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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Santorini, Greece
Santorini, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Fall in love all over again with breathtaking views of the deep blue sea from cliff-perched towns on the Greek island of Santorini. Soak up the Mediterranean sun all day and enjoy one of the world’s best sunsets at night. 960 1280

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Sanibel Island, FL

Sanibel Island, FL

For a romantic getaway that is both convenient and private, escape to Florida’s Sanibel Island. Only 15 miles west of Fort Myers, Sanibel Island’s remote beaches are a world away from the congestion and crowds on Florida’s packed coastline. 960 1280

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Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Want a more active honeymoon? Get your sweetie’s heart pumping with a trip to Yosemite National Park, where you can hike, white-water raft and cuddle under the stars. 960 1280

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Bora Bora

Bora Bora

Bora Bora immediately conjures up an image of a newlywed paradise -- romantic overwater bungalows and miles of sun-soaked beaches perfect for traipsing around in a bikini. 960 1280

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Ireland

Ireland

Veer off the sun-and-sand honeymoon path for a romantic getaway in Ireland. The Emerald Isle’s fairytale castles, lush countryside and cozy pubs -- perfect for warming up over a Guinness -- make for an unforgettable trip. 960 1280

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Anguilla

Anguilla

Anguilla is a dream honeymoon spot for the couple seeking a relaxed Caribbean vibe with less tourist-trampled beaches. The island’s secluded beaches and star-studded luxury (celebrities are spotted here year round) come at a price though. 960 1280

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Machu Picchu, Peru

Machu Picchu, Peru

Take your love to new heights with a honeymoon tour of Machu Picchu, Peru’s incredible Inca ruins, almost 8,000 feet above sea level. Start your new life together by crossing off a bucket list trip. 960 1280

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Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como, Italy

If George Clooney takes his lovers to Lake Como to be wooed, you know it must be high on the list for world-class romance. Experience Italy’s “dolce vita” in a luxurious lakeside villa with breathtaking water views. 960 1280

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Hawaii

Hawaii

Want to honeymoon on an exotic beach without packing a passport? Hawaii is one of the most popular spots to honeymoon in the world, for good reason. Explore beautiful beaches, rain forests, volcanoes and waterfalls. 960 1280

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Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico’s “secret island,” Vieques has neither San Juan’s high-rise hotels nor the crowds of partying tourists. Newlyweds will have the beach all to themselves in this national wildlife refuge. And for a romantic night out, kayak on Bioluminescent Bay after sunset to see glowing microorganisms light up the ocean. 960 1280

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Fiji

Fiji

What keeps newlyweds traveling across the globe to the South Pacific? Fiji’s white-sand beaches, luxury resorts and world-famous snorkeling and diving beacon honeymooners year after year. 960 1280

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Portugal

Portugal

Looking for a blend of European culture and sexy beaches? Tour Portugal’s picturesque old-world cities then head south to relax on the Algarve region’s white-sand beaches. 960 1280

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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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The song 'Galveston' spins the tale of a soldier leaving his love behind on the Texas beach when he heads off to fight the Spanish-American war. Glen Campbell released his version of this country hit in 1969 making it an anti-war anthem for Vietnam. 960 1280

  

Paris is romantic any time of the year, but the vibe is extra-special in springtime as Frank Sinatra (and many others) famously sang in the classic jazz tune 'April in Paris.' 960 1280

  

Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby both crooned about the loveliness of 'Blue Hawaii,' which is undeniably splendid with picturesque beaches setting a romantic scene whether framed by a rainbow or shimmering under a bright moon. 960 1280

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'A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square' spins a tale of new love and romance in the air in London's fancy Mayfair neighborhood, also the location of the swanky Ritz hotel. 960 1280

  

In the R&B hit 'The Midnight Train to Georgia,' Gladys Knight and the Pips sing about the romantic bliss of following true love across the country to Georgia after striking out in Los Angeles. 960 1280

  

'Kokomo' may be just a fictional tropical getaway, but you can re-create this romantic hit by The Beach Boys on any number of beaches in the Caribbean, like Aruba, Jamaica or Montego, which are all also mentioned in the song. 960 1280

  

Tony Bennett famously sang 'I Left My Heart in San Francisco' for the first time in 1961 in the Venetian Room at the Fairmount Hotel, referencing the city's morning fog, high hills and cable cars. 960 1280

  

The song 'Moon River,' most famously known as the Audrey Hepburn's song in Breakfast at Tiffany's was inspired by an actual inlet near Savannah, GA. But if you're in the mood for love, any moonlit river should do as a backdrop for a romantic evening. 960 1280

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As Christopher Cross put it in his love song 'Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do),' if you get caught between the moon and New York City, your best option is to fall in love. Lovebirds can start with a romantic stroll in the Big Apple, from Central Park to the Brooklyn Bridge. 960 1280

  

Jersey girls get plenty of hype these days with the antics of Snooki and her Jersey Shore pals. But the original 'Jersey Girl' is the one in the song penned by Tom Waits for his wife. The song later became a big hit for Bruce Springsteen. 960 1280

  

Though instrumental versions of the original tune make for popular elevator music, Antonio Carlos Jobim's 'Girl From Ipanema' is a sweet and romantic bossa nova tune sung by Astrud Gilberto, along with João Gilberto and Stan Getz about a young beauty strolling the sands on the Brazilian shores of Rio de Janeiro. 960 1280

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Andy Williams' vocal rendition of 'Where Do I Begin (Love Story)' sets the melancholy mood for the tragic story of young love in the 1970 romantic film Love Story, based on the Erich Segal novel with the same name. The preppy young lovers meet at Radcliffe library, but spend plenty of time traipsing around Cambridge and Harvard. 960 1280

  

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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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 contemporary Clarendon Square Inn in Boston offers city chic and a modern take on the classic B and B. 960 1280

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The Clarendon Square Inn's rooftop terrace and hot tub create a romantic urban oasis with a sweeping view. 960 1280

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Embrace Southern hospitality and charm at the Foley House Inn, Savannah's most renowned bed and breakfast. 960 1280

Rooms at the Foley House have original art, working fireplaces, antique furniture and expansive windows. 960 1280

Port D'Hiver in Melbourne Beach, FL, is a dream beach house with luxe rooms and a refreshing pool. 960 1280

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Rooms at Port D'Hiver are spread out over 4 houses, each with its own benefits. 960 1280

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You won't find nicer digs in Providence, RI, than the Jacob Hill Inn. 960 1280

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All of the rooms at the Jacob Hill Inn are suites with a separate sitting area and fireplace. 960 1280

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With just 4 rooms, the Fleur de Lys Mansion in St. Louis is a truly private escape with impeccable service. 960 1280

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The Fleur de Lys décor is elegant with inviting beds piled high with pillows and lush comforters. 960 1280

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