The world is your oyster when it comes to holidaying as a couple. From laid-back beach breaks with cocktails at sundown, to exotic adventures in far-flung destinations, the choice of holidays for couples is limitless.
So we’re narrowed it down a bit to help you pick out your next romantic escape.
There’s something here for everyone, whether it’s your precious first time away, or you’re jetting off to celebrate an anniversary in style. Read on for our top 5 destinations for couples, in 2022.
With the perfect mix of heady adventure and laid-back indulgence, a holiday in Mexico is one to get excited about. From powder-soft beaches and luxury resorts to ancient ruins and leafy jungles, this North American hotspot has it all.
The miles of soft white sand and mesmerising turquoise-blue ocean make Cancun incredibly romantic. But it’s also a lot of fun! In town, you’ll find a myriad of vibrant restaurants, bars and clubs, while on the water, there are jet skis, wake boards and speed boats to enjoy. For a day trip to remember, take the short journey out to the ancient Mayan ruins – prepare to be amazed, and have your camera ready!
Hotel choice: Sandos Cancun
Right on the beach and within easy reach of the Mayan ruins, the four-diamond Sandos features 24-hour All Inclusive service, a cutting-edge spa, and infinity pools overlooking the shimmering Caribbean Ocean.
This being Mexico, there’s an abundance of beautiful beaches inPuerto Vallarta. But you’re also welcomed with verdant jungles, cooling waterfalls, and dense mangrove forests. Not to mention the area’s renowned eateries, where you’ll find out what Mexican food should really taste like. In the evenings, head to the waterfront for the most romantic sunsets you’ll ever see.
Hotel choice: Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit
The Grand delivers an All Inclusive fine-dining experience to rival the best in the world. With golf, tennis, a spa and infinity pool all on offer, you can spend your couples’ holiday here any way you choose.
With its charming medieval towns and cities, rolling countryside, and some of the best food on the planet, there’s no question you’ll fall in love with Italy. In a country where the language is love, where could be better for a romantic holiday?
Home to the art of Michelangelo and Da Vinci, this fascinating renaissance town is a must-see on any holiday to Italy. Here you’ll find vibrant town squares, ornate palaces, and jaw-dropping buildings on every street. Plus, there’s the beautiful area of Tuscany to explore, right on your doorstep.
Hotel choice: Plazzo Niccolini al Duomo
Within a few yards of the Cathedral of Florence, the Palazzo Niccolini occupies one of the the best spots in the whole city. Rooms are elegant and spacious, and feature bathrooms made from local Carrara marble.
From the Colosseum, to the Spanish Steps and Trevi fountain, Rome proudly boasts some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Endlessly fascinating, you’ll discover something new around every corner in this magical city. The only problem you’ll have? Where to begin.
Hotel choice: Morgana Hotel
Located in the heart of Rome, the 4 star Morgana is just a short walk to some of the city’s top attractions, including the Colosseum. Rooms are either decorated in ornate or modern styles and feature comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi, and satellite TV.
With beaches to rival the Maldives, the tropical paradise of Mauritius is ideal for a romantic island escape. Relax in a hammock on the beach, or take a kayak out to explore the beautiful coastline. As evening comes around, sip on a colourful cocktail or two and gaze out at a sunset you won’t believe is real.
Flic en flac
Nowhere on the island says ‘tropical paradise’ quite like Flic en flac. The pristine stretch of beach here is the longest on the island and to get there, you walk through a small forest of filao trees to the powder-soft white sand. After taking a dip in amazingly clear water, hang around until sunset where you’ll be treated to a display of oranges, yellows and blues as the sun disappears into the Indian Ocean.
Hotel choice: Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
The Hilton offers direct access to the beach, an adult only saltwater infinity pool, and tasteful island-inspired rooms. Enjoy a rum cocktail at one of the poolside bars, and dine al-fresco under a beachfront cabana.
Nestled on the beautiful east coast, Belle Mare offers miles of white beaches, dramatic waterfalls and a number of high-end restaurants. It makes the perfect base for adventurous couples who like to explore – from here you can take on Lion Mountain, a half-day hike that takes you through sugarcane and shaded forest, with far-reaching views of the coastline at the summit.
Hotel choice: Lux Belle Mare Villas
The 5 star Belle Mare Villas are designed for couples seeking romance. Whether it’s the modern interiors, beautiful gardens or range of water sports on offer, everything in this tropical paradise is set up for the most memorable holiday imaginable
It’s no wonder Greece is one of the best places in Europe for a couples’ holiday. You’ll discover endless miles of glorious coastline, a countryside dotted with olive trees, and tons to do on the water and inland. Take a boat out to one of hundreds of islands, or hit up a lively resort town for an evening full of fun – it’s all here.
This exceptional island is tailor-made for couples. Here you can rent a scooter and explore hidden coves and old villages. How about dolphin watching from a catamaran, or snorkelling on a west coast beach? Whatever you choose, don’t forget a trip to Canal D’Amour, where locals say that couples who swim here are destined for marriage!
Hotel Choice: Marbella Nido Suite Hotels & Villas (adult only)
The Marbella pulls off a neat trick by offering 5 star luxury at an affordable price point. A stunning infinity pool overlooks the Ionian sea, and a charming beach complete with sun loungers and parasols is the perfect place for a day of sun-soaking. They’ll even give you a kayak to explore the magnificent coastline.
Also known as Zakynthos, the island of Zante offers some of the most dramatic coastline in Greece. Home to the world-famous Shipwreck Beach, you’ll discover towering limestone cliffs and a stunning azure ocean. Take a boat tour through the sea caves for an afternoon to remember, or swim with sea turtles on a diving excursion.
Hotel Choice: Blue Caves Villas
Comprising of 6 stone villas perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean, the Blue Caves Villas are uniquely romantic. From the pool you’ll get incredible views of the sea and mountains; inside you’ll find spacious, traditionally-built accommodation with all the modern touches you’d expect from a top hotel.
5. Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, you’ll discover wonderful food, friendly people and a fascinating mix of cultures and traditions. Head to the interior for a landscape full of ancient temples, cinnamon trees, and wildlife. Make your way to the south, and you’ll find a dramatic coastline with crashing waves and stunning beaches.
Sri Lanka’s interesting and exotic capital is the perfect base for exploring the rest of the island. From here, head inland to Kandy to see ancient temples, tea fields, and elephants. Take a train to the south coast, and you’ll discover a centuries-old fortress, and beaches lined with palm trees. There’s plenty to explore in the city too, where you’ll find ornate temples, mosques and churches, along with bustling markets and a vibrant night life.
Hotel choice: The Kingsbury
A grand, elegantly styled hotel, the Kingsbury commands a prime position with views of the Indian Ocean. The outdoor pool is ideal for cooling off after a day exploring the city, while up-to-the-minute rooms feature flat screen TV’s, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Negombo is a popular beach town just 90 minutes from Colombo. Here, you’ll find a wide golden beach, plenty to do on the water, and some of the best seafood restaurants in the country. From Negombo there are a number of outstanding day trips, including an elephant Safari, and a tour of Willpatu National Park, where you’ll see leopards, bears, and elephants in their natural habitat.
Hotel choice: Jetwing Beach
The Jetwing really lives up to its five stars. Here you’ll find a modern spa, beachside pool, well-equipped gym, and tennis court. The rooms are beautifully styled and feature balconies, bathtubs, and rain showers. You’ll be treated to awe-inspiring views of the Indian ocean at sunset, and your own perfect stretch of golden sand – right outside your front door.