World’s Most Romantic Destinations

Looking to rekindle the flames with a romantic escape? From the Maldives' secluded beaches to Savannah’s charming B&Bs, these destinations are perfect for woo-ing your significant other.

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Point Grace Resort, Turks and Caicos
Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos

A forever favorite for honeymooners is Turks and Caicos. Hotel experts at Oyster.com recommend Point Grace Resort, a leading boutique hotel on the island. Take advantage of the many activities that the hotel offers, such as scuba diving, boating and windsurfing. 960 1280

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Maldives

Maldives

Honeymoon in your own private paradise at Komandoo Maldives Island Resort. Start your happily-ever-after basking in the beauty of this romantic archipelago with crystal-clear water and pristine white beaches. In this adults-only resort's overwater bungalows, you'll be in a world of your own with the ocean on your doorstep.
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Hawaii

Hawaii

Say aloha to romance at Turtle Bay Resort, the only resort on Oahu's famed North Shore. With its secluded location a world away from Waikiki's crowds, breathtaking ocean views and miles of pristine beaches this is the perfect honeymoon escape. 
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Greece

Greece

If you're thinking of Greece for your honeymoon, seriously consider Mystique Resort Santorini. The stylish resort is nestled among the beautiful cliffs and whitewashed stone homes of Santorini island. Pamper yourselves with body massages and wraps in a private suite or on a private terrace. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Portugal has recently topped the list as a honeymoon destination. Indulge yourselves with a stay at The Yeatman hotel in the city of Porto, and try The Bacchus Suite (featured here). Amenities include a double walk-in shower and sliding doors that open onto a private terrace with dining options for 2 or more. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Explore the Emerald Isle with that special someone. Experience Dublin’s poetic side with its diverse literature, art and music scenes; sleep at Ashford Castle, located near Ireland’s second-largest lake; and plan a classy affair at the castle’s George V Dining Room for delicious, locally sourced, modern Irish and international dishes. Fairy-tale castles, cozy pubs, cobalt-colored lakes and kelly green landscapes surrounded by craggy cliffs make this misty land the perfect honeymoon escape. 960 1280

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Mexico

Mexico

Block-out the outside world at the award-wining Maroma Resort and Spa in Mayan Riviera, Mexico. Take advantage of their honeymoon package: It includes a 3-course dinner for 2 on the beach with an aphrodisiac menu designed by the chef.
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Spain

Spain

Spend 2 or 3 weeks on a romantic tour of Spain. In addition to hitting popular cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, honeymooners should visit a few charming towns in the Andalusia region, such as Seville, Cordoba, Granada and Malaga. The country’s friendly locals, great food and vibrant cultures increase the potential for an unforgettable post-wedding getaway. 960 1280

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Africa

Africa

Do you both have a love for the outdoors, wildlife and luxury? Try something different, exclusive and adventurous: Jack's Camp in the East African county of Botswana. 960 1280

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Seychelles

Seychelles

Spend your honeymoon in the Seychelles, a popular destination for Europe’s elite. We suggest a secluded stay at Fregate Island Private, an eco-friendly resort that features 16 residences with pools, the Rock Spa, 7 beaches and multiple dining options. Sit down to a romantic dinner in the resort’s Treehouse, which is located atop one of the island’s oldest and largest banyan trees. Honeymooners will enjoy a quiet and relaxing respite in this paradise after walking down the aisle. 960 1280

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Canada

Canada

Newlyweds enjoy horseback-riding, white-water rafting and hiking at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Canada. Just 2 hours from Calgary, the Chateau is located in the heart of Banff National Park.  960 1280

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Turkey

Turkey

It’s not your typical spot for a honeymoon, but Turkey has become a popular travel destination this year. Pack your bags and head to Bodrum, a port city in the southwestern Aegean region. A much quieter alternative to Istanbul (which is also a great honeymoon spot), Bodrum has a population of less than 40,000 people, but it still offers options to maintain the romantic spark at luxe accommodations such as Ersan Resort & Spa. And for couples who are history buffs, we suggest a tour of some of the nearby ruins, including the Mausoleum of Mausolus, one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. It’s a wonderful spot for newlyweds. 960 1280

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Bali

Bali

What says romance more than Bali? Savvy world travelers can celebrate a new life together at the enchanting and exotic Amankila Resort in Bali.  960 1280

