SIX ROMANTIC GETAWAYS ACROSS THE WORLD
Written by Georgia Smith
Last updated: 27/01/2020
When planning the perfect romantic sojourn, it can be tough deciding where to visit. In a world full of natural beauty and fairytale-like adventure opportunities, we are spoilt for choice with destinations.
To help you plan your next romantic adventure, we’ve narrowed the list down to six of our favourite charming cities from all over the world. And to make things better, when you have access to a yacht, the world really is your oyster.
Most romantic destinations in the world
Famous for its whitewashed houses and blue-domed churches, Santorini is a paradisiacal Greek island located on the Aegean Sea. Offering various yachting options, Santorini could be one to add to the top of your cruising list.
Santorini’s busiest months typically fall between May and September, with average temperatures reaching between 22°c and 26°c during this peak travel period.
When in Santorini, there are lots of romantic activities you can enjoy. From wine tasting and cooking classes, to beach hopping and cruising around the caldera aboard a yacht, this Greek beauty is full of dreamy date ideas.
Santorini has two key towns, Fira and Oia. Fira, also known as Thera or Thira, is the capital city of the island. It is known for its museums and breathtaking views, as well as boasting a great nightlife! Oia, a coastal town on the northwest tip of Santorini, is the ideal location to enjoy magnificent Santorini sunsets, as well as being home to lots of local souvenir and gift shops and little churches.
The Italian coastline could well be the ideal destination for your next yachting holiday. From Sardinia and Sicily, to Tuscany and the Gulf of Naples, Italy is bursting with beautiful sights, and even better food!
Whilst you’re there, take a detour to the capital of northern Italy’s Veneto region, Venice. The ancient ‘floating’ city has no roads; it relies completely on waterways and canals. Recognised to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, it would be difficult not to feel the love in Venice.
April, May, June, July and August are the most popular months for tourists visiting Venice, with average temperatures reaching between 17°c and 28°c.
When in Venice, it is almost mandatory that you indulge in a gondola ride. Cuddle up with your partner on the Venetian rowing boat and take in the winding canals and vibrant buildings.
Piazza San Marco, frequently known in English as St Mark's Square, is deemed to be one of the most beautiful squares in the world. First-time visitors often head here before anywhere else in the city.
Bora Bora, French Polynesia
Bora Bora is a romantic hideout situated on the French Polynesia, which is made up of 118 islands and spread across two million square miles. Surrounded by a turquoise lagoon, the luxury resort is known for its overwater bungalows and exotic scuba diving. With average high temperatures falling between 26°c and 28°c all-year-round, if you fancy a combination of luxury and sun, Bora Bora can cater for you at any time.
When in Bora Bora, if you can challenge yourself to climb to the highest point of the island, Mount Otemanu, you will not be disappointed by the view. The extinct volcano creates some astounding photo opportunities!
If there is one thing that represents romance, it is flying over Tupai, the tiny heart-shaped island north of Bora Bora, in a helicopter. Visitors who wish to go that extra mile for passion can now visit the private island for a completely intimate and charming experience with your other half.
Bora Bora can also offer divine sea-side dining experiences, along with beach-side walks and magical star-gazing moments.
Bali, one of the 17,000 islands that make up Indonesia, is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. It incorporates everything you could want from a getaway – from stunning beaches and waterfalls, to cultural temples and markets.
Relax and unwind together with a couple’s massage: In Bali they are surprisingly cheap, and can provide some spectacular views.
If you and your partner are foodies, you could have some fun during a private couple’s authentic cooking class.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Bali is the Ubud Monkey Forest (officially known as the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary). A natural reserve and Hindu temple, the monkey forest should be near the top of all Bali itineraries!
Bali’s climate is tropical all-year-round with average high temperatures falling between 29°c and 31°c from January through to December. Although hot all-year-round, the island’s particularly humid, rainy season falls between October and March. Consequently, Bali’s peak travel periods include July to August and mid-December to early January.
The capital of Iceland, Reykjavik, is renowned for its Blue Lagoon geothermic spa and the northern lights. One of the greenest, cleanest and safest cities in the world, Reykjavik is located on the coast of Iceland, making it easily accessible for boats.
The definition of romance isn’t necessarily as traditional as it used to be, with adventure and activities becoming increasingly popular for couples. If you’re one of those couples looking for a new and exciting getaway, Reykjavik could be the place for you!
Reykjavik’s most popular months for tourism are June, July and August, as this is the prime time for hikers to visit. However, if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the northern lights, then travelling to Iceland between February and March, or September and October will be your best bet.
Living up to its name, Iceland is relatively cold and icy all year round. Its summer months (June – September) see average high temperatures reach between 11°c and 14°c, whereas its winter season (December – March) sees an average high temperature of 3°c.
When in Reykjavik, couples can explore the wilderness of Iceland during an Icelandic horse-riding tour or discover the striking landscapes of the island, such as Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Bathing together in the Blue Lagoon may provide a passionate and relaxing experience like no other, while witnessing the natural phenomenon that is the northern lights together could present a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Last, but by no means least, is the ‘city of love’. When imagining romantic cities, it’s likely that Paris will be one of the first places that spring to mind.
Although not strictly accessible via superyacht, when cruising around the France region, a trip to Paris would certainly not disappoint. The grand destination oozes devotion, passion and affection, and is constructed completely with magnificent buildings.
Paris gets particularly popular throughout the months of April, May, June and July, where average high temperatures range from 17°c to 26°c.
The French capital is a universal centre for fashion, art, fine food and culture, and home to landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame. The city also holds da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa painting, which lives in the famed Louvre museum.
Not sure where to visit for your next romantic getaway? Take a look at our destination guides for some inspiration.