Get your flip-flops out and beach towels at the ready, we have just the holiday hotspots for the ultimate couples retreat in 2018. Enjoy the best of both worlds with hidden beach resorts, out-there cultural towns and bucket-list adventures.
Whether you’re an action-packed duo or prefer lounging round the pool with a cocktail in hand – we have you covered. These romantic destinations will have you falling head over heels in no time.
For a couples’ holiday in Greece that sticks to a slower pace, head to classy Santorini. Almost everything here is geared towards the views, from the landscape of calderas, volcanic cliffs and the iconic white buildings with blue domed roofs. Spend your time here enjoying the amazing local wine and unwinding with couples’ massages.
It’s not all sedentary in Greece though, as the island of Mykonos proves. If you like to party, Mykonos Town has a lively nightlife scene and the party beaches, Paradise and Paranga, come alive after midnight. Stay in Tourlos to the north and you get a peaceful base between the nightlife and excellent beaches like the one at Agios Stefanos.
Jamaica specialises in luxury hotels just for adults that welcome honeymooners, many coming with private beaches and award-winning spas. In fact, it’s easy to find a place to stay when it’s just the two of you, just look out for the Couples brand of hotels, with classy, 5* spots in Ocho Rios and Negril.
These hotels act as your hideaway bases set in tropical gardens. Ocho Rios offers shopping, live music with rum cocktails and trips to the Green Grotto caves, and Negril is quieter but is the home to a spectacular Seven Mile Beach and the chance to dive coral reefs.
Trips to Mexico with that special someone provide ample opportunity to share once-in-a-lifetime experiences together – Scale Mayan temples, swim in sinkholes and through underground rivers. Riviera Maya on the Caribbean coast is a great base for couples where hotels create quiet sanctuaries.
It has the world’s second largest barrier reef and is close to the idyllic Cozumel Island and Tulum Mayan ruins. To indulge in Mexican nightlife, just take a trip to the Riviera’s main town Playa Del Carmen, or further north to exciting Cancun.
If you’d like somewhere quieter to stay, the Neapolitan Riviera oozes with luxury hotels and restaurants, many of which boasting the area’s famed clifftop sea views. Sorrento and Amalfi are the belles of the ball, or you can stay on the small island of Ischia, an hour off the coast, for seclusion with your loved one.
You’ve no doubt heard of Dubrovnik and its UNESCO old town, but Croatia holds much more for couples. The long western shoreline of the country is home to miles of sublime pebbled shores and translucent water, with a series of getaway islands.
One such locale is Kolocep Island, which is a no car zone with less than 200 inhabitants. You can be one of them for the week, when staying at the island’s only hotel, the Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort. Despite its isolation, it’s still only a 25 minute boat journey across to Dubrovnik, where you can step onto the set of the legendary HBO TV show, Game of Thrones.
Whether you want to indulge in the retro vibes of Havana, complete with classic cars, art nouveau and art deco architecture, or spend your time on a beach-heavy peninsula, Cuba obliges. The Cuban capital is one big art gallery, with colourful wall murals and dedicated galleries showcasing up and coming artists.
But if you want your view to be all white sand and blue seas, Cuba’s central peninsula encompasses serene resorts like Caya Coco and Caya Guillermo, all backed by tropical greenery. The Cuban Keys are littered with national parks and lakes – Caya Coco has 30,000 resident flamingos.
The ultimate couples retreat awaits, with these sensational escapes your 2018 will be unforgettable.