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Italy

Italy

Voted year after year as having one of the world’s best spas, Capri Palace Hotel and Spa is an Italian paradise. Among the spa's many offerings is a medicated mud wrap that smooths the skin. 960 1280

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Nicaragua

Nicaragua

Nicaragua is the perfect place for honeymooners looking for outdoor adventure in an eco-friendly country. The lush landscape, rain forests, waterfalls, beautiful coastlines and volcanoes make it ideal for surfing, hiking, bird watching and snorkeling. If you’re looking for a calmer honeymoon, you should consider staying at the Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa on Playa Manzanillo. The resort offers several special package deals, a variety of recreational activities and a spa that has 6 private suites and uses local Nicaraguan ingredients in its treatments. For couples, we recommend the holistic raindrop ritual in the Crystal Temple.  960 1280

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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Revel in post-wedding bliss at the iconic Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Celebrate your nuptials with glamour and luxury, and maybe even a big win at the casinos. 960 1280

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket, Thailand

Plan a honeymoon to Phuket, Thailand’s largest island. Dozens of romantic, ultra-luxe resorts and hotels cater to happy couples’ every whim, including Six Senses Yao Noi, the Naka Island Resort & Spa or Mom Tri’s Villa Royale. Yes, there are cheaper alternatives, but why not splurge? It’s your honeymoon! And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that Phuket has some of the most beautiful beaches in Thailand. A trip to Patong Beach, which made our list of the world’s sexiest beaches, should be added to any to-do list during a getaway on this tropical island. 960 1280

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Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands

If you're looking for a honeymoon without flashiness and digital distractions, stay at St. John's Caneel Bay resort. With its pristine and secluded beach location, you'll enjoy low-key luxury amongst 170 acres of lush Caribbean paradise.  960 1280

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San Francisco, city, Golden Gate Bridge, California
10. San Francisco

10. San Francisco

The City by the Bay is a paradise for outdoorsy types looking for love. 960 1280

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9. Sydney

9. Sydney

Start a search for a mate with a stroll along Sydney's Darling Harbour. 960 1280

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8. Buenos Aires

8. Buenos Aires

This fancy footbridge in Buenos Aries is the Puente de la Mujer, also known as the Woman's Bridge. 960 1280

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7. Miami

7. Miami

Singles in Miami can mingle with the beautiful people on the beach by day and at the clubs by night. 960 1280

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6. Cape Town, South Africa

6. Cape Town, South Africa

The scene is set for romance in Cape Town, with the picturesque waterfront and Table Mountain rising above the city. 960 1280

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5. London

5. London

Ladies swoon for men with accents; if you don't have one, just act the part of the suave suitor in stylish London. 960 1280

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4. Madrid

4. Madrid

You'll have many opportunities to meet your match in Madrid; things never slow down in this energetic city. 960 1280

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3. Tokyo

3. Tokyo

Tapping into Tokyo's singles scene may seem overwhelming until you find your niche at a sushi bar or karaoke spot. 960 1280

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2. Melbourne, Australia

2. Melbourne, Australia

Singles can search for love in artsy Melbourne, which has great museums, cool neighborhoods and a funky nightlife.
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1. New York

1. New York

New York is the land of opportunity for singles, with endless options for romance or just a fun night out on the town. 960 1280

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Man proposing

Man proposing

Top Destinations to Propose
Every year nervous men everywhere try to find new and romantic ways to pop the big question. Popular destinations in 2012 include Puerto Vallarta, onboard a popular cruise liner, London (on everyone’s hot list after the royal wedding and soon-to-be-site of the 2012 Olympic Summer Games) and Buenos Aires, Argentina, says PeterGreenberg.com. Good luck!
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couple kissing on bench

couple kissing on bench

Destination Weddings
Picture this: You spend a long weekend in a tropical paradise, you say your “I Do’s” and immediately start your honeymoon -- now you see why destination weddings are still a must-do.
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Couple on Vespa

Couple on Vespa

Mini-Moons
Congratulations on your engagement! Now for the fun part -- planning your honeymoon. If you’re on a budget, mini-moons, which usually last less than a week, are a great alternative to a longer honeymoon vacation.
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Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park

Multi-Destination Honeymoon
In the luxury category: More couples are opting for an around-the-world honeymoon, picking at least 2 international locations. So imagine: You tie the knot in Sri Lanka and honeymoon in Patagonia.
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Croatia

