffet and full-service meals for an open-air dining experience.
7. Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
The volcanic island of St. Lucia is majestic for its mountainside beaches but is also the only mountain in the world with a drive-in volcano of La Soufriere. Coastal kayaking, scuba diving along pristine coral reefs, stand-up paddle-boarding, and visits to organic farms are just some of the ways you can get to know St. Lucia, one of the most popular destinations for honeymoons, anniversaries and romantic getaways.
Resting above a 600-acre beach, Jade Mountain Resort offers rugged stone columns, infinity pools, and sweeping views from their open-air upscale rooms. Jade Mountain Resort is famous for weddings and anniversaries where you can even renew your vows during your vacation. When not strolling the beaches, enjoy a couples massage, private champagne and lobster sunset sail and private dinners.
8. The Hacienda at Hilton Puerto Vallarta, Puerta Vallarta, Mexico
Nestled in Mexico’s Pacific coast, Puerto Vallarta is celebrated for its watersports and thriving nightlife. Spend the day exploring cobblestone streets, shopping, and indulging in water sports. By night, the area comes to life with bars, lounges, and nightclubs serving tropical drinks against an oceanfront backdrop.
Rekindle the romance at The Hacienda at Hilton Puerto Vallarta with traditional Mexican decor, cuisine, and gourmet dining and personalized attention to detail. Get to know other guests at the adults-only swim-up bar or opt for privacy with a Junior Suite Hacienda Swim-Out suite. Just open up the patio door and dive right in the swimming poo. Enjoy top-notch amenities around resort including spa treatments, work-outs at the fitness center and beachside fun.
9. Fowl Cay Resort, Exumas, Bahamas
Exuma, Bahamas is home to some of the clearest water in the world where wild pigs swim at the beach alongside human visitors, snorkeling reigns, and hollow caverns invite visitors into a sun-soaked secret.
Couples looking for an exclusive resort escape to Fowl Cay Resort to indulge in a private island adventure with six gorgeous villas dotting a 50-acre retreat. Everything is taken care of with fully equipped and stocked kitchens for intimate meals, patios overlooking the clear, blue water, a personal motorboat, hammocks and more. There’s plenty to do with your sweetheart, including enjoying fishing for fresh snapper, exploring deserted beaches around Exuma, feeding the sharks at Compass Cay Marina,or meeting the iguanas at Guana Cay.
10. Palafitos-Overwater Bungalows at El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya
The crystal clear blue waters of Riviera Maya complement its sandy white beaches lining the Yucatán Peninsula. Visitors looking for a romantic getaway flock to the cenotes, underground rivers, and caves with opportunities to zipline into the mouth of a water-filled cave.
Consistently rated as one of the best beaches in the world, guests at El Dorado Maroma can experience the area’s true beauty with palafitos, over-the-water bungalows. Perhaps even more impressive than the over-water bungalow experience are the glass bottom floors and direct ladder access to the ocean, creating the sensation of floating in paradise and being part of the water.
After a day swimming right off your room, rinse off at your own private outdoor shower while full Butler service takes care of your every need from gourmet dining to scheduling a massage service.
Choosing Your Romantic Getaway
With so many resorts, destinations, and activities to choose from, the real challenge is choosing your next romantic getaway. Ready to start planning your next vacation? I’m happy to assist you in choosing the best option. Schedule a complimentary trip planning session here.