Loved-up couples are increasingly choosing to visit exotic locations for a romantic Valentine’s Day break, and now the top ten destinations have been named. With Valentine’s bookings up 200% over last year, luxury cruise experts at Panache Cruises have named the top ten most romantic spots around the world.
From idyllic beaches to bustling city breaks, these spots are the ideal destinations for love birds to enjoy some quality time surrounded by charming settings. To make the experience even more enjoyable, couples are encouraged to embark on a cruise ship that takes travelers on a voyage while also offering luxurious accommodations, elegant restaurants, and fun entertainment along the way.
James Cole, founder and managing director of Panache Cruises, said: “As pandemic restrictions have lifted, we have seen a sharp rise in bookings around Valentine’s Day as couples seek to celebrate their relationship.
“Escaping routine and having some one-on-one time while exploring new destinations with your significant other is a fantastic way to spend Valentine’s Day. There are places around the world that offer enchanting settings that are bound to make you and your other half swoon.
“Going on a cruise with your loved one is one of the most romantic experiences you can give them. You can go on dates in elegant restaurants and bars onboard, soak up the amazing views and enjoy all the luxurious facilities and treatments offered on the ship – all that while enjoying stunning seascapes and discovering beautiful destinations.
“I can’t think of a better gift to surprise your loved one with than traveling together and creating memories to share forever.”
The team at Panache Cruises has pinpointed the most romantic cruise destinations around the world:
1. Santorini, Greece
Santorini is considered to be one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for a good reason. This Greek island has incredible views and sunsets, beautiful blue-domed white houses built on the cliffside, and the brilliant blue Aegean Sea, which make this charming island the perfect spot for a romantic getaway. Couples can wander the cute villages, go wine tasting, visit volcanoes and enjoy sunrises and sunsets on beautiful beaches.
2. Venice, Italy
Venice is a unique city that allures visitors with its canals, stunning architecture, art and history. What could be more romantic than sailing off into the sunset on a gondola with your loved one or strolling hand-in-hand across romantic bridges? Not to forget, visitors can enjoy delicious Italian cuisine and incredible hospitality.
3. The Maldives
The Maldives is a popular holiday choice for romance-seekers who are looking to go off-grid for some relaxation. The crystal clear waters, pristine beaches and overwater bungalows make it a paradise where couples can unwind and soak up the sun.
4. Paris, France
One of the most traditional romantic cities is undoubtedly Paris. Couples can explore many famous love-drenched landmarks from the Eiffel Tower to the Pont Des Arts bridge outside of Notre Dame, go on serene strolls by the Seine and try out French cuisine in chic cafes and restaurants.
5. Kauai, Hawaii
Kauai is a picturesque destination in Hawaii with endless sandy stretches, waterfalls and gorgeous scenery. This island is perfect for love birds who want to escape crowds and embark on romantic adventures. Kauai delivers everything that a couple could ask for, from serene, secluded beaches and resorts, to fun activities like surfing and snorkeling.
6. Cancun, Mexico
Cancun provides some of the world’s most luxurious beach resorts that also include amazing food and pampering, with many of them catering to couples or adults only. Couples can enjoy lavish spas and treatments in the resort or opt for adventurous nature trips, like exploring natural swimming pools and Mayan ruins, or trying scuba diving in the underwater caves.
7. Bali, Indonesia
Couples who are looking for an enchanted jungle paradise should bump Bali to the top of their bucket list. Bali offers breath-taking vistas with its emerald green rice fields, magnificent volcanoes, waterfalls and mystical temples.
8. Dubrovnik, Croatia
One of the less commonly known romantic destinations is Dubrovnik in Croatia. With its stunning medieval old town, narrow cobbled streets and beautiful sea views, it provides the perfect setting for romance-seeking couples.
9. Budapest, Hungary
Budapest is an ideal location for a romantic city break. It’s located on the Danube River, so tourists can enjoy amazing riverside views when they’re on a relaxing stroll along the bank or try some traditional Hungarian food at a boat restaurant. A trip to Budapest is not complete without soaking in the historical thermal baths.
Fiji is an exotic tropical paradise known for its dreamy resorts, vibrant reefs and pristine beaches, and it is perfect for those who like their privacy. Couples can go island hopping and may even find a private beach that’s all to themselves. There’s even a Turtle Island which is only for couples and hosts a maximum of 14 couples at a time.
Casandra Karpiak is a travel writer and owner of Savoteur. A Toronto native with Danish roots currently residing in British Columbia, her travel writing has been seen on The Associated Press wire, MSN, FOX, CBS, NBC, Entrepreneur, 24/7 Wall St, Times Daily, and many more. When she’s not traveling, she can be found at hockey arenas all over BC cheering on her two young sons.