Croatia

International Destinations
Travel agents report strong consumer interest in 2012 for international destinations such as Croatia and Vietnam. Croatia is known for having some of the world’s sexiest beaches. Hint, hint ...
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Savannah

Savannah

Romantic Destinations in the US
Looking for ideas for a short or long romantic getaway? This year, emerging and classic romantic destinations to watch include Kauai, Maui, San Francisco, Key West, US Virgin Islands, Savannah, Santa Fe, Charleston, NYC, Chicago, New Orleans and Fort Lauderdale.
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orwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway

orwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway

"The Love Boat"
The cruise line industry has its eye on an entire generation of travelers who have never cruised before. If that includes you and your significant other, take note: Uniworld’s river cruise line, Super Ship Antoinette, boasts open-air balconies and daybeds. On Norwegian Cruise Line’s new ship, Breakaway, enjoy leather headboards and waterfall showers.
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Pregnant woman lying in the sun

Pregnant woman lying in the sun

Baby Moon
Calling all expectant parents: Now’s your time for one last “hurrah” before your new bundle of joy puts a stop to any future vacation time, at least for a while. No wonder the baby moon is one popular travel trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
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Couple biking

Couple biking

Adventure Sports
Getting away from the mundane is essential, especially if you want to keep the romance alive, relationship experts say. An adventure for 2 can include canoeing, kayaking, bouldering, mountain climbing, hiking, skiing, snowboarding -- you name it. Escaping to the great outdoors with the one you love -- what could be better?
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The City of Lights

The City of Lights

I proposed to my girlfriend in Paris last year, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. Yet, I found myself sweating uncontrollably for three months prior, mainly because I had no idea where in Paris I was going to do it. So, a week before the trip, I researched these 21 locations. Some we never got to, weren't right for us or simply wouldn't cooperate. Thankfully, one ultimately did. I hope one works for you, too. Bonne chance. 960 1280

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The Top of the Eiffel Tower

The Top of the Eiffel Tower

Let’s begin with the obvious. Here’s the thing about proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower: Yes, you can drink champagne up there and the view is amazing, but there’s also a good chance that, while you’re down on one knee, delivering the speech of your life, some tourist will cripple you with a selfie stick. My advice? Propose in the middle where there’s more room and the views are still amazing. Also, go at sunset.  960 1280

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The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

The Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens

This was one of the many places I’d hoped to propose to my girlfriend. It’s beautiful, tranquil and secluded, which can be difficult to find in Paris during the high season. Yet, as we approached it, we found it completely fenced off due to winter renovations. Moral of the story: it’s a great place to propose from April to September. 960 1280

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The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

The Rooftop of the Terrass Hotel

My now fiancée and I ate here about an hour before we got engaged and it was one of the best views of Paris we had the entire trip. If you've always dreamed of putting the ring in a glass of champagne, this rooftop bar is for you. 960 1280

  

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Unlike the Pont des Arts, the Place des Vosges is relatively easy to pronounce, and one you’ll enjoy saying again and again. Finished in 1612, it is the oldest planned square in Paris. 960 1280

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The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

The Ferris Wheel at the Place de la Concorde

It’s a Ferris wheel in the middle of Paris. What else could you want? Fried dough and powdered sugar? Because, yes, that’s what I want, too. 960 1280

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The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

The Parc des Buttes-Chaumont

Aside from it being stunning – I mean, look at it; it looks like something out of Game of Thrones – it would just be really fun to propose here due to the name. 960 1280

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The Louvre Pyramid

The Louvre Pyramid

One of the most iconic spots in Paris, the Louvre Pyramid would make a great proposal spot if your significant other is an art lover. 960 1280

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Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co.

