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Whether you’re newly married, dating, or have been together for a long time, going on a couple’s holiday is always a welcome treat. There’s nothing better than spending some quality time with the one you love in a blissful location where you can leave all your worries and stresses behind. From tropical getaways to adventurous wilderness escapes, we have rounded up 7 of the best bucket list locations for couples.
Get Lost in the Romance of Paris
But of course, this is the city of love! The streets of Paris is reminiscent of a storybook, with beautiful architecture, cobbled streets, quaint cafes and a rich history of art and culture. Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower and reward your effort and take in the view with a romantic kiss! While in Paris, visit The Wall of Love (Le Mur Des Je t’aime) - a mural created in 2000 with the words “I love you” in every language and dialect. From there, stroll arm in arm down Canal St-Martin where shaded 19th-century paths wind around the canals, creating a romantic setting for a walk. And nothing says “amour!” quite like a candlelit dinner for two at Le Reminet; a cosy restaurant on the Left Bank, near Notre Dame.
Go on Safari in Kenya or Tanzania
Safari in Kenya made Forbes Magazine’s 2018 bucket list among travel professionals - and no wonder why! For the adventurous of couples, an African safari ticks all the boxes. There are many safari tour operators offering couples packages which include accommodation, with South Africa’s Kruger National Park being one of the most popular destinations for couples. The landscape, wild animals, and the hot weather will awaken any couple’s senses. For a bit of romance, consider ‘glamping’ and spend your nights under the African sky in your very own tent. A tree lodge in Tanzania provides couples with the opportunity to even sleep up among the trees in their very own secluded tree house!
Enjoy a Romantic Gondola Ride in Venice
Oh sole mio... A classic, cruising the waterways of this unique city in one of the roughly 300 gondola remaining here. These 40-minute rides are not cheap, but they sure are romantic - and provide a wonderful perspective of the city. And you can make it even more romantic by avoiding the crowds and bumper-to-bumper gondola traffic around the Grand Canal and St. Mark's Square by heading to lesser trafficked areas such as San Polo, Campo San Barnaba, and the Jewish Ghetto.
Cuddle up in Copenhagen
For the ultimate romantic escape, fly to Copenhagen - the land of the hygge. Locals rejoice in the cooler climates by partaking in hygge or “coziness”, where homes, cafes, and various landmarks create a cosy, comforting environment incorporating foods, aromas, and decor to create a sense of warmth. What could be better than cuddling up with your significant other with hot chocolates and a warm blanket as you admire the coloured architecture and waterfront district of surrounding Copenhagen? After quiet time curled up in front of the fireplace, head out for a walk around the famed Tivoli Gardens, where you can explore the amusement park and enjoy live music in the magical setting.
Dance Salsa in Havana
Cuba is one of those destinations that appear to be on everyone’s bucket list. With the vibrant colour and culture of its people, Cuba’s capital of Havana provides a mix of excitement and romance. Drive a classic car around Old Havana, and cruise the esplanade while listening to salsa music before stopping at one of the many rooftop bars on offer for a mojito while watching the sunset. Additionally, this is one of the more affordable locations on the list. And considering that the average holiday loan was $1,081 in 2018, cheaper options can always help!
Bask in the Sun on Santorini
The Greek island of Santorini looks like it’s come straight out of a postcard. The contrast of the stark white architecture against the crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea makes this location a real hotspot for couples. Sunbake on the black sand beaches, hike to one of the blue domed buildings, enjoy a wine with a view or - for the more thrill-seeking of couples - rent a quad bike and drive around the island. For a truly immersive experience, why not stay in a whitewashed cave house? There are many high-end hotels, budget motels, or hostels to choose from. Most luxury travellers settle in Oia, the main town of Santorini. While a crowd-favourite among all types of travellers is the nearby town of Fira.
Enjoy Paradise in the Maldives
It would be a safe guess that a tropical escape is at the top of most couple’s bucket lists. And nothing does tropical or paradise better than the Maldives! Enjoy a private villa on the water and romance your partner with a candlelit dinner on the beach. Beautiful white beaches and dense tropical forests make up this island getaway, with popular activities such as snorkelling, diving, and boating a favourite among visitors. You can do as much or as little as you want! If adventuring isn’t your thing, treat yourself to a couple’s massage in one of the many luxurious day spas on offer in the Maldives. For something unique, explore the underwater world of the Maldives (without having to get wet) in a whale submarine.