Get your flip-flops out and beach towels at the ready, we have just the holiday hotspots for the ultimate couples retreat in 2019. 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…
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, there’s celebrity hotspot Los Cabos, the Riviera’s main town Playa Del Carmen, or head further north to the clubbing capital, Cancun.
It comes as no surprise that Italy is up there as one of the best places for couples to visit. There’s historical capital, Rome and its cobbled piazzas, al fresco dining and spectacular Trevi Fountain. The admirable Almafi Coast oozing with luxury hotels and restaurants, not to mention its famous clifftop sea views. Or newcomer, Calabria, where it’s all about the beach, old-fashioned Italian food and turqoise waters. Plus if you’re after some total alone time, there’s the small, secluded island of Ischia − just an hour off the coast.
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, there’s classy five star spots in Ocho Rios and Negril.
Set in tropical gardens, these hotels act as your hideaway. When it comes to venturing out Ocho Rios offers shopping, live music with rum cocktails and trips to the Green Grotto caves, whilst the quieter Negril has the spectacular Seven Mile Beach and your chance to dive coral reefs.
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- Hvar, Brac and hidden gem Kvarner Bay are all a must.
Another one of Croatia’s couple hotspots is Kolocep Island − thanks to its no car zone and no more than 200 inhabitants, you’re sure to get that peaceful romantic escape you’ve been dreaming about. Reside in the island’s only hotel the Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort and you’ll feel like you’re part of an exclusive secret. Despite its isolation, it still is only a 25 minute hop on a boat from Dubrovnik, so if you’re one of the many couples that has been binge watching Game of Thrones for the last couple of years, rest assured knowing you can step onto that legendary TV set itself.
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.
If a view of white sands and blue seas is more your thing, Cuba’s central peninsula is for you. With serene resorts like Caya Coco and Caya Guillermo all backed by tropical greenery, you’ll have a picture-perfect backdrop for your romantic selfies. When you get sick of posing for them, there’s 30,000 resident flamingos in Caya Coco that you can snap instead.
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 lapping up its beauty, unwinding on its distinct volcanic beaches, or catching a sunset to remember.
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.
So, which destination will you fall for this year? Your couples retreat awaits.