Shakespeare & Co. is a small bookstore in the Latin Quarter where Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce and other 20th century literary icons hung out. Bottom line: This is for the book lover in your life. 960 1280

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In a Cafe

In a Cafe

There’s just something so romantic about Parisian cafes, especially if your loved one loves coffee. Check out Le Petit Marcel, Le Pure Café and Le Bistrot du Peintre – all charming cafes that’d make great spots to pop the question. 960 1280

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From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

From Behind the Clock in the Musée d’Orsay

If you’ve been dating your significant other for a long time, there’s a good chance they’ve told you, “The clock is ticking,” or some other variation upon the theme. Thus, what better way to propose to this person than by walking up to a giant clock, letting them deliver this line once again, then responding, “Oh yeah?” 960 1280

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The Pont des Artes

The Pont des Artes

Unless you’re French, you should resign to the fact that you’ll never pronounce this correctly. Nevertheless, it’s a beautiful bridge with a beautiful view, and you should totally get engaged there. 960 1280

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On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

On the Champs Élysées, Beneath the Holiday Lights

Most likely if you’re dating a fashionista, they’ve been talking about shopping on the Champs Élysees for months, now. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Prada – it will be a terrifying exercise in fiscal responsibility. But during the holidays, beneath the twinkling lights on the trees, it’s also a great place to propose.  960 1280

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The Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe

You spent thousands of dollars on the ring. You spent thousands of dollars to get to Europe. You convinced someone to date you long enough that it wouldn’t be crazy to ask them to marry you. This is a triumphant moment, so where better to ask the big question than at the Arc de Triomphe? 960 1280

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In Front of Notre Dame

In Front of Notre Dame

If you’re anything like me, you still can’t get enough of the DeBeers “A diamond is forever” commercial where the guy scares away an entire flock of pigeons when, seemingly to no one, he shouts, “I love this woman!” While it seems this took place in St. Mark’s Square in Venice, you can basically find the same atmosphere in Paris in front of Notre Dame. Just be vigilant for pickpockets. 960 1280

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The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Champs de Mars at Midnight

The Eiffel Tower sparkles every hour on the hour for five minutes. The Champ de Mars is lovely to stroll after the crowds have subsided, so take your loved one there and wait for midnight. 960 1280

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The Versailles Orangerie

The Versailles Orangerie

Versailles, as a general rule of thumb, is a madhouse during the high season. But thankfully there are acres of gardens in which to spread out. My suggestion? The Versailles Orangerie. 960 1280

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Château de Rambouillet

Château de Rambouillet

If images of the French Revolution ruin the romance of Versailles for you, but you still want that bourgeois vibe, Château de Rambouillet is your ticket. Located 30 miles outside the city, it is still the summer residence of the president of France. 960 1280

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The Trocadéro

The Trocadéro

It doesn’t get more Paris than this with views overlooking the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. Pro tip: Go at sunrise and hire a photographer to capture the entire thing. 960 1280

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The Square du Vert-Galant

The Square du Vert-Galant

If you jump off the Pont des Arts and swim a few hundred yards west, you’ll wash up on a small park on the Pont Neuf. I personally have not stepped foot on this little bit of paradise, but I can tell you it’s beautiful. 960 1280

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The Wall of Love

The Wall of Love

Located in perhaps the loveliest part of the City of Lights (Monmartre) is a wall dedicated entirely to the notion of love. Aptly titled “The Wall of Love,” it features 612 tiles made from enameled lava with the phrase “I love you” written across them in 250 different languages. Your mission is to learn how to pronounce all of them. 960 1280

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On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

On the Steps of the Sacre Coeur

After many failed attempts, this is where I eventually popped the question. It was late in the evening, raining lightly, and we had the entire square to ourselves. Overlooking the city, I felt the ring in my pocket and turned to her. “So,” I said, trying to remember the speech I’d planned. “What do you say we... take our relationship to the next level?” And this is the power of Paris: She still said yes.  960 1280

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16 restored cottages at The Cottages at Cabot Cove in Kennebunkport, ME, offer a romantic respite from daily life. 960 1280

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Best-selling romance author Nora Roberts is at the helm of Maryland's Inn BoonsBoro. 960 1280

Bruce Wilder  

The romantic Inn BoonsBoro is inspired by some of literature's great love stories. 960 1280

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The Governor's House in Hyde Park 960 1280

The Governor's House in Hyde Park  

Less than an hour from Denver, the Inn at the Highland Haven delivers rustic-chic romance. 960 1280

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Each room at Highland Haven has a private entrance and bathroom so there are no intrusions on your romantic getaway. 960 1280

Owner, Gail Riley  

Each room at Two Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, exudes Southern charm. 960 1280

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Celebrate love at Swann House, a romantic urban getaway in an 1883 mansion in Washington, DC's Dupont Circle. 960 1280

Swann House Historic Dupont Inn  

A grand Washington beauty, Swann House has 12 rooms, each displaying its own unique personality. 960 1280

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